Baby Wrapping Perk #218: cup holder

Woven Wrap Carry with built in cup holder

This toddler back carry comes with a built in cup holder. Can be used as a bottle holder for the younger set.



Babywearing: Beneficial or the Biological Norm?

Babywearing is the Biological Norm

Yesterday the Canadian Babywearing School posted this Facebook status update:

Do you know that there are NO benefits to babywearing? It’s the biological norm and being carried and kept close is the minimum babies expect at birth. When we use language like “benefits”, we establish babywearing as a nice extra (like a university fund or tennis lessons) instead of the normal behaviour that carrying is. Change our language, change the world!

How can you say there are no benefits to babywearing?

But, but but . . . when your baby is kept close against your chest they experience:

  • optimum growth
  • increased cognitive development
  • enhanced motor function and muscle strength
  • less emotional stress and therefore cry less
  • stronger breastfeeding relationship
  • strong and continuing bond with parents or caregivers

With all that going on, how can you say there are no benefits??? The question is, compared to what?

If all zebras eat grass, no one talks about the benefits to zebras of eating grass.  Benefits are discussed with practices or products that are above and beyond the usual.  Zebras benefit from a monthly, lavendar-scented, sponge bath (for example).  You don’t talk about benefits for the standard baseline.  So is babywearing – or baby-carrying – something that should be the obvious thing for families to do, or is it more of an optional add-on?

It all means the same thing, why does it matter how it’s phrased?

Because our language shapes our world.  The words you use when you talk to yourself shape your world outlook.  The words you use around your kids shape their outlook.  The words we use with each other shape our agreements and understanding of the world.

So you decide – a baby held close to a parent for the first 9 months of his or her life, receiving all the cues that they are designed to optimally respond to, experiencing the safety and peace of mind that comes with the feel and sound of a parent’s heartbeat . . . do we want to consider that a customary element of parenting or more of a sub-culture trend?  

Thanks to Canadian Babywearing School for this conversation and the opportunity to think about the place of this practice in our culture.  To me, wrapping is not some new parenting fad.  Doing without it would have made parenting that much harder.

Trying to keep a baby healthy and happy at arms length can be more work than simply babywearing.

There's no question that babies who cry less are easier on parents!

Note: Anytime you talk about advantages or disadvantages, especially on the subject of providing for your children, you risk alienating those who are utilizing the opposite choice.  The implication that those families are making a worse choice is almost impossible to avoid while encouraging the healthiest practices but I want to make it clear that I believe what is best for baby is what is best for the whole family.  Emotionally and physically healthy parents with love in their hearts are about the best thing a baby or child can have and, in my opinion, trumps everything else.

I work hard to teach how wrapping can be a boon to parents because I really think that the things that contribute the most to a healthy baby, must also contribute to healthy and happy parents.  I recognize that there isn’t any magic practice or product that is going to make parenting easy so I share what works for me and teach others to make it work for them, and I work hard to avoid the trap of thinking that someone who finds other solutions, even contrary solutions, is making a mistake.

Fitness and Community with Babywearing Ballet

Making Fitness Fun for Moms with Babywearing Ballet Classes
Wrapping moms know that life can carry on (pun intended) with baby in tow and that the experiences had in a wrap enrich baby’s physical and cognitive growth far more than sitting on the sidelines.

Wrapping your baby is a great way to keep both mother and baby in fine physical fettle and any gentle activity will be comfortable and soothing to your wrapped baby. Bonus points for a fun activity that gives mom an opportunity to build community and engage with grown-up friends!

Wrapping dance instructor demonstrates for ballet class.

Ballet Instructor describing how the mothers in the babywearing ballet class should point their feet as they arabesque across the room.

Ballet Bar Work with wrapped and worn babies.

Folding chair were used when the standing bars were all filled up.

Babywearing ballet with Ergo and wrapping moms.

You can use any safe and ergonomic carrier for a babywearing dance or fitness class, although wraps are the most flexible both in terms of lack-of-structure and ability to customize the carry to compliment your activity and body preferences!

Wrapsody Breeze Morgaine hugs baby against wrapping mom's body during ballet class.

Babies are soothed by being wrapped against you during the motion of your day, so why not do something fun and artistic as well as active while your baby snoozes?


Wrapsody Breeze wraps are light and flexible; great for active lifestyles!

