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January 2014

Catbird Seat Blog Project Parenting Review

Guest Blogger: Chaviva Gordon-Bennett

January 29, 2014

Sitting in the Catbird Seat

Note: I’m actually not wearing the carrier right here. The front strap around my abdomen is meant to be folded up and under, creating a sort of pocket for baby. D’oh! 

I’m not sure if it’s a good or bad thing, but this blog is quickly becoming a family-oriented mommy blog with a Jewish twist. Who would have thought when I started “Just Call Me Chaviva” nearly eight years ago that such an evolution would occur, right?

So keeping with the theme of all things baby and family, I’ve partnered with Chicago-based Catbird Baby to delve into the fun and versatile world of babywearing.

Catbird Baby carriers

For those not in the know, never fear, I haven’t turned Ash into a clever fascinator or stylish handbag. Babywearing is the art of schlepping your little one to and fro in one of dozens and dozens of different types of carriers. An evolution all its own, babywearing used to be the only way to tote your kid because it was allowed for work + caring for baby. Strollers (or buggies if you prefer) took over for a long time, but at some point babywearing was rekindled as all the rage, and in Israel babywearing is an art form all its own.

Mr. T and I were down with babywearing from the beginning, which for us has been convenient because the stroller we purchased is waiting for us in Nebraska, where we’re heading next month to visit family and pick it up (it was 1/4 the price in the U.S. as here). Short of carrying Ash everywhere in the carseat, babywearing has been a necessity.

When wearing Ash, our hope and goal is that he’ll happily feel like he’s in the “catbird seat.” I’ll be honest: I was unfamiliar with the term before hearing about Catbird Baby, but now it makes sense when it comes to babywearing.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first recorded usage occurred in a 1942 humorous short story by James Thurber titled “The Catbird Seat,” which features a character, Mrs. Barrows, who likes to use the phrase. Another character, Joey Hart, explains that Mrs. Barrows must have picked up the expression from Red Barber, a baseball broadcaster, and that to Barber “sitting in the catbird seat” meant “‘sitting pretty,’ like a batter with three balls and no strikes on him.”

With Ash, especially because he’s still so young, being bundled all close and cozy to mom or tatty is hugely important because it provides him a sense of safety and security (not to mention he falls asleep a lot quicker when he’s cuddled super close). With babywearing, he’s in his own catbird seat because he’s reaping the benefits of that close, secure positioning that carriers like the pikkolo and mei tei provide, and that a stroller simply doesn’t. I can’t wait until he’s a little bit older and his neck support is awesome enough that we can wear him facing forward so he really will be sitting pretty, seeing everything the world has to offer.

Stay tuned for more detailed reviews of Catbird Baby’s carriers, including some thoughts from the peanut gallery Mr. T (who, by the way, doesn’t like the Ergo and preferred the Moby until we got these carriers). Also: Be sure to let me know if you’ve got a favorite carrier!

Note: Catbird Baby has provided me with pikkolo and mei tei carriers at no charge for our blogging partnership. That being said, I did have to pay duty and VAT on the carriers once they arrived in Israel, which was a huge bummer and quite expensive. All product reviews on this blog reflect my own honest opinion, however pleasant or harsh they may be.

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Babywearing Research Parenting

Guest Blogger: Leslie Brinkely of “And Her Little Dog Too”

January 23, 2014

Sitting in the Catbird Seat / The Benefits of Baby Wearing

by guest blogger Leslie Brinkley of And Her Little Dog Too


One thing I always knew I would do once I became a mom would be using a baby carrier. I always see moms {and dads!} out and about with their little ones in tow, looking so happy! I’ve done my research on carriers for sure, but nothing beats seeing them in action. I love to check out the different kinds out there, the many positions the baby can be in as well as how the baby looks in the carrier. To me, it just seems like a comfortable and convenient way to be with your little one.

Organic Carrier

I was recently selected {as a new mom-to-be} to take part in a special blogger project with the wonderful folks at Catbird Baby to review their carriers as a way to embrace all things baby wearing. Their company name comes from the expression “sitting in the catbird seat,” which means to be in an advantageous position (from the short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, by James Thurber). What a perfect description for a baby who gets to see the world while snuggled in close to Mom or Dad!

Pikkolo Carrier

Since becoming pregnant, I have been counting down the moments until I could carry my own little one. I have done a little research to better prepare myself for wearing my baby and here are a few of the benefits of babywearing that stick out most in my mind. I look forward to putting them to the test with my little guy a few months from now; check them out and let me know what you think:

The Benefits of BabyWearing

  1. Carried Babies Cry Less! Researchers have found that babywearing for three hours a day reduced infant crying by 43% overall and 54% during evening hours. {source}
  2. Carried Babies Learn More! Carried babies spend more time in the state of quiet alertness. This is the behavioral state in which an infant is most content and best able to interact with his environment. It has been called the optimal state of learning for a baby. Researchers have also reported that carried babies show enhanced visual and auditory alertness. {source}
  3. Baby Wearing is Healthier for You! By doing this you will enjoy the dual benefits of walking and “weightlifting. ” Wearing your baby burns up to around 300 extra calories a day! A brisk ten-minute walk will shed about 100 calories. Baby provides as much (or more!) “resistance” as a pair of hand weights. A long walk in the carrier is also an excellent way to help a tired but over-stimulated child fall asleep. {source}
  4. Baby Wearing is Convenient! Three words : Two Free Hands!

Baby wearing also:

  • Increases cardiac output, improves circulation, promotes respiration and aids in digestion.
  • Provides the exact level and kind of stimulation an infant requires, energizing their nervous system and creating a quiet, calm alertness in the infant.
  • Decreases the levels of stress hormones circulating in a baby’s blood stream, resulting in a more relaxed, happy baby.
  • Develops the muscles needed for the infant to sit, stand, and walk.
  • Enhances motor skills by stimulating the baby’s vestibular system (balance organs) by exposing the baby to a variety of sights, sounds, and motion.


Thanks to the lovely folks at CatBird Baby, I can’t wait to try out their Pikkolo and Mei Tai carriers myself with our little man! Stay tuned for my reviews & feel free to share your thoughts/experiences on baby wearing with me – I’d love to hear it!



Do you believe in baby wearing?

What are your favorite tips / tricks for doing it right?

What are the best benefits you have experienced from Baby wearing?

Please share!

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We want to win a Nimlok display wall. Who wouldn’t?

January 16, 2014

Well, maybe you, because you don’t need a 10 ft. lightweight fabric wall and where would you store it? BUT that’s the beauty of it, it’s COMPACT, so storage isn’t an issue and you never know, someday you just may need a 10 ft. lightweight fabric wall.

If you are an entrepreneur, though, you are probably salivating (like we are) at the prospect of winning a Nimlok 10ft Compact Image tension fabric display because you know how much trade show/marketing event displays cost. (“That’ll be one arm and your leg, sir.”) It’s tempting to cheap out and not get a quality brand like Nimlok, because of the cost and on the internet nobody can hear you scream about the fact that this wall you have looked SO MUCH LIKE the more expensive one but now that you’re setting it up and the cheap one keeps falling over YOU SO GET IT.

We have a lot of consumer marketing events in addition to our annual trade show coming up this year. We have some gorgeous photographs of our baby carriers in action that we want to showcase and it seems a shame to put such beautiful moms, dads, and babies on cheap, flimsy display walls. So we are crossing our fingers and hoping we can put them on a made-in-the-USA, lifetime-warranted, wonderfully-lightweight Nimlok wall.


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