Tuesday, 11 November 2014

The Babywearing Dads Calendar 2015

by Tami Grosset

Throughout 2014 three wonderfully talented local photographers have been busy capturing and editing some stunning images of 12 local dads wearing their babies.


The calendars are on their way to Ottawa, from the printer and should be ready for pick up very soon. We're already taking pre-orders and payments can be made via Paypal or in cash, on pick up. You can pick up your copy from any of our locations in the Ottawa area.

All details for ordering, payment and collection can be found on our FaceBook page! If you are not on Facebook but would like to order a copy, never fear!! You can find the same information right here;

PLEASE NOTE; WE ARE CURRENTLY ONLY TAKING PRE-ORDERS!
WE WILL ADVISE YOU, VIA EMAIL AND HERE, WHEN YOUR CALENDAR IS READY FOR PICK UP.


The Babywearing Dads Calendar 2015 cost $20 each.

They can be ordered by completing this form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1UpZPRnEYJAIRsOPSZPshjDz-mVYkgMDiZvN1sBA80zA/viewform) and paid for via Paypal (Paypal payment details are provided on completion of the order form) or by cash on collection. If you are paying by cash please arrive at your chosen location with the correct change.

YOU WILL NEED TO COMPLETE A NEW FORM FOR EACH COPY YOU WISH TO ORDER.

The calendars can be collected at the following locations and times, up until and including Dec 23rd.

Kanata location;
8 Parsons Ridge Rd Kanata ON K2L 2N4
Tuesdays 10-12pm
Friday 10-12pm

Ottawa South location;
2126 Arch Street ON
Wednesdays 3-6pm

Ottawa East location;
2048 Gatineau View Cres K1J 7X1
Mondays 5-8pm
Wednesday and Thursday 1-4pm

Ottawa Central location;
187 Faraday Street ON K1Y 3M5
Wednesday 3-5pm

Barrhaven location;
1609 Haydon Circle ON K2J 0K5
Wednesday 2-6pm

Kemptville location;
221 Reuben Cres Kemptville ON K0G 1J0
Open hours will vary depending on admins schedule.
Please email mariandkids@gmail.com to arrange a pick up time.

Gatineau location;
127 Moussette Blvd Gatineau QC J8Y 5K7
Tuesday and Wednesday 5-7pm
FROM NOV 30TH ONWARDS


Many thanks for purchasing The Babywearing Dads Calendar 2015!


Sunday, 26 October 2014

The Woven Wrap Width Project

by Aline Kelly
 
 
We're starting a new project here at the OBG - The Woven Wrap Width Project. 

Width - or the distance between the top and bottom rails of a wrap - is a measurement that is often left out. It's not mentioned by manufacturers, it's not listed in most wrap databases, and asking about it in groups will get you vague and anecdotal answers at best. However, when someone is trying to wrap a tall toddler from seat to neck, these measurements are crucial. Or wrapping a newborn with a too-wide wrap - no one wants to swim in fabric. We hope that this project will give people a sense of how various wraps measure, and hopefully get a sense of which brands are narrowest and widest. The spreadsheet can be arranged by column, so anyone can do their own personal rearrangement to see the results by brand, width, etc. 

We encourage everyone to measure their own wraps and share their results! The more measurements, the better the database will be. 

Log your wrap widths using this form: http://goo.gl/forms/sQQrf33i9F Results spreadsheet: http://goo.gl/Sh4fiU

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Is That Sling Safe?

by Megan Mills,


We often see parents ask questions in the group about what to look for when purchasing a carrier. Whether purchasing new from a retailer, or on the second-hand market, there are many things to consider before spending your hard-earned cash, the most important of which is safety. Here is a quick primer on some things to consider when purchasing a carrier. This is by no means a comprehensive list, and you should always use your judgement and follow any provided product instructions/guidelines before purchasing or using a carrier with your child.

