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October 9th, 2014

Employment Opportunity: Join Team Ergobaby in Melbourne This October

Employment Opportunity: Join Team Ergobaby in Melbourne This October

Where: Melbourne PBC Expo, Melbourne Exhibition Centre, South Wharf
Dates: Friday 24 – Sunday 26 October 2014

Applicants must have extensive knowledge of the Ergobaby Carrier and be available across all three dates.

Here is the staff time to be covered each day: Friday 8.00 am – 4.00 pm; Saturday/Sunday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Interested in applying? Please send the following details to: community@babesinarms.com.au ASAP for consideration:

- Contact details: phone, email and address
- Brief summary of your Ergobaby Carrier and general babywearing experience
- Brief summary of your professional experience
- Availability over the expo period
- A fairly recent photo of yourself (either full length or bust height)
- Contact details for 2 references (ideally one personal, one professional)

Please note that your child(ren) is welcome to visit you at the expo over the weekend but demonstrators must ensure that a support person is available at all times to attend to your child’s needs when the stand gets busy (which is very often!

We look forward to receiving your application ASAP and hopefully welcoming you as part of our team!

Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive we may take a day or two to get back to you.

October 7th, 2014

The Benefits of Babywearing – Dr Koa Whittingham

The Benefits of Babywearing - Dr Koa Whittingham

Babywearing can play an important role in a healthy postnatal lifestyle, promoting mental health and wellbeing. In fact, babywearing can support the mental health of baby, of both parents and of the extended family.

Babywearing promotes healthy attachment

A lifestyle of generous physical contact between parent and baby promotes the development of a secure attachment bond. A child with a secure attachment bond uses his or her parent as a secure base from which to confidently explore the world, as well as a safe haven to retreat to for guidance and comfort. Secure attachment forms a bedrock for a lifetime of mental health, wellbeing, and healthy, happy relationships. For many, babywearing is a convenient way to give generous physical contact to baby. In fact, it has been demonstrated in an experimental study that the increased physical contact of babywearing really does increase the chances that baby will develop secure attachment (Ainsfeld, Capser, Nozyce, & Cunningham, 1990).

Babywearing allows the primary caregiver to live a rewarding life

With baby snug and secure, and hands free, babywearing liberates the primary caregiver (who is often the mother). Babywearing enables her to pursue her own interests, passions and pleasures. It also makes regular physical exercise and social activities easier to pursue. This is not trivial. Living a joyful, rewarding life is crucial to keeping depression at bay. In fact, deliberately cultivating a rewarding lifestyle is an evidence-based treatment for depression. Babywearing can play an important role in building a rewarding lifestyle to prevent or to overcome postnatal depression.

Babywearing promotes strong bonds with secondary caregivers

Babywearing is not just for the primary caregiver. Fathers and even grandparents can also strap baby in! It can be a wonderful way for secondary caregivers to develop a stronger bond with baby. Generous physical contact promotes secure attachment because it encourages the caregiver to learn baby’s cues and to respond immediately to those cues. The skill of responsive care, once learnt, is a skill that you can draw upon for an entire lifetime of parenthood and grandparenthood. Of course, building stronger bonds between fathers and babies, and between grandparents and babies, also optimises the wellbeing of mothers.

Babywearing is seen across many human cultures and across human history for a good reason. Generations of parents have found it crucial to building a healthy, happiness-promoting lifestyle, for mum, for dad, for baby and for the extended family.

Author Bio:

Dr Koa Whittingham is a parenting researcher at the University of Queensland, a clinical and developmental psychologist, a mother, and the author of a unique new book for mothers, Becoming Mum: www.becomingmum.com.au She regularly blogs about parenting on her blog Parenting from the Heart: www.koawhittingham.com/blog/

 

References:

Ainsfeld, E., Capser, V., Nozyce, M. & Cunningham, N. (1990). Does infant carrying promote attachment? An experimental study of the effects of increased physical contact on the development of attachment. Child Development, 61 (5), 1617-1627.

 

August 18th, 2014

Employment Opportunity: Join Team Ergobaby in Sydney

Employment Opportunity: Join Team Ergobaby in Sydney

Where: Sydney Baby and Toddler Show, Royal Hall of Industries
Dates: Friday 26 – Sunday 28 September 2014

Applicants must have extensive knowledge of the Ergobaby Carrier and we would prefer people to be available for all 3 days.

