Hot weather babywearing: How to keep cool in your carrier

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Summer babywearing: How to keep cool in your baby carrier

Tips to keep cool while babywearing in the summer.

Babywearing is awesome for countless reasons, but there are some things you need to keep in mind when summer babywearing. We’d like to share some ideas with you on how to keep cool in your carrier so you can keep having your babywearing adventures, even in the heat of the summer.

Make use of a parasol or umbrella

  • Sounds simple, right? Well, it is! And you’ll be giving you and your baby portable shade. You’ve already got your hands free to carry one, and people have been using parasols for countless years, so why not jump in and join ‘em?

Dress yourself and your baby lightly

  • You may even decide to let your baby keep cool in just a diaper or just a diaper and onesie.

Take babywearing breaks

  • If either you or your baby feels too hot, simply take a babywearing break to cool off. Find a shady spot or go inside to some cool, air conditioned locale until you’re ready to roll again.

 Keep hydrated

  • We all sweat more when it’s hot out, and it’s important to replace that lost fluid. Whether you’re nursing your baby or not, be sure to keep both yourself and your baby well hydrated. Drink plenty of cold water and allow your baby to drink to thirst, whether it’s water, your breastmilk, or whatever your baby is drinking.

Be sure to take frequent beverage breaks when it's hot outside! Keeping well hydrated is important for both you and your baby.

Use a baby carrier designed for hot weather babywearing

  • There are a number of great summer-friendly wraps, slings and baby carriers out there. A mesh or linen sling, gauzy summer wrap or a soft-structured baby carrier designed to take the heat – like an Onya Baby Outback or NexStep, which are both lined in moisture-wicking Air-Mesh designed to keep you and your baby cooler - are all great options for keeping cool while babywearing.

Use cold packs to keep your baby cooler in her carrier

  • We wrote a post about that, and it’s a super easy DIY summer babywearing hack. If your carrier has a pocket (all Onya Baby carriers do, because, well, pockets are good), you can just put the cold packs in the pocket and you’re good to go. If you’re putting the cold pack between your body and your baby, be sure to wrap it in a light cloth first. You want to keep your little one cool, not give her frost bite! Several people suggested using a soft cold pack, and we think that’s a great suggestion! Placing damp cloths around yours and your baby’s neck or on pressure points (such as around your wrists or ankles) is another great idea.

Super simple summer babywearing tip: use ice packs to keep your baby cooler in her carrier.

Looking for more tips and posts on summer babywearing? Check out these great posts from some of our friends:

New York Family: Top Five Carrier for Hot Days
Z
erbert’s: 2014 Guide to Summer Babywearing

Any tips we missed? What would you add?
Happy summer babywearing!

Babywearing is…freedom to go anywhere.

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What’s one truly great thing about babywearing? Well, it frees you up so you can go anywhere with your family, independent from strollers and car seats and other bulky gear. And what better time to celebrate the freedom of babywearing than on the Fourth of July?
Because it is a celebration of independence – of freedom – for this great country of ours, after all, isn’t it?
Yes. Yes it is.

Babywearing frees you up so you can #goanywhere. So get out there and #wearthemOnya

From nurturing closeness, promoting bonding and allowing you to easily breastfeed anywhere, to giving you fabulous weight-bearing exercise, saving your back and supporting your baby’s optimal development, there are so many reasons why babywearing is good for you and good for your baby.

By the way, there are some really awesome and super informative links above. Feel free to click through to read more about the awesomeness that babywearing brings to life as a parent. Truly.

We love to hear your thoughts!
Tell us what the Freedom of Babywearing allows you to do.

Happy babywearing!

Camping with the kids: Top essentials for an awesome outdoor adventure

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Getting outside is super important for your health, for your child’s health, for everyone’s health, and what better way than to grab summer by the (beach)balls and go camping with the kids? But it can be overwhelming to try to figure out what to bring and what to leave at home. So, with that in mind, we came up with a handy list to help break it down and make it easier for you to get outside and into the wild with your children.

