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August 26th, 2015

Melbourne Parents : Be Paid to Share the Ergobaby Joy

Melbourne Parents : Be Paid to Share the Ergobaby Joy

We are on the hunt for new babywearing parents to join Team Ergobaby at the upcoming Melbourne Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo from Friday 16 October through too Sunday 18 October.

If you are available across all three dates, are confident, outgoing and excited about sharing the Ergobaby love we encourage you to apply.

Where: Royal Hall of Industries and Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park
Dates: Friday 16 October through too Sunday 18 October, 2015 (including an early start Friday)

Preference given to those experienced with the Ergobaby 360

Interested in applying? Please send the following details to leah@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.

August 9th, 2015

Seeking Enthusiastic Babywearers : Be Paid to Share the Ergobaby Joy in Sydney

Seeking Enthusiastic Babywearers : Be Paid to Share the Ergobaby Joy in Sydney

Do you love babywearing? Would you love to be paid to spread the joy of this ancient tradition? Please read on….

We are on the hunt for new babywearing parents to join Team Ergobaby at the upcoming Sydney Baby and Toddler Show from Friday 25 September through to Sunday 27 September.

If you are available across all three dates, are confident, outgoing and excited about sharing the Ergobaby love we encourage you to apply.

Where: Royal Hall of Industries and Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park
Dates: Friday 25 September – Sunday 27 September, 2015 (including an early start Friday)

Preference given to those experienced with the Ergobaby 360

Interested in applying? Please send the following details to leah@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.

July 31st, 2015

Kickstart Paternal Bonding – The Benefits of Babywearing for Dads

Kickstart Paternal Bonding - The Benefits of Babywearing for Dads

The happy hormones of bonding with babies are not just for new mums. Babywearing can help a dad get in on the action and enjoy that new baby love, encouraging him to bond with baby and embrace his new role.

More men are taking significant roles in caring for their young. Although dads are the likely bread-winner while mums takes maternity leave, they still want to feel useful when they are at home. Babywearing fits the bill; encouraging a dad’s capacity to care for his new offspring and allowing him to help his partner.

While women have nine months to literally ‘grow’ into their new role as mothers, men do not share a physical transition to mark the beginning of their new role. Fathers therefore tend to discover their parental footing a little more slowly. Babywearing can encourage this process as dads spend more time in close contact getting to know their newborns more intimately.

While research on the effect of a father’s role is value laden, current studies point towards the fact that fathers are essential for a child’s holistic wellbeing and that paternal influences do have a positive effect upon a child’s socio-emotional development.

Kickstart Paternal Bonding - The Benefits of Babywearing for Dads

Babywearing offers dads and their babies the best start in life – a positive way to enjoy baby from birth and the chance to build a strong, lasting relationship right from the very start. The benefits of babywearing for dads include:

  • the ability to care for both partner and baby simultaneously while remaining hands-free
  • natural feel-good hormones such as oxytocin, which trigger paternal protective behaviours
  • the ability to learn baby’s cues and signals much sooner than non-babywearing dads
  • a relaxed confidence about being identified as a caregiver
  • a great start to life for both dads and their babies!

A-list celebrity dads enjoy babywearing too – Orlando Bloom, Ethan Hawke, Neil Patrick Harris and Channing Tatum are all known to be babywearing dads. Australian celebrity dads are also discovering the joy of embracing babywearing!

Kickstart Paternal Bonding - The Benefits of Babywearing for Dads

(Left to right) Matt Nash (with wife Lauren and their twins); Mark Winterbottom and his son; Jonathan Thurston (and his daughter)

Anita Lincolne-Lomax, babywearing expert and director of ‘Babes in Arms’, whose own husband carried their four children, says “Babywearing for dads is a win-win for everyone – babies get hugged, dads feel more confident and mums get a rest! It ticks all the boxes!

Since there are so many babywearing options available, selecting a dad-friendly baby carrier or sling will ensure that he will get maximum use and enjoyment from it. Dads prefer models that don’t inhibit their everyday activities. Feminine patterns, ties or sashes are usually avoided, with a preference for streamline designs in gender neutral or dark colours. Dads are more sensitive than mums to overheating in a baby carrier and therefore prefer lighter-weight fabrics.

The Ergobaby Performance Collection provides some ideal babywearing solutions for dads – lightweight, active styles with moisture-wicking lining and cool mesh panels.

Kickstart Paternal Bonding - The Benefits of Babywearing for Dads

“It’s beautiful having your child so close and having that intimate contact with them, you can read their cues more readily. Babies love experiencing the world from the safety and warmth of their parent’s arms.”

– Anita Lincolne-Lomax

July 23rd, 2015

Employment Opportunity {Perth} : Seeking Enthusiastic Parents to Join Team Ergobaby!