Here is the staff time to be covered each day:

Interested in applying? Please send the following details to: community@babesinarms.com.au ASAP for consideration:

- Contact details: phone, email, skype and address
- Brief summary of your Ergobaby Carrier and general babywearing experience
- Brief summary of your professional experience
- Availability over the expo period
- A fairly recent photo of yourself (either full length or bust height)
- Contact details for 2 references (ideally one personal, one professional)

Please note that your child(ren) is welcome to visit you at the expo over the weekend but demonstrators must ensure that a support person is available at all times to attend to your child’s needs when the stand gets busy (which is very often!

We look forward to receiving your application ASAP and hopefully welcoming you as part of our team!

August 9th, 2014

Put a little spring in your step : WIN 1 of 2 Opulent Orchid Ergobaby Carriers

Put a little spring in your step : WIN 1 of 2 Opulent Orchid Ergobaby Carriers

Put a little spring in your step when you’re out and about with a gorgeous new Ergobaby Opulent Orchid carrier.

This 2014 EXCLUSIVE Ergobaby Original Collection Carrier is inspired by the fashion-forward Pantone Colour of the Year. Combining the comfort and ergonomics that Ergobaby is known for with a versatile colour that flatters many skin tones, Opulent Orchid is an eye-catching vibrant colour that will be sure to turn heads wherever you go.

For your chance to WIN one of two Ergobaby Opulent Orchid Carriers valued  at $169.00 RRP simply follow the prompts below.

ENTRIES CLOSE: Midnight, Sunday 24 August, 2014.

WINNERS: Kate Pask and Yvette Cherie

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Can’t wait? Head to Bubs Baby ShopsBaby With Style (NSW), Baby Gallery (VIC), The Infant Boutique (SA), or Gold Dust Baby (WA) to grab it today!

July 4th, 2014

From Here To There With Kids : Travels With an Ergobaby Carrier

It’s funny what can happen when one combines a glass of wine, an interesting opportunity and a leap of faith. Three and a half years ago, Jenny was living in Southern California with her husband and working in interior design. Today, she lives in Australia and travels throughout Asia with her two kids in tow.

Jenny recently travelled to Cambodia with her family utilsing an Ergobaby carrier throughout her travels and forwarded us a little snippet of her trip below. 

From Here To There With Kids : Travels With an Ergobaby Carrier

Out of all the baby products that I have used the most when traveling my Ergobaby Carrier comes out on top.  Since deciding to travel the world with our two kids it has become even more priceless.  Family activities in other countries can be a little bit different then your usual holiday trip locally or to America.

When traveling the world, transportation can come in many forms such as Water Taxi, Long Boat, Tuk Tuk, ferry, train, tram and bus.  Coupled with uneven sidewalks that are crowded, exploration is often impossible with a stroller and an inquistive toddler who wants to put everything in their mouth. Enter the Ergobaby carrier.

From Here To There With Kids : Travels With an Ergobaby Carrier

The comfort of having your baby close and your hands free is a necessity when traveling. Our Ergobaby carrier is comfortable for both of us and allows us to explore all day through the markets, temples, cafes, zoo’s, streets, unfamiliar trails and museums with my baby with me every step of the way.

You can read more about Jenny’s travels on her blog From Here to There With Kids.

June 2nd, 2014

Employment Opportunity: Join Team Ergobaby in Brisbane

Employment Opportunity: Join Team Ergobaby in Brisbane
Our Melbourne team catch up with Pinky McKay

Where: Pregnancy, Babies and Children Expo, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Southbank
Dates: Friday 20 to Sunday 22 June 2014

Applicants must have extensive knowledge of the Ergobaby Carrier and we would prefer people to be available for all 3 days.

Here is the staff time to be covered each day:

Interested in applying? Please send the following details to: community@babesinarms.com.au ASAP for consideration:

- Contact details: phone, email, skype and address
- Brief summary of your Ergobaby Carrier and general babywearing experience
- Brief summary of your professional experience
- Availability over the expo period
- A fairly recent photo of yourself (either full length or bust height)
- Contact details for 2 references (ideally one personal, one professional)

Please note that your child(ren) is welcome to visit you at the expo over the weekend but demonstrators must ensure that a support person is available at all times to attend to your child’s needs when the stand gets busy (which is very often!

We look forward to receiving your application ASAP and hopefully welcoming you as part of our team!

