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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Kinderpack VS Olives & Applesauce

By request, I am putting together a comparison of the Olives & Applesauce and the Kinderpack. Kinderpacks are a highly recommended carrier, but currently the demand is higher than the supply and that is leaving a lot of people looking for alternatives. The Olives & Applesauce may be the alternative some people are looking for. I have personally used and love BOTH brands. They are different and some carriers work better for some than for others. But both carriers are awesome and both have gotten a lot of use in my family.

Compared to some other carriers on the market, the Kinderpack and Olives & Applesauce have a lot in common. But as with any carrier, they offer unique features and design that make them different. These differences may not matter to you or they could make one work better for you than the other. The only way to know for sure if a carrier will work well for you is to try one. There will always be people that a carrier doesn't work as well for, but in general, most people who buy either of these carriers are happy with them.

The Carriers


For this review, I used a current model of Olives & Applesauce and a standard/standard sized Kinderpack.



= Olives & Applesauce Kinderpack
(standard)
Price
$149.99
$179.00
Age
newborn-preschool
8mo-3 yrs ¹
Weight
8-50 lbs ² 
20-40 lbs ¹
Seat
darts
3 panel contoured
Chest Clip style
removable
attached
Shoulder straps
straight
gradual curve
Adjustable side buckle
yes
yes
Sleeping hood
yes
yes
Leg Padding
yes
yes
Made
Dominican Republic
(now also being made in the US)
USA
Special features
Infant insert
Perfect fit adjusters on shoulder straps

¹ Kindercarry has sized carriers and offers their different sizes for different ages. For this reason, the standard is not designed for little babies. See their website for more information on their sizing.

² new weight limit just announced by Olives & Applesauce

How They Measure Up


I took measurements of both the Olives & Applesauce and standard/standard Kinderpack I own to compare the two. Also, the Kinderpack used is a Koolnit carrier and Koolnit may have more flex than a full panel affecting the measurements slightly. There can always be a little difference in the measurements from carrier to carrier, so these are the measurements that I got and not the specs provided by the companies. My measurement skills may not be entirely accurate :)

Side by side
Olives & Applesauce on the left
Kinderpack (standard/standard) on right

O&A has built in infant insert that can be left flat against body if you do not want to use 

Body: 


Olives & Applesauce
Kinderpack
(standard)
Height
16"
16"
Width at base
16" 
13"
Width at seat
17.5"
18"
Width at top
14.5"
16"


Shoulder Straps:


Olives & ApplesauceKinderpack
(standard)
Shoulder padding
19"
20"
Shoulder webbing
22"
12"
Total from body to buckle
41" 
32"
Side buckle webbing
7"
12"



Waist belt:


Olives & ApplesauceKinderpack
(standard)
Waist padding
20"
23"
Waist webbing
18"
16"
Total from buckle to buckle
62" 
59"

click for larger view

Side by Side

side by side action photos coming soon!



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Babywearing Group Giveaway!

Win a free Wrap DuO for your local babywearing group!


Nominate your local babywearing group for a chance to win a FREE Wrap DuO water carrier by Wrapsody. To enter, simply provide the website to the babywearing group you nominate. Check out the Wrapsody Facebook page for an additional chance to win. One entry will be selected at random and the group they nominated will receive the free carrier!



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Any babywearing groups interested in purchasing a Wrap DuO carrier for their lending library, please contact Zerberts for a special lending library discount price.

Free shipping to any babywearing group locate in the USA. International groups must pay shipping.

Giveaway will end Sunday, April 26th.


Good luck!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Retro Chevrons Kinderpacks


UPDATE: Selections have been made and people have been notified. Thank you for your patience. I know there are probably many disappointed people and I wish I had carriers for everyone. I just hope this process has been less frustrating and chaotic than a traditional stocking. Please join our newsletter for updates on future stockings.


Limited edition Retro Chevron Kinderpacks are on their way! With demand high, supply limited and all of you busy being parents, I have decided not to do a traditional store stocking. Instead, we will be offering everyone a chance to sign up for a random drawing. The people selected will be allowed to purchase one without the chaos of a store stocking.

