Lucy hit a big milestone at her seat check - time to switch from rear facing to forward facing! We know she's ready because even though she's just under 40 pounds, her height has reached the rear-facing limit. Because of her weight, though, we had to check a few more boxes on her forward-facing install.
Here are the 7 things we adjusted, or the rainbow "Roy G Biv" of her big switch! You can also find this info in a post on a Facebook.
# 1/red: When we switched this seat to forward facing, we needed to move the lower anchors of the LATCH system out of the rear-facing belt path.
# 2/orange: (continued from # 1) The lower anchors are now in the forward-facing belt path. Lucy will only use the lower anchors until she hits 40 pounds. At that point, we'll remove the lower anchors and store them in slots on the seat back, then use the lap-and-shoulder belt to install the seat through the same forward-facing belt path. It's important that the seat beat locks the car seat in place so that it moves less than one inch at the belt path.
# 3/yellow: For this seat (Diono), the rear-facing angle is adjusted using the detachable rear-facing plastic foot and the foam block angle adjuster. The foam block is inserted once babies can sit at a less reclined angle. When we move to forward-facing, BOTH these angle-adjusting items can be removed. On newer Dionos, you'll find an "adjustable bottom" which must be up completely (so it is flush with the seat bottom) for forward facing (and for rear-facing children under 25 pounds as well).
# 4/green: Because Lucy weighs less than 40 pounds, we need to install Diono's SafeStop on the back of the harness. When Lucy reaches 40 pounds, we'll remove this accessory.
# 5/blue: When rear-facing, the harness should sit at or below the top of the shoulders. Now that Lucy is forward-facing, her harness can sit at or above her shoulders.
# 6/indigo: Diono's harness pad is required for all forward-facing harnessed passengers, regardless of weight. It is optional for rear-facing and is not to be used as shoulder padding.
# 7/violet: This one has nothing to do with rear- or forward-facing, we just needed to move Lucy's headrest up to accommodate her growth in height!
** Not pictured: the top tether at the back of the seat is also in use now, secured in the tether anchor for this specific seat in the vehicle.
Lucy loves her new set-up in her familiar seat. Not long now and we'll switch # 2 to a seatbelt install when we remove the SafeStop harness (# 4) at 40 pounds. A fun mini milestone to look forward to!
Our seat checks can be scheduled just 24 hours in advance, with appointments available from 6am to 10pm. Find out more at adjoyn.com/car-seats!
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Adjoyn is overjoyed to welcome Ergobaby as a partner! All members of the Adjoyn community get access to 10% off your purchase by using the code "jo8KbuYBBM" at checkout or by simply following this unique link. Find Ergobaby at their amazing line of carriers including a discount on the Ergo Adapt, Ergo 360 coupon, savings on the Omni 360, breastfeeding pillows, and more on their Facebook and Instagram.
For the full list of Adjoyn partners, visit adjoyn.com/partners.
Thanks to Baby Nest Birth Services for hosting Adjoyn as a guest blogger this month! We're pleased to contribute an article all about choosing the best baby carrier for you, specifically answering the question: who do I ask about babywearing??
Five great resources are outlined - check the post on their site!
Who do I ask about babywearing? Learn how to choose a baby carrier in this post! [Image of a white woman from neck to waist wearing a baby on her back in a blue woven wrap. Text on the image reads quote, how to choose a baby carrier by adjoyn baby services, end quote.]
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Find sunny rainbow necklaces, teether, keychains of all colors with Sunflower Mama PDX's line of silicone accessories. Adjoyn clients get exclusive access to 10% off your purchase. Find Sunflower Mama PDX on Facebook, Instagram, and on Etsy.
For the full list of Adjoyn partners, visit adjoyn.com/partners.
Heat-busting tips for pregnancy through preschool... [Image of a white toddler eating an orange popsicle while sitting in a lawn chair on a hot day.]
Portland is ramping up to August heat waves - starting this week with what has the potential to be record-breaking heat. If you have a baby or toddler, or if you're about to welcome one through pregnancy, it can be a real challenge staying cool. And with many Portland homes not having central air conditioning, finding things to do to get through the afternoon is a must.
Here are a bunch of stay-cool tips and activities. Be safe out there, Portland!
