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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.

March 23rd, 2015

A Twin Review : Matt and Lauren Nash Review the Ergobaby Peformance

Central Coast Mariners Goal Keeper Matt Nash and his gorgeous wife Lauren recently sent us this great review of their Ergobaby Performance Carriers.

A Twin Review : Matt and Lauren Nash Review the Ergobaby Peformance

Prior to getting our Ergobaby Performance Carriers for our twins, we had heard nothing but the best about them. We can say now, after using them for several months, that they have certainly lived up to and exceeded their reputation.

A Twin Review : Matt and Lauren Nash Review the Ergobaby Peformance

Given the infant inserts were included with our Ergobaby Carriers, we have been able to carry the twins from a very young age, and they without question, love being carried.

A Twin Review : Matt and Lauren Nash Review the Ergobaby Peformance

We have also found our Ergobaby Carriers are extremely convenient. They have saved us needing to use the car and pram countless times now which has been a welcome benefit. We cannot recommend the Ergobaby Performance Carrier any more highly.

 

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.

Winner: Lauren Woodcock

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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.