January 20, 2015

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Let's get TENCEL®

The brave new world of organic fibers

In the last few years people have become more and more aware of the impact their choices have on our environment. 'Organic' and 'sustainable' are not only words: it is the way we eat and live, and the way we bring up our children.

It is now time to go one step beyond and start re-thinking the way we dress and the textiles we use. Organic cotton is widely known, yet, it is not fully sustainable if we take a closer look at the way the organic cotton fibers are manufactured. Manufacturing organic cotton requires a huge amount of water: as high as 782 gallons per pound of fibers for Californian organic cotton. And also a lot of land: up to 3.5 acres for any ton.

Tencel® is the natural fiber of the future. It is manufactured by the Austrian company Lenzing and it is one step beyond organic cotton. It is produced from the eucalyptus trees, grown on farms.

As for the sustainability, its manufacture requires only 154.7 gallons of water for 1 pound of fiber, and it needs about half acre for any ton.

Furthermore, it is fully biodegradable: tests say it will take a maximum of six weeks for a Tencel® textile to dissolve.

But it is not interesting only for its sustainability. Also the peculiar characteristics of the Tencel® fiber are attractive, and make it a wonderful choice for children-related use.

It is particularly suitable for sensitive skin: the fiber is soft and smooth and it has great moisture absorption, 50% greater than cotton. This, together with its natural breathability, keeps the skin dry, avoiding rashes. The incredible moisture management of the fiber also makes Tencel® anti-bacterial.

So far it seems of course eco-friendly, sustainable and healthy... but beauty is also important!

And Tencel® is also beautiful to see and touch.

The fabric can be dyed to high quality standards, thanks to the fibers' absorbency. Also, it is extremely versatile: it can be modeled and manipulated as you wish, without fraying.

And even more importantly, particularly when talking about children, it is extremely durable and wrinkle-resistant.

Impossible? Yet, it exists.

It is a great choice for woven baby wraps. The babies will be lulled in a smooth and soft fabric, colorful and suitable for their sweet skin. Our first trial with Tencel® ? Herringbone Splendor, pictures and reviews coming soon!

And they will grow up in a more sustainable and eco-friendly world.

January 16, 2015

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Babywearing Made Beautiful: Raeanne's Story

We bare children at many different life stages, but the bond of motherhood connects us all.  My first daughter was born just a few days after my 22nd birthday back in 1999. I was young and 3000 miles from home on a military base. A baby carrier helped me to get from point A to point B with my sanity intact. Little by little my confidence grew and I embraced this new role of "Mommy", but the there were certainly bumps and hiccups along the way, both physically and emotionally.

This series, Babywearing Made Beautiful, seeks to address some of those issues, commonalities, as well as to help shed some light on the many beautiful aspects of babywearing, mothering, (note: Poe knows father's babywear too, though we might change the moniker to "handsome" for dad's!), and how the two have mingled. We will be interviewing women, (if you're a babywearing dad interested in this project, we would love to interview you, please email us!), of various ages from all over the world.

Today's story comes to us from Raeanne, a lovely young mom whom I've had the pleasure to get to know over the last year. Her zest for life and love of her children shine through in both photographs and how she talks about her beloved family. {You may recognize the photograph above from the Poe Wovens home page slide show!} I am inspired by her joyful spirit and can-do attitude, (also her love of cleaning, but I digress). Want to here more? Keep reading!

1. Tell us a little about yourself: (name, where you live, family size, kids, occupation— SAHM is totally an occupation BTW, hobbies, unknown fact or funny story) 

"Fair warning: I use too many parentheses.

My name doesn't suit me and never will (Raeanne). I'm 23 (and simultaneously feel like a teenager and a senior citizen somedays). My husband Karl and I have just celebrated 5 years of wedded bliss and he is (admittedly a total cliche) my best friend ever. I've lived in 5 states in the last 5 years, but am currently residing in beautiful Roanoke, VA. We have two kids thus far, and I just dare you to tell me we should stop there! Depending on the day I may: 

1) Flip out on you and ask what right you have to barge into my reproductive future
2) Meekly say that we're open to God's will and hope to have more... Many more
3) Wholeheartedly agree with you that two is more than enough

But I lean towards the first two... ;)

Kaylen is my 3 year old wild girl. She is who those little old ladies at my church were talking about when they said I'd have a daughter just like me. A fifth generation first born daughter. Stubborn, emotional, impulsive, and tough. And she is why I didn't want a daughter. That being said, she is already so much more than I will ever be; a little nurturing mini-mama from the start with the sweetest little voice (that is ALWAYS shouting) and an amazing grasp of the faith I've tried to instill in her.

