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Discover the Healing Touch of Babyreflex! | Parenting Tips

Friday, October 10, 2014 7:04:00 PM America/Edmonton

parenting tipsMost people have heard of reflexology but not everyone knows what it is and the benefits it can bring. Reflexology is a relaxing foot massage and works by stimulating the nerve endings on the foot which correspond to organs and zones of the body and treats the entire body and tones the system. In adults, specific conditions such as arthritis, migraines and insomnia are treated and reflexology is also useful for relaxation and stress.

Following 15 years of extensive research into the effects of regular Reflexology on Childhood Asthma, the results showed relaxation, improved sleep and child/parent bonding which encouraged Chartered Physiotherapist Jenny Lee to create Baby reflex in 2005.

Research has shown that Baby Reflexology is effective in easing discomforts such as:

  • colic
  • reflux
  • congested ears
  • blocked nose
  • teething
  • asthma
  • eczema
  • poor appetite
  • hyperactivity
  • anxiety

Results for babies are often experienced immediately and can soothe a cranky baby or help to relieve tummy pains or constipation.

Infant Colic in particular can be very stressful to deal with. A study recently carried out by the Danish Reflexology Association overseen by Danish paediatricians and GPs, documented 30 colicky babies aged between 4 to 13 weeks who were given regular Reflexology treatments. Their responses to the reflexology treatments for the alleviation of their symptoms were recorded. All of the babies in the study were significantly helped by the treatments.

Children with Autism and children with special needs can also respond very positively after receiving Reflexology treatment. Reflexology is a fantastic natural option for calming babies, boosting their immune system and supporting the growing body.

A good time to try foot reflexology is before a nap or after the baby’s evening bath, before bedtime when they will be most relaxed and ready. You can use a small dab of baby oil to add some “cushion” between your fingers and the feet, or you can choose to use nothing at all.

Your baby may want to kick their legs during the routine; let them kick and be comfortable. As they become familiar with the reflexology and how it feels they will start to remain a little stiller.

Do this routine on both feet for just a minute or so. A few minutes of reflexology two to three times a day can be enough to be effective. Gentle pressure is all you need, similar to wiping your baby’s skin clean. A good sign that the baby has had enough is when they withdraw their feet. They intuitively know when they’ve had enough.

Find a hold or cuddle that suits you and your baby, relax and enjoy. Just a loving touch from mom or dad can bring about tremendous natural healing!

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You can learn specific techniques to meet your baby’s needs from a qualified instructor. You can also refer to the foot chart to target specific areas. Here is a very basic routine to get you started:

  1. Hold both feet gently but steadily. Speak to your baby about what you are doing; this helps them to become familiar with the routine as they will learn to associate the word reflexology with the experience.  It also later allows your baby to refuse if they do not want reflexology at that time.
  2. Rub the feet all over.  Long sweeping strokes work well, but you will find your own preferred method.
  3. Glide your thumb or finger gently but firmly up the base of the foot from the heel to the base of each toe. These lines are the five zones of each foot.
  4. Massage the tops of the feet from the toes to the ankles by rotating your thumb in circles moving across the foot. With smaller babies you may prefer to use the pad of your finger rather than your thumb.
  5. Massage each toe in turn, circling the base of the toes and gliding down the front.
  6. Massage the base of each foot using thumb circles. Move from the heel up to the toes until the whole foot area has been massaged.
  7. Finish with a lovely rub all over the feet.

 For more information on Babyreflex, contact us today.

   

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Preschool Bedtime Routines That Work |Baby & Toddler Tips

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 7:11:30 PM America/Edmonton

baby & toddler products tipsSchool is in session  - kids and parents alike feel the exhaustion set in about the second week. When school starts there tends to be a scramble to cement an earlier bedtime and this can result in tantrums, crying and headaches… (And that’s just the parents!) All joking aside, building a solid bedtime routine for your preschooler can make all the difference in not only their day, but their health and the sleep habits that are set for their youth.

