Ring Slings

Some people are quite intimidated my ring slings, but let me tell you, once mastered these are such a handy, easy to use and functional carrier.

Ring slings do have a little learning curve but honestly, it’s worth it! Check out these tips I found from http://www.sakurabloom.com.

Get Moving.  Once you get your baby in the sling, start moving.  Walk.  Sway.  Dance.  Bounce gently on a yoga ball.  Movement often calms babies and will help them settle happily into your sling.

Bottom to Bellybutton. Your baby should be held high and snug in the sling.  His or her bottom should be roughly at your belly button, at about the same height as if you were holding your baby in your arms.

Personalities and Positions.  Different babies like different positions. How do you carry your baby in your arms?  If you carry your baby upright, try the Tummy-to-Tummy position.  If you carry your baby in a recline position, try the Cradle position.  Some babies like all the positions, others prefer one over others.  Some change their preferences as they grow older.  Experiment to find out what position your baby likes.  If your baby is uncomfortable, he or she will let you know.

Adjustments.  If you don’t get your baby in correctly the first time, take baby out and try again until you get it right.  Don’t be afraid to reach into the sling to adjust the baby if need be.  Your baby’s head should not hit the rings.  If it does, take baby out and put him in again.  In the beginning it might take a week or two to master using the sling.  Once you do, it is as easy as riding a bike.

Reverse it.  All Sakura Bloom slings are fully reversible.  Wear chocolate brown one day, our signature stripes the next.  To reverse your sling, unthread it, then rethread with your preferred side to the back.  There is no “wrong side” with Sakura Bloom slings.

Napping.  The comfort and movement of the sling often lulls children to sleep.  If your child falls asleep in the sling and you would like to transfer the baby to another place to sleep, one technique is to bend over at the waist and lay the baby on a bed or couch while still in the sling.  Slowly take the sling off by pulling it over your head, being careful not to disturb the child.  Make sure the child is in a safe place to sleep and gently remove them from the sling.

Go With the Flow.  Don’t feel constricted to any one position—slings are great for their versatility.  They can allow baby to face the world, interacting with all those you encounter at one moment, and turn in to snuggle with Mommy or Daddy or take a nap at the next.

Be smart.  Always make sure your baby is safe and secure in the sling, especially during periods of extended wearing or if baby falls asleep.  Use common sense and follow our safety instructions.

Have fun.  Wearing your baby in a sling allows them to interact with others from a secure and confident position.  It enables them to follow your cues in social situations and provides you both with valuable opportunities for teaching, sharing, and cuddling.

They also have a great youtube channel, so get over your fear and give it a go! You won’t regret it!

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Sakura Bloom Ring Slings

My Sakura Bloom ring sling is kept permanently in the car! With a 2 year old who sometimes walks, sometimes wants to be carried, it’s PERFECT!

I love it because it’s easy to use, it’s lightweight and the colour is so gorgeous! Pippa also seems to like front carries better than back carries. She must like to be close to her food supply! 😉

Sakura Bloom have just launched their new range, Classic. Classic replaces their pure range and comes in a range of different new colours. They still have a beautiful colour range, neutral and lush.

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These gorgeous ring slings are made from the finest Belgian linen, are easy to adjust, lightweight and easy to wash! They truly are an all round superstar.

And you know what? I think the name classic suits them better then Pure anyway. 🙂 I feel like they are a classic sling and once you have one in your collection you won’t ever let it go!

What do you think? Would you love a Sakura Bloom?

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2 years!

My little babe is 2 years old on 6 September! I can hardly believe it. It feels like yesterday that she was born!

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I am so immensely in love with this little girl, she is cheeky, stubborn, funny, attention seeking, loving and really just AMAZING.

It’s also our breastfeeding anniversary! I reached my goal of 2 years breasteeding! Woop!

To celebrate I thought I would share her birth story with you!

 

On Wednesday afternoon I was pretty mental, crying, cranky etc etc. I took Stella for a walk but even she was in a cranky mood so we didn’t last long!

I was just sooooo cranky at everyone!  

When I finally tried to sleep – guess what? Regular contractions started appearing. These were different to anything I felt so far, and I remembered instantly the same feeling from Stella’s labour. They were regular but easy to deal with – I stayed in bed reading a book and breathing through them. They had started at about 11.15pm and I didn’t want to bother Andrew when they were easy to deal with.

I ended up waking Andrew at about 1.15am and he packed my bag whilst I laid on the bed breathing through the contractions. We put some essential oil on put I must admit I could not concentrate on it that well.

