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Bring Birth Home Wants YOU! Guest Bloggers Wanted

5 Comments 31 August 2010

Bring Birth Home is looking for guest blogging mamas!

Are you interested in sharing
your passion for home birth, breastfeeding, baby-wearing or other attachment parenting issues on Bring Birth Home?

This is your chance to become a part of the BBH guest blogging team is here.

What we’d like to see at BBH:

  • Inspirational, educational home birth informationif it’s pro-home birth, it’s a go.
  • Babywearing posts - this can be your personal experience wearing your baby and/or your favorite baby carriers and slings. Story or review.
  • Book reviewsshare your favorite pregnancy and/or childbirth preparation book with an audience of captivated mothers to be. They’re looking for first hand experience!
  • Home Birth After Cesareanhow empowering! Tell us your story!
  • Breastfeedingdo you love breastfeeding? Are you practicing extended breastfeeding? What have been your challenges? Favorite memories? Tips for new moms?
  • From hospital to homedid you have a hospital birth before a home birth? Share your story with us and describe how you made the decision to birth at home. Please feel free to compare your experiences.
  • Bed-sharing - do you share your bed with your child(ren)? Was this planned or did it just happen? How do you practice safe bed-sharing?
  • Home birth transfer storiesyou were planning a home birth but transferred to the hospital. It happens. There are women out there wanting to connect with other women who have transferred from home to hospital. Sharing your story can be very healing.
  • Gentle parentinghow are you raising your children in a non-disciplinary way? What resources have you found to expand communication and cooperation within your family in a peaceful way?
  • Elimination Communicationwhat has been your experience? We want to know!
  • Vaccinationswhat is your stance? No vacc, selective or different schedule?

If this sounds like fun, Bring Birth Home would love to have you on board.

You don’t have to have your own blog when you can use Bring Birth Home as your platform!

Please email Kaitlin at for a nice conversation and further instruction.

Babywearing, Breastfeeding

Wordless Wednesday – Babywearing Photo Virtual Fashion Show

12 Comments 28 July 2010

Welcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!

This post was written as part of The Breastfeeding Cafe’s Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today’s post is Wordless Wednesday: Babywearing Photos! Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th through the 31st! 


Our first carrier, the Peanut Shell

The Cybex 2.GO

My personal favorite, our Ergo Baby carrier


 Here are more posts by the Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival participants! Check back because more will be added throughout the day.

Babywearing, Motherhood

Wearing Ella | Tips & Thoughts on Baby Carriers

20 Comments 17 March 2010

No babies were hurt in the making of this blog post. Always follow this rule of thumb when wearing your baby: close enough to kiss/can see their face.

I love wearing my daughter Ella.

She likes it too, much more than bouncing along in the stroller. She sings and kicks her feet, rests her head on my chest and even nurses while we’re walking. This means less tears. And happy baby = happy mama.

Baby wearing is a lifestyle.

Mothers wear their babies not only for the emotional comfort, although that is a great reason, but for skin-to-skin contact, to regulate breathing and pass back and forth loving hormones.

The safety of wraps, carriers and slings has been in the news recently. It may be in your best interest to stay away from carriers like the Infantino, which carries a higher risk of suffocation due to bad positioning.

Some reports have advised mothers not to wear their babies under 4 months of age. This is not accurate. You’ll definitely want to carry your newborn. Just make sure your baby is upright and it’s face is visible!

I owned the Infantino carrier for a moment – literally, a moment. We tried putting Ella in it and she seemed so uncomfortable that we just took her out and stuck it right back in the box.

Having used 5 different baby wearing devises, I thought I’d discuss my thoughts on the matter and share some user-friendly information.

(All wrap & carrier info is in chronological order from newborn to toddler)

Wrap #1: The Peanut Shell

The first wrap I wore Ella in was a Peanut Shell – sent from a friend. I pulled out from the box of goodies she sent a big donut shaped piece of fabric and thought, “what the heck is this??” I read the friend’s card, checked the label on the sling and searched for more information online.

The Peanut Shell website was very helpful, providing explanations and “how-to” pictures.  I even looked up some videos on You Tube (thank you to all the moms out there who make instructional videos).

Do not wear the Peanut Shell as depicted in the photo to the right – make sure you can always see baby’s face and be close enough to kiss.

I only wore Ella in the Peanut Shell a handful of times. It didn’t look like she was comfortable, not being able to hold up her head or re-position herself. So I simply sat on the couch with her, (see top picture) which allowed some freedom and rest for my arms.

I think I like the Shell for toddlers – you can throw them on your hip that way. I’ve seen friends pop their 2 year olds on in and would recommend this wrap for that age group above newborns.

Wrap #2: The Moby Wrap

I have a love/hate relationship with the Moby and all other wraps that are essentially extremely long pieces of fabric.

On one hand, they’re very versatile. Wear your baby facing out, facing in, on your front, back or side – it’s up to you and baby.

Just learn how to wrap the thing around you before you have a wailing baby that wants to be picked up. Frustrating!

I will say however, that the Moby is a great wrap for infants. You can snuggle their little bodies up so close – right under your chin. Very cozy.

I finally got the hang of the Moby Wrap when Ella started feeling too heavy and kicking her legs seemed to mess up the way she was wrapped. Before I knew it, she was lop-sided, so I decided it was time to invest in a different kind of carrier – one that has snaps and buckles.

I went to a local baby boutique and tested out different styles of baby carriers interchanging Ella into several positions and walking around the store before making a choice.

Here are a few notes from my experience:

The Baby Bjorn wasn’t very comfortable. At all. It kind of laid funny over my breasts. I think it might be better for dads and have heard the same from a few friends. Yet I do see mothers wearing them out and about…so it could very well be personal preference!

The ERGO Baby Carrier was fantastic but Ella really liked to face out at the time. That position is not an option with Ergo. I was pretty bummed about that limitation because the Ergo Carrier was what I initially had my heart set on purchasing it.

The Cybex 2.g0 was new on the market. 5 positions and comfortable, including forward facing with 70% of weight distributed on the hips for babies ranging 8-40 lbs…

I ended up buying the Cybex due to the outward facing compatibility. It didn’t hurt my back, shoulder and waist straps were adjustable to fit Eric and I both.

I continued to wear Ella everywhere. To the grocery store, the library, the park and around the house while I clean.

But then…(oh yes, there is a but…)

One of the plastic rings that holds the straps together broke as I was tightening it!!

Big time bummer! Mad, mad mommy!

The good news: Ella didn’t fall out.

Bad news: She was no where near the weight limit and the 5 month old carrier should not have broken.

I wrote and email and made a phone call and within 3 days, (yes THREE days!) of my complaint, I received a phone call from Cybex and a full in-store refund. Yay!

Our Happy Ergo Ending

I used the Moby Wrap once again to walk down to the store and exchange the Cybex for the Ergo – the one I wanted all along, and we both love it.

Ella is just fine being carried facing me, riding on my hip or on my back, now that she’s getting bigger (it’s so bittersweet).

I think she’s just content to be close.

So am I.

Here’s an updated photo of my baby boy Lucan in the Ergo. We both love it!

Purchase ERGO baby carriers here

Cybex was prompt and very professional with my complaint. I deeply appreciate quality customer service and think highly of the company for their speedy response and care. This was the first carrier snap that had broken that was brought to their attention.


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