Category Archives: Babywearing

Babywearing Meet 4: UPDATE!

Thank you everyone for the wonderful response to Babywearing Meet 4. We have to close registration now, because we’ve reached full capacity for the venue! We’re trying to make the event as comfortable as possible for everyone, so here are a few notes:

  1. Some of you signed up and mentioned that you were bringing other children with you. While it’s super fun to attend as a family, we’re going to have to give you fair warning: there will be nothing for your older children to do at the venue if they get bored. Because it’s a residential building, they will not be allowed to roam around. As it is, we’re going to reach 200 people, children included. If you can have ate or kuya stay at home instead, please do so. We really suggest you just attend with the baby or toddler you’re going to wear. For those who are coming with yayas, drivers, lolas, lolos, barangay captains and bodyguards, there is also no space for hanging out. We do hope you consider paring down the number of people coming under your name for everyone’s comfort.
  2. Please avoid bringing a lot of stuff to the meet. You can leave your stroller and all the extras in your car, if you have one. The less you need to track, the better. There’s no space for stroller parking, so we really advise you guys to not bring one to the meet.
  3. If there’s a particular carrier you already own and need help with, please bring it! It’s much better for you to practice on your own carrier (and your own baby, for that matter. Little joke there, har har)
  4. There’s pay-parking inside the venue, and there will be a little snack stand in case you want to munch on something. No rice, okay. You can bring, but you have to share. Hehe. Another joke.
Here’s the map to the venue:


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Here’s the schedule we will try to follow as best as we can:

1:30-2:00 Registration
2:00-2:30 Babywearing Presentation by Jenny Ong and Jen Tan
2:45-3:00 Demo: Mei Tai
3:15-3:30 Demo: Ring Slings
3:45-4:00 Demo: Hybrids
4:15-4:30 Demo: Pouches
4:45-5:00 Demo: Wraps
5:15-5:30 Demo: Soft Structured Carriers

Note that we will announce the start of the demos so you can proceed to watch, if you’re interested. If you choose not to watch the demo, you can just roam around the vendors’ tables, get coached one-on-one, interact with fellow babywearing moms or have a snack or two.

The vendors are:

  • Next 9
  • SaYa
  • Numa Store
  • Mamaway
  • Bailey Wrap
  • Bosom Buddies
  • Indigo Baby
  • Maya Wrap
  • Ruxpin
  • Tickled Moms
  • UPDATE (3/27/2012): Ergo

In addition to the vendors, these wonderful people have donated prizes for our raffle, which we will hold in between demos:

  • Mothering Earthlings
  • Manila Baby Shop
  • Mamaway
  • Bailey Wrap
  • Next 9
  • Blissful Babes
  • Numa
  • googoo&gaga
  • Eden
  • Roots & Wings Trading
  • Mommy Treats
  • Indigo Baby
  • Tickled Moms
  • Thrifty Mama
  • Celestina & Co
  • Caleb’s Closet

Again, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for the support everyone is giving to the benefit of the babywearing advocacy. With support like this, we’re sure to hold more babywearing meets in different locations around Metro Manila, and even nationwide! (WHY NOT???)

See you all on Saturday!

Babywearing Meet 4 Is Here!!!

We had a wonderful response to the last babywearing meet held last year at Gymboree. This time we have a bigger venue! And here’s the coolest part. The top suppliers and some babywearing advocates have banded together to form an alliance: The Filipino Association of Babywearers (name pending, hehe) so that we can spread the gospel of babywearing to the nation!

So here are the details:

Babywearing Meet 4

Venue: Renaissance 3000 Tower B Function Room

Date: March 31, 2012

Time: 1:30pm – 5:30pm

The babywearing suppliers who will be participating are:

  • Next 9 Slings and Pouches
  • SaYa
  • Blissful Babes pouches
  • Bosom Buddy Slings
  • Indigo Baby
  • Mamaway
  • Maya Wrap
  • Bailey Wrap

In addition, Buding of SaYa will be introducing a new carrier that will soon be available. I actually already have a review unit. I’m bursting to share and I can’t wait to demo it for you guys!

As usual, we’re going to need everyone to sign up because even if we have a bigger venue, we still want an organized and controlled event, especially while most of us will have our kids tagging along. Like babywearing, our priorities are comfort and safety!

