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.

 

 

 

Baby on a Budget: Just One Baby Carrier

Wrapsody Hybrid Baby Carrier Wrap

 

Before you have a baby, you probably aren’t sure exactly what you need. I’m sharing my experience to help you avoid buying stuff you won’t use.

A baby carrier is one of the baby essentials I recommend for you, even if you have a short list and a tight budget. Save money by buying just one baby carrier.

Why Is a Baby Carrier Essential?

  • Your baby gets what s/he wants: being close to you.
  • You keep baby close enough to kiss, so you become atuned to your baby’s needs. (The “attachment” in attachment parenting.)
  • You are free to use your arms and keep moving.

Especially in the first few months, most babies want to be very close to their parents. After babies start to move around, they will still spend a lot of time asking to be picked up. You have a higher vantage point to see the world. You are comfort when there is too much stimulation. Even a toddler wants to be held a lot. I still think of my little boy (before he was 6′ tall) saying, “Hold me,” and me getting out the sling that was sturdy enough to hold a toddler.

You will hold your child a lot. A baby carrier makes that a lot easier.

How to Save Money on Baby Carriers

Baby carriers are an expensive item because they involve a lot of high-quality fabric. I wouldn’t advise you to save money by getting a low-quality carrier or low-quality fabric. This is a safety issue. The baby carrier industry has done a great job in the past few years creating a standard that keeps your baby safe. It’s worth choosing a carrier that adheres to the high standard.

So, my alternative method of saving on baby carriers is to get just one carrier that works for all sizes and situations.

The One Baby Carrier: Wrapsody Bali Stretch Hybrid

The staff at bynature.ca recommends the Wrapsody Bali Stretch Hybrid as their most versatile and economical carrier over the lifetime of your use.

  • Wear newborn to toddler
  • Use as front carrier, hip carrier, or back carrier
  • One size fits all. 6 yards of fabric with hemmed, tapered ends so it is easy to tie
  • Soft fabric doesn’t create pressure points on your body, like heavier wraps or too quick wrapping sometimes creates
  • Compact enough to fit in your bag
  • Includes a DVD to help you learn wrapping

It is perfect for newborn.
Wrapsody Bali Stretch Wrap Aphrodite pattern

Perfect for napping babies.
Wrapsody Bali Stretch Wrap Alyssa

And also perfect for toddlers who really need to see the world.
Wrapsody Bali Stretch Wrap Chronos

What makes this carrier a particular favorite is the soft, stretchy fabric. This 100% cotton fabric is soft like a stretchy wrap but strong and supportive enough to function like a woven wrap.

One of the most important things for about a baby carrier, since you will be spending a lot of time wearing it over the next few years, is what it looks like. I hated my baby sling that had pastel baby patterns on it. I always reached for the one that matched my clothes (black). Think about how you dress, and buy your baby carrier accordingly. You will save yourself having to buy another one because you hesitate to wear the first.

With the Wrapsody Bali, the choices are gorgeous. Each one is unique because of the variations in hand-dyed and batiked fabric (from Bali, Indonesia). You can get a beautiful pattern, if that fits you, or a rainbow stripe, or a more subtle, neutral color. You have choices, and they are all dyed with baby-safe dyes (no heavy metals). You baby will suck and chew on the carrier, so that is important.

You will probably be wearing this carrier every day for a year, most days for the year after that, and occasionally into the third year. You will get a lot of wear out of your baby carrier. Don’t let the price tag scare you into skipping the baby carrier or opting for a cheaper version that you will have to replace.

Choose wisely the first time, and you will save in the long run.

More Baby on a Budget

All this month we will feature posts on saving money with babies.

See my short list of baby essentials and the stuff you will find on all of the other lists but you probably won’t use: “Baby on a Budget: What Do You Really Need?”

What is the best way to save on cloth diapers? Find out in “Baby on a Budget: Cloth Diapers.”

And, simplest of all, what do you need to buy to breastfeed? My answer in “Baby on a Budget: Breastfeeding Supplies.”

Cool Babywearing in Hot Weather

Sakura Bloom baby ring sling

When you are babywearing in hot weather, there are three elements of summer cool.

Fire – Stay out of the Sun!

First step for summer cool, stay in the shade whenever possible. If you have a baby less than six months old, you should avoid sun exposure completely. If you have to be out in the sun, consider making your own shade with a big-brimmed hat or an umbrella (or, more appropriately, a parasol—which means “for sun”). Of course, if you are dealing with humidity as well as heat, the shade might keep you from sunburn but it won’t necessarily keep you cool.

A sun cover, either a sunshade made for the purpose or the long tail of a ring sling, can help keep the sun off you and baby.

Water – Drink Enough!

Stay hydrated. If you are breastfeeding, you will need a lot more water than you did before baby in order to stay hydrated and healthy this summer. Keep drinking water, and keep feeding your baby.

If you feeling too hot while babywearing, stopping in the shade to unwrap and drink could give you the break you need.

Air – Allow a Breeze!

Face it: you are going to sweat. Maybe it’s just Me of the Desert, but this was the most miserable part of summers for me when I lived in a humid, coastal area. Once you just let it happen, you can deal with it. Dealing means seeking a breeze. If nature doesn’t give you a breeze, make your own with a fan or a waving sling tail.

A lighter weight baby carrier will allow some cooling through the fabric itself, so choose the lightest weight carrier that gives you the sturdiness you need. Walking around town you will need less structure than hiking up hills wearing your baby.


Which Baby Carrier Works Well for Summer?

We’ve added two new wraps to bynature.ca that are perfect for the heat. Because we get many cottagers and boaters in our area who are escaping from Toronto for some rest and relaxation, we just had to bring these in.

Wrapsody Breeze Baby Carrier
Wrapsody Bali Breeze Baby Wrap Carrier
Wrapsody Water Wrap Duo
Wrapsody Water Wrap Duo

Though it’s still too soon to tell, we think the Wrapsody Breeze is going to be a best-seller this summer. Parents that have come out to the store to try one on are just loving how light and airy it is. Nature Mom has been a personal fan of Wrapsody’s gorgeous hand-dyed and hand-batiked prints for years.

Wrapsody Bali Stretch Hybrid Wrap
Wrapsody Bali Stretch Baby Wrap
We’re also carrying Wrapsody’s Stretch Hybrid, and, while it isn’t as light and summery as the Breeze, this lighter version provides the same function for parents who love woven wraps. The fabric is buttery soft, lightweight, and perfect for a newborn or toddler alike. In the store, we just love this wrap and it’s amazing fabric. Watch out, though. This wrap might give you baby fever, leaving you wishing for a little tiny newborn to snuggle up in one!
Sakura Bloom
Sakura Bloom baby sling

Sakura Bloom linen slings are a best-seller this time of year, and their colours have recently been updated.