September 27th, 2011

Sojourn Sling Petunia Pickle Bottom

Have you heard of Petunia Pickle Bottom? If no, then you will really want to pay close attention.  Petunia Pickle Bottom is mostly known for their chic bags. They offer a variety of style of bags anything from small clutch to a weekender style in designs that you can’t pass up.

But we want to give you a heads up on something else that they offer, sojourn slings. That’s right they have given parents like you a chance to experience their chic designs and custom products in a baby sling.  Sojourn slings by Petunia Pickle Bottom offer every parent a way to cuddle up close to their little newborn and enjoy their every coo.

So why would you get the sojourn sling over some other brand, well, honestly that is something you need to decide for your self. We just want to show you why this sling is a great choice and what you will love about it.

Its an innovative pouch style sling that is going to give parents and child a comfort and versatility  they are looking for. The baby sling is made to fit snug for a secure hold on your baby. Its also made with a curved base seam and tapered shoulders which allows for a more comfortable placement for your baby. And its a lot less bulky. You can use this sling up to 25 pounds but its more likely that you will want to use it for smaller babies and maybe not heavy toddlers. But its your choice and if its still comfortable for you to use the sling up to 25 pounds and your child is still enjoying it. Then Go for it!

Each sling features a reversible print on slightly stretchy 100% organic cotton so you don’t have to worry about any synthetic materials rubbing on your little angels face. No more weird prints that will be out of style in 6 months or that are so plain that you feel bored wearing it. With each chic designs you will be the talk of the neighborhood with the stylish sling.

The Petunia Pickle Bottom sojourn sling is not a one size fits all sling. The sling comes in different sizes so that your sling will fit snugly to your body. When using the sling you may feel the need in keeping one hand on the sling and around your baby. So this will not give you the 100% hands free feeling like other wraps or carriers.

So parents you know a little about the sojourn sling by Petunia Pickle Bottom. Its a sling that is suggested to be used right from birth to help your newborn get use to it. And it might take time for both parties to feel comfortable. But once this happens you will love that  the carrier is quick and easy to put on and use. No dealing with any ties, buckles or a complicated technique for tying it. Simple slip it over your head and your little one can be safely put in and comfortable with one of your hands cradling them for the extra support and security. We suggest that you do keep a hand on your baby at all times for when they decide to stretch or lean forward.  Keep them safe. If the sojourn is for you then have fun picking the pattern that you love and know that your stylish every step of the way.

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September 25th, 2011

What is your favorite place to use a baby carrier?

Attention all Parents, Grandparents and anyone out there that uses a baby carrier, we want to hear from you. We want to know what is your favorite place to use a baby carrier?

Is it just around the house while doing the every day things? Is it while hiking, or going for walks? Here are some ideas from our customers.

 

“I just wanted to write to you to tell you how much I love my CuddlyWrap™!!! I actually work in a baby store and out of all the products we sell, the cuddlywrap is not only my favourite, but one that I’m very passionate about. I wear it at least 4 days a week and have been doing so since my baby was newborn…in fact, not even 2 weeks after having her, I was walking in the Relay for Life…a 12 hour walk-a-thon. I have tried so many different carriers out there and nothing matches in comfort and closeness that you get with a cuddly wrap. Nothing compares to the way it evenly distributes the weight so that I don’t end up with back pain (something I get with those other carriers out there). On days where I’m having problems getting stuff done, I pop her in the cuddlywrap and get it done. When I want to go for a walk, I find myself putting on the wrap, versus taking the stroller. I just love my wrap!!!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been out and about and people comment on it, or ask how it works and there I am, in the middle of the mall food court, showing people how to put it on and putting my baby in and out to show how easy to use it is. People can tell how much I love it…it’s hard for me to not show how much I love it!!! Not only do I love it, but my baby girl Juli loves it too. She will be one this month, and she still loves being in it (facing me even!). It calms her down right away and eventually she puts her head down and falls asleep, and that, is just the best feeling in the world.

Thank you so much for making such a great product! I will continue telling people how great it is.

