Monday, January 2, 2017

A Tale of Teething and the Best Baby Carriers. And A Giveaway!

You love hearing about baby teething woes, right? Good! Because I love talking about those woes.


Trixie used to be such an easy baby. She took great naps, she slept on her own (through the night, I might add) and she let anyone hold her and put her down for her naps. You could plop her down in the middle of some toys and she would be happy for an hour, leaving me ample time to get all the things done. And then she started teething.

She was a pretty late teether, so we had about 10 months of happy Trixie. But since she got her first tooth in September they have been coming in rapid succession (13 teeth in 4 months) and they have been making her pretty miserable. Obviously this has some major disadvantages during the night, like we are very sleep deprived, crabby, etc. But there are also many day time challenges, like my once happy baby is now clingy and needs to be held all the time. That means something as easy as doing a load of laundry becomes almost impossible, unloading the dishwasher takes forever, and trying to make dinner?  Please don't make me! As much as I'd like an excuse to ignore the laundry and order takeout for dinner, the solution that's better for everyone in my family is to wear that crabby baby. It's the only way to get things done. I know there's probably a thousand beautiful attachment parenting reasons wht you should wear your baby, and they're all great. But in this household, it's just a necessity.  

If you're going to be baby-wearing, it's important to get the scoop on  the best baby carriers out there. I have used a variety of baby carriers over the years, and different carriers have worked better during different baby phases. Here are the ones that I have loved. 

Moby Wrap: This was the first carrier I ever used. Johnny took his first walk in it when he was just two weeks old. He was a baby who always wanted to be held so baby-wearing was something I picked up pretty early on. The Moby Wrap was great for a newborn because it was snug and gave lots of support for baby's head, leaving me totally hands free. The fabric is very stretchy, and as Johnny got heavier we graduated to carriers with less stretch to help support all his baby chub. 


Ring Slings: If you been following me on instagram over the years you know that I love my Sakurabloom ring sling. This was probably the hardest baby carrier to learn how to use. I had to watch many tutorial videos and get help from other baby-wearing friends. But practice makes perfect and that adage is as true for baby-wearing as it is for anything else. It took me and my babies a little while to get used to the ring sling, but now we're all big fans. One of my favorite things about my ring slings is their compactness. They're very easy to roll up into a little ball, so that's what usually comes along on the diaper bag. 



Ergo 360: My structured carrier is the one I have been using the most lately. It's very supportive and can hold a lot of weight. And Trixie is a hefty baby. Have you seen her baby thighs? It's also very easy to wear her on my back with an Ergo, which, when I'm trying to get stuff done, is the best place for her to go. Johnny finds it very amusing when I put Trixie in my "backpack." So not only am I getting stuff done while comforting my baby, I'm also providing entertainment for my three-year-old. Win, win, win.


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Disclosure: this post is sponsored in partnership with Nakturnal. I am being compensated for my time and so are you if you win the $50 gift card! 


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28 comments:

  1. Tough choice -- Ergo or Sakura Bloom sling. I think we have similar taste. ;)

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  3. I can't choose just one. I would say I *need* both my Maya wrap ring sling AND my Kozy carrier. I use the Kozy for back carries and longer walks and I use the Maya for shorter time periods, shopping, etc. I also JUST scored an Ergo for way cheap (a discontinued one) so I'm super excited to try that out. I had one before with previous babies, but I lost it. :( :( :(

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  4. I love my ergo and ring sling! Lifesavers.

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  5. I love my meiTai and wrap carriers, but I need a replacement buckle carrier for when I need a quick up!

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  6. I'm trying a ring sling for the first time and am loving it so far! I was wary for so long but after about a million friends recommended it, I'm glad I finally tried one :)

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  7. I love my Beco for bigger babies, but I'm still looking for a good newborn carrier. I'm thinking a ring sling or a Moby is next on my list.

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  8. I love my Sakura ring sling, but with baby #3 on the way I think I want to add a structured carrier too!

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  9. I like my Baby K'tan for when they're bitties & stuffing into the diaper bag. The Ergo 360 is our work horse though: walks, around the house, going to the park... And a grocery shopping life saver! My husband loves using that one too!

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  10. I love the ergo when they're big enough, Hubby loves the ring sling early and always, never tried a moby yet :)

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  11. I've been using a bjorn but would love to try the ergo. My 14 mo is teething and sooo cranky. It would be great to throw him on my back and get some stuff done. =)

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  12. I'm a huge ergo fan but would love a new model to be able to face forward!

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  13. I've used my Moby a few times with my newborn, but I'd love to try an Ergo once he's a little bigger!

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  14. I've heard a lot about the tula carriers and they are soooo cute!!!

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  15. I've heard a lot about the tula carriers and they are soooo cute!!!

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  16. I've always relied on the baby bjorn.

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  17. I would love to try the boba baby carrier! I've heard it's very comfortable!

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  18. We have the BabyBjorn Outdoor carrier and we love it! It's a bit bulky, but my little ones seems very comfortable and it's easy to get on and adjust the size.

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  19. I love my Beco Gemini, and so do my babies! I'd love to try a Tula some time.

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  20. Congrats to Minny Mama for winning this giveaway!!

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