Sahara Sam’s Indoor Water Park + Babywearing in the Water

We’re heading to Sahara Sam’s next month and I am so excited to hit the water! Sahara Sam’s is an Indoor and Outdoor Water Oasis in West Berlin New Jersey. It boasts slides, surfing, tubes, and an adventure playland. Next month they are adding an entirely new Outdoor Park full of attractions for all ages. Since the park is for all ages, we’re bringing the two girls so that we can all hit the water. They have a great toddler splash zone and I learned some new tips from the Chester County Babywearers group on how to babywear in the water.

sahara sams water oasis

Option 1: DIY Make your own nylon sash and practice a variety of wraps using videos on Youtube. An experienced Mama recommends using two layer carries for this style since the fabric tends to give.

Option 2: Select a nylon carrier like the Boba Air. It is not technically designed for water, but it would dry and wash quickly based on the material contents.

Option 3: Purchase a two-in-one swimsuit with built in baby wrap like the Wrapsody. I don’t know why this suit doesn’t come in a men’s version?

There you have it. Plenty of options to babywear. I’m a fan of using what I already have, so I’ll probably just bring the k’tan to use in the water and the Ergo for anything else. The k’tan is cotton so it will wash easily. Audrey and I may feel a little soggy, but at least we can snuggle all day.

What fun, family destinations are you planning to visit this year?

Babywearing Business Mamas

If I were to credit one aspect of Motherhood that makes me feel confident and happy it would be babywearing. There are so many individual benefits that I experience each day, but overall I just feel an overwhelming sense of good coming from it. For as much as my body toiled at the weight of the baby through my pregnancy, I now feel like I am built to wear Audrey. Babywearing is the root solution for so many of the challenges I faced with my first baby. It also makes everyone happy. Not just Moms or babies, but people who see it happening smile, too! Because of all this, I want to put babywearing in the spotlight on this blog.

Introducing Babywearing Wednesdays

I’m sharing my profile as an introduction for this feature. If you are a business woman and you wear your baby, you could be featured as early as this Wednesday! I am looking for Moms who want to share their story and answer a few questions about how Babywearing helps you get through the day. Simply fill out this form and email a photo to jeannettebezinque@ecoincognito.com to participate.

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Whether you own your business, work from home part time, or work full time, I want to hear your story. Even if your baby is grown past the wearing phase, you can tell us about your experience.

Name: Jeannette Bezinque

Company: Eco Incognito, www.ecoincognito.com

Title: Social Media Correspondent

Briefly introduce your family: My husband Zac and I live with our daughters Audrey (6 months) and Hannah (1.5). We also have a 1 year old German Shepherd.

What is your business? I write a blog and support a growing social community of parents that are interested in natural living topics. I tweet, pin, Facebook, blog, vlog, and share everything that I love about Motherhood.

What carrier do you use? I use an Ergo primarily, but I used a K’tan when Audrey was an infant.

What is your favorite thing about babywearing? I love when she naps on my chest. It is so calming to feel her inhalations and heartbeat right next to mine.

How does wearing your baby help you get the job done? Right now Audrey is napping in the carrier while I type, so that’s helping! She also comes with me to events for social media coverage. She’s a really good baby, so it’s easy to bring her along and take care of her needs as we go. All she needs is Mama 🙂

What is your favorite thing to do while babywearing? I love going for walks or hikes with my family. It’s fun to tell her about the sights and to relax while enjoying the scenery. Most times, she’s so calm that I don’t even notice when she drifts off to sleep.

Have you ever had problems with babywearing? Yes, I was actually wearing Audrey sideways at first because I thought she was supposed to be next to my boob. It was putting a strain on my back and I was about to give up, but I found some really useful advice and encouragement on the Onya Baby blog so I kept it up. I’m so happy that I did! Now my only problem is if I forget the carrier. Luckily, I wear Audrey so much that it’s only happened once.

Tell us something unique about your babywearing experience: Since I have two under two, I almost always have Audrey in the carrier. Now that Hannah is more mobile, we’ll walk halfway to a location and I will carry her the rest of the way, too! It’s a pretty funny sight.

Babywearing Business Mamas, a Wednesday Editorial feature from www.ecoincognito.com. You could be the next featured Mom!

Onya Baby Carrier Review + Giveaway

Hold onto your babies, this is the BEST giveaway I’ve ever hosted! I’m excited to introduce you to the Onya Baby Cruiser. This soft-structured baby carrier is similar to an Ergo, but it packs a very handy secret. Not only can you wear your baby on your front or back, but it also has an integrated seat so that you can use it for safety on a chair. When it comes to a portable seating option for 6 month olds and up, you won’t find anything more convenient. (*Note: you can wear babies as little as 14 pounds, but you’ll want to wait until they can sit unassisted before using this attachment.)

