Livie & Luca Shoes {Review + Giveaway}

My favorite part about the start of the new school year (other than having our house being tantrum-free for a few hours) is the back to school shopping! I always loved shopping with my mom for school supplies, new fall and winter clothes and of course shoes! Both my daughter and I love shoes. For school this year, I wanted to make sure I got her a pair that would hold up the entire year and that were cute (my daughter says her shoes have to be cute). I have always been a fan of Livie & Luca shoes, so I decided to reach out to see if we could collaborate on a review. I was thrilled when they offered to send not just one pair, but a pair for my daughter and a pair for Megan’s newly walking son, for us to try out! FullSizeRenderMitzi Rivas and Amie Garcia met at a prenatal yoga class in 2003. When Amy saw Mitzi’s first pair shoes, she fell in love and wanted them not only for her own children, but for children everywhere! Their goal was to combine joy, and hand-made shoes, thus Livie & Luca was born! The first collection was released in 2005. The company strives to make a difference and spread joy through their beautiful, whimsical shoes and for their products to positively affect the lives of others. I absolutely love their motto: Spreading joy, growing community, making a difference – this is Livie & Luca. Companies like Livie & Luca are few and far between these days. Their passion and charitable efforts alone will make me a lifetime customer.

I let my daughter pick out the pair she wanted to try from Livie & Luca’s Fall/Winter 2016 catalog. I wasn’t worried because all of the shoes were fabulous, we would have been happy to receive any style! Not surprisingly, she picked the Oak Mary Jane ($62). This shoe is perfect for her and any little one who loves nature! On one toe is a cute little squirrel and on the other is an acorn. They are absolutely gorgeous! I couldn’t believe the quality of materials and how beautiful the brown leather is. The shoe is made from genuine brown leather, nude leather lining, velcro closure (making it super easy to get them on and off), a breathable inner sole, and a padded comfort collar. Although the price for Livie and Luca shoes is quite a bit higher, the quality cannot be beat. These shoes are made to last. The Oak Mary Jane is available in a toddler size 4-13 and the length is true to size and the width is medium. Thes20160903_095409e Mary Janes are perfect for little girls who wear uniforms to school, and they are also available in black!

Megan chose the the adorable Hayes sneaker in Walnut (also available in a Denim, pictured below) for her little guy and they both love them! He just started walking this summer so he’s still learning, but these shoes are helping him get around better and fit his chubby little feet perfectly! This sneaker is a snap to get on thanks to the double velcro straps. Check out all of the cute boy styles here!

I highly recommend Livie & Luca shoes for your little one. There are so many different styles for both girls and boys, you won’t have any trouble finding the perfect pair (or maybe you’ll find two… or three). Sizes are available in baby soft soles (0-6mo to 18-24mo), little kids and big kids (4-13) and youth (1Y-3Y). The prices range from $39 to $70. The price point is a little high (the fabulous quality reflects the price) for me personally and they are out of your budget, they often have awesome sales (like right now) and you can also check out their Buy/Sell/Trade groups on Facebook for great deals on previously owned Livie & Luca shoes. Click here to visit their website to see which styles you fall in love with! 

FullSizeRenderLivie & Luca is such an amazing company, they have offered to give a pair of their shoes away to two lucky BurritoBuzz readers! One winner can pick a girl style of their choice and one winner can chose a boy style of their choice. It’s super easy to enter, just follow the steps below! We will be triple checking to make sure each step is followed!

  1. Follow both BurritoBuzz and Livie & Luca on Instagram.
  2. Like the giveaway post on Burrito Buzz’s Instagram page.
  3. Comment on the giveaway post with what size and gender you’d want if you won.
  4. Tag at least one friend to let them know about this awesome giveaway.

That’s it! The giveaway begins at 12pm on Monday, September 5th and will end at 12pm on Wednesday, September 7th. Two winners (one boy and one girl pair) will be chosen at random and announced shortly after 12pm on the original Instagram post. *This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by LivieAndLuca_Logo_2014_WebInstagram.*

Don’t forget to follow Livie & Luca on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for the latest releases and sales!

