I want to wish new mom, Jennifer Mercurio, a very Happy Mother’s Day, and thank her for doing such a beautiful review on her blog, DoubleDutyMommy, of the Nesting Days Newborn Carrier! I’m so excited that I’m posting it word for word for all of my Nesting Days fans and followers to read!
You can also participate in the giveaway contest Jennifer is is running for Mother’s Day (ends 5/11), and take advantage of the a 20% discount that continues through May 30th when you enter the discount code ‘DoubleDutyMommy’ at check out!
Happy Mother’s Day!
Nesting Days Newborn Carrier // Review & Giveaway!
Disclosure: I received the Nesting Days carrier to provide my honest review. No other monetary compensation was received and receiving the car seat did not guarantee a positive review. All opinions are mine unless noted otherwise.
I’m not sure when it happened but one day browsing Instagram I stumbled upon the Nesting Days account. I started following the account and she starting following me. Julie, the inventor & creator, knew baby Ben was on the way and provided a carrier for me to review.
This isn’t some ordinary carrier though so don’t stop reading now. I can’t stand carriers that have too many buckles or things you have to remember to do. Don’t get me wrong, I do love other carriers like Boba but since Ben is so tiny it’s just annoying to deal with all the buckles and straps but the Nesting Days carrier is different in that you can wear it with or without a shirt. Yes, you heard me right.
The Nesting Days carrier allows for skin-to-skin which we all know has many benefits including the following:
- Boosts Oxycontin levels (the love hormone)
- Helps stabilize blood sugar & insulin levels
- Helps produce prolactin for milk production
- Maintains baby’s body temperature
- Lowers blood pressure and cortisol levels
- Stimulates innate newborn reflexes
- Aids with digestion * reduces reflux
Ben was born with jaundice that was getting worse and worse as the days went by so the Nesting Days carrier came in hand to do lots of skin-to-skin without keeping me tied down to the couch.
So how easy is it? Putting the carrier on is so simple!!
- Step in and pull the “core” up to your bra line.
- Raise left shoulder sleeve.
- Lower baby into carrier.
- Raise right sleeve.
- Tie right and left sleeves together!
*Don’t worry, his head was completely fine* (Just start walking and babies nestle right in.)
‘Nesting Days wants to change the way the world thinks about babies. We believe in the language of touch, and skin-to-skin, and lots of holding, humming, and dancing in the moonlight.’
I completely agree with their mission statement and all that holding and humming in the Nesting Days Carrier has definitely helped us get through the past 3 weeks.
You can get the carrier in two different prints right now – Polka Dots or Floral (the one I have). It’s not bulky and can be folded up just as flat as a tank top you have in your closet. The stretchy fabric molds to your baby for the perfect fit every time (up to 4 months of age) while keeping you cool at the same time.
We love love love this carrier so much! The price is a little steep but it’s an investment you will not regret making especially if you will be having more babies in the future. Other carriers cannot do what the Nesting Days carrier can. Thankfully Ben is only 3 weeks old so we have lots of time with the carrier still but I’ll definitely be sad when he grows too big for it.
The amazing owner, Julie, wants everyone to experience the joy of her carriers that she is giving my readers a special 20% off code!!
But that’s not all! Enter to win a carrier in the print of your choice. Go to http://doubledutymommy.com/2014/05/nesting-days-newborn-carrier-review-giveaway.html/.
We’re at our cabin in the Sierra Nevada mountains for the weekend. It sits on ten acres of wilderness on the San Juan Ridge just outside of Nevada City. We bought the property twelve years ago and slowly turned an old barn into a sweet cabin. Recent rains have turned everything around us a vivid green, the birds are singing, and spring has sprung.