Darshan

“Thank You for making a fabulous product. My husband and I love our kokopax and so does our 9 month old son. We use the backpack while making dinner, cleaning the house, picking berries, going for a walk…everything! The backpack is light, durable, comfortable, and cute. We’ve received many compliments on it.

Thanks for making our life with a baby a bit easier!”

Kimi

“The kokopax carrier has been fantastic during our travels in Asia, especially during a recent trip to the far corners of Bali where strollers are not practical at all. It’s easy to take along on a bus or in a cab in our home town of Hong Kong and is comfortable for 6’2″ dad, 5′ mom, and 25 pound baby!”

Kevin

 

“The Belle Baby Carrier makes life possible.  Because of Belle, baby James is able to help me vacuum, clean the kitchen, finish Grad-school, and climb through lava tubes.

Thank you Belle!”

Nicelle

Now its your turn  to tell us where your favorite place to use any type of baby carrier? Tell use by posting a comment below. Can’t wait to hear from you!

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September 20th, 2011

Baby wraps: Different ways to use them

There is a reason that baby wraps are so long, it’s so adults of any size can use the wrap without worrying about adjustments to straps or getting the “right size”.  This also is great if one parent is shorter than the other so when the carrier is used by either parent there is not need for adjustments. You just tie the wrap on and go!

The CuddleWrap in one such wrap. It’s long but offers the same great hassle free one size fits most and there are no adjustments required.  With the cuddly wrap you have some great benefits that go along with it, like you can use the wrap as long as your still comfortable. Meaning, if your baby/toddler is 30 lbs and its still comfortable for you to hold your child in the wrap, then go for it. But please remember, if you feel strain in your back its probably not a good idea to continue using your baby wrap.

Ergonomically the wrap is wonderful. The way it distributes the weight when properly worn  helps so you don’t  feel a strain or pressure in one place on your back.  The baby will also have the support they need for their spine from the first time you use the wrap.

So here are the different ways you can use the cuddlywrap. Remember,  that as your using the cuddlywrap that you still be aware of your child and their needs. You should always be able to see their mouth and nose and insure that it is not pushed against you or the fabric. Also be sure that your baby’s chin is not pushed against his/her chest. One position may not work for your child and adjustments will want to be made.

Modified Cradle Position – This is a great hold for newborn/premature babies that need that extra support for their heads and body. When you use this hold instead of the classic hold you will make sure that your baby’s head is being support by the pocket near your shoulder but still has their face pointing towards you so you can see their mouth and nose. They should not be pressed against the inside of the fabric or against your body.

Classic Cuddle Position – Offering the same closeness as the modified cradle position but your babies head is not supported by the pocket unless they fall asleep. If your child falls asleep then you will want to use the side of the wrap that is closest to their head and gently pull it over their head to give them support while sleeping. Remember, that the wrap should only be pulled enough to support  their head but still keep their face visible and their mouth and nose clear.

The classic cuddle position is also great as your child gets older so they can still face you but turn some to see the world around them. Their arms can also be somewhat free for reaching things.

Facing out is always a fun thing for your baby or toddler. They can explore the world around them from your level and be safe. The facing out hold always their arms to be free to touch and feel things or tucked in if they are just content watching what your doing.

For breastfeeding mothers you will love to hear that your baby can be nursed in the cuddlywrap. This is going to be an easier process with babies that are more experienced with nursing but you can still nurse with newborns as well. Just be sure to be patient in the process and if you find it easier to hold your baby in the football or cross-cradle hold the you can keep the wrap on, gently remove your baby from the wrap and slide the wrap over without removing it. This will allow you to breastfeed and not have to untie and retie your wrap.

 

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September 15th, 2011

Organic Baby Products – Are they Really Better?

There are people out there that believe no matter what, organic is the best option. And others believe it doesn’t really matter and that you are just paying for the title of “organic”. So we wanted to clear the air and explain the benefits of organic to not. But first we want to just say, that whatever you feel comfortable with is the best for you!

