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Spotlight on Maya

The Lightly Padded Ring Sling or the ComfortFit Ring Sling – what’s the difference? Both carriers have exactly the same sizing (length and width), rings, fabric options, and pockets. The difference is only in the shoulder construction. Additionally, the shoulder style does not change the way the tail hangs, and, remember medium is our most popular size.

It’s all about the shoulder grip…and the width
Shoulder style matters! A proper fitting and appropriately positioned shoulder make all the difference when wearing your baby or toddler. Rings should be placed in the position of a corsage and the material of the sling should cup your shoulder; be careful that the wrap does not ride up on your neck or slip too far down the arm.
The Lightly Padded Ring Sling shoulder has a fixed width; it is sewn with light padding that is not bulky and does not bunch under the fabric. It is approximately 8″ wide and has the perfect amount of cush. The benefit of the Lightly Padded style is its ease; it is less customizable because you

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cannot spread the shoulder to span a wider area between your neck and shoulder.
The ComfortFit Ring Sling shoulder is unpadded and has a variable width. The shoulder has a small, hidden Spandex panel insert that offers the perfect, grippy fit every time. The Spandex also functions to gather the shoulder, giving it a cushiony feel. A removable fabric band can be pushed forward thereby allowing the fabric to spread, or it can be pushed back making the shoulder more narrow. The benefit of the ComfortFit style is its customizability.

Babywearing can help you get things done, but safety comes first and starts with good instructions! New babies require much care and attention, especially during the first four months of life. Safe babywearing practices mimic in-arms carrying positions, but positioning is crucial to safety and comfort.

Carrier Type MattersByanca_wallEach type of carrier has it’s own safety and positioning considerations.Learning the fundamentals of babywearing can help you better enjoy the experience and provide a nurturing environment for you and your baby.
Maya Wrap baby carriers fall into three basic categories – a ring sling, a traditional wrap, and a Maya Tie. Regardless of fabric content or shoulder style, the instructions below will provide you with the tools you need to begin a long and mutually rewarding babywearing relationship with your little one.

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REMEMBER: VISIBLE IS KISSABLE!
While being worn, you should always have an unobstructed view of your baby’s face and be able to kiss his or her forehead.

originals_indigo_750THE RIGHT FIT

Often babywearing parents have more than one carrier, different styles for different ages and activities. Use this as a guide to discover what babywearing tools each carrier offers for successful and happy babywearing.

WHY THE MOBY® WRAP
For infants, baby carriers make the transition from the womb to the outside world easier, close contact keeps baby near mom’s beating heart and keeps the constant motion they experienced in the womb. Our top recommendation for an infant carrier is the MOBY Wrap.

HOW THE WRAP WORKS
Start by wrapping yourself. There is a rumor that it can take a few tries to learn to wrap, but you will soon get to know your Moby Wrap and become familiar with how tight you will wrap yourself and as baby grows you will naturally adjust for your growing baby, wrapping for the perfect fit every time.
For newborns an inside pocket is created where the fabric comes from your shoulder and crosses your body. This pocket will hug your little one, allowing them to stay in an upright fetal position that is so important in this stage of development.
For older babies, baby comes in and sits on the X created by the crisscrossed fabric at your chest. This X cradles baby in a deep seated position that supports the natural curve of baby’s spine and while allowing you to spread the fabric wide to reach from knee to knee.

WHY THE MOBY® GO
Toddlers thrive on touch with the love and reassurance it provides. Soft Structured Carriers (SSC) offer babywearing closeness with more seated mobility for an older child.

THE MOBY® SECOND STEP
The GO was designed as a step two in our babywearing family. As MOBY founder Gillian welcomed the arrival of her third LO she again looked for a carrier that would give her the same long wear-time that she had with the Wrap, but for larger babies. With a wide cross-shoulder design, MOBY® parents will recognize the Moby coziness. Not only is GO the second type of baby carrier MOBY® introduced, it is the easy second step from the MOBY® Wrap.
Yes, you can back carry with the MOBY® GO. Once your baby is sitting on their own you can move little one to your back and head out for an adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

Ellaroo was founded in 2003 as a reliable source of superior baby carriers, and to be an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable business. The product list has grown gradually, always focused on well-crafted designs that are practical and convenient for parents.