I drew the plans myself, and got them through the planning commission on the first try. I wanted the round, smooth rocks of the Yuba River to be the grounding force of the cabin, and the exterior to blend into the landscape. George and I spent weekends hunting through salvage yards for windows and doors, and the doug fir plank flooring from an old Oakland warehouse to give it ‘character’, and also save money. I hunted through boxes of Heath Tile seconds to find enough to do the kitchen counter tops (which I laid myself) and their buttery tones became the color scheme. The cabin literally glows, inside and out. To transport everything, we bought a truck, which I love driving to this day, and when I’m here, I feel at peace.
I needed to blog more…but the day is coming to and end and I’m going to enjoy it. I’ll leave you with this poem, that pretty much sums it up.
by Richard LeGallienne
I meant to do my work today,
But a brown bird sang in the apple tree,
And a butterfly flitted across the field,
And all the leaves were calling me.
And the wind went sighing over the land,
Tossing the grasses to and fro,
And a rainbow held out its shining hand,
So what could I do but laugh and go?
Happy Nesting Days!
Chief Mother Officer
“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
It is Springtime in San Francisco, and yesterday I went out early into the garden — and forgot to come back in. I meant to stay only an hour, but as I weeded and watered the time just slipped by. Every once in a while I’d stop to think about all the things that I ‘should’ be doing, but ultimately, nature won out. Can you blame me? George bought me the purple hose for our anniversary. Don’t laugh, we’ve been married a long time and he knows what makes me happy.
Luckily, I am not alone. For Easter I’ve teamed up with mommy blogger, Kristen LaValley of WhenAtHome for a giveaway, and look what she posted on her blog today!
If you have a baby on the way, or know someone who does, tell them to get those entries in right away. I’m also doing a 20% off promotion with WhenAtHome for the month of April.
Look for more give-aways with other mommy bloggers in the future. They rock!
Skin hunger was first used to describe the response of newborn monkeys taken from their biological mothers and given to surrogates made of wire and soft terry cloth. They didn’t fair very well. It was then applied to infants in hospitals and orphanages in war ravaged countries, and later to preemies confined to incubators in our modern hospitals for extended periods of time. The results in all three of these scenarios was a diagnosis of ‘failure to thrive.’ These are examples what happens when skin hunger is NOT fed.
A strong skin hunger however is Nature’s way of equipping babies and mothers with the instinct to attach. Skin hunger triggers the maternal desire to hold, feed and nurture, and the baby’s desire to root, suckle, and explore. When properly fed, the result is the enhance physical and psychological health of both mother and baby, and a strong mother-child bond.
Just up the coast from me is Muir Woods. Scientists have discovered that in these ancient forests there is a Mother Tree that is larger and older than all the other trees in the forest. Her roots are literally connected with all the other trees in the forest through a huge underground network of mushrooms that are thousands of years old. The Mother Tree loving regulates the health of the forest by allocating nutrients in the soil to keep the forest thriving.
We humans have survived for thousands of years too, relying on the roots of Maternal Love in much the same way that the forests rely on the Mother Tree. Unfortunately, during the 20th century, both forests and motherhood succumb to the will of the prevailing culture that couldn’t understand what they couldn’t see. Today, however, we are at a turning point. The new sciences of the 21st century sciences are revealing to us the mystery of the cosmos, of our bodies and of our minds, and are helping us correct our past mistakes and giving us the opportunity to create new-old ways of caring for our planet and for ourselves.
At Nesting Days we focus a great deal on the biological mother, but having baby skin-to-skin makes bonding for Dads easier too, and helps to build the parental bond for adoptive parents as well. Inside the newborn carrier, the baby becomes familiar with voices, scents and motions, and learns to trust the world around him or her and is able to enjoy a multitude of biological and emotional benefits.
This is an invitation to put your roots down in the Nesting Days forest and be a collective voice for ending world skin hunger. In the Nesting Days forest there is no such thing as ‘failure to thrive.’
As we welcome our babies more lovingly into the world, we might just find that we are also becoming more compassionate about sharing this planet and also put an end to world hunger.
Email me with your comments and your stories.
P.S. – Skin hunger doesn’t disappear just because we grow up. All people, regardless of age, need to be held and touched. Pass out some hugstoday.
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