By about 2am I needed something extra to deal with the pain so I decided on a shower (this was something I was keen to do because I didn’t with Stel). I must admit it didn’t help too much – one thing that I distracted me for a little while was counting the dots on our bath mat!

I didn’t stay in there long, and ended up naked on the couch with a towel over me – we called the midwife then who said we should try to stay at home longer (2.30am), this is when Stella woke up! She was unbelievable cute and Andrew did a great job of keeping her entertained and not to worried about her Mummy!

Whilst on the couch contractions were still 5 min or more apart and believe it or not – I was dozing between. When I had a contraction (lasting about 30sec) I would tap my hand, tap my foot and start a little moaning.

Probably at about 3.30am I couldn’t stand the couch and knew I had to go to the bathroom. Nausea hit me, and I got sweaty and just so uncomfortable! 

I asked Andrew to bring in the couch cushions and we put a towel down. At this stage I could not lay down anymore, so I stayed up on all fours swaying, howling and screaming through each contraction. Andrew rubbed my back through each contraction. I told Andrew I couldn’t make it in the car – the thought of putting clothes on, sitting in the car, and then sitting through a VE made me want to die. Andrew rang the ambulance who stayed on the phone which was great for Andrew.

My mum arrived to get Stella (poor thing was getting pretty scared I think) and Mum rubbed my back for a while – through one contraction my Mum said (sounding very worried) I wouldn’t make it to the hospital. Mum left with Stella about now.

Its hard to remember a lot and it didn’t take very long, but each contraction was pure hell, there is no denying it. It fucking hurt – it felt like my pelvis was going to split in half, I had a few moments of “I can’t do this” but Pippa had other ideas! 

Ambos came (walked into house with me on all fours towards the front door) and asked me to put clothes on and walk to the stretcher. I told him there was no way I could do that. They put the call out for another ambulance so everyone could carry me out on a stretcher.

Just as other ambos arrived, the hugest pressure came and I felt her start to crown, but then she went back in, ambo saw and it was game on. Literally 2 more huge pushes and she was out. Still in the caul – which I hear is good luck.

 The relief I felt was instant and I turned around to cuddle her straight away – it was fabulous. My words “oh my god, oh my god, oh my god I did it I did it”. Andrew was in shock because he didn’t realise it was so close – he knew I was in a lot of pain but figured we had hours still!

Next I got my first ride in an ambo – placenta still to be birthed, naked with a towel.  

Andrew in his wisdom did not bring any bags (that he had JUST PACKED!) with him, so I had no clothes whatsoever!!! 

Our accidental home birth! It was brilliant!

Pippa’s birth story is so amazing, I feel like she birthed herself. I had no idea what was going on! It seems just like her personality! She knows what she wants and doesn’t care how she gets it, she figures it out! She is strong, and independent and wise beyond her years.

Hope you enjoyed our little story! We are going to be celebrating with friends and ride on trains all weekend!

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Bamberoo OC Wrap Conversions

Agi at Bamberoo OC has been making some fabulous conversions for our beautiful Aussie customers!

I LOVE receiving emails from you all about how much you love your conversion!

We currently have spots open for November completion, if you would like one you need to act fast! Your wrap needs to be with me by 15 September!

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If you are new to the world of baby wearing, here is everything you need to know about wrap conversions:

 

So what is a wrap conversion?

A conversion is a soft structured carrier which has been made from your woven wrap.

Why would you want to do this?

You may not have found the love with wrapping but LOVE your wrap design. Your little one may be feeling too big to wrap but you still want to carry. Woven wrap material actually is quite moldable and makes for a very soft, comfortable carrier.

How long does it take?

Unfortunately it does take a while because your wrap is sent to Hungary and back again once it’s complete. We estimate a 2 month waiting time. So you definitely need some patience!

If you don’t want to wait we also have a few in stock carriers – http://frangipanibaby.com.au/c/4506562/1/bamberoo-oc.html

How customisable is it?

You can customise EVERYTHING. Hood, headrest, straps, waist, wrap placement. EVERYTHING.

How much does it cost?

$240. We cover half of your postage costs. 

How can I get one?

Visit http://frangipanibaby.com.au/p/8705545/bamberoo-oc-custom-wrap-conversion.html and order and pay!

Then send your wrap to me at PO Box 88 HAZELBROOK NSW 2779.

If you can’t do it this month, we offer these every 2 months so just keep an eye out for the next ones!

What will you convert???

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Earth Friendly Stock

After the latest fiasco with harmful dyes found in clothing in major department stores, it is more important than ever to really thinking about what your putting on your children.

We also know that a lot of companies abuse third world countries to get their clothing made cheaply.

Unfortunately, usually organic and fair trade usually means STACKS more expensive. Luckily for you (and me!) I have found a fantastic company full of earth friendly products.

