I am not a "baby-wearer." I didn't even know what that was until my 3rd child came along. With my first two, I had a Baby Bjorn Original, and there's no way I was going to wear them in that all day. It just didn't seem comfortable for them--or me!
I have lately had a greater need for "wearing" my baby (that makes my baby sound like an accessory...but I can't think of anything else to call it...slingin' my baby?...definitely worse. Feel free to send ideas). Church was where a baby carrier was definitely needed, and since the Bjorn was not comfortable for extended periods and looked too casual, I started looking into slings.
I welcomed the Peanut Shell into my home on June 2, 2008, and threw the Bjorn away on June 10th. I love it like I made it myself. It's simple, it's pretty, it's washable, it's comfortable, and it's versatile enough to wear to the zoo or to church! And look how good I look in it!! Ha ha!
Ok, so the Peanut Shell won't make you blonde and beautiful, but it certainly will make you as happy as this smiling family.
Our #3 is 9 months old, and doesn't usually sleep in church. She usually fusses because it's during her nap time. I now seat her "hip carry" style in the Peanut Shell and she falls asleep every time. It has extra padding where her legs rest, so the sling isn't cutting into her leg. Instead of me being out in the hall struggling to break her will into slumber, she falls asleep on her own while I have 2 hands getting things done! If I've been wearing it for a long time and my shoulder starts getting tired, I don't even have to take it off to move baby to a "back carry". And when I'm done wearing it, it folds up small enough to easily fit into my diaper bag.
I love a lot of the regular designs, the reversibles, and I even like how they packaged it, which is important for gift-giving (and people are going to LOVE you if you give them this!). The packaging is currently undergoing a change to include a "how to" DVD. If you buy it now, you can still see the contents of the DVD here. I purposely tried using it without watching the DVD or reading about it to see how intuitive it is, and I definitely did it wrong. You MUST watch the video or read the directions to wear it right, for safety and comfort.
I didn't bring a stroller on vacation this year. What was once thought of as a necessity at the airport, I realize now was a hinderance. Of course, I occasionally used grandma's stroller at our destination, but during travel I didn't have to worry about my stroller getting damaged or lost. I had two hands free en route. One to hold my daughter's hand, and one to drag my luggage. It was so amazing, I almost didn't even notice they delayed our flight 7 hours and lost our luggage!
May my Bjorn rest in peace.
All styles of the Peanut Shell Baby Sling are currently on sale!! Buy it for only $39.99!! Yet another way the Peanut Shell destroys the Bjorn (and the price of many other slings similar to this one). It's half the price!
Who wants to try a Peanut Shell? We are giving away a Peanut Shell sling in your choice of available sizes and colors. Enter by leaving a comment on this post by midnight July 8th. Indicate in your comment what style of Peanut Shell you would like to win. For you citrus readers with no children- these would make an awesome Baby Shower gift, so enter! We will randomly select one winner from the post comments. Shipping to Continental US only. Thank you Goo-Ga.com, the makers of the Peanut Shell!
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