May 30th, 2014

Zoe Foster Blake and Sonny on the New Ergobaby 360 Carrier

Zoe Foster Blake and Sonny on the New Ergobaby 260 Carrier

Zoe Foster Blake and Sonny love their new Ergobaby carrier.

“The Ergobaby 360 is phenomenal. Especially as I am a small woman with a big baby boy – I feel supported and comfy, and so does he. I don’t mean to be vulgar, (it comes naturally) but this carrier really does wipe the competitions’ buttocks.” Image courtesy of Zoe

May 22nd, 2014

Ergobaby Wrap: A Review by Dr Amy Giannakis

Ergobaby 360 Carrier Review
Dr Amy Giannakis
Chiropractor, babywearing advocate and mother-of-three – www.reviewbabycarriers.net

Ergobaby Wrap: A Review by Dr Amy Giannakis

The Ergobaby Wrap or Ergobaby 4D Stretch Wrap is designed for newborns and babies up to about 14kg (30lbs) and is made from a specially designed fabric that can stretch in all four directions.  It is soft yet strong enough to use in 6 different carries including three front ties, hip carry, back carry and a pregnancy support wrap. The design of the 4D fabric allows the Ergobaby Wrap to safely carry your baby on your back unlike regular stretch wraps

Ergobaby Wrap: A Review by Dr Amy Giannakis

My Chiropractic Opinion on the Ergobaby Wrap

Using the wrap techniques shown for the Ergobaby Wrap, it is very ergonomic for both baby and wearer. Baby is held in nice and close to the wearer, ensuring that there is no excess strain on the wearers shoulders and back. Also baby is held in an ergonomic M-posture whereby their knees are higher than their hips and spine is held in a C-curve which is important for newborns and small babies under 6 months.To read more on babywearing ergonomics click here.

Basic Tie - From 3-18months (5-14kgs)

My Highlights

  • A great hybrid between a stretchy wrap and a woven wrap
  • Lovely soft stretchy fabric with an inbuilt pocket for storage.
  • More options for different carries than regular stretchy wraps.
  • You can take baby in and out without the need to retie.

Negatives

  • It’s fairly heavy to carry around but not noticeable when wearing.
  • Quite thick, so maybe warm to use in summer, but would be great in the cooler months.
  • You need a second person to assist you when using the back carry.

Back carry for older babies - From 4-18months (6-14kgs)

 

 

A Day In The Life Of…

A review of the Ergobaby Wrap in my daily activities

Getting baby into carrier in the car park  It’s easy once you’ve got the hang of it. TIP: Practice a few times at home in front of the mirror beforehand and when you get out of the car, use the reflection of the car’s windows to help make sure you pull the fabric across properly.

Is it easier to put it on before leaving the house?  It’s easy to tie on before leaving the house so you can pop baby in when you get out of the car. You’re also able to take baby in and out numerous times without re-tying which is handy.

How supported is the baby in the Ergobaby Wrap?  Very, the fabric has what’s called a 4D stretch which is supportive but very soft

Is it easy to carry my baby bag with the carrier on? Yes.

Can I hold my older child’s hand with the carrier on? Yes.

Does it feel hands-free?  Yes.

How supported is baby when they fall asleep? Very,  if baby falls asleep, you can just pull the fabric across and their head will be supported.

Can I breastfeed while wearing the baby in the Ergobaby Wrap?  It’s not so easy while baby is in the wrap, but if you take baby out then you can part of the wrap as a breastfeeding cover if you wish

Can I bend down to pick up toys, laundry etc?  Yes, but you will need to support baby’s head

Can I sit down while wearing it? Yes.

How does it feel after 30 minutes? Very comfortable. Make sure you have tied it on reasonably tight to avoid baby from sagging over time.

Does it pass the late afternoon/dinner time test? ie; the witching hour! Yes, baby can sleep while you work!

Can it hold a toddler? It’s designed to carry a toddler up to 14kg (30lbs).

 

    • For babies from 3kg to 14kg 
    • One size fits all: 500cm x 65cm 
    • 4D Stretch knit fabric – 95% Cotton, 5% Spandex
    • Two coloured seams for a better orientation
    • Machine washable: Cold with mild detergent on gentle cycle. Dry on delicate cycle and remove when seams are still damp. Air dry.
May 15th, 2014

Ergobaby 360: A Review by Paediatric Physiotherapist Paula Beall

As a Paediatric Physiotherapist and mum to be I was very keen to find a baby carrier that best supported my new baby and also looked after my back. When looking at the features of baby carriers, I wanted to get something that ticked all the boxes and had a forward facing capacity. At the time Ergobaby did not have a forward facing carrier and so I looked past it. I was therefore very excited to hear about the Ergobaby 360 and was able to trial this carrier and provide review.

