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February 10th, 2015

Employment Opportunity: Seeking Enthusiastic Parents to Join Team Ergobaby!

We are currently looking for enthusiastic babywearing parents to join Team Ergobaby at the upcoming Baby and Toddler Show in Melbourne. 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: Melbourne Baby & Toddler Show, Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton
Dates: Friday 10 April – Sunday 12 April

Here is the staff time to be covered each day: Friday 7.30  am – 4.00 pm (this includes the two hour preparation time before opening); Saturday/Sunday 8.45 am – 4.00 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.

December 1st, 2014

WIN: The Discontented Little Baby Book + Ergobaby Wrap Bundle

 

WIN: The Discontented Little Baby Book + Ergobaby Wrap Bundle

Are you expcting a baby later this month or into the new year? Perhaps you have a newborn baby? Did you know that crying, fussing and night waking are perfectly normal during the first 16 or so weeks from birth? Dr Pamela Douglas tells us that very young babies are biologically hardwired to cry for two reasons: hunger for milk and hunger for richer sensory experiences.

Dr Pamela Douglas’ latest book “The Discontented Little Baby Book”  gives you a range of practical and evidence-based strategies for helping you and your baby get more in sync without the need for medication or sleep training. Her work has helped many parents identify reasons behind their baby’s discomfort, minimise crying and achieve more restful nights. Once this is done, parents benefit from simple strategies for psychological resilience until the crying period passes.

And advocate for carrying your baby, Dr Douglas says “holding and carrying your baby is a powerful bolus of rich sensory input- touch, pressure, movement, scents, sounds, the warmth of skin- all of which help lay the foundation for healthy neuronal development. There’s no other kind of input that stimulates so many senses all at once in such a healthy way, other than feeding…”

WIN: The Discontented Little Baby Book + Ergobaby Wrap Bundle

To celebrate the release of The Discontented Little Baby Book the Babes in Arms team are offering you the chance to WIN a copy of the book + an Ergobaby Wrap (pepper).  All you need to do is leave a comment below before MIDNIGHT 7 December (EST) telling us in 25 words or less why carrying your baby in an Ergobaby wrap appeals to you.

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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.