Babywearing in a time of great change.

Who ever thought that the woman who started this blog would be a full time working Mom with 3 Kids under 6.

I find endless comfort and closeness when I wear my children.  Snuggling down with one of my babies in a wrap is the ultimate in reconnecting with my family every evening after long days working at Elephant Ears.

I feel such a stron connection to my family every time a wrap one of my children.  I can't believe Zephyr is already 2 years old!

I feel such a strong connection to my family every time a wrap one of my children. I can’t believe Zephyr is already 2 years old!

 

My little last baby has grown up too fast.  When I wrap him, we fall back into a close easy loving rythm that reminds me of when he was just a little bug, riding along with me everywhere to do everything.

My little last baby has grown up too fast. When I wrap him, we fall back into a close easy loving rythm that reminds me of when he was just a little bug, riding along with me everywhere to do everything.

 

This Wrap is Ela in Wonderland by the brand Kokadi.  It is so full of love, I just had to add it to my collection.  I think we happily waited 6 months while it was on preorder. :)

This Wrap is Ela in Wonderland by the brand Kokadi. It is so full of love, I just had to add it to my collection. I think we happily waited 6 months while it was on preorder. 🙂

Ela is a dense wrap but thin, it will be great year round and I am so happy to have added it to my collection.  It was a great pick for us, having tall lanky kids,  because it has a bit of a wider width.  Judah has decided it is one of the prettiest wraps in the collection.

 

I caught one of the big kids that day too :) Wearing my children is still my reason for living.  It drives me through every day and inspires me to meet every client I encounter where they are at, in order to introduce them to babywearing.

I caught one of the big kids that day too 🙂
Wearing my children is still my reason for living. It drives me through every day and inspires me to meet every client I encounter where they are at, in order to introduce them to babywearing, and to feel successful with their infant parenting experience.

The TEA Conference in NYC

Hello friends!  Last weekend I went to New York and I had the pleasure of attending a very well organized and attended event by the fabulous clothing brand Tea.

Check out a peek the newly arrived line, inspired by the country of South Africa Here:

a peek at boy

a peek at boy

and a peek a girl

and a peek a girl

 

The conference was full of fabulous presentations by the founders of tea as well as many other retail experts who had lots of advise for the (mostly female) business owners in attendance.

They had a fabulous fashion show to introduce the fall/winter line - inspired by China!

They had a fabulous fashion show to introduce the fall/winter line – inspired by China!  (sorry for the blurry picture 🙂 )  the kids were fast 🙂

 

I topped off my visit by visit by seeing some of the babywearing goddesses of NYC before  I hopped on my plane back home. It was a great overnight whirlwind!

I topped off my visit by visit by seeing some of the babywearing goddesses of NYC before I hopped on my plane back home. It was a great overnight whirlwind!

 

Micah’s Rainbow Will Be Available For Pre-Order Soon!

Hello Friends!  Elephant Ears is Announcing That  Micah’s Rainbow Girasol Exclusive Will Be Available For Pre-Order From January 17th to January 28th!!!!

A link will appear here as soon as the pre-order goes live!

Here is the Image of Micah's Rainbow.  The colors are a tribute to the hospital where he lived most of his life, and the rainbow at the top represents teh joy that every little life that we love brings to us, no matter how long we have the pleasure of their company.

Here is the Image of Micah’s Rainbow. The colors are a tribute to the hospital where he lived most of his life, and the rainbow at the top represents the joy that every little life that we love brings to us, no matter how long or short we happen to have the pleasure of their company.

The Babywearing Institute Course in Ann Arbor, Michigan

This is a group shot of us in the cabin in Ann Arbor starting our Babywearing Institute Certification Course.

We had so much success teaching and learning wrapping and all forms of using baby carriers.

Front cross carry in a zara

My own father even stopped in for a little wrapping lesson.

He was thrilled with the result.

Almost everyone’s children were in and out all week, and it was the usual family friendly environment.  Lion and I in Amsterdam Hoppaditz

Learning back carries is hard, but learning to teach back carries is harder!

Wiggleback carry in Rasta mama girasol.

We learned many special and useful things from our teachers. 🙂

this is another beautiful combination carry

3 Babies. 🙂 You go girl!!

Thank You Susan from The Blueberry Tree for the beautiful gift of this amazing Zara Curry ringsling by Comfey Joey. We are forever in love with it. 🙂

Thank you so much to The Babywearing Institute for the wonderful week of Babywearing Knowledge!!!  This class was full of exciting and inspiring mamas from all over the country, but especially  the midwest.  I am looking forward to getting to know all of them better over the years.  Look for more certified babywearing educators in this area soon I hope!!  The Movement is growing, and that;s exciting for babies!!!

