April 13, 2011 (5:52 pm)

New Homes For My Sling(s)

by Kristen Suzanne

Hi, everyone!

I selected a winner for the hemp sling that I offered in this post, but I was so moved with all of the comments that I want to offer my other ring sling to another person. Here are the responses of the recipients. Katie and Kelly, please email me your addresses so I can ship them to you.

Here is Katie’s comment (for the black hemp sling):

Hi Kristen,

I would love to win your ring sling. I have two boys, one is 22months and the other is 6 months. My 6 month old loves to be carried around on my hip. He is so content sitting on my hip and seeing what’s going on. It makes it hard for me to do everything one handed. I think a ring sling would be a perfect option for him. Also, it would be very helpful when getting my little ones out to the car. We live in an apartment so getting out to the car means dealing with stairs and a walk across the parking lot to our car. To have my hands free would be a big help!

Here is Kelly Groves’ comment (for my multi colored ring sling, cotton, not organic… I’m not sure if you want this, please let me know if you do)

Oh me please!!! I am expecting my second in October and so desperately want a ring sling. With my daughter I had a different sort of sling, but never felt secure with it. I really want a carrier that actually allows me to use both hands, since I have a three year old to tend to! And while we could probably scrimp and save to buy one, I will be losing my very modest income once this baby is born.

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April 7, 2011 (1:55 pm)

Giveaway: Hemp Ring Sling (black)

by Kristen Suzanne

As many of you know, it’s been an extremely tough week for me; hence, the massive lack of posting. Last Wednesday, Zeus took a turn for the worse with his hypercalcemia lymphoma and this past Monday I had to put him to sleep. It’s been so hard for our family… I’m going to have a dedicated post in honor of him soon, so I’ll save details for later.

As many of you know from my review of baby wearing devices, I have a lot of them. Amongst the stash is a black hemp ring sling that I never used. I never even tried it on because I had tried another ring sling and I couldn’t get it to work for me. However, ring slings are very popular! And, even though I could save this black one to try with our next baby, I don’t need two. So, I’m offering it to someone else. Ideally, I’d really love for my sling to find a home with a mommy or daddy who could really use one, especially in these tough economic times. I’d like to help a family out.

Could you use a cool ring sling to help you carry your wee one around? Post in the comment section below and let me know. I need to keep this giveaway to residents of the United States only please.

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February 22, 2011 (5:35 am)

Our Longest Outing With Kamea – 7 Hours

by Kristen Suzanne

Over the weekend we had friends visit from out of town. On Saturday evening we met up with them at a local restaurant, Calistro Bistro (only a couple miles from home) so we didn’t have to venture out far, or for long. But, when Sunday rolled around, we knew we would need to do more than just meet up a few miles away. They did travel to visit us after all! Lol. So, we packed up Kamea and the car full of everything we thought we might need for a day away from home. I packed all kinds of stuff… just in case. And, boy, I’m glad I did because it made it easier on us to have options throughout the day. We had our Beco Baby Carrier, Orbit stroller, Orbit stroller seat (not the car seat that attaches. We opted to bring the more comfortable stroller seat and leave the car seat in the car), diaper bag with the normal stuff (diapers, wipes, toys, blanket, hat, changing pad, etc), the  normal nursing pillow I use at home, booster chair for restaurant, snacks for us, extra blanket… I think that’s it. Read More »

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January 16, 2011 (12:45 am)

Review (video) of Babywearing Carriers – Pros and Cons

topics: Babywearing
by Kristen Suzanne

Below are two videos showcasing my favorite babywearing carriers and wraps. I tried to cover some basic information as well as some pros and cons of each. If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask them in the comment section below. I also put a summary list of the pros and cons below the videos, with links. Remember… these are my opinions. Certain baby wearing carriers can be great for some moms and not for others. It can depend on the size and shape of the mama, the baby’s body and desires, the climate, the way they’ll be used, etc. My review is based on trying many different models, (some of which are not even mentioned in the video – ring slings, Karma Baby – because they didn’t work for us). To save time, I went ahead and showcased the ones I liked the best and used the most.