Mothers and babies practicing ballet walks across the room. Wrapsody Breeze wraps are light and cool, perfect for active families with babies.

Double Hammock Carry for a Second Arabesque in Babywearing Ballet

Baby watches the class from mama's back in a Double Hammock Carry as she demonstrates a Second Arabesque.

Wrapped snugly in Front Wrap Cross Carry for Babywearing Ballet.

A snug wrap job in Wrapsody Breeze Ada keeps baby secure while practicing curtseys.

Back wrapping while teaching babywearing ballet!

Elizabeth Bedore, our talented Babywearing Ballet Instructor, wearing Wrapsody Breeze Kimber.

Most of the wraps used in this class were Wrapsody Breeze wraps which are so light and thin that they are much appreciated here in Florida, and also lend themselves expertly to work out activities.

Most of the mothers have their babies wrapped in either a Double Hammock Back Carry or a Front Wrap Cross Carry variation.  Any secure carry will work.  A back carry is most convenient for bending and raising legs but front carries should be used by anyone not already a competent back wrapper and it is easy for a babyweaing instructor to adjust the class to fit the needs of the moms.  A knowledgeable instructor will keep the motions of the class gentle and smooth, and advise mothers not to overreach while doing the double workout of ballet and babywearing.

Back carries wrapped a little lower rather than super-high on mom’s back may be more convenient for an activity such as this and keep you better balanced.

Palm Harbor Florida is lucky to have a mom-owned business dedicated to bringing fitness and community to moms in a family oriented environment.  If you are in the area you will want to visit Om Sweet Om and discover all the classes available.

If you are anywhere else in the world, find your local babywearers and see if you can find a qualified individual who wants to start a class!

Babywearing, older siblings, and Christmas cookies!

The best wrapping times involve baby in family traditions while freeing up enough of mama’s attention for the other children to get full mileage out of all the holiday fun!

So without further ado . . .

How to Keep Your Sanity while Decorating Christmas Cookies with Young Children


  • Don’t get over-ambitious; make the dough in advance, cut and bake the cookies with kids one day and wait until the next day for cookie decorating.
  • Don’t stress fitting as many cookies as possible on one piece of rolled out dough – let them stick them anywhere and be willing to roll it out new more often!
  • Use squeeze bottles so even very young kids can work them.
  • Put sprinkles in bowls with spoons to keep sticky fingers out (as much as possible).
  • Give each child a plate with a rim to decorate on to catch excess sprinkles.  It will keep your floor from getting quite as messy, and give you more sprinkles you can use for cookies.
  • Don’t try to control the creative process.  Young children might paint the Christmas Tree cookie red instead of green but trying to control how they decorate will take the fun out of it for everyone.  Do, however, feel free to demonstrate the art of “less is more” as often kids can understand and follow that while still making their own decorating decisions.
  • Let everyone sample the cookies!
  • When you’re done with the project, but the cookies out of sight and out of reach, have a bathroom or wet rags ready to wash everyone’s hands thoroughly and have a next activity ready to engage them and keep them out of the kitchen while you clean up!


Young Children Love Using Cookie Cutters

Remember this is about fun with your kids - not efficiency!

Tips for happy cookie-decorating with kids!

Picking which cookie to decorate is part of the fun!

Use Squeeze bottles for colored frosting when decorating cookies with kids.

If you make your own frosting, you can get squeeze bottles at arts and craft stores in the cake decorating aisle or tie-dye section.

Re-using excess sprinkles when decorating Christmas Cookies with Children.

Definitely re-use the excess sprinkles or you'll go through your sprinkles in no time!

Toddler sneaks a bite of a Christmas cookie.

Plan to let them have one right away!

Sharing Christmas Cookie with Dad

Of course it is better to give than to receive so encourage generosity, too!

Baking Christmas Cookies undecorated

Christmas cookies decorated by kids.

Picture Perfect - Merry Christmas!

Holiday Letter from Diana of Wrap Your Baby

Baby Annabelle in Diana's belly before she is born on Christmas Day

Annabelle was born on Christmas Day in 2009

Speaking as someone who birthed a baby girl in my living room in front of a decorated tree on Christmas Day 5 years ago, I can tell you that some gifts are better than others.  Nothing trumps a sweet, apple-cheeked baby!

