Fair Trade Wraps: Girasol Weavers Traditional Practices

Fair Trade Woven Wrap on the Loom

All my exclusive Girasol wraps – and all of the wraps that Girasol makes – are fair trade items and their manufacture supports amazing skilled artisans.

Here’s what Girasol says about their production with partners in Guatemala:

“GIRASOL stands for more than 30 years of experience in fair trade trade with partners in Guatemala and Mexico. This means that our relations are based on dependable terms of business. The most important part is that we pay our partners always in advance and that they can count on an assured income – also in difficult times.

“Furthermore, it is important to us that above all our partners in Guatemala where an intricate net of people is involved in the production of or wraps and carriers are able to work as independently as possible and are included in all questions regarding the production. Hence we try, for example, to do without plastic parts for the MySol as far as possible parts since these cannot be procured in Guatemala.” Read More

What is GSM? Woven Wrap G/M2

What is Woven Wrap GSM?

What is GSM? What does it have to do with woven wraps. I was asked to talk about GSM and woven wrap weight, which I do in the video just below.

I made this to complement the first lesson in my woven wrap training which I have made available for less than two weeks. So if you are seeing this in real time, and you didn’t see that lesson, go watch it right after this. I’ll give you all the information you need 🙂 If you haven’t received an email with the link, you can sign up here if you do it right now. Read More

Housework and Woven Wraps

 

Housework with a Woven Wrap

You got your wrap and now it’s easier to care for your baby (and yourself). There’s less crying in your home and everyone is happier.

Babywearing for the win!

Is it possible that there are more benefits that could be had from your woven wrap?

Is it just possible this wonder cloth might also help you do something about:

  • toys all over the room?
  • stacks of laundry (unwashed or unfolded)?
  • dishes piling up in the sink?
  • and dust bunnies in the corners?

Oh, yes, mama (or papa)! Read More

Storch Inka Roadtrip for Fulltiming Family

Storch Inka wrap – 3 babies and fulltime RVing

Storchenwiege Inka 3 babies

We’ve loved our Storch Inka wrap with Ada (born September 2004), Annabelle (born Christmas 2009) and Cassidy (born April 2011)!

Yes, I’ve wrapped baby goats and many other borrowed babies, too!

And in 2011 we moved into an RV called Benny the Brave full-time and traveled the country with a newborn, 1 year old and a 6 year old! Read More

Storchenwiege Wrap Sale

Update: Sale is over now.

Storchenwiege Wraps Leave the US Market😮😥

Otherwise Known As:

I wanna cry but I’m having a BLOW OUT SALE instead!

Why do I want to cry?

Storchenwiege wraps are known for being one of the highest-quality, most supportive, indestructible, and beloved woven wraps on the market for decades (longer than almost any other wrap company). Read More

Best Natural Baby Gifts for Baby Shower or Christmas

7 Best Natural Baby Gifts on Amazon

Top Natural Baby Gifts and Toys on Amazon Christmas 2018

Natural baby gifts are always appreciated by new moms and by babies, too. If mom already has a fair trade woven baby wrap, here are some fun natural baby gifts she is sure to appreciate!

I tend towards baby minimalism. But when I do get a natural baby toy, it better be aesthetic, quiet (no electronics, please), and get a lot of use or it’s got to go!

Get Away from Electronic Toys with this Natural Wood Clutching Toy

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Babywearing Science – 23 Evidence Based Benefits

Babywearing: What the Science Says

Evidence Based Babywearing Benefits

Babywearing Science – If you are curious about wearing your baby, now is the perfect time to get educated on the topic. You see, the first week of October is a nine-day babywearing celebration, mothers from all over the world are taking the time to advocate for the use of slings, wraps, and carriers.

While anecdotal evidence about the practical benefits of wearing babies is both abundant and accessible, it can feel like a challenge to unearth studies that provide hard facts as to whether or not babywearing offers any developmental or health advantages.

As it turns out, though, there is plenty of evidence! You just need to know where to look and be prepared to go beyond the limited number of specific babywearing studies. In actual fact, there are plenty of scientific studies that measure the effects (on mothers and babies) of things like touch stimulation, close physical contact, holding infants upright, and skin-to-skin contact – all things that are naturally promoted when babywearing. Read More

Woven Wrap Passes – Anatomy of a Back Carry

Woven Wrap Passes for Back Carries

There are so many wrap carries but they are made up of combinations of a few standard woven wrap passes.

Understanding woven wrap passes offers you these benefits:

  • it’s easier to remember different carries
  • you can customize carries to solve difficulties
  • you can invent new carries to suit your needs
  • your carries will be more comfortable

So here’s a primer on the different wrap passes that make up nearly every back carry: Read More

Breastfeeding Front Cross Carry How-to

Breastfeeding Front Cross Carry (FCC) woven wrap carry

Why a breastfeeding Front Cross Carry? This carry is easy to adjust into a nursing position and then back again when baby is done.

Nursing in your wrap is about the handiest thing you’ll ever learn – or rather, the most hands-free thing you can learn!

It’s the most convenient way to breastfeed your baby when you’re out and about or when you have other things to do or kids to take care of!

In this video tutorial, Kristy shows how she wraps her baby in Front Cross Carry (FCC) and then lowers baby to breastfeed in Front Cross Carry in an upright position: Read More

Side Gigs and the Single Parent

Side Gigs and the Single Parent

image courtesty of http://thoughtcatalog.com/

As a single parent, money is always on your mind. Even if you’re earning a comfortable income now, as the sole provider you can’t help but worry about what would happen if you lost your job. Whether you need extra cash to make ends meet today or a back-up plan for peace of mind, a side gig is a great way to increase your family’s financial security. Read More

Rucksack TAS is Cool for Summer Babywearing

Rucksack TAS (tied at shoulder)

If you’re wrapping but want to keep from overheating this Summer, then Rucksack TAS (tied at shoulder) is your best bet for staying cool while wrapping up!

  1. Back carries feel cooler than front carries. Chest to chest is just HOT!
  2. Rucksack is a single layer carry over baby, and with no passes crossing over your chest.
  3. When you do this shorter Rucksack variation that ties at the shoulder, that means you avoid having the wrap around your waist at all.

You can do Rucksack TAS with a short wrap up to 3 sizes shorter than your base size. Here’s how to do it: Read More

Too Hot to Wear? A Thin Wrap for Summer Babywearing

 

Best Baby Carrier for Hot Weather

The best baby carrier for Summer is one that will keep you comfortable in the heat.

You’ve been babywearing for months and you’re not willing to give it up:

Your baby calms immediately once wrapped.

You love the freedom it gives you to get things done.

But suddenly . . . Baby, it’s HOT outside!

Keep Wrapping Comfortably Throughout the Summer Months

Your wrap makes all the difference! Read More

Poppins Carry with a Woven Wrap

All About Poppins Carry for #WrapLingoWednesday

Wrap Lingo Wednesday
definition and origin of Poppins Carry

Poppins Carry <noun> a hip carry that surfaced in 2007 when Louise shared pictures of her new wrap in her favorite hip carry. While the wrap was nice, everyone wanted to know what that carry was and how she did it!

Not surprising because Poppins Carry is very distinctive and doesn’t look like any other carry. Read More