They are Dandelion and specialise in toys and clothing for babies, all made with staying organic, fair trade and safe for our bubbas!

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Dandelion’s mission is to provide products that are safe for families and easy on the environment by using eco-conscience materials, minimal packaging and green office practices. The company is an American-owned family business located in Florida and has been working with factories in Asia for more than 20 years. Through factory visits and batch testing, the company assures high quality products meeting stringent US and EU safety standards.

Safety Compliance

Dandelion products do not contain BPA and do not contain phthalate. They fully comply with US toy safety standard ASTM F963, European toy standard EN71 and the newest set of Consumer Products Safety Improvements Act (CPSIA) testing requirements.

Responsible Manufacturing

Re-Think It, Inc., the parent company of Dandelion, is committed to ethical and responsible business practices in all aspects of its business operations. Re-Think It conducts its business with a regard for human rights and respect for the environment. It actively seeks manufacturers that have similar commitments and standards. To this end all manufacturers of Re-Think It merchandise and their vendors are required to meet minimum standards set forth in the company’s Code of Conduct.

State-of-the-Art Packaging

Dandelion uses minimal packaging to reduce waste. Its custom-designed sleeves or cards are made of 100% recycled paperboard and printed with vegetable inks. Less packaging = smaller boxes = reduced fuel requirements for shipping.

Organic Cotton Fabrics

Dandelion’s cotton toys are made with organic cotton. Organic cotton is grown without pesticides or other toxic chemicals. By choosing Dandelion you reduce your family’s exposure to chemicals and support sustainable farming and the protection of the environment.

Dandelion toys use a variety of fabrics and colours to provide sensory and tactile stimulation for babies and toddlers. The terrycloth, canvas and waffle-weave are made from 100% organic cotton.

The velour is 80% organic cotton. The velour and waffle-weave fabrics are so soft that they require a small amount of polyester film backing to provide structure and durability for machine washings.

Bamboo Fabrics

Dandelion’s ‘Bamboo Zoo’ toys are made from viscose velour and filled with natural corn fibre.

Bamboo is a sustainable and renewable resource requiring no pesticides or toxic chemicals to grow.

Dandelion uses fibres certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Corn Fibre Filling

Dandelion toys are stuffed with natural corn fibre filling. Corn fibre filling is machine-washable.

Unlike cotton filling it retains its shape and does not clump in the washing machine. Corn fibre filling is made from a renewable, natural resource in a unique process which does not use harsh chemicals or solvents. It requires less energy to make and emits fewer greenhouse gas emissions than polyester production. For best results, we recommend washing Dandelion toys in a delicates bag or

pillowcase, and air-drying.

Fibre-Reactive Dyes

Dandelion uses low-impact dyes, fibre-reactive dyes which form a bond with the fibres of the textile, resulting in a long-lasting dye. Since the dyes are colourfast, they will not bleed into wash water, leading to a reduction in dye-laden water runoff, which can be harmful for the environment.

Fibre-reactive dyes require less water, less electricity and fewer chemicals. They have a lower impact on the environment.

It certainly seems to me that they have thought of every aspect of the product lifestyle and are able to bring us an affordable, fun, safe alternative to the cheap & nasty products that are found in most stores.

I love love love that they have minimal packaging – this frustrates me no end when buying something new! Buying something organic completely wrapped in plastic!

Also, the handcrafted toys are handmade by work at home mamas in China – I am a big supporter of work that helps mamas stay home with their kids!

It has been hard to keep the stock away from my kids so I am sure you and your children will love it too!

By buying these products you support the environment, work at home mums & giving your children the safest possible start to life!

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We don’t have a lot of stock right now, but we plan on stocking the full range! You can see it all here.

What do you like?

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Wrap Scrap Drop Bags EXCLUSIVE Pretty Green Pockets & Frangipani Baby

I love seeing all the fabulous things that people make from wrap scraps. It’s a way of using the beautiful woven fabric in creative and fabulous ways.

I contacted Kim at Pretty Green Pockets to see if she would like to make some bags for us here. Lucky for me (and you!) she said she would love to and I can offer you guys some fab one of a kind wrap scrap drop bags!

One of the reasons I wanted to work with Kim is because I love that she re-uses coffee bags in her designs. I have been saving some potato sacks for AGES for this reason! I knew I could do something with them!

Of course what better wrap to use for our first exclusives as the Frangipani Baby designed Milky Way! So I have two fabulous wrap scrap drop bags for sale on Thursday, 9 May at 8.00pm (AEST). They will be listed here.