Preschoolers need a few things in regards to their bedtime:

  1. A good sleep.
  2. A great big hug and kiss.
  3. Boundaries!

So how do we achieve the aforementioned bedtime needs?

A proper bed time. Many people think their children aren’t tired when they put them to bed, but in reality their children are overtired causing restlessness, and anxiety. Most children 3-6 years old need about 10-12 hours of sleep per day. (You may have to factor in a nap of your child is at the younger end of the spectrum.) When kids are overtired, their body releases a stress hormone called cortisol that makes it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep. If you see this behaviour in your own little one, try moving up his or her bedtime by a half an hour and see if that does the trick.

Also, make sure bedtime and the bedtime routine is consistent – every night, during the summer as well. Try to wake them up at the same time every day as well.

Give your child choices. Sometimes we as parents can seem a little forceful when it comes to bedtime. This in turn can cause meltdowns. Why not try give your child choices so they can feel like they have a say? Your boundaries should still stay in place: bedtime, one story, potty break, brushing teeth etc. , but giving your child “either/or choices will give them a sense of empowerment. Some examples would be:

  • Do you want teddy or bunny tonight?
  • Do you want your blue or purple pajamas?
  • Do you want your Sesame Street book or your Dora book?

Give your child comfort items. Allow them to have a favourite stuffed animal, baby, blanket or something that will replace you or Dad to cuddle with all night.

Have a wind-down session every night. About 30 minutes before bed time, plan some wind down activities. A warm bath, a story with mom or Dad and some kids' lullabye music in the background are good examples of the lead up to the official goodnight.  It also acts as a “warning” that bedtime is near.

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Get Your Toddler Ready for Preschool

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 7:15:56 PM America/Edmonton

toddler footwearPreschool is an exciting time for both parents and children. Both parents and children get a few hours of much needed freedom. If your child has never been in a school setting before, he or she may be anxious or even scared (and parents might be as well.) Here are a few easy tips to get your toddler ready for their new adventure!

Go Shopping! Your child will not need much for preschool. Most likely a pair of indoor footwear, small backpack, a lunch bag and maybe his or her favourite stuffed animal will complete the list. Make sure the shoes are easy to put on and comfortable if the group is doing physical activity. Take your child with you and if possible, let them choose the backpack and shoes that they like the most – this will help them get more excited to use the “preschool supplies”. If your child has to bring a snack, use handy portable snack cups and a cute lunch bag. Make sure to label everything!

A week or two before school starts, see if you can arrange a quick visit to show your toddler where all the fun and learning will take place.

Talk about the preschool experience with your child and let them ask questions. Ask how they are feeling about going to preschool but make sure that you are positive and patient as they will pick up on your anxieties as well.

Play “Preschool” at home! Have your child act out what will happen in preschool: singing songs, playing games, putting on his or her shoes are all great activities to prepare them. Read books about preschool with your child. There are many books that are about going to preschool or a child’s first day. Go to the library or book store and ask for a couple – your toddler will probably enjoy hearing about other preschool experiences.

Create some at-home crafts o your child can get into the swing of things before the first day. Cutting play dough, gluing and tracing A-B-C’s help them with their fine motor skills. Don’t worry about what information they are retaining at this point – they are going to preschool to learn after all!

Set a preschool bedtime and start using it ASAP to get your toddler ready for earlier mornings. This might go over easier if it's called the "Big Girl" or "Big Boy" Bedtime.

On the first day of preschool: keep your goodbyes short and sweet, and don’t linger if you hear your child crying. The school will call you if the crying continues throughout class (most of the time it stops as soon as Mom and Dad are out of sight!)

Shop our toddler clothing and footwear selections with your little one today!

