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Everyone in my family loves our catbird baby carriers. Even the dog.

June 27, 2014

by Leslie Brinkley of And Her Little Dog, Too

In my last CatBird Baby post, I shared with you the Benefits of Babywearing, but now that I have had the chance to really test out the carriers myself I wanted to share with you my true review of the CatBird Baby baby carriers. In the past three months {soon to be four!} with my brand new baby boy, the most used item by far has been my baby carriers.

I use my pikkolo & mei tai carriers every. single. day.

Metropolitan pikkolo

Metropolitan pikkolo

Anytime we take Jackson out on a walk {which happens 3-4 times a day} or run an errand around town {we walk a lot since we live in the city}, its so much easier to scoop Brooks up into a baby carrier than anything else. I love having him close to me and I love watching him look around at the world right in front of me.

Epcot at Disney World!

Epcot at Disney World!

And Brooks LOVES babywearing just as much {if not more} than I do.

I think that has something to do with the fact that I started babywearing as soon as we got home from the hospital, when he was still teeny tiny. He got used to it right away and enjoys the comfort and closeness of it. At first I was a little intimidated with putting the carrier on myself, I even tried to practice with Jackson before Brooks was born, but it’s so easy to do {even easier with an actual baby as opposed to a dog!} it literally takes 30 seconds to get on.

mei tai #selfie time

mei tai #selfie time

It’s funny now because as soon as I start strapping Brooks up in the carrier, Jackson knows its time for a walk and he gets really excited.

I alternate between the mei tai-style {the green one} and the buckle style of the pikkolo carriers {the black one}  just to change things up a bit. During our recent  long weekend trip to Disney, bringing the carriers made life so much easier for my husband and I when walking around the parks {Yes, we were crazy enough to bring a 3 month old to Disney, but it turned out really well!}. And the organic, lightweight fabric of the mei tai carrier kept Brooks from overheating, while still allowing him to be worn.

Adorable baby cheek alert

Adorable baby cheek alert

During my pregnancy I went back and forth between which carrier would be perfect for me and I have been so happy with the CatBird Baby carriers, I recommend them to my mom friends all the time. I can’t wait to change up some of the positions Brooks can sit in as he gets older!

I’m so grateful that I was selected as a new mom to take part in the CatBird baby blogger review project. It has been a wonderful way for me to experience and embrace babywearing

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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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