Limited edition Retro Chevrons Kindpack prices:
$194 Infant/standard
$184 Standard/standard and Toddler/standard

The Details


We have set up a survey that must be completed to enter. Any information collected from this questionnaire will only be used to contact you if you are selected.

You will be notified directly if you are selected. A PayPal invoice will be sent to the email provided. You must pay for your Kinderpack within 24 hours or you will forfeit your slot and another person will be selected.

Fine Print

  • 24 hours to pay once you are notified
  • Only one entry per household. Duplicate entries will result in disqualification.
  • Open to US residents only (we do not ship internationally)
  • All entries must be received by midnight eastern time on Wednesday, Feb 11th.

Follow this link to complete the entry form.

Good Luck!

Stay Tuned


Make sure you don't miss any of the Kinderpack updates by subscribing to our newsletter. There are two more exclusive Kinderpacks in the works and you don't want to miss them!

Update


Just wanted to let everyone know that the people selected will not be notified until our shipment actually arrives. We want to make sure it gets here in one piece before getting people too excited! It was delayed a couple days, but we are hoping to have them this weekend or early next week. Hang in there! And watch here for updates. I will make sure I post when notifications have gone out.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wrap DuO water wrap


The Wrap DuO water wrap by Wrapsody is more than just a water carrier. These great wraps are made from a high-tech sports knit that is both comfortable and functional. The fabric wicks away moisture, dries quickly, and even offers protection from the harmful rays of the sun. This make the water wrap ideal for the pool, beach, walking or even babywearing yoga. The Wrap DuO is also sleek and stylish. The luxurious and silky look of this wrap makes it the perfect day to evening wrap. This wrap fits right in with the dressy clothing of formal events.



The Details


The awesome fabric:
  • Comfortable high-tech sports knit that is soft without being slippery
  • Wicks away moisture
  • Dries quickly
  • Offers sun protection of UPF 15+ without the use of chemicals
  • Is made from 55% recycled material! (I think this is awesome)

Perfect for:
  • the shower, beach, splash park or pool
  • outdoor activities
  • low impact fitness like babywearing yoga or walking
  • going from day to evening
  • formal events
  • day to day wear like any stretch wrap

The baby carrier:
  • Available in two colors; Black Pearl and Lagoon
  • Use with babies from 8-25 lbs
  • Two sizes available; Regular (4.6m) and Long (5.5m)
  • Distributes weight across back and shoulders
  • Beautiful in and out of the water
  • Oeko-Tex Certified
  • Made in New England


Introducing Lagoon


Because Wrapsody has this fabric specially milled for their water wraps, it has only been available in black... until now! Wrapsody has just released the Wrap DuO in a stunning blue named Lagoon. This gorgeous color feels bright and cheerful and makes me daydream of crystal blue waters.


You can find both the new Lagoon and the original Black Pearl Wrapsody water wraps available now at Zerberts.



Do you have one of these great baby carriers? What do you love about it? Where is your favorite place to use it?

Monday, February 2, 2015

Just for Fun: Babywearing Addict

Ever feel like you might be a babywearing addict?


What makes you a babywearing addict?

#babywearingaddict #carrythem #wearthem #babywearingrocks

Friday, October 17, 2014

Winter Babywearing 101


Winter is coming! But you don't have to stop enjoying your outdoor activities just because it's getting chilly. Babywearing can be a huge part of being active with your little ones this fall and winter.

Authors note:
It has come to my attention that I have no pictures of babywearing in the snowy cold of winter. Hopefully these fall photos are helpful even though they aren't officially "winter" babywearing photos.

Basic Winter Babywearing


Babywearing in winter doesn't need to be fancy or complicated. There are two basic ways of wearing during winter; over or inside your coat/jacket. Over the coat is when you put your coat on first and then the carrier is worn on the outside of your coat. Inside is when you put the carrier on first and then wear your coat over the carrier. Here are a couple photos:


Babywearing outside your coat is simple and the most obvious. Unfortunately, babies worn outside your jacket will not benefit as much or at all from your body heat, so you will still need to dress them appropriately for the weather conditions. This technique is most useful when you do not plan to wear them the entire time you are outside since both of you will be properly dressed whether babywearing or not. It also allows you to wear baby on your front or back.