 

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Sun Protection Tips for Babies & Toddlers|

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 7:48:00 PM America/Edmonton

pop-up-outdoor-sunshade-6504pKeeping babies and toddlers protected from the sun can be a full-time job in the summer. We all want our kids to experience the sun and have a great time toddling around but the heat and the sun's harsh rays can put a stop to that with some unhappy consequences. Sunstroke heatstroke and painful sunburns can turn your beach party into a drag. Sometimes all three of these maladies can sneak up on you; all can cause pain, fever, dehydration and more. before you head out into the sun, try some of these easy sun protection tips for babies and toddlers.

Babies 0-6 Months: If you've got a little one in this age range the key to protection is very simple - steer clear of the sun whenever possible. Doctors do not recommend sunscreen on babies this age so their delicate skin should be covered with a lightweight cotton. Also, a wide-brimmed hat and some baby sunglasses will protect their heads, ears, face and eyes. A sunshade works wonders if you're going to be outdoors as well.

When you're taking your infant for a drive make sure to run the car's A/C first to cool it down and don't layer clothing or use blankets - keep them cool and calm. Make sure to have water or breastmilk on hand and keep them hydrated as well.

6 Months and Up: For little ones above the age of 6 months things are a little more complicated because they are movers and shakers and don't want to be stopped for something as bothersome as sun protection! But fear not, there are tons of ways to keep your baby or toddler chilled out.

The sun's rays are the hottest between 10 am - 4 pm so if it's a really hot day you may want to steer clear of them during this time. Instead choose air conditioned locations like malls or libraries for your outings. If you are going outside, park your stroller in the shade and make sure your little guy or gal have some shade-friendly activities.

Slather on the baby & kids' sunscreen to any exposed skin at least 30 mins before you're headed out and reapply it every to hours or after swimming. Make sure you choose a Broad Spectrum sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays, and choose SPF 15 or higher. If using a spray-on sunscreen, don't apply it directly to your child's face - spray it on your hands first and then rub it in to the skin gently avoiding the eye area. Apply sunscreen even on cloudy days. Sometimes the worst sunburns happen because we think the sun is hiding, but it is in face still possible to get a bad sunburn on these days.

Cover the rest of your baby or toddler's skin with very lightweight cotton clothing or clothing that has a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor). Hats and sunglasses are a must during the day. And if you're going swimming outdoors try a UV swimsuit and take frequent breaks out of the sun.

For more baby and kids sun protection products visit Baby & Beyond.

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Baby Massage Class: June 19

Monday, June 9, 2014 6:12:11 PM America/Edmonton

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On June 19 Baby & Beyond is hosting a baby massage class featuring Certified Infant Massage Instructor Mystique Phan. The session will include an interactive and fun infant massage demonstration and "Question & Answer" session. The focus of the demonstration will be the legs and feet, which improves blood circulation and helps tone and relax those developing little muscles. Those who are pregnant are also welcome to discover the world of infant massage! All you need is a doll and you can follow along.

Admission is free, but registration via Eventbrite is essential.

Click here to register.

All attendees will receive a grab bag of great items including a $10 coupon off a semi-private or private infant massage series registration. Additionally, Baby and Beyond is offering 15% off infant essentials, baby gifts and toddler goodies for the duration of the event.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Is there an age limit for babies that participate in the demonstration?
A: We focus on babies ranging from newborn and up to 12 months. There are exceptions, so please contact Mystique (mystique@loveyourbabymassage.com or 780/668-7661) to confirm.

Q: What should I wear?
A: Mommy (and/or daddy) should be wearing comfortable clothes as we will be sitting on the floor.

Q: What should baby wear?
A: Infant massage is based on skin-to-skin contact, so baby will likely be wearing only their diaper. We will ensure the temperature will be comfortable for your semi-clothed little one.

Q: What should I bring?
A: A yoga mat or thick towel to make sitting on the floor more comfortable for you and to provide a nice cushioned place for baby to sit/lay down. If you're expecting and your little one hasn't made their appearance yet, bring a doll that you can practice on.

Q: How long will the demonstration be?
A: The demonstration will be approximately 45 minutes.

Q: How long is the 15% price reduction valid for?
A: This special rate is only valid in-store, between 6:30pm and closing.

