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December 1st, 2012

Support for Mums: Jumping from a Plane with Ergobaby

Rachel, from Rainbow Tree, lost her partner when her daughter was a mere 5 months old.  She felt very lucky to have such great support around her, but became very aware of how difficult it was for other mothers who don’t have support.

 

On November 25th, Rachel jumped out of a plane to raise money to support Mums suffering circumstancial crisis such as perinatal depression, an unwell child or losing their partner. She did this through Support for Mums organisation – www.supportformums.com.au and her Ergobaby carrier joined her all the way (don’t worry, bub was waiting at ground level the whole time!).

 

Support for Mums is a not-for-profit organisation set up to provide Mums and their families experiencing circumstancial crisis with practical short term assistance through the provision of babysitting, cleaning, petrol money and more. Often all it takes is a little bit of support to prevent a snowball effect of despair.
Rachel is still raising money for her cause. If you would like to support her please click  https://www.mycause.com.au/ and in the search box type “Rachel Clark”. You will then be prompted to choose your donation amount and leave a message of suport.

 

Enjoy her picture diary of the big day below.
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Posers - what do you think the number plate of this car?

Getting our gear on

 

Making sure everything is perfect

 

 

Getting some instructions

 

Ready to board

Ergobaby in the air! - they really do go everywhere!

Samara in the Sky

Lucy in the Sky

Touch down!

February 26th, 2012

An Inspiring Story: Fierce Mamas – Saving My Baby

We recently came across the Fierce Mamas Blog and the post “Saving My Baby“. Sarah’s story is truly inspiratonal in its message: trust your instincts! You see, Sarah began wearing her baby constantly from about 2-3 weeks after little Mila’s birth. Wearing her in her sling was the only way to soothe her. She comforted her when she cried, holding her close. Some people suggested she was spoiling her. Some doctors even suggested letting her ‘cry it out’.

I carried her everywhere. In the shower. To the doctor, to the park, on playdates. People nastily asked me how she would learn to walk if I never put her down. I ignored them. Carrying her stopped the screaming.

Just before her first birthday, Mila was admitted to hospital with a high fever.

She was in heart failure. A rare and very serious heart defect had been causing massive heart attacks. Fatality rates were 90% in the first year. The screaming was her suffering from crushing chest pain. In the hallway, the cardiologist turned to me and quietly told me that it was my parenting – the constant carrying – that had allowed her to survive against all odds.

You can read the whole story and update here. Have your tissues ready and let us know what you think.

June 30th, 2011

ERGObaby Spotting – Virtual Style

Babes in Arms LOVES coming across blog posts that promote the benefits of Babywearing as a normal, everyday parenting tool that makes life EASIER. This week we found Why I Love Babywearing on the blog Finch Found!

Charlotte didn’t breastfeed beyond 6 months, nor did she co-sleep or use cloth nappies BUT she did pick up an ERGObaby and has used it throughout her daughter’s life. She says that babywearing makes her feel like a supermum as her ERGObaby can cure almost any everyday type problem “Over-stimulated? In the Ergo. Tired? In the Ergo. Hungry? Nurse her in the Ergo (remember I did breastfeed her :) Sick and congested? Keep her upright and sleeping in the Ergo”. We must admit, we feel pretty special ourselves when we are using our ERGObaby with our little ones.

Charlotte’s top 5 reasons for babywearing will sound very familiar to you. (Click over to her web-page to read them in full)

1. It will make you feel like supermom!!

2. You will be hands free

3. You can do almost anything while wearing your kid

4. You will feel incredibly bonded to your kid

5. You can keep people away from your baby.

What are your Top 5 reasons for babywearing? Comment below

April 24th, 2011

Mini Must Have – Featuring our BabyLegs!

We love reading the blog Mini Must Have and were super excited to see Kellie road-testing some BabyLegs with her two gorgeous kidlets Poppy (4) and Oscar (1).

