Monday, April 21, 2014

Carry of the Month: Soft Structured Carrier (SSC) Part IV (Back Carry)

Please read our disclaimer before trying this carry. Make sure you are using your carrier in compliance with the manufacturers directions.

SSC back carry with a toddler

Lower toddler onto your back from superman toss or have your child climb onto your back. I usually say, "Hold" or "Hug mommy."

Reach for shoulder straps and bring the carrier's panel up and over baby's back. Pull shoulder straps up to remove any slack under your baby's bottom. Clip chest strap and adjust clip strap and shoulder straps by tightening them or loosening them as necessary for a secure and comfortable fit.

SSC back carry with a baby

Please use your best judgment in attempting this carry with your baby. We generally recommend back carries only be tried with older babies who can sit on their own, exhibit good head control, and by experienced babywearers. If you aren't ready for back carries in an SSC, please read our COTM posts for front carries in an SSC or hip carries in an SSC.

After clipping your carrier onto your waist, place your baby on your hip. From there, scoot your baby towards your back while maintaining a firm hand on your baby's bottom for safety. If this is your first time, practice hip-scooting over a bed or couch or have a second person as a spotter.

With one hand on baby's bottom, use your other hand to draw and/or flip the carrier's panel up towards your baby's back. Next, use one hand to hold the panel and baby's bottom, and with the opposite hand reach for one shoulder strap and draw it up and over the baby's back. Insert that arm into the shoulder strap. Repeat the previous steps for the opposite shoulder strap.

Pull both shoulder straps up to remove any slack under the baby's bottom. Clip the chest strap. Adjust clip strap and shoulder straps as necessary.

Happy Babywearing!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Babywearer of the Month: Meet Brittany

Our Babywearer of the Month for April is Brittany M. She has become a familiar face at our monthly meetings since she first joined us at a Peninsula meeting several months ago. We hope you enjoy getting to know her better as much as we have!

-How long have you been babywearing? I have been babywearing since Maxine was 2 weeks old. She never wanted to be put down and I was very tired of doing everything with one hand. I begged some of my online mommy friends for advice because the only advice I was getting was "just put her down" but I could not stand to listen to her cry. One of them suggested a Boba wrap and once I got it, I fell in love INSTANTLY.

-How has it helped you or changed your life as a mom? Babywearing has made me a much better mother. I can tend to all of Maxine's needs even if I am busy with cleaning or homework. I'm now a mobile mom rather than just sitting on the couch all day like I did the first two weeks of her life.

-What is your favorite carrier (or carry) and why? I have tried stretchy wraps, wovens, SSCs, Mei Tais, and ring slings. My favorite by far is my Sakura Bloom linen ring sling. Ring slings are easy to use and since I've got it, it has been my go-to carrier. I love it for quick outings and around the house. My Ergo carrier is great when Max needs a nap while I have homework or housework to do. She falls asleep pretty fast in them. I'm falling in love with shortys though. they might bump ring slings out of that #1 spot! My favorite carry with the woven wrap is a front wrap cross carry because I get so many cuddles that way.

-What is your biggest babywearing accomplishment? My biggest accomplishment was actually learning how to wear Maxine on my back. It was life changing. I was back to cooking and cleaning!

-What has been your biggest struggle with babywearing? My biggest struggle was initially starting. I had a hard time learning how to wrap and almost gave up, but I'm glad I stuck with it.

-What do you want others to know about babywearing? I want others to know that babywearing is a great way to bond with your baby while still being yourself. It is the best way to be hands-free while still getting in tons of snuggles with your baby.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Oscha OOAK Prototype Auction

Oscha OOAK Prototype Ring Sling Auction
Oscha Slings graciously donated a brand new, one of a kind, prototype ring sling for Babywearing International of Hampton Roads to auction as a fundraiser for our lending library. All proceeds will go to Babywearing International of Hampton Roads.  This sling is in the Nouveau pattern with 15% linen, 45% cashmere, and 40% cotton.  The rings are bronze.  

This auction will end Monday, March 24th, 2014 at 4:30pm EST
(or 2 minutes after the final bid)

Please spread the word & help us raise money for our lending library.

Thank you & happy bidding!