Time to tune in to your baby…

Halloween is tomorrow, then it’s a race to the new year and a very busy season! Before getting wrapped up in the chaos of the holidays, take a moment to tune in to your baby. If you are expecting, it’s never too early to prep and if you have recently brought a new baby into the world, it’s never too late to learn your baby’s cues!

Here are some tips to get started:

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Want to learn more? Sign up for our workshop at NextSpace in Potrero Hill, San Francisco, on Saturday, November 9th from 10:30am – noon. We’ll be covering everything from laid-back breastfeeding to nesting!

Sign up here: The Art of Nesting

Here’s a clip from our focus group at Natural Resources early this year!

Julie,

Your Chief Mother Officer

our first workshop!

Come join us for our first workshop:

Nesting Days the Art of Nesting Workshop

The Art of Nesting

Creating the optimal environment for your newborn

If you thought that the ‘nesting instinct’ was just about buying cute tiny clothes and outfitting a nursery, think again! The latest evidence-based research is placing a new importance on ‘nesting’, and it has nothing to do with what you buy and everything to do with you.

Your skin, your body, your ability to learn baby cues, your milk, your attention and how you ‘attach’. Sound scary? Fear not! It turns out Mother Nature did an amazing job preparing you for the task of nurturing your baby.

You are a remarkable nest.

In this workshop you will learn about the innate infant instincts, mommy instincts, the importance of skin-to-skin, laid back breastfeeding, and baby body language. It is an exciting time to be having a baby! It is your time! Enjoy it to the fullest. It will be gone in the blink of an eye.

Saturday, November 9th 10:30am – noon
NextSpace Potrero Hill, 365 Vermont Street, San Francisco

RSVP here on eventbrite.  All mothers, dads and babies are welcome.

The Best Birth – Pregnancy Extravaganza! in NYC…


If you’re in New York and expecting, check out this Pregnancy Extravaganza hosted by The Best Birth and Sprout. Loads to learn and share…you might even see Nesting Days there!

Sarah McMoyler, RN, BSN, author of The Best Birth

Dr Alisa Baer, the NYC Car Seat Lady demonstrates safety tips

Product demonstrations – infant carriers

Goodie Bags for first 50 attendees (over $400 value)

Raffle Extraordinaire!

Refreshments

Dads and partners highly encouraged to attend! – Fun prizes especially for partner

The Best Birth – Pregnancy Extravaganza!

Monday, November 11th –  5:30 pm
Sprout, 1375 Third Avenue (@ 78th), NYC

RSVP on eventbrite

Meet Zorana!

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From the beach, to the park, to the mall to a birthday party! This local mom is nesting in Nesting Days everywhere she goes. We love seeing photographs of our beautiful moms and newborns–Thank you for sharing!

In the hood! overstimulation is fun for us grownups, but newborns need something different…

Everyday I look out my window from the dining room/now home office and think about how lucky I am to be in San Francisco! I’m a bit tired after a busy weekend at the Potrero Hill Festival and a Mom meet up, but it was well worth it!

I’ve been a part of the Potrero Hill community for the past 15 years and the 24th annual Potrero Hill Festival was a true representation of what I love about this community–the people. In between greeting and sharing our carrier, I soaked up the sun and watched the new families flutter around me, aspiring to hold on to the values that are important to them.

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There’s an artistic spirit that is alive and flourishing. Not only did the inhabitants of Potrero Hill find a home for their families, they found a home for their creativity. Beyond these borders, this city still carries a strong alternative pulse, where out-of-the-box thinking has always been a trademark in its history.

The people here are socially responsible, actually gardening in the community, promoting sustainability and are actively dedicated to nurturing each other. I realized this is my little nest. A nest is sheltering, but it doesn’t have to be confining. It’s there for you when you need it and helps you deal with the outside world.

A nearby business owner approached to ask questions with interest for her expecting daughter-in-law. She wore a piece of the former Bay Bridge lights as a necklace, a rare homage to a staple in San Francisco history. Another one of our new moms came along and agreed to join forces with Nesting Days as a graphic artist, all while she tried on her new carrier for size. As the day pushed on, under a gorgeous Indian summer sky, another woman stopped to inspect Nesting Days. After what seemed like a thorough once-over, we anticipated a million questions about our carrier. She surprised us with only one, “Can I fit my dog in this?”. That’s San Francisco for you!

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Amidst all the activity at the Potrero Hill Festival, I realized how often we are over stimulated. Generally this is great, though sometimes a bit overwhelming. While my nest is Potrero Hill, full of an active kind of creative nurturing, we need to provide newborns with a much different kind of nest.

