Handwoven Wrap Carrier

Neobulle Woven Baby Wrap carrier

 

Looking for a special gift for a new parent or for yourself? We love the new Neobulle Woven baby wrap for ease, softness, and beauty.

With the tools, the stuff of parenting, simple works perfectly. We don’t need a lot of extras. If you are managing to keep your needs for baby gear simple, you might want to splurge on a few special items.

Because we wear our babies hours a day, every day for the first two or more years, a baby carrier is a perfect place to treat yourself to something especially nice. For me, buying the best baby wrap is one of those rare gifts for myself.

Our favorite woven wrap is a new product to the bynature.ca store: Neobulle Woven Baby Wraps.

  • Easy to use, even for beginners
  • Big range of carry positions
  • Birth to toddlers (up to 45lbs)
  • Beautiful colors, from bright to subtle to print
  • High-quality weave
  • 100% Certified Öko-Tex cotton, stringent testing for harmful chemicals
  • Rave reviews for amazing support
  • Sturdy material gets softer with washing and wear

Hand-woven Wrap

Neobulle handwoven baby wrap France

One of our favorite things about this wrap: it’s handwoven. I love knowing that I’m supporting the work of artisans who create beautiful fabrics like these. Neobulle is designed and woven in France to the highest standards.

Handwoven wrap baby carriers are becoming quite popular. We see that in our store, and we have started to carry more styles and brands to give parents choices.

We hope you love this wrap as much as we do. Stop by the store or sign up for our Better Babywearing Clinic for Woven Wraps on the first Wednesday of each month to learn more about baby wraps in general and Neobulle in particular. Feel for yourself how soft and stretchy it is.

 

 

Our New Favorite Baby Carrier: Onya

Onya Baby Carrier

 

Onya Baby Carriers combine the basic approach of an onbuhimbo (Onbu, Japanese carrier a bit like a mei tai carrier) with structure and ease of a buckle carrier. What you will love the most: Onya is also a baby seat. Wear your baby on the go, then harness to a straight-backed chair once you arrive. The carrier has been on the market for a few years, but it is new to the bynature.ca store.

Onya Baby Carriers

All Onya carriers hold the baby inward-facing, in the froggy M-shape (with high knees). The carrier can be used for front, back and side carry. You can breastfeed using the carrier, because the hip strap dips low under the baby to distribute the baby weight evenly on your body. High body of the carrier supports your growing baby.

You have three choices with the Onya: The Cruiser (100% brushed cotton), The Outback (water-resistant, rip-stop nylon with air-mesh lining), or The NexStep (100% recycled soft polyester twill with air-mesh lining). Onya carriers are made fairly in the Philippines.

The Cruiser
Onya cotton baby carrier

The Outback
Onya Baby Carrier Outback

The NexStep
Onya Baby Carrier Next Step

Notice all of the zippers. Useful features of the Onya include two zippered pockets, toy loops, and a D-ring clip to attach your keys. Sleeping hood with built-in sun protection can be tucked away into a pocket when not in use.

Each of the Onya carriers can be used as a baby seat when attached to a straight-back chair.

Onya Baby Seat

You can use the Onya carrier for a newborn when you snap-in the organic cotton terry Baby Booster, which gives support before your baby has head and neck control.

Onya Baby Carrier Newborn Insert

When your baby starts chewing on the carrier, and you know you babies will, you can add the organic cotton terry Chewie Teething Pad.

Onya Baby Carrier teethers

We also sell the Onya and accessories bundled together for a savings.

Onya Baby Bundle

Learn Babywearing in Person

At bynature.ca we provide trained and certified babywearing instructors to be sure that you get the baby carrier that fits your needs then you know how to use the carrier safely once you decide which is right for you and your baby.

If you are new to the idea of babywearing, try our Babywearing 101 workshop for new and expectant parents. The workshop lasts about 1.5 hours at the Parenting by Nature store.

All baby carriers purchased from bynature.ca include a complimentary 30-minute lesson on use at our store. If you want to take the lesson before you buy, you can apply the private consultation fee (up to a maximum of $20) to your baby carrier purchase within 7 days of the consultation.

To give you ongoing support, we hold a Better Babywearing Clinic every Wednesday, cycling between Wraps, Slings, Soft-structured Carriers, and Back Carry. You can pay for one clinic at a time or buy the whole series for a savings. Bring your own carrier or try a completely new style.

This past week has been International Babywearing Week, to celebrate and bring local attention to babywearing. Parents have come together wearing their babies at local events around the world. We love supporting our customers in wearing their babies.

