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How to Get Babywearing Started this International Babywearing Week

As moms, we all know that time flies – one day your baby is a teeny newborn, and in the blink of an eye, they're off to school. While we would all love to spend all our days lazily snuggled on the couch with our babes, the reality is that there are things that need to be done to keep our households somewhat functional.

The list of stuff that I've attempted to do one handed/while carrying a baby is rather comical:
  • Cooking dinner
  • Folding laundry
  • Grocery shopping
  • Applying sunscreen to a squirming toddler

I bet you can relate. Any multi-tasking, busy mom knows this struggle. The answer to your struggles is babywearing, and in honor of International Babywearing Week, let's celebrate by trying it out! Trust me; you'll love it once you've tried it and you'll be convinced to give it a try after seeing this infographic from Mom Loves Best.

If you're thinking about giving babywearing a try, here are some things to know about how to do it safely, and why babywearing is such a lifesaver.

Choosing a Carrier 

Before you start babywearing, make sure you've chosen the right kind of baby carrier. There is a wide range of varieties and styles available, ranging from fabric slings and wraps to structured carriers with buckles and straps. Look for fabrics that are appropriate for your local climate so that he/she does not overheat in the carrier, and always ensure that there is no fabric obstructing baby's airways.

Helpful Tips

Some moms find that the earlier you start babywearing, the more comfortable baby will be in the carrier. I had this experience with my youngest child and waited until he was about 10 months old to try a baby carrier in preparation for a vacation. By that age, he was already crawling, nearly walking, and his resistance to being confined took precedence over snuggles with mom. However, with my other kid I started earlier and found that he got used to being in the carrier and liked the closeness more.

If you've waited, don't fear, you just might need to try different carriers, different positions, or just more exposure to the carrier.

Before each time you try the carrier, ensure that your child is not feeling fussy or otherwise uncomfortable by making sure that they are:
  • Well rested: shortly after a nap can be a good time, but avoid trying this right before a nap or bedtime.
  • Well fed: make sure that baby's tummy is full, and he/she is content. Keep in mind; you want baby to be satiated not too full, because you don't want to be on the receiving end of their tummy getting squashed.

Wrapping it Up (Pun Intended)

I hope you'll decide to try babywearing, in celebration of International Babywearing Week 2017. The benefits are so great your baby, your family as a whole, and for you. Or if you are already a babywearer, tell us below what your favorite carry is.

About the Author

Jenny Silverstone is the mother of two, a breastfeeding & babywearing advocate, and a mommy blogger. You can find her sharing her journey through motherhood on her blog - MomLovesBest.com.

Packing JuJuBe Hello Friends Fuel Cell as Baby's Lunch Bag

Did you miss my first blog post about how I pack my JuJuBe bags? Head over to this blog post. For this post, I just wanna focus on how I pack my JuJuBe Hello Friends Fuel Cell as my baby's lunch bag.

What did I pack in my JuJuBe Hello Friends Fuel Cell?

Zojirushi 350ml thermal jar (contains baby's lunch)
A small container (to be used as a bowl)
Dr Brown's soft-tip drinking bottle
OXO TOT feeding spoon (with travel case)
Baby Bites baby bicsuit
K-MOM travel wet wipes
K-MOM zipper bag
Highchair cover

This is how the fuel cell looks like when it's fully packed.

Another angle of the fully packed fuel cell.

The fuel cell is also huge enough to add in my toddler's Skip Hop water bottle. Sometimes I replace the cloth bibs with Jujube Super Toki Be Neat (bib). I also like to bring out Offspring's travel wet wipes.

This is how Hello Friends Fuel Cell looks like (front view).

This is how Hello Friends Fuel Cell looks like (back view).

Close-up look of the logo. Hello Friends is the latest print of the JuJuBe for Sanrio collaboration.

Can you spot the ribbon?

This is how I carry my fuel cell. Sometimes I add a long strap so that I can sling it over my shoulder.

This is the Super Toki Be Neat that I mentioned earlier on. It's a reversible bib.

My two boys can share the Be Neat during lunch!