– Casey

**BurritoBuzz received these products at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences and we never guarantee a positive review.**

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Bebámour BéBéar Baby Carrier {Review}

c85bd75d9e681ad9ed201695c958b0b2Wearing my little ones makes my life so much easier! With a two year old and almost one year old, it seems like someone always wants held. Thankfully, I found the babywearing world when BK#1 was only a few months old. I’ve used so many different types of carriers since she  was born (soft structured carriers like this one and the Tula/Lille, stretchy wraps, woven wraps, etc.) When the BurritoBuzz moms were approached about Bebamour, I was very interested in trying a product that I had honestly never heard of.

This carrier is very different than any carrier I have tried. It took quite a bit of practice to feel comfortable carrying my child.

71Ce4T9mcYL._SX522_The Bebámour Bébéar Carrier is a 3-in-1 functional baby carrier: infant carry, “single hip seat” and baby carrier combined the with hip seat. new-bebamour-comfort-baby-wrap-carrier-cotton-baby-carrier-with-hood-green-3a34b7ab12d093149f1cefee483c664b

The weight limit is 43 pounds.

The waist band measures as small as 25 inches or as large as 46 inches.

Mesh linings that can be zipped up or stay closed.

It includes the sleeping hood, 2 baby bibs, neck support and zippered Pocket

PROS:

It’s a bright fun color! I love when my carriers have personality, especially when I feel like I wear them more than clothes.61QruMVaKxL._SL256_.jpg

Pocket placement is great. I have been saying for a while that I need a carrier with a side waistband pocket. With most SSCs you can’t reach your pocket if your baby is on your back. This waistband pocket isn’t that big, but great for keys, ID and/or debit card.

Shoulder straps are very soft.

The chest clip straps moved easily. I like to move my chest strap, depending on what carry I have my child in, so being able to move my chest strap easily is essential.

The zip up front panel with mesh lining makes it really nice for hot weather.

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The waist belt is extremely odd.  There is a large hard styrofoam insert inside the belt which is the seat for your child. I haven’t quite figured out why, but you can completely detach the carrier from the waist band so that your child can just sit on the seat.  This is in no way realistic or safe in my opinion. Supposedly, it’s meant to comfortably carry your child’s weight but it was not comfortable and the belt sags when the child is sitting on it.

Securing the waistband is time consuming and I didn’t feel like it was safe either. It velcros on and has a larger snap, but that larger snap does not have safety elastic around it in case it would come undone, a feature most carriers have now.

If you chose to wear the carrier without the waistband, the carrier is no longer ergonomic and your child’s legs are no longer in an “M” position. 61mowdWzAIL._SY679_.jpg

If you wear your baby in the optional front carry, your child’s legs are also no longer in an ergonomic position.

Read more why the “M” position is essential to baby wearing here !

maxresdefault.jpgYou must strap your baby to the carrier and then place the carrier to your body. You can’t put the carrier on and then put baby in. Eventually, I got to a point where I could snap my baby in quick enough, but I have quite a bit of experience in wearing my babies. For someone new to wearing their child, this carrier would most likely discourage them because it is so difficult. In my opinion babywearing should be simple, quick and easy!

Be sure to have a helper to put this carrier on your back. There was no safe and easy way to do it because the large seat got in the way and I couldn’t reach the straps.

They don’t have a US website that I could find and there aren’t many resources to help with this carrier.

The Amazon listing says that there are videos on YouTube. Yes there are, but they are all in Chinese. I watched every single video related to this carrier and was able to get the gist of it, but it was not because I understood what they were saying. Along those same lines, the instruction manual that came with the carrier wasn’t even partially in English. If something is sold on an American site (Amazon) the resources should be accessible in English. [I have the English translation at the bottom of this post.]

Using a carrier incorrectly is extremely dangerous to the baby wearer and the baby. The company did email us an English translation, however it should be policy to be printed in multiple languages.

sidepicBurritoBuzz.pngI did not find the carrier to be very comfortable. The weight of the baby is not distributed evenly which resulted in aching shoulders, hips and back. I can wear my children for hours and often at the same time, but I couldn’t wear this carrier for more than 15 minutes with my 26 pound son. The shoulder straps dug in and were especially uncomfortable. Also, you can’t easily bend over, because the hard seat is in your way, rubbing against the front of your hips.

The listing says that it comes with baby bibs for the straps, but it did not. I am not sure if there is a way to order them separately, but they looked nicer than ones that I have had to purchase separately for my other carriers.

