Mother-made Baby Carriers

Many of the best-known baby carriers were created by mothers who still own and run the companies. This week we focus on mother inventors. Maya Wrap Susan Gmeiner first created a sling when she was a first-time mother trying to get things done while keeping her baby close. She preferred the adaptability of a ring sling. … Read more

Mother-made Cloth Diapers

Many of the cloth diaper brands that have become familiar were created by mothers who still own and run the companies. This week we focus on mother inventors. Bummis Betsy Thomas is a mother of three. She was one of three mothers who started Bummis in 1988 as a “kitchen table business.” They cloth diapered their … Read more

Positive Babywearing Developments

There have been some really positive developments in baby sling safety in the past week since an AP story first alarmed so many dedicated babywearers. First, manufacturers of baby carriers issued a joint statement on baby sling safety concerns. They point out that an ASTM subcommittee started writing Sling Carrier Standards two years ago. The vast benefits of babywearing … Read more

The New Year for Parenting by Nature

During the past year, Eco Baby Steps has posted profiles of some of the great people who manufacture products that Parenting by Nature carries. As a New Year’s treat, I want to give you an opportunity to learn more about the woman behind both the store and the blog: Nature Mom, Tamara Champion. What motivated you to … Read more

Baby Carrier Manufacturer Profile: Beco

Continuing our series of baby carrier manufacturer profiles, this week we feature Gabby Caperon, designer of the award-winning Beco Baby Carrier. What inspired you to become a manufacturer of baby carriers? The company got started in March 2005 about a month before Duke (our only son) was born. I have originally started as a diaper cover business (under … Read more