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Ring Slings and Short Wrap Pre-Tied Carries

Ring slings and shorter wraps in pre-tied carries can be quick, comfortable options for both those hot summer days AND those cold coat-wearing days. You can get the carrier all ready to go before even leaving your home! RING SLINGS For a carrier that is easily adjustable among wearers and made for newborns and toddlers, ring slings check the boxes. Bijou Wear offers a variety of ring slings in different fabric blends and lengths. To find out more about which length is best for you, click here. The learning curve can seem daunting at first, but once you get the hang of it, you can do it in your sleep (many of us are half asleep most of the week...

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As Your Family Grows: Wearing Babies While You Still Wear All The Hats

*** This article speaks directly to my experience homeschooling one child while caring for a newborn, but it applies to any family adding a newborn to the mix. *** I was discussing the phases of the moon with the tweens in my homeschool co-op class, "Mythology/Astronomy." I am sure they will never forget what waxing gibbous means because we joked about how my pregnant belly was also waxing gibbous, growing larger each week we met.   I knew soon, like the inevitable coming of the full moon, I would see the face of my second baby. Then I would be in the "fourth trimester" where the newborn would be oh so new, and some of the fun "extras" we did as...

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Bijouland: More Than Babywearing

Survival mixed with snuggles. People all around the world have been wearing children for centuries. Wearing is so much more than just “wearing.” Wearing is part of many people’s daily life. Wearing is more than “just” a carrier. Some people are drawn to carriers released on the date of their child’s birthday or date of adoption or anniversary of a life-changing medical procedure. Some people are drawn to patterns that remind them of someone they love. Some people just love a particular colorway and pattern because it makes them happy. Whatever it is, there’s a connection to be made between the wearer, wearee, and sometimes the company that helps makes these memories. At Bijou Wear there is a story behind every...

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In Case You Were Wondering Why We Babywear

I wear my baby to reduce spitup, to keep baby calm, to help baby sleep. I wear my baby for me, too. To allow me to have my hands free, to help me run errands even during naptime, for the comfort of not just the baby being close but also the wrap hugging me back.  I wear my toddler because big emotions can be calmed by snuggles, for safety in parking lots, because their little legs often can't keep up with our big legs, and because it's way more fun to chat with a chipper toddler in a wrap than to chase a rowdy one in the store. But sometimes it is more.  Sometimes we are too tired, or depressed,...

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Baskerville: The Bold Protest

When you're stuck, swing to the other side of yourself, however far the pendulum will take you. If it's tax season weighing you down, do something that makes you feel free like zooming with your feet on that low bar of the shopping cart. If the toddler is ordering you around about sandwiches, surprise her with candy sprinkles all over her meal and watch the entire evening take a massive 180 degree turn. The best advice I received in school was to read more than 50% outside of my field. Which feels impossible. And maybe it is. But your energy will crash and burn if you're always pointed in the same direction. We contain multitudes, complex and beautiful individuals that we...

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