Onya Baby helps you get out there  with tips on top essentials for an awesome outdoor adventure with the kids

1. Be sure to bring your Onya! Why is an Onya Baby carrier the perfect essential when you’re camping with your kids?

  • It allows your baby to enjoy all the fun! While you and your family hikes in to your camping spot, or enjoys short hikes around the area, your baby can ride on with Mom or Dad’s front or back and be a part of the outdoor action!
  • Got a baby at your breast? It’s super easy to nurse while you’re wearing your baby in your Onya! Happy, full baby, hiking momma. Good stuff, that.
  • Need a place for Baby to sit? Well, you’re covered. All you need is a chair – even a folding camp chair works! – and you’re all set. You can eat with both hands and your baby can join you at the camp table. Everyone wants to be a part of the family dinner, and they can when you’re camping, too.
  • Night-time feeling a wee chilly? Let babywearing keep both you and your baby warmer while you sit around the campfire singing songs or making s’mores. Just be sure to watch your footing when walking near that fire with your little one!

2. Lots of easy, healthy snacks, for Mom, Dad and for the little ones (if they’re eating solids):

  • some great options (click for some great recipes):
    - granola bars
    - kale chips
    - fruits and veggies (pre-cut and finger-friendly). Super easy, super healthy. Boom. Done.
    - no-mess pancakes (for a fun, special treat)
    - discover some more perfect-for-camping recipes here and here
  • If you’re cooking a meal that takes a bit of time, why not take that opportunity for a fun game, like a campsite scavenger hunt? It’s the perfect time to just slow down and enjoy the time you have together.

Go camping with the kids and bring some healthy, easy snacks along for all of you.

3. Health and safety kit:

4. Some lightweight, open-ended toys:

  • some ideas:
    - outdoor toys such as a sand pail, shovels and diggers
    - maybe some coloring tools, such as crayons, pencils, markers
    - keep it simple. Children will play with these toys for hours, just find a spot with some loose dirt and they’ll be happy little
    campers!

5. Diapers, spare clothing:

  • whether you’re bringing cloth or disposable diapers, you’ll want to figure out how many your baby goes through in a day and add another five per day or so (just in case). Planning on camping with cloth? Awesome! Here’s a really handy guide to camping with cloth diapers.
    - a wet bag: no matter what kind of diapers you bring, you’ll need to pack them back out with you. Bring waterproof wet bag(s) to carry soiled diapers in, or even a few baggies. Handy tip: several smaller bags are easier to pack than one large bag, so pack accordingly
  • keep it simple when it comes to packing clothing. Bring layers, and lots of bibs (they’re super lightweight and help you save on needing to bring more clothes than necessary by catching most of the mess before it hits the rest of the clothes)

6. Tent, tarp, sleeping bags, etc.

  • have a look at this awesomely thorough camping checklist. We wanted to make this guide more geared to getting out there with the kids. The link will take you to a great and comprehensive, but general, camping checklist. It’s definitely worth checking out.

So, what do you think?
Is there anything you’d add to this family camping guide? Please tell us!
Happy babywearing!

Breastfeeding and Babywearing: Our Top 5 Reasons why they’re perfect together

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Babywearing and breastfeeding are perfect together. Why is babywearing so great for breastfeeding? Well, because it facilitates your breastfeeding relationship with your baby in a number of wonderful ways. And the greatest thing about it is that this can apply to both biological and adopted babies! Pretty sweet, right? Read on to find out our top 5 reasons why babywearing and breastfeeding are perfect together.

Babywearing and breastfeeding are perfect partners.

Babywearing:

