Baby Carriers


Hello!

We are coming to the end of a wonderful 17 days here in Texas with the Rainoshek family.

Sophia has seen her first snowfall (ironically for a Canadian baby, her first snow happened in Texas!), we spent four days in San Antonio enjoying the festive energy of Christmas lights and caroling along the River Walk, explored the Alamo and other surrounding Missions, and the McNay Museum held us captive for a long while with Sophia cozy in the Ergo, peeking out at the fantastic world of art.

Traveling with a baby has been a joy, and I am proud to say that I packed lighter for the two of us than I usually do for just myself! I was much more careful about bringing only the necessities for myself, so that David and I would be able to manage everything we packed as well as our five month old baby. One of my least favorite things to do is to lug a huge pile of stuff all over an airport, I’d much rather pack light! We came with three backpacks, a bag with our Vitamix in it, and Sophia’s car seat. Not too bad!

Two things that made our pile of stuff much smaller were:

~Baby-carriers! Instead of a stroller, we brought two baby-carriers along. They pack down small and tight, and are light as a feather! Baby wearing continues to be a joy with the Ergo, and Sophia has started to enjoy the sling style Maya Wrap. I find the Ergo works best for longer periods (going on walks, exploring art museums, going somewhere during nap time as Sophia can fall asleep in the Ergo, etc.) and the Maya Wrap works best for shorter periods and/or busy mama time as it puts Sophia on my side rather than in front (preparing food, doing dishes, in the airport between flights, folding laundry, etc.)

~Breastfeeding! I am never going to be able to celebrate this amazing ability enough! I have watched mothers in airport bathrooms frantically trying to mix up formula with tap water in plastic bottles for their babies, while little baby waits often un-happily. I feel so blessed to be able to tuck Sophia in under a scarf so close to me and to pull out a breast for her, full of perfectly warm, sweet mama’s milk. Breastfeeding requires no bag of bottles and formula, and no water for mixing, and no warming up of bottles. All I needed to pack for this one was myself! (Just watched the Formula Fed America Official Theatrical Trailer, check it out!)

Oh, and a third thing that made our load lighter, disposable diapers. (Opps, sorry.)  Although I am a dedicated cloth diaper user while at home, I feel that some flexibility while traveling via air is OK. I am looking forward to getting my daughter’s bottom out of  disposables and back into her organic cotton pre-folds though!! (As I write this post I’ve just been doing some research on Sodium Polyacrylate, the absorbent matter in disposable diapers, and realizing that I really do NOT want that around my baby, thank you! Get me home to those cloth diapers!)

One thing that made our pile of stuff much bigger was bringing our VITAMIX! This is always worth the lugging though, and I can’t imagine going two weeks without my blender. I love my blender! We put our Vitamix in a briefcase style bag and carry it right on the plane with us, and it causes us no problems, only happiness. We’ve used it three times today already: once for a green smoothie, once for nut mylk, and once for a green soup. AND that green soup was one of the BEST I have had! Here is how I made it:

First, mix up some guacamole in a big bowl with:

2 avocados, juice of 1 lemon, 5 cloves of garlic minced, generous dashes of sea salt, cumin, and dill.

Then, blend in your blender:

3 giant handfuls each of spinach, mixed baby greens, and parsley. 1/2 large tomato. 1/2 cup water.

Then pour blended part over guacamole and mix with a cubed 1/2 large tomato.

Serves two. Enjoy with a loved one!

David and I oohed and awed over this green soup for lunch while Sophia sat on my lap and sucked on a carrot (she doesn’t have any teeth yet, and seems to love the feeling of cold carrot on her little gums.)

We are looking forward to a pre-Christmas-Christmas dinner tomorrow night before we fly home on Thursday morning. I’ll write again soon from our new home on SaltSpring Island!