The attention to detail and general fabulousness of these bags is hard to describe. Here are some of the reasons I have love them:

* The wideness of the strap. The strap really cups your shoulder for maximum comfort.

* Kim uses a mixture of fabulous matching fabrics and potato sacks!

* The little pockets inside. For phone, keys, lippy etc. If only I could remember to put things in there!

* The size. They look quite small but stretch out very wide and fit stacks in! They are the perfect nappy bag!

* Easy to wear and use whilst wearing your babe!

* The starry milky way goodness. AND the colours that go with! Isn’t she amazing?

* One of a kind designs!

* Supporting a beautiful hardworking mama.

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Kim and I have decided to do this on a monthly basis, so if you miss out this month – don’t worry you will have more chances to get an exclusively designed Pretty Green Pockets drop bag! But there will not be a Milky Way beauty again!

Do you have a special baby wearing bag?

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Bebe Sachi – Handwoven Goodness

I am super excited to share Bebe Sachi with you!

They are truly amazing and you are going to LOVE them! I’ll let Rita (the founder) herself tell you about what Bebe Sachi is:

“A manpower of about one million weavers, dyers, hand spinners, embroiderers and allied artisans have been using their creative skills into more than 0.30 million active looms to produce around 620 million meters of fabrics annually. It shares 63% of the total fabric production in the country designed for home consumption. Besides, it provides employment opportunities to a million rural people, 50% of which are female. Another half a million people are indirectly engaged in the industry. It contributes more than 10 billion taka annually to the national exchequer as value addition”. (Source: Bangladesh Handloom Board)

Bangladesh has a long tradition of making fine hand-woven fabrics such as muslin that for centuries were in demand by the European courts. Unfortunately, with the advent of the industrial revolution in Europe and the sudden boom of machine-made fabrics in England, the demand for Bengali cloth died down. In their enthusiasm to gain control of the market, the English placed a ban on handloom weaving in Bangladesh and even punished those weavers who violated the ban by chopping of their thumbs! (My bengali friends who come from privileged backgrounds have even confirmed this story. Her family still keeps those precious hand woven muslin as heirloom). Despite the restrictions, handloom weavers continued to pass their skill on from one generation to another.

The tradition of weaving cloth by hand constitutes one of the richest aspects of Bangladesh culture and heritage. The handloom can meet every need from exquisite fabrics to that of daily use. The level of artistry and intricacy achieved in handloom fabrics are unparallel and unique, worthy of being passed on for generations.  However, this industry may be on its way to extinction if the support structures are not in place and executed well. There is a need to retain the skills and knowledge in the ancient tradition of weaving so it is not lost forever. And there is DEFINITELY a need to change the lives of the creative artisans behind it. Handloom weavers have always been extremely poor. They make beautiful fabrics and manufacture the most gorgeous saris, but their women nor children can afford to wear them! Infact, most of their children go naked! This is sad indeed…

As an expat wife living in Bangladesh, I was given the opportunity to discover this rich aspect of Bangladesh culture and heritage. This journey of discovery of the handloom industry and the creative weavers, artisans behind it has led me to the creation of the Bebe Sachi brand. What a truly humbling experience it has been! I promised myself that if there was one thing I could do to help, this was it! This way we are looking at economic sustainability for these talented individuals and enables us to preserve and retain their traditional craftsmanship.

Thank you for joining us on this journey.

— Rita, BSc, CISA, IBCLC

CEO, Nurturing Concepts Sdn Bhd

 

There are many reasons that I am happy to be stocking Bebe Sachi, one of them is of course the fact that they are of superb quality and just beautiful, the second is Rita, the way she has decided to start this company and help out a country truly inspires me.

So when you wear your baby in a beautiful Bebe Sachi – you know you own a little piece of something very special indeed.

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We currently have a small sample of Bebe Sachi’s fine work and we certainly intend to expand it!

I would love to hear from those who have a Bebe Sachi and from those we want one!

Love love love to you beautiful baby wearers.

Tara xoxo

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Bamberoo OC Wrap Conversions

Man, Agi has been busy with custom orders for us Aussies! Let me tell you, her work is AMAZING. Truly truly amazing.

Our main carrier here is our custom made full buckle in Natibaby Violet Dreams, it’s comfy, sturdy and easy to use! It can hold my 18 month old AND my 4 year old. It gets lots of use here. Next up I think I’ll convert my Natibaby Elves to a half buckle – I am super excited about it!

The thing I love the most about organising these conversions, is the joy that you lovely baby wearers have when you receive your one of a kind carrier, designed completely by you. Your little variations – it’s MAGIC!

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So what is a wrap conversion?

A conversion is a soft structured carrier which has been made from your woven wrap.