Employment Opportunity: Join Team Ergobaby in Melbourne This October

We are currently looking for enthusiastic babywearing parents to join Team Ergobaby at the upcoming Pregnancy Baby and Children’s Expo at Claremont Show Grounds in Perth. If you are available across all three dates, are confident, outgoing and excited about sharing the Ergobaby love we would love you to consider applying.

Where: Pregnancy Baby and Children’s Expo at Claremont Show Grounds
Dates: Friday 31 July – Sunday 2 August, 2015

Preference given to those experienced with the Ergobaby 360

Interested in applying? Please send the following details to leah@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.

July 11th, 2015

Call Out: Are you the next Australia and New Zealand Ergobaby Ambassador?

Call Out: Are you the next Australia and New Zealand Ergobaby Ambassador?

Are you the next Australia and New Zealand Ergobaby Ambassador?

We are on the hunt for our next round of Ergobaby Ambassadors. Are you expecting in the next couple of months or do you have a newborn baby? Would you like to try the new release Ergobaby Natural Curve Nursing Pillow?

APPLY NOW!

1. Simply head to Instagram, repost our image and tag @babywearing + #ergobabyambassadorsearch

2. Tell us why you would be the perfect Ergobaby Ambassador

Ergobaby Ambassadors will be gifted an Ergobaby Natural Curve Nursing Pillow RRP$129.00.

Each Ambassador will be required to present a minimum of 4 Instagram images, one per week over the 4 week ambassador period.

Ambassadors are encouraged to tag their post with #ErgobabyAuAmbassador and #ergobabymoments

By participating, Ergobaby Ambassadors agree that their content may be republished either in full or in part by Babes in Arms/Ergobaby. Any republished content will contain full credits to the author with backlinks to the original source of the post.

Open to Australian and New Zealand residents only.

June 27th, 2015

Ergobaby launches the NEW Natural Curve Nursing Pillow

Babes in Arms, proud distributors of Ergobaby across Australia and New Zealand, are pleased to announce the launch of the NEW Ergobaby Natural Curve Nursing Pillow. This continues Ergobaby’s expansion into new product categories with the brand’s signature ergonomic design innovations.

Ergobaby launches the NEW Natural Curve Nursing Pillow

The Natural Curve Nursing Pillow offers the enduring support needed to relax, feed comfortably and bond with baby. Unique solid foam provides a firm foundation for both baby and mother, designed to encourage an ergonomically tension-free posture and reduce the development of muscular strain most commonly felt through the shoulders, arms, neck and back.

Ergobaby’s new Nursing Pillow is the result of years of consultation and development with lactation experts and breastfeeding mothers.  Ergobaby gathered feedback from these development sessions to design a uniquely firm and ergonomically structured pillow that helps to intuitively position baby for comfort while feeding and that maintains its shape over time. Smart contouring supports baby in the ideal tummy-to-tummy position for a healthy latch and aids digestion by positioning baby’s head above tummy level.

Anita Lincolne-Lomax, Director of Babes in Arms and mother of four says “Breastfeeding is such a natural act for a new mother but it takes practice to achieve successfully. The Ergobaby Nursing Pillow helps to establish a healthy breastfeeding relationship by empowering both mother and baby to find their ideal positioning. Happy mum, happy baby.”

The Natural Curve Nursing Pillow in a nutshell:

Benefits for Mum:

Ergonomic design relieves muscular strain and ensures a tension-free posture

Unique solid foam maintains shape for long lasting support

Benefits for Baby:

Smart contouring positions baby tummy-to-tummy for a good latch

Assists digestion by supporting baby’s head above tummy level

Benefits for Both:

Versatile comfort for both football and cradle holds

Developed in consultation with lactation experts and mothers

Easy clean pillow cover is removable and machine washable

Ergobaby enlisted Dr.Tanya Altmann, Pediatrician and mother of 3, to try out the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow with her one month old, and here’s what she had to say:

“I like the firmness because it helps hold him up in the proper position and keep him elevated and latched on properly so he won’t slip off as with some softer nursing pillows”, says Dr. Altman, “Also, the curve is very nice because it helps cradle the baby and keep his head slightly elevated that way gravity helps pull the milk down and can really aid those babies with reflux or that spit up a bit.”

The Ergobaby Natural Curve Nursing Pillow comes with a removable cover in a versatile, two-tone neutral colour. The plush, pile fabric lining the pillow’s curve is softly gentle on baby’s skin and contrast fabric is lightweight cotton poplin, making the cover machine washable and quick to dry. Additional and replacement covers will also be available in the neutral brown and a vintage-inspired grey and yellow swirl.