Little Innoscents for Innocent Little Ones

What are these rainbow-colored yummy looking things that my two boys are playing with? They are the Organic Baby Skincare Range by Little Innoscents!

Little Innoscents produces all-natural and certified organic products that are certified by Australian Certified Organic (ACO), one of the world's leading organic certification body.

Little Innoscents Organic Baby Skincare Range

They are:
  • Made from 100% naturally derived ingredients
  • Hypoallergenic and pH balanced
  • Naturally scented with the finest essential oils
  • Certified by Australian Certified Organic (ACO) to assure authenticity
  • Not tested on animals

In the bathroom

Organic Spearmint & Sweet Orange Hair & Body Wash (250ml)

Do I like it? Yes, it's great for both mommy and baby! The smell of spearmint and sweet orange essential oils in the body wash is invigorating. It feels like having a tea party in the bathroom! More info here.

Organic Milky Whites Toothpaste (50ml)

Do I like it? Yes, it's fluoride-free and safe to be swallowed (as long as the kids don't purposely eat it!) It also has this cool and delightful minty refreshing smell. More info here.

After bath

Organic Mineral Powder (50g)

Do I like it? It's great for both mommy and baby! However, I'm not a fan of putting powder on myself and my kids so I can't say much. Having said that, I'm pretty impressed that this talc-free powder is made from Kaolin (Australian White Clay) used therapeutically by the Aborigines for thousands of years and works almost like magic to absorb excess moisture and toxins from the body. More info here.

Organic Moisture Rich Body Lotion (100ml)

Do I like it? Yes, it's great for both mommy and baby! The heavenly scent of Ylang Ylang is so nice. This lotion works as a great moisturizer in air-conditioned room. More info here.

Organic Hair Fudge (75ml)

Do I like it? I'd say this will be a great hair care solution for little girls especially if they have unruly, frizzy hair. I've two boys, both doesn't have much hair. So..... Read more here.

Baby's diaper & skin care

Organic Paw Paw Balm (50ml)

Do I like it? Definitely! It's great for both mommy and baby! I can use it whenever I have cracked nipples and I use this balm on baby's bottom as diaper change cream. It contains all these amazing ingredients: Australian organic paw paw (papaya) extract, shea butter, calendula. A must have balm in family first-aid cabinet and travel kit. More info here.

Organic Intensive Soothing Cream (75ml)

Do I like it? This is another must have cream in family first-aid cabinet and travel kit. Great for cloth diapers because it doesn't contain zinc oxide. I'm a cloth diapering mom so this is perfect! Apart from that, this cream is great for treating redness and itchiness caused by skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis (of which none in the family has it) but it's great to have one tube handy. More info here.

Going out in the sun

Natural Sun Lotion SPF 30+ (100ml)

Do I like it? Definitely! It's great for both mommy and baby! Safe for babies 6 months and above. This natural sun lotion contains soothing Vitamin E, Organic Green Tea, Cucumber and Rosehip extract with no nanoparticles, chemical absorbers, and parabens. Nothing synthetic! More info here.

For flu

Organic Winter Blues Balm (75ml)

Do I like it? Anything and by anything I mean natural remedy that helps calm my baby down during flu episodes is welcomed! So, yes! More info here.

You can visit this page for the full range: https://www.madrenatura.com.my/little-innoscents


And now the good news! You can get FREE SAMPLES! So read on.


Want to try Little Innoscents before you buy the full size range? How to receive a FREE sample of Little Innoscents? Just follow these 2 simple steps!

1. Like Little Innoscents Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/littleinnoscentsmalaysia/

2. Message their Facebook page and type "I would love to try Little Innoscents!" and include your details as below:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Street address
  • Postcode
  • State
  • Contact number

Terms and conditions

  • Limit to one sample per household.
  • Samples will be randomly selected.
  • Offer valid while supplies last.
  • Valid for Malaysian residents only.

My breastmilk keepsake jewelry crafted by Keepsake by Ryo, Singapore

Isn't this glass locket beautiful? This is the Family of Hearts Glass Locket crafted by Keepsake by Ryo.

