A Pimped Gemini

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Sara was a smart mama to choose a fabric for her customized Beco Gemini & accessories that would entrance her little one!  Her Jujube Gemini is adorable with the matching Strap Wraps & Toy Tether - custom made for her by PAXbaby’s Pimp my Carrier!

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“LOVE IT!!  SO beautiful – the pictures don’t do it justice!

And, I’m really glad I got the Strap Wraps.

J.  sucked on both pads, so it was very worth the investment, and yes, they are reversible!!!”

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PAXbaby custom Gemini Jujube Pimp my Carrier

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Thanks for sharing, Sara!

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*happy babywearing*

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Wearing Wednesday

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Just say NO!

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PAXbaby structured backpack improper positioning

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Thanks to PAXbaby #5 for falling asleep while your daddy did lawn work!  You provided a great learning lesson while being worn in a structured framed backpack – improper spine positioning, dangling legs, unsupported head!  My poor lil fella woke up with his feet asleep and an unhappy face!  Please help your baby to be comfortable in your carrier of choice by providing a comfortable place to sleep (your shoulder or chest!), keeping their legs in the proper M position, and an ergonomic upright position!  For toddler babywearing, the Beco Butterfly II, Manduca, BabyHawk Oh Snap!, or the Boba are PAXbaby’s best baby carrier recommendations for your heavy baby!

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*happy babywearing*

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Zoo Babywearing

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When you aren’t tall enough to see over the railings, why go to the zoo?  Because Mommy will carry you, and you will have a great view!

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It’s amazing how many babies and toddlers I saw at the San Diego Zoo last week being pushed in strollers!  Those poor little ones couldn’t see anything interesting!  Only the backs of adults’ knees and maybe a glimpse of pretty foliage as they were wheeled around the park…  My “favorite” was a dad who we happened to pass several times, picking up his son from his stroller, pointing out an animal, and then plunking him back down again in his seat!  Over and over and over! That daddy’s back must have hurt the next day!

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PAXbaby babywearing zoo custom Gemini BecoP

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I wore my favorite Beco Gemini in Dylan – customized by PAXbaby’s own Pimp my Carrier, with the waistband below the baby belly in front!  Pregnant babywearing isn’t comfortable (or safe) for all babywearers, so please check with your doctor or midwife to make sure it’s OK for you!

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*happy babywearing*

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How green is your sling?

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How Green is your sling?

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I just love Earth Day, the one day of the year that celebrates our tree hugging mentalities, that applauds our conservation of natural resources, and that smiles upon our general crunchiness with a National holiday!    The traditional question today is, of course, “how green are YOU?” measuring your green-ness against your next-door neighbor, pitting your level of eco-ism against your fellow organically minded familes.  Everyone wants to know what  YOU are doing to be green, but I would like to ask when being green, eating organic and locally grown produce, providing our children with natural toys, and conserving our precious resources will no longer be called living green but simply LIVING….

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I challenge you then to not only think about changing the way you grocery shop, or the amount of trash your family creates daily, or the fact that you would like to one day in the future drive an eco-friendly car, but to actually follow through on some of your “one day” plans and begin your environmentally friendly life NOW!  Baby steps make a surprisingly large impact because once you start to live green, it feels so good and so right that the small adjustments you have committed to changing snowball into larger results, and soon you are not just talking the talk, but also walking the walk!

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Regarding your choice to babywear and keep your child close to you, that is not only a wise decision, but also a green choice!

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A lot of the best baby carriers are manufactured here in the USA, so when you choose to buy an American-made sling instead of a Graco, BabyTrends, or Phil & Ted’s stroller, you are supporting local economy and reducing your carbon footprint by not importing a plastic stroller made in third world countries under unfair & harsh working conditions.  Most baby slings offer an organic option so that you can ensure that your baby is being carried in the finest & safest materials.  Again, the more organic fabric that needs to be manufactured to fill the needs of the consumer, the more “regular” organic will be become, and hopefully non-organic materials will fall by the wayside!  When your baby has outgrown your baby carrier, I know that you will hand it down to another babywearing mama and her new generation of happy babies.  When you are done with your stroller, it is often too trashed to pass along and it will go straight to the landfill.  Baby bucket car seats now have an expiration date due to the plastics getting old and more likely to shatter upon impact, and these too will fill the dumps.  Help to consciously promote natural parenting and healthy living by wearing your baby in a sling and be a wealth of information with a smile and a babyworn baby’s sweet attitude to demonstrate the reasons for wearing your baby!

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*happy babywearing*

Wearing Wednesday

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Thank you, Heather, for designing one of the cutest custom Beco Geminis EVER!  Pimp my Carrier has never sewn anything as adorable as this custom Blue Elephant Beco Gemini!  Hooray for Pimp my Carrier – helping to make your babywearing dreams come true – and for Beco Baby Carriers – with their awesome Soft Structured Carrier designs!

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PAXbaby Custom Gemini Beco Pimp my Carrier

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*happy babyearing*

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I need a NAP!

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When your toddler is feeling irritable, don’t give in to the temptation of TV!  Try a snuggle on the sofa together or wearing your little one!  Front carrying is especially useful for squeezing in those extra cuddles with a busy baby who may not always want to slow down long enough for some loving!  Make sure that baby’s head is high enough to kiss, that you’ve chosen a baby carrier with a high enough weight limit for your child, and enjoy a few minutes of  peaceful bonding!

