Archive | Accessories RSS feed for this section

Baby, it’s cold out there! (well, chilly…)

17 Sep

Kowallisue

It’s that time of year again to start thinking about cold-weather babywearing! What are some of your tips? I’ve zipped my kiddos up on my front in a big coat, used a car seat poncho, tried (and failed) at a DIY fleece babywearing coat, and loved my Catbird Baby fleece and Kowalli (as pictured above).

Here’s my blog from last season for more info on these great accessories, in-stock now!  http://blog.quirkybaby.com/2012/10/15/time-for-cold-weather-babywearing-and-a-giveaway/

Meet the New QuirkyMama! (and a few other “new” things at QuirkyBaby)

19 Sep

Wrapsody Orca Sea World
Hi! I’m Rachel, the new owner of QuirkyBaby. I’m so excited to take on this new venture, after teaching elementary school for close to 10 years, most of that time as a kindergarten teacher. So, here’s a little background on me and my journey to QuirkyBaby…

After graduating from Connecticut College with a degree in Human Development and having completed the teacher certificate program there, I dove right into the world of early childhood education. As a teacher, my goal was always to interweave pedagogy and best practice with my knowledge of childhood development. In today’s world, unfortunately, developmental appropriateness and elementary school curricula do not always go together, hand in hand, but that’s a story for another day…

In May 2009, I was finally blessed with the birth of my daughter, Jane (after a bunch of miscarriages and a lot of trying!). Words cannot describe how overjoyed my husband and I were at her birth and have been every day since then. I’m sure many of you can relate! I hadn’t read any books about parenting, wasn’t even familiar with the term “attachment parenting,” or anything of the like. We just followed our instincts with our new baby, and didn’t worry about following any set of rules laid out by any “experts” who didn’t even know us or our baby. Later, we discovered that many things we were doing with our baby did fall in line with what is called attachment parenting, but we always found it a bit funny that following instinct and meeting the biological and developmental needs of our baby actually had a name. It just seemed normal to us! And, one of those things that felt normal was to hold her…a lot!

It felt right to hold and cuddle our baby. On top of that instinct, Jane also had some reflux, so our doctor advised holding her upright after she ate…which was all the time. I wanted to hold her as much as possible, needed to hold her after feedings, so off I went to find one of those Moby wrap things I had seen in magazines, or one of those “my ties” my friend had (yes, I did mispronounce mei tai in those days –and just in case you’re wondering, it’s pronounced may-tie)…

I discovered a tiny ad for QuirkyBaby in Mothering Magazine one day, sipping on tea at Borders, saw that it was local, and e-mailed the owner – Jane. Funny coincidence!

I went to my consultation expecting to walk away with one of those Moby wraps or mei tai, but, ended up falling in love with a CatBird Baby Pikkolo. It’s still one of my favorite carriers to recommend – as poppable as stretchy wrap and as easy to use as a mei tai!

Pikkolo at the Beach

About a month later, I decided I “needed” another carrier, something I could eventually use on my hip – enter the Maya Wrap ring sling.

Maya Wrap Cowgirl

And, of course, when Jane was around a year old, QuirkyBaby Jane demonstrated the NEW Boba 2G (now, of course, updated again as the Boba 3G) at the Central NJ Babywearing Group meeting, and I had to have one of those, too!

Boba Crossing the Tracks

Thus began my love of babywearing, and trying out anything I could get my hands on. I was interested in learning all about different types and brands of carriers and new ways to carry. Immersed in TheBabywearer, I read every how-to, tweaking/tips, tutorial thread, and watched tons of videos. I was very lucky to have a willing guinea pig (my Jane is pretty easy-going, making all of those hours bending over in front of a mirror a tad bit easier). As QuirkyBabyJane went back to work full-time and needed to give up leadership of the babywearing group, two other babywearing mamas and myself took over leadership, and then babywearing education became a part of my life.

After 2 years of leave from teaching, I returned to the kindergarten classroom for a year. But, I soon realized that I wanted to slow down life a bit, and have more time to spend with my family and spread the babywearing love. So, I chose to retire early and take on a this new venture, which still allows me to use my passion for and expertise in infant and early childhood development, but in a whole new way!

Babywearing Family in Disney

So, as the new owner of QuirkyBaby, I hope to continue Jane’s (QuirkyBaby Jane, for clarification) mission to help new parents find carriers that are comfortable and functional. I also want to thank Jane for her mentorship and friendship. She has helped me develop as a mother, as a babywearer, and as the new “mama” of her QuirkyBaby. My husband would say she’s my Obi-Wan!

I’m the new girl on the block, but there are some other things “new” at QuirkyBaby! As the weather cools, check out the Kowalli Baby Carrier Cover. There are also some new BabyHawks and ToddlerHawks in stock. One of the brand new, limited edition Beco Gemini patterns is already up for pre-order at QuirkyBaby, and keep your eye out for even more new patterns coming soon! Finally, QuirkyBaby has brought back local consultations, so if you’re in the Central NJ/Philadelphia Metro Area, check out the QuirkyBaby Local Offers page.

