Small Business Saturday!

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All hail to Small Business Owners!  It is with joy that PAXbaby has joined for more than 4 years the ranks of WAHMs (Work At Home Moms) who support their families by working so hard to stay competitive with the big box stores (hello, Walmart, Target, Costco…) and doing their best to provide better service than any online superstore (Amazon!)  We moms have a unified goal to know our “stuff” better than the online chat person, to be able to show you “how” better than any trained (or not so trained) employee, and how to WOW you with our personal customer service and our one-on-one sales relationship!  I don’t know about you, but I think that a DEAL from a superstore is not always worth it if I can otherwise buy locally or from a “mom’n pop shop!”  We fight against corporate America’s ideals of cheaper is better, and we strive to bring the BEST to our clients, not merely the cheapest!  THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for your support, love, and positive feedback!  You are lovely & sweet & dearly appreciated!

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*happy babywearing*

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Black Friday Fandango begins!!!

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Hope y’all had a great Thanksgiving, babywearers, because the shopping has now begun!!!!  PAXbaby’s Black Friday Fandango is kicking off with a baby carrier sale perfect for stuffing your stash!!!!

Action Baby Carriers – 25% off

Boba 3Gs – 20% off

Olives & Applesauce – 20% off

and our personal favorite, the Beco Butterfly II (select styles) – on sale for 20% off!!!!

November 28 update : Black Friday sales are now over!  Thanks for participating!

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PAXbaby Beco Sale Black Friday Discount

As you start your shopping weekend, please remember that PAXbaby will price match whenever possible – just ask – and also keep an eye on your inbox as we email you the 1-Stop Shopping information on Friday on the hour!!! Haven’t sign ed up yet?  Email us at paxbaby.bff@gmail.com to receive the details!!!! Enjoy!

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*happy {shopping} & babywearing*

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Black Friday Fandango – BFF – for our BFFs!!!

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Happy Thanksgiving, babywearing friends!  Hope your holiday has been filled with joy and laughter just like mine was!  Never a dull moment at the PAXbaby headquarters!  I somehow managed to burn not just 1 dish, but FOUR, and my Baby #1 lost a tooth amid all the hustle and bustle!  Ay yi yi, my head must have been thinking about other things…. Like PAXbaby‘s Black Friday Fandango!!!!!  I’m sure you are all as excited as I am for the shopping deals, so let’s get to the good stuff!

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As you may have read at PAXbaby’s Facebook page last night, certain Beco Butterfly prints will be on sale starting at midnight!  BIG sale!  Like super cheap!  These are bound to go fast, so be ready to buy and we’ll be ready to ship ASAP!  If you don’t want one of the sale prints, or you’d rather have a Gemini instead, write the coupon code BFFpimp in your order notes to get a $10 standard Pimping on ANY regularly priced baby carrier!  I’ll invoice you separately!  *happy Beco shopping*

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Protect your shoulder straps from drool, spit up, sun damage, etc by covering them with a sumptuous pair of Strap Wraps!  These are not ordinary drool pads, but super cool strap protectors, filled to give baby’s cheek a soft place to rest and lined with PUL to keep moisture from wicking and then fading!!!  Write the discount code BFFstrapwraps in your order notes to get a pair of standard Strap Wraps at half off, $10 instead of $20!  Choose your standard fabric from our custom fabric gallery here or arrange to send in your own!  I’ll invoice you separately! *happy Strap Wrap shopping*

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Add a Mini Beco to any baby carrier purchase, and get a $10 customization by Pimp my Carrier for $10 – usually $15!!!  Write in the free code BFFminipimp! Make hers match yours by choosing any standard fabric from our custom fabric gallery here or arrange to send in your own! I’ll invoice you separately!!!  *happy Mini Beco shopping*

And if you know you’ll be shopping later, think ahead! Receive a free pair of standard Strap Wraps or Toy Tether in your choice of standard fabric for EVERY $100 gift certificate purchased!

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November 28 update : Black Friday sales are now over!  Thanks for participating!

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And, just for PAXbaby’s babywearing BFFs, an invitation to our 1 Stop Shopping event starting on Black Friday with hourly deals on great goodies!!!  From cloth diapers to wooden toys, PAXbaby has it all for you right here!  Email us at paxbaby.bff@gmail.com to receive the details, and get ready to shop until you drop!!!

*happy shopping*

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*happy {Turkey Day} babywearing*

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A Great American Tradition

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PAXfriends, it’s almost Thanksgiving!  Once we pass that savory American holiday, another uniquely American phenomenon is upon us: shopping season!

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Your FAVORITE babywearing SUPERSTORE is planning something SPECIAL for Black Friday AND for Small Business Saturday!  Between now and Thursday night, I’ll be posting PHOTO hints here on Facebook: see if you can put the clues together for a guess!  Watch for your first hint coming early this afternoon!