We were very impressed with what Poppy had to say about her set of  Rainbow BabyLegs, in particular this comment: “I felt happy when I had them on my legs. I could skip really fast! ” and her take on what Oscar thought “I like them better on my legs cause I kept pulling them off my arms and Mum got annoyed”. Doesn’t that make you smile?

Of course the more serious comments included:

* They make me happy

* They feel warm and stretchy

and of course the comments from all the passers by when the kids were out and about

* What a wonderful idea

* I wish had a pair of those when I was a little girl

* You shine up the day

You can read Kellie’s entire report (with both Poppy and Oscar’s contributions) right here. You can also find Mini Must Have on Facebook! Yay!


February 4th, 2011

Blogger Dob In!

A few weeks ago, we asked our Facebook community to tell us their favourite blogs, the ones they just *have* to read. This little shout out had a huge response, and since then – we have fallen in love with so many of the blogs. And so we don’t forget them, here they are:

The Mom Informed: “This blog is for expecting moms and moms to children up to age five. It is a collection of web links, articles and studies all in one place for moms find information on anything they are concerned about. Mostly all natural parenting..(Nursing, Attachment Parenting, Gentle Parenting and Natural Childbirth)”

Mama Notes: “How do I define myself in a short paragraph? Know this: My name is Samantha. I have two boys who keep me busy. I live near the North Pole. I love Jesus. I love chocolate more than any human should. I like Target and country music. I’m one of those baby wearing-baby food making- cloth diapering-rocking your kid to sleep type of moms. I think my children are really really cute. And yes, we will have another. If I could describe my life in one word it would be BLESSED.”

NZBabyMcB: Follow Jess’s pregnancy as she prepares for her newest arrival (in fact she may have already given birth!).

Enjoying the Small Things: This blog is written by Kelle Hampton and has quickly become a BIA favourite. Kelle is an enormously talented mumma, with real style and the loveliest little girls, Lainey and Nella. We visit each day at the moment, just to find out what she’s up to.

Last January, Kelle gave birth to Nella, who she soon discovered had Down Syndrome. In her words: “My world was rocked to the core, and I was sure life as I knew it was over.
How wrong I was.  Between the outpouring of love and support we received, some hardcore life analysis and therapeutic insights I made on this blog through it all, I have arrived at the very beautiful place of Life is hard.  But it’s also amazing, and I will rock the hell out of it.” Visit this blog!

Candy’s Family: In Candy’s words: “In a nutshell… I consider myself a ‘jack of all trades’, there isn’t much I haven’t had to learn to do ;) I am also a mother of seven kids, yes seven. All offers of buying us a television will be taken seriously. I am recently ‘retired’ from law enforcement so I can better enforce the law at home, rather than on the street. Two of our beautiful children have Autism, a son who is on the spectrum as severe and a daughter who is moderate to mild. Recently a third child of our was given a provisional diagnosis of Autism, and we’re still in the process of assessment with him. I imagine that this blog will become an outlet for my ramblings about autism, child rearing, country living or whatever takes my fancy. And hopefully it will be amusing for some?”

Huffed and Puffed: In Vic’s words “I am an insatiable opshopper, unfaithful crafter & sporadic artist. I have the pleasure of mothering the coolest little kid in the world, Punky, aka Miss Punkerella, Pumpkin Head, Punkaroo… you get the idea. Her Daddy calls her Pinchy, so with all that & her actual name, she may very well be confused”.

Good Food Wholefood: Written by one of the Babes in Arms Facebook “likers” Charlotte describes herself as “Mum to a busy 2 year old. Remedial massage therapist. Almost finished student naturopath. We shop at farmer’s markets every weekend and take pride in building relationships with the farmers and growers, and knowing the origin of our food.”  Check out her blog about *yummy* food!

Harlan and Me: Written by another Babes in Arms “liker” to document her adventures with her bub. In her words: “I am mum to a baby boy, born 28th September 2008. His daddy, two dogs, a cat, a gecko and a hamster share the house with us! I’m constantly learning how to be a better mummy.”

