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KoalaKin Giveaway

KoalaKin is committed to helping moms reach their breastfeeding goals. Whether it’s because of a poor latch, arm, back or shoulder pain, other kids to look after, or overall lack of support, too many moms are giving up breastfeeding before they are ready.  Vivian, creator of KoalaKin, was one of those moms and it is her sincere hope that the KoalaKin would be a helpful tool that assists nursing mothers everywhere as they strive to give their babies the absolute best.

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TLB:  Hello Vivian.  It’s been a little while since we’ve had a KoalaKin giveaway – what would you like TLB readers to know about KoalaKin?

Vivian: I created the KoalaKin because of the difficulties I had when nursing both of my sons. I had everything, ranging from arm pain, poor latch, sore back and with my second son, another child to look after during the day. I tried nursing in slings and carriers, but I couldn’t get them to work for me, so I decided to create my own “sling”. I was so relieved and happy that I finally had something that allowed me to breastfeed without pain, that I showed it to lactation consultants at two local hospitals. They loved it! In fact, they made excellent suggestions for improvements and encouraged me to make more because they saw moms on a daily basis that were going through the same challenges I was, and therefore could benefit from my invention. And thus, the KoalaKin was born!

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TLB:  What is the inspiration behind your brand name?

Vivian:  Babies love to be carried and moms love to carry their babies. It’s instinctual, which made me think of the animals that also carry their young. I realized that my nursing pouch mimics the way a marsupial carries their young. I then consulted with an Australian friend of mine on what would be a good name for my product. We realized several baby products have kangaroos in their names already. A wombat didn’t feel super warm and fuzzy. Plus, who would buy a product called “wombat kin”? And then we thought of koalas and I immediately knew that was the right name. Koalas are so sweet and they look adorable, I just knew it was the perfect name for my product.

TLB:  I understand that you have some exciting news to share!  Something about safety testing and a new product line?

Vivian:  Yes! We are very proud to have passed the ASTM standard for slings. This is a very stringent test that is conducted on the product to ensure moms and babies are safe when using it correctly. The KoalaKin has been tested for up to 35lbs, so we are confident even those moms with bigger babies can safely and comfortably nurse in the KoalaKin.

Over the last couple of years, we also heard from our plus sized mamas asking us to create a vest that would fit them too, and I am very excited to announce that since October, we have come out with a plus sized vest that fits moms sizes 16 and up.

TLB:  Where can our Leakies go to purchase this new Plus Size vest (and your other products too!)?

Vivian: The best place to purchase is on my website at www.koalakin.com. Alternatively, customers can also find the KoalaKin at www.babiesrus.com

TLB:  Christmas is right around the corner, and many of us are anticipating spending more time with family, which can either be wonderful or extremely difficult.  What kind of advice would you give a new mom who is having to face breastfeeding with their extended family for the first time?

Vivian: I know exactly how that feels, as I was breastfeeding a two month old incessantly during Christmas the year he was born.

I have 3 main advices for new moms during this festive, but potentially challenging time:

1) don’t hesitate asking for help. Many moms just try to do everything themselves, but it’s ok to relax and let someone else take the reins once in a while. And the important thing here is to let go of expectations, because other people will never do things the way we would, so don’t try to control the outcome of any situation. Just appreciate that you’re being given time to focus and bond with your little one.

2) don’t take too much on. This is not the time to have 20 people over for a formal sit down dinner. This is a recipe for failure and frustration. Let the grandparents host Christmas, or if you’re like me and don’t have any family in town, chose a simpler menu, something you know how to cook (this is not the time to experiment!) and you know the family will approve. I made a cheese fondue, salad and bought some smoked salmon and it was a huge hit. In fact, we’ve had it almost every Christmas ever since. You can keep it simple and still have a festive meal that everyone will love.

3) don’t be too hard on yourself. OK, so dinner got served 30min later than expected, or the mashed potatoes are now cold, or your baby is fussing and extended family is giving you all sorts of well-intentioned, but unwanted advice. I have this exercise that I do when I find myself in a potentially stressful situation called “What Am I Aware Of Now?”. I ask myself this question over an over and the answers go something like this: I’m aware of my heart pounding, I’m aware of a wonderful smell coming from the kitchen, I’m aware of my baby’s soft skin, I’m aware I’m irritated with Uncle Pat’s boring office party story, etc… This exercise helps me come back to myself when I feel like I’m being pulled in 10 different directions, and it really calms me down.

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 Vivian is giving away a KoalaKin, Hands Free Nursing Pouch of your choice.  Retail Value: $89.99

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 Koalakin Hands Free Nursing Pouch

Currently Leakies can find all KoalaKin items on the KoalaKin website.

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Good luck to everyone!  Please use the widget below to be entered.  The giveaway is open from December 10, 2013 through December 16, 2013.  A big thanks to Vivian and KoalaKin for their ongoing support of TLB and all breastfeeding women; please be sure to visit their Facebook page  or follow them on Twitter and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.  You can also find KoalaKin on Pinterest!  Happy Holidays!

