Lending Library Photo Album

The following carrier are currently available through our BWI of Tucson Lending Library.

SSC = Soft Structured Carrier
NBC = Narrow Based Carrier
MT = Mei Tai
RS = Ring Sling

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Air Travel and Babywearing

Within the babywearing world, one of the most frequently asked questions is about the ins and outs of air travel and babywearing. The goal of this post is to give you some tips to comfortably combine your babywearing with your jet setting lifestyle, or at least to give some basic guidelines to make your travel experience easier.

First things first:
The Official TSA Guidelines can be found here. This covers all of the official details for getting through security. Short version:
-Everything must be x-rayed or passed through a medical detector.
-If you are babywearing, you must bypass the Advanced Imaging Technology scanners (the ones made infamous for showing all of your nooks and crannies) and use the metal detector instead.
-Your hands will get swabbed for chemical residue after you pass through your screening.
-You may request a pat down instead of the metal detector if you have concerns.

And the official Federal Aviation Administration stance regarding children/infants on airplanes.
-Short version: The safest place for a child on an airplane is in an approved child safety restraint system. Not on a lap, not in arms, not being worn.

This post will cover why you might want to babywear while traveling, some options for convenient babywearing while cramming yourself and your wiggling bundle of joy into an airplane bathroom, and options for babywearing on-board an aircraft. Please note, this is not supported by the FAA but it is also not prohibited, and in the United States most airline carriers allow “lap infants” up to the age of 2 and do not require the use of an approved safety restraint system (though most recommend it).

Have baby, will travel – Getting through the airport:

Babywearing can be a convenient, hands-free way to navigate an airport. It allows for easy nursing and feeding, keeps little ones close and safe, and no worries about toddlers running off in the sometimes chaotic environment of an airport. It can also be a great tool in your arsenal for encouraging that mid-flight nap. Though strollers also have their place, some families (ours!) find them bulky and cumbersome to navigate through an airport. Granted, they have the advantage of being able to carry bags, but this post is about babywearing and air travel.

The things you want to consider when choosing a carrier for air travel:
1 – Something you can get on and off easily. In my experience, this is the time to leave things with long tails or straps at home or in your carry on. In case you do have to unwrap at security, or if your stewardess asks you to unwrap for take off, shorter wraps, mei tais, ring slings, and soft structured carriers (SSCs) are much easier. Consider what you would be able to use easily while standing in the aisle of a plane, and then decide on what to wear. You can always pack your long pretties in your bags for your destination.

Pro tips:
-If using a mei tai, tie any of the knots that you normally tie behind your back off to the side. That way you don’t have a knot digging in your back while you are sitting.

-If using a SSC in a front carry and heading to the bathroom, be sure that that webbing on the waist buckle is wraped/folded/tucked somewhere out of the way so it doesn’t take a dunk in the toilet. Same with mei tai straps. If this does happen, copious amounts of hand sanitizer come in handy and didn’t do any damage to my webbing (wash thoroughly upon arrival).

2 – Generally, avoid metal. This mainly applies to ring slings and half-buckle mei tais with rings at the waist. Metal will set off the metal detector and you will likely (but not always) be asked to take the carrier off and x-ray it separately. However, if you use something without metal – a shorty wrap, a SSC (be sure to clear change and keys out of the pocket, ring sling with vinyl/plastic rings, a mei tai – it is generally no problem to wear your wrapped baby though check-in, security, and into the waiting area.

3 – As mentioned above, as long as you don’t have any metal on you, you should have no problems going through airport security. But be aware that as you leave the metal detector, a nice TSA officer will ask to swab your hands for chemical/explolive residue. It only takes about 10 seconds and is completely non-invasive. You will be asked to take off your shoes, so choose footwear that you can easily get on and off while babywearing.

4 – This depends on the airline and on the flight crew, but some airlines/flight crews will ask you to unwrap your baby during take-off and landing. “Take off” is defined as the child cannot be buckled, tied, or otherwise affixed to the caregiver’s body. This means, out of the ring sling, out of the front carry, out of the mei tai, out of the SSC.