Benjy (19 months) was the son I hoped and dreamed of and yet he lived without a name for 48 hours because we simply couldn't peg him! He's the smart, silent type (especially since his sister talks enough for the both of them) and is built like a tank. I guessed he was a boy (my boy!!!) from the moment I discovered I was pregnant (on my 21st birthday nonetheless). He's been carried in a wrap or a sling from the beginning and loves it to this day. One of his first words was "wrap".

I'm a stay at home mom. If you knew me you'd know that was MORE than enough."

2. Tell us a little about your mothering journey, have the infant and toddler years been easy or difficult for you, completely blissful or somewhere in the middle? Tell us about a challenge you overcame.

"Motherhood has treated me as well as anyone. It's abused me in the sense that I had a nearly 9 lb baby for my first child, at home, in a tub of water, and endured the stitches afterwards. I cried the tears of sleeplessness, I leaked the milk of overproduction, I am quoted as saying "I'm going to die awake".
I'm not entirely certain I've overcome there challenges. I'm still in the trenches, I'm still frazzled, but I'm happy and grateful (usually... sometimes...) for the journey!"

3. Since giving birth, have you struggled with maintaining a positive body and self-image or self-esteem? What has helped? What has hurt?

"I was a "blubber whale" with my first, but merely achieved "whale" status with my second. My post baby body encouraged and inspired me to a point; "I don't look too bad for a 19 year old who just had a baby" & "I'm not too bad for a 21 year old with 2 kiddos" is a far cry from the sorry, self pitying self-conscious teen who despised her curves.

Zumba helped despite the fact I have two left feet and can't stand people seeing me "move it, move it". Having a (dear, sweet, wonderful) mother-in-law and sister-in-law who have always been teeny tiny doesn't help. 'Nuff said."

4. How were you originally introduced to babywearing? Were you mentored/assisted by an experienced babywearer, educator or consultant? What were your initial thoughts on the practice then compared to now?

"I somehow, somewhere heard something about "slings and Mobys" and registered for a Moby since they seemed popular. From there Pinterest caught my eye with beautiful babywearing pictures, I bought my first wrap (Didymos Robert from a mama who is still a friend), and fell in love. Babywearing 102 propelled me and Wrapping Rachel and Babywearing Faith inspired me.

It's always been about normalcy. I wanted to maintain my normal life. I'm obsessive about keeping a clean, organized home. Doing laundry is a hobby of mine. Running errands had to be done even if two kids while grocery shopping seemed impossible.

The only thing that has changed is now I enjoy the beauty of it in addition to the practicality. The art, the diversion, the stylishness."

5. What are your thoughts on the babywearing community, both online and locally? Have your experiences been pleasant? Does your area have a local babywearing group?

"Oh the babywearing community! Intimidating at first, but priceless for me after my son was born and I lived in an isolated county in West Virginia. I met an endless number of helpful, supportive, and beautiful mamas!

During my 3rd "Swap" transaction I met a sweet lady who I now know personally as she is the leader of the Roanoke Babywearers group and kindly made me an admin as well since I've moved and now live 10 minutes from her house!!"

6. Would you consider yourself into “attachment parenting”? Which aspects of AP to you find fit well with your family and lifestyle? Which do not?

"I was game to be an "attachment parent" long before I knew the term... Long before I wanted kiddos even!

I agree with most of the tenants, but also subscribe to the idea that not everything works for every child. It's served us well and we've lived in halfhearted harmony with kiddos who show varying states of adjustment. 

Breastfeeding, babywearing, baby led weaning, cloth diapering, co sleeping, natural birth (at home even! Twice!) all seemed to come naturally to be honest....

But so did spanking."

7. Do you babywear often? During which activities do you most often babywear? How has babywearing affected you as a mother and caretaker of small children?

"Now that my youngest is 19 months it's less and less frequent, but still valuable and treasured. We wear to hike, do laundry, dishes, walk to the store, shop, pickup the seemingly endless supply of toys, and just for the sweet cuddles and comfort both of us still need!

