9 years ago….

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9 years ago I was a mom to 4 adorable kids ages 4, 2, 2 and almost 1. I was on an adventure that, looking back on it, was absolutely impossible! PAXdaddy was working as a full time stained glass artist at the time, and I was a full time mom. My time was spent driving to the park, changing diapers, feeding, cleaning up, grocery shopping… you know how life goes with little kids! Every day was just another variation on the chaos and mess that toddlerhood brings multiplied by FOUR! The only way that I could handle everything with the grace that I  had was from babywearing. And praying a lot. But having been a babyworn baby and then starting my parenting career with a homemade ring sling, babywearing was in my blood! Once my fourth baby was 7 months old, I realized I needed something more effective than the hand me down ring slings I’d used for my “twin” daughters and the Snugli that had been mine as a baby. The Babywearer swept me in with its fancy initials and its glittering ads and its ability to connect me to other REAL LIFE moms like myself! I delved in with the question “Which carrier would be better for my baby and I : an Ergo, a Blue Kangaroo, or a Beco 4g?” Of course the veteran admins there at TBW had answered this very question a million times so they advised me to search the page for my own answers. Sheepishly, I followed their directions and discovered that the manufacturer of Beco lived in my hometown in Southern California, and when I emailed in, Gabby, the owner, replied herself. She’d be happy to meet with me, fit a carrier to my baby and I, and by the way, would I like some of her wool diapers that she was giving away. I was astounded. Blown away! I had NEVER met this woman and yet, here she was giving me goodies and advice! I ran, not walked, to Beco headquarters, then in Costa Mesa CA, and proceeded to have an amazing afternoon with Gabby and Duke, her son. I’m sure she doesn’t recall that fateful day, but it is one of my favorite memories of my adult life because had I not contacted Beco, and had Gabby not been so friendly, I may have purchased a different carrier and my story would be completely different.

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Given the fact that Gabby spent an entire afternoon with my baby, Koko, and I, I felt naturally obligated to purchase a Beco from her. Just kidding, as soon as she fit us into the adorable Beco 4G, I was in love. His little body was weightless, both shoulders were equally supported, and perhaps most importantly to the story, this carrier was CUTE! I bought “Spa Damask,” a print that was rather subdued in my opinion, but PAXdaddy said he would wear it too. (The one I lusted after was called Carnival Bloom. Fun fact, the stools and accessories in my current kitchen are made from this iconic Michael Miller fabric.) I proudly showed off my new carrier to my other baby mama friends at home in Santa Barbara and was overwhelmed by requests that I help my friends find one for their own baby! After I referred quite a few friends back to Beco, someone mentioned that I should really sell these myself. LIGHT BULB MOMENT! Why not, I asked myself, it won’t be any more than a mere hobby! Gabby told me to set myself up with a business license and she’d be happy to sell my a minimum quantity of Beco carriers, 9 in total including the one I’d already bought. I was very pleased with this idea, but could not for the life of me think of the PERFECT name!  One name that didn’t make the cut was The 4 Bees for my current 4 children, soon discarded since we knew we wanted more children and soon, but after much hemming and hawing, my genius husband said one night, what do you want babies to FEEL in the carrier that you sell. I said, “PEACE!” And so, PAXbaby, everything you need for a peaceful baby, was born! PAX means PEACE in Latin, and I quickly had fallen down the rabbit hole and decided to sell a little of EVERYTHING!
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9 carriers became 20. 20 became 50, and so my career as a small business owner (for the second time in my relatively short life at 24 years old) took off! The allure of cloth diapers convinced me to add a great number of manufacturers to our line up including custom designs. The appeal of safe feeding supplies brought a plethora of BPA free options including Klean Kanteens and bento boxes. Organic baby clothes, blankets, and wooden toys soon showed up as part of our array of options. Having a tiny store front in Santa Barbara was wonderful, but when we decided to move back to Southern California, the option of seeing customers in my own space wasn’t viable. PAXbaby.com became a .com only; I filled that social void with bi-weekly and monthly PAXplaydates where I could interact with local babywearers from San Diego up to Los Angeles and also on our family road trips! The change has been good for me though. I have been able to focus on my first love which is textile design, and by paring down the other extraneous items that had been on our shelves, PAXbaby is truly a babywearer’s dream, filled with wraps and carriers conceived of my dreams and born through the hard work of my team of PAXmoms! I am truly so grateful for your support over these 9 years.
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Thank you for allowing me to stay at home with my children, as a WAHM and now as a homeschooling mommy too! I am so blessed by you and your love!
With all my heart, jillian

