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.

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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

 

 

Family, Parenting, Playtime

Playtime: Mary’s Park Sensory Playground

Minerva turned one on Wednesday, so we decided to go check out the Sensory Playground at Peninsula Town Center.

There is highly interactive sensory and tactile play available. The park is Wheelchair-accessible too! The surface is playground rubber.

There was plenty of seating around the playground and some seating was in a shady area. The playground is surrounded by bushes and secured fencing.

I loved that the Minerva could climb some fixtures on her own. I did have to go after my brave baby at some points, haha!


The gravity bowl was so fun for Maxine once she understood how it worked. Her first go ended with her SCREAMING for me to help her stop. By the time we left, she had been back on several times.

The park was really fun! The bathrooms were a block over from the playground, but there was a drinking fountain in the park so that was convenient. We can’t wait to go again! We will have to check out their play fountain next time too.

Also, there is a smartphone app that goes along with the play area! You can listen to the Hans Christian Anderson stories that the park’s themes are based on: The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling.  The stories are offered in 16 languages!

Mary’s Park Sensory Playground is an outdoor playground at Peninsula Town Center that was built in partnership with the Peninsula School for Autism.  

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Playtime: Windsor Castle Park Natural Playscape

Smithfield, Virginia is my hometown and such a beautiful place! Maxine is at an age where she can enjoy playing on her own so I decided to take her to check out the new Windsor Castle Park Natural Playscape.

Maxine has her back facing everyone. She is at the top of the slide and hovering before letting go. The background is very green.

She loved it! I loved that they had a side for younger children. We stayed over there today.

Maxine is walking across small logs in the ground. The background is green and trees

The entire area was beautifully shaded by trees. It didn’t feel as miserably hot as the thermometer read.

Maxine is playing in a large sandbox

Maxine is flying down the slide.

This slide was the perfect size for Maxine and she went on it several times. The other slide on the big kid size is 30 feet!

Maxine is walking in a wide green park

Maxine is climbing a wall.

Max had a blast and we will definitely be back soon!

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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!

babywearing, Tutorial, Tutorials

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: