Wednesday, July 25, 2012

daddy is baby wearing too, volume one!

"every baby needs a sling. every mom deserves one."
-snuggybaby

it is no secret that i, i mean we, collect baby wearing systems. we currently own, i count seven, and that isn't including the two doll size ones the girls frequently use to carry their babies...or the cat. it is nice to have a big stash depending on, well so many things - like the weather, the activity, the particular child you are carrying and so on.

not only is baby wearing good for the emotional and mental health of your baby as well as mom and dad's physical well being, it is a secret weapon in breastfeeding on the go! so, all of these reasons are great, but if you ask my husband, he gets right down to business about it - "it frees up your hands and your life when it comes to hassling with a stroller."

tim loves to baby wear the girls, well not zoe, that would be heavy. he started out wearing a almost two year old rowan when we first got a ergo years ago and i think it was a mutual love between those two. when stella was born he was a huge supporter of my growing baby carrier collection and would participate as long as it didn't involve my custom floral moby style wrap. he appreciated that we could roll up any of our carriers to fit in the diaper bag and it was there when we forgot a stroller, cause we were always forgetting a stroller...

fast forward to baby number four, our boy, and he couldn't be more excited to try some of the new carriers we have recently accumulated. he even took rowan for a test drive in one, that at almost forty pounds she hasn't hit the limit and loved being carried still.

one of our newest additions being a wonderful sling that snuggybaby sent us recently to review and giveaway, they wanted to know more about what tim thought about it and i was excited to hear too! together we agreed on the plum solid color sling, since mama would mostly wear it, but it wasn't a color that daddy would be afraid to be seen in public in! we both got our first chance to test drive it on our camping trip to the oregon coast last month and we both agreed it was the perfect addition to the trip because who wants to hassle with a stroller on the beach?

before we dive more into tim's take on the whole thing, i have to mention my favorite part about the snuggybaby ring sling - i can wear it, comfortably, with my growing belly! i can't say this about any of my other carriers so that puts this bad boy at number one in my book.

since tim is no word smith when it comes to talking about, well most things, but especially baby things, i came up with a simple question and answer for him:
what is your favorite carrier so far? why? "it is a tie beweteen the ring sling and mei tai. the ring sling felt pretty comfortable all over - the weight more evenly distributed and with my build it is nice how adjustable it was."
do you think your more comfortable carrying a newborn or a toddler? "newborn, duh they're lighter. i think once i get used to adjusting the sling, ergo, or mei tai on my own, carrying toddler won't be as bad"
what is the most handy part about baby wearing? "no strollers to push or monitor a loose child, cause that sucks."
which do you think is stella's favorite carrier to be worn in? "the kelty, cause it means we're out on a hike."
do you think you'll wear baby number four more then the girls? why? "it's hard to say. probably cause we have more carriers i am comfortable being seen in and also, you'll (me) will probably make me more."

getting baby out of the stroller and close to the parents is such a good idea! it is important to chose the right carrier for your needs and body type and you want to remember to shy away from soft carriers such as the bjorn or snuggly - they promote bad hip and leg placement and can cause serious problems down the road.
it doesn't just stop at ring slings for the snuggybaby family - they recently introduced their own line of mei tais (squee!) last week and they carry a huge array of other attachment parenting items like doll slings, wet bags, and wraps.

they have been a dream company to work with - they communicate great, send very informative and helpful videos with all of the carriers, help you choose what carrier will best fit your needs, and have a great story on how the wahm of two got started on the snuggybaby brand.

to help you get started or to build on your collection - snuggybaby wants to give you, one of my readers, a $50 credit to their online store! this is your opportunity to get that mei tai you have been dreaming about or start planning for your new little one with a ring sling that will fit them well into toddlerhood!

it doesn't end there! all of my readers are welcome to use the code HIBABY at checkout for 10% of their order!

entering is easy with rafflecopter! the bold options are mandatory and the rest are for fun and better chances to win! i will be checking entries so please be honest and fair - good luck, have fun, and tell your friends!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

23 comments:

melissa rohr said...

I actually like the dino dudes wet bag!!! It's super cute!

melissa rohr said...

love the stained glass linen sling...so pretty!

melissa rohr said...

Love the Rainbow Chevron Mei Tei!

Timeofourlives said...

I have one on the way and a two year old I would love to start my carrier collection!!!

melissa rohr said...

I'm in love with the Spa Fizz ring sling! I would love the carry my munchkin in something that cute!

melissa rohr said...

I really love the wet bags and the perfect pink sling

melissa rohr said...

I subscribed :)

melissa rohr said...

These are so fun!!

melissa rohr said...

Lov this, as a first time mama I am just learning the joys of baby wearing!

melissa rohr said...

Love this, as a first time mama I am just learning the joys of baby wearing!

melissa rohr said...

I regret not baby wearing more with my toddler. But it is never to late, right???

Tanya said...

Great post!!
I sign up for news letter :)

Love, Chelsea said...

You can never have enough carriers! Mila wants to win!

Love, Chelsea said...

I signed up for the newsletter too!

Shawntae @ alittlekingandi said...

In love the Mei tai's. Their prints are so pretty!

melissa rohr said...

ooh the chevron ring sling! I want...
http://www.snuggybaby.com/sunshop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=385

melissa rohr said...

i'm interested in a ring sling or mei tei!

melissa rohr said...

I really hope I start baby wearing earlier on this time around! Love this giveaway :)

melissa rohr said...

I totally want a mei tai! Can't decide on a pattern... they're all super cute :)

melissa rohr said...

I have to pick just one?! Love them all!

melissa rohr said...

Leaving my commen! I hope I win!!!!!!! :) LOVE these!

melissa rohr said...

Leaving my commen! I hope I win!!!!!!! :) LOVE these!

melissa rohr said...

Leaving my comment! I hope I win!!!!!!! :) LOVE these!