The Ultimate Baby Carrier

The Ultimate Baby Carrier
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When it comes to researching baby products there is So. Much. Information.  When I was looking for products when I was pregnant I relied heavily on Pintrest and other mom reviews. So I wanted to share with you my opinion on the best baby carrier.

When I was putting together my baby registry I fell in love with the Moby Wrap.  It had so many great reviews, moms raved about it, and it was all over Pintrest. All of that was good enough for me so I excitedly added it to my registry.  When I got it at my shower I was over the moon!  After our shower I went home and tried to learn how to tie it.  I wasn’t very good at it but I told myself I would learn once baby was here.

My son was born a month after our shower weighing in at 6 lbs 12oz.  I got home excited to try my Moby and realized he was so small and I could not tie it tight enough to support him.  I was super bummed.  I had done all the “research,” why wasn’t this wrap AMAZING?!

The first issue was my son was small. The Moby carrier is good for babies 8-30 lbs.  By the time we were home from the hospital my son was closer to 6 lbs than 7.  So I set out to research yet again a carrier for a smaller baby that didn’t require so much tying.

The Baby K’Tan Carrier!

This carrier was hands down one of the best products that I bought as a new mom.  I could get so much done while wearing my little one.  Here is us on the first day I bought it.

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First time carrying K in his carrier.

There are so many reasons why this carrier worked so well for us.

1. The weight limit

Almost all the cloth carriers I could find had an 8 lb weight limit, which is great unless you have a small munchkin like we did.  With our sons weight being 6 lbs I wanted to make sure he was safe.  This carrier allowed us to support him even though he was a smaller baby.  I could adjust how snug is felt just by folding the fabric on my shoulder.  This made me feel so much better wearing him while he was so fragile.

 

2. It was cheap

By the time we realized we didn’t have a carrier that would work, our baby shower had come and gone.  Our little human was already here so we didn’t have hundreds of extra dollars to drop on a carrier.  Baby K’Tan has a few different wraps you can buy the one pictured above was $49.95 on their website.  That is half the price of a lot of the carriers I found online or in the store.  On Amazon I have found it even cheaper than that at times.

 

3. It traveled well

Because the Baby K’Tan is made of amazing cotton material it can be folded up and shoved in your diaper bag.  Convenient right?! Who doesn’t like easy to grab items for baby.  I could keep this in the house for house work and then just throw it in our bag when we were headed out.  It was way more convenient than taking the stroller everywhere.  I loved having a way to keep my son close even when we were at the mall or out for a walk.

 

4. Options

We bought the Orignal carrier when our son was born but when he was about 4 weeks old we had my family reunion in Tennessee.  It’s always in June and our first carrier was black. I was so worried my son would get too hot so we ordered the ‘Active’ carrier.  It’s made of this super breathable material.  But those are not the only ones they have.

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This is us walking in our home town parade in 90° heat. I wore him in the active carrier and it kept us both cool.

The Original

This was our first carrier.  It comes in a few colors (we have the black one).  It is made of really soft cotton material that feels like a broken in t-shirt.

 

Active

 This was our second carrier that we bought.  We bought this carrier for the breathable material.  It is awesome for summer.  It kept my son and I cool in the summer heat.

 

The Breeze

They also have The Breeze.  We have not bought this one (yet..) it’s half jersey knit half mesh knit.  I can only assume it’s amazing.

 

 

 

5. It’s Easy!!!!

If you read my previous post What I Wish I Would’ve Registered for and What I Regret, then you know that I registered for the Moby because you can wear it in multiple ways.

Except with the Moby there is a lot of tying and pulling.  The K’Tan on the other hand is sooooo easy to use.  The carrier is already tied so you simple follow the first these steps for the kangaroo hold.  Every position starts with steps 1-4 and then all the steps after are for each specific position.

 

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Once your little own is able to hold their head up there are so many ways to wear this carrier.

You can check out all the different ways on the K’Tan website. 

Conclusion

I wish I would’ve registered for this carrier to start with but I’m so glad that I found it even if it was a little late.  This carrier helped me get so much done. Not only is baby wearing good for mom and baby.  It was especially good for us having a super cranky baby (you can read more about that here).  When our little one was screaming this was about the only way I could get anything done around the house.  This was also our go to for leaving the house.  We much preferred to wear him in the grocery or while out walking around then hauling the stroller or his entire car seat.

Don’t make the same mistake as me, register for the K’Tan from the start.

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Teething Bites: Our Tools For Surviving Teething

Teething Bites: Our Tools For Surviving Teething

Teething Bites: Our Tools For Surviving Teething

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Warning!  This post contains some cold hard truth about teething.

Let’s get honest about teething IT SUCKS!  I am not one to be a Debbie downer about this awesome journey through parenthood.  I love my job, even when my tiny human is cranky BUTTTT goodness teething is not for the faint of heart.