My 19 month old loves the comfort of the Onya.The carrier is built to accomodate a larger child. In fact, it has been tested for kids up to 75 pounds. I’m currently rotating my two babies in and out throughout the day. I can even *gasp* wear them both at the same time. Although, we can’t go very far, it’s a neat option. I enjoy the flexibility of swapping from front to back and the durability of the straps. When positioned correctly, it truly makes babywearing a comfortable experience for everyone. I’ve learned several creative strategies for making babywearing better from reading the Onya Baby Blog (http://onyababy.com/blog/). This site is a must-read because it combines helpful tips with expert commentary on the topic. They’re also a very interactive brand on Facebook and Twitter. If you love babywearing and enjoy talking to others about babywearing, I encourage you to connect!

Audrey gets a boost from a rolled towel to fit the Onya.My favorite thing about wearing Audrey in the Onya Baby Cruiser (since she is my most frequent passenger) is that we are so connected. Her forehead is at a kissable height and she always welcomes my gaze with a smile. For me, it has been a necessity because I need both my arms free to wrangle Hannah. A lot of times I even leave the house without a stroller. Hannah does an excellent job walking and holding my hand on the way into a new place. However, you’ll often catch me carrying both girls on the way out. In general, it doesn’t take much more effort than juggling a bulky stroller.

It's easy to chat with my toddler whenever I wear her.

It’s easy to chat with my toddler whenever I wear her.

One of the best places to wear your baby is at the grocery store! If I could go back in time and tell myself one thing to change about the way I toted Hannah, I would absolutely give myself that advice. It is so simple to carry an infant through the store in a carrier. 9 times out of 10 she falls back to sleep immediately after we start walking around or else she takes in the sights. Babywearing makes it easier to do anything around the house, too. Sometimes I throw Hannah on my back while Audrey naps and race through a few errands without her ‘helpful’ hands tearing apart everything I do.

Although it’s work, another great thing about babywearing is that it’s actually a workout! I have never had such a toned back or arms in my life since wearing Audrey every day. Truly, your body will strengthen to hold your baby as she grows. With a properly adjusted carrier, you shouldn’t experience back pain at all.

Where's the Baby?

Where’s the Baby?

As the Mom of an active toddler, there is no way I could do it all without wearing my baby. She falls asleep so easily in the carrier, so I am still free to chase after Hannah. I wear Audrey in the backyard while Hannah climbs the swingset so that I have my arms free to catch her. Sometimes, I even nurse Audrey in the carrier. It really is a one-size-fits-all solution for our family. I love ending each day knowing that it was filled with one-to-one contact. We both sleep more soundly for that reason.

Do you want to WIN your own Onya Baby Cruiser (valued at $149)? These carriers are great for Moms and Dads of all sizes. The straps are generously sized and easy to adjust. Every registry should have a least one carrier on it. There are a lot of reasons why carriers that support babies facing inward are superior, so this is a must-have for new Moms and Dads!

onya babyGIVEAWAY DETAILS:

You can win an Onya Baby Carrier of your choice by commenting on this post! Simply click over to www.onyababy.com and let us know which carrier and which color would be perfect for your family in the comments below.

You can earn two extra entries:

1. ‘Like’ Onya Baby on Facebook, then come back and leave a comment letting us know!

2. ‘Like’ Eco Incognito on Facebook, then come back and leave a comment letting us know!

Contest is open to US residents only. Winners will be announced 2/25/13 and contacted via email. 

Disclosure: I received a sample of the Onya Baby Cruiser to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Babywearing – a Poem to Kickoff the Start of Febru-wear-y

febru-wear-yBrrrr! It’s cold outside, but I’ve been keeping warm with Audrey close by. We’re celebrating the month of Febru-wear-y on Eco Incognito with lots of excitement! Next week, we will have a review and giveaway of one of my favorite carriers, the Onya Baby. Babywearing is truly a great way to care for baby during the first year and beyond. As she grows, you will grow the strength to hold her. With two under two, I practically always have one of the kids strapped in. I love the closeness it brings between us, the warmth, and the interactions. It inspired me to write a little poem. Sometimes I sing it to the girls to the tune of Ode to Joy. After the jump, read I’m Everywhere She Wants to Be.

