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Baby wearing, a look back and a big giveaway with BabyBjörn

We are more than 36 weeks along right now, friends. This pregnancy flew by and I really can’t believe we’ll have our second little guy here so soon. Look at that little face above! I can’t wait to see this sweet babe who is joining our family. Baby wearing is something I’m looking forward to in a big way with baby number two who is expected in less than four weeks! And the BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One is going to be a part of that experience for our family.

Baby wearing was a godsend for me with Bodhi. B was a very fussy baby during the witching hour and at several other times each day. He also took cat naps and I’m a person who feels much better and happier when I’m getting things done. All of that combined meant that having B in a carrier was the best option for our family. I know it’s not for everyone, but it was wonderful for us until he was a full year old and even sometimes after. Please note that our personal photos are from our time with Bodhi and are not images of the new Baby Carrier One. 

I have to share an excerpt from my post about celebrating the lasts with the BabyBjörn so you understand just how much it meant to us during Bodhi’s first year.

Originally published April 26, 2012

For months and months my son and I found our stride from maternity leave and beyond using our beloved BabyBjörn. No other carrier worked quite as well for Bodhi. He loved the Bjorn even though we also owned several carriers and slings. He took many naps in our apple green Bjorn and we used the Bjorn to comfort him during our difficult “witching hour” in the evenings. Walks with the Bjorn were our quiet time and the time my husband and I connected with each other and Bodhi. Bodhi grew and he grew and the Bjorn continued to be a comfort to all of us.

And our tiny baby turned into a bigger baby who turned into a crawler who turned into a walker and so it was over! One day I realized that we hadn’t used the Bjorn in a few weeks and it hit me, that perhaps, we were done using it. Perhaps I didn’t realize and appreciate the last time we used the BabyBjörn.

So, I did what any mom would do, right?!

I grabbed the Bjorn, put Bodhi in the car seat and headed to Target for our final Target trip in the BabyBjörn carrier. Bodhi was big at this point. He was almost 11 months old and was around 23 pounds and pretty tall as well. Bodhi still loved it. And I loved it, but we definitely got a few really odd looks from people. By the end, my shoulders felt like I had a bad sunburn and cramps at the same time, but still, I enjoyed every minute.

I put my hand on his belly on the outside of the Bjorn and held one of his now, not-so-tiny hands in mine as we perused the baby aisles and the grocery store side. Bodhi said “hi” to almost everyone, his current favorite word. I snuggled my face into his hair and enjoyed the feeling of contentment with my baby very very close to me and I knew at that moment, that there would have to be another baby someday. This couldn’t be my last time “wearing” a sweet little one.

I get teary reading this even today. Because our child was SO content in his carrier, it made the carrier one of our most used and loved baby items.

When I was wearing B, there weren’t as many discussions out there around healthy baby wearing for baby, specifically correct positioning to avoid hip dysplasia in babies. It’s a hot topic now and luckily B didn’t have any problems from it.

The BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One is a new generation of baby carrier with plenty of options. There are four front and back carrying positions. The waist belt and padded shoulder straps provide ergonomic support to relieve pressure on parents’ backs and it’s suitable for children aged 0-3 years.

I received the new silver mesh carrier to review and give away. One of the big draws to the BabyBjörn for me is ease of use. All other carriers I have tried have been very difficult to get on with a baby alone (without my husband or others to handle the back straps). This carrier allows adjustments in the front just like the original BabyBjörn. This is important to me. It may not be a key factor for you, but is something to note. And the silver mesh looks and feels great.

For information on hip health in baby carriers, car seats, swings, walkers and other equipment, please visit HipDysplasia.org. I’m not going to go into the health details of carriers as I’m not an expert and there are plenty of reviews out there by doctors and bloggers who review items specifically for these things, all of which say that this carrier is a huge improvement with several positions meeting guidelines.

What I wanted to focus on was my experience with baby wearing and how excited I am to use the Baby Carrier One with the new baby. Overall, according to BabyBjörn, the Baby Carrier One complies with the recommendations of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute to ensure an appropriate position for the child. Current recommendations do not promote front-facing baby wearing though. I just wanted to note that in case anyone doesn’t read the details.

Giveaway

If you have a baby, are about to have a baby or know someone who is having a baby, this giveaway is for you!

BabyBjörn is giving away the exact carrier I received (A $219 value) to one lucky Live the Fancy Life reader. 

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Disclosure: I received the BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One Silver Mesh for review. I did not receive monetary compensation in exchange for this post. I took this on because I was thrilled to offer a carrier to one lucky reader. #BabyCarrierOne #OneIsAllYouNeed

28 Comments on Baby wearing, a look back and a big giveaway with BabyBjörn

  1. Elizabeth
    May 14, 2014 at 12:06 pm (164 days ago)

    I love taking my daughter to the park. She loves the swings and I love watching her smile as I push her back and forth.