  • Puts baby close to the source. When you’re wearing your baby in a sling or baby carrier, your baby doesn’t have to go far to nurse. Not only that, but frequent feeding (as and when your baby wants),  along with the constant contact with your touch and smell actually can boost your milk supply, helping you and baby continue on the happy breastfeeding path for as long as you both want. Did you know that this is particularly applicable if you want to breastfeed your adopted baby? You can read more about adoptive breastfeeding here. In short: milk close-by helps baby not cry.
  • Allows you to nurse your baby nurse on demand while keeping your hands free and you mobile while you breastfeed. Many babies, particularly when they’re newbies and their tummies are tiny, cluster feed and/or want to eat a bit at a time all day long. Without a good baby carrier, you’re stuck in your glider, bed or on your couch all day long. I repeat: All. Day. Long. No thank you. Of course, a well-fed baby is a happy baby. And a mobile momma is a happy momma. With babywearing you can satisfy both your baby’s needs to nurse any time and your need to not be stuck in one place eternally.
  • Allows you to get on with your life while your baby breastfeeds, sleeps, looks around, coos happily. When your baby gets hungry, your baby needs to eat, no matter where you are. Babywearing allows you to get everything done and still provide your baby with the ongoing access to eats that your baby needs. It can be stressful feeling unable to get the things done that you need to do. So, got dinner to cook, dishes in the sink, laundry to do or a dog to walk? No problem. You’ve got your hands free, momma.  And anything that can lower your stress by helping you get on with your daily life is a Very Good Thing (as Pooh might say). So, get’er done, momma! You’ve got this.
  • Facilitates natural bonding  to occur between you and your baby. Your baby smells you, is touching you, hears your voice and feels your movements. Babywearing is a powerful bonding tool. It’s also relaxing for baby to be on your body because that’s the place where your baby feels safest. Of course, this applies to daddies, too. For both parents, babywearing is the best bonding tool there is, hands down.
  • Holds your baby in an upright position, which helps babies digest their milk after nursing, particularly if Baby is suffering from reflux. Once again, this is something Dad can jump in on to help both Mom and Baby, and to get in some sweet cuddle time. After Baby’s eaten, he can wear her in his baby carrier to help her digest, give her warmth and comfort that will help her fall asleep (with a nive full belly), and help Mom have a bit of space to herself, too.

There are so many wonderful reasons why breastfeeding and babywearing go together.

And, well, everyone knows that when Baby’s not happy, Momma’s not happy. Ammirite?

Would you rather watch how to breastfeed your baby in an Onya Baby carrier as a video? Well, we made one to help you out. Have a watch and let us know what you think!

Babywearing: Keep everyone happier.

Has babywearing made your breastfeeding relationship with your baby easier? Please tell us about it in the comments below. 

Happy babywearing!

You need to get outside and bring the kids!

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Wondering why you need to get outside and bring the kids? Read on…

Getting active with the kids has even more benefits when you do it outside. #getouthere and #bringthekidsAs we all know, physical activity is vital for ourselves and for our children, but did you know that we get even more benefit from playing freely outdoors, especially when we do it together? It’s been shown in that getting active outside actually adds to the benefits.  According to a study referenced in Science World Report, children who get play actively outside are physically active for more than twice the amount of time than children romping inside (1).

Additionally, free play has the potential to improve many aspects of emotional well-being in children and adults, such as minimizing anxiety, depression, aggression, and sleep problems. In adults, physical activity can decrease depressive symptoms, while physical inactivity has been shown to increase the risk of developing depression. Exercise in adults has also been shown to lessen both chronic and acute anxiety. Studies in older children have shown that improved mood and emotional well-being are associated with physical activity. Mood may be affected not only by the physical activity itself but also by exposure to sunlight if the activity occurs outdoors (2). 

Play has the potential to improve all aspects of children’s well-being – physical, emotional, social, and cognitive – and even more so when done outside. Why play outside? Vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for several reasons, perhaps the most important of which are regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorous and aiding normal immune system function. For children, getting a sufficient amount of Vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases, including heart disease. Also, when we don’t get enough vitamin D, we’re at risk of developing bone abnormalities such as osteomalacia (soft bones) or osteoporosis (fragile bones), as well as multiple sclerosis and arthritis (3). And the easiest (and most fun) way for all of us all to get our daily dose of Vitamin D is by getting outside (in conjunction with eating Vitamin D-rich foods, such as salmon and egg yolks and taking a high-quality supplement).

There are so many reasons to get outside and bring the kids.

Of course, when you have young children, babywearing helps make getting outside with your children so much easier.
So, grab your baby, your Onya and get outside!

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Resources:
1. Matthew Pearce, Angie S Page, Tom P Griffin and Ashley R Cooper. Who children spend time with after school: associations with objectively recorded indoor and outdoor physical activity. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.
2. Hillary L. Burdette, MD, MS; Robert C. Whitaker, MD, MPH. Resurrecting Free Play in Young Children: Looking Beyond Fitness and Fatness to Attention, Affiliation, and Affect. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 2005;159(1):46-50. doi:10.1001/archpedi.159.1.46.
3. Healthline.com: The Benefits of Vitamin D. The Healthline Editorial Team. Medically Reviewed by George Krucik, MD, MBA, 20 May 2013.

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Meghan J. Ward. The Adventures in Parenthood Project.