This giveaway is restricted to U.S. residents only.

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Ergobaby Giveaway

Ergobaby is thrilled to be a part of The Leaky Boob community.  As a company that treasures the close bond between babies and parents, Ergobaby shares that unique perspective with The Leaky Boob.  Started as a mom’s home business, Ergobaby has evolved from a carrier sewn for friends by Karin Frost, to the carrier moms recommend to other moms.  Ergobaby supports all parents and strives to support their goals to carry their babies safely and comfortably.  Babywearing and nursing go hand-in-hand; the ability to nurse your baby while on-the-go is an awesome feeling!  Mom-to-mom (parent-to-parent, but let’s face it, moms are the main ones communicating here…but dads welcomed!!) communication and support, is a special kinship we share with The Leaky Boob.  

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TLB:  As this is your first TLB giveaway, let’s cover the basics!  How did Ergobaby get started?

Christina Soletti, Ergobaby Community Manager: The Ergobaby Carrier began as a mom’s home-based business. Karin Frost developed the original Ergobaby Carrier for her son in 2003 in order to keep him close.  She believed that keeping her son close was the best for early childhood development, and sought to find a carrier in order to wear him.  However, she was disappointed with baby slings and pouches on the market at the time.  With a background in fashion design, she decided to make one for herself that was both comfortable for her and ergonomic for her son.  Soon other parents in her Maui parenting community admired her carrier and wanted one like it, so she began to sew them herself for her friends. And in her garage, the Ergobaby Carrier was born.

She sought feedback from fellow parents, studied kids’ reactions to being carried, and found an enthusiastic audience of likeminded moms and dads.

TLB:  What is the inspiration behind the name?

Christina:  Proper ergonomics for baby, pure and simple.  In 2003, Karin recognized that many carriers on the market did not support baby’s thighs in an ergonomic position, which could strain the hip joint and contribute to hip dysplasia.  She developed the Ergobaby Carrier to properly support baby’s thighs and stabilize the hips.   She also designed the carrier to put more weight on the hips of the carrying parent, not the back or spine, which was the key foundation for the parents’ comfort.  Ergobaby follows a personal mission to keep children close and comforted, and parents strong and able.

Further, to support the name, the nautilus logo represents the evolution, flexibility and instinctive response that parents’ lifestyles require.

TLB:  What would you like TLB readers to know about Ergobaby?

Christina:  Every new product designed by Ergobaby is conceived and developed with a focus on parents and their babies. Ergobaby products adjust naturally and work with you – which is what is needed to make our lives as parents a little bit easier.  It’s about parents’ comfort, your baby’s developing body, and everywhere you both can go, without limits.  Ergobaby gives parents (and the extended family too, don’t forget babywearing grandma!) the freedom to enjoy life’s adventures, while keeping baby close in order to attend to her needs.  Let’s face it, our lives as parents are busy enough, Ergobaby enables parents to remain present and connected with their child, while still maintaining an active and involved lifestyle.

TLB:  With the many options out there, what sets Ergobaby’s carriers apart?

Christina:    First and foremost, Ergobaby is all about being healthy and ergonomic for your baby, while being comfortable for you. Keeping babies healthy and close is our top priority, and knowing that making baby wearing comfortable by creating the first carrier with padded shoulder straps and a padded waist belt to evenly distribute the baby’s weight has made us among the parent’s choice.

Ergobaby was founded by a mom, sewing carriers out of her home.  The popularity of Ergobaby and the spread of babywearing is due to the community of moms who supported that early product.  Ergobaby’s growth was fostered completely from word of mouth.  Mom-to-mom communication. It’s that love for the product and community that is still important today.  It’s that community of parents who want to share their love of life with their child, that is still so special about Ergobaby.  It’s the reason why I was drawn to the company in the first place.  Almost every mom I ran into recommended an Ergobaby Carrier to me while I was pregnant.  If motherhood is the ultimate sisterhood, babywearing is the ultimate community.  I wanted to be a part of that and it still thrills me to see someone in the news wearing an Ergobaby.  Babywearing in the news…and Ergobaby was a big part of that.  The Ergobaby community continues to be so vibrant and supportive.

It’s that community that informed our latest campaign, #LoveCarriesOn.  Everyday on our social channels, we see incredible photos of moms, dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles, submitted by our amazing fans from all over the world.  From the Wall of China to the farmers market and the waterfalls of Hawaii to the local pond, Ergobaby Carriers have been everywhere supporting parents and enabling them to go far, while staying close with baby.  In our office, we have a huge wall of photos in an amazing collage, it’s this wall of photos that reminds us that Ergobaby is truly the carrier of the people.  We are honored to support parents everywhere.  So when we were looking for photos for our #LoveCarriesOn campaign, we went to our fans…all of the photos you see are real parents carrying on the love!

