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Pouch Style Baby Sling

Babywearing is a lot of fun, but often times it doesn’t start out that way. Babywearing for new moms is scary business, and it is hard to trust your carrier to hold your precious bundle of joy securely.  With a little bit of searching there are many online resources that talk about babywearing, I have complied some helpful and informative resources for new babywears. Do the research and educate yourself until you feel comfortable and confident. There are proper techniques for holding baby securely when placing the child in the sling and proper baby carrying positions. The best thing is to practice practice practice. You don’t have to grab your baby right away. Many people use stuffed animals to demonstrate or practice, maybe you could use a small 5lb bag of rice so you can get the feel of how the sling will carry the weight of your baby. Use a mirror.

This guide is focused on the pouch style sling.

Ring Style

I would recommend this style of sling for new babywears because I feel it is the easiest to get baby in and out of.  It is basically a pocket you put your baby in. You don’t need to adjust the sli

ng’s size or have to deal with lots of fabric like you do with the the other common ring carrier type baby slings.

1. The most important thing for safety and comfort is size. DO NOT use a sling that is too big or too small.

A lot of times a baby carrier is given as a gift and that’s what gets a mom interested in babywearing, but be sure you have the correct size. Especially with a pouch style sling.

Finding your size:

Simply measure from the outer edge of your shoulder (where a t-shirt seam would fall) diagonally across to the opposite hip. If you do not have a tape measure your t-shirt size is close for most people.
Small (23-24″)
Medium (24-25″)
Large (25-26″)
X-Large (26-27″)

I would suggest reading this guide on Correct Positioning.

It includes very detailed instructions and pictures illustrating incorrect positions as well as correct positions.

2. Your baby should be worn up high they should be around your chest area and snug against your body.

3. If you are using the sling for an older child and have their legs out there feet should be above their bum. Like a froggy position. The fabric should go under each knee. From knee to knee,  around the bum for a secure hold.

4. With any carrier the fabric should be spread as wide as possible around your back always avoid twisted or bunched up fabric.

There are also very helpful instructional videos on how to wear your baby.

Newborn Carry

Other types of baby carriers.

This is a Pre-Tied wrap tummy to tummy position.

Wrap Style Carry Baby Wearing

Baby Carry Using a Baby Wrap

Sew your own Pouch Sling: Video Instructions

Apple Dot Shoes

Soft soled baby shoes are said to be the best thing for babies and tots that are still learning how to walk. Soft soled shoes allow them to still “feel” the ground with their feet so they can wear shoes to protect their feet with out hindering balance and coordination.  My son who is 15 months old and still not walking has given me plenty of time to shop around for soft soled shoes, and once he decides to get up and go I don’t want anything (like thick hard soled uncomfortable shoes) to get in his way. We live in Hawaii so most of the time he goes barefoot. Like a lot of children in Hawaii he doesn’t like shoes when it’s time to wear them because he’s so used to going with out them. Remember we don’t wear our shoes in the house either. Robeeze is the popular brand of soft shoes for babies and tots. I’ve been looking for something comparable to Robeeze soft soled style baby shoes for some time now. I like Robeeze but hate the price. $30 for a brand new pair at Baby Gap. I was over joyed to find this little shop on Etsy, all the way from Canada, littlejumpingbeans. I’ve seen other soft soled baby shoes on etsy, but by far these are the best ones on Etsy, and only $14 a pair! I also love the fabric and designs. LittleJumpingBeans‘s shoes are made out of high quality designer fabrics and cute Kawaii imported Japanese fabrics.

The design I chose has little blue and green guitars on it. What caught my eye with these shoes are the little grippy dots used for the soles.

Sweet Guitar - Soft Soled Cloth Baby Shoes

Description

Flexible, Cozy, Fun

These soft soled baby shoes are perfect for little growing feet! Robeez style, but without the higher price!

♥ Made with a cool blue and green imported japanese guitar print on a white background with a few mnusical notes!

♥ Please choose a size and put in “notes to seller” at check out.

Size 0-6 months with a 4″ sole
Size 6-12 months with a 4.5″ sole
Size 12-18 months with a 5″ sole,

♥ Shoes have a generous toe box for lots of wiggle room! Great to help those little feet develop!

Little grippy dots

♥ Shoes are fully lined with a green cotton!
♥ The sole is made from white grippy dots!

