Oscha Caledonia Braes Review

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When I was pregnant with Peregrin, I saw a picture on FB of a woman wearing a baby wrap that looked so Lord of The Rings. I thought, “I NEED that wrap!” I sent the picture to a friend. We quickly found the wrap was an Oscha Caledonia Braes. But there weren’t any new ones for sale on the site. Bummer. I figured I would just have to track down a used one.

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A couple weeks later, I get a series of texts from my friend. “Oscha just relisted the Braes!” “I ordered one for you!” “If that isn’t okay I can sell it!” Of course, it was okay. I sold several baby carriers to fund the new acquisition. The Pastor did not think it necessary to own 8 baby carriers. I don’t know why. 8 seems like a modest number of carriers to own. (I now have 4, which seems like not very many at all!)

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The Caledonia Braes- 50% organic combed cotton, 50% linen, 230 gsm. I got a size 7, which is long enough for really pretty tails. I love long tails.

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This wrap is beautiful and tough. It  was soft and wrappable straight out of the bag. Honestly no breaking in was needed at all. It was just great immediately.

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It wraps nice and snug. It has the perfect balance of grip and slip. Not too grippy, but not too slippy. You can strand by strand tighten easily. Wrap a newborn with no problems. Wrap a toddler with no problems. This is really a wrap that can work all duties. If you’re only buying one wrap, you need a wrap like this. It works in any weather. Hot or cold, this wrap is fine.

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And did I mention it is pretty and perfect for my little hobbit?

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Danu Sky Songs Midnight- A Review

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A friend of mine graciously loaned me her Sky Songs Midnight to try out. Well, and to help break it in. We’ll get to that bit. I had previously tested a Danu wrap, so I wanted to compare.

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Sky Songs Midnight is a wrap made by Danu. It is 55% Irish Linen and 45% cotton. 302 gsm.

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First, this wrap is thick. Very thick. And stiff. Very denim like. It is an absolute beast to break in. When I had this wrap, it had been months of attempting to break it in. And it was usable, but still had a long way to go before it was broken. This is one wrap that you might want to consider buying used. Very used.

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Now, it is strong enough for larger kids. It is a very sturdy wrap. It is also really grippy, so your passes don’t slide. Makes a great back carry because your passes won’t slide down.

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It is also really pretty, while still being a tough wrap. This would make an excellent workhorse/beater wrap. It would also be a really good choice for a wrap conversion because it is so thick and sturdy.

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Another really cool aspect of this wrap is that there is no right or wrong side. It made some awesome wrap jobs when you get both sides showing. They flip the hems on the top and bottom rails so either side really is “correct”.

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Overall, a pretty and sturdy wrap. Not really suitable for newborns. Not really suitable for inexperienced babywearers unless you find one super duper broken in. But a beautiful and tough wrap, for sure.

Sorry I have no pictures of me wearing the wrap. There is probably one on Instagram somewhere. I apparently failed to take a lot of pics of myself during that time. (Super bad haircut.)

Danu Enigma Beaufort- A Review

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I recently had the opportunity to test out the Danu Enigma Beaufort wrap. I’ve been wearing my babies, well, since the one that is 9 was born, so I’ve used quite a variety of carriers over the years, but have only recently gotten into using woven wraps. I was very excited to be chosen as a tester and even more excited when the cozy Enigma came into our home for a couple weeks.

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The Enigma Beaufort is 62% Irish Linen and 38% cotton. It came to me after being well broken in. It was floppy and so easy to wrap with. This is a workhorse wrap. It is a great beginners wrap because it wraps so easily and securely without any work or wiggle. Soft, but strong. I sound like a toilet paper commercial, here.

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I wasn’t sure Topher, who is 2 now, would let me send the wrap off to the next tester. He was constantly asking to be in “pig backs” (see picture) with this wrap. It looks like a big dish towel, and honestly, that is how it feels. And while that might sound like a slight against the wrap, it is actually amazing. The thickness was perfect. It tied easily without any bulk. I tried a dozen different carries and each was so simple and easy with this wrap.

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This red and white wrap was so comfortable and so supportive. In the above picture, The Pastor is getting ready to begin a wedding rehearsal. Topher was quite upset and not being able to go jump in the lake with an alligator (yes, there was an alligator watching the entire wedding rehearsal). The Pastor wrapped him up on his back, and there he stayed for THE ENTIRE REHEARSAL. You know how long those are.

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And while he was initially upset about not being able to go pet the alligator, he quickly got over it and remained Daddy’s side-kick for the rest of the evening.

And no, The Pastor usually doesn’t dress so casually for weddings. Upon arriving into town for this one, he realized he forgot all his hanging clothes, so he had to just go to the rehearsal as he was and then we hit up Target the next day for appropriate wedding attire. It happens.