Join us Thursday, June 19th at Baby & Beyond:
124, 2755 Broadmoor Boulevard
Sherwood Park, AB
T8H 2W7, Canada
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Call us for more information: 780-416-2188. 

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Traveling with Baby | Parenting Tips

Friday, May 16, 2014 6:19:45 PM America/Edmonton

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It's time to take the show on the road! The weather is warmer and we are all itching to get out and travel with our little ones... If only it weren't so exhausting! The crying and the fighting... and that's just the adults! Luckily, there are ways to keep baby happy, and to keep Mom and Dad from swearing off family vacations forever.

Make sure you have the essentials in your diaper bag: extra plastic bags for dirty diapers, acetaminophen or ibuprofen (just in case), formula, cooled boiled water, pacifier, baby food... You get the idea. Don't leave home without your necessities!

Prepare for the sun with hats, baby sunscreen (if your little one is older than 6 mos) and chemical-free bug spray for kids.

Bring at least one plastic bib - they're easy to clean in a pinch and provide much needed clothing protection.

Don't sacrifice nap time - bring along a handy sleeping spot for baby. The Kidco PeaPod allows your baby to sleep when ever and where ever you decide to stop. It folds inside its own bag and also fits inside your luggage.

Packing a couple of favourite toys is a no-brainer, and packing a couple of new toys is genius! Don't bring the new toys out your child is bored with the old ones and needs a little bit of stimulation. Try the Kidco Go Pod for all of your activity centre needs!

And remember to take lots of pictures! Have fun travelling and making memories with your little one this summer.

Shop online today for more cool baby travel gear!

       

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Spring Product Features: Children & Baby Toys

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:30:26 PM America/Edmonton

chalktrail-8193pSpring has almost sprung (it's coming!) and we have some great new products that your kids will love! They're great for birthday gifts and just for a nice treat. If your little one isn't a big fan of going outside, these products may be abe to help!

Chalktrail: This cool product attaches to the back of your child's buke and draws chalk lines on the ground when they ride around! Trying to encourage a two-wheeler? This may do the trick!

Glow Light Suits: Who needs a black jumpsuit that you can attach glow sticks to...? Everyone! The suit is reusable so you can just trow out your old glow sticks and attach new ones. This suit is great for any activities in the dark: jogging, dancing, playing - you name it. It's tons of fun and will keep them in giggles for hours!

Pop Up Pool: Cool your little one off with this take-along pop-up pool. It provides an instant oasis with UV protection. How great is that ? You can use it indoor and out, and even fill it with plastic balls or toys instead for quick and easy play tent.

Pig Popper: Tag was never this much fun! Use the Pig Popper to shoot soft foam balls at your opponents and get some exercise too! When you don't want the mess of a water spray fight the Pig Popper saves the day. great for use indoors and out, and includes 6 soft foam balls and carrying net.

For these and all of our other cool spring toys, visit Baby & Beyond!

   

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Tips for Taking Your Toddler on a Walk | Toddler Footwear

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 6:57:00 PM America/Edmonton

 

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It seems like a simple thing to do... take your toddler on a walk or short hike. But toddlerscan be complicated and taking them out unprepared can sometimes turn from a fun, healthy activity to a natural disaster! As the icy sidewalks clear up and the spring weather nears, it's a great time to take your little one on an adventure - just follow these tips and you'll be good to go!

Be prepared for anything. Bring a small backpack or diaper bag with essential supplies such as: water, an easy-to-eat snack, cell phone, hat, diapers and wipes. You might also want to bring some containers or plastic bags for rock collecting and little activities.

Dress appropriately. Spring time is mucky so make sure your little guy or gal has the proper rain gear (splash pants) and footwear on. Rain boots are a great choice - just make sure they fit properly and always wear socks to avoid blisters (the walk-ruiner!) If it's not so mucky, some toddler footwear with grips and proper cushioning are a great choice.

