Stylish trends in baby wearing

June 17, 2010 4:18:43 PM PDT
Safe, snuggly and stylish! A look at the latest trends in baby wearing.

Ergo Carrier:

This is the all-in-one soft baby carrier, assisting you through all the stages of your baby's growth and moving from front to hip to back position easily.

Parents tell us the ERGObaby carrier is the best of all the baby carriers on the market. It was designed by Karin Frost, a mom, and has undergone extensive testing by tens of thousands of parents. Its innovative design makes wearing your baby comfortable for hours at a time, gives you the freedom to remain active and productive in your daily life, and holds your baby secure to your body so you are HandsFree.

ERGObaby's baby carrier design supports a natural sitting position for babies, eliminating compression of the spine and hips that can be caused by unsupported suspension. The baby carrier also balances the baby's weight to parents' hips and shoulders, and alleviates physical stress for the parent.

ERGObaby recommends a weight limit of 40 pounds (18 Kilograms) for its carrier; however, the carrier has been tested up to 90 pounds (41 Kilograms). Our carrier will accommodate you as long as you and your baby are happy using it.

Baby K'tan:

Baby K'tan a great carrier in place of the sling. It's new, developed by a mom. The Baby K'tan? Baby Carrier (patent pending) is a 100% natural cotton, unique, ergonomically designed & stylish soft baby carrier.

Offered in hip neutral colors, the Baby K'tan is a cross between a sling and a more structured front baby carrier, offering the positions and benefits of both, AND MORE! Can carry baby from birth to toddler, up to 42 kbs.

The Baby K'tan? Baby Carrier is made entirely of soft, breathable 100% cotton knit fabric that is strong enough to hold a child from birth to 42 lbs. The unique patent pending design consists of two loops of fabric connected with a sliding support band.

Parents can stylishly carry their babies in 8 comfortable positions, while freeing up their hands to tend to other tasks or other children. Babies can be snuggled and breastfed in the Cradle and Explore positions. They can also be carried upright, facing in or out, and as they get older, they can be carried on your hip.

A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of every Baby K'tan? Baby Carrier will be allocated to the American Heart Association and to help fund education, medical research, advocacy programs, and promotion of awareness and inclusion for individuals and families living with Down syndrome.

Moby Wrap:

The Moby® Wrap is an optimal baby carrier for infants. Parents of newborns are often prescribed to practice "kangaroo care," skin-to-skin contact used to increase birth weight, which can be easily achieved while wearing your Moby® Wrap. The Moby® Wrap is long enough to adapt to your growing baby. The fabric can hold up to 35 lbs.

The design of the Moby® Wrap uses your entire back, as well as your shoulders, to carry the weight of your baby. Unlike other carriers, which have narrow straps or go across one shoulder, the Moby® Wrap is a wide piece of fabric that is wrapped over both shoulders. It is amazingly comfortable and easy to wear.

There are no buckles, snaps or other fasteners. It is easy to adjust the fit of your Moby® Wrap by varying how tightly you wrap yourself and your baby

Baby Carriers:

  • Ergo: $105 - $120
  • Baby K'Tan: $60 - $70
  • Moby Wrap: $40 - $60
  • Playtex Hip Hammock: $25
Safety and certifications: Any and all of your baby products, especially carriers, should have these certifications.

Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act Information:

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.

The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

For more information, visit www.cpsc.gov

JPMA: Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association:

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, Inc. is a national trade organization representing 95% of the $7.3 billion industry. It was formed in 1962 and has grown to include 250 companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

JPMA developed an extensive, unique Certification Program that has been guiding parents and caregivers for 25 years toward purchasing juvenile products that are built with safety in mind.

Parents can look for their seal on product packaging. To become JPMA certified, a product must be tested by an independent testing facility for compliance with the specific ASTM (American Society for Testing & Materials) standards. If a product passes the tests, JPMA allows the manufacturer to label it with the JPMA Certified Seal.

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Jen Frick, Chief Founding Mom, The Tulip Grove:

Jen Frick brings 10 years of experience in healthcare specializing in infants, children and pre and postnatal education. Prior to founding The Tulip Grove, Jen worked in management and lead positions at Alta Bates Hospital and Children's Hospital Oakland.

A Registered Respiratory Therapist, Jen has helped hundreds of children at critical moments in the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She has also lead educational conferences and presentations for other healthcare providers.

As a pre and postnatal fitness instructor, a support group leader, lactation counselor and Stroller Strides franchise owner, she has helped expectant and new moms navigate the changes and experiences women encounter through pregnancy, childbirth and life with a newborn.

Originally from Indiana, Jen lives in the Montclair area and is a mother of three.

Jen received her B.S. in Exercise Physiology from Indiana University and an A.S. in Respiratory Therapy, specializing in neonatal and pediatrics.

She also completed the Lactation Counselor program through University California in San Diego. She serves as an adjunct professor at Napa Valley College and has presented at national healthcare and fitness conferences. She has also published articles in e-pregnancy magazine and the Journal of Respiratory Care.


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