The latest evidence has shown that neurologically newborns cannot self soothe or tune out on their own. They need your help to deal with the overstimulation of our world. The nest that Nesting Days creates is a much more intimate, safer space for you to be with your baby and learn the cues that will tell you what they need. I’ve had some moms approach me for tips on how to use the Nesting Days Newborn Carrier and I am happy to help out–just email me!  I’ll also be sharing some  tips in our upcoming newsletter and hosting a workshop on November 9th on The Art of Nesting, were we will really dive into recreating the human nest outside the womb.

Until then, happy nesting!

Julie

Meet When at Home’s Kristen!

Kristen from When at Home reviews our carrier!

Kristen from When at Home just reviewed our carrier! We love her blog and her beautiful photos. She has the best how to put on series:

Kristen from When at Home took this series!! We love it!

I can vouch for every single point. Emery has lived in this thing since it arrived and it has done WONDERS for my piece of  my mind.  I wish I’d discovered it before he was born because he’s almost at the weight limit right now. The carrier is designed specifically for newborns, which is what makes it so fantastic. You don’t have to try to make it work with inserts and adjustments, like with other carriers. This cradles the baby and provides the skin to skin comfort that is so essential for those precious new lives. Also, it was designed with the postpartum body in mind, so the fabric fits tight around the belly, not only to give support to the baby, but to help shape that after baby belly. –Kristen

Read the rest of her post on her blog When at Home here!

traveling in Nesting Days!

One of our moms just sent in this adorable photo of flying in Nesting Days! Be handsfree on your next trip–get your own newborn carrier here.
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Thanks to the Nesting Days newborn carrier I was able to fly to visit family in OH from CA with a 2 year old and a 12 week old! Loved being able to keep him in the carrier the whole flight as I’ve always been asked to remove them from my Ergo or Babybjorn for take off/landing.

 

Reflecting on Treasure Island and our first workshop!

I spent last week getting ready for our first public appearance after launching Nesting Days. Honestly, I needed some time to recover from the craziness of running a Kickstarter campaign and getting out all the first orders. Between the sew shop, the post office and home deliveries, I’ve had my hands full! It seemed like just the right time to get out there and meet some new families.

Getting our booth ready was a lot of work, but brought me back to the ‘making of’ stage, preparing a booth, painting, building, and figuring out the unknowns — finding sandbags, being social online, using instagram…

I woke up early Saturday and loaded up the truck–the bed was full and tied down with a rope that was too long, but we made it work. We got there and met all the other vendors, mostly small food companies and flea market usuals driving in from all over the Bay Area to set up shop. We got our little cup of vendor coffee and built up Nesting Days.

Nesting Days on Treasure Island

Nesting Days on Treasure Island

We met so many moms, pregnant women, new dads, new families, babies, grandmas, grandpas, girlfriends, cousins, aunts, uncles, and they all would see our sign and our photos, then look at our newborn carrier on the mannequin and literally point and say ‘ahhh’ or ‘wow’ or ‘how beautiful’. It was really amazing to see so many different types of people, at every stage in life, respond to Nesting Days.

Almost every single new mom grandma (especially new ones) stopped to chat and we swapped stories; each one of them was open to skin-to-skin and the power of being with your baby from day one. Some shared the fears and frustrations of their own daughters about to give birth, and how complicated it can sometimes be sharing your wisdom, while letting them be their own mother in their own way.

The Art of Nesting Workshop Saturday, October 26th

The Art of Nesting Workshop Saturday, October 26th

Which brings me to some news — Nesting Days will be hosting a series of workshops starting this month. The first will be ‘The Art of Nesting’ on Saturday, November 9th at 10:30am in our Nesting Days garden. We will hone in on what it means to rediscover the power of skin-to-skin and recreating a human nest outside the womb in the first days, weeks and months after giving birth.  RSVP by emailing me at julie@nestingdays.com.

The second workshop will be on the Mother/Daughter relationship and about how cross generational connection can enrich the relationship between mother and daughter to help the new baby come into the world with the powerful union of two generations of mothers.

This podcast is a great example of that connection — Hillary Frank has a series called ‘The Longest Shortest Time’ sharing stories about the early days of motherhood. In this episode, called ‘Nurse, get the handcuffs’  Hillary listens to her own mother share her birth story–the frustrations, fears and setbacks were all the same, but still very different.

In our experience at Treasure Island and talking about the benefits of skin-to-skin care and postpartum transition for new mothers, it was almost unanimous that these new changes, these new evidence based kinds of changes that are occurring in infant care and babywearing, are positive and long awaited for.

There wasn’t much push back, no matter how old they were, women (and men!) really do understand this, We now have the support of science, now we need the support of each other as well.

–Julie