After trialling the Ergobaby 360, I would highly recommend it from both a Physiotherapy and a ‘New Mum’ perspective. I will continue to use the Ergobaby 360 as my carrier of choice and will also recommend it to other Mums for its multitude of benefits.

Paediatric Physiotherapy Perspective on the Ergobaby 360

NEWBORN BABY

The Ergobaby 360 comes with a newborn insert which is very important when trying to position a newborn baby well in a baby carrier. Babies are born with a very flexed posture, due to their position in-utero, as they grow within a confined space. They maintain this flexion through their whole body for the first few months and this is important for muscle development and early developmental milestones, such as getting their hands to the mid-line and bringing their feet up to their hands. It is also what babies ‘know’ and so they are more settled in this position. Babies are also born with a very immature hip joint. They naturally keep their hips in a flexed and abducted position – this position promotes a well located hip joint. The newborn insert of the Ergobaby 360 therefore allows your baby to maintain this natural, flexed overall posture with flexed and abducted hips. Encouraging this position is especially important for babies who may have some mild hip dysplasia or ‘clicky hips’. For babies who are born with low muscle tone this is also an ideal position – the Ergobaby 360 would be an ideal adjunct to a positioning program provided to these families. For babies who have no concerns it is also very important to use the newborn insert, supporting your baby’s natural posture, rather than trying to stretch a baby out into a more extended position, before they are ready for this.

OLDER BABIES – INWARD FACING

Once babies reach around 4 months of age they are generally becoming more confident on their tummy and spending more time awake between sleeps and feeds. This tummy time, allows them to practice pushing up onto their hands and gain more extension through their spine and hips. Their head control is often still improving and so an inwards facing position provides the best support for this. The Ergobaby 360’s design supports this transition in posture gradually. It allows for a naturally flexed spinal position and has an adjustable level head support, which I found particularly useful for when I wanted my baby to sleep or have some quiet time in the carrier. In regards to hip positioning, the Ergobaby 360 supports the flexed and abducted hip position, with the baby being supported with their knees higher than their hips, to protect their hip joints. Their weight is taken through the structured seat of the carrier and wide leg supports, which again protects baby’s hip joints. I found it easy to get my baby into and out of the carrier at this age. I found that when I positioned my baby in the carrier, his weight pulled down on the shoulder straps, making him quite secure in the carrier and I could then adjust his bottom to make sure he was evenly positioned at his hips. The ease of adjustability to make sure he was comfortable was a highlight for me.

FORWARD FACING

Having a forward facing feature to the Ergobaby 360 makes this carrier not only ideal for newborn and young babies, but for older babies also. It is important for babies to only be forward facing once they have developed the head control to support this position, with the normal movement they experience while in the carrier – generally this is from around 6 months onwards. This is also around the same time as when babies are ready for the stimulation and arousal provided when being in a forward facing position. This position makes babies work to control their posture, compared to an inward facing position and so is definitely for older babies. The Ergobaby Blog provides a wealth of information regarding this and I would encourage users to read this.

Again, I found that the position of baby’s hips and spine when forward facing was well supported by the Ergobaby 360. The height of the chest support was ideal, allowing my baby to relax in the carrier in a well supported manner. He then only needed to be able to control his head, which allowed him to stay forward facing in the carrier for reasonable periods of time.

LOOKING AFTER MUM TOO

The Ergobaby 360 was comfortable to wear and well designed for ergonomic support. The Velcro waist strap is easily able to be custom fitted to any waist size and shape, making it secure and comfortable. It can be positioned where it is most comfortable for each individual. The wide, padded shoulder straps are well designed to spread the weight taken across the upper back and shoulders. The shape of the structured seat of the carrier means that once baby’s weight is in the carrier, the shoulder straps become firm. This means you have your hands free to adjust baby easily within the carrier, rather than trying to make adjustments, while still holding baby secure. The carrier is also very cool to wear, leaving the back area open. I therefore found it rewarding and comfortable to wear the Ergobaby 360 for extended periods of time, knowing it was safe for both myself and my baby.

