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CATBIRD BABY ANNOUNCES INNOVATIVE NEW CARRIER!

April 1, 2016
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2016

For more information, contact:
Nicole Keesecker, Director of Communications
773.922.6570
nicole@catbirdbaby.com

CATBIRD BABY ANNOUNCES INNOVATIVE NEW CARRIER

After much anticipation, Catbird Baby would like to announce our new and improved carrier! It’s what every new mom has been asking for: a baby carrier that works for infants AND toddlers WITHOUT AN INSERT! Our new design features dual-adjustable buckles, memory foam straps, and a unique “cincher” that allows the carrier to instantly adapt to fit an itty-bitty newborn or wrangle your tired two-year-old. We’ve specifically designed this carrier to make babywearing easy and comfortable for a variety of bodies including moms who had c-sections, those with shorter torsos, and dad who prefer crossable straps. Without a bulky structured waistband, it fits easily in any diaper bag. Beth Leistensnider, Catbird Baby owner and founder says “We think our new carrier is going to be a game-changer in the baby gear space. Up until now, there have been so few good options.”

Catbird Baby pikkolo in Georgia

Catbird Baby pikkolo in Georgia

The new Catbird Baby pikkolo is on sale today! You can find your local baby boutique or visit www.catbirdbaby.com to be the first of your friends to get your hands on this amazing addition to the ever-expanding world of baby carriers.

Some may ask how the pikkolo compares to other carriers on the market today; the pikkolo has a forward-facing option and has undergone almost 9 years of rigorous field testing before release.

All smiles, being worn in the pikkolo baby carrier.

All smiles, being worn in the pikkolo baby carrier.

Catbird Baby is a Chicago-based carrier company and a pioneer in the babywearing industry. Owned and operated by Beth Leistensnider, babywearing expert, designer extraordinaire, and mom of two, Catbird Baby products have been infant insert-free since April 1, 2008. To learn more about Catbird Baby and our story, visit www.catbirdbaby.com.

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How to wear Mei Tais Newborn Pikkolo Safety Tips and Troubleshooting

Avoid These Common Babywearing Safety Mistakes

September 11, 2015
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The benefits of babywearing abound. It promotes physical and emotional development, strengthens the bond between parent and baby, allows baby a bird’s eye view of the world, allows parents to be hands-free and can allow for on-the-go breastfeeding. Here are some common safety errors when first using a carrier.

Too Low, Too Loose
Always aim for the baby to be high and tight or “visible and kissable.” You always want to be able to keep a close eye on your baby and be able to monitor his breathing. Remember to reposition baby after you’ve finished nursing him.

Too low and loose

Too low and loose in a Pikkolo

Too Low

Too Low and Too Loose in a Ring Sling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fit Tip: When putting the carrier on, hold your baby in the proper position on your body (on your chest where you naturally hold him), then bring the carrier to your baby and tighten while supporting his weight. If you support the baby’s weight gently in one hand, it will be much easier to adjust your carrier.

3 mo in Catbird Baby Pikkolo

High and comfortably snug in Pikkolo

High and Snug

High and comfortably snug in Ring Sling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrier That’s Too Big/Unadjusted
When using a carrier that’s too big, getting the proper fit can be tough and safety can become an issue. Infants may not get the lateral and spinal support they need, the carrier may be too tall/cover the head, or their knees may be spread too far apart.

Too big without insert

Baby’s face is buried

Not sized properly

Baby’s feet are splayed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When using traditional SSCs with newborns, follow the manufacturer’s instructions, make the proper adjustments and use recommended inserts as indicated. Remember, visible and kissable!

Proper fit in SSC using infant insert

Fitted properly with recommended insert

Proper fit in SSC that is adjustable for infants.

Adjusted properly per instructions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The unstructured design of mei teis, ring slings, wraps and buckle carriers like the Catbird Baby Pikkolo are great for newborns.

3-month-old baby in mei tai

Catbird Baby Mei Tei

3-mo in Catbird Baby Pikkolo

Catbird Baby Pikkolo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fit Tip: When babies are little, less is more. Look for carriers that provide snug support without excess fabric or padding.

Compromised Airway
Babies can sometimes slump into a chest to chin position when in their baby carriers (or car seats or bouncers). The upright, tummy-to-tummy position is the easiest way to maintain an open airway.

Cradle hold in ring sling

Cradle position can pose a risk

Tummy to tummy in ring sling

Tummy-to-tummy position for safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fit Tip: Make sure that your baby’s chin is off the chest and that there is adequate airflow. Never cover baby’s head with a blanket.

Babywearing is a great parenting tool! With the right carrier (or carriers), you and baby will look and feel comfortable. If you’re having trouble getting the right fit, babywearing groups, volunteer and certified babywearing educators are wonderful resources.

The post Avoid These 3 Common Babywearing Mistakes first appeared September 2, 2015 on The Leaky Boob as part of their #TLBsafeKids campaign.

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