 

 

Simply Beautiful Sakura Bloom

Sakura Bloom baby ring slings

 

The simplicity of a ring sling makes wearing your baby tummy-to-tummy easy and secure. Ring slings have always been my favorite baby carriers because they are so easy to adjust for position and comfort and so quick to put on and take off. They pack up small in your bag, and they don’t add bulk or hot layers over your clothes. They are the perfect balance of adjustability with ease.

Combine that simple utility of the ring sling with stunning beauty, and you get Sakura Bloom.

I just returned from a monstrously huge baby products trade show in Las Vegas. Every year I’m struck by how useless so much of the stuff is. I see products that are the life’s ambitions of the inventors—life’s ambitions and life savings. And, so few will survive because they are single-purpose, short-term products that don’t really improve lives. So many of these products just provide more ways not to touch babies when babies ask to be touched.

Yet, in the midst of that ocean of shocking color and plastic, there are areas of soothing, natural calm. I, of course, move straight toward the calm.

And, there is Sakura Bloom.

  • The product is simply beautiful.
  • The brand is touching.
  • The new products are irresistible.

Babywearing is all about touch, and sling style baby carriers can be used from newborn through toddler. These are the opposite of the short-term, no-touch products that abound at the baby products trade show.

We know our customers love the popular Sakura Bloom baby slings, so we have picked up their new products, and we have a few of these beauties on their way to the store right now.

If you are wondering about the difference between the Sakura Bloom sling styles, look for either silk or linen. The Irish linen is in the process of being replaced by Belgian linen, so you will see those listed separately. You can also get either single- or double-layer. The double layer gives more support for a bigger, older baby, and the single layer is perfect for summer with a newborn. Then, there are the special collections like Shabd Shibori.

Hand-dyed baby carriers

Shabd Shibori Collection
In-Store Only
Pattern/Color: Rich blues in four distinct pattern families: triangle, line, square, and feather. Every sling is one-of-a-kind.
Material: Single layer of 100% Belgian linen
Weight: lightweight & breathable
Made in USA

These slings are Sakura Bloom’s latest collaboration with Shabd Simon-Alexander. For this collection the artist has utilized Shibori — the centuries-old Japanese dyeing technique that highlights geometric repeat patterns. Shabd Shibori for Sakura Bloom is rendered in sophisticated, rich hues of blue.

Each sling is one-of-a-kind, dyed by hand in Brooklyn. This time, Shabd’s canvas is the Classic Linen—beautiful Belgian flax spun and woven to perfection. Shabd Simon-Alexander is an internationally renowned textile artist, designer, author and teacher with a background in fine arts. Her clothing line, shabd, is carried in high-end boutiques and art museums around the world. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NYC.

Dream about them online then come into our store in Orillia to choose your new sling in person.

Double Silk
Pattern/Color: Choice of color pairs. Reversible.
Material: Two layers of Indian dupioni silk
Weight: Lightweight & breathable, extra support for larger baby
Made in USA

Single Silk
Pattern/Color: Four gorgeous colors
Material: One layer of Indian dupioni silk
Weight: Lightweight & breathable, better for smaller baby
Made in USA

Double Linen
Pattern/Color: Choice of color pairs. Reversible
Material: Two layers of 100% Irish linen
Weight: Lightweight & breathable, extra support for larger baby
Made in USA

Single Linen
This Pure Collection of single-layer Irish linen is being replaced by the single-layer Belgian linen of the NEW Classic collection. When they are gone, they are gone.
Pattern/Color: 9 colors, including 2 organic
Material: One layer of 100% Irish linen
Weight: Lightweight & breathable
Made in USA

Chambray
In stock soon!
Pattern/Color: Choice of cross-woven colors
Material: Two layers of 100% Belgian linen
Weight: Medium-weight & breathable, a popular choice for the Canadian climate
Made in USA

NEW Classic Collection 
In stock soon! New slings on their way to the store. These will be replacing the Irish linen slings. This is the new basic Sakura Bloom baby sling.
Pattern/Color: Choice of colors
Material: One layer of 100% Belgian linen
Weight: Lightweight & breathable
Made in USA

Sakura Bloom Classic baby sling

Remember that every baby carrier purchased from bynature.ca includes a complimentary babywearing lesson with a Trained Babywearing Educator in our store in Orillia. Come in and see why parents love these slings so much.

 

 

 

Made in Canada Favourites

Anointment Skin Care Gift Set

 

Feeling all Canadian this weekend? Think about this: when we buy Made in Canada products from local stores, we are making sure that our money works harder for us. We are supporting local jobs in manufacturing and retail. We’re boosting local value for ourselves as well as for those who make and sell what we buy.