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The Linen/Cotton blend was perfect for the weather. Not too hot at all. (September in Georgia can be pretty warm, if you aren’t familiar with the weather down here.) It really is a lovely, unintimidating wrap. It was a size 6, which concerned me a little since I consider a 7 my base size, but found this just as easy to do any and all wraps I use my 7 for. It tied so securely. The fabric is just the right amount of grip. I did wrap Pip in it, too, when Topher would let me. At 5 months old, he was a breeze to wrap in this, too.

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If you haven’t checked out Danu Slings, you totally should. They even have some Narnia inspired wraps to check out!

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Babywearing: A Personal History

bjorn 2We decided to wear our baby before our first was born. I loved the idea and thought it’d be so much easier than maneuvering a stroller everywhere we went. When our first was born, we were still in youth ministry and just knew a stroller wouldn’t really suit our lifestyle. So, off to big box baby store we went. And we registered for the most expensive, “nicest” carrier they had. The Baby Bjorn.

bjornWe quickly realized that was a mistake. Though at the time, I thought it was just babywearing in general, since I did buy the best and all. (Ha!) My hands would go numb within 30 minutes of wearing the carrier. See how narrow the seat is on that thing? Yeah. You had to turn her back and forth to keep her comfortable. Poor little hips.

bjorn 3We didn’t use it at all with our second. It was just too uncomfortable. For our third, we needed our hands! So, we dug the Baby Bjorn back out to give it another shot. I’d been reading and researching baby carriers and I knew there were much better ones than the big box baby stores carried. I just didn’t know if I could justify the price tag. I was looking at spending double what I paid for my Bjorn! And would it be worth it? Or would my hands still go numb and the baby still have to be rotated like a roasting chicken? Finally, we decided to go for it. We NEEDED to be able to wear the baby. We had a baby and two toddlers. Something HAD to work. I ordered my very first Beco Butterfly from Carrymeaway.com.

beco in savannahFinally! We had our hands back! (And they weren’t numb!) Why didn’t we do this sooner? That first Beco was worth every single penny I paid for it. We used it so much more than the stroller we paid way more money for. It made our life so, so, so much easier!

beco beachFinally! We could easily manage two toddlers and a baby!

beco sees flamingosWe even learned we could still carry the toddlers in the Beco Butterfly! Anytime someone got tired at the zoo, we could load them up and carry them without wearing our arms out.

beco colar bear(My kids, for the longest time, thought a polar bear was actually called a “Cola Bear” because of this guy.)

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Suddenly the baby carrier became our one must have item. You could forget diapers at home. You could forget an extra change of clothes. But DO NOT forget the Beco or we’re turning the car around!

first becoIt worked so perfectly for our life. Suddenly we were much more flexible. Even church camp  became easy to tackle. (The Pastor is teaching a class with Emery in tow.)

empty beco(I think he is missing something.)

there's baby!(Oh! There he is!) dinosaut k'tan

When our fourth was born, I bought a Baby K’Tan carrier. It worked wonderfully for the newborn stage- keeping baby snug and cozy against mom. I used it daily- at home and out.

beco ff aquariumWhen the new Beco Gemini came out, we’d been discussing becoming a two carrier family, so we decided to go for it. We knew we’d get our money’s worth out of it. It ended up being The Pastor’s favorite carrier. (In the photo, you can see how much longer it is than the Baby Bjorn. You can also see how much wider the seat is, even with it snapped into the “narrow” position. It is ridiculously more comfy for baby and parent!)

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beco gemini pierWe got so comfortable being a double babywearing family that when I broke the buckle of my Beco Butterfly (I slammed it in the van door), I just knew I had to replace it right away. (Should have checked, because you can buy replacement buckles on Beco’s website.)

beco butterfly newSo we bought another Beco Butterfly.

church super bowl party becoAbsolutely worth it!

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DITL- Momma BBThe Beco Soleil  joined our family earlier this month, and once again, we’re in love. We now own 4 baby carriers and I can tell you every single one of them was well worth the money.

soleil close upWhat makes them better than the cheaper versions? Well, quality, when we’re talking about something you wear, is always going to matter. The quality is simply not there in cheapo carriers.  You’re also dealing with a company that consistently makes a good product- always important when talking about baby items. The good carriers (if you don’t have any clue what a good carrier is, check out this site and browse around. They only carry good ones.) also last a really long time. Through washings, beach trips, zoo trips, being shoved in your bag, grocery runs, and ball games- these carriers hold up.  Good carriers have much higher weight limits! The Baby Bjorn maxes out at 25lbs. The Soleil maxes out at 45lbs.  That is a big, big difference! (And I can tell you from experience that the comfort level of a maxed out Bjorn is nil- while a maxed out Soleil is still incredibly comfortable and easy to carry.)