Babywearing enabled me to care for my home, cook (semi) healthy food, and honestly to develop a sense of style that I lacked the majority of my life. The closeness it provides makes me feel like a competent parent even on our toughest days, all the different carries I do make me feel like my persistent pregnancy brain doesn't hold sway over everything (though I still don't know the names of everything I do...), and the gorgeous patterns, fibers, and colors just thrill me to be honest!"

8. Though there is not much, more beautiful to a mother than the site of her newborn baby, which aspects of mothering do you find most beautiful? Rocking a baby sleep, reading books, kissing away boo boos? (It’s ok to choose more than one!)

"Sleepy, milky, nursing, newborn smiles are my favorite! They're the thing that cemented me to this mothering thing. But now it's watching Kaylen grasp a new idea. Seeing Ben learn a new word. Their excitement at trying a glorious new food, hearing a catchy song, visiting the milk cows or the horses on our milk run. It's pure joy!"

9. When you wear your baby, (in your carrier of choice), how does it make you feel? How does it make your child feel? Have others in your family joined in the babywearing fun?

"I feel nurturing, elegant, on top of things, and strong. My dear Benjy generally feels like he wants to nurse....

My husband and mother-in-law wear my babies, my babies wearing their "babies"! The circle is nearly complete!"

10. And finally, what has babywearing meant to you? Does babywearing make you feel beautiful?

"Babywearing means survival, graceful parenting, a clean house, a happy babe, a lovely new passion, a conversation starter, a great tool for daddies to bond with babies, and a constant source of joy and contentment!

Yep, just yep!"  

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us Raeanne, looking forward to seeing many more happy babywearing pictures in the future! -Nancy

 

 

January 13, 2015

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Babywearing Made Beautiful: Danielle's Story

I needed to get six or so loads of laundry done today. I woke up somewhat bright eyed and ready to charge the day head on. My toddler greeted me at the side of the bed with the unfortunate news that, "Atticus pooped in house". Atticus, being our three month old rescue puppy. Lovely. It wasn't just a little poop on a hard flooring surface. It was multiple piles. Multiple piles.

Needless to say, my morning did not go as planned. So my to-do list was interrupted, no big deal. What do you do when your entire labor, birthing, mothering plans are thrown for a loop? In Danielle's story you will read how she was able to pivot in the face of unexpected health complications, and how babywearing not only played a role in her adapting to circumstances out of her control, but in helping to strengthen the bond between mother and child.

This series, Babywearing Made Beautiful, seeks to address some of those issues, commonalities, as well as to help shed some light on the many beautiful aspects of babywearing, mothering, (note: Poe knows father's babywear too, though we might change the moniker to "handsome" for dad's!), and how the two have mingled. We will be interviewing women, (if you're a babywearing dad interested in this project, we would love to interview you, please email us!), of various ages from all over the world.

Today's story comes to us from Danielle. Danielle inspires me on many levels, she's a talented artist, a great writer and she can wrap a wriggly toddler like nobody's business! We met, you guessed it, in a Facebook group. But the group wasn't geared towards babywearing, believe it or not. It was a birth month group! We both had babies who were due on St. Patrick's day.

About two months after our March ginger babies were born, (yes, we both were blessed with red haired March baby boys!), my Boba Wrap felt saggy and I wanted another baby carrier option. Danielle suggested I try a woven wrap, and well the rest is, as they say, history! A friendship developed and we have collaborated on a couple of graphic designs projects over the years. Did I mention she designs woven wraps?? #GirlsGotTalent

1. Tell us a little about yourself: (name, where you live, family size, kids, occupation— SAHM is totally an occupation BTW, hobbies, unknown fact or funny story)

"My name is Danielle. My wonderful husband (my balance and my rock) will be celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary this coming January. We have 3 wonderful boys here with us (8, 4, and 2), and one in heaven. I work part time in member support and we are homeschoolers heavily leaning towards unschooling. As hobbies I enjoy crocheting woolies, blogging, sewing, babywearing, and watching Gilmore Girls) . I was a SAHM for 2 years prior to returning back to work after my youngest was born, while I truly enjoyed my time with my children I needed to work outside of the home for personal fulfillment (and working part time has given me a wonderful balance)."