Health Canada has created guidelines for parents carrying their babies, with specific information on what to look for when purchasing a new carrier, as well as general safety guidelines for carrying babies. This information can be found here. There is also a wonderful visual reference made available for parents showing the proper positioning of a baby in a sling (T.I.C.K.S.), which is available here.
 When buying new, it is also important to look for counterfeit carriers. These are carriers that purport themselves to be authentic, ergonomic carriers, but are actually cheaply made imitations of such products that have been known to fail under normal use (broken buckles, ripped seams etc.). These have mostly been found in the soft-structured carrier market (mainly fake Ergo Baby carriers, Beco Butterfly II and now Manducas), but there have also been knock off woven wraps reported in the "Didymos Indio" pattern. When in doubt, ask the seller for verification to back up their claims, a truthful seller or retailer will try to help provide you with serial numbers, receipts, contact information etc. to help you verify the authenticity of the carrier. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Here is some additional information regarding fake carriers, thanks to Babes in Arms.

Many babywearers choose to participate in the second-hand carrier market, where great deals can be had for those willing to navigate the babywearing swaps, more affectionately referred to as "The Swamp". Ottawa is fortunate enough to have a local for sale or trade space, where local mamas can buy, trade, sell, and ogle carriers from the Ottawa area. When looking for a carrier second-hand, it is important to ask questions to the seller about the condition of the carrier, including issues such as tears, felting, thread shifting etc. which could (but do not always) affect the integrity of a carrier. Though most used carriers are perfectly safe to continue carrying babies, it is always a good practice to look for damage caused by extensive wear before committing to purchase any carrier.

It is also important to know a bit about the carriers you are looking to purchase (new or used). Though not mandatory in Canada, Health Canada recommends that baby carrier producers follow specific quality standards, including ASTM or EU standards. More information on such standards can be found on the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance Page. There are products that are commonly used as woven wraps being sold as "lengths of fabric", as well as companies who make, convert, or customize carriers, without adhering to these recommended standards. It is always important to know what you are buying, as a consumer. Choosing to support companies who adhere to the voluntary standards set out by Health Canada will make for a safer babywearing community in general, as it will encourage non-compliant companies to adhere in order to keep a customer base. If it is not clear whether or not these standards are being followed, there are some indicators that should raise red flags that a carrier is unsafe, such as extra flimsy fabrics, poor/unravelling stitching, and poor quality sling rings that are not one continuous piece, or have not been weight tested for such a purpose (quality converters use safe rings from www.slingrings.com).

No matter where you buy your carrier, it is important to do a quick visual inspection of all seams, buckles, stitching etc. to be sure everything is in good working condition each time you use it. Read all instructions for the proper use of your carrier, and ask an experienced babywearer or babywearing educator to assist you in troubleshooting any issues you may have. Wishing you all another year of happy and safe babywearing!


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Thursday Thought: Diggy Straps? Introducing The 'Prefold Shoulder'!

by Tami Grosset

Have you ever felt that your basic ruck with a woven wrap is a bit diggy in the shoulders? Chances are you can make it more comfy by just folding a prefold into the shoulders to create a cushy carry for even the heaviest child!

I used a Natibaby Milky Way hemp blend, size 5,





a prefold for each shoulder, folded into 1/3s



and a 6 1/2 year old child, weighing about 50lbs!


Once I had him on my back, with the seat sorted and the tails over my shoulder I sandwiched the shoulders, as I always do. Then taking one folded prefold I tucked the length of it along the shoulder of the wrap and pinned it between my legs. I only did this for the one shoulder since I was doing this for demonstration purposes and my lovely son really wanted to watch his TV show. He wasn't prepared to be involved for much longer than necessary!!

Here is how we looked. Can you tell which shoulder is prefold cushed?!


This is the prefold shoulder


and here is the regular one. I think the prefold stuffed shoulder looks pretty tidy and not too much like I've got a diaper on my shoulder!