Colour Me Katie: Katie writes about her adventures with her little family. Read her letter to daughter Annie to celebrate her first birthday – you’ll shed a tear I’m sure (It’s super sweet).

Planning with Kids: Nominated by on of our fans, this blog is written by Nicole. In her words “My real name is Nicole Avery and I have a beautiful husband and five very unique and amazing children aged 12, 9, 7 (only girl!), 4 and almost two. We live in an inner eastern suburb of Melbourne – the best city in Australia! I love my family. I love nothing more than to whip up a quick spreadsheet, to make life easier and more enjoyable for us. I passionately believe in equality and peace and try to teach my children this through life experiences.I love music, mainly of the non main stream variety. Genres I love include pop indie, country, folk, and electronica. I love politics and the process of democracy. When I have the time, I volunteer with an organisation which gets me closer to the action. I have been writing at Planning With Kids since January 2008. If you are looking for a place to investigate the blog further, head to my Where To Start page. It will give you a taste of what I write about here and what readers have liked!”

A Bunch of Keys: A blog written by Narelle to follow her family adventures. In her words: “I’m a SAHM to two gorgeous kiddies, Jacob who is 4 and Esme who is 2. We also have another little one on the way! Prior to having kids, I was a special education teacher, working in a school for students with physical and multiple disabilities. Now my time is taken up raising my two children and volunteering for the Australian Breastfeeding Association where I am a breastfeeding counsellor. We are doing our best to raise our kids in a way that responds to their needs and respects our environment. We are proud to practice sling wearing, co-sleeping, demand feeding, cloth nappying, elimination communication and home-birthing”.

A shout out to: Mrsladymum; Loving This Journey; Far Mama and Together Parenting which we will spotlight in our next Blogger Dob In!

Watch out for our next blog call out on Facebook. You may find yours featured right here!

January 26th, 2011

PInky McKay Releases NEW Book – Parenting by Heart

Parenting by Heart – Seize your power and nurture with confidence!

By Pinky McKay

In a few days I will be launching my latest book ‘Parenting by Heart’.  You may be asking, what does ‘Parenting by Heart’ mean?  As well as supporting you with a simple, stress-free  blueprint to nurture your baby (and yourself) through the awesome first year of parenting, the basic philosophy behind my book is to support you to ‘be the parent YOU want to be’ –rather than ‘the parent you feel pressured to be.’

Each day, in my work as a lactation consultant and baby massage instructor, I meet and receive emails from parents (mostly mothers) who feel confused, frustrated and overwhelmed by immense pressure to live up to unrealistic expectations of themselves. Many are burdened by feelings of inadequacy and guilt because they don’t have a ‘good’ baby (who is, of course, a reflection of their own competence). Mothers express fears that if they do hold and cuddle their babies as their instincts are urging, they may encourage ‘bad habits’

In our culture, values such as independence and control are prized. The pressure to be seen as ‘coping’ (or ‘in control’) perpetuates the myth of the ‘good baby’. Many parents are afraid to speak openly about how their babies behave: those whose infants don’t simply feed, play and sleep (preferably in that order) often feel as though they are somehow abnormal if they ‘give in’ to their baby’s cries; mothers whose babies ‘fail’ sleep training fear that they too have failed, as they secretly soothe little night howls; and many mothers exist in isolation because they are afraid of the stares and advice they will attract if they venture out in public with a baby who happens to cry – as all babies tend to do, at times!

For many parents in our culture, having a baby is an enormous shock, rather than a rich experience in the continuum of life, celebrated and supported by community. Incredibly, many women have never held a baby before their own is thrust into their arms. Invariably, as new mothers struggle with the notion of the ‘good’ baby, they are also struggling with an identity crisis  – who am I now?  Even when she looks in the mirror, the face (and body!) reflected back at the new mother is virtually unrecognisable when compared to the smart, savvy woman who used to have a clearly defined job description and a life that would fit neatly into her electronic organiser.

