babywearing, Soul Mate

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!

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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.

Cloth Diapers, review

Review: Ah-Dee-Eh-Dee Cloth Diaper

Woah hey! This is my first cloth diaper review. As much as I’ve talked about cloth diapers over on Instagram, I recently realized that I’ve never written a cloth diaper review!

Over the summer, Ah Dee Eh Dee sent me a really cute all-in-one (AIO) diaper to try out with Minerva. I got it prepped right away and this diaper is now a staple in our diaper arsenal. The diaper has stay-dry Alova Suedecloth and the layers are 40% hemp, 30% bamboo, and 30% organic cotton. The diaper fits kids approximately 15-48 pounds. I did let Maxine wear it a couple times to see if it fit her (38ish lbs) and it does fit her!

We tried out the diaper for daytime use first. The diaper had no leaks and held in the destruction that Min decided to do to the diaper (hahaha!) I was shocked that it didn’t come out the diaper because it was a ton of crap. Color me impressed!!

The next time that we used the diaper, it was overnight. Minerva nursed the entire night it seemed and she peed a ton so there was a little leakage and her jammies were damp. The next time we used it overnight, I added a bamboo insert under the layers in the diaper and she did the nurse all night thing again (ugh) and woke up with no leaks! Her jammies weren’t damp at all.

   This diaper has rises on the front to fit many different sized kids. It even was forgiving with Min’s constant pulling the front of her diaper down. She does that with everything!  I look forward to adding more Ah Dee Eh Dee to my collection.

Check out Ah Dee Eh Dee on Facebook and Instagram!

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Review: Easy Feel Products SSC

Easy Feel Products is a company out of Gurgaon, India that I was introduced to through Tandem Trouble!  During my time as an ambassador for the brand, I’ve had a great amount of time to use this carrier and it turns out that I like the carrier a lot! Even after my ambassadorship is over, I will be using this carrier. Now onto the review!

I first received this carrier in the Terrracotta colorway in February when Minerva was eight months old and she was just big enough to fit it comfortably! Then it was super easy to carry her comfortably. As she’s grown, she has continued to feel weightless in this carrier. She is currently 20 lbs and about 29 inches long.

Minerva hooks brittany's mouth with her finger while Brittany winces. Minerva is being worn in a burgundy ikat print carrier

The padding in this carrier is phenomenal! It is firm and molds to my shoulders. The  position of the shoulder strap adjuster makes this extremely easy to adjust in front and back carriers which is part of why I like this carrier so much. This carrier also has perfect fit adjusters (PFAs) which help the carrier fit more snug and also makes nursing in the carrier easy for me.

Brittany looks down at minerva smiling while wearing minerva in a burgundy Ikat print buckle carrier

Minerva could ride arms in and out in this carrier. This carrier does not allow you to cross straps or hip carry.  The weight  range is 15-45 lbs (7-20 kg) and it comes in a wide variety of  beautiful designs. It is made of 100% handwoven heavy bottom-weight cotton Ikat which is very light weight yet very sturdy and comfortable. It is excellent in warm weather. It is also easily machine washable.  I recommend this carrier to wearers of all skill level.

Brittany is nursing Minerva in a burgundy carrier. The sun glows behind them.

Be sure to check out Easy Feel Products on Facebook and Instagram! Also, join their Facebook Group, Cuddles & Snuggles with Easy Feel!

babywearing, Tutorials

Tutorial: Short Front Cross Carry

Short front cross carry is a poppable carry that can be done with a base -1 to base -4 depending on the wrap you use. This carry can be done with or without a ring. This will demonstrate how to do short front cross carry with a ring.

You will need one  large sling ring (or medium if your wrap is thin) and your wrap to do this. I am using Smitten Lady Bird’s Bluebonnets.

Brittany holding a red sling ring in her hand and a blue, green, white, and purple woven wrap in the other hand

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Review: Soul Onbuhimo

 

Soul is a wonderful company based in Bangalore, India that has taken the world by storm! They offer so many various carrier styles. From slings to buckles–they’ve got it all! They even have some pretty sweet accessories to match their carriers. I first came across them on Instagram a couple years ago and since then I’ve been watching them explode! Recently I was sent a Maze Blues Jacquard Onbuhimo to try out.