All in all, this carrier is a nice idea but poor execution. There is a lot of work to be done to make it a safe and practical carrier for all parents. I hope to see improvements in the future!

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**Burrito Buzz received this product at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences and we never guarantee a positive review.**

LILLEbaby Complete {Carrier Review!}

 

I have been baby-wearing since my son was born. We’ve used a great many carriers: the Infantino Fusion, Ergo, Ring Sling, and Tula (some of which I’ve reviewed on this site! Check out our baby-wearing category for more.)

The “buzz” on baby-wearing has recently shifted to LILLEbaby, a company that I hadn’t heard of prior to having my son, but certainly have heard PLENTY about in the last few months. Their carriers have really gotten a ton of momentum, so I wanted to see what the craze was all about.

Lille was kind enough to send the Complete carrier my way to test and review, and I’m so glad they did!

The carrier’s packaging is simple, elegant, and appealing to the eye. When the box showed up on my stoop I was like a little kid on Christmas. Within minutes I had it unpackaged, had read through the instructions, and had my toddler on my back to tote around.

The carrier’s adjustments are similar to most that I’ve used (and very similar to the Tula.) Easy straps to adjust, safety strap around the waist, hood with easy anchor. But the Lille’s design goes above and beyond the expected. Here’s why:

-The carrier is simple to put on. Forward and side potions are exceptionally simple, and back carry just takes time or another person. I’ve never been one that is comfortable with back-carry when I’m on my own.

-The waist strap is thicker than most, and includes lumbar support (or hides your belly pouch, which I was stoked about…)

-The chest/back strap has an extra cushion so that it doesn’t pull so hard on your skin.

-The hood has simple snaps, with multiple adjustments.

-The fabric is soft, and easily cleaned (machine washable.) Unlike some other carriers, this fabric feels ‘broken in’ from day one.

-My personal favorite: the back panel unzips to allow for a breathable mesh backing, which is so nice for when we’re out doing work/hiking since my LO gets so hot. If you’re out in the cold/wind, zip the panel back up for a layer of extra protection.

-Fold down head support. My toddler mostly likes to sit with his arms free, but when he falls asleep it’s nice to pull the head rest and hood up to keep him cozy and shaded from the sun.

-Several neutral colors, but also a great many (and ever-expanding) set of patterns!

-Works in SIX positions all the way from newborn (7lbs)-45lbs. (Adjustable from narrow, to wide seat.)

-Stirrups can be purchased as an addition. I already have a set, and my guy loves them. I’d highly recommend them, especially for anyone with a toddler that likes to stretch out.

I’ve worn my carrier several times now, in multiple positions. I’ve done some serious yard work with my 26lb toddler on my back, and can say that I was comfortable, as was he, the entire time.

I initially struggled with the wide waist strap and getting it to feel ‘right’ for me. I found that simply making and adjustment and pulling the shoulder straps tighter to my body corrected the problem fully.

There is a pocket on the carrier, but I would love to see more, particularly a waist pocket that zips, similar to what most structured carriers have. Because let’s be honest: a great many of us live in yoga pants, with no pockets, and having a pocket on my hip for my phone, cash, cards, and keys would be ideal. (You’ll notice in one of my photos I slid my iPhone into the waistband. Not safe or practical, but necessary in the moment!)

Lille is one of my new favorites. Their line includes more than just the Complete carrier, but this concept is hands down one of my favorites. For anyone that loves baby-wearing, toddler-wearing, and ESPECIALLY those of you that have a hot little one, this is the carrier for you. I found the Lille practical, comfortable, and to be a good deal (the complete runs around $139, depending on where you’re purchasing.)

To see more on the Lille Complete, head over to:
SIX-Position, 360° Ergonomic Baby & Child Carrier by LILLEbaby – The COMPLETE All Seasons (Stone)

-Katie

**Burrito Buzz received this product at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences and we never guarantee a positive review.**

Deuter Hiking Pack {Review}

My husband and I did a fair amount of hiking before having our son. Nothing too crazy, but usually just enough terrain to necessitate a hiking pack for taking our toddler out now. At 14 months old now, we hope to really get him out in nature this summer, so we needed a good hiking pack.

We decided to get a Deuter Pack, specifically the Kid Comfort Air. There are only a few brands that have name credibility as far as hiking packs for children go, but Deuter is top of the list and has amazing ratings across the board.

Why did I select this pack? Primarily, comfort for myself and my son. This pack is adjustable in every aspect, offers lumbar support for the adult, mesh lining so both you and your little one stay cool, great padded straps and padded straps and seat for your little one. I particularly loved the chin/head rest for the baby/toddler that’s riding along. The seat offers a five-point harness to keep your little one safe and snug, and is wonderfully adjustable to keep them comfortable.

The pack has some great extras: good storage, offering multiple pockets and storage spaces, loops to hook items on to, a kickstand to assist with setting your child down while in the pack, and my personal favorite, foot straps for your child to rest their feet in (my guy loves to try to stand in the pack, or re-center his gravity by just flexing his legs.)

The side-entry option makes it incredibly simple to get your child into the pack. Within a matter of seconds I had my son in the pack, strapped in, and adjusted properly. He had no interest in getting out of it, and in fact, I cooked dinner one night with him in the pack because he loved it so much.

The pack is recommended for children that can sit up unassisted and hold their head up. The weigh limit should not exceed 45lbs. The pack itself is incredibly light, at only 6lbs. It easily folds up for storage and transport. The two handles make it easy to both carry, and assist with lifting to pull the pack on to your back (though, I’ve found that sitting on a bench or seat makes this infinitely easier to put on when alone.)

The pack is shockingly sturdy. The material is easy to clean, anti-chaf, durable, and comes in good, gender-neutral colors. The frame is also incredibly sturdy.

There are several accessories that can be purchased for this pack, too. A sun shade and weather shade are both options, which we will likely purchase in the future.

Depending on where you’re purchasing, this pack will run you around $240. A fairly standard price for a good pack, and in my opinion worth every penny.

Overall, this pack is five stars in my book. A great, worthwhile purchase that will get us out into nature and hiking comfortably!

Thanks to Deuter for a wonderful product!

Want to purchase your own?:
Deuter Kid Comfort Air – Granite/Emerald

-Katie

Infantino Fusion {Babywearing Review}

I am a huge proponent of baby-wearing, and love that the concept has gained so much momentum recently. Baby-wearing can be seen throughout history, but seems as though it was pushed to the back burner for a long period of time in favor of various other options. Not only does baby-wearing help a new mom/dad bond with their baby, but it frees up your hands, something we all know is crucial when you’re just trying to get a few things done in the day. Baby-wearing is shown to help with post-partum depression and baby blues, too!

So I’ve tried a few carriers. When my little guy was super little I liked to have him curled into a Ring Sling. When he was a little bigger, I tested out the Tula. I soon hope to test a few other great carriers, but one that I tested that I think could use some improvement is the Infantino Fusion, Flexible Position carrier. And I’ll be the first to tell you, when it comes to baby products you generally get what you pay for.

All of these carriers are “safe”, but some are better for both you and your little. There is a lot of controversy over whether or not certain carriers cause hip dysplasia or not, but I’m not a medical expert, so I’ll skip the subject and let you do your own research. What I can say, is that both myself and my LO were much more comfortable in more ergonomic carriers. 

  • The Infantino is structured to allow many different carrying positions (back, forward facing in, forward facing out,) and babies 8-32 lbs.
  • There are flaps that can be buttoned in or out to make for a wider or more narrow seat. The buttons were exceptionally difficult to use, and not worth the hassle.
  • The fabric is thick, and while maybe comfortable at first, my LO quickly became pretty toasty in this carrier.
  • There is a head flap that can button down, or stay up for additional head support. No qualms here… this was a feature I liked.
  • The straps for the carrying parent are thin, not particularly comfortable, and not very easy to put on along. They also don’t offer safety elastic like many other carriers do, a feature that is reassuring and I’d prefer to have.
  • I also love that many other carriers have sun shade hoods, drool pads, and a pocket. Non of which the Infantino has.
  • I also struggle to understand the narrow center of the carrier. The carriers that I’ve been a fan of have been wide, and wide from top to bottom. Not only does this provide comfort and a place to snuggle in, but good coverage from the sun when out hiking around.
  • The carrier is, however, much more affordable than a typical carrier. The Fusion can be purchased for about $40, which is well under the typical $150 you’ll spend with any other brand.

