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Since becoming a mom, I’m constantly busy and I’m constantly looking for ways to make life easier. Since becoming a stay at home dad - my husband faces the same challenge. I’ve always been a big fan of baby-wearing. I absolutely love that closeness and comfort it brings to both baby and mama.
I didn’t start my baby-wearing journey until my babe was a little bit older but I so wish I would’ve had a sling when my girl was just a new baby. I love the ease of Sakura Bloom ring slings, the high quality, and the convenience of being able to put her sling in her diaper bag for on-the-go moments and not having to push a stroller everywhere (especially in crowds). I feel less anxious having my little girl close and she feels the same.
My hubby is a do- it-all kind of guy. He can play guitar, cook dinner and rock our baby to sleep. We are so fortunate to be able to have him stay at home while our baby is young! However, we quickly realized that all this extra ‘time’ he had at home really wasn’t extra at all!
Taking care of the home can be a lot of work especially with an adorable (but needy baby). My husband was looking for a way to be able to give her the attention she needs while also getting some chores done. Sakura Bloom ring sling is the best of both worlds.
When I first suggested baby-wearing to my husband he was a little hesitant, it’s not totally advertised in the dad community like it should be!! But the truth of the matter is, for all you dads out there, one of the sexiest things you can do as a new dad is care for your new baby and baby-wearing is at the absolute top of that list! He was more inclined when I showed him Sakura Bloom’s quality products in ‘dad friendly’ neutral colors to start and went with a ‘Black Currant Chambray’ (although they have a huge, gorgeous variety)!
The fabric is to die for, it perfectly molds to baby every time it’s worn and can be used from 8-35 lbs! My husband was surprised at how easy it was to put baby in a sling and loved how happy she was just hanging out with him in it. I also loved this companies amazing customer service, if you ever have any trouble they are right there to help!
I was so happy to share my love of baby-wearing with my husband and he’s become a huge fan as well. Sakura Bloom is definitely our top choice because it is made of the highest quality, softest linens, hand-dyed and tumble dried. We love supporting businesses we believe in and were happy to find the different baby-wearing options that grow with baby!
If you go on Instagram, baby-wearing is HUGE and us ladies have all realized that the best way to keep mama and baby happy is to find products we both love. Well, guys - I’m here to tell you that baby-wearing is also dad approved and a great way to make your wife fall in love all over again!
For more information, go to: https://www.sakurabloom.com/
When I first discovered Kantha Bae I was blown away by the gorgeous colors of their textiles. While my hubby usually opts for black, I couldn’t help but want every single pattern in this shop!
While this company offers all sorts of items for mama and baby from quilts and slings to kimonos and headwraps, I decided to try out one of their beautiful ring slings for my sweet little Rey.
I always like to look into the ‘about us’ section of the companies I buy for and the story of Kantha Bae is definitely one that you can feel good about supporting. Kantha Bae is partnered with Basha Boutique that employs women coming from at-risk and trafficking areas in Bangladesh. These women hand embroider these fantastic fabrics in exchange for a fair trade environment that helps them find a home, job and safe care for their children. I feel great about having a product that empowers women and supports this fantastic avenue. I feel this cause also speaks mountains of the founder who is a boss mama herself to 5 babes.
Growing up in Oregon I’ve always had a strong connection to nature and I feel like this company really really supports the earthy mama vibe that I love. This company is all about support and attracts all those free-spirited, kind mom’s that want their babies to love the Earth and take care of it (and each other)!! That is super evident in their online Facebook community and Instagram, too!
Back to the product itself - I was so excited for this product drop, since each product is unique, items usually sell out pretty quickly (but there is still plenty to choose from and if you miss a drop there’s awesome email lists and instagram updates to keep you ready for the next!)
I debated between a few gorgeous slings (SO HARD TO CHOOSE) but ultimately chose a more girly color for my Rey and excitedly waited for it to arrive - which it did in fashion. I love the way Krista (the founder) packages - so cute and such a good way to know that every single item is lovingly selected and delivered just for you!
The colors are SO vibrant and the fabric is soft but still a little crunchy for sturdiness. I was very excited for baby to wake up so I could carry her around. After a few test runs around the block (and in the kitchen cooking dinner), hubby and I took the sling to the river to take out mommy-daughter photos that I’ve been looking forward too and this hippie-chic sling was SO PERFECT! I feel like it supported my little girl so well and she loves it.
Slings are the ultimate lifesaver and the easiest baby carrier that I’ve used with my girl. I LOVE how unique my Kantha is and I can’t wait to keep wearing it and getting compliments and use it in future photo-shoots. Seriously the perfect baby gear that fits in your diaper bag/purse or car and really saves your back when carrying baby around. It’s just so comfortable!
I also received a baby swaddle that I cannot wait to use on a future newborn photography session. It is so sweet and earthy colored. I love that I can use this for my photos and it is so perfect for putting over our baby when she’s in her car seat but it’s still a little too hot for a blanket. You can see the love and hope stitched into every Kantha Bae product and I have fallen in love with this company. I can’t wait to stay involved with the community and supporting the women that make these products and the women that wear them!
Sweet Baby Rey with her Daddy
Please check out this site and purchase your own Kantha Bae product: https://kanthabae.com
As a new mom, with so many baby product options, I’m still trying to navigate and find what works best for my babe especially when it comes to baby carriers.
We recently took my Anoona carrier by Soul Slings to the Oregon Coast for our day trip. We loved how easy it was to get baby in and out and all of the extra features this carrier has to keep our little girl comfortable and held right. I love that they thought of everything and there aren’t all these crazy straps sticking out. But for this trip, I was especially thankful for their sun shade attachment!
Usually the Oregon Coast isn’t a very sunny place to be but we happened to go on one of those rare, gorgeous days without any wind and the sun high in the sky. While Soul also makes some adorable baby sun hats, unfortunately our little girl is in the low percentiles for her head size (basically she has a tiny head) and her hat still doesn’t fit her quite yet.
We were grateful to be able to use the sunshade on this nice day to keep her newborn skin away from the harsh rays. She loved that she was still able to look around through the sides to see the ocean for the first time, and we were all happy.
We’ve taken this carrier on hikes, walks around the neighborhood and to the beach and have had a great experience! I love how diverse it is and that it will grow with her. I also love that it isn’t bulky so we can carry it around with us ‘just in case’.
This is the perfect carrier for new moms and would make the perfect baby shower gift!
For more information about the Soul Sling Anoona, please visit: https://soulslings.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.