Can’t wait for mine to arrive. There are so many cute designs I think I’m going to get a pair for my baby on the way, so I can buy one of the little girl designs.

Here are some of my other favorite designs.

Elephants Hippos n Zebras

Kawaii Cute Shoes

Sweet Pink Octopus

Starry Dots Baby Shoes

Starry Dots

UPDATE: Yay! my Shoes just arrived!

Excellent Quality, Super Fast Shipping & so Cute. My baby likes to Play with the little bumps on the bottom.

Soft Soled Baby Shoes From LittleJumpingBeans Etsy Shop

For more Unique Handmade Items on Etsy Check out:Some of my Etsy Favorites- Unique Christmas Gift Ideas

For Mommy and Baby related posts check out: DIY Tutorials For Moms N Moms To Be

Vintage Tupperware Bowls

Just added a new listing in MammaRachel’sEtsyShop for a Set of 3 Vintage Tupperware Bowls. They look like ice cream bowls to me. I tried searching for similar bowls online, but I haven’t found anything close or nearly as cute. Perfect for any vintage kitchen. Great Christmas Gift for anyone with a kitchen, lol or anyone that likes ice cream. Get it before it sells out like all my Vintage and Collectible items on Etsy once they sell they won’t be relisted unless I stumble across another one. Item is in good condition, no funky smells. Ships First Class Mail. I also Ship International for Canadian, Australian and other buyers 😉 Thanks for looking.

I love Vintage Tupperware!

If it doesn’t sell for the holidays I’ll gladly add to my collection of vintage tupperware.

New Listing!- Vintage Tupperware Canister Harvest Orange

Vintage Tupperware From MammaRachel

Vintage Tupperware from MammaRachel

Description

This listing is for a Cute little Vintage Tupperware Canister from the Harvest collection Orange. Fill this little container with cookies or candy. Press button lid creates an air tight seal to keep bugs out and freshness in.
Washing Machine not Included 😉

This item is in good condition.

It holds 2/1/4 Cups .5 Liter

Ships First Class

If you have any questions please convo me.

Vintage Kitchen Collection

vintage tupperware

Harvest Orange Tupperware

MammaRachel's Vintage Kitchen

Vintage Tupperware Collectibles

Tupperware enthusiast can check out my other blog post : Remember This? Vintage Tupperware

Maternity Pants Tutorial

Maternity Pants Tutorial

Sample Pants From The Tutorial

What you need:

A pair of pants

Stretch knit material

A sewing Machine

Sew it yourself. Maternity Pants are very expensive and unless you are planning on having a LOT of kids you probably won’t be using it much. I can usually fit my old clothes for most of my pregnancy so I don’t start NEEDING maternity pants until later in the second trimester. In this tutorial you learn how to turn regular pants in to comfy maternity pants. Adding much more variety to your wardrobe for much less. She suggests buying a few cheap pairs of pants at a thrift store so you don’t turn all your regular pants into maternity ware, after all you will need clothes after baby is born. I’ve tried this tutorial and it is simple and pretty easy. I love the pictures.  I always need pictures. She obviously uses a Serger to do her ends, but I used a traditional home sewing machine and alternated between straight and zigzag stitches. So far I’ve transformed two pairs of old pants and it turned out great with minimal frustration 😉

Simply Recipes

Christmas Cookies from SimplyRecipes.com

This is a great cooking site with a wonderful collection of simple recipes for home cooked meals for the family. I believe home cooked meals can definitely save a family money. The problem is What to cook? I often get bored of the same old dishes and when I try to find new recipes they are much too fancy for my skill level and require ingredients I’ve never heard of. The recipes on this site are easy to follow have a short prep and cook time, and are absolutely delicious. I’m going to try the cookie recipes for Christmas Gifts this year. 😉

Make your own Modeling Wax Tutorial

Modelling Beeswax sold on Etsy

 

I saw some modeling wax on sale at Etsy. It’s a fun alternative to playdoh. The great thing about it is that is never dries out. Yay! I was pretty hard to find a tutorial about it but I found one here at naturenest.wordpress.com. I haven’t tried it yet and I wonder if it will turn out like the ones sold on Etsy. I’m also not sure where to look for these ingredients, lol.

But if you don’t want to make it you can always buy it on etsy. Aren’t the colors beautiful?

 

More Tutorials and Pictures to Come

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