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WrapDuo Sport and Water Wrap | Product Review

WrapDuo by Wrapsody | Sport and Water Wrap

Product Review for Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique

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SUMMER IS HERE! And here in North Carolina that means a lot of hot days spent either at the pool or the beach! This is the perfect time to take a closer look at the WrapDuO by Wrapsody: Sport and Water Wrap. This wrap is quite versatile and works on both land and water comfortably. Some use it for yoga or low-impact exercise, some use it in the shower, and it is so lightweight that it makes a great wrap for the summer heat.

 

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The fabric is made from 55% recycled fibers and comes in a zippered bag – BONUS – it can double as a wetbag! The fabric resembles swimsuit fabric so it is lightweight and folds up very small. It will fit into a quart sized Ziploc bag – so it is great for beach or vacation travel since it won’t take up much room. The fabric has a UPF 45 – so it blocks 97.5% – 98% of the suns rays. This is not only helpful in keeping your baby protected but if you spread the wrap over your shoulders you can receive some of the benefits too! The WrapDuO now comes in two colors; Black Pearl or Lagoon (shown in the pictures of this post).

 

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The wrap is a long piece of fabric (Regular size – 4.6m | Long size – 5.5m) and has tapered ends. The width of the wrap is approximate 19 inches. The wrap comes in two sizes, regular and long; regular size is sufficient for me. There is a learning curve to wrapping your baby. The packaging comes with visual instructions but you can find videos online to show you – similar to this one. AND if you are local to Raleigh NC, you can go into Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique for hands on help. Once you wrap a couple times you will get the hang of it quickly.

 

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WrapDuO is best used for babies 8 to 25 pounds. Though you could get away with a heavier baby in the water. With the small stretch in the fabric, if the baby is heavy it can be more uncomfortable. The water helps with the weight of the baby. My toddler is about 29 pounds. And when we are at the pool and he is wanting to take a nap it is easy for me to put him in the wrap. He is a tad heavy but if I get the bottom half of him in the water it is much more comfortable. I wore him a lot more in the water last year when he was only 4 or 5 months old so I imagine this wrap will come in more use with younger smaller babies. For land or fitness use – I would stay in the recommended weight range.

 

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I find that having a water wrap is quite useful when you have an older child you are attending to as well. It is much easier to ensure your older children are safe when you know your youngest is safely wrapped in the WrapDuO giving you two free hands at moments notice. Since the wrap is made of quick drying fabric it can easily air dry. And if you need to wrap your baby before it is completely dry, it will still wrap with ease even while damp. I use two pant hangers along a shower rod to hang mine dry!

 

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The WrapDuO is available online at Sweetbottoms Baby with FREE SHIPPING on all US orders. The retail price is $73

 

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Tula Baby Carrier | Product Review

Tula Baby Carrier | Toddler Tula | Product Review for Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique

Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby

I was introduced into the world of babywearing about a year after the birth of my first son. I had a moby wrap with my 1st but rarely used it due to its rather difficult instructions (especially for a beginner). It’s a good thing I didn’t wear him much because looking back at photos – I know now I wore him all wrong! When it came time for baby #2 I knew I wanted to wear him not only so that I could be hands free but to allow juggling of two kids to be a bit more seamless.

I chose a ring sling and ergo as my main carriers before my 2nd was born. I was very happy with my choices and my child loved being worn in both of them. Then he grew… and kept getting heavier. And wearing him in the Ergo on my back become and uncomfortable chore. I found myself reaching for the stroller more and more. And the days he needed a nap – I was less inclined to strap him into a carrier with a fear of how long he would nap. The Ergo was a great buckle carrier but I just found it more uncomfortable as my child grew.

The word ‘Tula’ found its way into my vocabulary at first when I was introduced to some amazing and colorful prints. I was tagged in a post for their new print – Aperture (a camera print). I fell in love – but even more so when I learned that they had a toddler size! I have spent the month wearing my kids in the Toddler Tula.

Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby Additional chest clip

Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby Wide belt and pocket

Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby Wide belt and pocket

The biggest thing I have noticed has been the comfortable factor for me! The Tula has dual-adjustment straps allowing for a perfect fit. The extra padding in the shoulders and the wide contoured hip belt help disburse the weight of the child to allow for a very comfortable carry. The belt is equipped with a velcro pocket – allowing you to carry a few items and keep even more hands free. I use this pocket when we go to the park so I can just put my keys and phone in the pocket for safe keeping.

Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby comfortable seat for babies and kids

Notice the wide seat for the kids and their legs and bottom create a comfortable ‘M’ shape. There is extra padding along the edges to allow for a more comfortable wear for the children. I wore my 25 pound toddler in the store for an hour (in a front carry) and not once did I feel the need to take him out and place him in the cart. He was happy. I was happy. The trip was a success.

Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby Additional Strap Adjuster for Broad shoulders and breasfeeding Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby Additional Strap Adjuster for Broad shoulders and breasfeeding

I should also add, nursing in the carrier is a breeze. The shoulder straps have an adjuster right in the front. I loosened the side I wanted to nurse on, and it allowed for a little extra room to nurse my son. Once finished, I tightened it back up to the comfortable fit. This adjuster is perfect for anyone with more broad shoulders (like my husband). This allows for a seamless transition between carriers, we both find this to be a very comfortable carrier.

Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby DIfferent Frames Broad Shoulders

The Tula comes with a hood that clips onto the straps. It is a great way to remove some of the elements to help your child fall asleep and keep their head from moving around too much once they are asleep. When I wear my child to try and get him to take a nap, I usually don’t put the hood up until he falls asleep. Though there have been times putting it on has helped his wandering eyes.

Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby hood

Notice the same babywearer below with two different kids – the versatility on this carrier is so spectacular.

Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby DIfferent size child

This carrier is designed for front and back carries.

Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby Front and Back Carry

There are two soft structured Tula Carriers; Standard and Toddler.

The image below highlights the main differences between the two.

Tula Toddler Sweetbottoms Baby Difference between standard and toddler tula

It is important to keep these differences in mind when choosing the right size for you and your baby. If you desire to us the Tula with smaller children you can use the infant insert from birth.

Tula Carriers have an excellent resale value. When taken great care of, a Tula will be easily sold or traded for close to the retail value paid. So if you purchase a standard Tula for your small child; selling it to fund the purchase of a new one should be rather simple.

Take a look at the wide variety of vibrant prints of the Standard Tula and Toddler Tula carriers that Sweetbottoms has in stock – and they offer Free Shipping on all orders shipping to the US!

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Tula Baby Carriers

Tula Baby Carrier

I thought I had it all figured out. My first born was sleeping through the night, I was making him healthy meals (which he enjoys!), I had just converted to cloth diapers, and I was starting to have time to clean the house again. Then I had another baby. Holding an infant while chasing a toddler seemed like an impossible task, until I rediscovered baby wearing.

Wearing her conveniently allows me to snuggle her, while keeping up with my active toddler. We recently tried a Tula Baby Carrier, and really enjoyed it. Here’s why:

  • Tula Baby Carriers are crafted out of 100% cotton and the highest quality Duraflex buckles, making them sturdy and durable.

Tula Buckle

  • They are comfortable! When I wear my nearly 40 pound toddler in the Tula, I have less stress on my shoulders because some of his weight is distributed to my hips. I like the way the three section hip belt hugs my hips, and offers a storage pocket for my keys or phone. The extra squishy padding in the shoulder straps and child’s leg area is an added bonus!

Tula Leg Padding

  • The straps are quite possibly my favorite feature of the Tula. They can be extended from the top or bottom, which allows for my husband and I to use the same carrier for our toddler or baby. I can adjust the straps quickly when I wear the carrier on my front, which makes breastfeeding in the Tula a breeze.

Tula Strap

  • They are machine washable, easy to use, and can be put on and taken off quickly. This is especially convenient, now that my oldest wants to go, go, go, and I need to strap the little one on at a moments notice.
  • The detachable hood supports my baby’s head while she nurses or sleeps, and it is easy to tuck in to the carrier or take off completely.

Tula Hood

  • Tula Baby Carriers come in standard and toddler sizes. The standard Tula Baby Carrier fits babies from birth (about 7.5+ pounds) to 40 pounds, if used with the infant insert. The Tula Toddler Carrier is designed for children that are about 25 to 50 pounds. Both sizes can be worn on your front or back, and provide a wide seat to support your child in a natural position. Tula also offers “Free to Grow” extensions, which can be attached to your standard Tula to help maintain an ergonomic position on bigger children (up to 40 pounds). If you’re local and want to see how they fit, stop by our store and try one on!

Tula Baby Carrier in Rockets

Tula is a family business, founded by husband and wife team, Mike and Ula. Although they wore their first baby, they became more interested in buckle carriers after their second baby was born. After searching for the perfect carrier with no luck, they created their own. They began sharing their carriers with friends and family, and their business quickly grew! Tula now offers woven wraps and wrap conversions as well.