You can re-insert the baby after take off, so consider your carry/wrap based on poppable carries. If you are wrapping, poppable carries like a front cross carry or a short cross carry are easy for ins and outs. If you are using a mei tai, consider a front carry tied under bum – loosed the straps to lower the body panel for take off and then do some awesome airplane-seat-yoga wiggling to get the baby repositioned after take off (also: don’t tie the waist knot behind your back, tie it at your side so you don’t have to sit on it all flight long). Ring slings are easy for ins and outs. SSCs really shine in air travel – loosen the shoulder straps until the chest clip is at your neck, unbuckle and take off the body panel, leaving the waist band still on your body. After take off, put everything back on and tighten the shoulder straps until comfortable.

5 – Consider bringing a receiving blanket or your carrier’s hood. If you have a baby who likes to sleep while being worn, the airplane’s noise and vibration (world’s biggest white noise machine) combined with a familiar carrier can be the perfect setting for sleep. It’s even more helpful to be able to shut out the visual stimuli by pulling up the carrier’s hood, or using your tail or a blanket to shade your co-traveler.

6 – What if you are babywearing in the airport but also plan to use a child safety seat (FAA approved car seat)? You have two options.
Option 1: check the car seat at check-in with the rest of your luggage. Advantage: you don’t have to lug the darn thing through the airport. Disadvantage: can’t use it on the plane, and if it gets lost you won’t have it for the car when you arrive at your destination.

Option 2: Carry the car seat through the airport and use on the plane OR gate check at the gate. There are several options for making this easier with a wheeled cart or tote, and this blog post reviews several of them. From personal experience, we love our Brica roll and carry car seat bag. Why? You can fit several more carriers/wraps on the seat, safely confined in the bag! Even better, because it’s gate checked, they don’t weigh the darn thing. So if your checked bag or carry on is at weight limit with clothes, toys and diapers, you can stash you 8 lbs of wraps in with the car seat.

Finally, bear in mind that each air carrier has similar, but slightly different policies regarding travel with infants. We strongly recommend that you check with your carrier prior to arriving at the airport and ask them any questions you might have. Here is a short list of common American carriers and their policies regarding traveling with infants:

Alaska Airlines
American Airlines
Delta Airlines
Frontier Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines (lucky you!)
Jet Blue
Southwest Airlines
United Airlines
US Airways

A general overview from SeatGuru.com

 

Written By: Kelly, VBE, BWI Tucson

Mei Tai Tips and Tricks: Avoiding Strap Dig at the Neck

One of the most frequent complaints about a mei tai is that the straps creep in towards the neck and become uncomfortable, if not downright painful. This photo tutorial is designed to demonstrate a trick to keeping those straps positioned over the shoulders, and prevent them from creeping in towards your neck.
This demonstration is of a front carry in a mei tai. This can be used from the newborn to toddler stages, but please note the different options in tie offs that are appropriate for the different ages.

For a good video about how to use a mei tai (MT) with  a newborn, please see here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/406238828860873258/

And a second video demonstrating how to shorten and cinch the MT for a small baby: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/406238828859175461/

Before we start, please keep in mind babywearing safety. Keep your babies high and snug, be able to put two fingers under their chin (keeping the airway open at all times), be aware of your surroundings while wrapping, don’t do anything while wearing a baby that you wouldn’t do while holding a baby in arms – so being the target of a knife throwing show? Right out while babywearing. You can find more info on safety in the first video above and on our Pinterest Page: http://www.pinterest.com/babywearingtaz/babywearing-safety/
Now, on to the Photos:

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Peace, Love, and Babywearing,

Kelly

Carry of the Month for September: Kangaroo and Hip Kangaroo

COTM #4: Kangaroo and Hip Kangaroo

This month’s carry is the Kangaroo and Hip Kangaroo (not to be confused with the “Kangaroo Hold” from Moby!). It is a front carry (and hip variation) you can do with a short wrap or with a longer wrap, depending on how you tie it off. Mid-length wraps seem to work the best (sizes 3-5). Once you get the hang of it, the Kangaroo is a quick, straightforward, and snug front carry – and looks really pretty when wrapped due to the shoulder flip!

The Kangaroo is considered a “precision” carry and requires a little more time and patience to work all the slack out, but getting that slack out is what makes it perfection!! But once you get the hang of it, it is an amazing carry that you will definitely want in your wrapping arsenal!

