Babywearing Basics Online Course

Starting March 1st! Early Bird $25

Included in this course

  • Benefits of Babywearing
  • Positioning and safety
  • Brief overview of newborn anatomy
  • Style of carriers, slings, wraps (overview of the most common brands available on the market_
  • Instructional videos
  • Choose the right carrier for your life style
  • Choose the right carrier for your body type
  • Includes $25 gift certificate towards a purchase on metrominis.com
  • Tips and tricks for babywearing success

Extra: 20 minute recorded audio about Kangaroo Care. 

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Tutorial: Fold a Sakura Bloom!

Hurrayyyyyy, the Sakura Bloom Spring Collection is out!!

So this morning I planted myself in front of my macbook to make sure to not miss the stocking of the new spring line.  There are tons of new colors  in simple and essential silk collection. There is also a brandnew single layer linen collection called "Gradient Collection" and two new Chambrays. 

Silk collection

Chambray Collection

 
 

Gradient Collection (Single layer linen with texture)

tips and tricks how to use your Beco Baby Carrier - Gemini Edition

We love the Gemini from Beco Baby Carrier. It fits a big variety of body types and fits even the most petite mama. The padded hip belt gives excellent support ( if you have a c section you might have to wait a few weeks please contact us)

Features:
1. Padded body
It provides great support for your baby

2. Padded headrest
We love the padded headrest. It can be flipped up to provide some extra neck support for your little one.

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advantages of Babywearing

Baby wearing is one of the oldest traditions of parenting around the world. For centuries baby wearing has given parents a way to meet the diverse needs of Child, Self, Family and Community. By providing the best we can for our children, we offer them a chance to reach their full potential. Strong human bonds and lots of physical contact help form the secure "world" where the infant learns best.

When a parent wears their baby in a sling or carrier, both the parent and the baby quickly learn to read each other's cues. Dads get a new role that's more fun than just diapering: baby slings and carriers provide a way to comfort your baby or help her drift off to sleep. Wearing your baby helps harmonize your infant's systems, because they mirror the caregivers movement, breathing, and heartbeat. These rhythms reflect the womb experience, easing the transition into the outside world. Wearing baby in a sling or carrier is the best way to nurse on the go. Busy mothers can give their child the best nutrition possible, anywhere. You have the freedom to do virtually anything while you give your child what they need: You!

Babies really take to slings and carriers because of the closeness, security and comfort they provide. Within a few days, you and your baby will work together to discover how baby wearing works best for the two of you. As you can imagine, each caregiver/child pair finds a different comfort. One thing is common too all: a deeper bond between caregiver and child.

Some of the benefits of slinging your baby are:
1. A continuous daily relationship with one primary caregiver (usually the mother) results in the most intelligent nurture of a young child. Extended family members also provide a constant and assuring presence.
2. A baby held in-arms, or worn in a sling or carrier, moves as a unit with the parent. The adult's hands are free to care for older children and perform other tasks. Baby can calmly indicate when to be put down instead of crying to be picked up.
3. A baby whose cries are responded to promptly learns to trust. When children are accustomed to being comforted by people, not things, family relationships tend to remain simple.
4. Children integrated into the daily life of family and community have a tremendous educational advantage. Babies in-arms are mostly in a quiet alert state of consciousness, observing their surroundings from a secure perch. Older children learn lessons that are relevant and essential to their well-being.
5. Both parents and babies get their needs met by unhurried communication and humane interactions. The respect shown to small children by parents will reflect back on them in later years.

[Adapted from literature provided by Rosado Sling and Rebozo Way]

A handy guide to wear your baby

Babywearing is the practice of carrying your baby in sling or carrier. It is an art that has been used all over the world for centuries. With the invention of the stroller we strayed away from wearing our babies but nowadays more parents see the benefits to just sling or carry the baby again. So why do we carry babies? Babies are meant to be worn, they thrive from the bodily contact and movement of their parents. The amazing world of baby carriers can be a little overwhelming since there are so many different options on the market.  A new parent should keep in mind that babywearing can take a practice but we promise if you stick with it you will become a pro in no time. 