Tula Rockets

Would you like to have a Tula of your very own? Enter Our August Giveaway, for your chance to win a Tula Baby Carrier in “Rockets!”

Life Through Photos | Lactation Cookie Party

Getting together with other nursing moms and making lactation cookies? Yes Please!

Three of us got together one Sunday afternoon to have a Lactation Cookie Party. It was a great idea. We all had little nurslings (5 months or less) who were in attendance as well. This was a great way to talk about breastfeeding and mommy hood – all while building up our supply. Recipes we used can be found at the bottom of this post.

Lactation Cookies - Manda's Memories

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 3/4 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup of whole ground flax seed
  • 1 3/4 cups of rolled oats
  • 1 12 ounce package of chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Combine the butter, peanut butter, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, nutritional yeast, and water in a large bowl.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients until creamy.
  5. Beat in the eggs.
  6. Add the ground flax seed into the wet ingredients. Combine thoroughly.
  7. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  8. Fold in the rolled oats and chocolate chips.
  9. Drop 1 inch balls of the cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet.
  10. Bake for 12 minutes.
  11. Allow the cookies to cool slightly before removing from the cookie sheet.
  12. Store the peanut butter chocolate chip lactation cookies in an airtight container.

 

White Chocolate Chip and Craisins

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Flaxseed Meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Brewer’s Yeast
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup mini white chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup Craisins
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions:

  1. Mix 4 tablespoons of water and flaxseed meal in a bowl – set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer, combine coconut oil, applesauce, sugar, and brown sugar.  Mix well.  It will not be creamy like chocolate chips cookies made with butter.
  3. This is usually when I remember to preheat the oven – Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Mix in eggs, vanilla, and your flaxseed meal mixture.  Mix well.
  5. Add your flour, oats, and fun ingredients (chocolate chips, apple pie spice, etc).  The dough will be sticky.  It takes me 15 minutes to get to this point.
  6. I used a pampered chef cookie scoop – the 1” size I think and placed 12 scoops on a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  You could make the cookies smaller.
  7. Bake for 9 minutes.  They will be slightly soft when you take them out.  Remove to the counter or a baking rack to cool.  I don’t let them sit on the cookie sheet because I want to put the next batch in and minimize my hands on time with these.

Action Baby Carriers

If you’ve ever been to our brick-and-mortar store in Raleigh, chances are you have seen at least on of our employees wearing an Action Baby Carrier. We love them so much because they are cute and comfortable to wear. We also love supporting WAHM businesses!
Action Baby Carriers
Action Baby Carriers come in Infant and Toddler sizes. The Infant comfortably fits babes from  about 8-40 lbs. I started using mine with my daughter when she was just a couple of weeks old, with no extra insert necessary. The Toddler is three inches taller in the body and is recommended for children 15-45 lbs. Both styles can be worn in front or back positions with the straps criscrossed for comfort. You can read more about how much Sweetbottoms loves ABCs in this post.
Action Baby Carrier Infant
I interviewed owner Andrea Govender to learn more about Action Baby Carriers. Andrea is one of the sewers and she bought the company from its founder in September of 2013.
What’s your favorite thing about working at ABC?   
I love being my own boss, with two small children flexibility is key. I work more than I ever have, but I fit in whenever I can. This means I often work late at night and on weekends. I think we are different than most places because we are pretty laid back. We get what we need to get done, but we have fun doing it.
How do you use your Action Baby Carrier?
I love my Actions! I use them everywhere, around the house, running errands, on walks, at street fairs. I’ve never really taken a stroller anywhere. I actually work with my one-year-old on my back quite a bit. All my neighbors think I’m crazy because I tandem-wear my kids while walking my two big mutts. Everyone stares at us, but it works and keeps everyone happy.
Action Baby Carriers have such cute prints, how do you find your fabrics? How do you decide which prints to use?
I spend a lot of time looking at fabric. I keep on eye on what colors are popular for the coming season too. For the most part I just pick things that I like and would be happy wearing, I consult my husband and other friends with kids too.
What do you think sets Action Baby Carriers apart from other carriers?
We have a unique internal support system in our carrier, which no other carrier has. Our carriers are lightweight, very packable, and extremely comfortable. Actions are made in the United States and we are committed to paying our workers a living wage.
Action Baby Carrier Tandem
I haven’t tried tandem babywearing! Have you? Andrea makes it look so easy.
If you’d like to try an Action Baby Carrier of your own, we have a Giveaway for one going on right now! Hurry, it won’t last much longer. And remember to enter once a day.