My son popped his front two bottom teeth at the same time the week of Thanksgiving.. We DIDN’T EVEN KNOW!  He never got cranky or refused to sleep, NOTHING. So, being the blissfully naive parents that we are (as most new parents are) we thought ‘Hey this teething this is not as hard as everyone said it’d be.’

Boy were we WRONG

My son has been cutting his front two teeth plus another one on the top. Y’all it has NOT been fun. My son has not slept a full night in his own bed in almost a MONTH.  He hasn’t slept a full 6 hours in almost as long.  If you are going through teething with your little one, know that you are AMAZING for surviving each day!  Seriously, between the lack of sleep, the whimpering throughout the day and the screaming any mom who has been through teething and survived to tell their story, you ROCK.

Okay so some of that might have been a bit on the dramatic side but has been so much harder than I thought.  And my husband and I have learned some trick along the way that have helped make this really hard time just a little easier.  Even on the worst days at least one thing on this list has given me a few seconds of peace.

The Tools

Here is the list of things that have helped us and how we used each one.  Before you read this list know that every baby is different. I am no expert and this is what has worked for us and hopefully at least some of it will be helpful for you.

The list

Baby Food Feeders

Even if you don’t have a teething baby I highly recommend these.


These things are AMAZING.  When my son started teething he didn’t have much interest in those frozen teething rings but I knew that he needed something cool on his gums to make him more comfortable.
One day I found these in the kitchen.  My mom had given me some that my nephew never got to use and I had hidden them away.  At first, if I am being honest, I had no idea what they were for.  So like any good mom, I called my mom haha.  She explained they had used them for teething and you could put whatever you wanted inside for baby to chew on. Anything?  So the next trip to the grocery I got a big bag of frozen mangoes and stuff one of these suckers full.  My son LOVED it.  He was so happy if only for a few mins.  He was getting some fruit and the frozen fruit was numbing his gums.  It was a win, win.

Now that we have been using them for a while there are some pros and cons to both sets that we have.  The ones with the netted material are nice because they are larger. Meaning I can get more fruit in there which equals less running back and forth to the freezer. BUT they are also a tad bit messier.  Which is why I like the plastic ones with the caps when we are out and about.  They hold less food but are cleaner for when my son is already dressed but still needs something cold on his gums.   Both are really nice to have and have helped us tremendously!

Frozen Fruit

Now that you know all about they baby food feeder you also know you need something to put in them.  For us it’s frozen fruit.  When I go to the grocery I get a big bag of frozen fruit for around $3.  The first time we tried it I got a bag of mangoes.  Frozen Mangoes are nice because they make almost zero mess.  They won’t dye his face and they don’t have seeds.  They are really nice for when we are out and about because he won’t end up covered in fruit.

After he ate through a whole bag of mangoes we tried a variety bag of mangoes, bananas, strawberries.  Again, mangoes are the bomb.  My son loved all the fruits but bananas and strawberries work better in the netted ones because he can’t pull bigger chucks of food out like in can in the plastic ones.

We have also tried blueberries, pineapples and raspberries.  My only warning is make sure you don’t use a fruit that will stain their face if you are out and about 🙂

Ibuprofen

I’m not a huge fan of using medication if I can use something natural BUT my little guy has been in so much pain. You know that cry that breaks your heart… yeah we were to that point.

So when we took him for his 9 month check up the doctor looked at his gums and said “ow.” Even she could see his whole top gum was swollen. She suggested we use ibuprofen instead of Tylenol. We had been using Tylenol for about a week and honestly it wasn’t helping much. I thought he’d out grown his dosage but the doctor said his dosage was right. So we bought ibuprofen and tried that.

What. A. Difference. Not only does ibuprofen last longer than Tylenol it helps with the swelling. As soon as we switch we finally saw some relief for him. Ibuprofen has become a tool in my bag of tricks for teething and although we don’t like to use medication much when your child is in pain you’ll try it all.

Frozen Teething Toys

As I said before my son didn’t take to these at first. Everyone always asked if we used them or if we had them when he was cranky. We do/and did have them he just doesn’t always like them. There is one that he really likes that I will suggest though, Tomy | The first years has this plastic teething ring you can freeze and he uses this one a lot.

Although this is one of the only ones he will use, I didn’t want to leave teething rings off the list because I know they work for most babies. And this one works for my little guy. These are definitely worth having in your bag of tricks.

Gum Brush

Another item I didn’t know anything about until my son started teething. These things are great. We buy this pack  it has a gum cleanser you can use but that little plastic brush is the life saver.

You just put the little brush on your finger and you can massage their gums. If you use Orajel these brushes are a nice way to apply it. Again, we don’t use Orajel a lot but when push comes to shove we will.