Above all else, remember plenty of fluid intake this week. Reuseable water bottles are portable and many are insulated as well.
Here are three LOCAL reusable water bottle companies to support! https://www.pdxmonthly.com/articles/2015/5/26/3-local-bottle-companies-beg-you-to-ditch-the-plastic-may-2015 (article from 2015 but all three companies remain in business)
Stay hydrated on the inside AND outside at one of Portland's many amazing splash pads. Bring that reuseable water bottle, plenty of sunscreen, and some dry clothes for later! Check out PDX Parents' resource: http://www.pdxparent.com/fountains-splash-pads/
Splash pads cool all ages on on hot day [Image of children splashing in water fountains at a splash pad.]
Not a water fan? No worries! There are lots of indoor alternatives: Legos, dance parties, arts & crafts, and ice cream - yum. There are so many possibilities in this list for little kiddos to still get the wigglies out while staying cool! Thanks again to PDX Parent: http://www.pdxparent.com/ten-places-beat-the-heat/
There's also a helpful list of free cooling centers that have been established in the Metro area. This article also has a lot of general heat safety tips, tips on keeping pets cool, and a guide for identifying and treating heat-related health conditions: http://portlandtribune.com/lor/48-news/364055-244846-chill-out-heres-how-to-beat-the-heat-this-week
Remember when traveling to events - stay in the shade and bring portable shade such as an umbrella if necessary. Everyone except babies under six months can use sunscreen and drink plenty of fluids. Babies under six months should be kept shaded at all times and have extra breastmilk or formula (formula mixed at the same ratio, not diluted).
Natural cool awaits under wooded canopies and along bubbling streams... more ways to stay cool in Portland from pregnancy to preschool at adjoyn.com [Image of a family standing on a foot bridge surrounded by lush green forest.]
Escape to Nature
We are blessed to live in such close proximity to natural air conditioning! Explore the rivers, lakes, and woods local to Portland - just get in early enough that you're not hiking in the heat of the day, and make sure to bring snacks, water, first-aid, and a fully charged phone for emergencies. Travel Portland lists several city spots and the Columbia Gorge: https://www.travelportland.com/article/favorite-hiking-spots-in-portland/
Practice Safe and Cool Babywearing
Babywearing is still possible in the heat! And even though the idea of being in close proximity to anyone while so hot, babywearing is the most convenient way to monitor little ones for signs of overheating. Keep you and baby cool by using a lightweight carrier like a single-layer ring sling or mesh buckle carrier. Remember some mesh carriers, like water wraps, are made specifically to be wet while wearing, so they're not always a useful solution on dry land - check your manufacturer's instructions. For all carriers, if you find cooling towels helpful just make sure there's always a layer between baby and any cooling device. Never use ice packs to cool a baby.
If you need help finding a solution for your baby carrier goals, contact Adjoyn today and book a session at your home (or we can find an air conditioned meeting place too!). For lots more hot-weather baby wearing tips, check out this amazing resource from Babywearing International of Portland, including this handy infographic from BWI St. Louis Gateway: http://bwipdx.weebly.com/blog/hot-weather-wearing
Handy tips for babywearing in the heat from BWI of St. Louis Gateway!
Newborns Need Extra Care
Babies don't sweat! They rely on their caregiver to help them cool, so be sure to dress baby in light layers, keep baby in the shade with a breeze or fan nearby, and even use damp cloths with room-temperature water to cool baby's hands and feet when needed. If using water, always be sure it is room-temperature: cool water can cause chills which will raise body temperature.
Here's a concise article with tips for newborn's hydration and keeping baby cool indoors and out: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joan-liebmannsmith-phd-and-jacqueline-nardi-egan/keep-your-baby-safe-in-th_b_640028.html#
How do you plan to beat the heat this week? If you need more guidance about baby - for any kind of weather - we'd love to help here at Adjoyn! Contact us today!
Why Babywearing? 11 Reasons a Baby Carrier is for You [Image of a white baby looking at the camera while being worn in a woven wrap front carry. Text on the image reads quote, 11 reasons to do babywearing, end quote. The Adjoyn handwritten scripted logo is in the upper left corner of the image.]
