Sunday, October 12

Classic Baby Wrap How-To + A Happy Baby Wrap Giveaway!

Morning guys! Some of you may know that today marks the end of National Baby-Wearing Week, and I've loved seeing my Instagram flooded with photos of baby-wearin' mamas and papas, also it's been neat to share some of my own as well! I always get so many questions from you guys about which different wraps and slings are my favorites and what I love about them, how I wrap them, etc, so I'm excited about the first ever post featuring the first ever wrap I received which was from Happy Baby!
This wrap came in the mail shortly after Lydia was born, and as soon as I looked up how to wrap it (which was surprisingly fast and easy) I tucked my little newborn in it and instantly fell in love. It was so incredibly comfortable!

I'd had various baby carriers before with the bulky buckles and the hard straps and suffered through them, so this was a whole new side of baby-wearing that I'd never experienced, and I knew immediately I was hooked. Lydia tucked instantly into my chest and fell asleep, and I loved that I could snuggle her for as long as I wanted with my hands and arms completely free to be productive, or to cradle her anyways which is natural instinct I think:)
I very quickly obsessed over my wrap to everyone and started recommending them to every mom I knew.haha The biggest draw for me was that the material was so soft across my back that I couldn't even feel it at all! It really felt like someone else was just holding her against up against me snugly, and I so wished I'd had one of these for the three babies before.

Well now that I've gushed for a while I want to move onto another part of this post: Since one of the questions I get asked the most about my wrap is how I actually wrap it, I thought I'd show you a little step-by-step of my favorite way!
1. Start with the Happy! Tag that's in the middle of your wrap, and hold it against your tummy. Adjust the height at this point to how high you want your baby to be on you.
2-3. pull each end up diagonally across your back and over the opposite shoulder.
4. See the X that you're creating on your back.
5-6. Gather both ends that are hanging over your shoulders and tuck them under the tag section.
7. Cris-cross the two ends, and tug them taught in the opposite direction. This is when you want to make sure your wrap is nice and snug!
8-9. Pull both ends around to the back and cross them, bringing them back around to the front again and tying in a double knot wherever you'd like. If you're a smaller gal you may want to wrap around a second time, though after the first it really doesn't make a difference:)
And you're ready for your baby!

Here's another demo now on actually adding the baby in, but since you can go a few directions once you've done the classic wrapping Miss Lydia is going to help me show you the way we use most often these days:
1. Begin by holding your baby on the opposite shoulder from the strap that's closest to your chest, and pull it directly away from you.
2. Hook your babies appropriate leg through (either facing you or facing front), and spread it across their bum.
3. Do the same thing with the opposite shoulder- 
4. - Pulling the strap away from your body and tucking their leg under, not forgetting to spread the piece out across their bum again!
5. Next you're going to pull the tag or label section down and out from in-between you and your baby, 
6. and spread it up and over your babies back! Make sure everything is adjusted to how you want it, and you're all good to go!
wearing | mama: monogrammed necklace - c/o wrenn jewelry // lace blouse- c/o fancy frills boutique // pants - ross 
lydia: matching headband and pants c/o notes and knots // shirt - target // moccasins - c/o freshly picked
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Now that my girl is nearly a year (!) I wear her on my front or back in the 'hug hold' all the time because she's too big to have her feet tucked up inside like with the 'newborn hold'. That was a sad transition day you can be sure! Also I have to add that without fail, every time we get situated with the wrap, she leans her head on my chest as if to acknowledge the commence of snuggle time.haha Love this girl so much.

Well now on to the absolute best part about this post: I'm so happy that the sweet people over at Happy Baby Wrap are offering one of you your very own in the color of your choice! Just complete as many of the entries below as you can to increase you chances of winning, and I wish you all the best of luck!
Thanks so much for stopping by today friends, and I hope you've enjoyed hearing alittle more about one of the ways we like to wear our babies (yes I say 'we' because martin uses slings and wraps too! :)) 
And now quickly before you go I'd love to hear if you're a current 'baby wearer' or if you're hoping to start, or any fun or sweet stories related to baby wearing for the rest of us to read and enjoy! Take care and have a great rest of your week!


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23 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness. Cutest mommy baby combo ever. You are adorable! I am in love with the lens used in these photos. What kind is it?

    www.la-vie-en-lavande.blogspot.com

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    1. oh thank you so much! She totally overshadows me.haha but the lense is a 50mm macro lens I got from Sigma on amazon! Love love it:)

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  2. I worked in a baby store for years. I think the wraps were always the best option for both mommy and baby!

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    1. It's changed my life I swear! I think that sounds like such a fun place to work, I picture lots of happy soon to be mommies and sweet little babies, though I'm sure you saw your fair share of frazzled parents and screaming kids! haha

      Thanks so much for visiting!

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  3. I currently use the Infantino Sash MeiTai and I LOVE it! I can wear my 9 month old son or my 2 1/2 year old daughter. My daughter loves it and pretends I am Kanga and she is Little Roo <3

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    1. aw that's so cute.haha I just looked that up because I'd not heard of it before, and it looks so comfortable!

      Tanks for sharing!

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  4. i am obsessed with wearing my newborn! thanks for the tutorial. such an adorable baby girl <3
    le

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    1. thanks so much, I think so too but of course I'm biased! and congratulations on your newborn mama!! I love wearing especially when they're so teeny, they get so snuggle don't they?!

      Have a great day!

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  5. She looks so cozy in there, so cute!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  6. Thanks for the demo! Even if I don't win, I still want to try this with my baby.

    Xoxo, The Occasional Indulgence

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    1. oh you're welcome! I probably made it look even more confusing in my attempt at helping out.haha but it really takes me less than a minute to get it all together!

      Thanks for visiting and your comment! Have a great day!

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  7. Love this! I found your blog via Instagram and I love it! Such a gorgeous mama!

    Xoxo,
    Summer Ann
    www.simplysummerann.com

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    1. aw thank you so much! I'm so glad to hear it! I post so often on instagram, I'm glad to hear pulled you over to this space though:)

      Thanks so much for reading!
      xoxo

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  8. She's so cute ! ;) Love your make up by the way..

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    1. oh thank you darlin! I still have a double take in the mirror whenever I wear lipstick like this, but I'm getting more comfortable with it.haha
      Take care love!

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  9. that is just cool! thanks for sharing!

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  10. I'm halfway through my pregnancy, and I'm definitely planning on wearing my little baby!

    Christen
    http://christenlouise.blogspot.com

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    1. oooooohh my goodness. Newborn 'wearing' was the absolute best! They can't help but fall right to sleep. ugh, you're giving me baby fever just thinking about it.haha

      Congratulations by the way! xo

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  11. Emily that nice thank you for the tips. I have my wrap too and really help me with my princess.
    Do you know any website to buy nursing top. I continue with breastfeeding and I found very hard buy modern nursing top.
    Thanks

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    1. oh I'm so glad to hear it! And actually I always like to use stretchy camisoles and cardigans or button up shirts for nursing, but I also have several dressier tops that I got from Gap a couple years ago. Here's a link to some nursing tops on Gap right now!

      http://www.gap.com/products/nursing-tops.jsp

      Hope that helps, and thanks for reading and for your sweet comment!

      xoxo

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  12. This is the best tutorial! I have been trying to use my wrap this way but did not tuck the ends inside the first wrap so it never turned out! Your pix made it clear and easy. Thank you lovely lady.

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