It's that time of year again...
The leaves are beginning to change colors, the chill is in the air, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes have returned to coffee shops everywhere. Fall has been officially ushered in!
What else does fall bring with it? Sweater weather, or more specifically, babywearing outerwear weather! That's right - we are about to dive headfirst into babywearing jackets, coats, and covers.
photo credit: CarryLittleHearts
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We are excited to move this training finally online, and we have a special price for this week only (until August 7th)
Working with new parents, parents-to-be, and caregivers is rewarding. It also continuously evolves and you have to keep up with all the latest aspects of your job!
Many professionals struggle to master the baby carrier 'trend' and in doing so have missed a key way to assist their clients in a smooth transition to parenthood.
We don't believe babywearing is a 'trend.'
Babywearing is an essential tool in assisting the caregiver and the baby adjust to the new reality of life outside of the womb. Use babywearing to make your work more impactful for those you work with, and use it yourself when you are caring for an infant!
The sheer number of options available can be overwhelming to...
*photo credit to Didymos; Tina Hoffman, CEO
As a consumer, readily seeing transparency in the things that I am buying is very important to me. It can be the difference between a quick, cursory browse and an in-depth look at a product. When the product that I’m searching for happens to be something for my children then the guidelines for excellence become far greater. I make no exceptions when looking at baby carriers, either, especially since they come into direct contact with both of our bodies. I look for things that are free of additives and toxic chemicals, fiber choices that are ethically and sustainably sourced, and manufacturing practices that are fair, transparent, and go all the way through the processing chain.
The first wrap that I ever purchased was a wool-blend Didymos Stendhal. When I went on the research hunt (or down the rabbit hole, as they say) I only had one thing in mind: I wanted eco-friendly wool! (Fun fact about me: I LOVE WOOL. It is...
Babesta is a local NYC baby retailer who asked me to participate in BABESTA BABY Bootcamp. I think independent retail is very important, especially for the baby sector. I was happy to help Babesta in the boot camp. Check it out below.
• *Fun fact: unbeknownst to us our kids go to the same high school. Small world, even in NYC!
The Small Weaver - How a Single Person Can Make a Difference
When Kim Taylor first began entertaining the idea of launching her own weaving business, she knew before it ever became a reality that everything would be created from eco-friendly materials. At home her family is thrifty, utilizing simple items such as reusable grocery bags and limiting their use of things like single-use plastics. Bringing that mindset into her business was a natural move.
She found babywearing after having her third child; with two other little ones running around she decided that she needed to be hands-free to be more hands-on. After trying out a few of the standard, box store buys but still not finding what she was looking for, she came across a woman wearing a long piece of woven cloth and she knew that she needed to find one for herself. Thus began her journey searching for the ‘winning...
I became a babywearing educator not long after my daughter was born. It had brought so much comfort and stability to our daily lives that I knew I wanted to help others find that sense of joy and contentment. And since those early days, I have worn my children everywhere - through many airports, on family hikes when little feet were too tired to walk, at the grocery store during nap-time, and around our house on a daily basis.
But I can still remember what it was like to try to find babywearing businesses outside of big box stores; search engine results were typically a Facebook link and not much else. After I launched my consulting business, I added ‘help people find companies a little easier’ to the long list of to-dos that I had made for myself. Fast-forward 6 years and my passion for babywearing has turned into a profession that I love, and I am still striving to help the Babywearing community wherever I can. And my to-do list just keeps getting longer!
In Ancient Greek, the word Μαίανδρος or meander is synonymous with infinity and the eternal flow of things. It was named thus after the Meander River, which winds its way through modern-day Turkey (known today as the Büyük Menderes River).
When we think of meandering in today's vernacular, it is easy to conjure up an image of a plodding wanderer with no destination in mind. But in the great words of J.R.R. Tolkien, "Not all those who wander are lost."
This blog represents the constant flow of our thoughts on all things babywearing. Every article traces back to another, all touching and connecting, moving along as a single entity just like the river.
Join us as we journey into this vastly under-appreciated ancient practice! Never want to miss an article? Subscribe to our newsletter!
Picture credit: Tom Gainor, unsplash
*winding river picture credit: William DeHoogh, upsplash