And while you don’t have to have a wrap to find a way to keep your baby close, the gift of making it easier to fill baby’s needs and giving a mother back the use of her arms, hands, and legs is very real and valuable.


I feel so strongly about what wrapping can do for families that I have created a very specific plan to ensure that I can provide the most help possible to families getting wraps for themselves or others during the busy holiday season, and I am going to do my best to help families get the most out of their wraps during the many activities and concerns that are frequently engaged in at this time of year including shopping, family gatherings, extra housework, cold weather, consumerism, and too-common cases of over-scheduling and stress.
  • Look for helpful, new, holiday Pinterest boards . . .
  • Serve your fellow mom by sharing your tips for happy, stress free, wrapping holidays.  Just comment below with your holiday tips and I’ll add your tips to my Inspiration for Stress Free Holidays.
  • Keep an eye out for special promotions, giveaways and deals this season. Signing up for my newsletter is the best way to make sure you don’t miss these.
  • Watch for some great wraps that I will be stocking in the next month that can be had for less cash but are just as cuddly, convenient and comfortable!
  • And expect to see more blog posts to help you get the most out of wrapping while you navigate shopping, baking, parties, family, and fun.

2014 Wrap Your Baby Holiday Schedule:


Thursday, 27 November THANKSGIVING – post offices are closed so wraps will ship on Friday, 28 November.  US customers who order on 26 or 27 November can expect to receive their wraps by Tuesday, 2 December. As always, fast US shipping is free in the US, and international shipping is discounted.  International customers should receive them about 2 weeks after placing your order.


Friday, 28 November BLACK FRIDAY – the day after Thanksgiving is traditionally a big Christmas shopping day and a big sale day.  Other than shipping orders, I will not be working on Black Friday so I have decided to set up a Black Friday sale that will go into effect automatically from 12am (midnight) EST on 28 Nov to 12am (midnight) EST on Saturday 29 Nov.
I hope these great deals will make up for my not being present for business as usual while I spend the day with my children – you can check the store on Friday to see great sale prices!
Because I will be spending Thursday and Friday with my children, some emails will not be answered until the weekend when I will carve out some time specifically for responding to Wrap Your Baby business.  I know, just because it’s a United States holiday does not mean that moms’ needs and demands get a break and I don’t want to leave you hanging long with wrapping questions that may make the holidays go smoother for you!

Saturday, 29 November SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY - To celebrate all our customers that shop small businesses all year round, I have put together a reward at my store for those of you who shop in your local stores on Small Biz Satuday!


Monday, 1 December CYBER MONDAY – this deal on wraps is only for those who participated on Small Business Saturday so plan ahead!

Black Friday Wrap Sale

Patronize a Local Biz on Saturday and Get Rewarded for it at Wrap Your Baby

Small Family Business Woven Baby Wrap Sale
It is in the spirit of Small Business Saturday to leave your house, stroll up and down the blocks of your city and walk into shops that are often staffed by their owners who have the time and interest to listen to you, and then passionately and knowledgeably tell you about their products to steer you towards the perfect items for your needs.

When you do, be sure to snap a selfie and email it to to save $15 on a wrap in my store, when you buy on the third shopping day of the trifecta: Cyber Monday!

When you email photographic proof that you patronized a small, local business on SBS, I will email you a coupon code for $15 off any wrap in my store good only on 1 December.  I’d love to be able to see the shelves of the store you are in, or snap a photo with the owner.  And I’d love to know what store it is and what you’re buying.

By sending me the photo, you are giving me permission to share it and any details you choose to share about it on the internet. I will post the photos in a Pinterest album.  I hope to see babywearing in some of the photos, but I am especially excited to offer this discount to those who may not yet have had the opportunity to get a baby carrier!
Wrap Your Baby and Shop Local!

Inanimate Objects: Babywearing Costumes

Another in my series of themed costumes for babywearers.  This post highlights costumes with the baby as an inanimate objects.  You would be surprised at the possibilities when you start brainstorming, and hopefully the pictures of these creative families will get the wheels turning for you!  And be sure to submit a photo of your babywearing costume to my contest to possibly win a wrap!

inanimate object babywearing costumes

Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Horror Babywearing Costumes

17 more great babywearing costume ideas for all those families who want to incorporate their baby and carrier into their costumes for extra Halloween fun!  If you do a babywearing costume, be sure to submit a photo to my costume contest!

