Which Carrier is Right for Me? Quiz

For those of you who aren’t able to come into the store and talk with us about which baby carrier fits your needs, we made a quiz that can help!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BXL8KM5

There are about 10 questions and each one will recommend a certain type of carrier to you based on your answers.  You can add up the answers and see which type of carrier was most recommended for you.  (Aside: does anyone know of a free website that will let me make quizzes and then automatically score them?  I hate to ask you all to score your own quizzes!)

If you have any questions after doing this quiz, feel free to email us at admin@babiesbottomsandmore.com.  We’re happy to help you select the perfect baby carrier for YOU!

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Tutorial: Customize Your Carrier

 

Here is how to customize your carrier with no sewing machine needed.  I customized a Beco Gemini with a goldfish fabric I had.  I like to switch it up every year or so, and definitely give each new baby their own fabric on my Beco. 

1. Gather your supplies.  You will need a needle and thread, scissors, straight pins, and a piece of fabric about 2 inches bigger on all sides than part of the carrier you want to cover.  For me, this was the center panel of the Gemini.  If I was customizing a Mei Tai I would have covered the entire thing.  The fabric should be woven, not stretchy, and should be washable. 

2. To get the fabric the right size, spread it out and lay it down on the Beco.  Make a small cut in the fabric to mark where you are going to trim it.  I laid it out with the bottom end hanging over where I wanted it by about 2 inches, then made my cut at the top about 2 inches past the top of the Beco. 

 

3. Cut the fabric to size.  DO NOT attempt to cut the fabric while it is on top of your carrier – you could accidentally cut through the carrier and that would be so sad.   Move your carrier off the work surface and then trim the fabric to size.  I used a measuring tape to make a straight line for a cutting guide. 

 

4. Fold the extra 2 inches under and pin it.  You want to end up with a piece of fabric with ends “hemmed” under by the pins that is exactly the size you want to sew on. 

 

5. You can see I laid the fabric on the Beco to make sure it was the right size.  Make sure you don’t cover the snaps! 

 

6. Iron the creases in.  This is also a chance to get any wrinkles out of the fabric so it’s nice and crisp when you sew it on. 

 

7. Pin the fabric panel to your carrier.  This will hold it in place while you sew it on. 

 

8. Make your first stitch go up through the fabric so the knot will be tucked under and not visible.  Slip stitch around the edge of the fabric.  Small, even stitches are the key here.  When you put your needle in you want to put it alongside the stitching, towards the center.  This will preserve the flexibility of that seam and allow the carrier to curve around your child’s body without straining the fabric you are sewing on. 

 

9. You will need rethread your needle at least once.  When you run out of thread, leave about 4-6 inches of loose thread.  Push the needle down through the pretty fabric so the knot you’re about to tie will be on the underside and not visible.  Cut the needle off and tie a double knot.  Pull it snug and cut off the loose ends. 

 

10. Continue to stitch all the way around until the fabric panel is securely sewn on.  You’re done!

Monthly Giveaway: Procrastinator’s Edition

Yep, that’s me.  I owed you all a post about the September giveaway about ten days ago.  Congrats to the winner of the Bummis Super Whisper Wrap and Bamboozle fitted diaper – yes, I called her, packed and mailed the diaper, and then forgot her name.  Sorry I can’t give you a shout-out here, but if you’re reading, feel free to leave a comment!  As for the EcoMaids cleaning, I’m still working my way through drawing names and calling people to see if they are in the service area, so we haven’t found a winner yet. 

 

Now, onto THIS month’s giveaway… we have two! (again) Mainly because different groups of people will find the two different packages useful, but also because we’re just nice like that.  🙂

Package One: Mama Cloth

 

Just enough to try out cloth menstrual pads and see if they’re for you, the package contains two regular size gorgeous satin brocade backed mama pads, one smaller pantiliner size pad, and a PlanetWise mini wet/dry bag.  The pads are Mommys Touch brand.  They have black stay-dry fleece on top (black so staining isn’t an issue!), an absorbent core, and a waterproof bottom layer.  Wings wrap around your undies and fasten with a durable snap.  The wet/dry bag is small enough to slip discreetly into a purse and has two zippered pockets: one for clean pads and a waterproof one for dirty pads. 

 

Package 2: Breastfeeding

This package contains a Wrap-n-Snap nursing bra in size small (A/B) donated by La Leche League, a pair of La Leche League contoured cotton breast pads, a pewter and elastic LLL nursing bracelet (switch wrists to remind you which side you nursed on last!), and two pairs of Bamboobies bamboo breast pads – one daytime, one overnight. 

 

Three Ways To Enter:

1. Visit our store, fill out a sticky note (yes, we’re sophisticated around here) with your name, phone number/email, and which package you want to win (mama cloth or breastfeeding).

 

2. Automatically entered with each purchase from our website from 9-1-11 to 9-30-11

 

3. Comment here with which package you’d like to win and answer this question: Is there anything from our store that you are saving up to get or planning to ask for for Christmas?  What is it?

Labor Day Sales and Specials

EDIT: These specials have been extended to online ordering and will remain active until midnight on Monday.  To receive your free stuff, put “labor day specials” in the COMMENTS section at checkout and we will email you to confirm your freebie choices (brands, colors, etc).  Mommys Touch diapers discount has already been taken on the website.

 

We are open our normal hours this Saturday, Labor Day weekend (10am-2pm.)  To celebrate we have some extra goodies for you when you purchase the following items:

All Mommys Touch one-size pocket diapers on sale for $14 each!  What a steal for an American-made one-size diaper!

Free one-size diaper of your choice when you buy any new Beco carrier (Butterfly II or Gemini)

Free PlanetWise wipes pouch with the purchase of any PlanetWise wet/dry bag

Free Melissa and Doug toy of your choice ($12.99 or under) when you buy 3 training pants

Free Natural Nipple Butter (this stuff is the BEST!) when you buy a Lansinoh Affinity breast pump, a My Brest Friend nursing pillow, or two Bravado nursing bras

Free pair of baby leggings when you buy a MobyWrap carrier

See you all Saturday!!