 

What are some of the benefits of baby wearing?

Wearing your baby is so practical. You will be able to run errands, walk the dog, go shopping with your baby securely strapped onto you. For us New Yorkers it makes an awkward trip on public transportation into a walk in the park. Baby wearing promotes bonding. It is an easy way to connect and soothe your baby. 

It provides a womb outside the womb, an enclosed, warm protective environment that feels safe for your little one. It allows for hands free nursing on the go, and makes your life so much easier if you have to run after older siblings. 

 

Most importantly baby wearing promotes healthy mental, emotional and physical development. Babies who are worn spend more time in the “quiet alert state,” the ideal time for learning and observing the surroundings. Being close to a parent’s heartbeat, breathing, voice and warmth helps the newborn “get in rhythm” much faster. For extra super bonding, wear the carrier without shirt in your home to promote skin to skin contact. Babies who are worn cry less because mom or dad can read babies cues and needs as they occur. 

 

What are the types of carriers on the market?

Generally you can put carriers in to 5 major type of categories. 

1. A ring sling is a one-shoulder carrier fastened with two aluminum rings. It is great for carrying newborns and breastfeeding, as well as being an excellent toddler hip carrier. Ring slings comes in all kinds of fabric from cotton, linen, silk and hemp blends. Ring slings prices can range from very inexpensive to expensive.

 

2. A Pouch is a one-shoulder carrier that usually is not adjustable on the go. They are great for hip carries for older babies, but not so much recommended for newborns. Pouches generally need to be sized to the wearer to guarantee a good fit. Pouches are worn over one shoulder. 

 

3. A mei tai is a traditional Asian-style carrier which consists of four long straps around a rectangular body. Not only is this carrier simple to use, but it's also suitable for all sized babies and wearers. There are other types of Asian Style Carriers like the Podeagi or Onbuhimo with the Mei Tai style being more popular here in the USA. 

 

4. A wrap is a long length of cloth that can be wrapped around your body. It can take a bit of practice to get the hang of it, but once you do, there are endless possibilities for comfortably wearing even the heaviest babies. Wraps can be divided into two styles: stretchy wraps and woven wraps. Stretchy wraps are inexpensive, but usually only work for the newborn stage and are used for front carries only, the exception being hybrid stretch wraps.

Woven and gauze wraps can be used for front, hip and back carry. They are very popular in Europe and can be used for any stage. 

“Wrapping” does take some practice and dedication so it is not for everyone - which is okay. There are plenty of alternatives on the market. However if you take the time to learn to use the wrap it can be the most comfortable and versatile carrier you ever had. 

 

5. Soft-structured carriers, or SSC for short, are two shouldered upright carriers with buckle closures. There are many types, so you are sure to find one that works for your body type.

 

How to determine which carrier is right for you?

 

1. What is your body type? Are you petite, fluffy or very tall? Do you have an injury or a bad back?  The best thing is to try on carriers in person. This could be in a store, local baby wearing group or at a baby wearing class. A lot of cities have special retailers or baby wearing educators that come to your home. 

 

2. Are you planning to use the carrier only occasionally ? Do you want to bring your baby on hikes? Do you live in urban or suburban area? Do you want to breastfeed in the carrier? Do you own a car or do you take mostly public transportation? 

 

3. Will you have a winter or summer baby? What climate do you live? Some carriers are just too hot in summer climates. 

 

4, Do you want to share the carrier with another caretaker? If yes, you want to make sure the carrier fits both of your body types. You might want to avoid carriers that are sized or require a lot of adjustments.

 

Criteria for safe baby wearing

 

Your babies back and neck should be properly supported. Babies are born with C shaped spines, and carriers should support this natural  position. 

Your babies hips should be supported correctly. Are the babies knees higher than hips? Your baby should be in a spread squat position in any carrier or sling. 

Is the fabric of the carrier spread securely? Baby wearing is safe but like with any other baby device there are few safety guidelines. Your baby should be in an upright position on your chest and worn high and tight.  You should be able to kiss your babies head without straining your neck. If you need to bend to kiss your baby's head the carrier is either too loose, too big or worn incorrectly. Please avoid positions where your baby's chin collapses to the chest. Positional asphyxiation can be the result. Always keep your babies airway clear. Don’t cover up your babies head with blankets. Your baby should also be visible to you. 

