Category Archives: Babywearing

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Camping With Little Kids

Summer has come to a close and fall is in full swing.  Even with the days and nights getting colder, it is a perfect time to go camping before winter brings her cold blanket to much of the country.  Camping might seem intimidating to those with young babies and children, but it is very doable with some extra thought and packing.  My little family actually just returned from four days of camping without any sort of facilities near Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.  The nights were cold and the days warm, we had no running water, or pit toilets, but we made it work with our 11 month old in tow. Here are 10 tips to getting outside with your little: Start local and close to home.  Our first camping adventure was thirty minutes from our house and close a grocery store.  This helped us come up with a packing system and an idea of what we would need on a longer trip.  If all went up in flames, we could jump ship and head home. Please do not think you need a camper or an RV to be successful, a tent is very workable.  My family has spent equal time between tents and campers.   We have actually had more luck getting a pack and play in tent versus camper.  Due to limited space, we typically cosleep …

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Anatomy of a Smart Bottoms Haversack CarryAll Bag

The Smart Bottoms Haversack CarryAll Bags have been out for just over a month now at Kelly’s Closet. We get questions almost daily about how much they will hold. Here’s an inside look at what we can fit in our exclusive Bloom print Haversack bag. Features: Machine washable Heavy duty and wide zippered opening Adjustable shoulder strap 4 roomy interior pockets Coordinating changing pad Changing pad has a waterproof zippered pocket for wipes/accessories Super soft fleece on one side of changing pad Waterproof PUL on the backside of changing pad There are 4 fun ways you can wear the Haversack bags; and probably a few we haven’t even dreamed of. Back carry, messenger strap, classic carry, and the mei tai carry. Watch this short video from Smart Bottoms to see how you can customize the Haversack straps for your customized needs and preferences. To see all the fun prints the Smart Bottoms Haversack bags come in, visit Kelly’s Closet. Haversack Cloth Diaper Bags. Would you like to be a contributor on The Cloth Diaper Whisperer? We’re always looking for creative writers who would like to share their cloth diapering tips. To find out more Contact Us

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6 Reasons Why I Wear My Baby

1.  I can politely keep people from touching my baby. Everybody just loooooves to touch brand new babies. (I get it. I want to touch/cuddle/eat them too. But I resist. Not everyone has that kind of willpower.) I don’t care if we have worked together for twenty years, or we have been best friends since kindergarten, or even if you gave birth to my partner: my baby doesn’t know you like that. And I don’t know your hand washing routine. Don’t touch my brand new baby. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll let you touch her feet. When she is four. With proper positioning in a baby carrier and the baby carrier’s pop-up head support or hood raised (AKA baby’s hater blockers), I can avoid disgusting germ-ridden unsolicited baby petting with a subtle shoulder shift. 2.  I can keep my baby from touching my stuff. I shared my literal personal space on this earth for nine months; I shouldn’t ALSO have to share all of my snacks. Luckily, babies are born with very short arms and I can hold things out of their reach quite easily, as long as I have a free arm to do so. No baby, that vanilla iced latte is not for you. No baby, you may NOT poke your finger in my cinnamon bun. No baby, I do NOT want drool in my water bottle today. Chew on this …

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Babywearing with a Newborn

Newborn babies are amazing. We all know this. They are also exhausting. They have been with mom for the past 10 months and they want to keep being with mom! One of the best ways to keep a newborn close and help them rest and nap is by wearing them! Sure you can hold a baby all day – or attempt to – but your arms might give out!! Most babies can be worn starting around 7-8 pounds. Each manufacturer has safety tested their product so please research and follow the directions. Also, please check with your doctor if there are any health concerns! When I had my first baby, we got an Ergo with the infant insert. It was pretty easy to use. Except it was HOT. She was born in June. We lived in Seattle, but it can still get warm in the summer! I really enjoyed wearing her around the city vs pushing a stroller with an infant seat on it! I also quickly figured out that she liked to be worn at home too while I was doing chores or other things around the house. Wearing a Newborn is very easily done with a soft structured carrier. You have heard of Ergo, Tula, & LILLEbaby. With an Ergo & Tula you need an Infant Insert until the baby is large enough to sit in the carrier panel …

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Best Baby Carriers of 2015

We are at the end of our Best of 2015 series, but wanted to take a minute to share your favorite baby carriers! There are so many different options with soft structured carriers these days and I know that we don’t carry all the popular brands and styles. We have personally fallen in love with the Tula and Lillebaby brands, and so have you!! Tula Standard Baby Carrier – Tula carriers have been a fan favorite for years, but have gained popularity these past few years because of their fun prints. Several times a month Tula introduces new prints to meet every family’s personalities. The Tula carrier fits from 15-45lbs and can be worn on the front and back. If you prefer stylish prints, Tula is your carrier. Lillebaby Airflow Carrier – Offering 6 carry positions, including forward facing, the Lillebaby Airflow has been your favorite Lille. Lillebaby (all styles) come with an infant seat built in to the carrier allowing you to wear your baby from birth through toddler. The airflow is a lightweight mesh carrier that makes it perfect for warmer climates and for keep yourself and your baby cool while wearing them. Available in several solids and fun prints. Lillebaby All Seasons – Another great Lille carrier featuring their 6 carry positions and built in infant insert. The All Seasons has a zip down panel on the …

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