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April 1, 2016
Mom kisses baby's head while carrying her in the pikkolo buckle carrier.

April 1, 2016

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Nicole Keesecker, Director of Communications


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 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

Ready, set, caffeinate!

Ready, set, caffeinate!

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Mei Tais News/Announcements Product News Uncategorized

A Mei Tai for Mighty Gabriel

October 10, 2015

We have a few new mei tais coming out this fall (we’ll tell you more about those next week), but wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about one in particular and the special place it holds in our heart.

special edition mei tai for Gabriel

A mei tai for Mighty Gabriel

Our newest mei tai pattern is called Mighty Gabriel’s Forest and it’s named for a beautiful little boy whose life was much too short. Before he was born, his parents were gifted a Catbird Baby carrier, by a member of our team, that they would never be able to use. No parent should have to go through what they have. And at Catbird Baby we want to honor baby Gabriel and bring awareness to the disease that took him from us.

Gabriel Anthony Allen was born on June 24, 2015 with a genetic disorder called Spinal Muscular Atrophy, or SMA. The diagnosis came when he was just four weeks old. We had never heard of it before; neither had his parents. SMA is a disease that robs people of physical strength by affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, taking away the ability to walk, eat, or breathe. It is the number one genetic cause of death for infants.

Baby Gabriel

Baby Gabriel was born on June 24th.

Gabriel in Hospital

Gabriel was diagnosed with SMA when he was 4 weeks old and spent 30 days in the hospital.

Gabriel Outside

Once home, Mighty Gabriel was able to spend some time outside in his backyard forest with the help of his special wagon.








Gabriel spent his 64 days of life surrounded by love. While his body was failing, his mind was sharp. He smiled. He loved music and being outside with his parents and three-year-old sister. He was brave and mighty.

Gabriel’s backyard is a forest of trees filled with deer, rabbits and foxes. He never grew up to run and explore this wonderland or learn to skip rocks alongside his sister. But we know that his spirit lives on in the whisper of the wind, the rustling of the leaves, in the playfulness and purposefulness that is nature ; his spirit lives on in Mighty Gabriel’s Forest.

Mei Tai Gabriel Forest Pattern

A nature inspired design with trees, deer, foxes and rabbits that remind us of Gabriel and his time spent outdoors.

A portion of all Mighty Gabriel’s Forest mei tai sales will go to cureSMA, an organization that funds research for the treatment of and cure for SMA.

To learn more about SMA visit

To learn more about Mighty Gabriel and his story visit

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Catbird Seat Blog Project Parenting Review Uncategorized

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


Why do YOU love babywearing?

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