New Carrier Review: Fidella Buckle Onbu

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Blog post written by Nikki Patrick

In the photo: Stephanie Hopkins  

I recently had an opportunity to try one of the library’s new additions; the Fidella Buckle Onbu. I have a 36 pound 3 year old and a 25 pound 1 year old.

We took the carrier on a trip with us to Mexico. Overall, I loved it. I’ll go over some specific pros and cons in a minute. It’s a great carrier for bigger kiddos. It is rated 10-30 kg (so roughly 22-66 lbs). The child must be sitting independently and this carrier is for back carrying only. It features padded straps and a hood.

Pros:
-No waist band to eliminate the “muffin top”
-Less material makes it a bit cooler for both caregiver and child.
-Easy to achieve a very high back carry.
-Comfortable for wearers of varying sizes.
-Interesting patterns!
-Folds up very small and takes up very little space.

Cons:
-The padding on the shoulder straps is quite thin, which I found to be ok but was uncomfortable for my husband.
-The absence of a waist band makes all of the weight center on your shoulders, so I got sore quickly. I did find that this got better after using it frequently.
-Must wait until child is bigger and able to sit unassisted.

Overall, I really liked this carrier. I think it’s a great option for an experienced wearer with an older child. It provides a good customized fit. There could be more padding in the shoulder straps, but this wasn’t an issue for me personally. This is a great addition to our library!

Babywearing During the Holidays

Babywearing is useful during all seasons, but there are many added perks to wearing during the chaos that is the holiday season.

1) Travel: Airports during the holiday season tend to be even more busy and stressful than normal. The convenience of being able to put your infant in an SSC or reign in a running toddler in a quick ring sling can’t be overstated. Babywearing frees up your hands to carry your bags, produce the requested documents, and take off your shoes and belt through security. You can wear your baby through airport security, though additional screening is sometimes requested.

2) Don’t want to play “pass the baby” with your infant? Put them in a front wrap cross carry and all eyes, but not hands, will be on baby.

3) Want to dig into your mashed potatoes but baby wants to be held? A hip carry in a ring sling or wrap can free up your hands to eat that delicious food. Just use caution when around extremely hot food or drinks, grabby hands can move fast!

4) Toddler over stimulated by all of the lights, sounds, or activity? Babywearing can provide comfort and a place to hide out from all of the chaos around them. Snuggling next to a caregiver allows them to take a break for a few minutes and calm down a bit which can help avoid a major meltdown!

5) If you are a breastfeeding mama, Babywearing can provide a more discrete way to nurse in situations that aren’t always comfortable. I practiced in front of a mirror several times to see how much you could actually see (not much!), and that gave me the confidence to try in front of others. Formula feeding mamas can also use Babywearing as a tool to get a busy baby to calm down long enough to take a bottle!

6) Babies are busy and new places are stimulating; wrap naps can be so helpful in avoiding an overtired baby or toddler who won’t sleep in an unfamiliar place.

7) Babywearing is also helpful for that last minute shopping we all end up doing! There is nothing more stressful than pushing a stroller through crowded stores and trying to keep baby happy long enough to make purchases. Babywearing frees up space and keeps baby close enough to avoid some of the overstimulation that comes with holiday shopping.

Whatever holiday you observe, this is a busy time for all of us. Utilizing Babywearing can help make this chaotic time just a bit more enjoyable and allow you a few moments with your child amidst all of the hustle and bustle around us. From our family at BWI Chicagoland to yours, we wish you a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year! Happy Babywearing!

Platinum Sponsor: Heartiness Handwovens

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Heartiness is a well known name in the handwoven business. Located in the Republic of Belarus, they started with machine woven wraps in 2009 and began creating handwovens in 2011. Heartiness is not only focused on the designs and colors of their wraps but also on the quality of their products. They use only the highest-quality yarns to produce their wraps: Egyptian and unmercerized cotton, cottolin, linen, mulberry silk, bourette silk, tencel, superwash wool, merino wool, lambswool, camelhair, alpaca, cashmere, and others. The weaving artists have developed a complex pattern based on a traditional Belarusian pattern modified to fit modern styles and also use basic weave patterns commonly used.

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Heartiness is always open for custom orders.  Find an inspiration photo and they’ll weave it into wrap form!  Custom orders require a minimum of 25 meters, split amongst different people, and the custom leader receives a 50% discount on their wrap!  For more information on customs, please email mail@heartiness.org.

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Heartiness has very generously donated a gorgeous shawl for a raffle prize.  A cotton and cashmere blend, this is the softest wrap I’ve ever felt.  Long enough to do a rebozo with, this shawl would be the perfect scarf in the winter, that you could then take off in the store and wrap your baby in! And trust me when I say that it is more beautiful in person!

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Please show Heartiness some love for their generous donation by heading over to their Facebook Page and Instagram. Follow them if you enjoy their work!

Platinum Sponsor: Kindermusik with Jeanneane

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Kindermusik is the world’s most trusted name in music and movement classes for young children. And research proves that music is the best activity for nurturing every area of a child’s development. From birth onward, music is the optimum vehicle for learning!