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The Unspoken Rule of Babywearing

When you wear a sleeping baby, onlookers marvel at your mothering skills and comment at how cozy your baby looks. A smiling baby creates a contagious smile for everyone who passes by. Wear a crying baby, however, and all of a sudden that snuggly sack begins to look like a medieval torture device. It’s likely to elicit the questioning stare of, “why doesn’t that baby have a pacifier” or “is she pinching the baby, poor thing.” As a new Mother, it is not easy to weather those comments, so I would like to reassure everyone that those crying babies are just fine in their Mother’s arms.

Simply put, a baby belongs in her mother’s arms above all else. Realistically, that’s not always possible, but babywearing makes it a much more feasible task. The other truth about babies is that they cry. Even though you can minimize crying by keeping babies on a routine and in familiar surroundings, these little people have to peep to get their point across! The best part about babywearing is also the worst part. You are in a front row seat for the tears and yelps. During certain developmental weeks babies will cry even more as part of an adjustment to their new awareness. Similar to wearing a horcrux, it is a necessary challenge to wear your baby through these leaps.

I can’t guarantee that wearing a baby will always be the happiest part of your day, but I can guarantee that on days that you wear a baby you will be happier in general! Parents, remember this, keep your baby close by through the hard parts. That is when she needs you the most!

Babywearing Family

Baby Toting

Last weekend, my husband and I carried the girls all over town. We bypassed the stroller in favor of a Kelty Backpack and an Ergo. This was arguably the most active weekend I’ve participated in since before giving birth, and it was a blast! We trekked up a local, hilly trail on the cool Sunday morning and enjoyed perfect hiking weather. Audrey and Hannah absolutely loved navigating the path with us from their high viewpoints. They exchanged glances along the path as we stopped, and happily took in the scenery while bobbing along in their carriers.

The girls checked each other out as we stopped on the path.I was amazed at Audrey’s intense concentration at the beginning of the trail. She stayed awake for longer than I expected and eagerly looked around at me and the trees. Hannah is no stranger to the path and loves it when her Dad totes her around. She’ll mumble to herself and make comments about the scenery. The end of the path is rough and hazardous, but we both took our time with the precious cargo and made it down without incident. I love hiking with my husband because he always takes the time to show me the safest path. It’s impressive that he can harness his playful side while he’s carrying our daughter. Generally he bounds down the mountain side without fear. I know he can’t wait to show her how to get in and out of a challenge on the trail when she starts walking on her own.
After the hike, we headed to town for Victory Brewing Company’s Fall Fest. It was awesome to walk through the streets and support all the local businesses. Downingtown is really headed in the right direction and there are so many people working to turn it into a thriving community for the next generation. I’m truly inspired by our friend Autumn who spearheads many of the events with the local Rotary club. Not only are the festivals fun to attend, but they’re also raising money for well-deserved causes. I can’t wait to see what they have planned next.

Did I mention that we toted the girls for this, too? We breezed through the crowds and connected with our kids in the sea of people. It was easy to talk to Hannah and nice to see her reactions as she observed the surroundings. She loved seeing dogs and greeted them with her wolfy, “Awwwooooo.” When we approached the band I could tell she was nervous, but I reassured her about the loud noise. She quickly ‘changed her tune’ and made the sign for music to show that she was entertained.

There were several mothers wearing babies and one other Dad sported a Kelty carrier as well. It was nice to see a larger than average portion of the public keeping their little ones at arm’s reach. I’m not sure my body will agree tomorrow, but I feel great now after a long day being close with my family.

Babywearing

The other night I was trolling the Twitters and I noticed a link about proper babywearing. I eagerly clicked on the link to learn more in the hopes of relieving some of the back strain my monster 9 pound baby is causing. The simple solution is to hold baby at the “in arm” position as though she’s ready for a forehead kiss. Although she’s at a risk for collecting more crumbs while I’m eating, there are a myriad of physical and emotional benefits to snuggling as often as possible throughout the day.

Now that I’m not loading Audrey sideways anymore, we’re both enjoying the new freedom. She can look around and learn about her environment from the comfort of my arms while I can use the hands-free time to cook, clean, and care for Hannah and the house. The only time the girls get snagged together is when I have to finagle Hannah into her high chair or attempt a diaper change. I am trying to time the diaper changes so that I can change the girls at the same time shortly after Audrey nurses with moderate success.

The short story is that babywearing is great. It’s also a lifesaver when siblings are involved so I highly recommend trying it out. The long story is that there are a lot of options out there, so do your research to find one that works for you. It’s not easy to forgo the convenience of the carseat carrier, but it’s worthwhile. I’ll be making an effort to use my K’tan wrap as often as possible and I would encourage you to do the same. After all, who wouldn’t want to be as close as possible to these snuggly little angels?

Audrey snuggled in a wrap.