Baby Wearing

Steph is hosting a Bloggy Carnival today about baby wearing. Go check out the scoop on all sorts of baby carriers!

OK, here are some views of us baby wearing:Bug in the pouch at only two weeks old! Doesn’t she look cozy?
Bug in the pouch today.

Our Ergo that we love so much!

Notice both of these still fit at 15ish weeks pregnant! I took a pic of us in the Mei Tai, but my arms look horribly flabby. I know that doesn’t matter in the long run, but humor me, I’m pregnant! I’ll try another one later!
When I was pregnant with Bug, I loved the idea of “baby wearing”. I saw a blogger review for an adjustable cotton pouch from Kangaroo Korner and asked for one for Christmas.
I love how close she was to me when she was in the pouch and it usually put her right to sleep. One of my favorite bonuses of “wearing” a baby (especially a newborn) is that people generally won’t come and touch all over a baby who’s sleeping in a sling. I’m not a big fan of everyone touching my new baby!

The pouch is very simple to put on and place your baby into. You don’t have to buckle or strap anything. When Bug got a little bigger, we would do a “kangaroo carry” and face her out on the front so she could look around.

As Bug grew I started to sit her in the pouch more centered over my hip. This was comfy for both of us, but we haven’t done this pouch in quite a while (probably since Bug was about six months old).

For Christmas this year I asked Hubby for a Mei Tai, since they seem all sorts of popular with many bloggers I read. I ordered one from Mei Tai Baby and I got the changeable panels which is fun because I can change up the look of my Mei Tai at any time. I didn’t start using the Mei Tai with Bug until she was about seven months old (and pushing 20 pounds). I think I will enjoy the Mei Tai very much with New Baby once they arrive, but I have had a few obstacles with mine with Bug. I have found that getting the correct position for the “hip strap” is very important. If I don’t have that strap around my waist at precisely the right location, it digs into me and hurts! Also I try to make sure the hip strap is not bunched up when I tie it, the flatter it is, the better.The Mei Tai also has some long straps that make it difficult to tie in a parking lot or other dirty area. I hate when my straps touch the ground, but it’s almost impossible to avoid when you’re trying to get the baby on your back and wrap/tie the straps.I love the many positions you can wear a Mei Tai in: facing out on the front, facing in on the front, on the back, and on the hip. I think I need more practice with my Mei Tai and I plan to use the Mei Tai extensively with New Baby.
Just last week, Hubby let me order an Ergo Baby Carrier as an anniversary gift. I have to say I have only had this carrier for a week but I LOVE IT! The weight of the baby sits on your hips, which relieves a lot of strain and stress to your back. The straps are padded and feel great! I can wear it now being almost 15 weeks pregnant without a problem. I really think I could wear Bug on my back for hours and not bat an eyelash! You can wear the Ergo on the front, back, or hip, and one of the best parts is the attached sleeping hood. When Bug falls asleep in it, I pull up the hood to support her head and let her rest peacefully.

You can tell the Ergo was designed by a mom! This is the only carrier my husband is a real fan of, and he loves wearing her in it!

I am a bigger fan of baby wearing than when I first started researching it during my first pregnancy. It gives me hands free, keeps my baby close to me, and just makes lugging a baby around easier!

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Quirky?

I was cutting up some watermelon yesterday (which I might not finish eating after throwing it all up this morning) with my large Pampered Chef knife:

and I realized I love using this knife because it makes me feel like I’m on the Food Network.

I love the Food Network. When Bug was first born and I spent hours a day nursing her, I would turn on the Food Network and experience utter bliss. I kid you not. I cried (literally tears rolling down my cheeks) when we cancelled Dish Network because I would miss 1. Survivor and 2. The Food Network.

When I first started watching TFN, I thought it was comical that all the chefs and sous chefs (I actually learned some vocabulary watching too!) use these big knives to cut everything! No little blades for them. Honestly I have had my large Pampered Chef knife since we got married (three years ago) but never even pulled it out of the drawer until I was inspired. Before, I always gravitated to the smaller knifes I’d received as wedding gifts.

Nowadays? I love pulling that sucker out, sharpening it on its case, and slicing the heck out of some poor vegetable. Cooking? or stress relief?

I miss you, Food Network, but I pay homage to you each time I dice.

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I wanted to share one of my (and Hubby’s) favorite toys for Bug. We got this as a gift– I don’t even think we registered for it, but we have enjoyed it!

It’s called the Stack and Roll Cups by Fisher Price…
There are ten stackable “bowls” each a different color with a different number. They also come with that little yellow ball on top that jingles. (This is our kitty’s favorite part of the whole toy!)
Unstacking the cups you find that each consecutive pair fits together to make a “ball”…
Each cup fits with every other cup even if they are not “consecutive” cups…
And possibly the best feature– if you build the smallest ball, you can nest the smallest ball in the next size ball (think the Russian wooden dolls that fit inside each other) and continue on until you only have one ball with all the cups! So it’s wonderfully packable and transferable!

Needless to say the bright colors are really eye-catching to Bug and she plays with the cups contentedly for 10-15 minutes at a time! I think they are about $10 at Wal-mart, and would make a great baby gift!
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