Why we like it… for babies that like to fall asleep when worn, it is very easy to unwrap the Kangaroo and lay them down to sleep from this carry. It is pretty straightforward and snug, without multiple passes. The shoulder flip (in addition to looking pretty!) helps ensure that the baby is snug against you with no leaning room. For heavier or older babies, you can also spread the leg passes for extra reinforcement. It is also a carry that you can easily wrap on while baby is snoozing on your chest should they fall asleep on you before you’ve had a chance to wrap them (see Wrapping Rachel’s Newborn Kangaroo video!).

Tips for a snug carry…pay close attention to tightening the wrap and getting all of the slack out of the wrap. Getting it nice and snug across baby’s back by pulling all the slack out through the shoulder and back passes. This will increase comfort tremendously and is a key component of this carry! The “shoulder shrug” method of pushing the slack out of the wrap will become your friend.

While a nice front carry option, the Kangaroo is also very similar to a Rucksack Back Carry, so is a nice option to begin practicing with on the front, yet not as intimidating as a back carry – making moving on to a Ruck Back Carry a little less intimidating as it is essentially the same carry with baby on your back instead of on front!

The most important thing to remember (as always) is to get a good seat – knees above bum and fabric spreading from knee-to-knee. For those teeny newborns, also make sure you have good head support – make sure the wrap comes all the way up to their neck, and if additional support is needed, roll up a blanket or burp cloth and fold it into the horizontal panel to provide more support for their head (once you’re all wrapped up).

Safety: If this is your first time using a wrap, or even this particular carry, please be sure to practice wrapping your baby over a soft surface such as a bed or a couch. You can even practice with a doll or stuffed animal first until you feel comfortable with making a “seat” and securing the passes and tying the wrap. Working near a mirror or reflective surface is also helpful so that you can better see how your baby is positioned in the carry and whether or not you have their knees above their bum and fabric spread from knee-to-knee.

Check back in next month to see what wrap carry we’ll feature next!

These video tutorials and more can also be found on our Pinterest page:  http://www.pinterest.com/babywearingtaz/cotm-4-kangaroo-hip-kangaroo/

Kangaroo Carry (tied under bum, but you can also cross under bum, go under opposite leg and tie in back)

Kangaroo Carry

Kangaroo Carry (short wrap)

Reinforced Kangaroo Carry

 

Kangaroo Carry with a Newborn

 

Kangaroo Hip Carry Variation

 

Reinforced Hip Kangaroo

 

Carry of the Month for August: Hip Carry Series (HCC, HWCC, RHC, PHC, & CHCC)

COTM, August 2014: Hip Carry Series – Hip Cross Carry (HCC), Hip Wrap Cross Carry (HWCC), Robin’s Hip Carry (RHC), Poppin’s Hip Carry (PHC), and Coolest Hip Cross Carry (CHCC)

This month we will be highlighting a few hip carries, which are a great option for infants who hit that curiosity stage and want to look around at something other than the wearer’s chest!  Some parents are quick to forward-face their infants in this stage (4-6 months) because of this, but forward facing positions can be pretty uncomfortable for the wearer…solution: hip carries!!

Why we like hip carries: They are a great solution to the “my baby likes to face out” problem that many parents experience. Like a high back carry, a hip carry allows baby to see out, but also provides a safe and natural retreat against the parent’s (or caregiver’s) chest when they start to experience too much stimulation or become sleepy.

Recommend for infants with good head control (4+ months) all the way through toddlerhood.  Many wearers find hip carries a little less challenging to wrap than back carries, and love the fact that it is easier to accomplish many tasks that can be frustrating due to an obstructed view in a front carry.

The Hip Cross Carry (HCC) and Hip Wrap Cross Carry (HWCC) are pretty straight forward hip versions of the well known Front Cross Carry (FCC) and the Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC).

Robin’s Hip Carry (RHC), Poppins Hip Carry (PHC), and Coolest Hip Cross Carry (CHCC) may look (or even sound) a little complicated, but all are fairly quick and easy to learn.