I’ve been asked frequently about the price of carriers. If you’re truly strapped and cannot spend more than Baby Bjorn price for a carrier, check out a wrap. They are going to be much more comfortable than a cheap carrier for both you and baby at the same price. You can still have a great carrier on a limited budget. If you’re expecting- you’ll use the carrier way more than the stroller, pack and play, exersaucer, etc. So invest the money in the carrier! I have never regretted the money spent on my carriers.

beco christmas tree * Note: You’ll notice that most of my carriers (the Baby K’Tan is the exception) are buckle carriers. There are plenty of other kinds of awesome carriers out there! Here is an article to help you decide which carrier is for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Day In The Life of This Babywearing Momma

DITL- ball field closeI’m going to take you through a day in our life, focusing on how wearing the baby makes all this easy. (Well, actually it just makes all this possible!) I’ve got 5 kids. Bigger than average family = busy Saturdays! This baby carrier makes those busy Saturdays easy on little Topher (he’s 3 months old) and doable for me!

DITL- BallgameWe started our Saturday at the ball field. I only have one child that plays baseball. And my husband usually helps out in the dug out (or as Aidan call it, the Hang Out), leaving me to wrangle the 4 that aren’t playing. What is it with toddlers and bleachers? I need both hands to catch the many attempts at diving off the top of those things. And of course, hands free to get water, give gum, give more gum because they swallowed the first piece, brush the dirt off a skinned knee, and the list goes on. In fact, right after this picture was taken, I got stung by a yellow jacket trying to get it off the toddler’s ring pop.

DITL- Baseball BabyYou can see Imogene in the act of running off. (Though thankfully out ball field has a fence all the way around and only one exit.)

DITL- Out of CarBack in the car after the game and off to grab a quick bite to eat. In the pic, I’m in the process of putting Topher into the Beco Soleil. Putting a baby into a carrier is much quicker than getting under all the baseball gear and digging the stroller out of the back of the car.

DITL- McDsBoth hands free to order at McDonald’s. (Don’t judge me! Quick food is what it is.) (And the cashier was only slightly freaked out about having his picture taken for the interwebz.) Both hands to grab the tray and fill up drinks. Topher slept through all this. He’s in his own little world in there. (Thanks to that super handy hood.)

DITL- Corn MazeAfter a quick lunch, we head to the Corn Maze with a group from church. My kids are back there hopping around on that “pillow”. Topher is sleeping in his cozy little world close to Mom.

DITL- RajAdam had to carry Ransom (2 year old) in the Beco Gemini from the parking field because in typical toddler fashion, Ransom refused to walk that far. And since we had baseball that morning, the wagon was at home to make room for the baseball equipment and the umbrella stroller was buried beneath the bat bags. (Plus, we didn’t want the stroller to tote around all day with no kid in it.)

DITL- Corn Maze CloseishWalking through the corn maze with Topher in the Beco Soleil was so much easier than pushing a stroller through. (Have you ever tried to push a stroller through a corn maze? I tried it a few years ago and don’t recommend it.)  Plus, I was able to breastfeed Topher as we walked!

DITL- Daddy is TiredAdam got tired after two rounds through the maze, so he is using the Beco Gemini as a pillow. And Ransom thought it was the perfect time to use Daddy as a jungle gym.

DITL- Cracker Barrel HelpsAfter the Corn Maze, we hit up Cracker Barrel for dinner. Which was a mistake on a busy Saturday night. The kids were in meltdown mode. Topher was just hanging out, as you can see. (He’s kind of out of the carrier here. He’s propped up so he can look over my shoulder, but the carrier is still mostly supporting him so I can eat with one hand at least.

DITL- Wrangling CatsWrangling the cats with my hands free.

DITL- Cracker BarrelHappy, fed kids with only one stop of the day left! Yay!

DITL- KrogeringWe ran by Costco, but who knew they closed at 7pm on Saturdays? I sure didn’t. So we went Krogering. Grocery shopping with a baby carrier is a life changing experience if you’ve got a baby and never worn them in the store. No huge car seat taking up the entire buggy. No wrapping the front seat part to try and stick baby in there. You just strap them on and go. Of course, with 4 other kids, I’m usually pushing a car buggy with 2 in the car, 1 in the seat part of the buggy, and 1 walking. But I only had to grab a few items, so I convinced all 4 other kids to walk.

And finally, the long Saturday is over. And Topher has been happily in the Beco Soleil from 9am until 8pm.

DITL- Rock HandTopher says, “Babywearing rocks!”

If you’re looking for a baby carrier, check out Carrymeaway.com!