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    • Jessica
      May 14, 2014 at 12:07 pm (164 days ago)

      I remember when B was small and we’d do that. it’s the sweetest thing. Can’t wait to do that again too!

      Reply
  2. Jana
    May 14, 2014 at 12:18 pm (164 days ago)

    I wish they would have had this option when my kids were little! I loved baby wearing with both of them.

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    • Jessica
      May 14, 2014 at 12:43 pm (164 days ago)

      It’s a comfy improvement for sure! I remember when you borrowed me your sling and it changed my life! Baby wearing from that day forward was my go-to on tough days.

      Reply
  3. Leah V
    May 14, 2014 at 12:46 pm (164 days ago)

    I loved the born for our daughter as well!!

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    • Jessica
      May 14, 2014 at 1:19 pm (164 days ago)

      So happy to hear that Leah!

      Reply
  4. Brooke
    May 14, 2014 at 1:42 pm (164 days ago)

    This looks like a great option! We had a classic Bjorn for our first, but I never found it very comfortable. I’d love to try this with our second, due in about 9 weeks!

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    • Jessica
      May 15, 2014 at 9:52 am (163 days ago)

      This one is so much more comfortable. The old version was fine, but when our son got big, it got painful on our shoulders. This has support.

      Reply
  5. Tiffany
    May 14, 2014 at 6:37 pm (163 days ago)

    My babies are fall/winter babies so by the time I came back to life it was a bit cold out to walk with them like some moms love to do. My fave activity tended to be reading to them. Even as tiny babes they’d watch the page or grab the pages of the soft books just for babies. I’m convinced it began their love of books! (probably not, but I can pretend right?!).

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  6. Greta
    May 14, 2014 at 7:05 pm (163 days ago)

    I think this would be great with baby #2!

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    • Jessica
      May 15, 2014 at 9:53 am (163 days ago)

      Yes, a must-have item for baby #2. :)

      Reply
  7. Janae
    May 14, 2014 at 10:19 pm (163 days ago)

    What a fantastic giveaway!

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    • Jessica
      May 15, 2014 at 9:53 am (163 days ago)

      Isn’t it lovely?! I’m SO excited about it!

      Reply
  8. andrea
    May 14, 2014 at 10:57 pm (163 days ago)

    my favorite activity with baby is dancing

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    • Jessica
      May 15, 2014 at 9:53 am (163 days ago)

      We love dancing in our house too! It’s fun with babies and even more fun when they dance themselves. Dance parties for the win!

      Reply
  9. MegAn
    May 15, 2014 at 2:44 am (163 days ago)

    The playground Is our favorite activity!

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    • Jessica
      May 15, 2014 at 9:54 am (163 days ago)

      Yes! Us too since B is 3. It is such a fun place to be.

      Reply
  10. Sarah
    May 15, 2014 at 7:38 am (163 days ago)

    we used the standard Bjorn for our first but I’d love to try the upgraded one for baby #2!

    so many favorite activities that it’s hard to pick just one but I’d have to say reading books b/c it also involves cuddle time :)

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    • Jessica
      May 15, 2014 at 9:52 am (163 days ago)

      This one is a huge upgrade Sarah! Huge! It’s so much more comfortable for the wearer.

      Reply
  11. Anne
    May 15, 2014 at 8:19 am (163 days ago)

    Would love to have this for baby #2 – would make it easier for us to play with our 2 year old!

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    • Jessica
      May 15, 2014 at 9:51 am (163 days ago)

      That’s what I’m thinking Anne! With a 3-year-old, this thing is going to come in handy quite a bit for us.

      Reply
  12. T Michelle Trump
    May 17, 2014 at 10:04 pm (160 days ago)

    We live in Florida and love to go the beach!

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  13. manda
    May 20, 2014 at 8:40 am (158 days ago)

    Trying for the first … so I hope to have activities in the upcoming year!

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  14. Jessica
    May 20, 2014 at 8:46 am (158 days ago)

    I love taking my daughter to the park.

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  15. Kimberly
    May 20, 2014 at 9:10 am (158 days ago)

    I love going for walks with baby. I’m a stay at home to a 2.5 year old and a 1 month old, so getting some fresh air keeps us all happy!

    Reply
  16. Julie Crombé
    May 21, 2014 at 12:18 pm (157 days ago)

    I love taking the baby to the beach. It’s crazy how even a little guy can enjoy the Cali lifestyle so much already!

    Reply
  17. Megan M
    May 21, 2014 at 2:24 pm (157 days ago)

    I love wearing her on my back and having her take a nap. Feeling her cuddled up and snoozing is the best feeling in the world!

    Reply

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