2. Tell us a little about your mothering journey, have the infant and toddler years been easy or difficult for you, completely blissful or somewhere in the middle? Tell us about a challenge you overcame. 

"When my first was born I had never put much thought into how I would raise my children so I just did as my parents did and basically what would be considered "mainstream" parenting. There were moments when I felt "this is wrong" it didn't feel right and I would reconsider those choices. When my second was born at 33 weeks via emergency C-section due to HELLP syndrome; weighing 3lb 5oz he spent 6 weeks in the NICU. When he came home I couldn't bring myself to put him down, to sleep without him, and I wanted so much for breastfeeding to work with him (due to going back to work at 3 weeks pp I quit with my first). This is when my parenting changed almost completely; I became more in tune with what my children needed and their feelings. Overall that experience and babywearing through it changed me not only as a person but as a mother."

3. Since giving birth, have you struggled with maintaining a positive body and self-image or self-esteem? What has helped? What has hurt?

"I have never really had a "positive" body image, but prior to having children I feel I had good self-esteem. With motherhood has come the oh so lovely fear that everything I am doing is wrong. Motherhood and the constant "advice" and criticism did a real number on my self-confidence more so then my body image. It's been a struggle to just shut all of that out; a choice every day. I am just recently rediscovering myself and coming back to the realization that I was made this person to raise my children and trying to be more true to myself for them."

4. How were you originally introduced to babywearing? Were you mentored/assisted by an experienced babywearer, educator or consultant? What were your initial thoughts on the practice then compared to now?

"I had a narrow-based carrier with my oldest son, but after using it once my back could not handle it (I have a lower back injury). I was introduced to babywearing as I know it now when my middle son was born, it was his NICU night nurse that introduced me to babywearing, she showed me kangaroo care and when he was more stable she would wear him in a receiving blanket while doing her rounds when I was unable to be there. From this experience I went home to wear my not even 5lb son in a scrap fabric rebozo, moving on to a twin sheet, and then to a DIY stretchy wrap. From here I fell in love with woven wraps! I've tried so many carriers over the years but I always came back to wrapping, because of my back it was the only way I was able to carry my children without being in pain from it."

5. What are your thoughts on the babywearing community, both online and locally? Have your experiences been pleasant? Does your area have a local babywearing group?

"I believe the online babywearing community has grown so much in the last few years it's hard to talk about it as a whole. There are very awesome welcoming groups and forums (thebabywearer.com and Everyday Babywearing always at the top of my “to recommend to new wearers who aren't local”) and then there's places that have just become consumed with drama and judgment. I believe there are still amazing people out there that just want to help parents keep their babies close and that's what I try to focus on. I'm truly lucky to live in an area (Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas) that has many very active babywearing groups. I've spent the last couple years co-admin'ing North Dallas Wearing Mamas (www.BabywearingDallas.com) but as my babies have gotten older I've stepped back to focus more on our homeschooling, etc. It's a large active group of 1200+ members on Facebook and many meetings/playdates a month for face to face interaction. It's a good place for people new to babywearing or babywearing communities."

6. Would you consider yourself into “attachment parenting”? Which aspects of AP to you find fit well with your family and lifestyle? Which do not?

"I'm not too into labels because I feel applying labels to myself or my actions sets me up to fail at one aspect or another if I don't fit into the box of the label. If I were to give my parenting a label I would call it "instinctual parenting", meaning I do what I feel lead to do. We co-sleep, we did extended breastfeeding, we generally do gentle discipline, we don’t do gender/color coding, etc. These are choices we've made for our family that work for us, whatever "category" that puts us in. It is very important to me that we don't judge others for choices that our different than ours that work for their family or try to force our choices on them. We are all doing the best we can in this journey and could all use a little more encouragement and a little less judging."

7. Do you babywear often? During which activities do you most often babywear during? How has babywearing affected you as a mother and caretaker of small children?

"When my youngest 2 were smaller I would babywear (and tandemwear) what felt like ALL. DAY. LONG. They were only 16 months apart and my youngest experienced horrible silent reflux that was only calmed by being carried on my back (it was the only way he slept I would walk him half the night). While I don't wear as often anymore there is rarely a day we go that we don't wear at all. Being a toddler is HARD and he still needs his safe place. Not to mention there's three of them and I am not sure how I would go shopping without babywearing!"