 

It is essential to the Ellaroo team that our work contributes something meaningful to other people’s lives. Ellaroo has a mission to improve people’s lives – farmers, crafts people who make the products, staff, resellers, parents and babies – at every level of business interactions.

Hand-woven Guatemalan fabric  forms snugly around you and baby, without being bouncy.Lightweight breathable and easy to manipulate. Simplicity of design makes this the most versatile baby carrier available. Carry your child hands free from birth through the toddler years, on the front, back or side.

Wearing tips Success with any baby carrier takes a little practice. You can ease the process by making sure that baby is fed, rested, and happy before you try the Wrap the first few times. It won’t be long before you will both turn to the Wrap for comfort.
The first few times you tie baby on your back, make sure that you are either 
over a soft surface or with another adult. You will quickly learn to do it yourself.


Care instructions Machine wash cold, gentle cycle. Hang in a well-ventilated area to dry.
The Wrap is not pre-washed. Extra dye will bleed from the fabric the first few times it is washed. Wash separately,and rinse thoroughly. Do not let soak.

 

 

 

 

Give new moms a break…

Short and Sweet Advice

As a Doula and as someone who has a new baby in the family I hear all the time the advice, sometimes unsolicited I might add that the new mother gets all the time. Sometimes there is the should and the should not’s the finger pointing and the “ my grandmother told me this and that.”

How about we start another way about going about things. What about what the new mother needs. Her perspective. How about we embrace her needs.

Does she need?
A nap
A shower
A break
Some sunshine alone
A hug

We always want to help but do we really listen?

So if you have a new mother in you life maybe trying this approach this may be more helpful to the family than advice.
Try it. It just might set you apart from the rest and be a special blessing to her!

Author
Nancee Kerr
Doula
Office Manger Woven Wraps

Common Mistakes of Baby – Wearing

Buying the wrong size-
Most common reason parents give up on baby wearing is that they buy a wrap, sling or carrier that is too big or too tight. The best way to make sure of a size is to try it on if you can, even better with baby ideally. If this is not possible or if you are buying online, send them an email and ask them for help in sizing. Usually they will ask how tall you are and your size. Let them know if Dad will be using the wrap as well.

Not knowing how to use the product-
Many wraps, slings and carriers do come with a DVD or instructions, and some do not. There are many You Tube video instruction on how to tie wraps as well as baby wearing support groups. Please take the time to learn and get involved with a baby-wearing group in your community.

Wearing Baby too low-
Your baby’s head should be on your chest and close enough for you to kiss. Carrying your baby too low is not good for your baby and may become painful for you to wear. Remember head on chest close enough for you to kiss your baby is good and high.

Are you really hands free??
Yes you are freer than if you were holding your baby in your arms, but you have to have common sense. Babies move, ties can become untied. Babies can be clever. You still need to be on guard especially while over a hot stove, hiking. Or climbing stairs. Be responsible.

Never cover baby’s face-
You should always be able to see baby’s face at a glance. You never want to put baby at risk for suffocation. Anything that covers baby’s face you put at risk. Show that pretty or handsome face!

No Neck support-
Make sure in the early months to protect baby’s neck. They do not have the muscles in the neck to support their head just yet. Make sure it is held snuggly in place on your chest close enough to kiss.

Restricting Baby’s Airways-
Make sure baby’s chin is not tucked in toward their chest. Re adjust them if you see this so that their airway is open and their oxygen supply is clear. Check position often. Adjust as needed.

Baby’s legs Dangling-
Your baby’s legs should not be dangling. They should be looking like “Frogs legs” in a carrier. Dangling them could lead to hip dysplasia. Baby should be in a Frog like stance with knees bent above his butt and if carrier legs at his sides.

Don’t Switch to Front Facing too Early-
Newborns need time to build their neck strength. Also so much to look at may be too over stimulating for a young infant. Most recommendations before turning them face forward is 4+6 months.

Baby overheating-
Especially in winter months putting too many layers on can overheat baby. Remember your baby is close to you and can feel your body heat. Pay close attention to your baby’s heat level.

Not Changing Positions-
You need to change your baby’s position frequently. Try not to put baby in same position every time. Baby needs to have muscles develop muscles balance on each side equally and avoid flat head syndrome.

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