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Soul Mate: Which Soul is for You?

As everyone should know by now, I am a HUGE FAN of Soul! The brand has a pretty fun community and the equally amazing carriers make up a decent part of my collection. Soul has been such an important part of my journey that I am a brand ambassador for them! I love that I can loan my carriers out to wearers of all sizes because their carriers are pretty generously sized. Have you wondered which Soul carrier would be a good match for you? Well let’s figure that out!

image of several colorful baby carriers strewn across a table

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Babywearing: Awemama

Have you heard of Awemama yet? They are a new babywearing subscription program that I am extremely excited about! They just launched and I had the privilege of trying the service out in advanced. I was asked about what  carrier type I preferred, what size I like, the fabric, allergy information, and a few more questions. After that, Awemama handpicked a carrier to send me.

I did not know in advanced what was being sent so I watched tracking like a hawk. When it arrived, I immediately opened it and WOW WOW WOW inside was a new wrap from one of my favorite babywearing companies! Bijou Wear Plaidass Bravo!! Bravo is an Awemama exclusive and to my surprise, I was sent my base size–9!!

For $29.95 per month, you get to try out a carrier for up to 28 days and you can either buy the carrier (minus the initial $29.95 since that was already paid) or send it back to try another. This is such a convenient way to try all the carriers! When you buy a wrap from a retailer and it isn’t love, you usually cannot return it. This is an excellent alternative! The carrier comes washed and ready for wear. Awemama also keeps up on carrier maintenance so you don’t have to worry about that either.

Bijou Wear Plaidass Bravo is such a stellar wrap! It is a double weave 100% cotton wrap in a gorgeous merlot and gray. This was a really comfortable wrap with Minerva (20 lbs) AND Maxine (~40 lbs) so that was a plus. I comfortably did a single layer carry with Max which really blew me away. Bravo also helped my double hammock be rock solid with Minerva. This wrap great for heavy babies and toddlers. 

Thank you so much Awemama for letting me be a part of your launch!! You all are going to go far!!

 

Be sure to follow Awemama on Facebook and Instagram! Also, join their Facebook group.

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Soul Mate: Doll Carriers

We only have a few warm days left before we have to bundle up to play outside. Maxine decided today would be a great day for her and Minerva to head outside to play.

Maxine and Minerva holding hands walking down the driveway. Maxine is wearing a toy in  a red and black carrier and minerva is wearing a black and white ikat print carrier

Maxine suggested that they play with their babies outside, so of course I helped them get their babies uppy back! Maxine chose the Soul Imperial doll buckle carrier. I put the Eclipse Ikat doll meh dai on Minerva. Soul sent them these carriers and they are loved so much around here!

maxine staring at the camera in a black and red carrier that is holding daniel tiger on her back

I think Minerva enjoyed having the baby on her back. Especially since she could hold the doll AND all of her chalk at the same time.

minerva grinning at the camera with a doll on her back in a meh dai

Do the children in your life have doll carriers? I’d love to see your pictures! Tag #BrittBrownMarsh on Instagram and Facebook so I can see!

black and white image of maxine and minerva on a slide

 

close up image of a chest buckle. the buckle reads "soul" and the o is a heart.
This buckle has to be my favorite accent <3

 

 

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Sizing: MJ Baby Carrier Baby VS Standard VS Toddler/Big Kid

We are trying out MJ Baby Carriers! I was pretty impressed by the sizes so I wanted to toss Maxine in both carriers to show you just how big these carriers are. They offer three sizes–Baby, Standard, and Toddler/Big Kid. We have all here visiting!.

Maxine is 40 lbs and 41 inches tall. She is in 4T and 5T clothing

Baby MJ Baby Carrier dimensions:

Seat: 13 inches

Body Panel width at widest point: 16 3/4 inches

Body Panel Height: 14 inches

Weight Limit: 8 lbs – 45 lbs

baby backbaby front

Standard MJ Baby Carrier dimensions:

Seat: 14 inches

Body Panel width at widest point: 18 1/2 inches

Body Panel Height : 15 inches

Weight limit: 18 lbs – 45 lbs

back standard front standard

Toddler/Big Kid MJ Baby Carrier dimensions:

Seat: 16 inches

Body Panel width at widest point: 21 1/2 inches

Body Panel Height: 17 1/2 inches.

Weight limit: 25 lbs – 50 lbs.

back big kid front big kid

Pretty impressive right? Review coming soon!

 

 

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Review: Ethos Babywearing Toile Bleu

Have you heard of Ethos Babywearing ? They’ve been around for a couple of years and have some innovative blends for their wraps! They also have a pretty cool convertible soft structured carrier. Today, I’m going to tell you about my time with this beauty–Toile Bleu.


When I first grabbed this budget BreatheBlend wrap out of the bag, I was shocked by how thin but dense it felt! It is a whopping 325 GSM. Toile Bleu needed some work and I was up to the challenge! Maxine (~40 lbs) and Minerva (~20lbs) both had plenty of time up in this beauty.  This wrap breathes so well and I really enjoyed it on our humid days especially. It was very grippy which helped me keep my seat popping queen (Minerva) in place once I tied off a carry.

This wrap was in my base size, so I got to try all my favorite base carries! I double hammocked almost every day that this wrap visited. Toile Bleu is ideal for me with double hammock because though it was super grippy, the passes moved easily for me and stuck in place once I moved onto the next step. I also enjoyed this with front wrap cross carry with the passes spread. I rarely do FWCC with spread passes, but this wrap made it a need for me! This wrap had some amazing shoulder pleats as well. It was flat and comfortable on my shoulders.

I recommend this wrap to more experienced wearers and also to those with heavy kiddos! Also, if you love grip you will LOVE Ethos Toile Bleu! This budget wrap is $145 for a size 9 which is great compared to size 9’s elsewhere.

Be sure to check out Ethos on Facebook and Instagram. Also, check out their Facebook group, Wear Ethos

Extra special THANK YOU to Ethos for your generous donation of this wrap to the Babywearing International of Hampton Roads lending library! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Slings for All 

I got to try out a Wildbird ring sling recently while I was teaching at a babywearing meeting. I was super excited when the meeting attendee brought it over because I was dying to try it out since I heard that our group added it to our library. Usually when teaching in person, I thread the ring sling on so that I can make sure that it does not twist on my back. When I attempted to thread the Wildbird sling, I could not get it back through the rings because there was not enough fabric. Without skipping a beat, I took off the sling and put it on the meeting attendee to  get her situated. What I wanted to do was cry. I was panicking on the inside. I felt so angry and embarrassed that  yet again, a ring sling did not fit me.

Later, I checked the Wildbird website and found that the slings are only 74-77 inches long. That is about a size small/medium. I am a fat* woman with broad shoulders.  My sling size is an extra large (XL). I can work with a long large. I prefer to use a 2XL.  Short one size slings are not  inclusive to the wide range of babywearers in the community.

I did write to Wildbird on their Facebook page and they stated “Hey Brittany! So glad you wrote us, we actually have longer slings in the works. Watch for news soon!” Soon. They do not currently have any longer slings in stock.  In their chatter group, the owner expanded on this statement and blamed growing pains on their inability to make longer slings right away. When asked what length the longer slings would be (after suggestions as well) Wildbird only stated that they would give everyone details soon.  Once again, fat babywearers are an afterthought.

Really, I should have known that their slings would not fit me. Their social media and marketing are filled with thin people wearing their slings. I am sure that some fat wearers can wear Wildbird slings since  not everyone is the same shape, but myself and several other wearers cannot. I truly hope that they do make good on their statement.

There are several companies that do offer long or sized slings. Sleeping Baby Productions, True North Ring Slings, Soul, and Maya Wrap are just a few of the many companies that offer long slings.

Fat me and baby Minerva comfortably in an XL Maya Wrap ring sling

*Fat is the term I use to describe myself because I am fat. I describe fat people as fat. It is not a dirty word. If you are uncomfortable with that, I don’t know what to tell you.

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Review: Kol Kol Baby Carrier Onbuhimo

Kol Kol Baby Carrier is a company out of India that makes affordable and comfortable baby carriers. Fun fact: The company is named after the first words that Bayiravi’s (owner) son spoke! So sweet!!  They will soon be releasing an onbunimo and I had the pleasure of trying it out . 

Minerva is about 20 lbs and 28 inches tall.  She fit great in the carrier. With onbuhimos, all the weight is carried in your shoulders, so one of the most important aspects of the carrier for me  is the padding. Kol Kol’s padding was so soft! It reminded me of a pillow. It was very comfortable on my shoulders.  I also like their hood which is rare because I usually can do without a hood on most carriers.

 The carrier even fit Maxine comfortably! She will be four years old soon and is in 4T clothes. The onbuhimo fit great in my diaper bag which is a plus since I pack so much stuff when we leave the house and since there is so little fabric, it is  ideal for warmer weather as well.  The fabric breathed very well.  I think that this will be on my list of carriers to buy!

Be sure to check Kol Kol out on Facebook  and Instagram, and  also Join their group Kol Koling on Facebook!