 

Patience

Cliche as it sounds… patience!  Teething is hard for everyone.  And after a few days your patience are shot, you’re running on no sleep (#teamnosleep) and you are wondering how you going to keep going until those teeth come in.  You can do this.  Especially you new mamas who had no idea how bad teething could get, you got this.  Cuddle your little one, enjoy those naps when all they want is to be held and know that this is also a season that will pass.  One day we will look back and long for those cranky, sleepy hugs and they will be all grown up.  You can do this!

 

What are some of the teething tricks that have worked for your family?  I would love to hear all about it

 

Lots of Love,

Lena

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5 Benefits of Making Your Own Baby Food

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5 Benefits of Making Your Own Baby Food

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When your baby is first born there are so many decisions to make and normally mommies have those in stone when their baby is born. And I don’t know about you but I didn’t consider the decisions that would come later… when baby is a little older.  One of those decisions to make is will you make your baby’s food or buy it.  So, here it is, the top 5 benefits of making your own baby food ( in my personal opinion.)

1. It’s EASY Make Your Own Baby Food!

Now, I know what you’re are thinking.. “This lady is crazy! How is cooking food easier than buying it at the store?!” I am not going to lie grabbing food off the shelf at the grocery has it’s appeal BUT here me out, making your own baby food can be EASY.

Each month I take one Sunday afternoon and I food prep for my little guy.  My husband and I food prep our own meals once a week but tiny human food makes more so I opt to prep once a month.  I sit down and think about foods I would like my baby to try this month, foods he liked last month and come up with a easy, yummy menu. (Want to know more about that process ?)) Thinking of what I want to cook brings us to our second benefit of making your own baby food…

2. Knowledge is  POWER

As a new mommy there is so much to learn and read about and if you are like me then you. read. everything! So, why add the back of a baby food jars to the list?  When you make your baby’s food you KNOW what is in their food.   You know that all the fruits, veggies, meats and spices are fresh and good for your little one.  I think about it like this, do you eat out containers or out of a bag everyday?  Then why should you’re little one?

3. Make it Your own

Your little one is the most important thing to you now, so why not make food that it made just for them. When I went to the grocery and looked at the baby food selection it was impressive but there are still only so many combinations on the shelves.

You know your baby best.  Why not make food customized for them?  Maybe your little guy or gal LOVES sweet potatoes (like mine) think of all the combinations you could do with their favorite food?!

  • sweet potatoes and apple
  • sweet potato and white bean
  • red pepper and sweet potato

The list goes on and on…

If you go to the store you might be limited to maybe two opinions.  But at home the options are endless!

4. Make it in Bulk

When you make your baby’s food at home you can make it in large amounts.  This is why I take one whole day a month and prep.  I can take my ingredients and make many combinations and store them for when I need them in bulk.

I use the fabulous Baby Blender set but there are all kinds of options!

The Baby Brezza that the wonderful moms over at ThinkBaby.org use is another great option.  Both options make things SUPER simple you can make a whole pound of chicken and make 3-4 different baby foods e.g. chicken and carrots, chicken and green beans, or chicken, peas and sweet potatoes. By using an ingredients that crosses recipes you can save money and it makes prepping even easier!

5. It’s CHEAPER to Make Your Own Baby Food

Mamas!  Raise your hand if you like to save money.  I do! When I decided to stay home we had to look at our spending and make some changes.  Eating out less often was the first change we made.  It was healthier to make our food at home and cheaper.

It was no different when our son started solids.  I went to the grocery and stood in the isle in disbelief for how much a single jar of baby food cost.  On a week where they run a sale, the store brand, non organic is roughly $1 a jar ( or 10/$10).  Not too bad right? Well… my son at 8 months eats a minimum of three servings a day.

Math time!  $3 a day multiplied by 7 days.. $21 a week multiplied by 4 weeks in a month… $84 a MONTH in baby food! MINIMUM! Sometimes he eats more than that!  That’s on top of diapers, formula, wipes, toys, clothes, ETC.! I just couldn’t accept that I would spend almost $100 a month on solids. How much does it cost me to make my own food you ask…? Once a month I can spend around $40 a month! $40! That’s a savings of 50%!!!!!  So for one Sunday afternoon of your time you are saving over $40 a month.  That’s a whole tank of gas.


There are so many other wonderful reasons to make your own baby food and these are just a few.  Myself and other mamas like the moms at ThinkBaby.org love making our own food, including our husbands in the process and having fun with making our own baby food combinations!

So, hopefully if you were thinking about making your own food this list of benefits helped.  And if you weren’t thinking about it and just stumbled upon this post hopefully you are considering it now.

Have you considered making your own baby food before?  If you have leave me a comment below, I would love to hear your favorite recipe or food combination.

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