8. Though there is not much, more beautiful to a mother than the site of her newborn baby, which aspects of mothering do you find most beautiful? Rocking a baby sleep, reading books, kissing away boo boos? (It’s ok to choose more than one!)

"While the newborn phase is adorable and lovely, I believe the thing I find most beautiful is watching their little personalities grow. The first time they want to wear a certain shirt or start to fall for a certain lovey or toy. Find out they love dancing or singing, curry or tacos, or decide their very favorite book. Plus there is nothing quite as wonderful as the first time your child looks at you and says "mama, I love you." that’s just a heart melter."

9. When you wear your baby, (in your carrier of choice), how does it make you feel? How does it make your child feel? Have others in your family joined in the babywearing fun?

"Wearing my children makes me happy and confident. When they are all snuggled up with me and happy, starting to calm from an epic meltdown, or the so beautiful wrap nap, I feel like I am doing something right. There's something very calming about knowing your babies are where they should be.

My husband LOVES babywearing! He is usually the one that is advertising it to other parents (especially dads), telling them how much easier it makes everything. He loves WCHB's (wrap conversion half buckles)! My mom has also worn my youngest two when she has visited from China."

10. And finally, what has babywearing meant to you? Does babywearing make you feel beautiful?

"As corny as it will sound,  babywearing has completely changed my life. It has changed the mother I am and the mother I strive to be. It has reignited a passion in me that I thought I had lost when I became a mother. It has brought me joy in keeping my own children close and through helping others learn to keep theirs close as well. I feel empowered and confident in a way I don't think I would have found without it. So in that way I find beauty in babywearing and in myself."  

Danielle is a very special lady and I feel blessed to call her friend. Her skills in wrapping and graphic design wow my socks of time and time again. She has one of the biggest hearts I know. Danielle plans to put her babywearing skills and experience with HELLP Syndrome, the NICU and all that goes with having a pre-term infant to good use in the future. "It (babywearing) was a complete game changer for us. I had this baby that was six weeks old that I felt like I didn't even know. We had to reconnect. It's WHY I'm so passionate about it."

To read more about Danielle's passion for babywearing and helping other moms come to know the awesomeness that is babywearing, follow her on her blog, My Fab Survival, and I promise you, you will be inspired too! -Nancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 13, 2015

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TBW is BACK! Have Your Heard?

There once was an awesome website with a forum specifically geared to all things babywearing. That site, thebabywearer.com, was affectionately known by its acronym, TBW. Some found it difficult to get the hang of and preferred other social media outlets. Parent organization, Babywearing International helps to fund and manage this amazing resource and we are absolutely thrilled with the new and improved/overhauled site. TBW re-launched this past May, and the new site is highly functioning, attractive and streamlined. 

Unlike the plethora of babywearing pages and groups on Facebook, TBW forums are easily searchable and navigable even to the novice. They have oodles of great features that help New Members get accustomed to the site like abbreviations keys and buy-sell-trade board etiquette. Want a mentor to help you learn the ropes? They got that too. If you haven't checked out TBW, we highly recommend you do. 

One of my favorites features? The New Vendor Review Section. Here is where to leave reviews for Poe Wovens! (Read on below) 

"Review Forum - The new review forum replaces the old reviews system that was corrupted and lost in November 2013. It contains three review sections; Vendors Reviews, Carrier Reviews, Accessories and Services. All vendors have access to create a thread in these forums, which will then be available to the members to comment with their review on the thread. This section of TBW will be viewable without a TBW membership once opened." - Beth Rosa, Administrator, TheBabywearer.com & Board of Directors, Babywearing International 

December 09, 2014

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Babywearing Made Beautiful: Marissa's Story

A child sleeping is so very sweet on so many levels. We watch their chest rise and fall. We sniff their hair. We weightlessly rest our hands on their backs. We smile, sigh, rest (briefly), and we wait. When we have a tool in our parenting toolkit that aids to usher in that rest, that calm in the storm of life, when we are on the go - we welcome it, with open arms, and in the case of babyweaing, we can wave with both hands. Need a high five? No problem. 

This series, Babywearing Made Beautiful, seeks to address some of those issues, commonalities, as well as to help shed some light on the many beautiful aspects of babywearing, mothering, (note: Poe knows father's babywear too, though we might change the moniker to "handsome" for dad's!), and how the two have mingled. We will be interviewing women, (if you're a babywearing dad interested in this project, we would love to interview you, please email us!), of various ages from all over the world.