Both were bearable but the prefold shoulder was much comfier and pretty cushy! With both shoulders stuffed we could have continued for a long time I think..... if it weren't for his TV show!!

So, no need to trade in your beloved diggy wrap. Just get a couple of prefolds and stuff 'em!!


Monday, 23 June 2014

Back Wrapping Infants In Their Fourth Trimester: A Good Idea?

by Veronique Bergeron
Cross posted from her blog AndBabiesMakeTen

Photo by Jenna Sparks

I am a parenting author, mother of 9 and avid babywearer. In my role as one of the admins of the OBG, I host babywearing meet-ups where parents have a chance to try carriers, get troubleshooting help and meet like minded parents in their community. On any given occasion, a parent will ask for help back-wrapping their newborn.

The birth of my ninth child has given me a chance to explore my thoughts on back wrapping tiny infants. I discovered wrapping when my twins were 6 months old. As a lover of art and baby cuddles, the weird and crazy world of woven wraps was a match made in heaven. I quickly became proficient at wrapping and yet I have grown increasingly uncomfortable with back wrapping newborns.

When I host babywearing meet-ups, parents come eager to learn. Some have always known they would “wear” their infants; others are led to it by circumstances such as a fussy baby or a busy toddler. All parents are thrilled and relieved by the freedom that babywearing affords. Suddenly, their hands are free, their babies are content, and their toddlers are safe. We take that new found freedom and run with it. Eventually, our hands are not as free as we would like them to be; our toddlers are still running amok; that squishy bump on our chest is getting bulky. I tried amending my herb garden with a shovel and a bag of sheep manure with a baby strapped to my chest. I didn’t feel the freedom.

But while back wrapping is an age-old practice in many cultures, it doesn’t come to us naturally. Most of us born and raised in North America did not grow-up with the benefit of seeing worn babies, of watching our mothers, aunts and cousins wrap their infants, of helping in the running of the household by wearing our infant siblings and cousins. We do not have the muscle memory of feeling what a good seat is, of making sure that our babies are breathing properly. We were raised and cultivated in a society where objects do this for us: the stroller, the car seat, the monitor. We also walk in communities where babywearing, especially back wearing, is seen as an oddity. Well-meaning strangers would not be able to correct a falling seat or a constricting piece of wrap. Not only they wouldn’t know how, but we are more likely to be upset when strangers express concerns about babywearing than concerned about our baby. We talk a good talk about “it takes a village…” but every week in our Facebook group, someone is bound to vent about strangers wanting to see or touch our babies. We want the village without the villagers.

When I see parents who want to learn how to back wrap their infants, I often see babies sunk too low into a wrap, with fabric over their heads, I often see slouched positioning with the chin pressed against the chest, I often see a ton of loose wrap unintentionally built into the seat and shoulders, waiting to work itself downward as gravity acts on mom and baby. And I wonder what will happen when baby is wrapped at home, without a spotter and without the benefit of a dozen avid babywearers on the lookout for mistakes.

The Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (BCIA) recommends that babies be “visible and kissable” at all time. A baby carrier should assist parents in the job of holding their babies. The safest place for an infant is in her parents’ arms and that’s why the safest position in a baby carrier is one that replicates the position of a baby in his parents’ arms. How many times have I told my husband of our demanding infant son: “I wish I could just put him back there and forget about him!”? But that’s exactly the problem as I see it: vulnerable newborns require constant supervision in their early months of life. Visible and kissable is where they should be: In The Way. Carrying our newborns against our breast acknowledges their great vulnerability and our irreplaceable role as the safe keepers of that vulnerability. It’s only normal that this momentous task should cramp our style a little.

If you decide that back wrapping your newborn is for you, please make sure you do it safely. Ask for the help of a spotter. Do it while sitting on a bed or a couch. Use mirrors, windows and reflective surfaces liberally to make sure that your newborn is still positioned properly. If you are unsure about your ability to back wrap your newborn, continue developing your wrapping skills with front carries. Your baby will only be that small once; don’t rush him out of sight. As for me and my little dude, I will keep him visible and kissable at least for his first 4 months. In the way, where he should be. 