Plan a route ahead of time. In case the unexpected happens, like an accident or a fall, make sure you're never too far from home or your vehicle. You don't want to be lugging your inconsolable toddler back TOO far.  Also, consider whether or not you will be bringing a stroller and make sure the route you're taking is stroller friendly.

Be realistic. Don't make this your calorie burning workout of the day. Your toddler will be stopping frequently to explore and play and that's what the adventure is for, after all! (Also, if your child wants to ride a trike, realize you may be carrying it home so weigh your options carefully... Been there, done that!)

Stop for pictures! These are some of the best times to get candid photos of your kids - when they are with Mom and/or Dad, outside and just having a blast getting mucky and figuring out what the world is about.

Have fun on your walk or hike with your little one!

Shop toddler footwear, rain boots and rainwear online at Baby & Beyond!

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Ten Tips to Prepare for Breastfeeding | Nursing Bras

Friday, February 21, 2014 8:31:00 PM America/Edmonton

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Do you have questions about breastfeeding? Our friends at Bravado! Designs have some fantastic breastfeeding tips that we'd love to share with you (as well as some beautiful nursing bras)!

It's ironic that most pregnancy classes are geared toward preparing for labour and childbirth, but not much thought is given to breastfeeding. Yet those intense 24-48 hours spent delivering your baby are relatively short compared to the time you will spend breastfeeding your beautiful (but hungry!) bundle of joy. You know what the benefits of breastfeeding are, so here are some simple things that you can do to set yourself up for a successful breastfeeding experience.

  1. Talk to mothers who have enjoyed breastfeeding success: ask mothers to share their own experiences and challenges with breastfeeding, and what they wish they had known about breastfeeding prior to giving birth. What helped them achieve success? If they had challenges, how did they resolve them? If you are planning on returning to work and continuing to breastfeed, speak with others who have taken that path before you.
  2. Watch someone else breastfeed: The single best thing that you can do is to sit with a new mother while she breastfeeds. Observe how she holds the baby and how the baby latches. Ask questions, talk about her experiences, and discuss challenges that she has faced. Don't be embarrassed or hesitant to ask a friend or a relative if you can join her as she breastfeeds – you will find that the majority of new mothers are willing and eager to help others. If you don't know anyone who is currently breastfeeding, attend a local breastfeeding support group. To find a breastfeeding support group near you, ask your midwife, OB/GYN or pediatrician, or visit La Leche League.
  3. Talk to your partner about breastfeeding: Your partner will probably be your greatest source of support and yet the majority of new dads are uninformed about breastfeeding and rely on you for their information. Have a candid discussion about not only what is involved, but how he can best support you – hint: it's not by suggesting that you throw in the towel when the going gets tough! Encourage him to ask questions.
  4. Spend some time researching breastfeeding: There are many resources available both online and in print. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the breastfeeding process, how to get a good latch, and what the first few weeks will be like. Explore bookstores and reliable online forums as sources of information so that you are better informed. The Breastfeeding: Before Your Baby is Born section is an excellent place to start.
  5. Talk to your employer if you plan to breastfeed when you return to work: Many new mothers continue to breastfeed once they return to work. If you are planning on doing so, speak to your employer prior to going on maternity leave. Identify a location where you can use a breast pump privately, and discuss the need for reasonable breaks so that you can continue to feed your child breastmilk. Remember: it is far easier to plan your return to work in advance, than it is to show up on your first day back and figure it out on the fly. Read on for more information see Breastfeeding and the Working Mom.
  6. Set up a breastfeeding area prior to giving birth: A comfortable chair or rocker and a pillow are all you need to get started. While you may find a pillow designed for breastfeeding very useful, a regular pillow in your lap can be just as effective. As you become more comfortable with breastfeeding, you will find it easier to nurse in other locations both inside and outside of your home.
  7. Establish your breastfeeding support network: In the first few weeks of sleepless nights and dealing with the reality of being a parent, having a good breastfeeding support network around you is critical. This means people who encourage you, lend a hand whenever you need help, and make you feel like you are not alone. People who keep you going when the going gets tough, as it may. For women who are First Generation Breastfeeders, i.e. their own mothers did not breastfeed, it is especially critical to have one or two strong breastfeeding supporters in your corner. They can make all the difference in those first few weeks.
  8. Identify a resource in case you need help: In an ideal world, breastfeeding will come relatively easily to you and your newborn. Just in case it doesn't start as smoothly as you had hoped, knowing who to turn to if you need additional help can be a real lifesaver. Lactation Consultants specialize in helping new mothers establish breastfeeding and work through any issues they are facing. Your doctor, midwife, or doula might also be good choices for additional support. To find a support resource, ask other new mothers, your OB/GYN or paediatrician, midwife, or visit the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA). Getting help if you need it early on can make all the difference for breastfeeding success.
  9. Take your baby out as soon as you feel up to it: Once you have healed from the birth, try to get out of the house for a short period of time each day: it can be very isolating sitting inside with a newborn, working on breastfeeding and learning how to be a parent. Start with a 15 minute walk, or do a minor errand, such as going to the drugstore. Many new mothers find it therapeutic to see that the world is still out there – a reminder that the early days will pass, and things will get better (we promise!). If you feel up to it and your pediatrician gives you the okay, take the baby for a walk with your partner between feedings or go to a low-key dinner at a kid-friendly establishment. Aim to do something outside the house---however brief---once a day. You will be surprised at how good it will make you feel!
  10. Have patience: Remember that breastfeeding is a learned experience – both for you and your baby. While some women find breastfeeding easy right from the start, many women have ups and downs, especially in the early days. We speak from many years of experience when we say that things will get better!
*Article Source: http://www.bravadodesigns.com/
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Babywearing: What You Need to Know | Parenting Tips