Organic by definition means: noting or pertaining to a class of chemical compounds that formerly comprised only those existing in or derived from plants or animals, but that now includes all other compounds of carbon.

When speaking about organic food, it seems pretty easy that you would want food that has not been fertilized by chemicals but that it’s in it’s natural state of becoming ripe or eating food that is grown and not processed.When speaking of products such as clothes, jewelry and baby gear you may become a little fuzzy on how these products can be organic.

With organic baby products the manufacturers will focus on using natural dyes  to color the clothing, or natural fibers instead of something that has been processed with chemicals to make it soft, durable, lightweight, breathable, etc…

Some great organic products that we’d like to point out are Organic Belle Baby Carriers. They are made from 100% cotton and hemp blended fabrics. The inside liner of their organic carriers are 100% Organic cotton and hemp blended un-dyed, ultra-soft fleece in a natural off-white color. All the parts that rub against your baby’s skin is soft so its less likely to cause irritation after being worn for extended periods of time. The organic belle baby carrier option also makes the carrier more breathable for baby and parent. 

Sage Creek Organics clothing, bedding & sleepwear is made from organic materials. If you don’t want to worry about your new baby being cuddle up in a blanket that has been treated with pesticides and harsh chemicals then you would definitely want to go with an organic option like Sage Creek bedding. They offer pure comfort and softness in every one of their jersey organic cotton crib sheets and blankets.

Baby Shampoo by GAIA Skin Naturals provides a shampoo for babies that is soap and sulphate free.  An extremely mild gel that gently cleanses the hair and scalp without stripping baby’s natural protective oils. Certified Organic Chamomile Extract brings out natural highlights leaving baby’s hair soft and shiny. Additional moisturising properties are added to prevent a dry or flaky scalp. pH neutral, low foaming formula.

The last great organic product that we want to point out is the Under the Nile organic toys. These toys are made and stuffed with  the finest 100% organic Egyptian cotton. Safe for babies and kids to chew, suck on and play with.

Organic products definitely have their benefits and you know that when your new baby is chewing on a toy or your toddler has their favorite blanket in their mouth that they are not getting something unnatural. But this doesn’t mean that products that aren’t title organic are bad. They still can be made with 100% cotton, they just aren’t certified as organic.

 

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September 9th, 2011

Direct Contact Carriers

Direct contact carriers give the baby the same feeling as being in the womb. This gives them the comfort of mom’s warmth, heartbeat and closeness that they’re use to. But it also gives them the security of viewing the rest of the world by still being close to mom, dad or even a grandparent.

Maybe your asking yourself, “Why is being close to me important? And how is it any different then just holding the baby?” Well the obvious answer would be because the carrier will give you free hands to do what you need to. And if you have other children that need your attention at the same time, those free hands come in handy.

Your baby is so familiar with being close to you after spending 9 months listening to your heartbeat, feeling your warmth around them like a cozy blanket and going everywhere with you its a big change for them to be in the world outside your womb. But that doesn’t mean the comforts they are use to have to go away so abruptly. With a direct contact carrier there is no material between you and your baby. They are right up next to you and still have a soft fabric on the other side of them.

The organic carrier features organic cotton and hemp blended fabrics with white contrast stitching. The inside liner is a 100% Organic cotton and hemp blended undyed, ultra-soft fleece in a natural off-white color.

The classic belle baby carrier is made from strong upholstery grade black microsuede fabric, accented with a breathable mesh panel. The inside liner is a soft polyester fabric.

So why else would you want to use the direct contact carrier by Belle Baby? It’s simple. Really that’s why its simple, easy to use by yourself. The three strap system can be learned in a matter of seconds with no fuss on getting it right. You have a waist belt that is padded for your comfort and supports the weight on your hips instead of making your shoulders do all the work. It is secured around your waist with a simple buckle that is pulled tight. Then you have the two crossover straps that hold your baby in a natural ergonomic position that supports the developing spine. This are simple crossed over the baby one at a time and buckled into nylon buckles that are the same materials found on high-end mountaineering backpacks.