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Thank you to super-sweet and amazingly crafty Heather at Pinfluence for our super-cute PAXturkey!

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*happy babywearing*

Cosleeping…

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A babywearing mom, Tanya, wrote to me with sadness, and thought that the PAXbaby readers would be interested in seeing this if you haven’t already!  Here at PAXbaby, we are attachment parents who co-sleep, but we completely understand that co-sleeping is not for everyone, and we would never condone you for your personal parenting choices!  These ads, however, are shockingly terrible, even for non-co-sleepers!!!

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From Tanya:

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“This was how part of the article read……..

As reported in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the campaign, unveiled last Wednesday, includes two posters of a baby lying in a bed next to a large knife. In one, the baby is white; in the other, the baby is black. “YOUR BABY SLEEPING NEXT TO YOU CAN BE JUST AS DANGEROUS,” the copy blares.
The second-leading cause of infant mortality in Milwaukee is SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, which often results from ”unsafe sleep,” according to the health department’s website. A form of “unsafe sleep” is bed-sharing with parents.
“Is it shocking? Is it provocative?” asked Bevan Baker, the city’s commissioner of health, according to the Journal Sentinel. ”Yes. But what is even more shocking and provocative is that 30 developed and underdeveloped countries have better [infant death] rates than Milwaukee.”
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I personally found this ad and the article on a whole appalling…..I LOVE attachment parenting – the whole nine yards……breastfeeding, baby-wearing, co-sleeping.  The people who wrote this obviously know nothing about real parenting and have not checked the facts that 99% of babies that die co-sleeping do so because of negligent parents (ie:drug/alcohol use, extreme obesity etc.).  Also why do children in third world countries have a lower SIDS rate than us Americans?? It is because they are all co-sleeping, baby-wearing and breastfeeding.  They are not drowning themselves in prescription drugs, alcohol, paying more attention to the T.V. than the baby monitor, and feeding their babies food at as early and age as possible so they sleep longer at night.
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So you safe co-sleepers in Milwaukee  – and everywhere –  please, keep it up!
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These are my  two older beautiful kids on vacation who still (yes, it’s true) co-sleep with us…..the baby missed the pic as he is an early riser!”
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*happy {co-sleeping} & babywearing*
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Babywearers for babies!

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As a babywearing advocate, we are called to spread the word and distribute as much information as possible!  Thank you sharing this post for anyone who is pro-babywearing whether they are a certified educator, a babywearing parent, or a neighbor who smiles every time she sees you actively bonding with your child!  THANK YOU to each of you for diligently demonstrating how to bond with your baby and teach them the best you can – in your sling, next to your heart, skin to skin!

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Every day, a new mom is wearing her baby in a GREAT carrier because of the efforts you & I are doing as babywearers… tirelessly, endlessly, fighting against the plastic car seat bucket, the mechanical arms of the automatic swing, the vapid playpen filled with meaningless, electronic toys meant to encourage learning and stimulation when all baby needs is to be held and worn and carried for the best exercise, education, and bonding possible!

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PAXbaby Babywearing Educator

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We are battling for the right of babies to be tactilely engaged and to returned to a norm for what their bodies are biologically designed – TOUCH!!!  Human touch, what babies need and crave and severely miss when they are toted from here to there in the artificial cradle of their car seat and then plopped into a synthetic swing or seat at home.  As babywearing educators and advocates, we promote this healthy bond between baby and parent which results in the well rounded, happy, curious, & independent child.  Don’t give up the fight for babywearing, these babies need us, and guidance is crucial for today’s ___  parents who are easily swayed by the supposed “expert” advice of doctors being funded by large corporations and well meaning friends who “did it and their child is fine!”  Help this new generation’s mothers and fathers to understand that less is NOT more, that a crying baby is NOT a normal baby, and that a touched baby is more likely to learn faster, grow stronger, and become a more confident kid and eventually, a secure and self assured adult!  If the parent’s goal is to raise a child to be strong and assertive, let’s help to give the parent the skills they will need from their baby’s birth and offer all the best knowledge and advice we have to encourage their bonding relationship through babywearing!!!

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*happy babywearing*

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Proud to be a babywearer!

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My babywearing story by Tina:

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Babywearing to me is more than about convenience. It is about creating a bond of closeness and security. I am the mom of two beautiful girls, 4 months and almost 4 years old. Babywearing has been a lifesaver over the course of my daughter’s life. I first started wearing Kassidy in a Moby wrap as a newborn. We quickly moved onto a Snuggli and eventually (her favorite) an Ergo. We still wear her on our backs in the Ergo (and on days when she needs extra cuddles on the front.)