Today's story comes to us from Marissa, who lives just across Lake Champlain from Poe, over in New York, but has a heart for babywearers all over the world. Marissa not only has a gift for encouraging, moms and dads to wear their babies, but she has a knack for finding new and undiscovered beauties in the community. I love her positive attitude and zest for life. She reminds me that babywearing is meant to be a help to parents, and that we should joyfully be in community together, supporting and encouraging one another, across brands, oceans, classes, and colors. Want to know what makes Marissa feel like Supermom, and why I think she just might be? Read on! 

1. Tell us a little about yourself: (name, where you live, family size, kids, occupation—SAHM is totally an occupation BTW, hobbies, unknown fact or funny story)

"Marissa Dettmer, Ogdensburg NY, Married for 9 years to Jim mom to 3 (Alex 4, Ben 3, and Grace 1), Stay at home Mom! Best job ever! Crafter, Baker, and Home Chef!" 



2. Tell us a little about your mothering journey, have the infant and toddler years been easy or difficult for you, completely blissful or somewhere in the middle? Tell us about a challenge you overcame.

"After trying for 4 1/2 years to have kids we were shocked to learn shortly after a breast-reduction we were expecting! Wow were we surprised! So surprised I called my mother and told her I didn't know how it happened, she just laughed at me. Then a whirlwind ensued called motherhood! Late nights, early mornings, and every time in between! A million diapers later and probably a million bottle feedings to I wouldn't change it for anything! I would do it again in a heartbeat! These have been the best 5 years ever! My biggest challenge has been breastfeeding. Even before having surgery there was a slim chance either way I would be able to. Despite repeated attempts and never wanting to give up we've made the decision to bottle feed with formula. The hardest part has been the feelings of failure and that insidious voice inside calling me a failure because my body could not do the thing it was created to do. But then I remind myself that my children are happy and healthy and thriving. I am so thankful that I haven't let that little voice destroy my happiness." 

3. Since giving birth, have you struggled with maintaining a positive body and self-image or self-esteem? What has helped? What has hurt?

"I have always struggled with self esteem and body issues before having kids. Now after my body has been a home for three amazing little people I have come to love it! I couldn't possible hate something that brought three miracles into being. When my children and husband look at me they don't see fat, or lumpy, or any of a million negative things I might name, they see safe, snuggle, warm, cuddly, open arms, and more. They see the person that kisses boo boo's, that sits on the floor and reads books, fixes them there 10,000th peanut butter and jelly, they see the person that loves them beyond and above everything else. How could I not love that person." 



4. How were you originally introduced to babywearing? Were you mentored/assisted by an experienced babywearer, educator or consultant? What were your initial thoughts on the practice then compared to now?

"Ahhh... Babywearing! 5 years ago babywearing was not nearly as popular and the wealth of knowledge hadn't grown as it has now. I wanted to wear but all that was easy to find were narrow based carriers and pouch slings. I was never comfortable in the first and the second always made me nervous. Then again with my second I tried and tried to love my narrow based carriers but couldn't. 3rd time was the charm. I was determined! I had started cloth diapering and the community would mention this carrier and that. I was intrigued and shortly after my daughter was born I purchased my first stretchy wrap a Boba! It was love! She was close and snuggle and I felt like super mom. As she grew my need for more information grew. I shortly moved onto my first SSC a Boba 3G. Still better but the woven community was calling to me. No groups close by I entered every giveaway possible. Than yay! I won. My first woven a Little Frog! I was off and running. My love has only grown and grown. The versatility the colors and patterns yes I was head over heals in love." 

5. What are your thoughts on the babywearing community, both online and locally? Have your experiences been pleasant? Does your area have a local babywearing group?

"Now I am and Admin on a Babywearing Facebook page and 2 other Brand Fan pages. I also organize and keep track of a multitude of traveling wraps. I've met the most amazing Moms all over the world. The international online community is wonderful and welcoming. I have no local community so instead I'm building my own. I answer any question and try to share where to find more. There are of course always people within the community who are not as friendly. It has taken a bit if navigating to find a good fit but I'm finding my feet and my voice." 

6. Would you consider yourself into “attachment parenting”? Which aspects of AP to you find fit well with your family and lifestyle? Which do not?

"The first time I heard about "Attachment Parenting" I was like what is that and scampered off. I laughed after reading some information and moved on. It was all the things I thought of as good old fashioned how my parents and grandparents raised kids. We just make decisions that made sense to us. We talk about and agree on parenting styles and decisions. We don't like to call it anything. It's just how we were raised to parent."

7. Do you babywear often? During which activities do you most often babywear during? How has babywearing affected you as a mother and caretaker of small children?

"I baby/toddler/preschool wear as much as possible. My youngest is very unhelpful when it comes to picking up toys so she ends up on my back. If you come over for a meal yup there will be a child helping but you'll never know which one or two you'll find wrapped up with me. The boys both loved wrapped just to watch there favorite cartoon. The oldest like to be wrapped and then asks me to do lunges and squats. Anytime we leave the house you can bet one or two kids will be up in a wrap, SSC (soft structured carrier), or RS (ring sling). We carry when they need it or when chasing a child seems like a hassle. Wearing has made having 3 kids feel so much more manageable." 

8. Though there is not much, more beautiful to a mother than the site of her newborn baby, which aspects of mothering do you find most beautiful? Rocking a baby sleep, reading books, kissing away boo boos? (It’s ok to choose more than one!)

"The thing the makes me the feel the most beautiful as a mother is when I can spend time with my family. When we are reading, snuggling, playing, feeding, doesn't matter what the activity is as long as we are doing it together." 

9. When you wear your baby, (in your carrier of choice), how does it make you feel? How does it make your child feel? Have others in your family joined in the babywearing fun?

"I feel like supermom when I babywear! My Children love it as well, they feel safe and secure and have the best view of life. My husband has started to wear (yay) he prefers buckles and that's fine! I cannot contain my joy when I see my husband carry one of our children. It is wonderful to see the close time that they can share and I known my children love when they get a chance to be carried by daddy." 

10. And finally, what has babywearing meant to you? Does babywearing make you feel beautiful?

"Yes I feel beautiful when babywearing. The time I spend with my family is beautiful and wonderful. My kids certainly do not care when I look like when we are together they just now that I am a happy and fun mom who loves herself and loves them."

December 09, 2014

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Visible & Kissable™: Holiday Safety

A public reminder to keep safety in the forefront of our minds, as we carry our dear ones this holiday season from Linnea Catalan, Executive Director of the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance.

"We all know how easy it is to get caught up in the rush of the holiday season!  A baby carrier is an invaluable tool for keeping little ones snug during the holiday rush of shopping, concerts, parties and travel. Make sure the smallest family members are safe and secure with these seasonal safety reminders.

A baby carrier can keep your baby in the safest place possible- on your chest and in an upright position. Baby carriers are meant to mimic in-arms carrying positions- your baby should be in the same position in which you would hold him in your arms. Check your baby by embracing them in the carrier- your baby’s position should not shift significantly in your embrace.

Nursing on the go? Take a few minutes to sit down and feed if you can- your baby (and your feet!) will appreciate it. Make sure to re-position your baby back to upright immediately after feeding, even if they've fallen asleep. Your baby’s face should always be visible to you, even if babe is nursing or sleeping.

Baby it’s cold outside! Keep your little one snug and warm and close to your heart in a properly fitting sling or carrier. Be mindful of over bundling and never cover baby’s face with a blanket or zipped up jacket. Look for a babywearing jacket or carrier cover that leaves baby’s face free and clear if you need an extra layer. This is equally important in other container-type devices as well (like strollers and infant bucket seats). Covering a baby’s face makes it impossible to monitor them and can lead to suffocation or CO2 rebreathing.

Keep germs at bay! A baby carrier is the perfect tool for keeping well-meaning but germy hands away from your little one. If babe does get sick a sling or carrier allows you to keep baby close so you can monitor their breathing. Babies under 4 months of age and any baby with a respiratory issue (even a simple cold!) require extra monitoring and vigilance.

Whether your carrier of choice is a sling, wrap, mei tai or buckle carrier, ensure baby always has a clear and open airway. Your baby’s head and neck should be completely supported, with their chin off their chest. Chin to chest positioning can restrict your baby’s airway, especially with babies under 4 months of age. Make sure you can slip a finger between their chin and chest. Babies are noisy creatures, but snorting, snoring and grunting noises can be signs of labored breathing and an indication that your baby needs to be repositioned immediately. Be extra vigilant when using car seats, strollers, swings and bouncy chairs as well as young babies can easily slip into chin to chest positioning in these devices too.