With the head support the is detachable you can give you newborn babies head the support needed while they are developing the muscles needed to hold it on their own. Once strong enough to hold their own head, you can detach the head support and turn them around for a whole new world to see! They will love this.

PhD Not Necessary
Anne W. said, “I just wanted to share my thanks for such a wonderful product. I have tried two other baby carriers and were so frustrated with all of the fabric (baby sling) and misc snaps, buckles, and zippers. I felt like I needed a PhD in baby wearing to put the product on and situate the baby correctly. Within three minutes of opening the belle box I was carrying my 7 week old around the house. I love the simplicity!! And the fabric is lovely. It is so snuggly my little one rubs his cheek against the inner lining and goes right to sleep. What a great product!
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Andrea M. said, “I got my Belle Carrier and am SO glad I purchased it. Oh my gosh, it’s incredible! This is my third carrier and was a little nervous spending MORE money on ANOTHER carrier…but I’m glad I did. It is SO comfortable, it’s almost hard to believe. Compared to the carrier I’ve been using, it’s hard to believe they are even the same concept, it is such a MAJOR difference in comfort. I also have a larger carrier which I do like but that is more for hikes and longer excursions due to its bulk and the fact that the baby can’t face out. My daughter is almost 8 months so she really likes to see the world…and we have gone on numerous errands, water the garden daily, and she “helps” me with laundry and vacuuming. She loves it. Every time she sees me strap it around my waist she gets noticeably excited or calms down if she’s fussing.

I’ll be honest with you – if there was a place that I could have tried ALL carriers on I would have only purchased this one. Live and learn! Thanks for a great product – it makes me want to get another one! LOL!”

 

You can see that there are many wonderful benefits from using any kind of carrier but with the direct contact carrier you are close to your baby while still being able to do all the things you need to. Your baby will love the bundled feeling and you’ll enjoy using your carrier for a newborn and older for where ever you may go.

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September 7th, 2011

Why use a Framed Backpack Carrier?

Well first of all let us just point out that the kokopax framed backpack carrier designs are chic and fun all in one! The patterns offer a variety of styles that everyone can find something they LOVE. But besides be cute, the fabric is durable. Made from fabric that is easy to clean, which is a must have for any parent and is 100% cotton canvas. The eco-classic carrier fabric is printed using a combination of Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 and GOTS certified dyes so you know that it is extra safe for you sweet little baby!

Here is a little education on what Oeko-Tex Standard 100 means: it is the most important certificate for testing of textiles for harmful substances. This label indicates safety for skin-friendly clothing and other textiles. (http://www.bygraziela.com/faq-show/items/what-does-oeko-tex-standard-100-mean.html)

And here is that GOTS certified dyes mean: The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognized as the leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers worldwide. It defines high level environmental criteria along the entire supply chain of organic textiles and requires compliance with social criteria as well. (http://www.global-standard.org/the-standard.html)

Another great benefit of the kokopax carrier is the anodized aluminum lightweight frame that provides parents with a comfortable way to take their child anywhere they go. The frame is also adjustable to fit individual users. So if you are 5’3″ and your partner is 6′, you don’t need to worry. You both can where the carrier without discomfort.

Some of the other great qualities of the baby carrier are the comfortable shoulder straps that wont dig into your shoulders, padded waist support, and a hip belt for added comfort. This helps keep the carrier in place and distributes the weight evenly on your back.

We wanted to share some great testimonials of those that have tried the Kokopax Carriers:

Ima M. said, “I can’t imagine life without kokopax. I wish I had it when I had my 1st and 2nd baby. It has made life a million times easier whether we are at the park, at a store or just trying to clean up or cook around the house. Seeger is so comfortable and happy when he is in the kokopax. He is able to see everything and watch his brothers play. When he gets tired he just puts his little head down on the pillow rest and takes a nap. Really, how great is that! My husband plays soccer with the boys and Seeger is tickled to participate with his Daddy holding him in the kokopax. Our quality of life has blossomed because he can travel anywhere with us and is perfectly content. We are so happy to have a kokopax backpack.”