Babywearing Costumes: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Monster, Super Hero

Babywearing Costume Contest!

Babywearing Halloween contest

It’s time for the annual Babywearing Halloween Costume Contest on the Wrap Your Baby facebook page!

Share your photos on the wall between Wednesday 29 October and Monday 3 November, and  and I will upload them to the contest album where we’ll see which photo gets the most likes for a free wrap from my store!

Voting (liking) will go from 4 November to 6 November and the winner will be announced on Friday 7 Nov.  The winner is responsible for contacting me as I will have no way to get in touch with those who entered.  Check for a winner on 7 November and PM or email me if it was you!

PLEASE NOTE:  Outfits and traditional clothing from different cultures are not costumes but traditional dress. To avoid any one feeling that their culture is being misrepresented I kindly ask that you refrain from depicting any specific culture and/or nationality or subculture.

You can find more than 50 great costume ideas on my Babywearing Costume Pinterest Board or my recent blog posts sharing Babywearing Animal Costumes Fantasy/Sci-fi Babywearing Costumes and Character Costumes for babywearers.

Go get inspired and start creating!  Let’s have some fun!

Share Your City Groups Giveaway

Each month I give at least one wrap to a Babywearing Group Lending Library.  For September I asked groups to send me a photo of babywearing in front of a landmark in their region, or something that epitomizes the region.  Today, for Share Your City Saturday (International Babywearing Week), I am sharing some of the photos that were submitted and announcing winners!  Scroll to the bottom for winners and enjoy all of the photos along the way!

Babywearing in cities across the globe:

Babywearing in front of the Kelpies in Falkirk in Scotland.

Babywearing with the Kelpies in Falkirk in Scotland - a landmark that represents the engineering famous to this area particularly on the canal and that arts which are a big part of Scottish history. The kelpies were completed last year in celebration of the canal and the renewed industry around them created by the opening of the Falkirk wheel in earl 2000s. From the Forth Vally sling meet.


Babywearing in Saguaro National Park

BWI of Tucson with their famous Saguaro Cacti


Babywearing Central coast babywearing at the Air Force Base during a Rocket Launch.

Sarah from Babywearing Central Coast "wrapping at Vandenberg AFB during a rocket launch (one of the best known activities where we live)!"


Balboa Park Babywearing in San Diego

Stephanie and her husband (a Marine) represent Babywearing Camp Pendleton at the Balboa Park Gardens in San Diego.


BWI of NYC Chrysler Buidling Babywearing

Babywearing International of New York City babywearing with a view of the Chrysler Building from the top of the Rock


BWI of NY China Town during Lunar New Year Parade

Babywearing in Chinatown during the Lunar New Year Parade from BWI of NYC.


Babywearing Camp Pendleton: Babywearing at Ocean Beach

Jody, one of the group leaders for Babywearing Camp Pendleton, at Ocean Beach. BW Camp Pendleton is a babywearing group on Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton, in California.


East Kentucky Babywearing Group: babywearing at Hillbilly Days in Pikeville KY, a huge weekend festival with proceeds going to Shriners Hospital.


Sudbury Babywearing Group with the Big Nickel in Ontario

3 members of the Sudbury Babywearing Group and one tandem wearing husband posing in front of the Big Nickel in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The Big Nickel turned 50 this year; it is a symbol our our town, as nickel mining is really the whole reason there is even a town here to begin with! But more than that it symbolizes the strength, resilience and pride of a small northern town that dreams big!


Babywearing in front of Big Tex statue in Dallas.

For North Dallas Babywearing Mamas, here is Veronica and family in front of Big Tex "the mascot of the State Fair of Texas. He's 55 feet tall and has been around since 1952. Apparently he began his life as a gigantic paper mâché Santa Claus. And that's the landmark in a nutshell. Leave it to us Texans to have something so weird and loved."


Babywearing San Diego in front of Hotel Del

Babywearing in front of the Hotel Del from Babywearing San Diego.


NOLA Babywearing in Jackson Square New Orleans LA.

A NOLA Babywearers family at a popular landmark in their city: Jackson Square in New Orleans, LA.


Liz and her three boys on a local vacation to great-grandma's. Submitted for BWI of South Central Pennsylvania.