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 8:34:24 PM America/Edmonton

If someone told you they knew a secret to help your baby sleep better, cry less baby carriers canadaand learn better, would you be interested?

Babywearing has been practiced for centuries. In ancient civilizations, mom needed to have baby close while tending to everyday chores, such as tending crops. In those days, Babywearing was born out of necessity for baby's survival and mom's ability to work. Today, the multitude of benefits of babywearing have made it a popular choice for today's parent.

Did you know?

Babywearing is a good way to ease your baby into sleep. One of the best ways to ease your baby to sleep is sometimes called “wearing down.” There’s nothing fancy to this baby sleep tip at all. In terms of “wearing” your baby in a wrap style baby carrier or sling, this is a proven method that is almost certain to help your baby relax and fall asleep.

Babywearing promotes strong parent attachment. A study at Columbia University compared the levels of attachment of babies carried in a baby carrier vs. babies carried in a car seat. Results indicated that, at 13 months old, babies who were carried in wearable carriers were significantly more likely to demonstrate a strong and secure attachment to their mothers (Anisfeld, Casper, Nozyce, & Cunningham, 1990).

Babywearing lowers incidence of illness. Studies have shown that babywearing is linked to lowering the incidence of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), behavioral disorders and postpartum depression in mothers (Babywearing, 2010).

Babywearing is good for baby's mental development. Babies spend more time in a quiet, alert state when carried - the ideal state for learning. Their senses are stimulated while being carried (yet there is a place to retreat too). When carried, your baby sees the world from where you do, instead of the ceiling above his crib or people's knees from a stroller. And the extra stimulation benefits brain development.

Babywearing decreases the risk of flat head syndrome. This syndrome is caused by the babies spending too much time in car seats or sleeping on their backs. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies should spend minimal amount of time in car seats when not used in a motor vehicle. Babywearing does not require babies to lie flat, thus no pressure is placed on the baby's head. Additionally, babies can be carried while they sleep, further reducing the amount of time they spend flat on their backs (Babywearing, 2010).