Quite simply, a baby carrier is one of the most practical pieces of gear you can have! It allows for multitasking, easy travel, and babies who are carried cry up to 43% less!! (1) Here are ten reasons why using a baby sling, or "babywearing," is right for you.
11. Babies don't know you want your dinner warm.
They don't even know you want dinner! They just want to be held. But it's really hard to hold a floppy newborn and cut - let alone eat - your own food. Enter the baby carrier. Eat and even prepare foods without having to use any hands to hold that snuggle-lovin' baby.
Babywearing allows for preparation - and consumption! - of foods to nourish you so you can care for your baby [Image is a stock photo of a white man and woman preparing food together. The woman is wearing a young baby in a stretchy wrap.]
10. Your movements make baby so happy. And well digested.
Babies love movement - that's why walks and yoga balls can soothe them so well. When you put your baby in the carrier against your body, as you move as one unit the movement of your body against theirs helps the movement of baby's digestive track - which is still learning how to do its thing. (2) Baby's vertical positioning and closeness to you can help with everything from the Purple Period of Crying to Colic.(11)(12)
9. Babywearing helps with breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is largely supply and demand. The more often the breasts think they have to make milk, the more milk they'll make. By having baby up close to the breast, hormones are being released in the mother's body that can encourage milk supply, even if baby isn't nursing.(3) Babies also love being close to "the refrigerator" to smell all your wonderful smells - even when you haven't showered!
Babywearing can help with breastfeeding - even if you're not breastfeeding while babywearing [Image is a photo of a woman with brown skin wearing a baby on her front who is also breastfeeding. The woman is gesturing to someone off camera.] Photo: Reuters
8. Strollers can't go everywhere.
Crowded festivals, ancient ruins, the beach, urban stairways - strollers sure are convenient but not everywhere. When you need to zoom in and out of tight spaces, babywearing is there to give you speed and LIFT baby out of the crowd.
Baby carriers go anywhere [Image of two adults faced away from the camera showing the toddlers carried on their backs in buckle carriers. The adults are walking down a busy sidewalk.]
7. Strangers don't recognize baby's "personal space"
But they recognize yours! Keep those well-meaning germ carriers - uh I mean people - away from baby's precious face by keeping baby close to your body. So much easier then "accidentally" pushing someone with a stroller.
Two kids to keep close watch of and no assistance in sight? Babywearing can help you! [Image of a woman with tan skin wearing a baby on her hip in a pink sling while holding a toddler on her other hip with her arm. She's looking down at the toddler and smiling.]
6. Babywearers have their ish together.
Strollers are bulky. Carriers are streamlined. Walking toddlers are chaotic (and so fast!). Carriers are calm. An infant seat hanging off your arm is not fashionable no matter what looks you can pull off. A baby carrier compliments your style. It makes you feel put together which in turn may help you feel more capable of caring for your infant. (4)
Babywearing not only helps you look stylish, it helps you FEEL put together too. [Image of a woman with tan skin looking in a mirror and applying lipstick while wearing a baby on her chest in a white stretchy wrap.]
5. Postpartum mood disorders can feel a little less overwhelming with babywearing.
Keeping your baby close can help reduce postpartum anxiety because baby is so easily monitored and doesn't have to leave your side at all while you're wearing. The same hormone that we make anytime we're with someone with love - oxytocin - is created when we wear, giving us feelings of happiness, safety, and bonding. Not only moms make oxytocin - all caregivers can get in on that benefit! (5)(6)
4. Babywearers get things done.
Got emails to answer? Papers to read? Netflix queues to demolish? Babies still want to be held through all that, but you can still be productive! Put up that baby and get to work. Just try not to over-do the stressful work if you're still newly postpartum, right?
Babies don't stop the snuggles for emails, but baby carriers help! [Image of a white woman sitting at a computer while wearing a baby on her front in a stretchy wrap.]