A few notes:

  • There is paid parking available at the venue, just ask the guard where you can park.
  • This time, carriers will be for sale (yey!) but if you have a special request or order, please leave a note in the Comments/Questions of the forms so that our suppliers can try and bring any particular item you might want to purchase.
  • Leave your stroller in the car so we can maximize the space as much as possible.
  • Wear comfy clothes. Babywearing is best learned at your comfiest and most relaxed state. You’ll get to babywearing while wearing a cocktail dress and heels soon enough! Heehee.
  • If you are a first-timer or total beginner, we urge you to come on time so you can listen to the opening presentation about babywearing information and safety.
  • UPDATE (3/15/2012): Mothering Earthlings is giving away gift certificates to the FIRST TEN REGISTRANTS! Come early!

For any other questions, shoot me an email through my contact form or leave a comment! Spread the word to your friends and family as well!

Sign up for Babywearing Meet 4 here: (If you don’t see the form below, please click THIS LINK.)

Our Cebu Holiday

The Painter is from Cebu. Even after 20 years of living in Metro Manila, he has not and will never lose his Visayan accent. Once or twice a year, we go home to his hometown in Cebu, a nicely tucked-away baranggay called Mainggit, in Toledo. It’s a whole area filled with Ypons, and we can’t walk a hundred feet without my husband calling out, “‘Gaw! ‘Musta ‘gaw!” (Cousin!! How are you??)

I’m so happy we have a place like this to visit. One of my frustrations growing up was that we never had a province. When we were very young, we used to visit a relative’s rice field in Bulacan. We would take long walks in the paddies, trying not to fall into the mud, go fishing for tilapia in the ponds, climb trees and eat on banana leaves. It was heaven. I’m so grateful Basti has the chance to taste provincial life. With all the development going on in the area, it won’t be long till going home means just going to another city.

I was really excited and some nice people sent me stuff that were really useful for the trip!

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Human Heart Nature sent me a sampler set of their baby care line. Perfect traveling sizes! I loved the baby bath and lotion, and the oil was very useful for Basti’s after-bath massage. No Aquasana water filters there. Basti’s skin easily dried from the weather and the water. Check out one of Basti’s bath sessions!

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Mothercare sent Urtekram zinc cream that was very useful for the tiny bites and booboos we both got during the trip. We did a lot of walking around on uneven ground, plus all these leafy green things (i.e. plants) had so many inhabitants. #cityfolkproblems Urtekram has a full range of organic baby products, all available at Mothercare.

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I wanted to bring the Flexibath I bought from them on the trip, but I was overweight as it is. (I said this all over Twitter: I don’t understand why infants don’t get even a little bit of baggage allowance. They have more stuff than we do! Plus, it’s not like they’re flying for free.) I also wanted to bring my SkipHop diaper bag, but it was also too much. I bought it at Mothercare months and months ago too, at the best price compared to anywhere!

Basti loved playing with all the kids. On my side he’s only got 2 cousins, but in Cebu he has 10. Add his siblings and it’s a party everyday!

We spent days on the beach that was just a short walk away from The Painter’s house. And as usual, for my husband, there can be no play without work. He dragged us out to a river, stripped down Basti to nothing, and had us pose for future paintings. Basti loved the river!! I didn’t even want to think about the carabao we saw taking a bath upstream. Hehe.

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My constant companion was my Next9 ringsling. From airport to van terminal to tricycle to seaside to the market and for the strange-house anxiety Basti got on our first night, it was a lifesaver. Traveling really is so much easier when babywearing!

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I can’t wait to see how Basti will appreciate the province more as he grows up. One thing we have yet to experience is the town fiesta! I heard it gets really crazy with all the relatives that come in to visit. Oh just give me this and I’m ok:
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This was one of the SIX lechons we encountered over the holidays. #heartattack

Ok so now I want lechon.

Winner!: The Mothering Earthlings Babywearing Confessional

First I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to all those who shared their babywearing confessions. The Earthlings’ Mama and I had a grand time reviewing the comments. I wish there were slings to go out to everyone because you’re all babywearing bad-asses.

But there can only be one.

We had our favorites, so we got the Earthlings’ Papa to break the tie. Check out this pic of Mr. Guerrero.