Buy carriers and slings from a reputable retailer or manufacturer. There are a lot of fake or knock off carriers on the market that are not safety tested. Reposition your baby after breastfeeding. 

 

Remember there are tons of baby carriers and baby slings on the market. For maximum baby wearing success don’t just blindly add a carrier onto your registry without research.  If you have the opportunity to try on carriers in person make that part of your to do list before your baby arrives.  Find a local baby wearing educator, retail store or baby wearing group to guide you with carriers that might be appropriate for you. 

 

Tips for successful baby wearing

  • Practice with a weighted doll or bag of rice until your are confident.
  • Make sure baby is well rested, fed, changed and content before putting him/her in a carrier for the first time.
  • Talk to your baby while settling him/her in the carrier.
  • Be sure that baby is snug to your body to ensure a comfortable and a safe carry.
  • Don't be nervous. Babies can sense a lack of confidence. Parents around the world wear their babies, and so can you.
  • Take the extra minute to be sure your carrier is properly adjusted. Spread the fabric flat to the ensure a comfortable and  secure carry.
  • Remember baby wearing takes practice. Be patient with yourself and your baby while you learn this new skill together.
  • Babies love to feel movement. If you put your baby in a carrier and he/she is fussy get moving. Walk with purpose, maybe even go outside and walk up and down the block.
  • Find experienced baby wearers or educators who can help you to troubleshoot that carrier. 
  • Don’t rush putting on the baby carrier or baby sling. If you don’t get it right the first time just start again. Be patient. I always compare it to learning how to tie your shoes. First it is difficult and then it clicks and you can do it in your sleep. 

summer babywearing

NYC is beautiful in the summer. So many things to do: from street  fairs, flea markets, strolling in Central Park, movies in the park and so much more.
Wearing your baby in a baby sling or carrier is so practical for urban parents but it also can be pretty warm. Here are a couple of tips to make summer Babywearing a little "cooler"

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1. Consider the baby carrier as one layer of clothing. Don't overdress your baby, diaper and a tshirt should be sufficient.


2. Some carrier are warmer than others. We find ring sling are pretty good for summer. Sakura Bloom Pure ringslings are one layer of linen. Linen has amazing properties,  it wicks away moisture from your body when you perspire so you and your baby will feel more comfortable. Linen is also natural antibacterial which is a plus.


3. If you are outdoors in the direct sunlight a lot, it is best to wear lighter color carriers. Dark colors attract sun rays so you feel warmer quicker.


4. Carry a little spray bottle with distilled water. I usually add some drops of peppermint essential oil which has a cooling effect, it is so refreshing.


5. Try to stay out of the direct sunlight and look for shade.

6. If you use a woven wrap, try to use carries that only use one layer of fabric

7. Keep you and your baby hydrated.

Rebozo Mexican Baby Sling Hip Wrap & Hip Slung Carry Instructions

2.- The Hip Wrap is for babies with good neck control who can sit up, approx. 6 months through toddler.

2-1. Begin with the shorter end of the rebozo draped over one shoulder (for variety, here we see the opposite shoulder than used in the newborn wrap), and the longer end behind the body to the waist.

2-2. Bringing the longer end to the front to be tied to the shorter end in a double knot between wearer's shoulder and breast, here we see the sling created for babe to slip into, a good amount of material that will accommodate various positions.

2-3. Babe can be picked up while wearer stands or sits, and slipped into hip position, straddling wearer's hip with both legs --the weight and shape of baby's bum provides the counter pressure that stretches fabric and keeps rebozo taut. Very comfortable and social for wearer and baby, child's weight rests on wearer's hip, and taking her out of wrap is as quick and easy as putting her in. This wrap also imitates a common way babies of this age are carried when not tied on; with the rebozo, both wearer's hands can be free while child is secure and close.

4.- Hip Slung Nursing/Sleeping Wrap. For child approximately six weeks to toddler.

