Baby Slings, Wraps, and Other Carriers

I can’t remember if I have done a post on babywearing and the different types of carriers yet, so if I have, bear with me.  I wanted to give a basic rundown of the different types of carriers (as well as specifically the brands of each type that we carry).  Hopefully this will help some people choose the carrier that is right for them.  Remember, you can always come by the store and try on any and all carriers for yourself before you buy.

One-shoulder carriers (slings).  

There are two types of one-shoulder fabric carriers, called slings.  One is the pouch sling, and one is the ring sling.  The pouch sling, made ubiquitous by the Hotslings brand, is a sized (non-adjustable, you must buy the size that fits you) sling with a deeper “pouch” on the side where the baby goes.  They are the lightest and smallest of the slings as they use the least amount of fabric.  These are not the slings that were recalled several years ago, and if proper sizing and proper positioning is used they are quite safe.  They can be inexpensive, easy to make if you’re a DIY kind of person, and are overall uncomplicated.  Since they are sized, however, they can’t be shared between people of different sizes (like a mom and a dad, usually.)  We do not carry any pouch slings at this point although we hope to get back to making custom pouch slings to order for our customers once our newest baby get a little bit older.

Pouch Sling (image from http://www.sevenslings.com)

Ring slings are kind of like pouch slings except that they are adjustable, with a long tail of fabric that can be shortened or lengthened (thus making the body of the sling larger or smaller) by pulling through a pair of rings.  They are often quite beautiful, sometimes made of luxury fabrics like linens and silks.  Because they are adjustable, different-sized people can share a ring sling.  Proper positioning is important for safety and comfort, so be sure to either have someone show you how to position the baby in different ways or watch a lot of Youtube videos showing you how.  We carry the Zolowear, Baby Holdings, and Hava lines of ring slings by special order.  (around $40-75)

Hava brand ring sling

Two-shoulder Carriers (Stretchy)

There are two kinds of stretchy, tw0-shoulder carriers that we have in our store: Mobywrap and Baby K’tan.  The Mobywrap is a long, stretchy (but sturdy) piece of fabric that can be wrapped around you and your baby to create different holds, like facing in or out while upright, laying down in the “cradle” hold, or for older babies sitting up on your hip.  The Baby K’tan can do almost all of the same holds as the Mobywrap, but instead of being one long piece of fabric it is sewn to cut down on (a) the amount of fabric used and (b) the amount of wrapping required.  Many parents (including myself) cannot comfortably wear a heavier baby in a one-shouldered carrier for very long, but find the two-shoulder support of these carriers very comfortable and the baby’s weight well-distributed.  They are great carriers for tiny babies because of the way they wrap the baby tightly, almost swaddling them to your body.  My kids always go right to sleep in their Mobywrap.  In fact, one of the earliest memories I have of my second child is putting him securely in the Mobywrap so I could chase his sister all over the playground and even go down slides with her… and he slept through it all!

 

Both of these carriers can be used with twins!

Mobywrap

Pro’s of the Mobywrap include more color choices, lower cost, one-size-fits-all sizing, and the fact that it can be easily cinched up and retied if your baby’s weight starts to make it fit too loosely on you.  Also, it rests some of the baby’s weight on your hips instead of only on your shoulders.  (starts at $39)

On the other hand, the Baby K’tan is lighter weight, both because of the amount of fabric and because it comes in a breathable sport mesh version (the Baby K’tan Breeze).  It’s quicker to pop on and off and can be simpler because it doesn’t require wrapping.  (starts at $63)

Baby K'tan

Non-stretchy, woven wrap carriers are also available.  We carry the Dolcino woven wrap by special order.

 

Mei Tai Carrier

The Mei Tai carrier is an Asian baby carrier that distributes the baby’s weight much the same way as a wrap carrier, but it is built differently.  Instead of a long piece of fabric, the Mei Tai is a rectangle of fabric that forms the seat and back of a “chair” for your baby, which is then tied onto your body by a waist strap and two shoulder straps.  Mei Tais can be used to carry a baby on your front, hip, or back.  They are especially good for older babies (though can be used for newborns too) because they are not stretchy and so can support heavier weights without sagging.  We carry the Babywearing Essentials line of Mei Tais by CatBirdBaby, a great value at only $69.  We also can order their fancier Mei Tais by request.

Mei Tai

Soft Structured Carriers (SCC’s)

Soft Structured carriers have a design based on the Mei Tai, but have buckles instead of tied and often have extra bells and whistles.  I’m getting tired so I’ll edit this later and explain the differences between the Beco Butterfly, Beco Gemini, and CatBirdBaby Pikkolo!

Onesie Decorating Contest Official Rules

We have the goods so now it’s time to start decorating!  Here are the rules:

1. Pick up your item(s) from Babies Bottoms and More on Tuesdays or Saturdays from 10-2.  Up to 3 entries per person.

2. Get creative!  Decorate, dye, embellish, applique, or paint your onesie, gown, or hooded towel.

3. Email a photo of your creation(s) to admin@babiesbottomsandmore.com.  We will post it on our Facebook page.

4. Drop off or mail your entries back to us, again, either Tuesday or Saturday from 10-2 or mail to 2964 Mark Twain Dr, Farmers Branch TX 75234.

5. Win! Candis, Devon, and Elisa will pick our favorite entry from the three people with the most “Likes” on their photo(s).  So get your friends to vote for you on Facebook!  Winner gets a $15 gift certificate to Babies Bottoms and More.

6. Feel Good about your work.  All entries will be donated to new mothers in need through Birth Choice crisis pregnancy center.  (www.birthchoicedallas.org)

Deadlines:

Last day to turn in your entries is Saturday, August 6. 

Giving Back & Contest!