Babies magically draw people together, even before they are born. It seems that everybody loves to share the magic that a baby brings. Suddenly, too, it seems as though everyone is an expert – about your child. You can put yourself in the hands of these ‘experts’ or you can put yourself in charge. This doesn’t mean you have to ignore or dismiss advice – after all, most of it is given with good intent. Nor do you have to go it alone without seeking support or professional help. Taking charge is about trusting yourself and your connection with your child, but it is also about becoming informed by asking questions, reading and listening so that you can make the most appropriate choices for your situation.

From now on, you are choosing on behalf of your child. You will live with your choices. So will your child. This is an awesome responsibility. But as well as being your child’s advocate, you are also his or her most important role model: your strength and support will make your child feel safe, even when you don’t have all the answers.

You are unique. Your child is unique. To slavishly follow any method of parenting as though it were a religion, or to expect your child to fit a preconceived stereotype of success, is to deny your child’s individuality as well as your own. But it is also a fact that the connection between you can be weakened when you are under stress, lack support or feel you are in unknown territory. At such times, you may question your own wisdom and become vulnerable to pressure and inappropriate advice. When your connection with your child is strong, you will find it easy to ‘Parent by Heart’: to ask yourself ‘How do I feel?’ as well as ‘What do I think?’ And to trust your feelings.

When you follow your heart, rather than a single parenting ‘method’, you seldom fit neatly into a stereotype. When you sample various options from the stack of child-rearing techniques to form your own rich collage, this can often mean going against popular opinion. At times, following your heart can also result in challenges as you confront the wider (child-free) world. I have rocked up to weekend workshops with creative directors from some of the city’s top ad agencies – and a two-year-old at my breast. These people were more familiar with the association between breasts and fast cars!

Like all parents, I have experienced criticism and self-doubt at times. To parent against mainstream opinions (which seem to change according to which ‘expert’ is currently popular) takes courage – and a deaf ear. To care for children and to nourish their identities requires a strong sense of self: you need to know where you are coming from in order to know where to go to find support. There are as many ways of caring and loving as there are families. So, as well as evidence-based information, in ‘Parenting by Heart’ I have included the voices of other parents, who share their experiences and their feelings – of joy, sadness, fear, frustration, hope and humour. Often, sharing another’s experience validates your own, and realising that other people make the same mistakes can give you new courage. You can, of course, also learn from others’ experiences and apply this knowledge to your own situation, when it is relevant.

Having a child does change your life. Forever. It changes your body, your soul, your mind and your bank balance. It affects your relationships – with your partner, your parents, your friends, and your community. Parenting by Heart shows you how to nurture yourself and your relationships, just as you nurture your children. It also shows you how to stand strong against those who undermine or oppose your choices. In other words, it acknowledges the real experts – you and your child. My aim is to help you unlock your intuition and nurture with confidence.

Seize your power! Whether you are making birth plans, choosing health care, education or child-rearing practices, or confronting the pain (and blame) of things gone wrong, explore all your options and take charge. Trust yourself. Trust your child. Trust your feelings. Take good care of yourself. Laugh, love, enjoy, and remember to be as gentle on yourself and your beloved as you are with your child.

Pinky McKay is an international Board Certified Lactation Consultant and best selling author of ‘100 Ways to Calm the Crying’, ‘Sleeping Like a Baby’, ‘Toddler Tactics ‘ and ‘Parenting by Heart’. For more information about Pinky and her seminars, consultations and gentle parenting information, check out her site www.pinkymckay.com

December 17th, 2010

The Places You’ll (ER)go! – 5 Years On and Going Strong

Recently, one of our fans sent us a link to a wonderful blog post about a 5 year journey with an ERGObaby carrier. Their ERGObaby has been on many adventures including travels abroad.  Go an have a look at the post and read it for yourself. Click here