So out of all the answers, this was the one that we tattooed beings digged the most:

Frances Beldia

The strangest thing I’ve done while wearing my earthling was having a teeny tiny detail added to my dragonicorn (fusion of dragon and unicorn) tattoo. Attika is six months old now and loves to kick, tug my hair and clothes, grab anything within her reach, or do all of those at the same time. On this particular event though, she behaved and observed like a little lady would when she’s watching something of Herculean importance like Phineas and Ferb.

Getting a tattoo hurts. Babywearing while getting inked? – #award

And so here’s your award, Frances!

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Congratulations!!!!! Please write me an email using my Contact Form with your name that appears on a valid ID, your shipping address and your contact number.

Thanks again to everyone who shared their babywearing stories! Thank you Mothering Earthlings for the great contest!

Fess Up!: The Mothering Earthlings Babywearing Confessional Giveaway

I’m happy to announce the first giveaway for 2012 is sponsored by one of my favorite online stores, Mothering Earthlings!

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The mom behind Mothering Earthlings is Rone Valles-Guerrero, who also writes a fun, quirky blog under the same name. She writes candidly and honestly, and her adventures with her two earthlings are always something I look forward to reading. Her store reflects much of her family’s personality, full of products handpicked and selected by Rone for those looking for hip stuff for their kiddos.

For this confessional, Mothering Earthlings is giving away this Next9 ringsling!

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Rone was also a babywearing mama when the earthlings were smaller.

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Here’s Basti and I  taking a walk along the seaside in Toledo, Cebu. Complete with the banca and the dogs and everything.

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The ringsling is my current favorite carrier. With Basti pushing two years old, its versatility is something I love. Among all carriers, it’s the one I feel most comfortable with when doing a back carry.

In my entire babywearing life, I find that wearing Basti has been so liberating. I’m able to bring him everywhere and do everything with him!. Okay, I will confess. The strangest thing I’ve done while wearing Basti was TO TAKE A SHOWER.

No, there are no pictures.

Basti was only a few months old then. He was dirty, fussy, in a bad mood and it was a really hot day. So I popped my little earthling into a carrier and we took a nice bath together. He loved the feeling of the warm water on his back. It soothed him. With him safely tucked into the carrier, I was hands-free to wash him, and my hair!

So for this Mothering Earthlings Confessional, we ask:

What is the strangest thing you’ve done while wearing your earthling?

Details, Details:

  1. Post a comment on this blog entry answering the question: What is the strangest thing you’ve done while wearing your earthling?
  2. The Painter’s Wife and the Earthlings Mama will choose the top 5 answers. From these answers, we choose one winner of the Next9 Ringsling.
  3. Actual sling print may vary from the photo shown above.
  4. Giveaway is open to anyone in the Philippines.
  5. Submission of answers is open from Jan. 16, 2012 to Jan. 29, 2012, 11:59:59 pm.
Can’t wait to read your confessions!
You may contact/shop Mothering Earthlings at:
Twitter: @EarthlingsMama

 

Pouches, Slings, SaYas, Wraps, Oh My!: Choosing The Best Baby Carrier For You

I get this question all the time: “Which one is the best baby carrier?”

I don’t have one answer to this question because, if you have read my blog long enough, I use all of the ones I own. ALL. Without exception. Sometimes my only criteria for choosing the baby carrier I’m packing for the day is if it’s clean.

Choosing a carrier is really a matter of preference. There is no one perfect carrier for all mothers and for all babies because we are all different, and then factor in the different permutations of mother-baby combinations and what do you have? Insanity. Haha.

I can, however, share my own personal insights on which carrier was suitable for myself and Basti for different situations and different times in our lives. I hope some of my thoughts help somewhat in choosing the carrier (or carriers) you would like to try for your babies. All carriers I mention below are suitable for newborns to toddlers.

1. The SaYa Carrier

The SaYa has been, without a doubt, my most talked-about carrier in my blog. It was the first one I got really comfortable with after all, so it will always have a special place in my diaper bag.
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I like this because:

  • It’s lightweight and easy to tote around. Even if all you have is your purse, it’ll fit! The Versatekk dries easily and is great for traveling and the beach.
  • It’s relatively easy to put on (once you get the hang of it) and totally easy to take off.
  • Can be worn for longer periods because of the criss-cross support of the two interlocked slings.
Best for:
  • Kangaroo carry
  • Front-carry, facing inwards
  • Napping

2. The Ring Sling

It took me a while to get the hang of the ringsling, particularly threading it right and knowing how to fix a little knot once I was wearing Basti already. I found the best trick was to get the edges of the tail and pull them out, sideways.

