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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

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“She deserves the best of me, and she is the most beautiful, wonderful thing I’ve ever seen.”

March 31, 2015

We launched our first brand ambassador program earlier this year. We’re so lucky to have people who love our products and love babywearing. They are an amazing group and we can’t wait to introduce all of them to you over the next several days.

First up is ‪Chelsea Bieker‪. She lives with her husband and daughter Harper in one of our favorite cities Portland, OR (we shot this awesome video there last year). It’s been great getting to know Chelsea. She has an amazing spirit and sense of style.‬


‪Wolves and Siberian huskies hold a special place in Chelsea’s heart. First, the wolf is her spirit animal, and more importantly, it signifies the strong connection she has with her mother. “My mother owned a wolf dog and when I went through her storage unit I found a number of beautiful sketches she had drawn of him. It meant a lot to me and the image of the wolf reminds me of her.” ‬


‪Chelsea loves being a mom, “I never knew I could feel this way toward another person. I look at my daughter and nothing else matters. She deserves the best of me,
and she is the most beautiful, wonderful thing I’ve ever seen.”

You can get to know Chelsea on Instagram and follow our brand ambassadors on their adventures by following catbirdbaby on Instagram as well!


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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.

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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?

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