Nesting Days Newborn Carrier // Double Duty Mom // Review & Giveaway!

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.

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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.
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*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!!

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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/

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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

We did it!

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THANK YOU for being the crowd that is funding Nesting Days’ first production.

THANK YOU for believing in me, and for seeing the potential Nesting Days has to change how we welcome babies into the world.

THANK YOU for being my first customers, and for spreading the word.

A special THANK YOU to my husband, George, for his amazing support throughout the campaign, and to Stephanie Echeveste for her patience and help with social media.

You ALL have filled my heart to overflowing!

If you missed out on the kickstarter campaign, you can now purchase a Nesting Days Newborn Carrier on our website! www.nestingdays.com

Once you have your Nesting Days, show us photos! We love seeing new moms and new babies–just use #nestingdays and we’ll find them.

Your Chief Mother Officer,

Julie

Get ‘S2S’, trust you Right Brain and Lean Back

This weekend I had the opportunity to join a group of women who were all interested in what I’m interested in, namely; newborns, new mothers, skin-to-skin, and breastfeeding.

Each had their own story to tell, and I shared my baby/mommy carrier with them and got unanimous support!

In the last few years that I’ve been working on Nesting Days, the case for skin-to-skin (S2S) contact and instinctive nursing has become so compelling, that even those most opposed to change are starting to come around.

There is now irrefutable evidence that mother’s and babies who are put skin-to-skin, especially in the ‘golden hour’ following birth, and are allowed to latch unassisted, fair far better than babies that are separated from the the mother or are bottle fed or ‘taught’ to nurse.

What I mean by ‘taught’ is the practice that has become all the rage, where a new mother is instructed in how to get a proper ‘latch’.

Recent studies have shown that the more ‘left brain teaching’ that was going on, the less successful the outcome. Left alone, the ‘right brain instinct’ of both mother and baby did much better.

Bottom line, we are made to breastfeed.

It is how our species survived, and the instincts will plug in — if we trust and get out of the way! It is astounding what a newborn can do, and lactation is pretty incredible, too.

Next, lean back and enjoy it, right? I can’t tell you how many moms I meet who sit ram-rod straight up, with a ‘breast-friend’ pillow in some god awful color wrapped around their waist, gripping their babies head is a vice like grip, and holding it up to the nipple for dear life!  Oh my dear! Let’s start over.

I’ve been helping new mothers ‘lean back’  when they nurse ever since I heard Suzanne Colson speak several years ago.  Suzanne is the author of Laid Back Nursing and is a social anthropologist who has studied nursing in cultures around the world. She found that in almost every culture, other than our Western one, mothers let their babies lie, tummy to tummy with them, with their weight fully supported, to nurse.

And what about preemies?  For them, skin-to-skin is a key factor in helping mother and baby regain the conditioned instincts that enable them to nurse and bond.

So go S2S, trust your right brian and lean back —  you’ll never go back!

Your Chief Mother Officer,

Julie

6 days left!

That means only 6 more days to be the first to own a Nesting Days Newborn Carrier, or the first to give a Newborn Carrier to a mom and baby in need at San Francisco General Hospital, or the first to enjoy the Nesting Days Cabin in the Sierra Foothills!  We have even more rewards here.

Please tell everyone you know about Nesting Days on Kickstarter! Let’s keep changing the world, one baby at a time.

xox,
Julie

Precious Cargo: Babywearing as an entry point to mindfulness

As a postpartum doula I have the privilege of being witness to the beginning of a love story that will last a lifetime.

While I help the new mother in many ways, I feel that my most important role is to help nurture the bond between mother and newborn.

Pictured below are two mothers I recently met. You can almost see the connection growing!  The downward gaze of the mother, the upward tilt of the baby’s head.

One of the babies in the picture below is adopted, but it doesn’t matter which.  Both are benefiting from the power of skin-to-skin contact, both are breast fed, and both are totally loved.

The adopted infant’s mother is using the Medela Supplemental Nursing System (SNS) to feed her baby, and is delighted with how easy it is to use.

Nesting Days is the only carrier that is designed for very little babies, including preemies, and is made to help the new mother hold her baby skin-to-skin while using a breast pump.

   

While being hands-free is a plus, the biggest benefits comes from ‘tuning -in’.  Having your newborn ‘heart-to-heart’, is Nature’s way of teaching us to be more mindful.

Each winch, sigh, fart, and bowel movement is relayed.  Subtle signals that baby is hungry sends a cascade of chemicals through her body. Mothers breast respond with the flow of milk even before sucking begins. The sweet smell of her baby’s neck makes her uterus contract and healing takes place postpartum. All Nature’s way of making us more mindful.

San Francisco, nurse-midwife and mindfulness teacher, Nancy Bardacke, has just written a book called Mindful Birthing. She was also my mid-wife for my second child, and I have never forgotten the lessons she taught me all those years ago. Her book isn’t just about about birth, however, it is about the importance of mindful parenting, and celebrating the joy in every moment. I highly recommend it.

My life journey, as a mother, educator, and postpartum doula has lead me to believe in the language of touch, and skin-to-skin, and lots of holding, and humming, and dancing in the moonlight.  And in the wisdom of a new mother’s body, the power of her milk, the fierceness of her love, and the softness of her heart.

Julie Arvan, Chief Mother Officer of Nesting Days