It can be tough to stay cool when you're toting your tot during the warmer months, but these lightweight carriers promise a more pleasant experience — even when temperatures rise. Thanks to natural fabrics and streamlined designs, these slings and carriers are sure to help you survive the heat. Prepare for the warmer season now by taking a look at these lightweight, Spring- and Summer-friendly carriers!
There's no question that skin-to-skin contact can have positive nurturing effects on a newborn. But for a busy mom (especially one with older kiddies to run after), it can be hard to find the time to kick back with your new baby on your bare chest. This was the inspiration for the NüRoo Pocket, a cleverly designed top that allows you to hold your little one close to the skin, kangaroo style.
Last week, new mom Rosie O'Donnell posted a pic of herself wearing the NüRoo Pocket with baby Dakota tucked cozily inside. Available exclusively at Babies 'R Us, the baby-wearing shirt retails for $60 and comes with a support belt. According to Nuroo.com, positioning baby on your bare chest for an uninterrupted 60 minutes triggers a hormonal cascade that can benefit both the baby — accelerating brain development, decreasing crying and stress, and enhancing the immune system, to name a few — and the mom, reducing the risk of postpartum depression, speeding up recovery time, increasing milk production, and improving psychological well being.
Tell us, would you wear a NüRoo Pocket?
In the two years since Christy Turlington debuted her moving documentary about maternal death, No Woman No Cry, the global maternal death rate has almost been cut in half. While Turlington does not claim sole credit for reducing that rate, her Every Mother Counts advocacy group has raised significant awareness of the issue as more people are paying attention to its mission than ever before.
One group that is listening are the designers behind Ergobaby, the popular baby carrier. To kick off its Guest Designer Series, Ergo is collaborating with Every Mother Counts to introduce four new products in November. The print carrier ($165), a solid carrier ($145), the "not-just-a-diaperbag" ($150), and a hip and shoulder bag ($75) will feature a new "Umbra" pattern designed by a small-business woman in Togo who uses a batik method to create her unique design. A portion of the sale of each item in the collection — which will be available on Ergobaby's website — will go back to Turlington's organization to help raise awareness of maternal mortality and improve the lives of girls worldwide. I chatted with the model mama about the new collaboration, sharing her experiences with her kids — Grace, 9, and Finn, 6 — and disconnecting from our wired world.
LilSugar: How did the relationship come about?
Christy Turlington: Well, Amy [Swift] used to work with me a long time ago when I started my brands Nuala and Sundari. She was doing some consultancy work with Ergo and . . . they were trying to figure out to do a guest designer series and trying to link themselves with an organization. So she made an introduction. For us, we were just thrilled to have somebody come to us, because we just are tiny. Especially something like this that really is about educating and supporting moms and husbands too. It's such a unique thing we have in our culture. All the African men that I know, they look at men and fathers carrying babies and they're like, "Oh my god. I don't know it will ever be in our lifetime. Why would you ever?"
LS: Why partner with a baby carrier company?
CT: A lot of people don't know that sort of face-to-face, skin-to-skin thing. In low resource settings, educating moms, it's such an interesting thing. It's so natural to carry a baby in many developing countries, but sometimes — like with a preemie or a very weak, new baby — they don't know that something as simple as putting skin-to-skin is like an incubator and if you don't have electricity, that is called kangaroo care, [and it] can keep a baby alive.
LS: What impact is Every Mother Counts having on the maternal death rate?
CT: When I first learned about the statistics, there were 530,000 women dying per year, globally, and two years later the number was 353,000, and then the next year [it dropped more]. Part of that is just better accounting like we're paying more attention to girls and women all over the world right now, which is fantastic and that's a big part of what will help get this problem taken care of, because it's a matter of prioritizing women and girls. Now that we're starting to count — I still think the number is higher than that, honestly, it's almost an impossible thing to count — it shows that there is a steady decline. There's something to it and we have to keep the fire on it, really. [There] really should be very few cases that this happens.
Strollers and baby carriers and bike seats, oh, my! There's no shortage of options when it comes to transporting tots from here to there. Like many of us, celeb moms keep a variety of options in their arsenal, calling on different pieces depending on their day's activities. Take this quiz to see if you can guess the celeb tot by the way she is carried around town!
Say good-bye to the boring neutral baby carrier. Today's carriers, slings, and wraps offer patterns that coordinate with the season's hottest trends. Unleash your inner wild child with one of these adorable animal-print baby carriers, inspired by Beyoncé's recent outing with baby Blue Ivy.
If there's one things moms like to do, it's share information. We have our favorite car seat, stroller, toys, and more, and we're not afraid to tell everyone about them. Over the past month, we asked you to vote on your favorite things from 2011 — everything from the top push chair and celebrity baby name to the celeb mom you most like to follow on Twitter — and you weren't afraid to speak your minds. We now present you with the winners — LilSugar readers' choices for the best of 2011! Check them out!
Ask any new mom: a baby carrier can be a lifesaver, freeing up your arms for those otherwise impossible tasks (like eating!), while keeping your lil one safe, cozy, and content. Regardless of whether your style is luxe, laid-back, or sporty, there's a baby carrier for you. Fashionistas love the Sakura Bloom silk baby sling, starting at $180 and going up to $540 if you choose the naturally dyed hand-loomed silk, while countless mamas go with the ever-popular BabyBjörn. The brand's new Air Carrier features a highly breathable 3D mesh, which they say offers 138 percent more heat reduction and 30 percent more moisture reduction than any other carrier, a perfect choice for warmer climates. So are you a Moby Wrap or an ERGObaby mom? Do you prefer a sling or a wrap? A hip, back, or front carrier? Let us know below!
Lots of moms like to think out loud and veelicious is one of them. Here is one of the latest posts to her Minding Mimmy blog.
A recent story in the Sydney Morning Herald says pathologists are warning that baby slings could be a suffocation danger. Looking closer at the story though, is not the issue that the sling was under the mother's clothing?
Personally, I opted for the Combi Magical Compact Baby Carrier instead of a sling, which allows me to carry Mimmy in the cradle position until her neck is strong enough to sit in the face-in position. She isn't as close to my body as she would be if we had a sling, but it is great for taking her out in areas where there isn't easy stroller access, and with four positions, Combi claims the Magical Compact can be used until she's two years old.
Expectant parents spend a lot of time thinking how they will cart their children once they are born. While a stroller travel system works in some circumstances, a baby carrier allows mom and dad to have their hands free to do other things. As tots grow, families' needs change so we thought we'd see how Hollywood parents take their tots of various ages out and about. Test your knowledge!
The muggy, warm weather has arrived. And for moms, this can mean trying to calm a baby in a hot stroller while out running errands. Baby carriers — unlike slings, which are worn diagonally and have been recalled — are a great way to carry your baby since they keep your hands free and provide the comfort of being held for your baby. To help keep you and your baby cool this Summer, I've found these stylish, lightweight, and very comfortable baby carriers, which are sure to do just that.