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*happy babywearing*
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On the 4th day of Birthday Week…

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On the fourth day of PAXbirthday9 Week PAXbaby.com gave to me:

Please check out through our website for a $100 purchase and specify in your notes what you need, want, or are ISO! We will do our best to make your dreams come true! Be as specific as you can be, and look for a response from the PAXmoms in your email! Granting wishes is our favorite hobby; bring them on!
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http://shop.paxbaby.com/paxbirthday-day-4-iso/
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* Your ISO will be plucked by our amazing PAXshipper so please leave your wishes in the comment section of our order <3
** While supplies last
** Ends tonight at midnight PDT

*happy babywearing*

PAXbaby turns NINE!

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Happy NINTH birthday to PAXbaby.com!

We are celebrating by giving YOU the presents!
9 years = 9 fabulous present PACKAGES!

PAXbirthday Present #1
PAXbirthday Present #2
PAXbirthday Present #3
PAXbirthday Present #4
PAXbirthday Present #5
PAXbirthday Present #6
PAXbirthday Present #7
PAXbirthday Present #8
PAXbirthday Present #9
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Make sure to enter for ALL of the above PAXpresents here:
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Thank you for loving us, and all of your support over the years! We are SO excited to be embarking on a brand new year FULL of friendship, love and RAINBOWS!

A special, and gigantic THANK YOU goes out to all of our AMAZING and most generous sponsors for making these amazing PAXBIRTHDAY PRESENTS happen! Please, please if you are able, go and like all of their companies on Facebook and show your support for these talented WAHMS!!!

 

LOVE YOU ALL,

Love,

The PAXmoms

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*happy babywearing*
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Enter, enter, enter, and cross your fingers that YOUR name will be drawn.
*****Shipping in the States will be free; International winner will pay exact shipping costs!

The winners will be emailed once the drawing comes to an end on Friday, October 14th at 11:59pm PDT!
Shipping address must be confirmed via email within 24 hours, or a new winner will be chosen!!
For this reason, make sure to check your email(including your Junk folder!!)

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International Babywearing Week 2016

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Happy International Babywearing Week 2016!
PAXbaby will be celebrating ALL WEEK, so make sure that you are refreshing our Facebook page every day for the latest updates!

We will have special giveaways, packages, and other goodies so you also, may want to keep a close eye on this link!
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http://shop.paxbaby.com/international-babywearing-week-2016/

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*happy babywearing*
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Thank you, Beco! #PAXbirthday9

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A BIG thank you to Beco for sending PAXbaby.com a Gemini buckle carrier for our NINTH birthday party! The Beco Gemini is a great option for babywearers looking for a carrier that does not need an infant insert… and… crossable straps!!

Beat the heat with a breathable 3D mesh liner and vented panel for better airflow. Defend against the sun and stay dry with moisture-wicking SPF 50 performance fabric shell.

  • Can be used from 7-35lbs
  • Helps regulate body temperature; baby stays cool in the heat
  • Large pocket on supportive waist belt
  • Four different positions, from newborn carry and beyond
  • Machine washable

THANK YOU, Beco for helping make our birthday extra special! <3
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*happy babywearing*
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Beco Gemini LOVE

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Two amazing things about the Beco Gemini:
1. You can cross the straps.
2. You do not need an infant insert.

This carrier makes an amazing infant carrier for first time babywearers, or seasoned veterans alike.

http://shop.paxbaby.com/beco-gemini/

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*happy babywearing*

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I have a Beco secret!

