New Review & Giveaway by 7x7xMommy!

We love reading what our customers and bloggers think of our carrier! Check out this review by 7x7xMommy and click through to her site to see more photos of Nesting Days in action and enter to win one of your own!

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Once I pulled the Nesting Days carrier out of its adorable packaging, I had a great feeling about it because the fabric was so soft, the instructions seemed clear, and I loved that it was black and white (so it would go with my entire “wardrobe” which consists of primarily black workout pants). And once I put the carrier on I realized how incredibly comfortable it was…it was like an extension of the yoga pants I was wearing but it actually served an incredibly useful purpose – it helped me hold my baby hands free!

Now that we’re five weeks into Caroline’s life, I have come up with the following takeaways from my experience with the Nesting Days carrier ::

  1. It is extremely comfortable
  2. Caroline loves being close to my chest and my heartbeat, so it’s the perfect place to make her happy
  3. After a little practice, it’s easy to get on and adjust
  4. It makes skin to skin time easy (especially with how busy I can be with the other girls)
  5. It’s easy to care for
  6. It’s pretty – I can’t say that about my other carriers!

And since this is an honest review, I have discovered one aspect that leads me to wear it almost exclusively at home. It’s the fact that I have to pull it on from the bottom up. Since I’m typically running around like a chicken with my head cut off when I’m out and about, I have found that it can be hard to get the carrier on as quickly as I’d like to. That being said, when I’m home I will put it on in the morning and leave it on all the time since it’s so comfortable – I could never do that with a Bjorn or other carriers that have hard, uncomfortable parts!

Read the rest of the review here and share the giveaway with your friends! 

Get Ready for the Ride of a Lifetime

At our son’s engagement party several years ago, his father gave a beautiful toast in front of friends and family gathered in our garden in San Francisco.  He ended it by singing Moon River. It was ‘our song’ back in 1970. Even after all these years he still could surprise me…and take my breath away!

Little did we know back then that our journey on the Moon River would be 44 years and counting…that many of our dreams would came true, but not all of them…that our hearts would break, but not be broken…and that the river would have so many surprises in store for us.

Moon River 1970

And just when it seems like we’ve seen and done it all…there is another bend in the river…another rainbow to chase (Nesting Days for me)…and the realization that when you open yourself up to life, you are bound to have the ride of your life.

Perhaps the biggest lesson the Moon River has helped me learn is  to appreciate the person I’ve shared this journey with, my husband, George.  At the tender age of twenty-two he took on the responsibilities of fatherhood, and never looked back. He did it all ‘in style’. I took this picture of him this morning as he was going off to work at Chubbies (he’s wearing Chubbies shorts) . Why do men just get more handsome with age?

Father's Day || Moon River

This Father’s Day, I want to say thank you to the incredible man who has made my trip down the Moon River such an amazing journey.

Here is link to the version of Moon River that Andy Williams recorded in 1970. I know it is old (like us) but it might help you stop for moment and think about who has helped you on your journey through life, and to thank them from the bottom of your heart.

For all the new and expecting moms and dads who are reading this, do a little dance to ‘your song’, and get ready for the ride of your life!

Julie,

Your Chief Mother Officer

 

 

Happier Breastfeeding : When Leaning in Doesn’t Work, Try Leaning Back!

I’ve asked Kristen LaValley to tell her story in this post about breastfeeding, and she has graciously accepted my invitation. She has a wonderful blog, When At Home, with many loyal followers, and has been a Nesting Days since she used it with her second baby. She is also helping me out with social media. Being the Chief Mother Officer of Nesting Days is a big job, and I appreciate her help tremendously! – Julie

Kristen’s story:

When I was pregnant with my first son, I realize I knew zero about breastfeeding. The first person I’d ever really seen nurse a baby was my sister in law and it terrified me. So when we started reading all the baby books to get us “ready” for the baby (HA. Right. Thanks, books for teaching me so much.), I started to realize that nursing wasn’t as easy as I thought it was.

Book after book after book. I read everything. Nipple confusion, latch problems, let down problems, what to do when your milk supply dwindles, what to eat, where to sit in your house, something about cabbage and fennugreek and things that were just totally foreign to me. When Jonah was born and I asked the nurse if I should try to breastfeed him, she laughed at me. When I was having trouble feeding him, and he wasn’t latching on or eating, they threw a nipple shield at me. The nurse threw it on top of my chest and walked out of the room. My husband and I looked at each other totally confused and fumbled around trying to figure out what it was supposed to do.

So here I was, with this wealth of knowledge on how to breastfeed and I couldn’t do it. I fumbled. I fought. I cried. We struggled for 6 months and then I just gave up. The books weren’t helping me. In retrospect, I realize that instead of looking to books when we had a problem, I should’ve just been doing what felt natural. But I didn’t know what my instincts were, much less that I should trust them.

With my second baby, I used the Nesting Days newborn carrier. I enjoyed more skin-to-skin, and breastfeeding came more naturally. Breastfeeding isn’t something you learn so much, as it’s something you do, and  I had learned to trust myself and my body. I had to let go of the ‘rules’ and learn to sit back and enjoy the endless hours of nursing.  I knew this time they would end sooner than I wished.BabywearingNestingDays

As the creator of Nesting Days, Julie has done her research.  Here are two resource references I thought would interest you, and we will be sharing many more in coming blogs.

The first is this story about premature babies at a remote hospital in Zimbabwe in 1994. It is the beautiful example of how simple and natural caring for babies should be. These premie babies were given 24/7 skin to skin care and the mamas beds were propped up at a 30 degree angle so they could rest and recover while holding their babies.  This kept mama comfortable and baby (laying against mom’s chest) was in no danger of chin to chest compression or breathing inhibitions. The babies thrived without incubators and very little intravenous feedings. The mother was the incubator and her milk was the baby’s main source of nutrition.

The second is about “laid back nursing”, based on the work of social anthropologist, Susan Colson, who traveled the world observing how mothers in other cultures nursed their baby. Dr. Colson found that most reclined slightly, with their baby’s weight fully supported on their own bodies. She observed that this ‘laid back’ position provided greater comfort for the mother, more skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby, and a more relaxed the baby, in contrast to sitting up with the baby tense as it tries to protect itself from falling through space.

Getting comfortable, leaning back, enjoying being skin-to-skin… if you’re having trouble breastfeeding, try leaning back. Save  ‘leaning in’ for later. There’s plenty of time.

– Kristen, When at Home

When Leaning In Doesn't Work