Brittany and Minerva are standing outside. Minerva is on Brittany's back in a blue and black geometric print onbuhimo. Brittany looks away while Minerva looks into the camera.

Since Minerva is my main wearee, I tested this out mostly with her. I did wear this some with Maxine (40 lbs) and she fit in it well! Minerva is about 20 lbs and 28 inches tall.  She was juuuust big enough to fit well 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. Soul hit it out the park with this padding. I have tried a few other brands of buckle onbuhimo and this one had the squishiest padding. It reminded me of memory foam. The padding is thicker than in their buckle carriers which is a good thing.

Brittany and Minerva are standing outside. Minerva is on Brittany's back in a blue and black geometric print onbuhimo. Brittany looks away while Minerva looks just off camera with a huge smile on her face.

The Soul onbuhimo has perfect fit adjusters (PFAs ) which help get  the carrier to fit better. With Max, I preferred them all the way out. With Min, I liked them all the way in. The chest clip can be moved up and down to get to a comfortable spot as well. Everything on this is easy to adjust . The Soul onbuhimo fit great in my diaper bag and since there is so little fabric, it is pretty ideal for warmer weather as well. I got to wear it in 90 degree Virginia heat–it was not that bad!

Brittany and Minerva are standing outside. Minerva is on Brittany's back in a blue and black geometric print onbuhimo. Brittany smiles into the camera while Minerva looks just off camera with a huge smile on her face. They are leaning toward the camera.

Onbuhimos are recommended for wearees who have sufficient torso control to support their heads and sit up independently. I found that the carrier fit me pretty well. I am plus sized, so that is pretty important for me. It fit me with Maxine  with plenty of webbing to spare and made me very happy!

Brittany and Minerva are standing outside. Minerva is on Brittany's back in a blue and black geometric print onbuhimo. Brittany and Minerva look off camera with huge smiles on their faces.

Be sure to check Soul out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and  also Join their groups Soul Family/Soul Family US Edition on Facebook!

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Tutorial: No-Sew Ring Sling

Sometimes this question will pop up: Ring sling or wrap? My answer to that question is BOTH. You can use two sling rings to turn your short wrap (size 2 or 3 for me…my base is an 8) to make a no-sew ring sling! Long explanation not needed here–a no-sew ring sling is just a ring sling  that isn’t sewn together. It is secured the same way that a regular ring sling is secured, with sling rings!

This photo tutorial is going to show how to make the no-sew, but not how to put the child in the sling. The video at the bottom will show how to put the baby in! The photo ring sling tutorial is right here-ring sling tutorial.

Here is how to make the no-sew ring sling:

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First, get your two sling rings (I am using size large) and your wrap (I am using a size 3 Bijou Wear Blast Firecracker).

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Measure out how long you want your tail to be by wrapping the wrap around you with one side over your shoulder and the other across the front to meet the shoulder.

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Gather the fabric at your shoulder by your collarbone and that spot is where you want your rings to be.

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Pull the fabric through the rings.

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Once you pull the fabric through both of the rings, pull the short end back through one of the rings (just like regularly threading a ring sling). Here’s a gif to show what I mean:

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Hopefully that helped explain what I meant!

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Put the sling on your shoulder now with the short fabric tail under the long tail that you will be working with. Make sure that the top ring is further back than the bottom one. I’m pointing to it in that picture up there.

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Now to thread the sling just like you normally do a ring sling! Gather the fabric in front of you (I pleat it). xmas-8

Pull the fabric through both rings.

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Very pretty right? At this point I let it all hang down to make sure my fabric is not twisted.

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Thread the fabric through the bottom ring.


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Take your fingers through the threaded fabric to make sure that it is not twisted.

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It should make a cute looking puff of untwisted fabric.

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Pull the fabric back the same direction that it came from to get the sling all secured.

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Tada! Sling!

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Tuck the extra hanging fabric from the beginning of the no-sew part of the sling in the spread back pass and you are done! Now you are ready to put your baby in the sling!

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Here is the video: