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Ergobaby Carrier Comparison Chart - what's the difference between Ergobaby Carriers?

Written by Lou on January 10th, 2014.      0 comments

What is the difference between the all ERGObaby Carriers?


Every ERGObaby Carrier is the SAME CONCEPT of carrier.  This means you can wear them all the same way, they all do the same things.  BUT, each carrier style is made of slightly different fabric, some have longer waist and arm strap extension or have slightly different features.

Use this handy chart to work out at a glance exactly which carrier is right for you and your baby's needs.
Topics: ERGObaby
 

Babywearing and Exercise

Written by Lou on January 9th, 2014.      0 comments



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If you're not interested in thinking about excercise all good but if you are, then the start of the New Year can be the perfect time to make positive changes, and we all know motherhood requires physical strength. There is lots of lifting, carrying, and twisting involved in caring for a baby. A fitness routine will improve your ability to care for your baby, as well as take care of your own health.
 

Babywearing and exercise can help you feel unstoppable, as you include baby in your fitness routine, and kiss goodbye to the excuse of never being able to find the time.

 
The best recipe for New Year post-baby fitness is a combination of cardio and strength and core work. You need to burn calories with the cardio and rebuild your muscle tone with the strength work. Core work will help you get back into good postural alignment and regain strength in your abs.
 

Benefits of baby friendly exercise:

·         more achievable (no need to fit in around baby’s schedule – baby can sleep in the carrier)
·         more affordable (no need to pay a babysitter)
·         more enjoyable (in a group setting or outdoors)
·         more accountable (build relationships and receive encouragement from fellow moms)
·         more effective (baby weight increases mom’s weight bearing capacity)
·         a great fun time to bond with baby!

Yoga for Strength
Yoga and babywearing are a natural fit as the meditative nature helps soothe baby and since it’s low-impact, it’s very easy to involve baby in the practice. Join a local class, or practise some postures in your own backyard or living room.

Cardio for Burning Calories
Some people find it perfectly easyl to hit the trails with baby on board. But if you’re intimidated by strenuous outdoor activities like hiking, remember more family-friendly urban expeditions like shopping, sightseeing, or visiting the zoo or a museum will contribute to your fitness just was well.

Ease back into exercise.
Don’t expect to be able to jump right back to where you were before pregnancy. Slow and steady is the way to go! Set a goal, and work up to exercising at least 4 days a week for about 30-45 minutes. Don’t worry if your 45 minutes is broken up into three 15 minute chunks throughout the day. It still counts!

Getting Dressed for Babywearing Fitness Success
The Ergobaby Performance Carrier in True Blue or Charcoal, along with the new Performance Ventus Carrier are perfect for baby-wearing exercise, with their unique qualities of moisture-wicking and breathability.
 
 

Cake Lingerie's Orange Zest Nursing Sports Bra

Written by Lou on January 6th, 2014.      0 comments

OrangeZestSportsBraLS 500
 

A year in the making, Cake Lingerie's Orange Zest Nursing Sports Bra won’t compress but will encompass for a secure, comfortable and supportive fit whether you want to maintain your exercise schedule throughout pregnancy or are looking to get back into shape post-birth and don't want to have to do a complete bra and top change to feed bub after a workout or walk!

Features Include
• Supportive construction to minimise bounce
• Smooth Spacer technology to reduce friction
• Moulded cups for seam-free shape
• Flexible wire for comfortable support
• Wider padded straps to disperse pressure
• Folded edge feeling A-frame for discreet feeding
• Easy one-hand open feeding clips
• Mesh Panels for skin breathability
• Racer back conversion clip option
• Matching sporty boy short

Bra - $89.90 sizes 10D-18H

Brief - $35.90 sizes S-XXL

 

To Do List Before Baby Arrives

Written by Lou on January 3rd, 2014.      0 comments

So much to remember, we've made a handy list to check off before the big day.


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  1. Hire or buy your baby car seat and install it in the car.  Hospitals won't let you go home without a car seat!
     
  2. Pack your Nappy bag packed with several nappies, swaddling wraps and blankets, change of clothes, plastic bag for soiled nappies, washcloth or baby wipes
     
  3. Get Nursing bras and sleepwear
     
  4. Think about if you need a changing table or change mat/wallet to change nappies
     
  5. Wash all baby clothes, bedding, towels and washcloths in mild baby detergent before using.
     
  6. Prepare a basic layette of essential clothing and equipment for the baby.
     
  7. If you own a 2-story home, create a changing area downstairs as well as upstairs
     
  8. You can never own enough plain cloth nappies. They make great burp cloths, are a must when feeding baby and make an impromptu changing pad.
     
  9. If requiring daycare, call and visit them now. All the good daycares will have waiting lists.
     
  10. Complete a Wishlist.  It's a great way to inventory what you have, what you need, and what you want.
     
  11. Read about the pro and cons of Cord Blood Banking. It might be something you will want to consider and if so, you need to have it arranged in advance.
     
  12. Try out the car seat in all your vehicles. Ensure it will be compatible for all of them. 
     
  13. Install a shelf in the bathroom near the baby bath area with all necessities: shampoo, soap, cotton balls, washcloths, etc.. great to have it all handy and within reach.
     
  14. Install dimmer switches or night lights in various rooms where baby may sleep. You will appreciate the dim light so you can still see what you’re doing but it won’t stimulate baby.
     
  15. Don't buy a lot of baby bottles, teats etc..some babies prefer only certain types and some babies only ever breastfeed. Wait and see what works for your baby.
     
  16. Fill Your Freezer, one of the best things that you can do for yourself is to begin filling your freezer a few months before your baby arrives. The last thing you are going to want to do when you get home is to prepare meals for the family. Choose a day that is easiest for you to prepare an extra dinner for your freezer. Fill the freezer with things that are easy to double and to reheat. Some of the things that I chose to fill our freezer with were meatballs, meatloaf, pizza dough, casseroles, & lasagna. Make sure to clearly mark the outside of the packaging with what the item is and the date of preparation.
     
  17. Get a head start on your Thank Yous - make sure to purchase plenty of stamps & thank you notes to keep on hand. Making a trip to the post office or card shop will be last on your list of things you would want to do in the first few weeks after bringing your child home. Keep track of these gifts by keeping a notebook next to the cards and writing down any baby gifts, gift cards, or meals received from my family & friends.
     
  18. Nappies Galore, there will be lots of nappy changes in your future after bringing your baby home. If you are planning on using disposables, add nappies to your grocery list a few months before the baby arrives and pick a box up each time you go. Don’t buy too many of the newborn size and they grow out of them so quickly. 
     
  19. When your big day is very close, try to keep a minimum amount of petrol in the car - you will NOT want to stop to get petrol mid-labour!
     
  20. Don't forget to organise someone to look after your pets.  You might not need to use them, but it's much easier to set this up beforehand than try to scramble around last minute.
     
  21. If you are birthing away from home, it help's to set up a back-up ride to the hospital or birthing unit - you really don't want to have to try to organise this while you are in the middle of labour.  Having a back up means your birthing partner or husband has the option of meeting you there if things are progressing quickly.
 

The Bottom Line

Sleep, eat and read often. Enjoy your pregnancy!!

Topics: New Baby
 
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