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Kassidy is a differently abled child, she has as medical condition that has left her unable to walk (currently….we are working on forever!!). Babywearing was our lifesaver as we trekked across the northeast (from  Boston, to Baltimore, to Philly, to Syracuse) for medical appointments. It was so easy to navigate hospitals, subways, metros, trains, airports, and congested sidewalks while  wearing Kassidy.

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More importantly, babywearing has kept Kassidy close when she was nervous for “one more test” (or when I was nervous for one more procedure). It helped keep her calm (and Mommy & Daddy calm). I have worn her during blood work, when IVs were inserted, and during talks with the doctor. When Kassidy had to go to the hospital, she would be comforted by snuggling close to us in the wrap or ergo. It made all the difference. Kassidy is a rock star at doctor appointments. I firmly believe is because we kept her close, high and near us during the crucial, scary moments.

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I am proud to say I am a babywearing mom of two. I encourage all moms to wear their babies.

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*happy babywearing*

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Be a good neighbor!

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Do you love babies?  Do you love babywearing?   Please help save a baby’s life by writing an email to discourage people from reselling their Infantino Sling Riders!  And help to save babywearing from getting a bad rep through these accidents and deaths from dangerous carriers!  Although these Infantino carriers have been recalled and are not being manufactured any longer, they are still being passed from unknowing babywearer to naive new mommy! Google Craig’s List and email the national listing addresses with a letter listing the reasons to destroy their sling and NOT to resell it!   Or put up a Want Ad at Freecycle!  I’ve already had 2 responses to my ad and will be picking up my Slings of Death this weekend to dispose of permanently!  Impress upon them the fact that $5 or $10 is a small price to pay when saving a baby’s life!!!  If you see a babywearer still actively using a “bag sling,” hand them one of our print-at-home babywearing cards in the hopes of introducing them to a safer, more comfortable, longer lasting baby carrier!

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If you need ideas on what to do with your Slings of Death after that, just ask!  I have some great ways to destroy these slings and get some aggression out too!  Heeheee!

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*happy babywearing*

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Babywearing ‘n baking

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This is one of my favorite recipes, some of my FAVORITE Beco Butterfly action pix,  AND favorite PAXbaby blog posts!!!!  Enjoy and please post pictures of your homemade pretzels when you try this at home to PAXbaby’s Babywearing Facebook page!!!!

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Beco & Baking

I’m a black thumb when it comes to gardening, I am not much of a cook, and I can’t sew a straight line worth beans.  But give me a (relatively) simple recipe to bake, and I can pull it off with (relative) success!  The only thing is, I have to be able to make the recipe while wearing the baby!  Otherwise, he ends up on the table, getting flour in his hair, and no one, not even his grandma, wants to eat a treat that he has had his paws in!

So, when I found this pretzel recipe, I decided to give it a whirl with the kids, and it was an instantaneous hit!  By the time the big daddy got home from his errands, every last pretzel had disappeared into our growly tummies!  I made a few amendments, and developed a treat version also, perfect for the holidays!  We’ve made this recipe almost weekly even while traveling through Australia, it is THAT easy!  Keep in mind, this recipe doesn’t make traditional Bavarian pretzels, but kid friendly, delicious doughy pretzels that you can make in batches for special occasions, school parties, and just for your own family’s enjoyment!  heart

Beco & BakingPAXpretzels – will make 8 large or 10-12 small pretzels

1 teaspoon instant yeast
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tbsp cinnamon (less or more depending on your love for cinnamon)
1 cup warm milk (1 minute zapped in the microwave)
2 1/2 – 3 cups all-purpose flour (add more if the dough is still wet)

  • Preheat to 425 degrees & set a pot of water to boil.
  • Combine & mix the first 4 ingredients.
  • Start adding in 2 cups of flour, and add more slowly while stirring (beware the white poof if you add the flour too quickly!)
  • You’re looking for your dough to go from a thick batter to a bread like dough that you can hand knead.
  • Spread a handful of flour on your clean (no children’s tongues have licked it, please!) surface, and hand knead your dough for 5-10 minutes until the dough becomes smooth & satiny.
  • Cut the dough into even pieces and roll into short snakes.  Let the dough relax for 10 minutes, and stretch the snakes longer.  Shape into pretzels, roll into cinnamon roll shapes, or pinch the middle and curl the sides around into hearts.
  • Boil each pretzel for 5 seconds and place on a greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle each PAXpretzel with a cinnamon sugar blend.
  • Bake for 8-15 minutes depending on the size of the pretzel! Eat as soon as you can without burning your tongue!

All done, mama!

Aren’t they BEE-You-T-FULL???

A yummy heart just for my little love!

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*happy {baking} & babywearing*

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