3. Worn babies are smarter, sleep better, and gain more weight.
All that close contact encourages baby's systems to work more efficiently and effectively.(7) As a result, babywearing lays the foundation for supported brain development, making babies smarter. Developed brains sleep better, and all that extra work taken off baby's plate gives them more energy to gain weight rather than focus on their brain and sleep.(8)(9)
That baby is getting SO SMART. [Image of a man with dark skin wearing a toddler on his front in a woven wrap. He's standing near a street and waving; both the adult and toddler are smiling at the camera.] Photo:
2. Your body is baby's happy place.
Baby loves being close to you - your smells and sounds are the most familiar things a baby knows, so they want to be with you as much as they can! A baby wants to be held as much as they can - they know it's good for their development! Recent studies have shown that babies who are held more feel less pain and more calm.(10)
A very happy wearer, a very satisfied wearee. [Image of a white woman laughing while wearing a baby on her front in a blue and green ring sling. She's holding a clay mug with one hand and a book with the other.]
1. Tired arms suck!
Why use your muscles to sustain a 2-hour nap if you don't have to? That sweet little newborn will become a heavy wiggling over-tired bigger baby before you know it. Save the heavy lifting for the gym.
If you're ready to do some babywearing but don't know where to start, your local Certified Babywearing Consultant is here for you! At Adjoyn we offer 90-minute in-home appointments and small group workshops to help you find your plan. Visit adjoyn.com/services to find the latest offerings!
Relax your muscles and your mind with babywearing. [Image of a white bearded man reclining and wearing a baby on his chest in a black stretchy wrap.]
Amy Rainbow is a babywearing educator and enthusiast. She offers babywearing education for Adjoyn as a Certified Educator, as well as volunteering for Babywearing International of Portland. Find more of her writings at amywrapsbabies.com.
(1) Less crying:
(4) Caregiver Confidence:
(5) Postpartum Mood Disorders:
(6) Non-gestational Caregivers:
(7) Brain Development:
(8) Weight Gain:
(10) Reduce Infant Pain:
(11) Purple Period of Crying:
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Rejoice in reliable care for your precious babies with Planet Nanny! Adjoyn clients get exclusive access to $25 off your full-time or part-time placement to this Portland-area childcare service. Find Planet Nanny on Facebook, Instagram, and online at theplanetnanny.com.
For the full list of Adjoyn partners, visit adjoyn.com/partners.
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It is a joy to be a partner with Tidee Didee Diaper Service!! Tidee Didee is local, family-owned business in the Lents neighborhood of Southeast Portland. They provide a diaper service to the wide Portland metro area, their location houses a eco-friendly baby boutique, and they also house a local diaper bank. Clients of Adjoyn receive $5 off their $25 in-store purchase - schedule a session or join a workshop to receive your discount!
To learn more about this Portland-area service, visit tideedidee.com and like them on Facebook and Instagram!
[Image of two babies sitting on a couch. The baby on the left is made of plastic with white skin and wearing a blue one piece jumper. The baby on the right is a real human 9 month old with white skin who is smiling at the camera.]
David is our back-carrying champion! David was the very first doll to join the Adjoyn team. He is a toddler-sized demo doll (otherwise known as fake baby or faby) who excels at assisting with all carry types but particularly shines with back carries. One of the reasons David is so great at practicing back carrying is his long body results in a seat that is lower on the wearer's back so it is easier to reach and adjust the carrier. This is particularly helpful for those who are new to wearing a baby on their back because as they're increasing their range of motion.
Size: 28 inches long and 13 pounds
Favorite carriers: woven wraps, toddler SSC (Soft Structured Carriers)
Latest work: Baby Bump Expo NW model for toddler carriers
Upcoming appearances: "Carry Your Baby on Your Back" workshop in Portland, OR
Why is such a giant doll needed? It is difficult to get the feel of a carrier with a doll that is too small. Carriers are designed to hold weight, and more structured carriers are designed to fit physical features of specific sizes of children, such as toddler SSCs. Therefore it is really helpful to have a doll that fills out the carrier in order to get an accurate judgement of the carrier's ease of use for the wearer To learn more about why babywearing demo dolls are important in general, read our first Fabies post.
To get David to help with your babywearing practice, schedule a session or join a workshop with Adjoyn today!
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We are overjoyed to announce our partnership with Kangaroo Karry! From Tacoma, Washington, this company aims to keep caregivers doing the active hobbies that they love with kids in tow. Adjoyn clients receive an exclusive 15% discount off Dad-designed baby carriers. Visit kangarookarry.com to learn more about them, and give them a like on social media!
To get the growing list of Adjoyn partners, visit adjoyn.com/partners.