New Mum Perspective on the Ergobaby 360

From a practical new mum point of view, I loved the Ergobaby 360 and will continue to use it. The highlights for me included:

  • Ease of getting my baby in and out of the carrier (inward and forward) – I always felt that my little boy was safe in the Ergobaby 360 while I was getting it on and off. I had struggled with other carriers in the past, trying to secure straps while holding him at the same time, however this was not the case with the Ergobaby. This makes quick trips to the shops much easier for me!
  • Newborn Insert – the carrier I previously used did not have a newborn insert and I found it very difficult to get my little man in and out of it, without him getting upset. The newborn insert and the Ergobaby 360 made this easy for me as well as comfortable for him.
  • Baby Comfort and Settling – my baby boy loves being in the Ergobaby which makes me confident in using it for short and extended periods of time. I find that we use it lots when going out and about and I can raise and lower the head support quickly and easily, for when he is awake or asleep. I also use it a lot when he won’t settle for daytime sleeps – I find that walking around with him in the carrier relaxes him and he then goes down for a sleep more easily.
  • My Comfort when wearing Ergobaby 360 – I found it comfortable to wear and a big highlight was that it was cool to wear. As we use the Ergobaby lots when we are outside, I found it much cooler than other carriers I had trialled, especially having the back region open without lots of straps.
  • Inward and Forward facing – I enjoy using the carrier in both positions depending on what we are doing during the day. We more often use the carrier in an inwards facing position, because my little man is often ready for a sleep when going into the carrier and I know he will always be happy inwards facing. When we are going to the beach, markets or play group and I know he will enjoy watching what is going on, we will use it in the forwards position. Being able to decide at the time which way to use it, without having to adjust anything makes it easy to use ‘on the go’.

Quick Questions

What was your overall impression of the Ergobaby 360

We both loved it. Comfortable, practical and easy to use.

What did you like most about the design of the Ergobaby’s new 360 carrier

It was cool to wear and easy to get bub into – I didn’t have to secure straps until bub was well positioned which made it easy to get him comfortable quickly and easily.

What did you like least about Ergobaby’s new 360 carrier

If the carrier was slightly more lightweight I would be more easily able to take it in a bag with me when not in use. However, the structure to the carrier is also what I love about it, so it isn’t really a bad point.

How do you feel about forward facing in a carrier

I like having the option of being able to use the carrier in a forward facing position. However, I did find that I didn’t use the forward facing feature as much as I thought I would. I think the practical use of taking bub out and about in the carrier, was that we used it more when I wanted to make sure he was happy or if he needed a sleep, so we used the inward facing for those times. I also didn’t ever have him facing forwards for as long as what I had him facing inwards, so inwards is often better from that point of view. However, for the times I do have him forwards and interacting with his environment, it is great!

What would you like to see Ergobaby do to educate consumers about forward facing in the carrier

I think it is very important to new Mum’s to be aware that forward facing requires more postural and head control for bub. So, as well as being aware of their level of arousal and cues, it’s important to be aware of their developmental stage and whether forward facing is appropriate. It also means they often can’t stay forward facing for as long, due to the muscle control required.

Would you use the Ergobaby 360 Carrier

Definitely

Would you recommend the Ergobaby 360 Carrier to all parents

Yes – it gives lots of options and is easy to change between users and positions with little adjustment needed

 

Thank-you for the opportunity to trial the new Ergobaby 360 and provide my review.

Paula

Paediatric Physiotherapist

May 10th, 2014

Celebrating Mama – WIN an Ergobaby Four Position 360 Carrier

Mamas, we are grateful for everything you do. As a thank you, we want to support you and everything you do from day one. Enter below for a chance to win our new Ergobaby Four Position 360 Carrier.

The Ergobaby Four Position 360 Carrier offers your baby the best babywearing ergonomics in all carry positions from birth to toddler. The innovative deep seat provides ideal hip positioning as your baby grows and aligns with health professional recommendations for safe hip and spine development. The seat width adjusts easily to comfortably transition baby from inward to outward facing and back again.

Wearers of the Ergobaby Four Position 360 Carrier will love the new waistband that wraps snugly and securely to transfer your baby’s weight efficiently for longer comfort and greater back support. The carrier also features a new height-adjustable structure that provides additional head and neck support for your baby.

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WINNER: Breanne Hawkins

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