Babywearing inside your coat is the warmest option and the best method to use if you will be going from inside to outside or vice versa, though it can only be used for front carries. Having the carrier on before you put your coat on will allow you to share a lot of your body heat with your baby. It also makes it easier to tell if baby is warm enough since they should be as warm as you are. If you have a younger baby that you plan to wear the entire time you are outside, or you plan to go inside and don't want to have to wake or remove baby from the carrier when you head indoors, wearing your baby inside your carrier will be easier and more convenient.

When wearing baby inside your coat, you just need a jacket or coat large enough to zip over you both (you will NOT be zipping the carrier up all the way, the zipper should not go above the back of baby's head). You can buy a larger coat specifically for this purpose, borrow one from a larger friend, or even use a maternity coat if you happen to have purchased one. They also make coats designed to be used for babywearing, but these are necessary to winter babywearing.

 

If you are using a normal coat and not an actual babywearing coat, the space between you and baby will be exposed since the zipper will stop at the back baby's head. This area should be small, but you and baby should both be dressed in something warmer since this part will be open to the cold air. You can also use a scarf to cover this area, but make sure that baby's face is uncovered at all times. Purchasing a babywearing hoodie or vest will cover this area, but again, it is not necessary to own one of these to successfully babywear in winter.

When baby is worn inside your coat, it is not usually necessary for baby to be heavily clothed. Your baby should be as warm as you are inside your coat, so dressing them in normal clothing plus a hat may be all that is needed. Make sure you use long socks or leg warmers to keep baby's legs warm since pants tend to ride up when their legs are bent. If their feet are inside the jacket or coat, shoes/boots shouldn't be needed and might actually be uncomfortable.

Cold Weather Products


If you have the means, you may enjoy buying a product specifically designed for cold weather babywearing. There are carrier covers, vests, hoodies, ponchos and coats designed specifically to use while babywearing. You don't need any of these to enjoy winter babywearing, but many people love their cold weather accessories.

Covers are the most basic option. These are usually something similar to a fitted blanket that covers your baby while they are in the carrier. These are worn over the carrier, whether wearing them inside or outside your jacket. Most cover their back and legs, though some covers come with hoods for baby's head.

Vests and hoodies are worn over the baby carrier and can be worn alone or as an added layer under a coat or jacket. Most of these can be used to do a front or back carry, though you can only do a back carry when used alone or with a babywearing coat that allows back carries.

Coats and ponchos designed for babywearing usually allow for baby to be worn on the front or back. These are the most expensive option, but some can be converted into a normal coat when not babywearing. If you know you will spend many winters babywearing or you are very active outdoors in the colder months, you may want to splurge on a babywearing coat.

For a list of some of these great babywearing products, check out Cold Weather Babywearing on Babywearing Unwrapped.

Tips and Tricks


Here are some tips and tricks that might make babywearing in the cold a little more comfortable.
  • Keep baby's legs covered with long socks, leg warmers or extra long pants. Pants tent to ride up when baby is in the seated position, so the skin on their legs can end up exposed to the cold air.
  • If you don't have a babywearing cover, tuck a warm blanket into the back of the carrier and let it hang down over their back and legs. You can tie the corners at the bottom together so that they wrap around baby's legs. This can be used as an extra layer under your coat or jacket, or alone if it's not too cold.
  • Dressing baby in a light jacket or hoodie under your jacket will keep their back, neck and head warmer than clothes and hat alone.
  • If baby likes to have their arms out when in a carrier, make sure they are dressed warmly enough so their arms and hands don't get cold. Mittens will be necessary if baby won't keep their hands tucked warmly inside your jacket.
  • Make sure you keep zippers, snaps and other objects clear of baby's face. You don't want to wear baby over your zipped up jacket and have their face resting on your zipper.
  • Use your hands and face to warm baby's cheeks. Kiss them often and if baby's cheeks get cold, take off your gloves and use your warm hands to warm them up.
  • Don't get too hot. It is possible to over dress. Make sure baby isn't getting too sweaty. If they are, just remove a layer, take off a hat, or uncover their legs. Just make sure you check in often to make sure baby doesn't need the layers put back on.
  • Make sure baby's face is visible at all times. This is always a good safety precaution, whether baby is in a baby carrier, car seat, crib, etc. But with all the added layers of winter babywearing, it is important to make sure that baby's face is not accidentally covered by the extra fabric from blankets, scarfs, hoods (if being worn on your back) and any other material that could obstruct your view.