Of course, the flexibility being able to use multiple positions (front, back and hip) is huge for on-the-go parents.  When my daughter was an infant, I loved being able to wear her on the front and nurse her out and about.  The first year of her life was spent traveling while I supported a documentary…I was able to attend screenings, music festivals (with proper ear protection, of course!) and run through airports, all while easily being able to nurse.  I’ve nursed her in the Ergobaby in so many places, while others are none-the-wiser. Babywearing and nursing go hand in hand!  Being able to nurse made me feel like a super-mom!  As she got older, we transferred her to the back and hip carries so that she could stay close but also be a part of the action, which her development demands.  Have you tried the hip carry?  It’s great for a toddler who wants to explore, but may need to stay close in big crowd, like an outdoor fair for example.  That flexibility and comfort is what sets Ergobaby apart for our family.

TLB:  What’s your favorite benefit of baby-wearing?

Christina:  My favorite benefit is having the proximity to attend to my baby’s needs, while still maintaining my active lifestyle.  My daughter has been everywhere (and nursed too, while on the go…amazing!):  across the country, across the city, to farmer’s markets, outdoor concerts (with ear protection of course!), red carpet premieres and daily walks in the neighborhood, all thanks to Ergobaby.  We have been able to bond with her and experience life to it’s fullest with our family close together, all due to babywearing.

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Ergobaby is giving away an Organic Collection Baby Carrier – Lattice.
Retail Value: $145.00

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Currently Leakies can find this and other babywearing items at Ergobaby.com.

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Good luck to everyone!  Please use the widget below to be entered.  The giveaway is open from August 30, 2013 through September 6, 2013.  A big thanks to Christina and Ergobaby for their support of TLB and all breastfeeding women; please be sure to visit their Facebook page  or follow them on twitter  and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.  You can also find Ergobaby on Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, and their blog of course.

This giveaway is restricted to U.S. residents only.

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Kiss and make up and wear babies! Beco Soleil giveaway

Beco Soleil giveaway

My 10yo wearing 11mo Sugarbaby in the Beco Soleil

Remember the Beco Soleil carrier drama?  Well, it all worked out!  (See the FB status from them.)  The good people at Beco were very easy to work with and just all around great and want to get these carriers into your hands.  Even though the Soleil isn’t officially release or available for sale anywhere, Beco wants 10 lucky people to have them, the winners will be the first people under the sun to have the Beco Soleil.  Sweet!

I got to give this carrier a try and I liked it.  A snapshot look at the differences between the Soleil and the Gemini:  the Soliel can’t face outward but can do back/front/hip carries. It’s an open carrier like the Gemini (no panel between baby and the wearer). The back doesn’t come up AS high but it is still very supportive. The Soliel has an accessory pack you can customize for coordinating prints, etc. with a detachable bag that covers that middle print panel (so switch out prints, try a solid, AND have a place to hold your stuff), a hood, etc. It has a nice wide seat with padded legs supporting baby and toddlers much better, a pocket on the waist belt, and more adjustable options for improved comfort in the fit. The retail on both is $130, the Soleil also has an option accessory pack available for purchase.  Comfortable and easy to use, I think this is a great carrier choice, whether it would be your only carrier or one of many.

Since I’ll be asked, yes I could breastfeed in the Soleil though it took some work to figure out.  The seat is so well constructed to keep baby high that dropping down to breastfeed wasn’t as easy as it is in the Gemini.  Moms with very large or low hanging breasts may have some difficulty.

Some quick details on the Soleil:

  • It’s not available until next month, the winners of these giveaways will be the first to get their hands on this new carrier.
  • 3 carry positions: front, hip, and back.
  • Built-in waist belt pocket, key and toy ring
  • Carries 7-45lbs
  • Carrier weight 1.1lbs
  • Material: 100% cotton
  • Seat: 16″ and 17″ tall
  • Shoulder straps extending from 18″ to 45″
  • Waist belt extending from 27″ to 59″
  • Recommended fit for adults 5′ to 6′ 5″
  • Compatible accessories: hood, drool pads, infant insert, carry-all

Use the widget below to enter the giveaway, for one Soliel carrier and you can enter here AND over at The Baby Guy.  These giveaways are open to US and Canada residents only.  Thanks for participating!

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Babywearing chat with PAXbaby.com

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TLB sponsor PAXbaby.com brought a live chat with our readers on The Leaky Boob Facebook wall, giving us the opportunity to chat about all things babywearing.  It was great fun with great prizes (the randomly selected winners notified via email) and lots of information.  If you have questions about babywearing, visit these archived threads to hear from other Leakies and Jillian with her PAXmommies sharing their experience and expert advice.  So grateful for the support of PAXbaby.com!

Introduction and sharing favorite carriers

Overwhelming world of carriers- where to start, user friendly, carriers and baby ages, getting started

 

Breastfeeding and babywearing- which carriers and tips

Breastfeeding in a woven wrap hip carry video

Babywearing the newborn- carrier options and safety information

Babywearing past the newborn stage

Babywearing for plus-sized and large breasted moms

Why have more than one carrier?  The benefits of a carrier stash

Back pain and babywearing

General questions for the PAXmommies

Babywearing and weather considerations- hot, cold, and wet

PAXbaby email sign up for more information