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BABYWEARING!!! (and a lactation ball recipe!)

John

HI ALL! Many of you have discovered my blog thanks to my baby wearing skills, soooooooo tonight's post will be all things wearing babies! :) first, I have to post the promised recipe of my "No-Bake Lactation Balls" :)

"No-Bake Lactation Balls"

1 cup oats

1/2 cup flax meal

1/3 cup brewers yeast

1/3 cup chocolate chips (I find the mini ones work perfect for this)

1 cup nut butter (this can be peanut, almond, sun, etc) (i ended up using about 3/4 jar of PB)

1 tspn cocoa powder

a few swirls of agave nector

a few scoops of sugar

Mix all the dry ingredients (everything minus the nut butter) first and then slowly fold the nut butter into the mixture; roll into small balls and chill. Then ENJOY!!!

Ok, now that I've gotten that out of the way :) I want to do a little Babywearing 101 tonite.....

FIRST AND FOREMOST, one question I get a lot that I would like to clarify, DO NOT use a Moby (stretchy) for back carries! Babies can stretch out and the elasticity in the wrap can cause them to fall out! The weight limits assigned to Mobys are more for comfort than safety. I have had fellow wearers say that up to 30-45 lbs is ok for Moby, but it stops getting comfortable after about 15 lbs. (Since we haven't quite hit that weight yet, I can not yet testify to that!) You want to make sure that if they are wiggley and on the chubbier side YOU feel secure, if not it may be time to upgrade to a woven wrap.  Any multilayer wrap is ok for moby!

The widely advertised one by the company is the 'Hug hold" (also known as the pocket wrap cross carry/ PWCC) I personally am not the hugest fan of this carry because it typically puts baby up super high.  This was our first carry though! ( I placed one baby in each "pocket" to tandem... this only works with teeny tiny babies) I did not do the "froggy" legs position that many encourage with small ones, so I can not provide info on that unfortunately.  We did legs out from day one and the girls LOVED it! Please keep on reading for some safety pointers on wearing, but first....  Here are some pictures of our first few ventures in BW!!!!!!

This is the PWCC with the twincesses! Our first 2 days of ever wearing! (This is a DIY stretchy/ Moby; I do make all my wraps and have an upcoming video on how to do so!)

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as long as their airways are open (chin off of neck), and they can breathe you are good to go! They look super squished here, but they had plenty of room to breath and were not as in each others bubble as it looks. U have a completely different view from the top and can judge if they are ok! It's funny bc no matter how small and how far apart I put them apart, they always ended up all up on each other.... (they still do this when they lay, play, sleep, etc... the beauty of the twin connection!)

One tip that may help when babies are SO tiny is rolling a SMALL wash cloth/ hand towel to support their neck if needed. This came in SUPER handy when the twincesses were super teeny tiny! IMG_4158 IMG_4034 IMG_4173 IMG_4174

Some solo carrying with the PWCC IMG_3744IMG_3811 The back view!!! Always make sure you keep your wrap flat against your body for maximum comfort! IMG_3818 IMG_3826

Our second tandem carry! (I actually practiced this for a while when pregnant!) This is the Double Horizontal Pass FWCC (Front Wrap Cross Carry)

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IMG_3927Daddy's first time wearing!!! IMG_3965 IMG_3964

Other's getting in on the fun!

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Ok, here are a few KEY safety pointers to keep in mind when venturing out into wearing!

  1. My biggest thing with wearing is ensuring that you have baby in a "knee to knee" position. This means that you want babies legs and bum to make the shape of an "M".  When you make a good, deep seat (keep reading) you are ensuring two things: 1- that baby is secure in the wrap; 2- baby gets that knee-to-knee form; this knee to knee ensures and promotes healthy hip development and comfort for baby! (If you hold baby up in this position against your chest you will see that they are pretty much "sitting" when in that form)
  2. Make sure that baby is only as far down as your kiss can reach! (when wearing in the front of course!) If you can't kiss baby on the head, they are too far down! I can't tell you how many times I see babies too low and don't know how to address (or if I should even address) the situation. You want to keep your little squish as close as possible :)
  3. Do not put baby your back until they have good head control! I suggest practicing with a stuffed animal if you do not feel comfortable! Also, have a spotter and explore the different ways to get baby on your back! for now, we use the santa toss since babies still can not sit on their own! Once they are able to, we will upgrade to the superman toss! (back carries are NOT as hard as they seem! You just need to practice and have confidence! they are super fun after a while!)  Make sure if you put baby on your back, they can breath on your neck!

Here are a few pix of back carries that we have done

This is the Ruck Sac Carry (best carry for starting off!)

IMG_5969 A visual of the knees over bum IMG_5970 IMG_5972 Just cooking a little breakfastIMG_5974This is Jordan's Back Carry (JBC) it is a tougher one to do, but my favorite! It is PERFECT for extra wiggle-y wiggle worms (yes, i also did this one by myself ;)) IMG_5979 IMG_5980 IMG_5982 IMG_5984 IMG_5987 IMG_5988 IMG_5989 IMG_5990 IMG_5991

Last 2 carries, by far my favorite are Amanda's Tandem Hip Carry and A front back tandem carry. (I don't get to to do these much since daddy started wearing too now! funny bc at first he said "sorry girls, ur mom and her crazy wearing things..." and now he gets busted practicing  carries when he thinks I'm not looking ;) ) Remember to only do these two carries when babies have head control!

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I hope that this info is helpful for my new fellow baby wearers! It is just SOOOOO beneficial for you and baby to wear! I notice a HUGE increase in my breast milk supply when I wear my squishies. Please see the babywearing page http://twinmommy101.com/?page_id=187 for more info and benefits on wearing (benefits can be found at the bottom of the page!) Thank you for your patience with me as I work hard to get everything up and loaded! Also, welcome to all my new comers! I hope you follow and enjoy the blog! Don't forget to like our FB page for more updates and pictures :)  Speaking of pictures, here are a few more of me and wearing!

(One of my first times practicing JBC; this is a DONT pic, can u tell me why??)IMG_6003 (She's too low!)IMG_6004 A little fun at Toys r us b4 Christmas! IMG_6008 IMG_6009 IMG_6010 IMG_6011 OUT! (Wearing saves me when they boycott naps!) IMG_6027 Ruck with a candy cane chest beltIMG_6042Another nap boycotted, so N helped me bake my lactation cookies IMG_6068 IMG_6069 IMG_6070 Grocery Shopping :) def not the "handful" bystanders always claim it to be :) They get to be so up close and personal and we get to have conversations with them while having two free hands to shop! I love teaching my girls about their fruits and veggiesIMG_6155Daddy got busted practicing his wearing skills while I was "napping" IMG_6165 New Years Eve, N didn't want to nap nor did she want anyone else but mommy! (and she did not want to be put down!) I still had to cook and ppl were already arriving... babywearing saves the day again!!!!IMG_6224 IMG_6225 IMG_6227 Sick baby at the dr waiting to get her blood drawn :( she was SO well behaved! even the dr was impressed!IMG_6239 IMG_6240 IMG_6241 Getting MiMi's fever down with some skin to skin (and getting her to nap after a long day of fussing!)IMG_6295 IMG_6296 IMG_6298IMG_3726 IMG_3838 IMG_3841IMG_4184 IMG_4213 IMG_4486

Please stay tuned for how to make DIY wraps and videos on how to do these carries!!! :)