Let me tell you a story. I have been breastfeeding since August 2013 after I gave birth to my first child. As a first-time mom at that time, I struggled with breastfeeding and I didn't have excess breastmilk to stock up. I was green with envy at mothers who so much breastmilk that they could make lovely breastmilk keepsakes, e.g. breastmilk charms. I shelved the desire to own a little piece of keepsake in the deepest corner of my heart as I knew I could survive without having one.

Three years later, in December 2016, I gave birth to my second child. My firstborn, who's then about 3.5 years old, was still breastfeeding. So, I tandem nursed both boys. Lo and behold, the Lord blessed me with an abundance of milk! However, to avoid ending up as an oversupply mom, I didn't overstimulate my breasts with extra pumping sessions. Even so, I still managed to keep a small amount of frozen breastmilk in my freezer.

 One day, when my baby turned about four months old, I realized that my firstborn was nursing so much lesser. My mommy instincts told me that he's weaning off anytime soon. It was then I was desperate to immortalize my milk to commemorate the journey of nursing my toddler and tandem nursing both boys for the past few months. As I was searching around for breastmilk keepsake jewelry crafters, I was introduced to Keepsake by Ryo in Singapore. You can read here about who's Ryo and how did she get this business started.

Keepsake by Ryo makes keepsake jewellery out of breastmilk, umbilical cord, and hair. Their mission is to help mothers immortalize love into wearable jewelry crafted using precious metals.

After much deliberation, I decided to go ahead with this lovely Family of Hearts Glass Locket. This beautiful piece consists of three breastmilk hearts placed tightly together to symbolize a loving family. Each heart represents a father's love, a mother's love, and a child's love. We could even include three names in the locket. Perfecto!

Three lovely little hearts, made with so much love, from my breastmilk.

I chose to include both my sons' name and their family name.

How to place order on Keepsake by Ryo?

On their website, click on the keepsake of your choice from these categories: Heirloom Fine Jewellery; Charms; Glass Locket Pendants; Necklaces; Bracelets; Earrings; Rings; Anklets; Cufflinks. Spoiled for choices? I did. In the end, I settled with Glass Locket Pendants - Family of Hearts Glass Locket.

First, for Glass Locket Choice, I chose L6 Round Shape Matte Rose Gold.

Second, for Locket Accessories, I chose Free Necklace.

Third, for Shimmer Choice (in milk parts), I chose None because I love simple and pure design.

Fourth, for Font Choice, I chose #6 Edwardian Script.

Finally, I added the names I wanted to include and clicked Add to Cart. Then, I received an email from them regarding payment plus instructions on how to send inclusions (breastmilk / baby's hair / umbilical cord) to them.

Based on the instructions, I packed 20-30ml thawed breastmilk in storage bags (double layers) specified to store breastmilk. Then I wrapped the package with a layer of bubble wrap before heading over to the post office. To ship to Singapore, I used Registered Mail from Malaysia.

The crafting process ranges from 2-14 weeks. Longer waiting period is expected especially when Ryo's precious metal parts run low and she's waiting for new shipments to arrive from the factory. Mine took about 12 weeks to arrive because they ran out of the matte rose gold metal.

Finally, I received my glass locket in the first week of August. Yay! It came in a lovely box and a Thank You card with caring, polishing, storage, and warranty information. The online info can be found on their FAQ Post Order page.

Warranty is one year and it covers any discoloration of breastmilk components only. You can also read up their FAQ Before Ordering page to know more about the technology / system that they're using to craft each individual keepsake jewelry piece.

I'm very satisfied with my breastmilk glass locket. It's elegant, timeless, and most importantly, it immortalizes my precious breastfeeding journey with both my children. The baby is still breastfeeding currently at nine months old.

Another close-up shot as I couldn't stop admiring its beauty. I'm a happy mama! :)

The cheeky little ones love the locket and they want to take a photo with it too!

More about Keepsake by Ryo

Just go over to https://www.keepsakebyryo.com/ and fill up your shopping cart! It's so easy! Check out the guide chart below from their website.

Happy shopping!

Disclaimer: Keepsake by Ryo has given ONE Family of Hearts Glass Locket to me for review as shown in this blog post. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All opinions are honestly mine. Thank you for reading!