Car Seat Safety, Elephant Ears, and Keeping Current With Best Baby Practice

I have been very devoted to keeping my Car Seat Safety knowledge current, as in every part of the baby world, it is growing and changing always.  New products and Technology and research is important to me as I build and keep current the educational registry experience at elephant ears and build my own class presentations.

Safe Kids.org is the wonderful organization that certifies car seat safety tech’s in the US. This Wonderful event was to update Tech’s knowledge on products and best practice.

We reviewed the special way to use a Britax Lock-off clip for a safe install.

We talked about relevant statistics for our work with parents and caregivers.

We topped off the week with a wonderful presentation fron the owners and founders of Clek, a wonderful Canadian car seat brand.

They are launching their new revolutionary car seat the “Foonf” which is full of amazing features including extended rear facing weights, and a removable rebound bar for infant rear facing. 🙂

My fellow Car Seat Tech Liz, Geeking out over Shock Absorbing Materials and Krypton Superfabrics on the sample Foonf, coming to Elephant Ears in August.

SafeKids LOVE!!!!!!

Life is a Busy Beautiful Blur of Bellies and Babies

say that 3 times fast 🙂

Talking to this group of Childbirth educators from around the southeast MI area at The Center For The Childbearing Year was a highlight for me this spring.

 

They had so many wonderful questions and they were one of the most engaged audiences I have ever had the pleasure of talking to. The Center was kind enough to video me giving the talk, so look for Becca on you tube someday! I promise I’ll update the blog with a link.

 

When I g to give a talk, i usually put on quite a show. I have many real-feeling weighted demonstration dolls that help me show people how to use carriers properly, as well as demonstrate spine health and airway safety.  The green suitcase full of carriers has been my hallmark for years.

3 Beautiful Bellies at a beautiful summer outdoor Baby Shower.

This is my favorite baby shower activity, decorating onsies for the soon to arrive baby. 🙂

They always come out so fun!!

The celebrated mother-to-be (now mother proper) was showered with colorful elephant ears gifts of all sorts!

 

She was happy and glowing and having fun, celebrating and having fun with friends and family.

May of my wonderful Elephant Ears custumers are transitioning into parenthood beautifully and confidently and it is inspiring to see, every day.

Inspiring and beautiful, right? this is Girasol colorway #36

Babywearing can bring another element of beauty and confidence into parenting.  

Here is #36 again wrapped on another one of my amazing customers from Elephant Ears at Ann Arbor Babywearers, where the magic is nonstop.

Its here in the middle of these moms and dads that I feel at home. Look at this mama rocking a Traditional African Kanga!

Help and Support! Thats what it takes to learn to wrap, and thats what we have a ton of at Ann Arbor Babywearers! This is our Lending Library’s BB Slen Paprika.

Magic Squishy Sleep Face!!  (in Didymos Labyrinth)

Just to reassure everybody, our wrapping life is still as strong as ever. Here we are in Nebbia Fish by Didymos. We are all in love with Z’s beautiful hair.

 

 

The ABC Show, April in Las Vegas

In April I attended the Las Vegas ABC (All Baby and Child) Conference/Trade Show.  It was so wonderful to see our vendors and meet with some of the wonderful members of the BCIA (Baby Carrier International Alliance).   It was wonderful to have a meeting discussing how to safely sell baby carriers.

I really enjoyed all of the time we had with the Onya Baby Family as well!  They are such groovy wonderful innovative people!  3 Cheers for Babywearing Taking Over the World!!

I saw this beautiful mama and baby in their babyhawk outside in between the educational sessions.

The Executive Director of the BCIA Vesta Garcia did an excellent job introducing the retailers to the basic principles of babywearing safety, with help for her beautiful model in a Maya Wrap Ringsling.

Thank you to the wonderful panel of retailers who were their to answer product specific questions.

I stood up for a moment and talked about how to tell if a baby was properly positioned and breathing freely. Thanks so much Vesta for the wonderful opportunity.

There was a ton of this for most of a day.

Tons of this networking jibber jabber in the evenings. I got this pic from a photographer they had hired to be at the ACB Conference.

And a little Trade Show fun at the end. This play yard by Joovy is pretty big and purple, eh? The unconventional shape made it very big inside. 🙂