Why would you want to do this?

You may not have found the love with wrapping but LOVE your wrap design. Your little one may be feeling too big to wrap but you still want to carry. Woven wrap material actually is quite moldable and makes for a very soft, comfortable carrier.

How long does it take?

Unfortunately it does take a while because your wrap is sent to Hungary and back again once it’s complete. These carriers (above) were ordered in January and are being sent to their new homes now, in April. So you definitely need some patience!

If you don’t want to wait we also have a few in stock carriers – http://frangipanibaby.com.au/c/4506562/1/bamberoo-oc.html

How customisable is it?

You can customise EVERYTHING. Hood, headrest, straps, waist, wrap placement. EVERYTHING.

How much does it cost?

$200 plus postage to Hungary. We cover it for the way back.

How can I get one?

Visit http://frangipanibaby.com.au/p/8705545/bamberoo-oc-custom-wrap-conversion.html and order and pay!

Then send your wrap to me at PO Box 88 HAZELBROOK NSW 2779.

If you can’t do it this month, we offer these every month so just keep an eye out for the next ones!

What will you convert???

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What the actual heck does that mean? The definitive list of baby wearing terms.

Materials

Woven – hand or machine loomed textile (cotton, hemp, linen, etc) with less stretch than an interlock or jersey material

Stretchy – generally made of some type of jersey (cotton, hemp, etc) or interlock material with excessive diagonal “give”. Great for newbies, as babies grow the wrap stretches out of shape while wearing, which means constant adjusting and discomfort on wearers back (because of the sag).

Gauze – also called muslin in some areas, great breezy wrap. Can feel diggy in wearers shoulders if carrying a lot of weight.

Cotton – majority of wraps are made from cotton, known for its reliability and durability.

Linen – often 50/50 blends with cotton are released for Mamas who need extra support, they are denser and tougher and can carry more weight than cotton. (Great for toddlers) Straight linen blends take longer to “break in” and won’t feel as soft as plain cotton.

Different Types of Carriers & Features

MT – mei tai (pronounced may tie)

SSC – soft-structured carrier

RS – ring sling

HR – head rest

LE – limited edition

WCRS – Wrap conversion ring sling (ring sling made from a woven wrap) WCMT – Wrap conversion mei tai (mei tai made from a woven wrap)

HB – Half-buckle carrier, usually like a mei tai with a buckle waist and long mei tai or wrap straps

FB – Full-buckle carrier, has a mei tai body with buckle waist and padded straps that buckle to the carrier body

Carrier positions & methods for tying (wraps)

BWCC- back wrap cross carry

BWCC w/ CB- back wrap cross carry with a chest belt

CHCC – coolest hip cross carry

DH – double hammock (aka chunei back carry)

DRS2S – Double Rebozo Shoulder to Shoulder carry

FCC – front cross carry

FFO – front facing out

FWCC- front wrap cross carry

HCC – hip cross carry

JC – Jordan’s back carry

P-WCC – pocket wrap cross carry

SHBC – Secure High Back Carry

T2T – Tummy-to-tummy, also called snuggle hold

WCC – wrap cross carry

TC – Taiwanese carry

WPBC- Wiggle-proof back carry

Different ties

-TAS – Tied At Shoulder

– TIF – Tied in front

– TT – Tied Tibetan

– TUB – Tied under bum

Other terms (wraps)

Bias – A line going diagonally across the grain of fabric: i.e. cut the cloth on the bias.

Colorway – a color scheme in which a pattern or style (of fabric, apparel, furnishings, wallpaper, etc.) is available.

Hemmed – An edge or border on a piece of cloth, especially a finished edge, as for a garment or curtain, made by folding an edge under and stitching it down.

Jacquard – A fabric with an intricately woven pattern or a special loom or the method employed in the weaving of a figured fabric.

Poppability – a carry that lets you “pop” baby in and out without undoing the wrap.

Selvage – The edge of a fabric that is woven so that it will not fray or ravel.

Serged – To overcast (the raw edges of a fabric) to prevent unraveling.

Tapered – when the ends of the wrap are not as wide as the middle. makes the knot easier to tie

Warp – The threads that run lengthwise in a woven fabric, crossed at right angles to the weft.

Weft – The horizontal threads interlaced through the warp in a woven fabric.

Thanks to the BWBSS group on Facebook and Babywearer’s Circle Blog for helping me!

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Handwoven versus Machine woven

I often get asked why the price between handwovens and machine wovens is so different.

Also, how the hell does it actually happen anyway? I have found a couple of youtube videos to demonstrate it for you!

Now can you see why the price is so different? Isn’t it amazing to watch?

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