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Kindermusik with Jeanneane celebrates the joy and benefits of music for every child at all developmental levels. Her studio specializes in Kindermusik, the world’s premier music and movement program for children from birth to seven years old.

Every Kindermusik class immerses your child in a rich, developmentally appropriate environment. Our multi-sensory approach allows children to see, feel, hear and then express concepts in their own creative way. Join us as we dance, sing, listen, play and pretend. Connect with other families, and discover how music makes parenting easier.

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Jeanneane Palczewski is a licensed Kindermusik educator and the Director of Kindermusik with Jeanneane. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in vocal performance from Judson College. She was a full-time Early Childhood Educator from 1984 through 2001 at which time she went into full-time Kindermusik! Her first love is music! She has been performing since age 7. She served on staff as the music director for a Bartlett Church for 20 years. She has served as a volunteer in various areas of the music program at Willow Creek Community Church and continues to serve in the music department. In 2002 Jeanneane – “Mrs. Pal” became the grade school music teacher at Bartlett Christian Academy. She stepped down in 2010 to focus on Kindermusik full time.

Since 2002 Jeanneane’s Kindermusik program achieved Maestro status and has been recognized by Kindermusik International as one of the top 5% within the company. Kindermusik is an excellent combination of music and child development and gives Jeanneane the opportunity to do what she loves most.

Kindermusik with Jeanneane has very generously donated a Kindermusik pack containing: 2 CDs, 5 books, Jump to the Beat CD, DVD and jump ropes, 2 sizes of egg shakers, harmonica, maracas, bells, wooden shaker, scarves, and a gift certificate for free home materials when you sign up for a Kindermusik with Jeanneane class! Total value over $100!

Please help us show our appreciation for her support by visiting (and following) her Facebook page and visiting her website!

Platinum Sponsor: Foss Swim School

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Provide your baby an enjoyable in-water experience at Foss Swim School. Participate in our original Backfloat Baby® program. Explore the 91º warm water and engage in fun water adjustment activities taught by adult professional swimming experts. Foss Swim School offers year round programming for swimmers age 6 months and up.
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The Foss Swim School program is executed better and more consistently than any other program following their lead. Their reputation for solid technique, well trained instructors, creative curriculum and delivering predictable quality teaches over 18,000 swimmers each week.

Jon Foss’ mother, then 17, tragically lost her nine year old brother to a lake drowning incident in North Dakota. With that memory, Jon’s mother made certain her four children became strong swimmers. Jon’s personal NCAA experience competing against many of the top national swimmers provided him with first hand knowledge and examples of how successful swimmers swam. He started to note particular and specific techniques and made a conscious decision to create a system for teaching and training strokes that was unlike anything before. Between 1993 and 2014, Foss Swim School has opened 10 locations and teaches 18,000+ swimmers per week.

Foss Swim School has generously donated a $300 gift card good for a session of their original and high quality swim classes. Check our our raffle table for a chance to win this fabulous card.

Visit their Facebook page or website to learn more!

Platinum Sponsor: Sandra Sanchez Photography

Sandra Sanchez is an artist.  She has always loved finding and creating beauty in everything she does.  Not only is she professional photographer but also has experience as a fashion designer, retouching artist and makeup artist which all work together to provide beautiful and artistic photos.  After her son was born, becoming a newborn photographer was a natural evolution in her career.  Now she strives to create more than just beautiful images, she strives to preserve those first moments of love, celebration and sheer joy a parent remembers forever.

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Sandra’s studio is located in Chicago’s West Loop.  It is right off of I-90/94 so is accessible by car but is also in walking distance from Ogilve and Union Stations as well as a couple of different L stops.

The studio has floor-to-ceiling windows that let in streams of natural light and is also equipped with studio lights and the highest quality lenses, cameras and editing software. There are backdrops and props to fit everyone’s tastes.

Since the studio photographs mainly newborns, it is warmed to the perfect temperature to keep them comfortable during their shoot.  There is comfortable seating for the parents, a snack area with snacks and drinks, and a changing table with extra diapers and wipes (since we all know we run out of diapers at the most inopportune time!)

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Sandra has generously donated a $75 gift card towards a newborn shoot as well as her time and energy to be at our big event on Saturday.  She will be hosting a photo booth for us and will post them all online for everyone.  Please make sure to stop by her booth, say hello, and take some fun photos with your friends!

To show her our support for her generosity, please visit her (and follow, if you like!) on Facebook.

Platinum Sponsor: Moby

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Moby (MOther & baBY) was started by parents looking for the perfect baby carrier.  After trying many different wraps and slings, their solution was a variation of a European carrier and the Moby wrap was born.  Since the company started in 2003, they have focused on sharing the benefits of babywearing with parents and caregivers worldwide.

With four different carriers: the Original wrap, Moby Go, Moby Comfort, and Moby Aria–everyone is able to find the perfect carrier to fit their lifestyle.

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The MOBY wrap

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MOBY Aria

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Moby Go

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Moby has generously donated an Aria as a raffle prize.  This amazing, all-seasons carrier is weight rated from 7.7 to 44 lbs and is perfect for newborns and toddlers alike.  To show our thanks and support to Moby, please check out (and follow, if you want!) their Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram.