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Benefits of Baby Wearing December 21, 2008

Your baby spends nine months in your womb; the closest two people can be to each other. He feels the warmth of your body, hears your heart beating rhythmically, and is filled with the familiar smells of mommy. So it is only natural to mimic that closeness by using a baby carrier or sling with your sweet newborn baby. Baby wearing is not only good for newborns though. Its also good for older babies and toddlers, as well as for moms.

As A Lifestyle

With the many variety of baby carriers out these days, it is possible to find one that can suite your life and the stages of your child. When you are out at the store and your baby is crying to be held, when you are in desperate need of something to eat but your baby doesn’t want to be put down, when you are amongst strangers and your little one needs a little extra security – these are all perfect opportunities for  .

The closeness of having your baby snuggled into you, held securely with a sling or carrier, can help keep you in tune with her needs. Babies who are constantly kept close do not need to cry out as often to get attention – mommy is already right there. You will be more in tune when you baby is hungry or needs a diaper change and able to tend to those needs before your baby becomes upset.

It’s important for babies to have a trust and sense of security in the world. Being carried and held close often can bring that feeling to your baby. That trust will bring happiness and contentment to your little one. As your baby grows older, he will have an innate sense of security and love, which will help him become self-reliant and secure.

Baby wearing can be great for fathers too. There are many styles and prints that are geared towards dads to help get them into the baby wearing vibe. Many dads love to use baby carriers as a way to develop that same closeness that usually only mothers get. Your baby will become used to his voice, movements and heartbeat, forging a new kind of bond for the two of them.

Convenience is another reason many mothers choose to wear their baby. If you have an older child who needs your hands on attention, babywearing can keep you free to tend to them. Or if you need to move about the house to cook a meal or do a chore, wearing your baby will keep her safe and content while you go about your daily routines. The gentle rocking motion of your movements will keep her sleeping peacefully much longer than if you were to leave her alone.

As you baby becomes a toddler you do not need to put away your baby carrier. There are many carriers that are made to hold the weight of toddlers while giving your back a break. Your toddler will love to have the advantage of being held, giving him an adults eye view of the world and a secure place to retreat to when things become more than he can handle.

With the many different types of baby carriers out, you may find yourself with more than one. You may choose to have a sling for around the house and a backpack for outtings. You may want a wrap for your newborn and a structured carrier for your toddler. And with so many prints to choose from, you may want more just because you love the look. Babywearing can compliment your life and bring you closer to your child as well.

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Support A Work At Home Mom Today! December 11, 2008

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I love buying WAHM made diapers. They are my favorite diapers to try. When I first started cloth diapering, it was all about the manufactured diapers. BumGenius, Happy Heiny, Fuzzi Bunz, etc. I thought “why put all the time and effort into stalking a wahm and then waiting weeks to get an order. I have to laugh as I look back at how niave I was back then.

Now it’s all about WAHM made for me. There’s nothing like working with a WAHM to create a customized order exactly the way I want it. Getting to pick out fabrics, colors  and patterns is exciting. It makes it so worth the wait. Even when I have run out of patience waiting for an order, I get completely ecstatic all over again when it arrives on my doorstep. There’s nothing like fresh fluff.

And even if I don’t get a custom order, it still feels great buying mama made. I love knowing I am supporting a hard working WAHM who cares about the quality of her work, and the customers she serves. And there are so many great WAHMs out there! And I also know that often times the materials used are organic or handpicked and made one-of-a-kind by the WAHM herself. Not something made in a factory that’s just mass produced.

I have found many a wonderful things besides diapers that are WAHM made also. Baby toys and blankets, soap, shave soap, clothing, mama pads, lotion, diaper rash cream, lip balm, wet bags, and more. I can’t wait to keep exploring the world of WAHMs to see what other great stuff I can try!

 

Black Friday Sales November 25, 2008

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In case you weren’t aware, many of your favorite online diaper stores will be having Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales! This is really exciting for us cloth diapering mamas! Here are some great links to check out who’s having sales.

http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=609891

http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=606827

The Diaper Pin

Leslies Boutique

Luving Mama Diapers

Earth Angel Diapers

Cloth Diaper Outlet

Sew Crafty Baby

I know there are many more sales that arent even being annouced until Thanksgiving as well! Keep your eyes open, subscribe to the newsletters at your favorite stores, and check the Diaper Pin and Diaper Swappers again! Good luck and Happy Shopping!

 

Night Time Snuggles November 20, 2008

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I love to sleep with my little one. He is sweet, warm and cuddly. He snuggles up to me all night and when he isn’t in bed with me I miss him. He also hogs up most of the bed, kicks me, gets on top of me and sometimes does marathon nursing all night. That’s OK. This time is precious and will not last long. I want to treasure it and enjoy these time while I can.

I co-slept with my other two sons also. When my first son was 1 1/2 and I was pregnant with my second, I found myself in the middle of a divorce and living with my parents. Co-sleeping took on a new meaning as I shared my bed with my 2 year old and my newborn. It was definatly interesting being squeezed in between the two of them, but sweet. It was just the three of us for years as we had to live in my old bedroom in my parents house. Sometimes a trying situation, but I look back at those nights fondly. I would read little story books to them at bedtime, then lay with them until they drifted off into slumber land. It wasn’t until my oldest son was four that I was able to move into our own place and they had their own room. It was actually really easy for them to make the transition from sleeping with me to sleeping in another room on their new bunk beds. Of course we still had to have ‘sleep overs’ every once in awhile.

As the years went on, story time was still an important part of our lives. We would all crawl onto one of their beds and read together. Sometimes in the mornings my youngest son would sneak into my bed and snuggle in bed with me for a couple of hours. It was very sweet to hear him softly breathing next to me, just like old times.

Now my newest son who is 14 months old, often will sleep in his crib all night. Sometimes I won’t put him in because I just want to be with him. It’s just a reminder that he’s growing up and becoming so big. I think my time co-sleeping with my sons has been wonderful and has only made us closer. I wonder if they will co-sleep with their children too.