Sunday, 15 June 2014

COTW #20 - Babywearing And Fatherhood


by Aline Kelly

This week, in honour of Father's Day, we are celebrating babywearing Dads! 


We are asking for member contributions this week. Ideas include:

- Pictures of your husbands, brothers, grandfathers, and other loved ones wearing their kids
- Videos of babywearing dads
- If you're a male member, tell us how babywearing has impacted your fatherhood. 
- Since most of our membership is female, tell us about how your husbands and partners babywear and how it shapes their dad roles. 

Some fun Babywearing Dad-related links:

Babywearing Dad gets crying baby to sleep in two minutes:

Same Dad re-records a year later, precious in a new and different way:

Hunky dad demos a stretchy wrap:

Dad harassed by police for babywearing:

Babywearing: A Dad's Experience:

Badass Dad: Babywearing

Celebrity Babywearing Dads (judge them not by their carriers, nor by their unergonomic carries!)

Babywearing Dads Facebook Page:

Happy (Babywearing) Father's Day!

We asked our babywearing dad's to share with us what babywearing means to them. Here's what some of our OBG Daddies had to say, or in our first entry, what an OBG bub had to say about his awesome dad!

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Dear Dad(Ian M. Hickman)

Thanks for being a super amazing awesome Daddy. I was only 6 days old when you snuggled me into a Moby wrap at the dog park for the first time. I saw my first Heffalump while riding in a Muslin wrap on your back at the Zoo. I saw my first Dinosaur while riding on your back in the Mandooka. We have even jaunted through air ports together, and was able to make a last minute boarding because I was able to hold onto the reins.


You take me on a lot of adventures, and just recently I fell asleep into you while watching the Brooklyn Skyline while (wait for it) 1.. 2.. 3.. Blast Off! from the Newark airport runway. When you are not giving me a piggy back ride you push me along in my trike, or I run along beside you asking 'What's That?!'. One day you will see me pedal on my own, but I know you will always be there to enjoy life with me. Thank you for being... my best Dad in the whole... entire... werld.

Happy Fathers Day!
Love you Dad!

Gavin!

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by Ryan Hough

Before our first son Miles was born, we were lucky enough to take a "Bringing Baby Home" course with an exceptional instructor who introduced us to the idea of baby wearing. She even brought in a variety of carriers and wraps one evening. Of course she discussed the many benefits of baby wearing including the benefits of having your baby close to his or her parent.


Once Miles was born, we found many benefits of our own. I enjoy cooking, and baby wearing allowed me get some cooking done while keeping Miles as happy as a clam. They sure helped us manoeuvre around crowds more effectively than with a stroller. I believe the most important benefit to baby wearing is how it has helped to shape him into the wonderful little guy he is today.


People always comment on cute kids, but I thought Miles always seemed to get a little extra attention by people he met or people just passing by on the street. This is often because he has something pleasant to say to those he encounters. I believe that baby wearing had something to do with this. I will explain why.


We live in a old 1930s semi-detached house in the Glebe, which is an area in Ottawa which is pretty much walkable to everywhere you would want to be. I have always been a proud papa and loved going for walks, just Miles and I. Sometimes it would be in a stroller, sometimes in a carrier or a wrap. I quickly discovered that I preferred baby wearing, especially around a year old when a greater variety of sounds started coming out of his mouth. When he was in his stroller, I felt a little more disconnected from him. When I was wearing him and he was discovering all the sounds he could make with his mouth in preparation for talking; from as young as a year old he would be looking around wherever we were walking and seemed to be asking me questions. I would have on idea what he was saying, but I would always answer his questions anyways. There were times we would have "conversations" all the way to Bank St., with him babbling and me speaking back to him. As he got older, his vocabulary got more diverse and he started to ask me more and more questions about his world. Some of my fondest memories of Miles are waking through the Arboretum, along Dow's Lake or to Bank St. having conversations the whole time. These conversations continue to this day.
People often talk about what a large vocabulary Miles has, how happy and smiley he is, and how social he is. I truly believe this is in large part due to the walks I had with him while wearing him. He was close to me face to face and not in a stroller or a car seat. During our conversations he learned about his world, learned how to have a conversation and increased his vocabulary while feeling safe and secure with his daddy. To this day, I have some of my longest and most pleasant conversations with Miles.