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I like this because:
  • Very versatile with all holds without needing assistance from another person
  • Adjustable; truly a carrier that will never be outgrown
Best for:
  • Newborns – I find the ring sling’s flexibility is great for the cradle and front-carry (facing towards the chest, tummy-to-tummy) for newborn babies
  • Breastfeeding – It’s easy to fit a child, even as a toddler (with legs out one end) in a cradle hold and walk while breastfeeding. Use the tail as a cover.
  • Napping – For children who like to nap in a cradle hold, the ring sling is perfect. Basti still does this now with his legs hanging out from one end.
  • Hip-carrying and back-carrying toddlers

3. The Pouch

This was my very first carrier, but I didn’t use one regularly until I bought my second pouch (the green and beige one), because I got the blue and brown one in a size too small. Lucky OC Mom in Manila is the proud babywearing owner of that one now.

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I like this because:
  • It’s simple to use, with hardly any adjustment needed
  • Great for traveling, quick to put on and take off
  • Folds flat, easy to pack. Great for traveling.
Best for:
  • Kangaroo carry
  • Hip carrying bigger children
  • Short trips and places where you think you may have to quickly wear and un-wear your child.

4. The Wrap

The most recent carrier to join my stable, the wrap was one carrier I never thought I would use. The availability of a local version changed my mind.

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I like this because:
  • It’s so secure and really feels safe.
Best for:
  • Situations where you don’t need to take baby in and out a lot, unless you’re ok walking around wearing it. The long yards of fabric make it a bit of a trouble to take off and put on again. My main concern is that I don’t like the cloth dragging on the germ-ridden floor of, say, the supermarket.
  • Napping
  • Can be worn for longer periods because of the criss-cross support, like the SaYa.
  • Front-carry, facing out. The extra band offers a bit more support.
  • Newborns (so safe and snuggly really!)
  • Cooler places (all the layers can be a little warm)
So there you have it. I hope my personal thoughts help somewhat in choosing a carrier for you and your child. As always, if you need any help, just leave a note and I’ll try to offer you some more suggestions or bug the babywearing goddesses if you guys have any inquiries. Happy babywearing!

Don’t forget to join Caleb’s Closet giveaway of a Bailey Wrap! Registration will be open till October 27!

The Painter’s Wife and Caleb’s Closet Honors International Babywearing Week!

I love mompreneurs. We always ask each other’s opinions on the stuff we buy for our kids and having a fellow mom at the helm of a store is always more assuring than a bored salesclerk at the mall. Most of the stuff that mompreneurs sell have been handpicked and are usually products they use on their own babies.

Caleb’s Closet Ecostore is run by mom and physician Dr. Lei Alfonso. She used to be a barrio physician, but postponed her training to be a full-time, super hands-on mother. Named after her baby, Caleb, she describes her Multiply store as an “an online source for modern solutions to natural parenting.” Her initial product line features cloth diapers, toys, breastfeeding and babywearing gear, as well as natural skincare products. It’s a business and an advocacy at the same time, as Doc Lei proudly raises the banner for fair trade, attachment parenting, breastfeeding and babywearing. She wants to offer products that will cater to every budget and is constantly looking for new things to add to her shop.

 

The latest addition to Caleb’s Closet is a product I featured a while ago – The Bailey Wrap!

And now to commemorate International Babywearing Week, Dr. Lei has generously sponsored one Bailey Wrap to be given away to one lucky reader!

Giveaway notes:

  • One (1) Bailey Wrap will be raffled off to one (1) reader (color depends on available stock)
  • The giveaway is open NATIONWIDE in the Philippines.
  • Duration of the giveaway is from October 13, 2011 to October 26, 2011. Entries may be submitted until 11:59pm of October 26, 2011.
  • The winner will be picked by electronic raffle on October 27, 2011.

To join:

  • Fill out the form below. (If you can’t see the form, access it here)
  • Fill in the blanks in this sentence and post it on the Caleb’s Closet Facebook Page Wall: “I love to wear my baby at the __________ because ______________.”


Happy International Babywearing Week! Good luck to everyone!