Worn babies also tend to cry less. Dr. William Sears often touts the benefits of babywearing and research by Hunziker and Barr (1986) found that babies who were worn regularly cried 43% less, and 54% less during the evening hours. By design, baby carriers provide babies with needed physical and emotional contact. It is speculated that because their needs for physical contact are being met, they have less need to cry than other babies. In cultures where babies are carried almost continuously, babies cry much less than those in non-carrying cultures.

What is the best way to wear your baby?

A wrap-style carrier like the Moby Wrap consists of a single piece of fabric which is wrapped around and tied in such a way that the baby is held securely against your body. The Baby K'Tan Carrier has a unique double-loop design that is a cross between a soft sling and a soft-structured front baby carrier. It has less material to wrap than the Moby Wrap, so for petite babywearers or those who want a carrier with less material to work with, the Baby K'Tan is an excellent option.

The Moby Wrap and the Baby K'Tan Carriers are both made of stretchy knitted fabric (like T-shirt material) and are available in regular or organic cotton. The main difference between the two wrap-style carriers are Moby Wraps will suit different sized wearers, while the Baby K'Tan is sized to fit one babywearer.

Soft-structured carriers like the Ergo Baby Carrier have high-density padding and straps that distribute baby’s weight between the shoulders and hips and adjust for the perfect mutual fit , so you can enjoy being close to your baby while having your hands free.

The Ergo Carrier also offers parents the option of having 2 different weights of material in their carrier, depending on the option they choose. The outdoor-style Ergo Performance Carrier is made with a durable exterior and a breathable mesh interior for ultimate outdoor performance. The Ergobaby Sport Carrier is their  lightest-weight carrier. Quick-drying materials and extra venting keep you and your baby cool, calm and collected. The waist belt and shoulder straps have extra inches of padding to suit a wider range of babywearers.

What to look for when buying a baby carrier:

Size of the babywearer - do you need a carrier that can be adjusted to fit both mom and dad? If so, we recommend either the Moby Wrap or the Ergo Baby Carrier. Both can be adjusted to fit any size babywearer with very simple adjustments.

For a quick and easy wrap-style carrier, we recommend the Baby K'Tan. It's simple design allows the wearer to put it on in seconds, without the bulk of extra material. Keep in mind, this carrier is sized to fit the babywearing parent, so one size doesn't fit all.

Typical daily use - Do you walk older children to school? Do you need a free hand to chase after an older toddler all day? Do you need a carrier to help soothe a colicy newborn to sleep? Do you want to use your baby carrier to get out and about, or just for using around the house?

You may not be quite as concerned about how bulky the baby carrier is – or how well it packs up – if you're only wearing it indoors. If you want to use your baby carrier when you're out and about, however, consider one that's light and which folds up neatly like the Moby Wrap, the Baby K'Tan or the Ergobaby Sport.

Also, if you intend to spend a lot of time outdoors with your baby in a carrier, choose one that has a canopy to protect his or her head from the sun like the Ergo Baby Carrier or the UV blocking material of the Moby Wrap UV.

Will you be using your carrier at a yoga or exercise class? After a few moments in the right baby carrier, it's clear that babywearing gives you a way to comfortably carry your baby. What you might not realize is that a wrap style carrier like the Moby Wrap or the Baby K'Tan can also be part of a great workout. A wrap style carrier will distribute baby’s weight evenly distributed across your body as a functional “weight” for a workout. Baby will love the motion, you will love the comfort and exercise.

Do an internet search and you'll see that the benefits of yoga are pretty amazing. Even better, you can do yoga while babywearing with your Moby or Baby K'Tan Carrier with basic yoga poses.

Finding the best baby carrier for you can be a daunting task. It's difficult to get a good sense of which carrier is best for you until you try them on for yourself. Our Baby Product Experts at Baby & Beyond will be more than happy to show you some of our favorites - we have demos for every style of carrier in the store. Try them on with your baby and see which one works best for you and your family's lifestyle! You might just be surprised at the flexibility and freedom that comes with wearing your baby!

See all your options at www.babyandbeyond.ca/baby-carriers then come in and see them in person.  

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