Overall, adjustments do need to be made to this carrier and it’s not currently one I would recommend to the baby-wearing parent or caretaker.

-Katie

The Registry Items BurritoBuzz Moms Can’t Live Without!

 

I don’t know about you, but I loved doing my baby registry! I was so excited to plan and prepare for my baby! Well, as months passed after BK#1 arrived, I realized I had forgotten a few items! Even worse, seeing a friend have one item that does what 10 of yours does!

The BurritoBuzz moms got together and compiled a list of “must have” items that we just couldn’t live without!

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Rock N Play – A sleeper that is inclined to help with reflux, rocks to soothe back to sleep, portable to move from room to room, vibrates, and the cover is machine washable! All of our moms have used this and would purchase it again! MUST for those first few months.

Pack n play with a bassinet – Like a Graco Play yard. It’s great alternative instead of a typical bassinet in your room. You have changing table, storage, and bed all right there.

Aden and Anais Swaddles – Get them from a Boutique near you so you get the high quality. {Boutiques get the ones that are bigger and thicker than the ones in a chain store.}

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A&D Diaper cream It works for everything! Prevents and soothes diaper rash!

Boppy changing pad linersThese are AMAZING! It’s a waterproof liner to put on top of your pretty pad cover! Pee or poo mess? Just toss it in the wash! So much nicer than having to buy multiple covers.

Diapers – Buy more than you think you need, and put every size on your registry!

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Diaper Bag– We all have our favorites, but be sure to get one with a lot of space and pockets. Back pack style is a life saver if you have more than one child!

SwingThe Fisher Price Swing is great! Its mobile, small, entertaining, and keeps a fussy baby happy! By far my favorite swing on the market, and it’s much cheaper than most!

Infant to Toddler Chair– One like this is a must. Your baby will love sitting in anything that is not theirs, and having something that is safe for them is important! The swings and newborn items are essential, but aren’t safe after 20 or so pounds.

Good Monitor – This is not an item you want to cheap out on. The cheap ones are just that- CHEAP! They don’t last, and you will be kicking yourself when it dies in 6 months. I have tired multiple simple radio monitors, video “baby” monitors, and we have finally found our favorite! It’s the GE wireless Monitor. We have cameras in two rooms, it’s still a radio frequency (no creeps hacking in this house), and its works great!

Infant Carrier Car Seat -30 + lbs.! When you have a 3 month old that is 20 lbs. chances are you don’t feel comfortable putting them in a convertible car seat, and if the weather if cold and gross you don’t want them exposed to the elements. Finding a higher end seat that will last,  is well worth your money.

Car mirrorThese have been a life saver! Neither of my kids like the car! If they start getting fussy I can click the garage door-like button and start some music and lights to distract them! We bought one two years ago, and another when BK#2 was born and I seriously can’t live without!

Stroller – You will want one that is sturdy and that has varying levels of height for your baby! A click and connect stroller is nice, because it lasts from birth to 50 lbs!

Soft structured Carrier. – Baby wearing has saved our lives! Skin to skin soothes any baby! it helps with reflux, lets you get things done….The list goes on for days. Tula is one of our favorites!

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Gas drops – alcohol free gas drops! Little remedies works wonders!

Natural body wash and lotion –The more you read the more you will hate buying the popular lines of things for your child! I promise! Check out this post to find out more!

Teethers – Teething is a nightmare. Put a dozen different types on your registry, and literally have dozens, because you will want them everywhere, and you will want to wash them daily!

Taggy – Taggy’s soothe my babies so easily! They are cute, easy to pop in the wash, and make the baby happy! Taggies Pal and Taggies lovey are our favorites!

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Lanolin – Lansinoh brand is the best you can get! If you are planning on nursing be sure to stock up. You can read more why here.

Nursing Pillow– Even if you are not nursing, a “nursing” pillow is great for feeding, propping and play!

Bottles –MAM seem to be the unanimous favorite! They are a little bit pricey, but start there to alleviate/ prevent any type of reflux.

PacifierSoothie or MAM (These MAM ones glow in the dark! If your baby will take them try them first!)  are the favorites around here! I said I never wanted my babies to have them….I quickly changed my mind at 3 am day 4 of my first baby. I promise they wont go to college with them, and with some tough love in a year you can break them of it!