Wrap (Moby, Gypsy Mama)

Pros: Looks and feels all-jedi-bad-ass when it’s on, very earth mama, pretty, versatile, folds up easily for travel, organic available in some

Cons: Not always easy to use, fairly steep learning curve,  baby sags after a while (although the “woven” wraps might help with that), no pocket

Pikkolo

Pros: great sun shade, ability to wear front/facing out, super cute, rolls up fairly small, supposed to be able to use with an infant but I didn’t try that, multiple positions

Cons: waist buckle doesn’t have a second security feature, no pocket, have to buckle shoulder straps every time you put it on which isn’t super easy, the place where the baby’s butt goes doesn’t feel as secure as it does in the Ergo and Beco, not organic but I use these organic sucking pads with it

Ergo with infant insertErgo

Pros: organic option, easy to use(!), has a pocket, sun shade, rolls up fairly small, infant insert available, multiple positions, waist buckle has second security feature, super comfy

Cons: there aren’t any really… this carrier does not allow for front/facing out, but I don’t use that position much in the other carriers that allow it anyway. Kamea likes this carrier quite a bit, but prefers the one mentioned below…

Beco Gemini

Pros: organic option, easy to use(!), multiple positions including front/facing out (neat to have even if I don’t use it much), waist buckle has second security feature, super comfy and sturdy, can be used with an infant but I have not tried that, it’s Kamea’s favorite.

Cons: the black collects lint like mad, doesn’t roll up very well, no sun cover, no pocket, due to its “sturdiness” it might not be optimal in hot weather like we experience here in the desert.

I forgot to show you (in the video) the cover I have for babywearing in cold weather. It’s very cool, useful, and super snuggly. Here is a link.

What are your favorite baby wearing carriers and why?

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December 3, 2010 (9:53 pm)

Having Fun With Kamea At Whole Foods

topics: Babywearing
by Kristen Suzanne

Today was our second trip to Whole Foods. I carried her in the carrier the whole time. Fun! (I’m getting ready to make my baby wearing carrier videos soon! Stay tuned!)

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November 21, 2010 (8:54 pm)

Our Trip To The Art Fair – Nursing In The Ergo

by Kristen Suzanne

I’m getting more excited about taking Kamea out to different places. I like that she’s seeing different things, smelling different smells, and hearing different sounds. I think the beige walls of our home are getting a bit old – lol. One of our more interesting trips out was last week when we went to a big art fair. I didn’t know what to expect so we took her stroller, packed our ERGO baby carrier, and I donned a nursing tank top.

It ended up being a little hotter than I originally expected. And, the sun was shining very bright. By the time we arrived, parked, and had a bite to eat, Kamea was getting a little fussy. I put her in the ERGO, but she wasn’t super stoked about that either (it’s a great carrier, but not the best fit just yet. I’ve since bought another carrier and practiced with it for over a week now. She is so comfy in it and lasts the longest in it… I’ll blog about it soon when I do a comprehensive post with videos about all of the baby wearing carriers I have – what I like and don’t like, etc.). As I walked along, I thought perhaps I could try nursing her in the ERGO. Without knowing much about it, I pulled the sun cover over her head, did a little shimmy shake, and you can guess the rest. Voila – she nursed! I was so excited, although it only lasted a couple of minutes. I know now that I could’ve made it a little easier if I’d lowered the straps a bit.

As our time started to run short and I was sensing that it was time to go, I found a booth with a local gal selling organic baby clothes. She had a clearance rack and I immediately grabbed a cute onesie with a watermelon on it. The lady’s company is called Tiny Tater Tees and the prints are made using real potatoes… hand carved, hand stamped, and hand made for little ones. Pretty nifty, eh? I love supporting local companies when possible.

I made my purchase and we headed out. All in all, it was kind of a difficult trip. But, I was glad that I had a semi-successful experience nursing in the ERGO. That’s cool.

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October 5, 2010 (7:59 pm)

On Vacation At Mom’s

by Kristen Suzanne

This week I’m on vacation over at my mom’s house. She doesn’t live far from us, but it still feels like a vacation anyway. :) We packed up Kamea (so much to pack – lol!) and we drove over with our big dog. It’s been awesome because mom has a big house with all hard wood floors and tile throughout so I’ve been able to push Kamea around in her stroller and it’s like going for a walk – haha. It’s much bigger than our condo so I’m loving it! This is her dining room where Greg is working.

Love all those books!

I’ve been practicing with the Moby wrap now that I decided it’d be better with Kamea’s feeties out. I was right! So much easier to do and she is really starting to like it! Here is my first attempt.

Kamea is licking it - lol.

Here is our second attempt the next day (which was today). For the first time…. she fell asleep in a babywearing thing! I was so happy.

My precious sweet darling.

Kamea has had a few firsts while we’re over at her Nana’s. For starters, she is now officially grabbing at things and holding onto them. I didn’t come too prepared with toys for our stay, but thankfully I grabbed the little colored rings that I rigged onto her buggy. She’s happy. And, the second big event for us… she had her first fit of giggles. She was watching my mom’s two small dogs play together and she couldn’t take her eyes off them. Then, she started laughing and couldn’t stop. It was so awesome! I wish I had recorded it. Read More »

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