Tuesday, October 12, 2010

New Organic ERGO Baby Carrier Designs!

They're here!!! Well....almost! The new ERGO's have been debuted and are now available for preorder from Heavenly Hold. I became a true ERGO lover when I traded up to an Organic ERGO...it was such a huge difference in feel and comfort! The Organic ERGO Baby Carrier was a lot sleeker and softer...a vast improvement over my first non organic ERGO!

There are 3 new organic designs available: River Rock Green (my favorite and pictured above), Desert Bloom (love the hood on that one!), and Highland Navy. All three designs can be preordered and will be shipped for free early November.

Which one do you like best?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Indianapolis Babywearers!

Are you an Indy mommy? Are you a babywearing or a wannabe babywearing Indy mommy? Even better! I'm going to be in Indianapolis, IN this coming weekend (October the 9-10, 2010) and I want to meet up with some babywearing mommies!

If you are wanting to try out some of the newest carriers, I'll have them! If you have a request for something from Heavenly Hold you'd like to try, let me know and I'll do my best to bring it! The best way to know what carrier you'll like the best, it to try out as many as you can!

Come meet me in Downtown at the Embassy Suites on Sunday afternoon at 4pm for a babywearing pow wow! I'll be the one in the lobby with all the babywearing paraphenelia! Please email me or let me know on Facebook if you are coming! Looking forward to meeting you!

The Ages and Stages of Babywearing

There is time to babywear...and a time not to babywear. I've heard lots of moms say that they're done babywearing because their child has begun walking. Pshaw! I myself was in mourning when my first daughter seemed to lose interest shortly after learning to walk. BUT after the novelty of it all blew over, she had a renewed interest in being worn...and I was a happy mama!

Wearing a newborn is always wonderful...they're so sleepy and snuggly at that age. A Sleepy Wrap is a wonderful way to wear a newborn as it does a fantastic job of mimicking the womb.

When babywearing a child that has learned to walk, you're mostly back wearing at that time and a Soft Structured Carrier (or Buckle Carrier) is a fantastic option. My favorites for wearing older babies or toddlers are the ERGO, Action Baby Carrier or the Boba.

Even now that my oldest daughter is 3 1/2, she is still worn. She loves to be worn in the Scootababy and in the beco Butterfly II on my back.

So, don't let walking throw you off track. Give your babies some time to discover their new found world and then let them come back to your back for some more babywearing time!

Investing in a Baby Carrier

Many folks have the surprise of their lives when they find out the cost of a high quality baby carrier. I know I did...I was a (hides eyes) Snugli wearer for the first few months of Kaelin's life. I knew no better until a friend steered me in the right direction. I though $29.95 was what a carrier should cost...wrong! When I saw that ERGO Baby Carriers were just over the $100 mark, I said, "Never!" "No way!" And here I am today...peddling the very same baby carriers and some that cost even more.

I have since learned that there are even some Baby Bjorn carriers that cost nearly $100 and some that cost even more...and those carriers are NOT good....not good for baby and not good for the babywearer=not a good investment.

So, yes...I see a baby carrier as an investment. Just like a crib, a diaper bag, or any other piece of baby paraphenelia. A baby carrier is an item that has such a positive effect on your baby's development, learning, muscle tone, digestion, sleeping habits and general comfort and security that I believe it to be one of the most important baby investments!

A baby carrier is something that can last you from birth all the way through preschool. I am wearing my 3 1/2 year old daughter in some of the same carriers that I recently wore my newborn in! A baby carrier lasts and lasts!

Another reason to invest in a good one: high resale value! I've often had customers come by to purchase a particular brand carrier and say that they searched for one on craigslist or ebay that was used so they could save a little money and found that the used ones were nearly as much as the brand new ones! So why not buy a brand new one and support a work at home mom (like me!). Once you are past your babywearing days, you can resell your high quality baby carrier for a high price! You'll be able to recoup a fair amount of your investment and get the enjoyment and peace of mind out of wearing your child in a beautiful and SAFE baby carrier!

If you think that a good carrier is out of your reach financially, consider putting one on layaway. Breaking the price up into several payments takes away a bit of the sting of the investment.

Happy Babywearing!