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Entries in babywearing (12)

Saturday
Feb222014

Geocaching With Kids | San Diego Family Activities

 

 

I have always know what geocaching was, but never gave it much thought.  Then, I kept seeing pictures in my facebook newsfeed of an amazing family we know geocaching all over...well, the world. It looked fun, it looked kinda easy as far as not needing anything special goes and we figured there was no harm in trying! 

So, now we are hooked.

Wes especially.

A few friends have asked what Geocaching is, and I thought it would be easiest to explain it here!

So, Geocaching uses GPS coordinates to direct you towards, what amounts to, a treasure chest (a cache) that someone else has hidden for you to find.  Cache (the treasure box) sizes can be big, or small.  Easy to find or insanely hard to find. People get crafty, and sneaky and...it is awesome. Sometimes the cache has little prizes in it.  Other times the unit is so small, as pictured above there is just a log big enough to sign. 

What do you need to get started Geocaching? Nothing that you don't already (most likely) have.  You will need....

 

  • A (free) account on www.geocaching.com so you can figure out where you want to go
  • Something that can track your GPS coordinates with, like a smartphone or a handheld GPS navigator - On Gray's phone (android) we have downloaded (for $10.00) the geocaching app that gives you access to all of the cache coordinates and you can search for sites using the purchased app.  On my phone (iphone) we have the free geocaching app that shows you the cache sites that are closest to you, ONLY.   
  • A pen
  • A small trinket or two to place in the cache so your child (or you) can take a piece of swag IF there is any and the cache is big enough. 

 

How we roll...

 

  1. We decide to go geocaching
  2. Scope out the area we want to go geocaching in, either on our app, or on the computer.
  3. Then, we think about swag (treasure), and hunt down something in our house to make or bring. 
  4. Next up, we grab some water, a pen, our swag and our cell phone
  5. We head out the door (because with two kids, it is just as simple as walking out the door, right?)
  6. We pull the location up on our phone and follow the guide to get to where we are going! Wes likes to pick up trash while we make our way to the coordinate site. He thinks he is a trash truck....we just go with it. 
     
  7. When you get to the GPS location, you start your hunt.  It can be made of anything and hidden anywhere.  Geocaching.com will tell you how big the unit is so you can be a little prepared, and also know that if you are wanting your preschooler to take the lead with finding the cache, you most likely don't want to choose a micro cache. 
     
  8. When (if) you find the cache, sign your name on the log, check out the swag, and add something. Wes got a sweet ninja the other day - this was one of the bigger cache containers we have found.  The smallest being a mini altoid box. 
  9. The general rule of swag is that IF you take something, then you need to leave an item of equal or greater value. Gray has been making some fun wooden figures to leave as our calling card.  

It has been quite a bit of fun for us as adults, and it has been a wonderful conversation starter as far as tracking goes with Wes.  In the near future I am hoping to get a trackable geocaching item so we can leave it as swag, and then, since it is a trackable item, you can log on and see where it is traveling to around the city/state/country/world/universe (there is a cache on the International Space Station). 

 

 

Wednesday
Feb122014

Getting Crafty | Small Life Studio

Look. It has been awhile.  A lot has happened. Charlotte left me high and dry, she had a baby, I had a baby (The rolls, oh my!  His, not mine, I don't want to talk about mine).  Life.  Man.  It has a way of just kind of happening, huh? Then, before you know it, BOOM! It is 34 years later and you still haven't written that blog post that has been on your mind.

Sorry.

Life man. Life.

ANYWAYS. I have been wanting to come around more. I like you.  I like you a lot.  The issue has been, well, I just don't have that much to say.  I was thinking about it, and, life here is just kind of calm.  In a two kid, "Holy crap is Miles eating Wes' shoe again, oh dear lord Wes get down from there, we don't need anymore medical bills" kind of way calm.  

Oh snap.  Miles? Let me introduce you. He is pretty awesome. He doesn't like sleep, but he is awesome. 
my super sweet girasol bronze rainbow wrap from Risaroo

.....And the wild beast that is Wes? He is a handsome, loving and kind big brother. 

And my husband?  Yeah. He is cool.  He is cool and talented.  Remember all those creative and jaw droppingly fun things he has made for Wes, like this rock wall loft bed that was featured on Apartment therapy or this play kitchen he made that was featured on Disney Baby?a

Well, he decided to open up his own Etsy shop a few weeks ago.   It is pretty nifty if I do say so myself.

The shop?  Small Life Studio, head on over and check him out. There are some fun things in there! 

So yeah, this is us now!  I miss my dear friend Charlotte, a ton.  Not having easy access to her has left a void in my internet life, so you will be hearing a lot from me here! 

Gray wanted me to photoshop his hair looking combed, so please, just pretend I did that.  Because, yeah.  I don't even know what that means. 

Monday
Mar052012

Learn How to Babywear | Beachy Bundles Babywearing Consultant


(Paige Plihal from Beachy Bundles demonstrates how to do a Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC) with a German style woven wrap.)

Last week I attended a babywearing class held by Paige Plihal from Beachy Bundles. Paige is San Diego's first babywearing consultant. How exciting is that? If you are like so many other moms and WANT to babywear but have no idea how to get started, then Paige is your woman to call.

She brought oodles of gorgeous wraps to try out. Pictured: Didymos Katja & Girasol Polkka

There were also wrap conversions, like this Ocah that looked awesome with my Red Charlotte sucking pads  :swoon:

(Paige demonstrating the differences between a Tula Baby Carrier, an Ergo Baby Carrier and a Boba Baby Carrier, all decked out with Red Charlotte sucking pads). The Tula Toddler Carrier pictured here was taller than both the Ergo and Boba and the fabric was softer as well. 