Tamara O. with triplets said,  “kokopax baby backpack has given me the freedom to venture out with my children without help. I can push the double stroller and still have the third child safe and happy. I could never do that before because I didn’t like the triple strollers (too big) and I don’t always have someone to push the third baby.

I can also get dinner made in a reasonable amount of time. As you can imagine with three babies, one is almost always unhappy when I need to be in the kitchen. With the kokopax, I can always make at least one baby happy!

 

The kokopax carrier is a great way to have your little one involved in your daily life while still giving you the freedom of two hands. The comfort of the carrier for both you and your baby makes it a win, win!   It’s a product that has been tried, tested and is  parent approved!

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September 1st, 2011

Giveaway Winner, With a Little Something For Everyone

All right, everyone. After a few weeks and a few hundred entries, Tiff over at BabesandKidsReview.com has chosen a winner for the Around My Baby Kokopax Eco-classic Carrier giveaway! In case you didn’t catch it over there, the winner is

Janaca  who gets to choose one of the fantastic eco-classic kokopax baby carriers! We are excited to see which fun design she picks and possible get some pictures of her sporting her new carrier.

Congratulations! We’re excited for you to get your baby carrier and hope you love it as much as we do.

But as for the rest of you: don’t fret! We haven’t forgotten you. And we’ll throw a little something your way because you wanted to win the carrier, and you read our blog, and because we love ya.

Kokopax eco-classic baby carrier

We’re still offering FREE SHIPPING on orders over $100 (read: FREE SHIPPING on the Kokopax Eco-classic Baby Carrier)! No codes are necessary; just hop on over to Around My Baby and get shopping and the discount will be applied at checkout.

You’re welcome.

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August 18th, 2011

New Product: Kalencom diaper bags

Where would a mother be without her diaper bag? And, really, it’s SO much more than a diaper bag. Parents on the go need constant access to not only diapers but also baby wipes, pacifiers, burp rags, toys, bottles, skin care medicine, lotion and more. And that’s where the sorely misnamed diaper bag becomes absolutely necessary.

Kalencom diaper bags are a great mix of fashion and function.

But who says diaper bags have to be all about function? With Kalencom diaper bags you don’t have to sacrifice style for function. Kalencom brand is known for their diaper bags, and you will love how organized you can be with everything you need for you and your baby.

In addition to their function, though, most Kalencom diaper bags come with a large padded changing pad in a color that complements the diaper’s design. Fashionable and funcitonal? Yes, please.

As an added bonus, we’re still offering FREE SHIPPING on any order over $100! Free shipping will be applied at checkout.

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August 10th, 2011

New Products: Baby Laundry and More

Baby Laundry and More products from AroundMyBaby.com

Every baby needs a sweet, cuddly blanket, but finding one that’s soft enough for baby and durable enough for Mom can be difficult. If you’re on a quest for the perfect baby blanket, look no further than our new products from Baby Laundry and More.

Baby Laundry and More minky blankets are made from the softest of fabrics, and you will love that they stay soft even after multiple washes (a must for any quality baby blanket!). While many products lose their softness as time goes by, you’ll love how soft and snuggly these blankets stay over time. Baby Laundry and More minky blankets come in sizes perfect from the newborn stage on up, with matching blankets in different sizes for you and your baby to snuggle up in as the weather cools down.

Check out the 32 styles available on AroundMyBaby.com, which are all adorable and made to last. We have everything from camo prints and blues for boys to brighter colors and animal prints for the pretty little girl in your life.

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August 5th, 2011

Free Shipping + Giveaway!

Petunia Pickle Bottom baby carrier

We’re so excited about our giveaway happening over at Babes and Kids that we decided to offer a little EXTRA incentive to stop by our shop and pick up something new for the fall.

While the giveaway is happening this month, you will get FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $100! So if you’ve had your eye on a certain product for you or someone else, now’s a great time to buy.

But hurry, just like summer, this offer won’t last forever!

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