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Beco Baby Carriers and PAXbaby.com have had a long time babywearing love affair! We met when my fourth child was just 6 months old; Kolbe is now 9 years and officially too big to wear! Gabby, Beco’s owner and creator of some of our community’s most popular carriers, invited me to the Beco warehouse and HQ in Southern California where we spent a blissful afternoon geeking out about babywearing, cloth diapering and natural parenting! It’s been happily ever after for Beco and PAXbaby since 2006, and PAXbaby has eagerly followed all of Beco’s adventures, from the 4th Generation to the Butterfly (versions 1 and 2) to the Gemini, Soleil, and now the Toddler! What an amazing legacy Gabby has made for herself!
With all my heart, and all my love, I am overjoyed to be adding a new product to PAXbaby’s Beco collection, a wrap conversion made from a Tekhni PAXexclusive rainbow JUST for PAXbaby!

Coming soon with bells on our toes, PAXbaby’s Bekhnis will not fail to delight! Get ready!
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*happy babywearing*

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DAY 4 OF #IBW2015

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Tomorrow PAXplaydates will be celebrating International Babywearing Week at Peltzer Farms!!!

Cannot join us in person??
Make sure to comment on our Facebook post with the name of YOUR local babywearing group and enter to win a FREE Beco Gemini or Soleil *print of our choosing* for YOUR group’s lending library!

Best of luck, and
*happy babywearing*
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Day 3 IBW2015 – PAXbaby’s Day TWO

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We would LOVE to thank our most GENEROUS sponsors:

Maya Wrap
Beco Baby Carrier
Crane Humidifiers
Ergo Baby
Sakura Bloom
Solly Baby
and
Squeen’s Beads

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TODAY, make sure to enter to win a Beco Gemini for you, a friend, or for your local lending library! A Gemini is an awesome carrier for a smaller baby, or a new babywearer. It is easy to use, and does not require an infant insert as the body of the carrier can be snapped smaller! Fall in love with babywearing today, with a Beco Gemini!!!

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner will be emailed once the drawing comes to an end on Tuesday, October 6th!! Shipping address must be confirmed via email within 24 hours, or a new winner will be chosen!! For this reason, make sure to check your email (including your Junk folder!!) (Free shipping in the USA; actual shipping costs for our International friends)
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*happy babywearing*
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#paxbirthdaybash8 and the swagbags!

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Help us celebrate PAXbaby’s amazing achievement, our EIGHTH YEAR birthday; this month marks our anniversary of awesomeness and we want YOU to party with us! Unable to attend our party in Temecula California? Live too far away to come visit for the event? Stuck home with a teething toddler and a baby? Too shy to come out and play? NO WORRIES, we’ve got you covered! Our PAXbirthday Bash Package includes all the ingredients you will need to get your groove on all in the comfort of your own home!

Look what we have for you :

  • A PAXexclusive wrap scrap goodie
  • The ability to view Wrapsody’s Kristi’s amazing PAXseminars from our #PAXbirthdaybash8
  • A stalk free dibs to PAXbaby’s NEXT PAXexclusive canvas Tula Baby Carriers stocking
  • PLUS a chance to buy Nymphai PAX before our new Tekhni wrap is widely released!
  • AND you might be the lucky draw for a PAXretreat Swag Bag which includes 3 baby carriers, and over $200 in other goodies!

Say what? All these amazing prizes for $40!?!? OKAY!! Sign me up!! :)

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The PAXmoms brainstormed one laaaate night (early morning, really) and thought of something adorable and never ever made before (that we know of!) These Wrap Scrap Slap Bracelets are adorable, hand made here in California, and more fun than you know! As an eighties baby, the appeal of these bracelets was a total blast from the past! Show off your rainbow spirit, and slap one on!

Fine Print: Trust us to choose the right bracelet for you; some are rainbows, some are not, but we will share them equally!

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Hearing Kristi from Wrapsody: The Wraparound Baby Carrier speak is going to be the highlight of my YEAR! This babywearing mompreneur is a founding mother to our growing industry and has more knowledge of our community in her pinky finger than most of us do added together! This lady put together the BCIA, the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance, which has saved babywearing from its demise MANY times! In addition to her work for the BCIA, her thriving wrap manufacturing business, Wrapsody… employs a family-owned company under fair trade conditions in Bali. What an amazing woman, right?

