Olives & Applesauce Monday!

Here is a beautiful Soft Structured Carrier that you should be sure to try!  The Olives & Applesauce full buckle SSC is a PAXbaby favorite featuring contoured padded shoulder straps that make the chest strap an option instead of a necessity!  Often while back carrying, the use of a chest strap will transform your chest into something useful for feeding your baby into a sight fit for an adult film!!!  The bondage look doesn’t work for most of us moms, and the chest strap cutting across your chest simply isn’t comfortable as it pushes everything over and under the belt making a very odd fashion statement!  I have been known to tuck a drool cloth around the chest clip itself simply to draw attention AWAY from the area in question!  However, thanks to the Olives & Applesauce curved shoulder straps, the chest clip is no longer needed, and even the bustiest babywearer can back carry or front carry without shoulder strap slippage or uncomfortable chest clip bondage!

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Other reasons to love the O&A as we affectionately call the Olives & Applesauce are the curved waistband and the perfect fit for mom-shaped moms looking to wear a carrier without being squeezed and pinched!  The attached hood – so you can’t ever lose it – makes a great way for baby to nap in peace or to give shade on a sunny day!  Of course, the fun prints available are another motivation to buy yourself a gorgeous new baby carrier!  Tawny features a scattering of whimsical owls on brown straps,  & Bella has a pretty design of leaves a predominant purple hue with brown straps.  Also part of PAXbaby’s exclusive array of prints is Fantasia with dancing mushrooms on a green background and brown straps, and Max, an animal parade on brown straps!

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See for yourself why we ? Olives & Applesauce, available at PAXbaby.com or PAXbaby’s Sling Exchange rental program!!!!

*happy babywearing*

I Will Carry You

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Thank you to Michelle and the wonderful peaceful parenting blog for this lovely poem expressing all of our babywearing hopes & dreams!
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Michelle and her sweet baby girl in babywearing bliss with a BabyHawk!
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I Will Carry You
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I love that I can kiss your head
Just inches away from my lips
Our hearts beat together as I carry you
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Perched up high you see my world
Then turn your head in and sleep
Resting on me you are safe
Your body next to mine you are secure
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We are in tune in this external womb
In my arms you will be
Until you are ready to venture out
But until then, I promise,
I will carry you.
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~ Michelle Abernathy

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Super Hawk me!

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When you need something really SUPER cool to talk your husband into babywearing, think about bribing him with his favorite rock band featured on a SUPER comfortable  BabyHawk SuperHawk  Oh Snap! custom for PAXbaby.com!!! SUPER easy to buckle, SUPER easy to wear, SUPER for daddies and their favorite babies!

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Meet Glen!  Happy babywearing daddy and obvious Aerosmith fan!

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*happy babywearing*

Wrapstar Pre-order Last Day!

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mWell, ladies, I’m wrapping up (get it??) the pre-orders for the Wrapstar Mei Tais!!!  Yumi and Soul are Limited Edition Wrapstars available ONLY through PAXbaby.com.  Get yours EXACTLY the way you want it by pre ordering NOW!

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3 choices to make, 2 fabulous fabrics to choose from, and 1 famous design and infinite comfort from the one and only Wrapstar!!!!PAXbaby.com

*happy babywearing*

Star Wars Babywearing!

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May the Babywearing Force Be With you!

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What better way to wear your baby than in a Star Wars themed baby carrier????  And the best carrier for the job?  The BabyHawk customized specially for PAXbaby.com into the one and only SuperHawk!!!!!  Available as a mei tai or an Oh Snap, and your choice of strap colors, the Superhawk is the ONLY way to wear your little Jedi!!!!

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Perfect for galactic daddies or Ahsoka-wanna-be mommies, PAXbaby’s custom Star Wars BabyHawks are more fabulous than a double edged lightsaber!

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This daddy is strong with the babywearing force while wearing his Darth Vader Oh Snap!

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*happy babywearing*

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Save our Slings!

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Baby Carrier Industry Alliance Pledges to Work with the Consumer

Product Safety Commission on Safe Babywearing Education Campaign

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (BCIA) Executive Director Vesta Garcia issued the following statement on today’s Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) statement on safe babywearing:

“Our members agree with the CPSC on the importance of educating consumers about proper, safe babywearing techniques. BCIA is currently developing a babywearing safety education program with Health Canada and we hope to do the same with CPSC.”

BCIA members are moms and dads as well as leaders in their industry, whose top priority is the healthy development and safety of babies and toddlers. Millions of Americans have embraced babywearing as safe, practical, comfortable and convenient. Both its growing popularity and the awareness of its benefits are due in part to an increased understanding of the baby’s and mother’s biological need to be together. Studies have shown that, for mothers, babywearing facilitates the initiation and ease of breastfeeding and can help moms form stronger bonds with their babies. Babywearing also helps mothers care for themselves and for their babies during the newborn stage. In other words, research shows that this close caregiver attachment and stimulating, safe environment are a critical part of early childhood development.