4-1. and 4-2. same as the three previous wraps - please remember to keep switching the shoulder over which the rebozo is draped, each time you put the rebozo on again. This is especially important when babe is nursing from one breast while in rebozo, so that she sucks from one side and then the other.

This wrap is easily slipped into from the sitting wrap, by pulling fabric up to child's chin, or over head, as babe's legs are let free from about the knees down, or from the hip wrap, when legs are already out but rebozo fabric is opened up behind babe to at least chin height, and child is tipped back, back into nursing/sleeping posture.

4-3. As one gets used to using the rebozo, we find that there is a contact point for the baby's bum that we aim for as we slip baby in. In this wrap, that point is lower than in the sitting wrap, and probably the hip wrap - there is a lot of material (approx. 30" wide) in the rebozo, yet it is so light, it is not bulky when there's no need to open it fully, as in the sitting wrap. Then when we want or need the full width of material, as when we want to nurse discreetly or sling baby for sleep, not for quiet alertness, it is available to us. When we put babe directly into the hip slung wrap, maybe when they are fussy and the movement in rebozo will lull them to sleep, we find that contact point that allows us to stretch the fabric up to baby's chin or even completely covering head, and lets legs dangle out from the knees (the lower bum provides the tautness that keeps this wrap secure). The shape the child's body forms inside the rebozo allows maximum rocking while wearer is strolling, if that's what's wanted, and/or easy discreet access to the breast, whether wearer is sitting or on the move. At this age (after 6 weeks), we recommend stopping to nurse, sitting or standing, and resuming our course of action, without needing to remove rebozo or child, once babe is satisfied and/or has dozed off.

[adapted from Rebozo Way literature, by Barbara Wishingrad]

babywearing article from DNA info

Article from DNA Info written Amy Zimmer

PARK SLOPE — Forget the fancy stroller. The baby-carrying harness is the accessory du jour.
Many new parents tackling the city’s subway stairs, busy sidewalks and narrow store aisles sans stroller are now looking beyond the well-known Baby Bjorn carrier. But for those who don't know about a front wrap cross-carry or how to knot a mei tai, there’s a cottage industry springing up around the art of babywearing.
“It’s like trying on a pair of shoes,” said Adriane Stare, founder of Greenpoint’s Caribou Baby boutique, which started offering a free babywearing class (Fridays and Saturdays) in February and launched a series of YouTube videos on how to wear babies in March.
“You have a lot of different carriers for different occasions,” she said. “People expect to find a carrier that will fit husband and wife, and that baby will love, and mom will be able to nurse in it, and it will be able to fit a toddler.”
That, however, isn’t always possible, said Stare, who launched the class because her shop was swamped when staff were doing one-on-one demos, which often lasted anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours.
“Wearing your baby is so much easier than schlepping up the subway or bus with a stroller,” said Karen Paperno of Park Slope’s Boing Boing, where she resumed weekly babywearing classes ($20, Saturdays) in January after a two-year hiatus.
Babywearing experts are eager to make sure parents are safely carrying their tots. They want to prevent people from potentially dangerous mistakes, like emulating the way Kourtney Kardashian was wearing her baby low down in a sling while cooking near a hot stove, in recent picture her sister Kim posted.
“The No. 1 rule for newborns: The baby needs to be supported from hollow of knees up to the neck. The baby should be high and tight,” said Bianca Fehn, of Metro Minis, a carrier supplier that provides babywearing classes. “The head should be visible. You should be able to smell your baby’s hair and kiss his head without straining your neck.”