Love and Blissings, xoxoxoxoxox

Katrina

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Well, after all that, I just couldn’t stop coveting an Ergo. I continued to poll every mom I saw with one and they all continued to rave about it, and then I got an email from Jingee that said:

The benefits of Baby-Wearing are many! — enhances bonding, convenient for parents, promotes mental and emotional health for baby, and on and on! My first back-packs were those uncomfortable geri-packs with steel bars cutting in to my back. Slings were nice, but too unbalanced for my spine. Those nice big balanced hiking backpacks were a big improvement, but heavy! And then I started seeing people wearing The Ergo Baby Carrier. I bought one when Yarrow was born, and I am absolutely in love with it! From the time she was a newborn, I could carry her on my front, back, or side with the Ergo and do housework with Yarrow happily snuggled up against me. And even now I can hike for hours with my two year old on my back, and we are both totally comfortable! And you can now choose organic cotton material!

and well, I love Jingee and she loves the Ergo, so I went back to try it on.

The first time I had tried it, I had Sophia in the stroller and she was asleep so I didn’t actually try it on with her in it. So, this time I walked to Mothering Touch with Sophia in the Snugli and then tried her in the Ergo. Oh my, it was as though I wasn’t even carrying her it is so comfortable! What a difference after the old Sungli (I do love you old Snugli but you dig into my shoulders so much!) So, I entered with a Snugli, and I exited with an Ergo and I have to agree with all the raving moms, I LOVE IT! And so does Sophia! She fell asleep in it on the way home, and when she woke up she looked up at me and gave me a huge smile. For more information on the Ergo you can check out their website (click on me) You might just luck out and find one on Craig’s List, but for a full selection, see the Ergo headquarters!

As for the new cloth diapers, I’m still trying to decide what kind to buy for this next phase of Sophia’s life as she gets more and more active!

Happy baby-wearing!

Love Katrina

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After seeing so many Ergos around on happy looking moms with happy looking babies, I decided I’d like to have one. I got all excited about it, looked all over the Ergo website, emailed a friend who has one to ask how she likes it, and read over various customer reviews. After all this research (everyone I talk to raves about Ergo) I decided that it was the baby carrier for me! So, today I went into Mothering Touch with Sophia to see if I could try one out. Sure enough they had one there to try on, and so in amongst a kerfufle of other parents trying on other types of carries, I slung it on. I quite quickly knew that I had everything I needed in my retro, army green Snugli that my mom used with me and all my siblings, and that Ergo can wait. My well loved, 31 year old Snugli needs a little sewing love on the straps but otherwise it is fantastic.

Baby carriers have thus far been a bit of a challenge for Sophia and I. We have tried quite a few different ones, including the Sleepy Wrap, a Maya sling, and a beautiful Didymos Wrap in addition to said green Snugli. When Sophia was newborn, nothing was acceptable unless she was sound asleep. As soon as she was awake, only loving arms would do, and she would have nothing to do with slings, wraps, or Snugli. Having had read and loved The Continuum Concept and with a mind full of visions of cozy baby-wearing, this was not what I had expected! Perhaps it was due to the fact that she was born during an epic, hot summer and being slung or wrapped up was just not comfortable, I’m not sure, but she much preferred to be directly in-arms or laying naked, fancy and free. So that is what we did, and our arms got tired, but happily so. So, I let go of any ideas I had about a baby needing to be worn or held at all times in order to be happy (certainly not the case with Sophia, she loves to lie by herself and coos happily away) and packed the slings and wraps away, somewhat sadly because those Sleepy Wraps and Didymos’ look so darn beautiful.

Now, at three months, the only thing she goes for is the Snugli. Hooray! Something to wear my baby in on beautiful walks through the fall leaves!

I am still thinking that the other wraps and slings might start to work for us as she gets bigger, I’ll let you know, but I have a feeling that the Snugli will be the favorite. For now, we will spend that $140 on bigger diapers for our quickly growing daughter rather than on an Ergo.

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Sophia at 2 weeks or so in the Snugli, sound asleep!

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Oh, and I forgot to mention, the Didymos Wrap works as long as she is asleep, or eating!