The PAXbaby parents find that often, although he may resist it, sleep will overcome our toddler while he’s being worn, and he will give in to the temptation of a much-needed nap, waking up much less cranky than when we buckled him in!

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PAXbaby custom Beco Gemini

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The PAXbaby Daddy is wearing our Baby #5 in a fabulous customized Beco Dylan Gemini by Pimp my Carrier!  Our little one is around 27 pounds, and loves being worn on the front still!

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*happy babywearing*

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Ergonomic Babywearing

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At PAXbaby, we’ve always made it our goal to support the whole mama and baby. We love answering your questions and celebrate with you as each new baby comes along, but support means so much more than that. When you purchase a carrier from PAXbaby, you can count on the fact that we’ve tried out each and every one of the carriers we sell. That goes for using the carrier with new squishy babies all the way through toddlers. And because we handpick each of our baby carriers that we recommend, we take EVERYTHING into account, from materials and fit, to location of manufacturing. to how the carrier supports both mama and baby. Although there are a lot of soft structured carriers on the market, we take that support and proper positioning seriously. It is important both for proper spine and hip development for baby’s body to be supported by having fabric from knee to knee instead of all the weight resting on their groin area with legs dangling straight down. This spread “squat” or “M” position allows for the spine to stay properly aligned, and the hip sockets to sit comfortably and naturally in the joint. This also translates to the wearer, since when baby is properly supported in a carrier, it makes for much more comfortable babywearing all together.

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The math is simple: comfortable babies + comfortable wearers =  happy babywearing!

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PAXbaby proper babywearing positioning

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Thank you, Laura & Matilda, for the fabulous pictures demonstrating safe, comfortable, and ergonomic babywearing!  Featuring a set of mommy arms and a Boba baby carrier!

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*happy babywearing*

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I AM IN LOOOOOOOVE!

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A love letter from Jessie who ordered a customized Beco Gemini from PAXbbay’s Pimp my Carrier!

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My custom Beco Gemini came, AND IT IS AMAZING!!!!

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I agree!

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Thank you so much for the free, fast shipping, I cannot believe it showed up already!

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Sure thing!

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I just tried it out and it is hands down the most comfortable carrier EVER. I have tried Bjorns, Infantino, mei tais, and ring slings, and with all of them it was kind of a production to get them on and get them to a point where I felt comfortable and that my baby was comfortable and secure. With the Gemini, I immediately felt comfortable and this is honestly the only carrier I have ever tried where my baby felt comfortable and secure – literally as soon as I put it on. I am in amazement! And it was so easy to get on/off!!

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I’m so excited for you!!!

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PAXbaby custom Gemini

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One question though, is there something I can do with the excess straps? I see they all have little loopy things on the ends so I’m assuming there is a trick to make those not be hanging everywhere.

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Use the elastic bands on the ends of the straps to keep your excess webbing rolled up neatly!

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By the way, I am 5 ‘2 and fairly petite (not tiny though…I have had 2 babies in less than 2 years!). I had read that a lot of people say it isn’t good for smaller mamas but I did not notice any issues with that!  Hopefully that will help someone similar in size to me choose !

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Good to hear!  Thanks for the constructive feedback!

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THANK YOU, JILLIAN!

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You are VERY welcome, Jessie!

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*happy babywearing*

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Big Kid Babywearing

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When my mail carrier arrived with a box of new carriers, I didn’t have any other models available, so I grabbed the only kid I could find to wear in my fluffy mail – PAXbaby’s newest SSC hybrid, the Olives & Applesauce 1/2 buckle!  Not only was my almost 8 year old weightless on my back, the waistband fit comfortably under my 38 week baby belly!  After we took pictures, I went to untie the shoulder straps, and Baby #1 asked if I could wear him longer!  Awwwwwwww!

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PAXbaby Olives Applesauce Sakura Bloom

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This week’s Wearing Wednesday picture features an Olives & Applesauce Half Buckle as well as a Sakura Bloom Artisan ring sling being worn as a “baby bump support band!”

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*happy babywearing*

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Paige Accessories

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PAXbaby’s Pimp my Carrier just added a new fabric to the gallery, and it’s a familiar face!!!!  Paige is the fabric used on 1 of our most popular Beco baby carriers!  Sweet & simple, Paige features a dark background and white flower outlines to create a festive yet floral design!  Paired with a bright colored outfit or even a black t shirt, Paige is just right!

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PAXbaby Beco Paige swatch

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And now, Pimp my Carrier is offering the full range of accessories in Paige to coordinate with your Beco!  Order a custom Toy Tether, set of Strap Wraps (the fancy name for drool pads!), a Mai Poketto, or ask about our Gemini “Flat Hat,” coming soon!  As you know, Pimp my Carrier can make your babywearing dreams come true, so if you dream of Paige, now’s your chance!

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PAXbaby Beco Gemini Paige

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By the way, if you have been wanting a Paige Gemini, PAXbaby is all sold out but taking orders for May shipping!  And as a little THANK YOU for your patience and waiting, Pimp my Carrier will throw in your choice of Paige Toy Tether - perfect for keeping your baby’s binky or favorite toy handy – or a set of Paige Strap Wraps to protect your Black Twill shoulder straps from getting soiled or faded from baby’s drool!  Order now and don’t forget to specify which goodie you’d prefer!!!

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*happy babywearing*

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