Robin’s Hip Carry (RHC) is a comfortable and easy carry to nurse in and for laying down a sleeping baby. RHC can be modified to a front carry (tummy-to-tummy) for smaller infants that don’t quite have the head control needed for hip carries, and also has a variation using a sling ring. This carry can be done with a size 3 or larger wrap (depending on wearer’s base size)…a size 4 wrap is typically the average length used for this carry, but can be done with longer or shorter!

*The key to RHC is getting the shoulder/back passes smooth and evenly spread, and placing the “anchor point” high to achieve optimal comfort and to protects against leaning.  Similar to a ring sling, the anchor point – where the wrap crosses/twists at the shoulder – should be where one would wear a corsage or brooch (between collar bone and top of breast).

Poppins Hip Carry (PHC) is also a great carry to nurse in and can be modified to a front carry (tummy-to-tummy) for smaller infants that don’t quite have the head control needed for hip carries. This carry takes very little wrap length so a size 2-4 wrap can be used, depending on wearer’s size and baby’s age/size.

*PHC can be a little tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, is a fast and easy go-to carry!

Coolest Hip Cross Carry (CHCC)… this is a fun one to learn, because, well its name, right?!  Actually have you ever wondered how some of the more advanced carries get their names? Many are named after the “creator”, but apparently CHCC – being a modification on the Hip Cross Carry (HCC) – got its name because someone at some point modified the HCC and decided it was cool enough to get its own name….apparently Coolest Hip Cross Carry was it!

CHCC is a “pre-tied” and “poppable” hip carry, meaning that you can tie the wrap on, and then put baby in and make a few minor adjustments to snug things up and you are good to go! Great for those stages where baby wants up and down, up and down…or for errands – just tie it on before you leave the house and pop baby in straight from the car seat! There is not a modification for infants without adequate head control (the Front Cross Carry would be the alternative), so this should only be used for infants with proper head control (4+ months).

*The trickiest part of CHCC? The slipknot. But it provides some great adjustability! If you are struggling with learning the slipknot, you can use a double knot, but be sure to carefully remove any excess slack from the passes before tying.

Videos and tutorials will be linked below. Try these hip carries out and let us know what you think!

Reminders: An important thing to remember (besides nice, snug passes and a good knot) is to get good positioning and a good seat – knees above bum and fabric spreading from knee-to-knee. For those teeny newborns, also make sure you have good head support – for the newborn modifications of the hip carries, you can roll up a washcloth or burp rag and place it behind baby’s head/neck and fold the top rail of the wrap down and over it for extra support.

Safety: If this is your first time using a wrap, or even this particular carry, please be sure to practice wrapping your baby over a soft surface such as a bed or a couch. You can even practice with a doll or stuffed animal first until you feel comfortable with making a “seat” and securing the passes and tying the wrap. Working near a mirror or reflective surface is also helpful so that you can better see how your baby is positioned in the carry and whether or not you have their knees above their bum and fabric spread from knee-to-knee.

“TASK” Rule for Safe Babywearing!
Two fingers can be placed under baby’s chin
Always able to view baby’s face – even while nursing
Snug and Supported
Kissable – able to kiss the top of baby’s head easily

 

Be sure to check back in September to see what our next COTM will be!

Videos and Tutorials can be found below as well as on our Pinterest page!
http://www.pinterest.com/babywearingtaz/wrap-videos-hip-carries/

Hip Cross Carry (HCC)
HCC (video tutorial):

HCC (picture tutorial):

http://www.wearababy.com/instructions/babywrap?start=5

Hip Wrap Cross Carry (HWCC)

Robin’s Hip Carry (RHC)

Reinforced Robin’s Hip Carry (RRHC)

Robin’s Hip Carry with a Ring

Robin’s Hip Carry for Newborn

Poppins Hip Carry (PHC)

Poppins Hip Carry (Picture Tutorial)

http://www.babywearinghamptonroads.org/2013/01/carry-of-month-poppins-hip-carry.html

Poppins Hip Carry

Poppins Hip Carry for Newborn

Coolest Hip Cross Carry (CHCC)

*tutorials for “How to Tie a Slipknot” below

CHCC

“Inside-Out”/Reverse CHCC (a little more adjustable/better for leaners)

How to tie a Slipknot!