Things that impressed me about her class?

She was patient and attentive. She listened to what each mom wanted to try and then even suggested additional ways to help.

Another thing that struck me was her gentle, helpful guidance. You can see it in so many of these pictures. She always had one hand out lightly modeling where to adjust and how to get comfortable.

The result? Very happy mamas.

While getting a group of moms and babies to focus on any one thing at a time can be challenging, Paige had a way of grabbing our attention so we could all focus when we needed to:

And yes, yes that IS Mickey Mouse standing in for a baby in a back carry. Go Mickey!

(Paige Plihal from Beachy Bundles demonstrating how to do a basic Rucksack back carry in a German woven wrap.)

Her style of teaching is very accessible. She didn’t overwhelm us with the incredible array of techniques available for wraps and soft structured carriers (SSCs are carriers like the Ergo, Boba, Tula, and BabyHawk.)

I even managed to get Cora up in my first “ruck” or basic back carry in a wrap. You can see she wasn’t too sure about it in the beginning.

I “super-manned” her up onto my back. Action shot!

Can you tell that Cora is a pro at being worn? Just LOOK at that face! “What’s next mom? You gonna wrap me upside down?”

This is one of my favorite shots from the whole class. Mamas wearing babies helping mamas to wear babies…surrounded by babywearing gear all over the place. Heaven!

Paige helped me with some final adjustments and then….

Voila! My first attempt at wearing a wrap. Paige helped me feel like the world of wraps and mei tais is accessible. While I don’t know if I’ll ever completely move away from my snaps and buckles, those woven wraps sure are gorgeous.

More great things about Paige's services? 

  1. She is available to help both beginner AND advanced babywearers. If you have been babywearing for awhile and want to try new techniques or even branch out from how you normally wear, she can help with that.
  2. Looking for a wrap or carrier that is discontinued or off the market? Paige can source them for you and still find you what you are looking for.
  3. Paige also designs custom carriers AND covers for your carriers should you want to add your own personal flair. 

{ C O N N E C T}

You can reach Paige via email at beachybundles@gmail.com or through her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/beachybundles. Her page also has info on her rates and availability.

I know I am looking forward to getting a gift certificate for her services to some of my new mama friends. What about you? If you could attend a babywearing class, what would you like to learn?

 

Tuesday
Feb072012

Dear BabyCenter | Your 18 Month Old: Week 2

Like many new parents, when I found out I was pregnant I signed up for the weekly www.babycenter.com emails that told me about how my baby was growing inside of me. I found them very comforting and Eric and I made it a ritual each week to read about fun developments as Cora baked away in my bely.

After she was born I continued to get the weekly updates of her growth, sometimes heeding the articles, and sometimes passing on advice that didn't resonate with me as a parent.

Then today I got this (click to enlarge):

BabyCenter | Your 18 month old: week 2

No, no, no! Bring a stroller? In the very same paragraph where it says, "your child may feel small or vulnerable," they suggest putting them in a stroller to save your back??? And so I pen this missive to BabyCenter in the hopes that they will hear me.

Dear BabyCenter,

There is an incredibly convenient and useful practice known as babywearing. It allows you to wear your baby and TODDLER on your body, in the front, on the back, or on your hip for long periods of time. When done correctly, it will NOT hurt your back. The benefits of babywearing are many. Being a website that writes about parenting techniques I would think you would have heard of it before, but now that I have told you about it, I hope you look it up!

Seriously, babywearing rocks.

For a website that reaches so.many.parents every day, please consider reading up on, and advocating for babywearing. Strollers have a time and a place in parenting, but for moments when your child feels "small" or "vulnerable" most parents want to hold their kid close, not push them several feet away from their bodies in a stroller.

Signed, 

A babywearing mama in San Diego

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{ TAKE ACTION }

Send an email to BabyCenter and encourage them to change this article to include the practice of babywearing as a great alternative to when your 18 month old wants to be held! You can contact them here.

(Babywearing: because you can't take a stroller on a ski lift!)

Wednesday
Feb012012

Baby Carrier Rental and Sling Exchange | Finding the Perfect Baby Carrier

Out shopping with Cora in my new Boba G3

Jillian of PAXBAbyWith the wide assortment of baby carriers and slings out there these days, you may wonder which one is right for you. There are several handy charts that go over the differences, like this chart from Onya Baby (who sell gorgeous baby carriers by the way). 

Still, looking at charts can make you cross-eyed if you do it for too long, so if you'd like to try out a carrier before you buy, consider these two options:

1). Join a local babywearing group. Many local groups have lending libraries and for a small annual fee you can check out one of their many slings or soft structured carriers (SSCs). The Ergo, Boba, BabyHawk, Onya, and Beco are all SSCs. I have to give a nod to my local group, San Diego Babywearers. They have an extensive library and incredibly friendly and helpful members. You can find them on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/BabywearingSanDiego/

2) Rent one from Jillian at PAXBaby's Sling Exchange. Jillian and her husband have six gorgeous children and are both dedicated babywearers. She runs a wonderful program that lets you try out a carrier you are interested in for $9 + shipping. Oh, and if you happen to love the carrier you are trying, the $9 then goes toward the cost of the carrier. Nice! She lets you try them for two weeks which is more than enough time to really check out what you are borrowing. And if you do love it and buy it, PAXBaby can also "pimp" out your carrier with custom fabric. I love it!

Jillian's husband, "PAXDaddy" mowing the lawn and babywearing

Take your time when researching what carrier is right for you. Ask questions! There are many resources out there and a lot of passionate moms (and dads) who will help you find the right for your body type, lifestyle, and family.

Good luck and happy babywearing!