Photo by Jenna Sparks Bradbury

I am very proud of the amazing little boy he has turned out to be. I believe that there are many reasons why he has turned out this way (his amazing mom being one of them). I am so grateful that I was turned on to baby wearing, as I believe wearing him factored into the development of his bright little personality, and hopefully his love of people, curiosity, creativity and sense of humour will continue to develop throughout his life.

Photo by Jenna Sparks Bradbury

I am continuing to wear our latest little guy Ewan, who is now six months old. Strangely, he is turning out to be smiley, happy. social and alert just like his big brother, with his own little twist of course. Coincidence?

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D'Arc preferred to allow these pictures to say everything.

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Kars shared these pics of him traveling with his twins; fathering on the go!


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Jenna sent in these photos of her proud hubby wearing her boys.

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by Kyle


For me the appeal is all about practicality. We can carry our twins anywhere, and it's a way for all of us to get out and about. It's also a great bonding experience. They get to see the world from our perspective and we can explore together. We started out with two fleece pouch slings that were given to us when the twins were born in January. Those were great for winter walks, and we wore the twins for all of their naps initially. They slept so well in the slings. Once the babies were big enough we got a couple of Ergos - we love those. Next we are hoping to look into woven wraps so that one of us can wear both kids at once. We're only four months into parenthood so we're still new at this!

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Does your baby daddy babywear? What does it mean to him? If he would like to share his babywearing experiences he can send them to be added to the post.

Thank you to all the daddies in our children's lives. Enjoy your day!






Thursday, 12 June 2014

How Did You Vote Today?

It might be a secret ballot but there's no hiding the fact that Ottawa loves to wear their babies!!





Thanks for voting today OBG-ers!!

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Manduca's 'Size It' Review

by Carmen Cheung
Preface by Tami Grosset

We recently were gifted a couple of 'Size It's by our friends at Manduca.

I asked some of our Manduca fans in OBG to try the Size It out and give it a review. Carmen took the challenge and here are her thoughts! Thanks Carmen, for taking the time to do this for us!

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Out of the package, the visual instructions for the Size-It are quite simple and easy to follow. The padded section goes within the elastic loops that hold the integrated infant insert in the inside of the carrier. You clip the buckle around the outside of the carrier, place your baby in the Manduca and tighten each side while having your other hand on baby's bottom. The package states that the Size-It can be used with or without the integrated infant insert. The function of the accessory is to cinch the width of the seat so the "M" or froggy position can be maintained during the in-between phase when the baby is too big for the infant insert but too small to use the Manduca without the insert. For babies that are cloth diapered or those wearing winter gear outside of your jacket, this can happen fairly early.

My baby is 4 months old, 14 lb and has a long torso and short chubby legs. We have been using the Manduca with the integrated infant insert since 1-2 weeks of age with the Manduca unzipped. She is cloth diapered so recently the infant insert has become too tight when an extra layer of winter clothing is worn. As a temporary fix, I've been putting a warm hoodie and fleece pants on her during our winter walks, under my babywearing jacket.

As you can see from the photos, an "M" position can be maintained when the following are used: the integrated infant insert (photo #1), my unpatented Scarf-It (photo #3), the Size-It (photo #4) and a shoe lace (photo #5). In contrast, when the Manduca used on its own (photo #2), you can see that her legs are splayed slightly outwards due to the width of the seat.