 

 

Carry of the Month for July: FCC & SCC/SCC Variations

COTM for July 2014 is Front Cross Carry (FCC) and Short Cross Carry (SCC)/SCC Variations

Front Cross Carry and Short Cross Carry are great go-to carries to learn! Both are considered “poppable” carries, meaning they can be pre-tied and your baby can be easily popped in and out of the wrap as many times as needed. These are great carries for babies or toddlers who like to go up and down often. They are also great for when you are out running errands as you can tie it on at home, get in your car, and when you get to where you are going, pop baby in and go! 

FCC and SCC are also really nice to be able to sit down comfortably while baby is still wrapped, not to mention awesome carries to nurse in if you are breastfeeding. And, although we don’t get many of them, FCC and SCC are great for cold or rainy days as you can tie them before leaving the house and still put a coat on over if it’s chilly out; or on those rare rainy days in Southern Arizona, you won’t have to worry about the tails of your wrap dragging all over wet parking lots.

Front Cross Carry typically requires at least your base size wrap (for most babywearers, this is your long wrap ranging in size between a 5-8, depending on your build). Short Cross Carry and SCC Variations, can be done with a mid-length woven wrap. The two variations we like – using a sling ring and tying at the shoulder with a slipknot – make it a bit more adjustable than the regular short cross carry.

The Front Cross Carry can be done with a variety of wrap types (wovens, stretchy wraps, gauze wraps, hybrid wraps, DIY wraps). Short Cross Carry and its variations are probably best completed using a woven wrap for overall comfort, tying, and adjustablity.

Both FCC and SCC are nice secure carries as baby sits in the “x” created by the cross passes (with legs straddling each pass). It can be used tied nice and high on your chest for a newborn, and is great for bigger babies and toddlers, too!

An important thing to remember (besides nice, snug passes and a good knot) is to get good positioning and a good seat – knees above bum and fabric spreading from knee-to-knee. For those teeny newborns, also make sure you have good head support – you can either tuck their head into one of the cross passes or roll up a blanket or burp rag and tuck it behind baby’s head/neck spread between the two cross passes to provide more support for their head (once you’re all wrapped up).

Safety: If this is your first time using a wrap, or even this particular carry, please be sure to practice wrapping your baby over a soft surface such as a bed or a couch. You can even practice with a doll or stuffed animal first until you feel comfortable with making a “seat” and securing the passes and tying the wrap. Working near a mirror or reflective surface is also helpful so that you can better see how your baby is positioned in the carry and whether or not you have their knees above their bum and fabric spread from knee-to-knee.

“TASK” Rule for Safe Babywearing!
Two fingers can be placed under baby’s chin
Always able to view baby’s face – even while nursing
Snug and Supported
Kissable – able to kiss the top of baby’s head easily

Be sure to check back in August to see what our next COTM will be!

Videos and Tutorials can be found below as well as on our Pinterest page!

 Front Cross Carry – photo tutorial

http://somdbabywearers.weebly.com/blog/front-cross-carry-photo-tutorial

Front Cross Carry with tips for nursing discreetly

Front Cross Carry with wrap folded in half lengthwise

Front Cross Carry – nursing upright and in cradle position

Short Cross Carry

Short Cross Carry

Short Cross Carry – Tied at Shoulder (SCC TAS)

Short Cross Carry with Ring Variation 

I want a Mei Tai, but which one?

I want a Mei Tai, but which one?

By Sarah and Kelly, BWI of Tucson

Mei Tai carriers are a very popular option that combine the ease of an SSC with some of the same dynamics of wrapping. As with many other types of carriers, the Mei Tai is produced by several different companies and in many different sizes. When choosing a baby carrier of any kind it is always important to find something that is going to fit both the caregiver and the child well, but sometimes knowing which carrier that is can be difficult. There are comparisons of some of the different Soft Structured Carriers available, but so far none of the Mei Tai carriers that I could find. So, a fellow babywearer (Kelly, who is also a VBE) and I, along with help from some members of our local BWI chapter, set out to create a comparison of some of the popular brands of Mei Tais. We chose brands that are easily found, well-known, and fairly budget friendly. Those brands are: Infantino, Freehand, BabyHawk and ToddlerHawk, Bamberoo, and Kozy.

