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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Nesting Days and Kanga Kare are sending a joint message to the world of the amazing benefits of skin-to-skin care for premature and full-term newborns, both here and around the world

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We’re so excited to share our holiday special–Buy one, Give one!

Starting Thanksgiving Day until January 1st, 2014, we will donate one Nesting Days Newborn Carriers for every newborn carrier sold online to the Kanga Kare Project, sending a joint message to the world of the amazing benefits of skin-to-skin care for premature and full-term newborns both here and around the world.

My involvement started when Asad Akbany approached me about attending the Art of Nesting Workshop to learn more about my involvement in skin-to-skin, and we realized we have the same mission: To change the way babies are being welcomed into the world.

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Asad is part of a five person team of undergraduate students (including Ian Shain, Lucas Gérard, Gary Duan and Pieter Doevendans) taking a social entrepreneurship class at UC Berkeley. The students are working on a product called Kanga Kare to help premature babies in Lampang, Thailand. They will be receiving the Nesting Day’s carriers on behalf of the Lampang hospital for distribution to parents in need.

“We got the idea of developing an inexpensive, skin-to-skin transport device that maintains the ill/premature infant’s temperature in lieu of expensive incubators and emergency vehicles not available in most developing countries” — said Asad Akbany, who was a born premature, ”when we found Julie’s project, we had to meet with her and get advice on our Kanga Kare Incubator.”

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We decided to donate Nesting Days Newborn Carriers to mothers in need through their group as a way to give back this holiday season.

Nesting Days already has a program to give Newborn Carriers and skin-to-skin education to at-risk babies and mothers at San Francisco General Hospital, partly funded through their recent Kickstarter Campaign. I’ll be hosting another Art of Nesting workshop at Carmel Blue on January 18th, 2014 for expecting parents wanting to learn more about the benefits of skin-to-skin care and safe babywearing. You can read more about Kangaroo Care in the practical guide by the World Health Organization below.

So this season — when you buy one baby carrier – you are really buying two. Share the gift of life, the knowledge of evidence-based science, and the power of skin-to-skin! Give away!

-Julie

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