We are loving all of your Solly Baby Halloween and Fall photos you’re sharing on Instagram! This one is just so festive, I had to share here as well. xx
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Happy International Babywearing Week!
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After two and a half weeks traveling from California to London to the Cotswolds and to Paris with only a wrap, here are a few of my favorite tips:
+To avoid letting the ends touch the ground, put the wrap on facing a seat or a table and as you pull the ends through, let them rest on the seat or table.
+Mamas, wear a drape style kimono sweater and it will workperfectly as a nursing cover and blanket. (Avoid coats with zippers that could scratch your babe’s face.)
+Breastfeeding mamas: wear a button up shirt! Makes it so much easier to nurse on the go.
+Keep some smaller toys (nothing small enough to be a choking hazard) in your diaper bag to play with for older babies in the wrap. Better yet, keep it handy by having a simple teething bracelet on that you can easily remove for play time.
+If your baby has reflux or a runny nose, use the end pocket for a burp cloth or put a tissue in the hidden pocket for easy access.
+Don’t forget to fan those shoulder straps out! When wearing for an extended time, it makes it so much more comfortable to distribute the weight by spreading the shoulder straps out wider.
In less than 24 hours we’d already ridden in a car, plane, bus, train, subway, taxi, and walked a mile with a hiking backpack, a duffle bag, a rolling suitcase, and two backpacks. We’ve learned a few things I thought I’d share. Let’s start with overnight flights with a 5, 3, and 6 month old:
+ Comfortable Clothing For an overnight flight, put your kids (& yourself!) in comfortable clothes that can work for sleeping and traveling for the flight. Sweatpants, a t-shirt and sweater withsneakers and cozy socks is ideal for older kids and leggings, tee and a cardigan for baby. Then I only needed an extra set of clothing for the baby.
+ Electronics We went all summer without any screen time besides a Friday night movie, but I have zero regrets about having an iPad, easy cases, and headphones for each of my older children on the plane loaded with educational games, movies they hadn’t seen and one classic, and a few TV shows. I recommend not having much (or any) screen time for a week or longer before you leave so that it will be especially exciting.
+ Solly Baby Wrap Obviously, this is was on my necessity list for Frances. I had our black wrap (better for blocking out light when sleeping and keeping clean) on from the time we arrived at the airport until we made it to our flat the next day in London. She slept and played in it the whole time and, basically, I would’ve died without it. (more details on traveling with your wrap soon)
+ Preflight Stretches While we waited on the plane for takeoff, I had my 5 and 3 year old do little stretches in front of their seats. It was a really fun distraction waiting for the plane to take off and helped prep them to be in their seats for 13 hours.
+ Bassinet This was paramount for our flight. We called the airline ahead and requested a bassinet for Frances. They put us in a larger row with a wall in front of us where the bassinet table comes down from the wall. It was incredible. So much leg room that the kids were able to sit on the floor and play when the seat belt sign was off. She was a little big for it, but in the middle of the night, I was able to make an easy transfer from the wrap to the bassinet so I could sleep as well.
+ Forget Bedtimes Although we wanted to get the kids to sleep before they were overly tired, we knew 8PM was not happening 2 hours after taking off on the most exciting trip of their lives. So we let them play and watch shows until the plane started to settle down for the night and the plane lights were dimmed. We didn’t tell them it was bedtime, we just said it was time to relax. Jared and I both took a child and whispered stories and rubbed their feet or backs after getting them comfortable with airline blankets, pillows, and those neck pillow things. They both drifted to sleep easily and stayed asleep until morning.
+ Divvy Up the Kids Before we left we decided we’d each be responsible for certain children while we are out and about for safety and sanity. He primarily watches Solomon while we are out since he’s the most adventurous and needs the most help managing expectations as a 3 year old figuring out what’s going on. I have been in charge of Lucy and Frances since Lucy is 5 and actually quite a help with Frances.
+ Attitude Jared and I made a pact before we left that no matter what, we would be positive, especially on traveling days. So when security at LAX stopped us for literally everything you could possibly be stopped for (bag search, palm swipe, liquid test, etc.) we smiled all the way through it and found a reason to be grateful (even if it was in a funny way) about every single annoying thing that happened. We had literally NO tears on the plane and I am totally confident this is why.
(arriving in London the next day)
In honor of International Babywearing Week next week, we decided to go on the road with all three of our little ones and explore the world using a Solly Baby Wrap. Our little girl, Frances, is just passing the optimal time to use a wrap (0-6 months) so we wanted to get as much use out of it as possible before and, to be honest, we’ve had such a crazy year that we just needed to take a break as a family.
We’ll be sharing babywearing and traveling tips with you as we make our way across Europe with a 5, 3, & 6 month old and we’ll have some mega-amazing giveaways along the way.
There are few things that make me happier than seeing my husband wear our baby. It’s the most comfortable, easiest way to bond with a new baby, one of the best ways to give new moms a break, and just plain attractive. So we want to give papas a few tips on how to style the wrap so he’ll feel as comfortable as mamas do wearing their little ones. Since I have styled MANY a man in a Solly Baby Wrap, I thought I’d share my tricks.
1 :: Choose the right color. Some wrap wearers pick the color according to the gender of the baby and some choose the wrap color by the wearer. Whatever your opinion, I think it’s safe to say that in the case of papas, the choice should reflect your hubby’s personal style as closely as possible. Navy, Paloma Grey + classic Black are all safe bets although I’ve seen plenty of dads sporting our Natural + Grey Stripe.
2 :: Layer it! I think the main reason wraps are seen as a little more feminine is because they are tight. And most of the men I know, like their shirts just a little bit looser. The easiest way to offset this look is by layering. Throw an unzipped hoodie, cardigan, or light jacket on over the wrap and daddy feels like himself again. The nice thing is because our wraps are so lightweight, you can add a layer just about any time of year without feeling hot.
3 :: Work the shoulder straps. The more the shoulder straps are spread out, the more it distributes the weight of our babe over your body, but they don’t always have to be fanned out. My husband doesn’t typically wear our baby for hours and hours since I have to nurse her every 2-3 hours. Because of this, he is just as comfortable wearing the straps more pulled together, which keeps his shoulders nice and square. It’s a little thing, but it makes a difference.
4 :: Tuck the tail. Don’t leave the end ties hanging down. Wrap the ends around the waist as many times as possible and then tuck the ends back in so they aren’t hanging down. It makes for a cleaner look.
5 :: Just enjoy it. The fact is, there really isn’t a more comfortable way to wear a new baby so take a minute to just enjoy having your little one so close. When you are comfortable, your baby will be comfortable. If your baby is screaming and crying (and your wrap is on properly:) it’s most likely because your little one senses that you are tense. Walk around for a minute so you can both relax and enjoy the experience.
To celebrate all the amazing present + future babywearing dads out there, we are giving away 3 wraps with a copy of our book Carrying Baby for Father’s Day. The giveaway will end Saturday, June 14th at midnight. Entering is easy, details below.
Happy Father’s Day from Solly Baby!
Jared recently remodeled an old shed/garage/barn thing into a studio office for Solly Baby. We tested it out for the first time for our Spring/Summer shoot last month and, despite a muddy rainstorm (hence all the scrap rugs), everything went beautifully. The models were gorgeous, the babies were sleeping angels, and our team was top notch.
My brother-in-law from 50 Miles Up was kind enough to hang out all day to shoot this little video of our day. It can also be used to put fussy babies to sleep, the pretty music from JP Haynie puts my Frances right out.