A baby carrier can help you keep your little one close, while keeping your hands free to do what you’ve gotta do! There are so many benefits of babywearing for both caregivers and babies, which you can read about right here.
Our local Toronto babywearing retailer is Little Zen One, which is owned by a fellow mom and dear friend, Allie Dennis. In addition to having the widest range of baby carriers and babywearing accessories in Toronto, Allie’s customer service is some of the best I’ve seen. She treated my like a loyal customer and provided me with the best customer care since before we met and before I’d even purchased my first baby carrier from her. Allie has complimentary in-store and virtual shopping appointments, as well as free shipping worldwide. Read More
I often bring both a stroller and a baby carrier when I go out with my kids. I like having options and I like to put my diaper bag, drink, coat and anything else I have with me in the stroller. That way, even if I end up wearing the baby, I'm not carrying additional things in my arms.
Sometimes, though, it's more convenient to go out without the stroller. Especially for quick errands or walks to the park, I like to just pop baby in a carrier and go. But no matter where you're going, babies always come with baggage.
Standard diaper bags are great for when you don't plan on walking around or for attaching to your stroller, but they're not comfortable or practical to shlep around while babywearing.
Luckily for you, I've rounded up three of the best diaper bag alternatives for babywearing!
Read on to find the one for you! Read More
Using a baby carrier to forward face out is both widely-done and controversial in the babywearing world. We all want to do what’s best for our babies, but this is one topic that leaves many parents confused about what the best practice is. Some say forward facing out is always fine, other say to never, ever do it. I find that extreme sides of any argument are generally flawed and filled with self-righteousness that helps no one. The truth usually lies somewhere in the middle, and I’m here to help you parse it out. Read More
You’re out with the baby and suddenly he starts fussing and bobbing his head around. You know what that means, it’s time to eat. Again. But there’s nowhere convenient to sit or you just don’t want to stop what you’re doing to nurse. So what’s a mom to do? Breastfeed in your baby carrier, of course! Read More
Today we have Neve, of WeTheParents, joining us on the blog, to share 23 benefits of wearing your babies, for them and for you! Read More
The one thing that keeps me coming back to a store whose products I can buy elsewhere is customer service. In the age of Amazon, I want all my shopping experiences to be easy, seamless and pleasant. Allie, founder and owner of Little Zen One offers all this and more. Her website makes it simple to find and view exactly what you're looking for and the online checkout process makes handing over all your money to buy allll the wraps a breeze. Plus, her shipping times are fast and she sends you several status updates on your package.
My favourite thing about buying through her is that she makes herself available to answer all my questions, from laundering, to wrapping techniques, to how to get a wrap hemmed because the one I bought was too long. Allie is there for you via messaging through her site, Facebook messenger, instagram direct messages and her fun Facebook group, Little Zen One Chatter. Read More
The Huggaloops Wrap-Free Baby Wrap was the first baby product I bought before my daughter was born, and it's still one of my favourites. I bought almost nothing baby-related when I was pregnant, but when this went on sale at my local baby store, I knew I needed to snatch one up. I'd done a lot of research on the benefits of babywearing and had painstakingly decided that the Huggaloops would be the perfect carrier for me to start with. This was one piece of gear I knew I'd use a lot and I wanted to practice using it before the baby arrived, because I didn't trust that my addled postpartum brain would be able to figure it out as soon as I was ready to start babywearing.
It's considered a stretchy wrap, which means it's made of soft, stretchy material. It's meant to be used for front and hip carries (with no option to back carry or have baby facing out) and requires three passes of fabric to go over your baby in order to ensure that she stays snug and secure against your body. Unlike traditional stretchy wraps, which are typically a long piece of stretchy fabric that you wrap and tie around yourself and your baby, the Huggaloops is composed of three interconnected loops of stretchy fabric that you put on before putting your baby in. Once Girly made her appearance, it was the first carrier I wore her in and it didn't disappoint. Plus, the prenatal practice majorly helped and I was able to get her in quickly and easily.
I always knew I'd want to babywear, but once I experienced just how incredible it was, I wanted to try ALL the carriers and over the past 10 months I've amassed quite the collection. But even as I've fallen in love with other kinds of wraps and carriers, I never fell out of love with my Huggaloops. And while I have several different woven wraps, I've never even tried a standard stretchy wrap, because anything they can do, my Huggaloops(es!) can do better. I was thrilled when Huggaloops offered me a carrier in exchange for a review* -- I'll never pass up an opportunity to talk/write about babywearing or get a new carrier! Oh Huggaloops, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways... Read More