Burp clothsGerber diapers! If you have a baby that spits up at all the “burp clothes” are more like wash cloths,  and don’t do ANYTHING! Save yourself time and money, and just buy the diapers. They are white, so if you need to you can bleach them, and they are super absorbent!

Breast PumpsManual single (for on the go) and Double electric –Medela. The BurritoBuzz mommas have tried multiple brands and we will just save you time and money and tell you ITS NOT WORTH IT buying the cheaper ones! And 99.9% of the time your insurance will cover one!

Medela hands free pump bra – If you are a working mother this is crucial! You tend to only get a 15 minute break to pump in, and that tends not to be enough! This is a time saver! You can hook up, eat, check your email, or even just sit at your desk and pump if you have your own office! (When I worked when BK#1 was little,  I made a sign like this to hang on my office door, so I didn’t even have to think about someone walking in!)BurritoBuzzClothing.jpg

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Halo sleep sack – IF your baby is like mine, he hated being swaddled, but also hated being cold! This is a life saver!

Zip up nighties – I am not sure why they even make button ones. Don’t buy them, and ask people NOT to buy them. GET THE ZIP UP ones! In the middle of the night you wont want to fumble with the buttons, and when you see that you missed one you wont care, but then you will go fix your sleeping baby in fear they will get a draft and be cold. These for example!

Socks– There are simply never enough! They get lost so much easier than adult socks.

Onsies – I put them under most outfits to keep the baby warm and cozy!

Mitts– I hated the way these looked, but the first time your baby scratches themselves in the face you will never go without a baby mitt!

untitled (13)*More clothes than you think you will need* <<< And take a look at sizing before you start buying clothes. Its super frustrating, and if you know before hand it will make it a little easier to shop for your LO. 

 

I can almost guarantee we forgot something, but we went over this list multiple times and between the 5 of us you should be covered!!

Be sure to use a good checklist when making your first registry, so you don’t forget the basics that we might not have mentioned!

What was your favorite baby item? What did you have to go buy that you didn’t get?

~Amanda and the BurritoBuzz Momma’s

 

 

Boobie Beads {Review}

We were so thrilled to get a few products sent to us from Boobie Beads to review!

IMG_7590My son is almost 9 months old, and is just now breaking his first tooth through. He’s been a teething, drooling machine lately. He chews on everything in sight, whether it’s edible, safe, or clean… it doesn’t matter to him. So I always try to provide him with the appropriate baby products to chomp on.

Boobie Beads, Ltd. provides 100% food based silicon teething necklaces and product that are BPA and toxin free. They are safe and one size fits all. Based out of the UK, this mom of 3 had the great idea to manufacture a product that little ones could grab and chew on any time, but especially when they are close to their mommas during holding/feeding.

My little guy LOVED the necklace. He seriously can’t get enough of it. My necklace has several large beads, knotted around safe string. He’s played with it each time he’s been fed, and even when I’ve just been carrying him around. I wear my little guy all the time, so he’s close to me often and really loves to have something to chew on. The necklace has a safety release toggle, making it practical for an infant. IMG_7524

They also make pacifier (dummy) clips. While I love the concept of the clip, my baby enjoyed holding it and chewing on it without it being clipped on. None of my pacifiers actually worked with the clip, but all of my teethers do. I added one of the teethers on, and Lucas has been chomping on it like crazy. The clip on this could use some work: My son easily removed this several times over, leaving the sharp clip edges open and the thought of him getting his fingers smashed in there scared me a bit. A few small clip modifications would make this safer (I’d recommend a typical metal clip with nothing on top of it. The star provided leverage for him to grab and actually open the plastic clip.)

Both were easy to clean. I rinsed them and washed them with Dawn, and left them in the open air to dry.

Overall, a good product. My son really loves the necklace, and I’d recommend it to moms with teething/grabby babies.

IMG_7539I think the clip will need some work, but with a few changes it will be more practical.

Thanks to Boobie Beads for the product!

-Katie

**Burrito Buzz received this product at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences with a product and we never guarantee a positive review.**

Tips and Tricks for the Baby Wearing Beginner

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There are so many reasons to love wearing your babies. You may want to leave that bulky stroller at home or go somewhere a stroller won’t go, you may like rocking your baby to sleep and want to make it easier, you may like to get things done while keeping your baby happy and seeing what’s going on, or you may just love keeping your baby close. Or, like me, you may have  babies that just refuse to be put down some days.