Kristi is a natural public speaker, and when I first asked her months ago about coming to be our guest speaker for our upcoming birthday party, she immediately said YES and sent me a list of interesting topics that would be fascinating to hear! We’ve chosen 2 sessions for our#PAXbirthdaybash8, one geared towards babywearing educators called Branding for Businesses which will delve into the topic of how to make YOUR brand stand out among the crowd, a trait that Kristi has mastered! Her second session is applicable for everyone who wants to improve ANY relationship whether that is parenting, business, teaching, or marriage! Personality for Peace will bring happiness to you personally and closure to some of the issues you have been facing in your day to day life. Experience these inspiring talks via recording; you will be able to watch Kristi teach over and over!

Fine print: PAXdaddy Dave from Yo Daddy will be editing and creating a video for you to enjoy! You will be emailed with the secret link in about 4ish weeks. Hold tight; it will be worth the wait!

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It’s the moment you have been waiting for; let’s talk Tulas! In addition to all the other wonderful goodies and opportunities offered in our PAXbirthday Package, here is the chance to forego all the drama, all the anxiety, all the sadness of a regular PAXexclusive stocking, and to know that at the end of the day, YOU will HAVE a PAXexclusive Tula. Now at this point, we cannot reveal to you the pattern, print, name, or strap color that we have chosen for this special carrier, but we can assure you that it’s ADORABLE!!!! A stalk free dibs is priceless when compared to the epic adventure that is stalking for a PAXexclusive, so from now on you can just lean back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Fine print : When we receive our order of PAXexclusive Tulas (sometime before the end of the year,) we will notify you of a private stocking date and time where EVERYONE will go home with a special Tula and MORE! Please understand that these dibs are NON transferable, NON refundable, and only one PAXbirthday Package is available per PAXaccount/ household address. We won’t be able to change the shipping address manually, but if you need to edit your information, keep it updated!!! THIS ORDER IS A FINAL SALE!

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Nymphai PAX is an amazing collaboration between Jessica at The Leaky Boob, Alisa at Tekhni, and PAXmommy Jillian from PAXbaby! Designed from Jessica’s tattoo, this amazing wrap became technicolored thanks to a little rainbow boost from our signature PAX rainbow warp at Tekhni! Nymphai PAX has been described as the “baby” of three beautiful WAHM businesses, and the end result is a stunning Repreve wrap that you will NEED to add to your collection!

Fine print : These wraps are slated to be delivered to PAXHQ sometime before November. 20 random PAXbirthday Present Package winners will be selected and notified of their stalk free dibs after October 1; thanks for your patience!

 

PAXretreat Swag Bags are famously sought after; these packages include goodies from a wide range of sources and may each differ slightly. Wraps from Ovolo Wraps, wooden teethers from Little Sapling Toys, beautiful babywearing jewelry from an array of different companies, baby carriers from Beco Baby Carrier and Ergobaby Carriers, gift certificates for custom baby shoes from Moxx, soothing salves from Mama’s Go to Salve, handmade unicorn horns from Brooklyn Owl….. As a virtual PAXbirthday attendee, you have the chance to take home a Swag Bag for your very own. This is an amazing opportunity to win SUPER big, stock your babywearing lending libary, have baby shower presents ready for years to come, or enjoy each and every goodie yourself! Please, let’s thank the WAHMs and companies that provided such sweet items for us to enjoy with a simple Facebook LIKE; here’s our PAXblog post with links to each business page <3

Fine print: Will you win??? Wait and see! A winner will be chosen at random at our BirthdayParty, & will be notified by email the night of September 20th, 2015!

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With all these amazeballs flying around, I’m sure you have questions for the PAXmoms so please feel free to comment here at the PAXblog or send us an email to help@PAXbaby.com! We will respond just as soon as possible but please note that these are VERY limited and once the PAXbirthday Packages are sold out, we won’t be offering any more!! THANK YOU & * happy babywearinng *

Fine print: Offer available until September 20, 2015!

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