New! The Bailey Wrap: Review and How-To Picture and Video Guide

As I mentioned in my post about the Babywearing Meet 3, we met a couple of ladies who started making their own version of the wrap and called it The Bailey Wrap. I’ve mentioned wanting to try a wrap before. Then, the choices were to buy a Moby Wrap from the US, or find fabric and make one myself. Since I’m not really the DYI kind, I was so happy that there’s a local supplier already! Grace and Nicole were ever so generous to give me one to try out. I’ve been using it since the Babywearing Meet, and here are my thoughts.

  1. The child is wrapped so securely that even bending over felt safe. Of course, don’t risk doing so – always support your baby’s back and head when you have to reach down.
  2. The weight is beautifully distributed across both shoulders and back.
  3. Putting it on at first can be quite a challenge, and once you put it on, it’s a little hassle to take off again. If you’re wearing something fashionable, forget it. Make the wrap your fashion statement instead. (Pick a pretty color!)
  4. It folds into a convenient little pouch that makes it easy to pack into your diaper bag.
  5. Though the fabric is a little more breathable than its foreign counterparts, the wrap can still be a little warm. Make sure your baby doesn’t get overheated if you’re wearing it outdoors.
  6. The fabric is nice and stretchy, easy to wash and comes in a wide range of colors!

I wish I had this when Basti was a newborn. I can just imagine him being all snuggly inside the layers of cloth. We could’ve taken some pretty relaxing afternoon naps together.

Putting on the Bailey Wrap is quite similar to the SaYa, because it criss-crosses across your chest as well. Here’s a photo guide on how to put on the wrap and wear your baby in the front-carry position (facing back).

Click on the image to go to the step-by-step guide.

I also made a video:

But the people behind Bailey Wrap also have their own YouTube channel with instructional videos.

I’m so happy we have a local wrap supplier. The more, the merrier babywearing will be, don’t you think?

You can order the Bailey Wrap through their Facebook page or call 0922-8824426 or 0933-7200278. Happy babywearing!

 

 

Babywearing Meet 3 at Gymboree!

Babywearing invaded Gymboree last weekend!!

We tried for a controlled environment this time (A belated apology to Starbucks Fort – the organizers are sincere in saying it was so unexpected). As usual, I had so much fun, but I was so tired afterwards! #pagodatragedy

Can I just tell the tale in pictures?

The organizers were myself, Benz of N@w and W@W, Jenny of Mama.Baby.Love, Jen of Next9, Denise of Indigo Baby, Hannah and Pam of Bosom Buddies, Abbie of Maya Wrap and Buding of SaYa Carrier/Blissful Babes.

It was nice to meet people I know only from my blog and through Twitter.

Jen made a presentation on the different kinds of baby carriers from all over the world, and said a little about babywearing safety.

We broke out into groups and people headed over to the corners where you can learn how to wear the different carriers.

A bit of serendipity led Jenny to discover Bailey Wrap on Facebook. We invited them to participate at the last minute. Finally, a local wrap maker!

And of course, group picture!!!

‘Twas so much fun!! It’s so nice to see that there are a lot parents out there willing to embrace babywearing. If you guys missed the meet, don’t worry! We’ll plan another one soon, maybe in an area near you!

Super super thanks to Gymboree Shangri-la for hosting Babywearing Meet 3, giving a 50% discount on 2-hour gymplay to our participants and giving out free class passes for everybody! Thanks Gymbo!

Have Baby, Must Wear

The last babywearing meet had such a huge-turnout that we weren’t prepared and there were many many things left to do. For everyone who missed the event, or who were there last time but would still like to learn or mingle with other babywearing moms, here’s your chance! Babywearing Meet Part 3 is here!!

It’s going to be on Sept. 24 at Gymboree Shangri-la. Gymboree has graciously lent their space for us to conduct our babywearing meet and seminar of sorts. Space is limited, so you guys will need to sign up this time to avoid the mayhem that happened last time! Here’s the signup sheet. Please scroll all the way through and make sure you read all the guidelines to avoid any miscommunication. Feel free to leave a message on my contact form as well if you have any questions!

UPDATE (Sept. 7, 2011): All slots for the babywearing meet on Sept. 24 are now all full. The form is still taking sign-ups but everyone from this point on will be put on the waitlist. We’ll be confirming everyone’s attendance and will call/email/text those on the waitlist. We’ll arrange for another meet if we have a need for it.  Thanks for your support everyone!

I hope to see you guys there!