Month: October 2013

[the] Fam’s 5 Faves: Babywearing (in the heat!)

[The] Fam’s 5 Faves: Babywearing (in the heat) by tararoehl on Polyvore

A floppy hat is great for covering baby’s head, especially when they don’t want the hood up!

I love my Arctic Chill Towel! I wear it between baby and me. The key to keeping baby cool is to NOT let them get damp! This towel does the trick!

Those legs hanging out are ripe for burning! These leg covers have UV protection and are cooler than most leg garments!

Some good sunscreen is important on that precious baby skin! This stuff is greasy, but does the job!

Something cold to chew on is a great way to help baby regulate their temp. Hang this frozen toy from the loops on your carrier!
And here is a slightly ridiculous, haphazardly thrown together video of how I use my arctic chill/frogg togg towel to keep Liam cool while babywearing!

❤ Tara

Babywearing: The “M”

Babywearing: The "M" | oliverandtara.com

Continuing on last Thursday’s post about “Knee-to-Knee“, I wanted to discuss the important of baby’s leg and hip positioning when leg’s out in a carrier. Firstly, the carrier should ALWAYS go “knee-to-knee“. If it does not, it is not adequately supporting your little one’s hips.

The ideal position is the “M” position. The blue arrows show Liam’s legs, folded over at the knee, represented by the black circles. The red arrows show the line of his seat, which drops slightly below the level of his knee, the deepest point being at the star. This position gives baby a good “seat” while holding the hips in an open and supported position. The thigh is supported all the way to the knee, because you are in a carrier that goes “knee-to-knee“!

This applies to ALL carriers in which a baby is “legs out” – on your front, side or back!

Babywearing: The "M" | oliverandtara.comThe “M” position in the Tula…

Babywearing: The "M" | oliverandtara.comThe “M” Position while wrapped..
(have mercy on my wrapping skills here.. this is the FIRST time I got him on my back!)

For more information on the impact of leg positioning and hips, you can read this page over at the International Hip Dysplasia website.

❤ Tara

Why We Wear #2

Why We Wear #2 | oliverandtara.comBecause when you have a new baby, they aren’t the only one who’s tired.
And it is much safer to have them wrapped to you when you both need a nap.

Wrap that baby on, sit in your recliner/glider and rock yourselves to sleep mama.

You deserve that nap!

❤ Tara

Tried & True: Soft Structured Carriers (SSC)

Tried & True: Soft Structured Carriers | oliverandtara.com
We are big fans of Soft Structured Carriers in our house. It’s often our go-to carrier. Quick to buckle on, multiple position options, toss it in the wash when it gets grimy … everything a frazzled new mommy needs!
I’ve seen a lot of people asking about the differences between a Tula and an Ergo. So I wanted to give you a few factual comparisons between the two, then go into my own personal pros and cons of these two.
Here is a little visual of what each measurement in the table is actually measuring…
Measuring Points of an SSC | oliverandtara.com
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L = length, W = width

[approximations]

Tula

Ergo

L: padded shoulder strap

19”

15.5”

W: padded shoulder strap

2.5”

2.75”

L: adjustable shoulder strap

~30”

12”

L: body

14.25”

14.25”

W: body

13 – 16.5”

15”

W: seat

13.25”

14”

L: padded waist

27.25”

29”

W: padded waist

3.25” – 4.5”

3.25” – 5.5”

L: adjustable waist

~ 30”

~ 28.5”

W: adjustable waist

2”

2”

 

Now that you can see the facts, here are my opinions!

Ergo Performance

Pros:
  • Tough – made of durable material, easily washes/wipes clean
  • Breathable!
  • Dark colored, so it doesn’t show a ton of dirt
  • Pocket for hood
  • Hood snaps on quite easily
  • Good sized zipper pocket for phone, keys, etc
  • Rolls up small
Cons:
  • Let’s just face it – it isn’t “cute”. But the other Ergo styles are beginning to come in cute patterns!
  • Not as wide as the Tula – narrower seat and body means baby will grow out of it much sooner!
  • Not great for really petite people – the waist strap doesn’t go small enough!

Tula

Pros:

  • Ohemwow – can we say totally ADORABLE patterns?!
  • Body stays wide overall (versus “wave” style body of Ergo)
  • See the difference in lengths of adjustable straps?! This gives you a ton of room to find your “sweet spot”
  • Hood detaches completely and can be stored away
  • Hood can be cinched tighter around baby’s face
  • Canvas material is pretty durable, but “softens up” to “super cuddly” status!
  • Rolls up well!
Cons:
  • You need to be gentle when washing – you don’t want to wear it out or damage it. And some of the lighter styles stain easily
  • It can get quite toasty inside of there – for you AND baby! The price of a bigger body panel. Canvas is NOT breathable
  • The pocket is too small – MAYBE can hold my phone. Or my credit cards/IDs. Doubt it could hold both.