Enter babywearing! Whether you do it all day, every day or only a few times before your child outgrows it, it can be a little overwhelming when you are looking at all the different types of carriers while also memorizing all of the safety measures. So I thought I would share a few of the highlights for those of you that are new to baby wearing and aren’t sure where to start! A lot of these are really important and while I am not an “expert” on baby wearing, these are simple, yet serious to wearing your baby in a way that is healthy and safe for both of you!

1.Research before you buy.

Baby wearing can become sort of a fad, especially when people get swept up in certain brands etc.! I am constantly seeing pictures on Instagram and Pinterest of moms wearing their babies in a popular wrap or carrier, but not in a safe way. Again, I’m no expert on baby wearing, but did a lot of research before wearing my baby for the first time and I feel that that was so important. I was able to get many opinions, research stories, and read up on the most important safety measures to take with each type of carrier. In the same way that a first-time parent should read how to appropriately put together a crib or install a car seat, it’s important to read up on the safest way to carry for both the parent and the baby.

2. Know your carrier.c609234b5194ee1709069ddccbf07f54

There are so many carriers on the market that it can be confusing. Think about for how long and how often you want to wear your baby, as well as whether you are likely to feel confident wrapping up a carrier or have a preference for buckles or rings. There is a good breakdown of the types of carriers here.

3.Safety first!

Always, always, always babywear safely! Follow the TICKS guidelines.

Tight. Baby should be close to your body not dangling with loose fabric.

In view at all times. This is for younger babies in front carriers. Make sure they are not under layers of fabric where you can’t see them.

Close enough to kiss. Keep your baby’s head close to your chin. If your baby sits too low it can be really easy for their breathing to get blocked and is also really terrible for your back! If you have your baby wrapped and a person standing in front of you can’t see the baby’s head, then that is also a pretty good clue that you have wrapped/carried too low.

Keep the chin off the chest. Make sure baby’s head is not being forced to curl down onto it’s chest which can restrict breathing. This is mainly important to watch for when carrying a newborn that doesn’t have any head control yet. If they do have their chin on their chest it means that their airway is smaller than it should be, so make sure that baby is lifted and resting their head comfortably.

Supported back. For both the carrier and the baby.

4.Be sure the baby’s legs are in an “M” Shape.

I have found that there are pretty mixed opinions when it comes to carrying a newborn (mainly in a wrap), this tip particularly applies as baby starts to grow. For us, I decided to skip the “newborn carry” after a week or so and move straight to the “classic carry.” The newborn carry is basically when you bend your newborn’s knees before placing them in the wrap and their legs stay in the wrap so that they look like a frog. Recently, I have read a lot that carrying like this is not the healthiest way for baby and can actually contribute to hip dysplasia. I also want to mention, that the classic carry seems much easier to get used to, especially because once you learn how to do it quickly and efficiently, you don’t have to learn again–baby will always be carried this way.

5.Have Patience.

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BK#1 ‘s first year apple picking! DH taking too many pics …”are we done yet?”

When it comes to wraps and even some SSC, there is a learning curve. Don’t expect to be able to master every carry on your first try. I have to stop and re adjust several times while wrapping. Luckily, my babies love it and have patience with me while I learn new carries. Front carries are the easiest to master, so start there.

6.Youtube

Look on You Tube. There are hundreds of videos showing different types of carriers being used and the easiest way to get them on and off. Type in the brand you have or want to look at and I promise you will find a ton of how-to’s!

7.Happy Baby

The first time you use a carrier make sure your baby is happy! Trying to figure out a back carry with a size 7 wrap for the first time with teething toddler who hasn’t had her nap spells disaster and won’t leave either of you with a good feeling about it.

8.Talk to someone who has done it before

Chances are you know someone who has more than one carrier and would be happy to show you some tips. People who love babywearing usually want to share the joy (hence why I’m blogging here).

9.Enjoy it!

Don’t let anyone tell you that you are coddling or spoiling your child. There is nothing wrong with doing something that keeps your baby happy and content. This usually keeps Mama happy and content! You can get all of your housework or shopping done, or play with older siblings while a baby naps in the carrier. You can leave the stoller at home when you travel and you can enjoy more time smooching the top of your baby’s head. You won’t be wearing them in a sling to school. Promise.

