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Veratile buckle carrier

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Pros: Dual adjustable buckles, crossable straps

Cons: Older fabric stiff

I bought the Pikkolo to have an option for a buckle carrier where my little one could have his legs out rather than in. The Pikkolo has an adjustable base which allows both small babies to be legs out and also any baby to face forward while still sitting ergonomically. I tried it out, immediately, with my 3yo son, and was amazed at how comfy it was, even with him. The baby was far more comfortable, of course, and I found the adjustable base was great for finding a perfect fit for him. My favorite features of the Pikkolo are the shoulder straps that unbuckle completely (versus my older Ergo I had before it) so you can cross them on your back for greater comfort; and the dual-adjustable...
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Versatile, soft wraps

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Pros: Softer out of the box, gorgeous colorways

Girasols were recommended to me as a good beginner wrap, being supportive yet not too thick, not too hot, and easy to work with. They definitely have been great for us! They are softer right out of the box than most wraps, which means less time breaking them in and more time using them. The colorways are gorgeous - and they have so many, now! The hardest thing is choosing just one! (Or 2...) I got a Chococabana in 5.2m so my DH could do longer carries, like the BWCC. Of course, I helped him, but they both really seemed to like it! I eventually traded it for another carrier, but have since gotten another Girasol that I use frequently. I get many compliments on the gorgeous colors! ...
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Aqua Waves = Snuggly Love

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Pros: Soft, beautiful, breathable

Cons: Learning curve for wovens

I purchased a Didymos woven wrap - Aqua Waves - because I have heard so many good things about Didy Waves and I couldn't get over how gorgeous it was. It didn't disappoint! The color and pattern are just stunning. I bought the wrap used and then worked to get it even more broken in - things like using it as a cushion on my desk chair, moving it around periodically. It has become so soft and snuggly and blanket-like that I'll likely never sell it! I'm still not a wrap expert (having taken a break between babies didn't help!), but I adore the Didy. The learning curve with wovens is definitely bigger than some other types of carriers, but they also have extraordinary versatility once...
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Great for moms and dads

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Pros: Easy to use, good for up-and-down toddlers, cozy for little ones

Cons: Must be sized properly, not adjustable

I've had several pouches over the years, mostly adjustable pouches. Hotslings have a great reputation and fabulous prints, so I have also added a couple of them to my stash via FSOT boards. One of the problems (well, maybe the only one I have with them, really) is the sizing. Because they're not adjustable, you really have to figure out your specific sizing - and if it's wrong, it doesn't work well. Case in point, I bought a Hotsling in a print I loved, only to find out that what I *thought* would fit me, didn't. Thankfully, it fit my DH and was a great print for him. He has worn it with our little ones and done very well. It's so simple to use that, even when it's been a while...
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Easy to grasp, cute teether

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Pros: Easy to grasp, very chewable, attractive

Cons: Initial odor

I ordered the Sophie the GIraffe teether for my five month old daughter who was teething hard and chewing on *everything*. The initial odor of the natural rubber was a bit strong, but it didn't seem to bother DD. It dissipated after a day or two and hasn't been an issue since. It's been about six weeks since we got Sophie, and she's been a favorite toy of DD's. I pulled a handful of toys out of her basket today, and she immediately went for Sophie. She can grab almost anywhere on the teether and get a good grip, plus plenty of space to chew on. The "give" of the rubber seems to be just right as a teething surface. The squeaker initially bugged me, mostly as my older boys tried to...
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Must-have for postpartum

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Pros: Soothing, organic

Cons: None

I knew I liked the Baby Bottom Balm by EMAB for my little ones. In fact, that's probably how I got the Mama Bottom Balm in the first place - I ordered it accidentally when I meant to get Baby Bottom Balm! But, I'm so glad I got it! This salve is wonderfully soothing in the postpartum period. I had stitches that were very irritated and I had to do something to soothe them. While I was afraid that actually touching the area with my fingers would only make it worse, I knew I need to get this balm there so it could help speed the healing. My solution was to "dip" some toilet paper in the balm and then dab it on the stitched area. It helped SO much! I don't know what I would've done...
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Palatable even while pregnant!

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Pros: Not smelly

Cons: Recommended dosage is large

I have taken Rainbow Light Just Once Prenatals in the past, but have always had trouble with the odors. Especially while pregnant, it can be very hard to take the vitamins - even once a day! I was thrilled to see the newer Rainbow Light Organics that come in capsules instead of tablets. I ordered them through my Frontier co-op and was thrilled to find they do NOT have a strong odor. Even though the recommended dosage requires more swallowing (I believe it's 4/day), it's much easier to take ANY when they don't make one nauseous (or, more nauseous).

Love it!

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Pros: All organic, easy to use and move

Cons: Expense

We finally got the Tres Tria, and I'm so glad we did! I had looked at it and opted not to get it with our 3rd baby, but by the time baby 4 came, I couldn't put it off. We had used a side-carred crib in the past but were tired of not having room and accessibility. With the Tres Tria, we can keep the baby safe while still being able to get in and out of the bed and while maintaining walking space in the room. As wel, the Tres Tria can be used in the middle of the bed. We first used it to divide the bed between DH and DS (3yo) on one side and DD (newborn) and me on the other. Now that DD is a little older, we can put the Tres Tria on the outside to prevent her from rolling off. Even...
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Easy and practical

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Pros: Attaches to pump

Cons: Expense

I've found these bags to be an economical, convenient solution for occasional pumping. I use the Medela Swing pump and can attach the bag directly onto the pump. While the attachment mechanism is pretty basic, it holds tight even with a full bag of milk. In fact, I've been able to stand the bag - with the pump attachments still on it - on the table. While I prefer pumping into a solid container such as the breastmilk storage containers from Medela, these bags take up much less space, are easy to store, and are easier to stash in the freezer. I'm very happy with my purchase.

Tiny but hard to clean

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Pros: Fit well for newborns

Cons: Hard to clean

I have mixed feelings on the Lil Joey diapers. They fit my newborn well from the get-go and were one of our smallest diapers. They are fairly absorbent and thick, which is good and bad. While they held a good bit (especially in the first weeks), they do NOT clean well. The true AIO style can be tricky in and of itself, but these are so small and with so much elastic (which gives a nice fit) that they curl up in the wash. This made getting poo out of the gusset areas, in particular, quite challenging. Drying also took a while because of the thick, built-in soaker. Overall, they did their job, but I wasn't sad to have to pack these up.
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