Overall, I didn't notice a difference in comfort when the different accessories were used with the Manduca. Although it is a neat accessory for a great SSC, I wouldn't purchase it since a similar function can be achieved with a scarf, shoe lace or hair scrunchie. If the Size-It was included with the SSC as a package, I would definitely use it.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Wordless Wednesday: A Week In The Life Of Kim (Visiting Nova Scotia)

We (still) love our Ergobaby Performance while traveling! I had also brought along a short wrap and a ring sling, which we used indoors, but the Ergo got the most use for carrying our toddler during our Easter trip to Halifax.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Wordless Wednesday: A Week In The Life Of Laura

Our collection of moments. Mak, our almost 3 year old, is dropping her nap, and we just got a puppy!Babywearing to the rescue! There is no way I could get anything done without it!


Monday, 14 April 2014

Sunday, 13 April 2014

COTW #10- All About Ring Slings

By Aline Kelly
Photo by Jenna Sparks Bradbury


Ring slings are a versatile carrier that can be used from birth through toddlerhood. They are appreciated for quick ups and downs and can be used in a large variety of positions on the wearer's body. You can be creative - many, many carries can be accomplished with a ring sling, simply by using the rings to fasten instead of a knot or other finish. This COTW will be a comprehensive look into the world of this carrier!


Success with a ring sling can often be pared down to two main factors:
1. Getting a good deep seat, so baby is seated in a secure pocket. Knees higher than bum is important. 
2. Tightening the rails effectively so that baby is perfectly secured by the sling and you can be hands free.

A reminder of the TICKS babywearing safety guidelines. Many of the issues that people have when learning to use their ring sling can be boiled down to these points.
Tight: Baby should be snuggled right up against you. If you can press on baby's back and they can move in closer, you should snug up your rails. 
In view: Fabric should never obscure baby's face. 
Close enough to kiss: You should be able to tilt your head forward and kiss your baby's head. If they're too low, lift them up higher and re-tighten your sling. 
Keep chin off chest: Ensure baby's airway is clear and they are not slumped in a way that would compromise their airway. You should be able to fit a finger or two between their chin and chest. 
Supported back: Baby's body should be well-supported by the sling and not sagging in any way. 


General overview, shoulder types, threading your ring sling, photo demonstration

Getting a quality seat in a ring sling:
(BabywearingFaith)

How to tuck your tail into your rings:

Front/hip carries
Hip and Front carries, including how to effectively tighten your rails so they don't get stuck in the rings (really fantastic tips - I recommend this video very highly!): 
(Nicola WYSL)

Hip carry:

Rings on back - this option keeps the rings away from baby's face. 
(PaxBaby) - Comprehensive rings on back demo with a toddler- includes front/hip, nursing, and back carries. 

Newborn carrying
(Paxbaby) - the definitive video of wearing a newborn in a ring sling. Rings on back, multiple positions, nursing, creating a neck roll with your tail. 

(BabywearingFaith) - Putting a newborn in a ring sling without putting them down.

(Paxbaby) - Newborn high-shoulder burp hold with a ring sling.

Back carries:
Basic back carry:
(SewfunkySlings)
Rucksack carry with a ring sling:
(quick, russian, silent)
(PaxBaby) - Baby barfs in Jillian's hair midway through.

(weecarry) - Ruck with rings at corsage position instead of under bum.

Double Hammock rebozo with a ring sling
(Brianna Borntobeworn)

Torso carry with a ring sling:
(Amberlea Parker)

Reinforced Rear Rebozo Rucksack (RRRR) with a ring sling:
(Allison Wonderland)

* Any shorty back carry can realistically be done with a ring sling, provided that it is long enough. These are just a few examples! *  


Miscellaneous other ring sling skills:
Nursing in a ring sling:
(SewfunkySlings)


No-sew ring sling:(WrappingRachel)

Wearing one baby with two slings: (PaxBaby)

Using a ring sling while pregnant, including how to support your baby belly with a sling:
(PaxBaby)

Monday, 7 April 2014

Meme Monday!