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“Our members agree with the CPSC on the importance of educating consumers about proper, safe babywearing techniques. BCIA is currently developing a babywearing safety education program with Health Canada and we hope to do the same with CPSC.

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“US baby sling manufacturers have been working with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International) to initiate the nation’s first voluntary safety standard for sling-style carriers. The standard, which will be finalized in early 2011, will join standards for cribs, strollers, hand-held infant carriers (car seats), bouncer seats, play yards and other nursery products as an effective way to protect the public from unsafe products.

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We remind parents and caregivers that the practice of babywearing keeps babies in the safest place possible — a parent’s arms with baby’s face visible to the carrying adult. For additional information on babywearing safety, please visit the BCIA website at http://www.babycarrierindustryalliance.org.”

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The Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (BCIA) is an alliance of industry leaders organized to share standards across the industry, promote educational outreach, participate in research and help small businesses comply with standards. The BCIA works with the ASTM and CPSC to ensure that parents and babies continue to have access to safe, quality baby carriers that emulate in-arms carrying, providing the greatest benefit to caregivers and children alike.

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*happy babywearing*

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Wrapstars NOW!

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This babywearing mommy couldn’t be more excited!!!!  The one and only Wrapstar mei tais are coming to PAXbaby.com…  TOO FABULOUS!!!!  With 2 fabulous design options and 3 options to choose between, these mei tais are fully customizable to your specific needs!  Pre order now for Christmas delivery, and have the BEST present waiting for you under the tree!

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Yumi is made from a Tomodachi Japanese fabric scattered with characters such as whimsical geishas, ninja bears, and star twins!  Finished off by burnt orange straps, you can choose your strap length, hood design, and body size!!!!  Soul has the same 3 options available, but is a vintage bird print bordered by avocado green straps.  Both Yumi and Soul will showcase a beautiful Wrapstar applique if the Flat Hood option is chosen.

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Guess which Wrapstar Mei Tai I will be keeping for myself????

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*happy babywearing*

The Great Debate: Which Beco?

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PAXbaby is very excited to showcase the similarities and differences between Beco Baby Carrier’s 2 styles of soft structured baby carrier! The Beco Butterfly II has been the “It” baby carrier since its debut in 2008, but the Gemini is giving the Butterfly a run for its money, offering babywearers a different selection of features and the same fabulous Beco style! Parents will be equally comfortable in either Beco carrier, but based on the individual needs of the child and adult wearing the baby, either the Beco Butterfly II or the Gemini will be better suited for your purposes.

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*If you are petite (shorter than 5’3″) the better choice would be the Beco Butterfly II due to the design of the waistband.

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*Is your baby’s head still wobbly or will you need a hood for sun protection?  TheBeco Butterfly II features the full coverage hood while the Gemini only has a headrest!

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*Have you had previous back problems that would make adjusting a chest clip on your back difficult?  If so, or if you prefer the comfort of crossed shoulder straps, wear a Beco Gemini!

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*If you are nervous about back carrying independently and need the added security, wear a Beco Butterfly II!

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*Breastfeeding is possible and comfortable in either Beco version, but the  Butterfly provides more coverage, while the Gemini may require an added nursing coverup if you are feeling modest!

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*For the quickest on/ off action, wear the Beco Butterfly II!

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*If you need help discerning which Beco carrier you need, just ask!*

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Width: Gemini 13″wide – 10″(narrowest point)

Beco Butterfly II 13″ wide

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Height: Gemini 14″ (without headrest) 18.5″ (with headrest)

Beco Butterfly II 16in (without hood attached)

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*happy babywearing*

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Feeling cold? Keep on wearing!

