Category: Barefoot Mamas

How to use a ring sling

Ok, ok. You’ve got the message. Get a ring sling. Not a wrap, not a carrier, a ring sling. The one with the piece of material and the two rings. Now what? You’re at home with a strange piece of cloth and a crying baby and wondering why you just didn’t buy a stroller or baby bjorn. “I’m never listening to that Julie person ever again!” you mutter to yourself. Don’t…

Confession: we don’t have any electronic toys

Way before baby boy was born I banned electronic toys. I decided that we would live without the jingling sounds of digital pianos, singing key rings and speaking teddies. Family and friends were informed as politely as possible in an attempt to prevent any “inappropriate” gifts from entering the house. My close friends just laughed: “It’s inevitable!” they said. “There’s nothing you can do! Your house will be taken over…

Confession: we don’t have a schedule…or a routine

Just before baby boy was born I was embarrassed to tell people I wasn’t planning on getting a stroller. It seemed everyone was bombarding me with advice on which stroller to get and it felt a bit weird to go “um, actually, I think I’ll be okay with just a sling…” Now, I proudly carry baby boy with me wherever I go: I know babywearing works for me and happily tell…

Babywearing vs. Strollering

I didn’t want to get a stroller. I thought that three different babywearing options would be enough for our little family but I hadn’t taken into account the effect of a 10-kilo baby on my husband’s (already) bad back. So first we borrowed, then bought, a stroller. And I’m happy that we did. Papai and baby spending quality time together trumps any quirky parenting ideas I have.  But the stroller and I are…

Babywearing in the winter

Ah, babywearing. So simple, so easy, so practical: just you, your baby, a piece of material. But wait, what about when it’s cold? Or windy? Or raining? My baby was born in sub-tropical Brazil, where the temperature never dips below 15 degrees. Wearing my baby was a breeze and very often the challenge was how to wear as little as possible (one reason why the wrap with its many folds of…

Diaper-free doesn’t really mean diaper free

My baby and I have been dabbling in elimination communication for the past six weeks. I wish I could have started sooner, but multiple breastfeeding issues got very much in the way. I’m really glad now that I set my priorities down before the baby’s arrival: breastfeeding, sleeping and only then everything else. Having started with great enthusiasm, I can now say that elimination communication is not for everyone. Despite…