It’s important to remember that the fit of the Mei Tai includes the body panel reaching from knee to knee on the child being worn. This allows for proper positioning and comfort for both the wearer and the wearee. Our goal with this project is to show you how a toddler fits in these different Mei Tai brands and sizes. We hope that by using a toddler it will be easier to see what might fit both a younger baby and an older child so that you may be able choose the brand and size that will be best for your specific needs. We’ve also taken measurements of the body panel, waist length, and strap length for each of the individual carriers in order to give specific information about the size of each Mei Tai.

Allow me a moment to introduce our models, or rather, I’ll let Kelly introduce herself and her son:
“I’m Kelly, this is my child, K. I am 5’ 3.75” and about 130 lbs (I wear about a size 6), he is 18 months old and 24lbs 10 oz and 31 inches tall – round and on the shorter side for his age. I would classify myself as athletic/petite, and K is on the short and adorably chunky side.”

First let’s look at a front carry with the different Mei Tai carriers. As you can see, in some of these, the carrier is not quite reaching knee-to-knee for K (e.g. Freehand, BabyHawk, and ToddlerHawk), although he is still well positioned. There are differences in the height of each carrier too; some of these carriers are offering full back support up to K’s neck or further, and some, while offering good back support, are only reaching to K’s shoulder blades. It’s important to note that while it is safe for a carrier to support K’s back only up to his shoulder blades, most children will quickly outgrow the carrier as they increase in height. (Please note that you should be able to click on each photo in order to view a larger version.)

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We’ve also included photos of the same front carry, but with a view of how the ties look in the back. This is so you may be able to tell how much length is left over after tying as pictured above (straps are crossed in back, crossed in front across K’s bum, and then tied off in back).

MT front-back lbl

It might be difficult to see, but if you look at the knots tied in back, some of them have very little length left over. Those are the Infantino, the ToddlerHawk, and especially the Kozy. The ToddlerHawk and Kozy have the option of special-ordering extra long straps, but the Infantino does not. You can see that with the Kozy, Kelly had barely enough to tie off in back. For anyone of larger size than Kelly, like myself, it would be impossible and you’d need to tie under your child’s bum. Tying off under baby’s bum is acceptable and safe; I personally prefer to be able to cross straps and tie in back as pictured. Therefore, because the Kozy is made for larger babies, toddlers and up, it may be wise to pay a little extra for longer straps if you plan on wearing your child in front as well as on your back.

For the sake of being thorough, let’s also look at how each carrier looks when used in a back carry. It may be a little easier to tell how well the individual Mei Tai carriers fit K in these pictures.

MT back lbl

Kelly has K nicely positioned on her back, using ruck straps, and crossing each strap over one leg and under the other to tie off in front. Because she is able to use ruck straps for back carrying, there is extra strap length left over and those carriers that had little left over for tying off in the front carry, now have plenty left over to tie off in these back carries.

Now that we’ve seen how each carrier is fitting Kelly and K in two different carrying positions, let’s look at the specific measurements for each one.

MT info collage

Note on the BabyHawk and ToddlerHawk: Please be aware of the manufacture dates of both the BabyHawk and ToddlerHawk. The measurements differ between the two, with the width of the ToddlerHawk body panel being 1 inch less than the BabyHawk. We believe this to be due to a more recent rebranding of BabyHawk. It is our understanding that currently the BabyHawk and ToddlerHawk body panel will measure the same width wise, but the ToddlerHawk will measure taller, unless ordered with custom width and height. This is a great example of why you should always ask for specific measurements before buying a carrier, especially when buying used.

The feel of a carrier when being worn is also important. Some Mei Tais have thicker padding on the waist and/or shoulder, and would be better suited for larger framed caregivers. Kelly, since she was the caregiver modeling these carriers for me, has offered up some personal insight into this aspect of each Mei Tai.

kellysimpressions

We hope that this information will help in deciding which carrier will work best for you and your child. There are many other good brands of Mei Tai carriers that we were unable to cover in our project, but they are definitely worth checking in to; Ellaroo and Catbird Baby come to mind. Please bear in mind that all measurements and carriers used were done with what we had on hand, and what we were able to borrow from the lovely members of our local group, Babywearing International of Tucson.

P.S. We would like to thank all the lovely ladies and men who graciously entrusted a Mei Tai into our care for a time in order to complete this project. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without you!