Why thank you darling!! Now, don't whatever you do wipe it on the carrier!
Photo by Jenna Sparks
Caption by Johanna Persohn

Sunday, 6 April 2014

COTW #50- Charlie's Cross Carry

by Aline Kelly

Charlie's Cross Carry (CCC) is a new carry in the babywearing world! It was developed by a mama named Amanda Chaney whose daughter Charlie is a kicker, leaner, and seat-popper, and has gained steady popularity online since its invention in Fall 2013. This  multi-layer carry is very wiggleproof and requires a long woven wrap, usually at least a size 5, 6, or 7. 


General instructions:
- With your wrap centered, get baby onto your back and make a nice seat. 
- This carry starts with one tail over your shoulder, the opposite tail under baby's knee (cross pass).
- Pass the lower tail horizontally across your abdomen, keeping it bunched. 
- Bring it under your opposite arm, under baby's knee, spread it across baby's back and bum, and bring it over the opposite shoulder, creating a second cross pass. Pin this tail to keep it secure while you work with the other side. 
- Using the opposite tail, shift it down so it now comes under your arm (You can have it under your arm the whole time, but it's harder to keep secure while wrapping the first side). 
- Pass this tail horizontally across your chest. You can either keep it bunched, or spread it as you would in a double hammock. 
- Bring the tail under your arm, OVER baby's knee, spread it across his back and bum, and bring it up over the opposite shoulder (rebozo pass).  
- Take one tail down and tuck it under your waist pass. Bring the other tail to meet it and tie a knot. 


(WrapYourBaby). This is the ultimate internet resource for this carry right now. It contains a more extensive history, many videos with alternate finishes, and step-by-step photo instructions. 

Video instructions:

Finishing variations:
(Amanda Chaney) - Double Ring finish

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Tall Mama & SSCs

by Tami Grosset
Photographs by Laura Lo

Today we are continuing with our project showing how our 6 favourite soft structured carriers fit mamas with different frames. This week its Tall Mama's turn!

Our Tall Mama is Faustina. Faustina is 6' tall and wears a size 16-18.

To recap, the carriers we chose to focus on are;
The Ergobaby (which offers a front facing in, hip and back carry)
The Beco Gemini (which offers a front facing in, hip and back carry. It also offers a front facing out position but since it was the only carrier in our selection that offered this carry there was nothing to compare it to so we chose not to picture this.)
The Boba (which offers a front facing in and back carry)
The Onya (which offers a front facing in and back carry) 
The Manduca (which offers a front facing in, hip and back carry) and
The Tula, standard (which offers a front facing in and back carry)

Front Facing In
Ergobaby
Beco Gemini
Boba
Onya
Manduca
Tula
 Back Carry
Ergobaby
Beco Gemini
Boba
Onya
Manduca
Tula
Hip Position
Ergobaby
Beco Gemini
Manduca 
 Faustina's favourite carrier was the Manduca. It's the carrier that she enjoyed using to carry her own children so it felt familiar and she anticipated that it would work well for her at the shoot. Its assumed that there was a good reason why she used the Manduca to use with her children. Her least favourite carrier was the Onya.

NB When looking to purchase a SSC it is always recommended to try a carrier first, rather than base the purchase on reviews. Whilst there are some generic fitting issues for certain body frame types the fit of a SSC is very personal and subjective. If you are looking to purchase a new carrier in Ottawa there are many brands that can be tried out first at Milkface, Extraordinary Baby Shoppe and Belly Laughs (see our recommended retailers list). If you are planning to purchase a used carrier the Ottawa Babywearing Group Sling Library has a good selection of SSCs for you to borrow before you make your purchase.