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Baby Strollers or Babywearing?

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You feel the kicks inside, you are dreaming up the perfect nursery, and then you stop and stare at your registry when you get to strollers. Do you imagine yourself putting your baby in a stroller and going for a jog every morning? Or do you imagine putting your baby upon your chest and wrapping them or holding them tight?

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Almost 34 weeks with Zaedyn Tai in 2011

No matter which thought you leaned toward, every baby is different, and sometimes different settings change the preference of stroller or carrier from day to day. Zaedyn wanted nothing to do with strollers when he was a baby, however this changed when we traveled overseas and started using it more and more. It was a great convenience to be able to have no other body attached with space to toss bags underneath and save my back and posture. Zaya also spent a lot of time in an Ergo Carrier early on simply because it provided the convenience of feeding and continuing to carry on playing with a toddler. However, the positive side of being able to put her in a stroller was providing space. If Zaya was carried, she would want to be latched on continuously. Also as a single Mama, having one baby in a carrier and a toddler in a stroller also made life possible. Every day with these beautiful energetic children meant time outside in nature. We never stopped exploring and living our lives, but with the convenience of a stroller as well, I am not sure how I would have managed otherwise. Picture me, baby in carrier also holding a toddler on my hip, bag on shoulder, trying to move forward. This definitely happened at times, and I can’t say it was particularly comfortable! If I had to do that often, my back would not appreciate it, but of course I would do it for these cuties.

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For those of you who know me well, you would not really think of me going on about strollers as they were not even a part of my life. I wanted my baby nearby, or I didn’t want to push an empty stroller while holding a baby. Then I realized the positives of strollers as being convenient, walking freely, providing space for belongings during long outings, etc. Baby wearing and strollers have both played a part in my children’s lives, and I believe there is a time and place for both. I am a hippie Mama who is all about natural parenting and being at one with your baby, but it doesn’t mean that using a stroller is not as comforting. Sometimes even babies want their space! It is a great way to separate shortly while keeping that connection and closeness, beginning to provide learning of independence and freedom.

When deciding what stroller to buy, there is a lot to think about. My parents bought one in combination with a capsule carseat. The first one I had for Zaedyn was sturdy and able to travel through many terrains. At one point, I even tried a double stroller that we picked up at a garage sale. The evolution of strollers is remarkable. Within each category, there are even more factors such as is your double next to each other, below, even, or facing? Do you have a sunroof? Are the straps simple and easy? How many wheels are there? Can you remove the material to wash it? Plus so much more! Thought you were just picking a stroller. Think again. Almost every baby item requires you to think endlessly and wonder what the best possible option is for your precious baby.

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Many of our adventures might not have been as enjoyable if I was not able to have some time completely unattached, especially during those hot summer months! Usually our adventures involve a lot of walking and discovering new surroundings. I bet a lot of you have had similar experiences so I would love to hear from you and provide you with something special just for sharing your memory. Childhood is truly magical.

I am very excited to be able to offer you a $50 gift card simply by commenting below:

Where was your most exciting or memorable stroller adventure?

I cannot wait to hear about your lovely memories. You have until Friday, October 4 to enter just by commenting below. We would love for you to share with all your Mama friends as well!

 

“This giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal, with a prize of a gift certificate”

Win an ERGObaby Carrier

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Do you use an ERGObaby carrier for your little ones? Do you know about babywearing? Check out my previous post from Babywearing Week to learn more about babywearing.

To me, the carriers are a bit like cloth nappies. People choose different ones for various reasons to suit you and your family’s needs. Before Zaedyn was born, we had decided to use a sling. We received an awesome Nature’s Sway sling, and we even ended up getting a beautiful Maya Wrap sling. I don’t want to repeat myself too much so check out my post to see our slings in action. They really have been wonderful for us. To this day, Zaedyn still does not use his pram. We do have one, but he has never been very keen to sit in it. Well, it is currently collapsed down in our living room since we needed space in the car, and he loves sitting it in and pretending to drive. However, any walks with the pram end with me holding Zaedyn and pushing an empty pram!

We often hold Zaedyn wherever we go, but it is amazing how much that bit of extra support with a sling really helps. We are quite an adventurous family and have traveled all over New Zealand and overseas, many places which would not have suited a pram anyways. I have lost count of how many walks we have been on down to beaches, up the Mount, or to different waterfalls.

Getting to my point, Belly Beyond is having an ERGObaby giveaway which we would absolutely love to win. We also want to tell you about it in case you want to enter as well. As Zaedyn is almost 2 now, he is getting a bit heavy for us on some of our adventures. We really feel that an ERGObaby carrier is just what we need and would love for you to help support us in winning as well.

I was going to wait until next week until I shared some amazing news with everyone, but seeing as the photo includes this information and another reason why we are really hoping to win this carrier, I will share Zaedyn’s special announcement now…

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We are very excited about the arrival of another little vegan bubz. I know that Zaedyn will be an awesome big brother, and we look forward to seeing our family grow. You will most likely be getting some updates and possibly a look back at my pregnancy with Zaedyn.

Once Zaedyn arrived, we seemed to travel even more to show him exciting places and provide him learning opportunities through exploration. We are hoping to continue to do so, and the thought of having an ERGObaby carrier will be very helpful. As my puku grows, our walks down the hill to Raglan with all of our beach gear and surfboards while holding Zaedyn is going to get a bit more difficult.

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If we win, we will definitely be going on all sorts of adventures using the ERGObaby carrier and will write a post with our feedback to let you know how it is working for us. If you already use this carrier, or another one, please let us know what you think as well.

Please click on this link and LIKE the photo to help show us your support. It would mean heaps to us!

