Toddlerwearing – an Ergo Stowaway review

I recently gave the Ergo Stowaway baby carrier a test drive and am finally getting my act together to tell you about it. Hence the many, MANY layers we are wearing in these photos. I know, I’m boiling just looking at them! Anyway, it’s a really clever piece of kit. When I took out of the box it looked so flimsy I thought that there’s no way I’d comfortably carry my heavy toddler in it (she was nearly two when I tried it) or that she’d feel supported enough to want to stay in it. I was wrong on both…

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How valuable is baby sign language?

A friend invited me to come along to her Sing and Sign class back when Talitha was nine months or so, I think. I went along mainly because it sounded like a fun structured thing Bristol offered and because I wanted to spend more time with my friend. I wasn’t too sure about baby sign language, mind. I mean, would it actually work? Most of the way through the course, Talitha wasn’t signing at all. When I saw other babies in the class sign, their gestures seemed more like approximations than signs. You had to want to see the signs,…

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Babywearing without a babywearing coat

When the weather gets colder, babywearers across the forums and online groups start asking each other how they dress themselves and their babies for winter. The standard answer is usually: a babywearing coat. There’s no question that a babywearing coat is the ideal solution to the problem, especially if you’re back carrying with a woven wrap. It allows you to get everything nice and tight without the bulk of many layers between you and your baby, your body heat helps to regulate your baby’s and you don’t end up looking a little bit clunky like this… Admittedly, this was just…

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ERGObaby organic backpack and back carry (review)

I started carrying Talitha on my back in our ERGObaby Performance Edition carrier when she was eight months old, around the time she started crawling. For some reason, I just didn’t feel comfortable doing it before then. Actually, the wait worked well for us. Although ERGObaby’s instructions say you can wear babies on your back when they can sit, I recently heard a babywearing consultant say that they shouldn’t be on your back in a carrier like that until they can sit up (as in, get themselves into a seated position, independently). Incidentally, woven wraps can do back carries much…

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ERGObaby rain cover (review)

We bought the ERGObaby Performance edition last Christmas just before flying out to Trinidad. I begged to have it as my Christmas present. Laurence called me boring but it’s been one of the most useful bits of baby kit we’ve owned. It’s practically an extension of us. I’ve been getting more into wrapping recently but having a quality structured carrier has been worth far more than what we spent on it. At any rate, Laurence is unwilling to wrap, preferring the ease and buckles of the ERGO. That’s fine. I appreciate his honesty and the fact that he’ll wear her…

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Babywearing – more than carrying

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Sick baby on holiday

We’ve just come to the end of day nine of Talitha’s mystery illness. A sick baby on holiday – not exactly planned for. A paediatrician I spoke to over the phone thinks it’s a minor virus. Up until day three I thought she was teething. With not a swollen gum in sight and an unrelenting fever, it was pretty clear something else has been going on. She seems to be getting better now but she’s gone hoarse, so we’ll be calling the doctor again tomorrow. It’s a cute sound – kind of like a baby pterodactyl. It’s absolutely heartbreaking to…

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