Liz and her three boys on a local vacation to great-grandma's. Babywearing with Punxsutawney Phil, submitted for BWI of South Central Pennsylvania.


BWI of South Central PA at Hershey's Chocolate World

Becky from BWI of South Central PA wearing her toddler at Hershey's Chocolate World. "When it is getting cold and rainy, outside, there is no better way to warm up than in a cuddly wool blend Ellevill Jack at one of our regions most special landmarks."


Tampa Bay Babywearing Babywearing Ballet class in Land O Lakes

Meeghan created her own landmark for Tampa Bay Babywearing: the babywearing ballet class she teaches in Land O' Lakes


BWI of DC, Maryland and Virginia babywearing in front of the Cherry Blossoms in Washington District of Columbia.

BWI-DC-MD-VA wrapping with the famous Wash DC cherry blossoms!


Babywearing at the nation's capital in the District of Columbia.

BWI of DC-MD-VA babywearing in front of the Capitol Building in Washington DC


Babywearing International Westchester/Rockland at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan

BWI of Rocland and Westchester: babywearing at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan



Babywearing in front of the state capital, Jefferson MO

BWI of Central Missouri in front of the Capitol Building in Jefferson City MO.


Camp Pendleton Babywearing Group at Oceanside.

Babywearing Camp Pendleton sent this picture of babywearing at Oceanside in California.


BWI of Rockland and Westchester babywearing in Headless Horseman County.

Babywearing on the Headless Horseman Bridge in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. "Over a deep black part of the stream, not far from the church, was formerly thrown a wooden bridge; the road that led to it, and the bridge itself, were thickly shaded by overhanging trees, which cast a gloom about it, even in the daytime; but occasioned a fearful darkness at night. This was one of the favorite haunts of the headless horseman; and the place where he was most frequently encountered." BWI of Westchester and Rockland.


BWI of San Antonio at the Alamo

BWI of San Antonio's first International Babywearing Week event, babywearing at the Alamo


Lakeland Babywearing in front of lake.

Lakeland Babywearing "We don't have a landmark but we are known for our lakes and our swans."


Lakeland Babywearing with swans.

Lakeland Babywearing: "We don't have a landmark but we are known for our lakes and our swans."


BWI of NYC Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

BWI of NYC - babywearing with the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center


Babywearers International of NYC - top of the Rock!

Babywearing at the top of the Rockefeller Center from BWI of New York City.


Babywearing at the Washington Monument in the District of Columbia.

BWI of DC-MD-VA gets together for a group babywearing picture in front of the Washington Monument on the Mall.


Babywearing at Niagara Falls

Andrea of Bells Babies Sling Library wrapped up at Niagara Falls in Canada.


Babyweraing at the historical columns on the University of Missouri Columbia Campus.

BWI of Central Missouri shows wrapping in front of the historic columns on the University of Missouri - Columbia (Mizzou being the more common name) campus. They're all that remains of the original academic hall which was the first building erected on the campus. The rest of the building was destroyed in a fire.


North Dallas Wearing Mamas babywearing in front of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

North Dallas Wearing Mamas in front of two major Dallas landmarks: the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and Dallas' iconic reunion tower.


Coastal Georgia Babywearers on Submarine

Awesome picture from Coastal Georgia Babywearers


Babywearing Group Bucuresti in front of the House of the People

Babywearing Group Bucuresti "Today, some of the members participated at a marathon, along with the babies, worn in ergonomic carriers. Some used SSC, others ring slings or wraps. This marathon took place in Bucharest, in front of the second largest building in the world, after Penthagon, The House Of the People, also the biggest building in Europe! It might not be as famous as Big Ben or The Eiffel Tower, but it is a place filled with our history! P.S. : we also won the marathon ;) "


I have to go with Babywearing Group Bucuresti because besides the awesome picture, they WON THE MARATHON!

I also love Lakeland Babywearers’ picture with the swans, and I’m going to give them a wrap for their library as well.

And because I can’t pick just two, I’m going to go ahead and extend this giveaway–which was supposed to be a September giveaway–to encompass October, too.  For October let’s add BWI of San Antonio for their beautiful Alamo photo and BWI of Central Missouri and the cool columns!

I’m going out in my city with my family now, so will send emails to winners by Monday, or feel free to contact me yourself: diana @