If you would like to enter the giveaway as well, click here.

Thanks so much, and we are very excited to announce our special news with you.

All About Babywearing

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From the 6th of October to the 14th, babywearing was celebrated internationally to help spread the word about its benefits for children and caregivers. Growing every year since 2009, New Zealand families and volunteers helped to make New Zealand Babywearing Week 2012 a success.

Although I did not attend any of the planned events, it sounds like there was a lot of support from families involved in babywearing and sling walks across the North and South Island. Sponsors always play an important role so I would like to acknowledge My Natural Baby, Moby, Scarecrow Farm, EcoMoon, Adventure Kids, Little Love, Banz, The Natural Parent Magazine, and Snuggle Bug. Besides organizing and participating in events, volunteers were also busy with their Facebook pages, the New Zealand Babywearing blog, and competitions. I can imagine how busy all of you must have been!

What are some benefits of babywearing?

-Happy and healthy babies

-Confident and loving caregivers

-Comfort

-Convenience

-Discrete or hands-free breastfeeding

-No limitation on where you can go

I love how New Zealand Babywearing Week was extended across the month with Babywearing Photo a Day. It was awesome to see how many people carry their baby and all of the different ways as well. Plus, there was a range of some very cool wraps and slings, many of which I had never seen. Think you have seen all of the cloth nappies and babywearing carriers available? After your baby is born, you will most likely continue to come across numerous sites that you had never come across before. There are also some very clever Kiwis out there who are adding to the range and providing New Zealanders with local products. You might even decide that you want to make your own.

So which babywearing carrier should you buy?

Like cloth nappies, it is entirely up to you. I know this might not seem helpful, but what works for some might not work for others. One thing to remember is to NOT buy a bag style sling. These are very dangerous and are not the same as ring slings. Some factors to consider when choosing the right one:

-Who will be using the carrier?

-What is your main purpose for the carrier?

-What is your price range?

-What material is used?

-Is it adjustable?

-Is it suitable for all ages?

BabywearingWe were grateful for receiving a Nature’s Sway sling at Zaedyn’s baby shower, and later on decided to order a Maya Wrap Ring Sling as well. Both of these have been useful at different times and having a few types of carriers can sometimes be helpful. I will admit to being a bit confused in the beginning on how to get Zaedyn in the Nature’s Sway. As he grew, we tried again and found this sling to be very useful. The reason I looked into a Maya Wrap Sling was because I loved the colours, and with traveling around and being new to breastfeeding, this sling appealed to me.  However, I wanted to make sure that this sling was long enough and possibly should have bought one with a shorter tail. I have recently been wrapping it around my waist, and funny enough, I never use it to cover myself when breastfeeding anyways. At the same time, it has been useful for blocking the sun or wind, and it has a great storage pouch to hold my keys or cards so that I do not have to carry a bag. I also made sure to ask David if he liked the colours. If anyone else might be using your carrier, it is important to find out if they would be comfortable with your pattern or colour choice. I suppose both have been trial and error when adjusting and trying out new carry positions. I was not very confident in using our slings at the start, but all that has changed.

We shared a mix of old and new photos for Babywearing Photo a Day as you can see in the slideshow. We often carry Zaedyn without a sling, but a sling has also been very beneficial on many occasions. Flying overseas three times with Zaedyn, I do not know how I would have managed carrying my luggage as well as standing for long periods of time at Customs. I have also found the sling supportive through long days of sightseeing and adventures such as walking up Mount Maunganui. We love exploring different bush walks and beaches where taking a pram would not be possible. Plus, he loves seeing everything from our eye level and telling us all about what he is seeing in his own way of communication. From other’s posts, I was inspired to make Zaedyn a sling to carry his crocodile. He was not quite sure about it at first, but then he thought it was pretty cool. What a great way to inspire your little ones to love babywearing, too. Although Zaedyn is not very heavy, at 18 months, our slings are still suitable to carry Zaedyn. Carriers are not a huge cost when you think about the amount and length of time that they can be used.

Please participate in the poll below. I would love to know your preference of carrier, and feel free to comment below or on our Facebook page with any brand recommendations. Thanks! Oh, and the SnuggleBug designer wrap is still up for grabs until they reach 1700 likes so please check out New Zealand Babywearing Week and like their page to show your support.

Edible Flowers

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Zaedyn was so excited to be in the sling to help his Dad mow the lawn. He loves to be outside, and he was fascinated as he kept his eyes on the lawn mower. What a great advantage to babywearing!

After the front was mowed, we made our way out back. While the boys were mowing the lawn, I was busy trying to tidy up the garden. I had noticed that some of our nasturtium leaves were getting very big the other day. I quickly glanced over, and I saw a big yellow flower. Our very first Nasturtium!

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Zaedyn really wanted the big spade, but when he couldn’t quite pick it up, he settled for the small one. He was being so helpful. He was watching David dig. David would jump on the spade and put all of his weight down. Zaedyn pretended to do the same, but his two feet never left the ground. He quickly kept bending his knees almost as if he was dancing. He had David and I both laughing. It was so cute.


Since he was too busy gardening before, he had not taken notice of our nasturtium flower. After he enjoyed his yummy passionfruit smoothie, he became interested in trying the nasturtium. Eating flowers is not necessarily new to Zaedyn. He quite likes to pick flowers off the lawn to eat! He munched our edible flower and seemed quite happy. Unfortunately I did not have any more to give him, although we did have some more delicious vegan pumpkin cookies.
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What is your favourite edible flower? I started an Edible Flowers board on Pinterest that I will continue to update as well as  others. Lots of new pins on Smoothies to inspire you for Smoothie a Day ~ November.