Here is a comparison shot of Liam in both carriers. For reference, he is 8 1/2 months old, 27.5” long and 19 lbs, 2 oz.

 

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❤ Tara

#2013IBW

International Babywearing Week: My Stash

For day 1 of International Babywearing Week (but day 7 of our babywearing series here!) I thought I’d offer a “peek” into my “stash”. It isn’t complete – a wrap will be added very soon! But for now, here is where it stands…

International Babywearing Week: My Stash, October 2013 | oliverandtara.com
  1. Moby Wrap
  2. Seven Sling
  3. Ergo Performance
  4. Peanut Shell
  5. [vintage] Snugli
  6. Balboa Sling
  7. Maya Ring Sling
  8. Standard Tula
  9. Infantino Sash Wrap (Mei Tai)
  10. Boba Air

Only two of my carriers don’t have images for the stash. A stretch swim wrap made by a mom (I bought it from it’s second owner, through a Bay Area mom swap) and one of my vintage carriers (bought through the same swap).

Friday I posted about our 5 favorites from this stash. But I’ve used almost all of them for different reasons and different places – love them all! I’ll be going into more specifics with tomorrow’s Tried & True update and I’ll give you more of what to look for in a carrier with Thursday’s post.

Until then – goodnight!

❤ Tara

#2013IBW

Saturday Summary

Babywearing Series - Week ONE | Oliverandtara.com

So far so good – even though we are in the middle of our move to Denver, I have been able to keep up with the posting! Click on each picture to jump to the post!

Babywearing Series - Week ONE | Oliverandtara.com

Tuesday was the latest installment of “Tried & True” where I discussed my very first babywearing experience – our beautiful orange Moby wrap!

 

Wednesday was the beginning of our “Why We Wear” series with the number one reason we began wearing.

Babywearing Series - Week ONE | Oliverandtara.com

 

Babywearing Series - Week ONE | Oliverandtara.com

Thursday was my first fact filled post answering the question of when when it is ok to let baby be worn “legs out”.

 

Friday was our latest “Fam’s 5 Faves” and a peek into our “stash’ with our 5 favorite carriers (in order of preference/most used).

Babywearing Series - Week ONE | Oliverandtara.com

Remember, all the posts are being listed on this post as well. We’ll begin again tomorrow!

 

❤ Tara

Babywearing: Knee-to-knee

Babywearing: Knee-to-knee | oliverandtara.com

When babywearing, position is REALLY important. Many Soft Structured Carriers (SSCs) come with “infant inserts” that you use until your new bundle of joy is “big enough”. But what exactly is “big enough”? For a legs out position, “big enough” is when the carrier goes “knee-to-knee”.

Knee-to-knee is when their legs not only poke out of the carrier, but that the edge of the carrier actually hits the inside crease of their knee. You want their legs to be able to bend downward. Liam’s legs are able to do this (though his bunched up jeans keep them from bending over at times) – so he is only ever “legs out” now.

Some carriers have a narrower base than others, allowing you to go “legs out” sooner. If you want to go “legs out” sooner, look at the Infantino Sash™ Wrap  or the Becco Gemini. The Infantino (or any Mei Tai style carrier for that matter) can have the base of the seat cinched. Some come with a strap to do that, but you can use something as simple as a ribbon or shoelace to tie it smaller. The Gemini actually has a snap option to make the seat smaller and wider.

What do you do if your little one isn’t big enough for “legs out” quite yet? As I mentioned above, there are “infant inserts” available. I prefer the Tula insert, over the Ergo insert, because of the position it holds the baby’s legs in. What’s really nice is that the infant inserts can be used interchangeably with any SSC. For example, you can use the Tula insert in a Becco, Ergo, etc. Now, you may not want to spring for an infant insert, with how short of a time they will need it. Your other option is to roll up a receiving blanket, place it under their bum, and put them in the carrier “froggy leg position”. The picture below, from the Didymos site, shows you how their legs should be situated, inside the carrier, for “froggy position”.

Froggy Leg Position | oliverandtara.com (Image Source: http://www.didymos.de)
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As always, whenever you are babywearing, be sure that:

  • You can see their face – they should be close enough for you to kiss
  • You can feel them breathing
  • Their chin is off their chest

❤ Tara

Why We Wear #1

*Why We Wear is a image-based series sharing the reasons why we babywear*

Why We Wear #1 | oliverandtaara.com

Skin-To-Skin Time!

Extensive research has shown that skin-to-skin time with your newborn is important for BOTH of you! So strip off your nursing top and wrap that baby against you mommy – it’s time for some bonding.

❤ Tara

P.S. As you can see, Liam is brand new and I am VERY tired…