Despite the growing popularity of wraps, slings and other carriers, “it’s still niche business,” noted Fehn, who closed her store on the Upper East Side in February after six years.
She’s now focusing on Internet sales, and is traveling to baby and nursing stores, such as the Upper Breast Side on the Upper West Side, where she offers a babywearing drop-in clinic ($15, Tuesdays). She also offers private consultations in people's homes, or "Babywearing 101" classes.
Park Slope mom and middle school principal Jessica Simmons began wearing her 3-month-old Sam as a way to help him to feel more secure, as espoused by attachment parenting, and to help herself get things done in and out of the house, she said.
After trying on four carriers at Caribou Baby she “fell in love” with a Girasol woven cloth wrap that she and her husband both wear.
“I mostly enjoy snuggling him close and the ease with which I can accomplish tasks and walk with him for a while in it,” she said, noting that she done everything from laundry to using the bathroom while wearing him.
“When I visited my 280 students on maternity leave,” said Simmons, 37, “he snuggled in all protected, in the cafeteria and slept through it all.”
Five Common Types of Carriers:
Soft Pack Carrier
The Baby Bjorn is the most popular of the soft pack carriers, but many babywearing experts frown on it.
“Everyone, with kids or no kids, knows the name Baby Bjorn,” said Brigitte Prat of LuLu's for Baby in Park Slope. “Men like the Bjorn because it’s simple to use and no fuss. It literally has two straps. But for women, once the baby starts gaining weight around 3 months there’s not a lot of back support — and remember we already carried a lot of weight for 9 months.”
These moms often come back when their babies are 6 months old and ask for an ErgoBaby, which has back and hip support, but only lets the baby face inward.
For the past year or so, LuLu’s has been selling the Beco — which has the support of an Ergo, but the outward facing option like the Bjorn — like hotcakes.
Boing Boing won’t sell the Baby Bjorn, Paperno said, explaining that the weight in that carrier is on a baby’s crotch. “It’s not good for their muscles or if they’re a boy, I’ve seen their testicles squished up inside.”
(At Boing Boing, the Boba is a big seller.)
But Stare said, “It’s not so black and white. I know Baby Bjorn gets a bad rap for it’s forward facing position, but technically in and of itself it’s not an unsafe carrier.”
Still, she added, “There are a lot of reasons not to face your baby forward. They get over-stimulated. They can’t put their head on you and fall asleep.”
Ring Sling
A ring sling — a long piece of fabric with that can be adjusted by ring that’s easy to take on and off — was what Boing Boing’s Paperno used with her two kids. The sling goes over one shoulder like a messenger bag.
“Even when I opened the store [17 years ago] I was still intimidated by wrapping,” Paperno admitted. “Ring slings are super easy and adjustable.”
Stare said parents like ring slings for kids who are walking and crawling, since it’s so easy to pick them up and put them in or take them out. Plus, they’re lightweight, which helps in the warm weather.
“It feels simpler to people. You’re not tying any knots,” Stare said. “People love it for around the house for a newborn and you can nurse in it. But it can be a fiddly carrier for a lot of people. You have to really know how to use it to get good support. A lot of people come back to us for adjustments."
Wrap
Wraps are long pieces of fabric that can be tied in several different ways around babies.
At Boing Boing, the Moby, which is made of a stretchy jersey material, is a best seller, Paperno said.
But Caribou Baby doesn’t stock the Moby, preferring spandex material for its stretchy carriers. But woven wraps tend to be more popular.
“It’s most comfortable and most versatile,” Stare said of wraps. “If you plan on doing a lot of baby wearing or have back issues or the baby has developmental issues, wraps are great.”
And they can be worn until kids are past the age of 2, she added.
“For some people it feels very intuitive but others say it’s hard,” Stare said of wrapping. “It is a long piece of fabric, so if that feels overwhelming, you don’t choose that carrier.”
Mei Tai
This Asian-style carrier is essentially a panel of fabric with four straps — two that tie around your waist and two that go around your shoulders.
“It’s similar to a woven carrier, but easier,” Stare said. “It can be cooler [temperature-wise] for little babies and less intimidating to put on, but some people can’t stand straps."
Stare recommends people with twins use mei tais since they’re easy to put on and combine with other carriers if someone wants to wear a baby in front and one in back when they’re a bit older.  But, she added, “one baby, one person is ideal.”
Pouch Sling
A pouch sling is essentially a big pocket that a baby “sits” in and is worn on one shoulder like a ring sling, but it usually isn’t adjustable. Because of possible dangers of babies being worn incorrectly in pouches and the possibility of airways blocked if their chins are squished up to their chests, many babywearing experts don’t recommend these.
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By Amy Zimmer, DNAinfo.com
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