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Happy birthday, PAXbaby!
Today PAXbaby is celebrating NINE YEARS of rainbow sunshine, perky unicorns, and an over the top imagination that has been expressed in thousands of creative baby carriers from handwoven wraps to soft structured carriers! Today we reminisce on the years of planning and designing and dreaming that has brought forth a legacy of brightness so vast that we are having trouble cataloging it all! Each custom textile has been a beauty; it’s hard to choose a favorite from all these amazing carriers such as our iconic Double Rainbow, gorgeous Vice Versa, Once Upon a Tula (1, 2, 3, and 4!), Sally and her counterpart, Jack… Thank you to everyone who has made PAXbaby the epitome of success; we appreciate YOU and are so grateful for your love & support on this magical journey that has made so many babies happy.
With gratitude, the PAXmoms!
Read more about PAXmommy Jillian’s humble beginnings here at the PAXblog!
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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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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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Farewell, PAXmommy Christina!

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It’s been a lovely, busy and amazing 4 years working with PAXmommy Christina! She first asked me about being part of the PAXbaby team on a sunny afternoon while we were watching our baby boys climb clumsily on a local playground. I needed the help so I accepted her invitation gladly, and it’s been non stop fun since! A zillion birthday parties, pedicures, BBQs, new babies, and late night work sessions later, it’s time for us to say goodbye to PAXmommy Christina and let her her spread her wings! She is a doula, Bradley instructor and placenta encapsulator when she’s not being a full time mama to 4 little ones and has touched many with her beautiful presence!
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Thank you, Christina, for gracing PAXbaby.com with your steady peace, your constant patience, your loving nature and your deep babywearing knowledge. We will miss you, we love you, and we can’t wait to see where your bright wings take you!
With love, jillian and the PAXmoms

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International Babywearing Week 2015 Oct 4-10

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Come celebrate International Babywearing Week with PAXbaby.com!!!

We will be partying all week long, so make sure you check back with us so you do not miss out on any of our amazing daily giveaways!
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a Rafflecopter giveaway
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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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Where will YOU be babywearing THIS week? If you have no where to go, make sure you at least come join in online! Teach yourself a new carry, teach someone else how to babywear, take some babywearing selfies, wear your favorite carrier, buy a new carrier, wear an old carrier, lend someone a carrier –  let’s spread that babywearing love, and get people talking! Where will babywearing take YOU this year???

Each day there will be a brand new contest to enter, running from 8am – 10:00pm PDT, so make sure you enter! Like, comment, SHARE, tag your friends!

The winner will be emailed once the drawing comes to an end on Monday, October 5th!! 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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With love, jillian <3

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At 34 years old, it’s not that often that I get to do something brand new and super exciting! But being asked to sign a PAXfriend’s wrap at a PAXplaydate in San Diego was absolutely thrilling! Her Delta PAX now has my scribbled autograph on it in super-indelible-never-come-off Sharpie, and luckily enough, PAXtographer Allie caught the whole thing on film so I can always remember the moment when my signature made someone else say SQUEEEE!

Thanks to my amazing fans for making me the luckiest rainbow loving, big family mothering, small business owning, PAXbaby mama <3 MWUAH!

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Can you say “we need a selfie stick!?!”

This SUMMER is already shaping up to be EPIC!!
There is just soooo much in store for PAXbaby.com we cannot even handle it!!
Road trips, beaches, PAXplaydates, PAXretreat planning, giveaways, BUSINESS meetings, and… well… OF COURSE NEW RAINBOWS!!!

You are definitely going to want to hang around for this!!!!

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A helping hand

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Were you lucky enough to have hands on assistance when you were learning to babywear??

Don’t have a babywearing group nearby??

Email the PAXmommies at help@PAXbaby.com, and we can set you up with a personalized Babywearing Prescription to help you find the best carrier for YOUR needs!

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PAXplaydate in Encinitas

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PAXbaby’s most recent playdate was a delightfully overcast day near the beach in Encinitas, San Diego!

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While the clouds kept the air cool, the babywearers hustled and bustled around, trying on new baby carriers, exploring new woven wrap techniques, and making new friends!

PAXmommy Jillian had the privilege of breastfeeding (wetnursing / milk sharing with) a 14 week old baby and modeling with her for our PAXexclusive Surprise Rainbow My Sol mei tais, and PAXmommy Brianna let us all love on her 39 week belly!!!! PAXmommy Celia wore her youngest baby in her new Vice Versa Emeibaby and looked SMASHING! And all our friends had a wonderful time!

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Big thanks to Julia at IndigoKids Creations for the goodies for our give aways, and to the delightful Allie, our intrepid PAXtographer, from Salt & Light photography. Hope you join us at our next PAXplaydate event in Murrieta on June 24!

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PAXplaydate Release Forms!

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PAXbaby doesn’t want to rain on your parade, so let’s take care of business before the party starts! Please fill out these forms so we can have your details handy! This information will be kept privately and used for each PAXplaydate, so once you fill it out for you and each of your children, you will be ready for ALL future events as well! Thanks!!!
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PAXbaby Photo Release Agreement

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*happy babywearing*

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