Ergobaby launches the NEW Natural Curve Nursing Pillow

Availability

The New Ergobaby Natural Curve Nursing Pillow will be available through Baby Bunting stores from early-July and through other baby stores and online stores from September.

June 26th, 2015

Motherhood : One of a Kind Ergobaby Carrier by Elizabeth Close Auction

South Australia is a state of so many surprises. We loved travelling to Adelaide earlier this year to celebrate the Australian Babywearing Conference. While we were there we donated an Ergobaby carrier to the extremely talented Elizabeth Close, a proud Pitjanjatjara woman who paints modern Indigenous art with a traditional spin.

Motherhood : One of a Kind Ergobaby Carrier by Elizabeth Close Auction

 

Photo credit: Microart Photography

During the expo, Elizabeth hand painted the Ergobaby carrier with a Motherhood inspired image. Those attending were able to view her at work. The finished piece is now up for auction and you could own it.

The auction is now open and will close at 9pm AEST Monday 29 June 2015. Click here to bid.

100% of proceeds from the auction will go to the Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation – a community-based organisation working with Aboriginal families in remote Central Australian Communities.

June 8th, 2015

A Day in the Life of an Ergobaby : Patience & Soda

Who could predict that a night at karaoke and a rendition of  “A Whole New World” from Aladdin would be that sliding door moment for Patience Hodgson. It was that very moment that kickstarted her journey into music that would see her become the lead singer of home grown indie rock band The Grates.

Last month, the wonderfully talented Kristina Childs took a day out to meet up with Patience, John and baby Soda. We were fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of their day through a handful of the images captured by Kristina. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

A Day in the Life of and Ergobaby : Patience & Soda

A Day in the Life of and Ergobaby : Patience & Soda

A Day in the Life of and Ergobaby : Patience & Soda

 

A Day in the Life of and Ergobaby : Patience & Soda

May 5th, 2015

Mama Mia! Your Chance to Win an Ergobaby 360 Carrier This Mother’s Day

Australian journalist Antonella Gambotto-Burke spent her pregnancy wondering whether she had it in her to love her child as deeply as she did sparkly Prada mules. And then she heard her daughter’s cry.

Wild with love, Antonella became an attachment parent. She couldn’t stop writing about her baby, and kept writing, even when her marriage threatened to shatter under the weight of sickness, bereavement, family pressures and the global financial crisis.

Mama, her newest book, is a moving account of her experience, as well as a provocative exploration of what it is to be a mother in an era of disconnection. With an introduction by renowned obstetrician and father of the practice of water-birthing, Michel Odent, Mama includes in-depth interviews with some of the world’s leading childcare experts, including Steve Biddulph, Sheila Kitzinger, Lysa Parker, Gabor Mate and attachment parenting Laura Markham. For more information head to Arbon Publishing.

This Mother’s Day we would love to spoil you the Ergobaby way with a brand new Ergobaby 360 carrier and your very own copy of Mama : Dispatches From the Frontline of Love. For your chance to win simply head to our Competition Image on our Facebook Page and tell us in 25 words or less what you love most about being (or becoming) a mum.

Competition ends midnight 12 May EST.

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April 24th, 2015

Help Skye Raise Funds For Muscular Dystrophy South Australia

When we revealed that we had an Ergobaby Urban carrier which had never made it to the retail market, our Facebook page was inundated with private messages offering cash. But we had a better idea……

Ergobaby Urban Carrier 2015

Ask any member of our team and you’ll soon discover that Ergobaby Australia & New Zealand /Babes in Arms loves to support its staff. It would be no surprise then to hear that when we discovered our Adelaide Rep Skye’s running hobby was about to be used to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy South Australia we had to get behind her and thought we could engage our larger community to support her too.

Help Skye Raise Funds For Muscular Dystrophy South Australia

So, rather than auction our Ergobaby Urban to the largest bidder we’ve gifted Skye the carrier.

WHAT?!!!!
Help Skye Raise Funds For Muscular Dystrophy South Australia

Don’t fret! You have an opportunity to support Skye and Muscular Dystrophy SA AND have a chance at scoring it yourself.

Help Skye Raise Funds For Muscular Dystrophy South Australia

But how? Simply head over to Skye’s fundraising page https://mdmuscleteam.org.au/barossamarathon/fundraisers/skye-bogdanovic and donate what you can afford. Even a gold coin will help! Make sure you leave a message for Skye and hashtag #HipsterRaffle so we know you love the prize.

Once Skye completes her run she will print out all the names of those that have donated, put them in a hat and draw out the winner.

Thanks for supporting her!

Please note that the Ergobaby Urban Carrier was never released on to the market. As such, it does not have packaging and will be forwarded without a box.