10. Babywearing isn’t for everyone.f3c5b20a729c44b4f4868d99e8fd648e

Variety is the spice of life, right? Not everyone in the world is going to love wearing their baby. And some people may need to try a few different kinds before deciding on one that will be their go-to. But if you or your baby just aren’t into it, that’s okay!

Hopefully these little tidbits are helpful and makes wearing your baby a fun and easy learning experience.

~Amanda

Helpful Blog Abbreviations

GENERAL

AB- Abortion

AD- Adoptive Parent

AF- Aunt Flo (Period)

AP- Attachment Parenting

BBS- Boobs

BC- Birth Control

BCP- Birth Control Pills

BD- Baby Dancing (Sex)

BF- Breast Feed

BF- Biological Father

BG- Blood Glucose

BH- Braxton Hicks

BIL- Brother In Law

BM- Breast Milk

BMom- Biological Mother

BTDT- Been There Done That

BTW- By The Way

B/W- Blood Work

CIO- Cry It Out

CS- Cesarian Section

DC- Daycare

DD- Dear Daughter

D&E- Dilation & Evacuation

DH- Dear Husband

DF- Dear Fiance

DOB- Date Of Birth

DR- Delivery Room

DS- Dear Son

DTD- Do The Deed

DW- Dear Wife

Dx- Diagnosis

FC- Foster Care

EDD- Estimated Due Date

Endo- Endometriosis

FF- Formula Feeding

FIL- Father In Law

FOC- Father Of Child

FRED- First Response Early Detection (Pee Stick)

FT- Full Time

FTM- First Time Mom

FTR- For The Record

FWIW- For What Its Worth

FYI- For Your Information

GA- Gestational Age

GMTA- Great Minds Think Alike

GOAT- Said when member has read all previous responses before commenting

GTT- Glucose Tolerance Test

HPT- Home Pregnancy Test

HIPPO- Said when member is responding without reading previous responses

HTH- Hope This Helps

IMO- In My Opinion

IRL- In Real Life

JK- Just Kidding

L&D- Labor & Delivery

LDO- Long Distance Relationship

LO- Little One

LOL- Laughing Out Loud

MSM- Main Stream Media

MC- Miscarriage

MIL- Mother In Law

ML- Maternity Leave

MM- Mothers Milk

NMS- Not My Style

NP- No Problem

O- Ovulation

O’d- Ovulated

OP- Original Poster

OT- Off Topic

OTOH- On The Other Hand

PG- Pregnancy

POAS- Peed On A Stick

Rx- Prescription

SAB- Spontaneous Abortion

SAHD- Stay At Home Dad

SAHM- Stay At Home Mom

SAHP- Stay At Home Parent

SD- Sperm Donor

SIL- Sister In Law

SO- Significant Other

T&T- Tried & Tested

TIA- Thanks In Advance

TMI- Too Much Information

US- Ultrasound

UTI- Urinary Tract Infection

V- Vasectomy

VBAC- Vaginal Birth After Cesarian

WAH- Work At Home

WOH- Work Out of Home

YI- Yeast Infection

 

BABY WEARING

DH- Double Hammock

FWCC- Front Wrap Cross Carry

MT- Mei Tai

Rebozo- Type of Wrap

 

INFERTILITY

2WW- Two Week Wait (Post Ovulation Until Beta)

ART- Assistive Reproductive Technologies

BBT- Basal Body Temperature

BFN- Big Fat Negative

BFP- Big Fat Positive

CD- Cycle Day

CF- Cervical Fluid

CM- Cervical Mucus

DPO- Days Past Ovulation

GS- Gestational Surrogate

IC- Incompetent Cervix

IF- Infertility

IUI- Intrauterine Insemination

IVF- In Vitro Fertilization

LMP- Last Menstrual Period

LP- Luteal Phase

OPK- Ovulation Predictor Kit

RE- Reproductive Endocrinologist

SA- Semen Analysis

S/B- Still Birth

TS- Traditional Surrogate

TTC- Trying To Conceive

Sources:

www.babycenter.com

www.stirrup-queens.com

www.thebabywebsite.com

http://www.babymed.com