At bynature.ca we are careful about every product we stock. We always look close to home first, so we have found a lot of great parenting products Made in Canada. These are a few of our favourites that you might consider next time you are shopping.

Anointment
Handmade Natural Skin Care

Anointment Natural Skin Care Baby Balm

Range: herbal soaps, new mom & baby, beard & skin care for men, lip balm
Home: Sackville, New Brunswick
Cool Fact: The owner lives in a 150-year old farmhouse, where she grows many of the herbs used in Anointment products.

Naked Tank
Nursing Tank that covers your mid-section

Naked Tank breastfeeding tank

Range: Cotton or Bamboo Nursing Tanks
Home: Guelph, Ontario
Cool Fact: One of the co-owners cut up her own tank top to find a comfortable solution that would work with any bra. When that top sagged, she asked her mother to help her make a shirt that worked. Now, that is the Naked Tank.

Co-operative Games
Family Pastimes makes 100+ games

Cooperative Games Yard Sale

Range: Games by age group, multi-age, and game books
Home: Perth, Ontario
Cool Fact: Founded in 1972 because the founder wanted games for his own children that reinforced sharing attitudes. They still use the shop they built for the business in 1984.

Colibri / Sling Sisters
Organic baby products

Colibri Organic Cotton Wrap

Range: Wrap-style baby carriers, wet bags, snack bags
Home: St Adolphe, Manitoba
Cool Fact: These sisters (actual sisters) design and make all of their products in their own facility in Manitoba.

See these and more Made in Canada products in the bynature.ca store in Orillia, Ontario. Until then, Happy Canada Day.

 

Baby Carrier Safety

Baby Carrier Safety

 

Your baby belongs close to you. Babywearing keeps your baby close enough to kiss. We find, though, that a lot of parents start with concerns about the safety of babywearing and baby carriers.

Parents are right to be concerned. Babywearing is safe when done right with a safe carrier, but not all carriers are equal.

Baby Carrier Safety

Until quite recently, every parent had to rely on baby carrier manufacturers themselves to make safe products without any basic standards to guide them. It was manufacturers themselves who sought standards, and they now have clear, strict standards for making baby carriers as well as clear guidelines for parents to be sure that they use baby carriers safely. An international alliance of baby carrier manufacturers, store owners, and babywearing educators all join together in one organization that oversees baby carrier safety: the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (BCIA).

Basic Babywearing Guidelines

Always keep in mind a few basic guidelines:

  • Holding position. Keep your baby in a position you would hold them in arms. Using a carrier mimics holding your baby.
  • Close enough to kiss. Unlike a should bag, your baby shouldn’t be hanging low. Keep the baby up high as you would hold them without a carrier.
  • Face visible. You need to be able to see you baby’s face at all times without skin, fabric, or anything else in the way.
  • Head and neck supported. This is very important. Proper support keeps your baby’s airway from restricting.

Wearing your baby safely is a skill you need to learn. Basic guidelines help, but they aren’t enough. This is why bynature.ca staff are Certified Babywearing Experts, trained to help you learn the skills you need for safe use of your carrier with your baby.

Please come by the store to learn more about babywearing. We want you to be close and safe.

Babywearing Workshops

Which workshop or consultant do you need? Choose from four. If you aren’t sure, drop by or call.

Just starting out? Our Babywearing 101 workshop for new and expectant parents is a great way to prepare for your baby’s birth or learn to wear your infant under 3 months old. The workshop is about 1.5 hours. Register online or in the store.

If you already know the basics, our Better Babywearing Clinic might be for you. Every Thursday morning at 10:00AM we hold a clinic that lasts 30-45 minutes where you learn infant physiology and step-by-step instruction. Each week, we focus on a specific style of carriers, so choose the week you attend based on the style you are interested in. We will also help you try carriers before you buy them after the clinic. Register online or in the store.

If you need more help, we also provide private babywearing consultation. If you’ve already attended the Bettery Babywearing clinic, you start with a 30-minute session. Without the clinic, you will need two 30-minute sessions. Your fee can be deducted from the cost of your carrier purchased from Parenting by Nature within seven days. Register online or in the store.

If you just need your carrier fitted, we can walk you through your choices, help you get the right carrier, and give you lessons to get started. Register for the Baby Carrier Fitting Service for a 30-minute consultation. Your fee can be deducted from the cost of your carrier purchased from Parenting by Nature within seven days. Register online or in the store.

It always helps to be well informed. For more babywearing safety, see the collection of links from BCIA.