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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IBW2016 – DAY 4

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Hello Saturday!!! The next time you host a babywearing meeting and want to have a goodie or two to randomly give away, all you will need to do is pull out the bag that you order today from PAXbaby.com!!! For just $50 you will receive over $100 of items that are just perfect for small prizes at a babywearing event! Click here; order as many bags as you would like! Offer lasts as long as our supplies! Have fun at International Babywearing Week!!
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http://shop.paxbaby.com/international-babywearing-week-2016/

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*happy babywearing*
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PAXbaby at MommyCon

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So much fun was had at MommyCon!! ?? What was your fave part of this past weekend?  Did you snag a photo with us? We would LOVE to see it!

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*happy babywearing*

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Happy Breastfeeding Week!

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Happy Breastfeeding Week!
How long have you been breastfeeding for?
PAXmommy Jillian has been breastfeeding for 119 months of her 135 months of being a mama!
The road has not always been easy. There have been ups and downs, and everything inbetweens – mastitis, pregnancy, lip-ties, tongue-ties, twins, tandem feeding, abscesses, losses, sickness, loss of milk, milk production issues (over supply/under supply) etc. etc.
The PAXmommies have always helped one another, and have even breastfed one another’s babies/toddlers when needed.

Do you have support? One of the biggest keys to successful breastfeeding for the PAXmommies has been a solid support system, both at home, and in the community.
Can we help you? Is there something you are struggling with?
Maybe we can help!
Feel free to email us at help@PAXbaby.com!
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*happy breastfeeding week*
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PAXplaydate at IBC2016

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PAXplaydate at IBC2016!!!

Meet PAXmommy Jillian in Atlanta! We are thrilled to announce that PAXbaby was invited to host an event at 2016’s International Babywearing Conference in Atlanta, Georgia! Be prepared because there will be a wrap revealed! Actually TWO wraps revealed! And the very first clue will be shown in a Facebook post THIS week! The PAXmoms have worked so very hard to create a very special wrap for you to order as a limited edition IBC2016 souvenir; we hope you love it AND we hope to see you in ATLANTA!!!!!!!

Bring your lunch, your baby, and your smile on Friday July 15 to Room #114 from 11:55-1:30! We will be taking SELFIES to commemorate the fun!!!! See you soon! Love, the PAXmommies!

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*happy babywearing*

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Shout out to the PUMPING mamas!!

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Shout out to the pumping mamas!!
When you gotta pump, you gotta pump!!

Did you pump that liquid gold?? If so, for how long?
<3 Y’all are amazing!!! <3

 

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*happy babywearing*

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Meet & greet!!!!!

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Local PAXfriends, meet me at the Disneyland Hotel lobby on Monday! Come pick up your new Alice Through the Looking Glass wrap, take a quick selfie, or just hang out with PAXmommy Jillian at the TEACUPS in the LOBBY! If you are picking up your wrap please be sure to select the PICK UP option so we don’t ship your order! See you between 3 and 5 pm PST on February 15th at the Happiest Hotel on Earth!

By the way, parking is free at Downtown Disney if you stay less than 3 hours and you don’t need a valid Disneyland pass to enter the hotel lobby! See you soon for a mini PAXplaydate hosted by Olivia at Tallulah Baby Designs!!!!!

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*happy babywearing*

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PAXbaby and Disneyland babywearing!

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Going to Disneyland soon??? Check out these two blog posts and find out which rides you can babywear on, and which to stay clear of!
http://paxbaby.com/babywearing-at-disneyland/
http://paxbaby.com/babywearing-and-disneyland/

 

Have any other tips?? We would love to hear them!!

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*happy babywearing*

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#disneybound at PAXbaby

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As huge Disney geeks, dressing in cosplay has added so much joy to the PAXmoms’  Disneyland trips! What YOU need to #disneybound at home is a theme, any theme! Who is your favorite character? Favorite movie? Favorite ride? How about Peter Pan? Wear green leggings and cut a long tee shirt into points at the bottom! Tie a brown belt around your waist and add a red feather to your hair! Do you love Snow White? Doesn’t get easier than putting a red bow around your head and wearing a yellow t shirt, blue jeans, with a pair of red Converse sneakers! If you are like me and love to wear dresses, Hot Topic has an amazing selection of cosplay dresses which makes dressing up for any occasion way too much fun; I have even worn my Toy Story and Darth Vader dresses to church! All you need is a little imagination and pixie dust to bring your Disney favorites to life!

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PAXbaby takes #disneybounding one step further with our exclusive character themed carriers! Have you seen our Angel Pack Minnie buckle carriers? Were you able to get your hands on one of our VERY limited 999 Happy Haunts wraps? What about PAXbaby’s Jack, Sally, Triton or Through the Looking Glass exclusive wraps? Each of these makes a complete cosplay outfit without even trying!!! Wait til you see what we have coming next!!!!!

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*happy babywearing*

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Free Friday and MOMMYCON

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HAPPY FREE FRIDAY!

MommyCon is coming to ANAHEIM this November 14th and do you know what that means?!?! OUR OWN BACKYARD!!!!

You can get your MommyCon-on along with the PAXmoms and all of our favorite friends!

Join us for a super fun PAXplaydate with chit chat & prizes at the Orange County ballroom at 11:45am PDT!

Don’t have tickets yet?

No worries, TODAY we have a pair here for you & your babywearing bestie to win!

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Hope to see you at MommyCon Anaheim!

The winner will be emailed once the drawing comes to an end on Friday, October 16th!! 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)

Best of luck, PAXfriends!!!
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*happy babywearing*
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