To and From the Car


Going from the warm car to the cold outside with baby often leaves parents with the dilemma of how to keep baby warm when the temps get super cold. I don't have the answers since there is no right or wrong way to do this, but people have asked me, so I will tell you what works for me.

First, I have to start by saying that my baby's never have more than a light jacket on in their car seat. Bulky coats in car seats can cause you to loosen the car seat straps to a point that is no longer safe. (read more at Consumer Reports) So they are usually only in a fleece jacket with a blanket over them when I arrive at my destination. What I do when I take them out of their car seat depends on what I am doing.

Helpful Tip: Before running errands in the winter, I almost always put on the baby carrier before I leave the house if I am planning to wear my baby. Stretch wraps and ring slings are both easy to pop baby in and out of. If I am going to use a mei tai or buckle carrier (soft structured carrier), I leave the straps adjusted too loosely. This lets me put baby in from the top and then make any adjustments without needing to put on the carrier when I reach my destination.

If all I am just trying do is get from my warm car into a warm building, I usually just unbuckle my baby, cover them with the blanket I brought, and walk quickly into the store. I don't put my baby in the carrier until I am inside the store when temperatures are that cold.

If I knew we were going to be outside for an extended period of time and needed to put my baby in the carrier directly from the car, I would just take my coat off in the parking lot and put on the carrier before getting my baby out of their car seat. I would put on their hat and any extra layers they might need and then put them in the carrier as quickly as I could so I could put my coat back on over the two of us. It was cold for me, but I would rather be cold a little longer if it meant less time my baby was out of the carrier in the cold air.

Later I learned it was easier to put the carrier on at home since I didn't need to take my coat off in the cold if I did this. Some people prefer to sit in the back seat of the car and put their baby in the carrier before getting out of the car at all. Whether this is something you can do depends greatly on what kind of vehicle you drive and how much room you have.




So it's that easy. Go out and enjoy being active this fall and winter, no reason for you to sit inside with the baby unless you want to. And be sure to share your tips and stories with us!

Happy Babywearing!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Share the Adventure with IBW!


"Share the Adventure" is this years theme for International Babywearing Week 2014 and it is perfect! Babywearing lets us go on so many adventures, bring baby right along with us and giving us the freedom to lead active lifestyles. But it is also about sharing the adventure of babywearing itself. Babywearing is the adventure, taking us from one point in our child's life to another. It's part of the adventure of parenting. We share this adventure of babywearing with eachother; friends and family, babywearing groups, online communities, even the strangers we see in the store. Sharing the adventure means so many things to me... what does it mean to you?

Sharing the Adventure on Facebook


Join us on FB to share some of your own fun babywearing adventures!
  • Oct 5th Sunday Summer Adventure - Share photos and stories of your summer babywearing adventures.
  • Oct 6th Monday Mosey - Go for a babywearing walk and snap a picture to share!
  • Oct 7th Tuesday Toddler Adventure - Have you ever worn your toddler? Share your photos and stories with us.
  • Oct 8th Wednesday Water Adventure - Babywearing at the beach? Caught in the rain? Share your stories and pictures of babywearing in and around water.
  • Oct 9th Throwback Thursday - Share pictures and stories of your earliest adventures in babywearing!
  • Oct 10th Friday Frosty Adventure - Babywearing in winter can be the perfect way to enjoy winter activities with a baby. Share your stories and pictures of babywearing in the cold.
  • Oct 11th Selfie Saturday - Take a selfie and share your current babywearing adventure, even if it's just the adventure of putting baby down for a nap!

More Babywearing Adventures


Babywearing groups all over have all kinds of fun adventures planned! Check out Babywearing International to find a local babywearing group and see what they have planned for IBW!