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As fall moves into winter, one thing on the minds of many of you Northern mamas is keeping your babies warm in the winter!  As I don’t often have this problem in sunny Southern California, LOL, I’ve asked my friend, Kristie from Washington state, to share some of her best tips for cold-weather-babywearing!
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Hello all!  I hail from the rainy and often cold environs of Seattle!  One thing that’s crucial to avoiding the blues that can come with our gray, dark winters is a lot of outside walks; however, when my daughter was born at the end of October two years ago, I foresaw a challenge with keeping her warm while still getting us both outside.  Happily, babywearing gave us a chance to help keep each other warm, while also providing for lots of snuggles AND avoiding the baby bucket!  Although I was told it was a must for cold weather, in the end, our bucket seat never left our car… and I credit babywearing for giving me the freedom to manage that!
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Between our trusty Moby wrap and our even trustier Beco Butterfly, we went pretty much everywhere!  “Everywhere” meant more this particular winter than it might have otherwise, as we had several weeks of record snows.  Rather than having to try to balance myself and a bucket seat on icy sidewalks, or to try to use a stroller to navigate rutted snow piles, I could easily manuver with my little girl securely strappd to me!  One trick I found with the Moby was to put a fleece receiving blanket (doubled up, if it was cold enough) in the “cummerbund” panel of the wrap to add a bit of extra warmth between DD’s little body and the elements..  For both the Moby and the Beco, I found that putting a coat on her kept her nice and cozy, but keeping it unzipped and pulled back slightly allowed more direct heat transfer between our bodies.  On super-cold days (below about 35 degrees), I put her in a fleece snowsuit, which added breathable warmth without much bulk.  A last wonderful thing about both the Moby and the Beco–I could put them both on under my coat before leaving the house, and when we got to our destination, I could pop my snugglebug right into the nicely pre-warmed carrier and take off, while still ensuring that she had minimal exposure to the elements!
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On this particular day when DD was about 10 weeks old, we went to visit a local community farm!  We were in the middle of a cold snap, and the outside temperature was about 25 degrees and overcast.  Inside the unheated barn was only slightly warmer, but DD didn’t notice–look at that smile!  I had my double-weight fleece coat zipped over us both, but only a thin t-shirt on underneath–my cute little oven made it so that I didn’t need much more!  Another plus–I could unsnap the internal harness of the Butterfly on one side so that DD could see the animals without me having to take her out of the carrier!
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Several months later, we participated in the March of Dimes Walk America 5K in honor of a friend.  It was about 45 degrees and overcast, with occasional spitting rain.  Here DD wore just a t-shirt, nylon jacket, jeans, and one of our favorite babywearing accessories–Babylegs!  They’re AWESOME for covering that gap between pants and socks that happens when you carry a baby, and also nice as an extra layer!  Again, I just zipped her right in my coat, and the Butterfly’s internal panel allowed me to adjust her mid-walk without stopping so that she could nurse while we meandered along!  No stopping to take her out of the stroller necessary!
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The following fall, we’d moved predominately to back carries, and I decided I needed something else.  One tip I got which worked great was to get a size larger coat than I’d normally wear, then toss it over both of us, but with the neck of the coat behind her neck.  For me, this works great in a pinch, but as DD is pretty stroller-averse, I needed to explore other options.  I ended up buying a gently-loved Kindercoat, and my life was made!  Even today at 24 months, DD is content to chill out on my back while tagging along on whatever adventures that we happen to be on!
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This particular day it was about 45 degrees and alternating between a drizzle and a downpour.  Our old standbys of a fleece coat and Babylegs worked great for us this day as she helped me lead a naturalist program to 150 visitors over the course of four hours.  Our Babyhawk OhSnap! provided a lot of support while still allowing her a bit of room to wiggle as necessary!
The long and the short of it is that you don’t have to resort to a bucket seat with a huge cover just to keep your little one warm during the winter!  And now I have hours and hours of wonderful memories of warm cozy winter baby snuggles!
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*May you all have happy & warm babywearing winters!*

Why I Love My Beco Gemini!

Why I Love my Beco Gemini

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I loved my Maya wrap (ring sling), especially when my baby boy was a newborn. It especially worked wonders during Mass. However, once he hit about 2 months, he started to fidget alot. He enjoyed the “kangaroo hold” (Facing Forward Position) but his big ol’ hips pressing into my stomach was quite uncomfortable. So, I decided to put away my Maya wrap until he would be big enough for a hip carry. So then, I switched to my Baby Bjorn. Within a few weeks, however, that started to kill my back.
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Living on a 3rd floor apartment and in an area where I can walk almost anywhere to do my errands, it was very important to find a good baby carrier that will last, that is comfortable and that is versatile (i.e. more than one hold). Not to mention, the “Dadmeister” (as my husband likes to call himself) also enjoys babywearing.
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My research led me to the Beco Gemini baby carrier. After much comparing with other carriers, I decided to go ahead & order the Beco. And yes, I am LOVING it. It’s super comfortable for both me & the baby. We are especially big fans of the back carry. Here are the proven reasons why I think the Beco Gemini is great.
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I can:
  • Switch my loads of laundry
  • Bake muffins… from scratch!
  • Sweep the floor
  • Put away toys
  • Sort through my mail
  • Shred the mail
  • Go check the mail
  • Make the bed
  • Wipe down counters
  • Wash the dishes
  • Get a drink of water (yes, this is a big deal.)
  • Walk the dog
  • Pick up poop from walking the dog
  • Throw away the trash
  • Go up & down 3 flights of stairs, no problem

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I’m sure the list can go on & on. You get the point. It’s just that awesome. I highly recommend it to Mommies & Daddies.
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Taken while cleaning up the apartment. The baby was starting to fall asleep at this point.

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THANK YOU to Jiza Zito and her sweet babywearing post at her blog, Serving Tuus.  Enjoy your Gemini and wearing your adorable Anthony, Jiza!!!

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*happy babywearing*

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