Keep the above safety tips in mind and you’ll breeze through the holidays with your little one cozy and safe in a sling or carrier."

Here is Poe Woven's own infographic to help you remember safety tips:

 

*Visible & Kissable™ is trademark of the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance.

November 11, 2014

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ShopVT 2014

Burlington VT Mom’s Blog and Try Vermont First are bringing back their Shop Local campaign this holiday season called ShopVT 2014 that showcases outstanding Vermont businesses. It’s a campaign committed to reminding consumers to spend their dollars locally this holiday season. ShopVT is a comprehensive online resource in the form of a shopping guide that allows people to gather creative local ideas for holiday gifts. It is a two week long campaign that culminates in many giveaway winners and generates buzz for all participants in advance of the holiday season. This resource will be featured at a new site, shopvt.org. It is set to run the weeks of November 10th through the 24th, giving people plenty of time to purchase their ideas as holiday gifts.

ShopVT is in its second year, with a fabulous list of over 55 local businesses and 4 amazing sponsors; Topnotch Resort and Spa, Vermont Harvest, Localvore Today andMix 102.3. Some of the companies include local favorites such as Skida, Kids City, Essex Resort and Spa, and Skinny Pancake to name a few. The campaign launched yesterday, Monday, November 10th.

Poe Wovens is proudly participating for the first year, be sure to check out details on our #ShopVT2014 Giveaway and Coupon Code!  

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Josilyn Adams
BurlingtonVT Moms Blog Community Involvement and Marketing Coordinator
Josilyn@burlingtonvtmomsblog.com

November 11, 2014

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Hug a Veteran Today!

Yesterday was the Marine Corps Birthday. Today is Veteran's Day and Armistice Day, (which marks the end of WW1), to all who have served thank you.

To those suffering currently form injuries and disabilities acquired while serving, may you be healed and given the grace to walk through the healing process.

To all who never returned from the battlefield, thank you, RIP and may we seek out ways to support and love on your family. For those currently deployed, may God keep you safe in his wings and please come home soon.

To the families of military members, thank you for sharing your loved one with our country.

To show our support, Poe Wovens would like to offer this gorgeous, Pink Willow Tree custom dyed Harlequin Neige in a charity auction, on eBay, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Wounded Warrior Project

The Vision of the Wounded Warrior Project is:

"To foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history."

PURPOSE

  • To raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members.
  • To help injured service members aid and assist each other.
  • To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

Crimson Sunset Specs:

Size: European baby wrap size 4, American Size X-Small

Measurements (soft tape in hand): 4.0 meters

Fiber Content: 100% Cotton

Colorway: Harlequin Neige

Custom Dyed By: The Pink Willow Tree

Link to Charity Auction

 

 

 

War is ugly and peace and peace is beautiful, sadly one is often required for the other. Freedom is not free. Today I honor my fellow Veterans on Earth and beyond. Semper Fi my friends. Hug a Veteran today! --Nancy Sunderland, Poe Wovens Owner and proud United Marine Corps Veteran

 

October 15, 2014

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Remember "TOUCH"!

Please share this safe babywearing infographic with friends!

*This image and the TOUCH acronym are under copyright protection, cropping out the Poe Wovens logo or using the acronym without permission is not authorized.

October 15, 2014

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Poe Launches their Lending Library Donation Program!

International Babywearing Week may be over, but Poe is just getting started spreading the babywearing love!

Poe Wovens knows that our local babywearing groups and lending libraries are the front lines of teaching safe babywearing in our communities, by and making sound babywearing education and carriers available/accessible to those who otherwise would not be able to afford a baby carrier. 

As such, we would like to launch the "Poe Wovens Official Lending Library Program"!
So how will it work? 

  • After submitting 10 qualified Poe Wovens wrap or ring sling reviews, a lending library will be eligible to receive a free* woven wrap or ring sling.
  • Each lending library is eligible to receive one donation per year. 
  • Please review all Terms and Conditions.

*Shipping and Handling Fees above 15 USD may apply to global donation recipients.