Today I came across some information about a crisis pregnancy center here in Dallas called BirthChoice.  (www.birthchoicedallas.org).
After reading their mission statement and hearing that they are in need of baby items to give to new mothers, we ordered an assortment of solid-color baby clothes and hooded towels from one of our diaper suppliers.  In about a week we will be getting in 10 infant onesies, 6 hooded towels, and 8 baby layette gowns. 
Here’s the fun part.  We will be having a contest for decorating these items.  I’ll post on our Facebook page when they are here and you can come pick up 1, 2, or 3 items.  Have fun and pretty them up any way you like, and our favorite will be chosen by Elisa, Candis, and Devon.  The winner will receive a $15 gift card to Babies Bottoms and More and have their item posted on our Facebook page, and all the baby items will be donated to Birth Choice to be given to new moms in need.  
Need ideas for decorating? Here are some with links to fun tutorials I found. 
-Dyeing.  Check out iDye at JoAnn Fabrics or dharmatrading.com.  You can dye items in your washing machine (and it doesn’t ruin your machine, we’ve tried it.)
– Embroidery or Applique.  If you don’t have an embroidery machine you can cut out a piece of colored or printed fabric in the shape you want (I’ve done hearts before) and sew it on with stitches around the edges of the shape. Tutorial here: http://chickchicksewing.blogspot.com/2011/02/decorating-baby-onesies-and-clothing.html
-Fabric paint.  Stencils or shaped sponges can make super cute designs! Tutorial here: http://www.needleandspatula.com/2011/04/baby-shower-activity-decorating-onesies.html
-Stamps!  There’s a tutorial here: http://www.polliwogged.com/detail/decorate-baby-onesies-with-stamps
-Trim.  Sew some lace onto a onesie’s rear to make a frilly, girly outfit.  (Please avoid beads as they are a choking hazard.)   Links to see ideas:
Ribbon onesies: http://www.poshbabycouture.com/category_50/Ribbon-Onesies.htm 
Lacie Bum onesie: http://gabrielsgoodtidings.blogspot.com/2010/08/embellished-onesies.html

ps: sorry about the atrocious formatting of this post.  WordPress was not cooperating and I’m tired of trying to figure it out.  

 

Edited to add: If you are not local or don’t get a chance to come by the store, you can still participate!  Just decorate your choice of baby item and mail it to us at Babies Bottoms and More, 2964 Mark Twain Dr, Farmers Branch TX 75234.  We will be posting the end-date for the contest once we get our shipment of onesies.  

July Monthly Giveaway

Sorry I’m a few days late with this, y’all! All that barbequing and swimming got me to keep putting this off. Anyway, here’s our July Giveaway: 3 one-size pocket diapers in (you guesssed it) Red, White, and Blue.  The red and blue are Mommys Touch one-size diapers (http://www.babiesbottomsandmore.com/motoveezclpo.html) and the white is a Babykicks pocket diaper (not on our site, but available by special order). 

Mommys Touch are my favorite pocket diaper because they are open on either end, making stuffing super-easy and making UN-stuffing obsolete!  The inserts come out in the wash by themselves, so no more handling wet, dirty inserts.  They are available in a ton of cute colors and prints and have held up beautifully for me through THREE kids. 

(diaper in prize has snaps)

How to Win:

1. You will be automatically entered to win with any online order from July 1 – July 31.

2. Stop by our store  and fill out an entry slip.

3. Comment here with one thing you like about Babies Bottoms and More (either a favorite product, something you like about the way we do business, favorite good experience with our store, etc.)  Yes, this is blatant fishing for compliments – but sometimes after taking care of kids all day we could all use some encouragement, me included! 🙂

Fourth of July Weekend Deals!

There are too many of these to list on our Facebook page so I’m going to put them here. 

First: SALES

We match all advertised sales from authorized retailers (i.e., not ebay, craigslist, deal-a-day sites, etc).  Here is a sampling of the ones I have found (and that we are matching)

15% off Flip diapers

15% off Undercover Mama nursing tanks (we have a limited number of the old style too, priced at $19.95, and these are 20% off too!)

If you find another deal that you would like us to match, just print out the page or email us the link.  Discounts will be taken manually on online orders.  Found a sale you want us to match?  Help out other mamas and post it in the comments below! 

SECOND: DOOR PRIZES

We have some great door prizes for in-store customers tomorrow, Saturday from 10-2 (July 2).  Doors open at 10.  The FIRST customer in the door will receive a free PlanetWise sport bag in your choice of in-stock print (valued at $28).  The FOURTH customer in the door will receive a free tube of ThinkBaby sunscreen (valued at $15.99).  The NINTH customer in the store will receive a bag of Ruby Moon cloth diaper detergent (valued at $10.95).  The TWELFTH customer in the store will receive a Bamboozle bamboo fitted diaper with a Bummis Super Whisper Wrap in your choice of size (valued at $32.50).  We will have a sign-in sheet at the door so be sure to sign in as soon as you get here so we know who came when. 

THIRD: ONLINE GIVEAWAYS

We’re going to do some giveaways based on order numbers.  When you place your order, it is given an order number.  The last 4 digits identify your order.  We’re currently at order number 1146.  All orders over $25 will participate in this giveaway.  If your order number is…

1148 – you win a PlanetWise snack bag set valued at $15.98

1152 – you win a Tots Bots Bamboozle fitted diaper with a Tweedlebugs one-size cover valued at $29.99

1158 – you win a Bravado Body Silk Seamless nursing bra valued at $49

1168 – you win a Beco Butterfly II valued at $139!

Contest ends at 11:59 pm on Monday July 4.  Shop now at www.babiesbottomsandmore.com!

Prizes will be shipped with your order.  In case of sized products we will contact you to find your size before shipping.