Baby Carrier Sales and News at QuirkyBaby, June 2011

1 Jun

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

  • Memorial Day Sale continues for a few more days! Take 10% off and enjoy free US shipping on most baby slings and baby carriers at Quirkybaby. Baby sling and baby carrier brands on sale: Babyhawk, Kozy, Boba, Scootababy, Pikkolo, Maya Wrap, Moby Wrap, Hotslings AP, and Wrapsody. Baby accessories on sale including BabyLegs and Sunday Afternoons Kids Play Hats. Sale doesn’t apply to sale items, Ergo, Beco, and Sakura Bloom products, but you can still qualify for free BabyLegs on orders over $100!
  • Need to protect those tender little arms and legs from the sun? Check out the new designs in BabyLegs Cool, with a UPF protection factor of 50+! Other great sun protection items: Moby Wrap UV baby wraps, and the best kids’ sun hats ever from SunDay Afternoons that are cool, comfortable, and actually stay on!
  • Need a cool, lightweight, and portable baby sling or baby wrap carrier for hot summer days? A woven cotton ring sling from Maya Wrap or a single layer linen ring sling from Sakura Bloom will keep you and baby cool and ventilated.  Need two-shoulder support? The Wrapsody Bali Stretch is a great option for those who want a traditional all-in-one carrier for newborns through toddlers, while the Ergo Performance gets rave reviews for its high-tech breathability and support.
  • New Beco Gemini patterns coming soon! Lucas on Espresso and Aiden on Espresso will expand the boy-friendly/gender-neutral range of this extremely popular buckle carrier that enables forward facing out, forward facing in, hip, and back carries.
  • In other Beco Baby Carrier news: Beco Gemini and Beco Butterfly in the sunny, cheerful Luna organic print have been discontinued. Limited Edition Beco Butterfly in Ever and Duke are in stock only while supplies last! And there are still a few Beco Butterfly carriers on sale for $20 off with free US shipping in Aiden, Lucas, and Natalie prints.

Follow QuirkyBaby on Facebook for Great Giveaways (like BabyLegs!)

28 Jun

Who doesn’t love BabyLegs, especially when they’re free? QuirkyBaby’s Facebook page is the place to find out about what’s new, what’s hot, and what’s on sale at QuirkyBaby.  I like to keep things interesting by randomly giving away free pairs of BabyLegs…so all it takes is a click and you’re entered to win!

(Oh, and p.s. — even if you don’t win a prize package this time,  BabyLegs are always a great deal at QuirkyBaby — many BabyLegs are on sale and ALL BabyLegs get free shipping in the US!)

January Sale — Enjoy Fantastic Savings on New or Like-New Carriers and More

4 Jan

It’s a new year, a new decade, and time to m ake room for some new products at QuirkyBaby — so it’s time for a massive clearance sale! Most of the carriers are brand-new, first-quality — all of the returned items have only been tried on and are in like-new condition. Here’s your chance to get an Ergo Baby Carrier, Maya Wrap, BabyHawk, Hotsling, Go GaGa bag, or Tummy2Tummy DVD at bargain prices!

Shop the QuirkyBaby outlet now.

Last December Deal & Last Chance for Holiday Shopping!

19 Dec

All orders placed by 8 am Eastern Monday, December 21, will arrive by December 24th via First Class or Priority Mail. So don’t delay — get your shopping done now!

Last December Deal: all Go GaGa Sling Tote and Messenger Bags are on sale for 20% off. This is a fantastic diaper or gear bag that works well with baby carriers and doesn’t slip off your shoulder. It’s got a lot of great organizing features, and is gender-neutral enough for any dad!

Plus — all AngelPack LX buckle carriers are 10% off! My shipment didn’t arrive in time for a previous December Deal, but now’s your chance to get a beautiful and functional buckle carrier on sale.

And don’t forget all the other holiday freebies: free shipping on orders of $50+, free $25 Restaurant.com gift certificates on orders of $100+, free BabyLegs (up to three pairs!) on orders of $75+, and free gift wrap on any order!

December Deal #3: Start ‘Em Young — Sale on all Doll Carriers by Beco, Ergo, Hotslings

6 Dec

On December 6 &7, take 15% off the price of any toy/doll carrier by Beco, Ergo, or Hotslings.

December Deal #2 — Warm & Cozy

4 Dec

It’s time for the next December Deal! On December 4 and 5, take 25% off winter baby carrier covers by Ergo Baby Carrier and CatBird Baby.

New Pikkolo in Leaf and CatBird Baby Fleece Covers for Winter Babywearing

3 Nov

CatBird Baby’s limited edition Pikkolo in Michael Millers’ Leaf print fabric is now available at QuirkyBaby. This is a wonderful, vibrant print in rich blues and white — but only available in very limited quantities. When it’s gone, it’s gone! I’ve also got a sneak peek at another limited edition Pikkolo, Georgia, up on my site.

I’ve got lots of CatBird Baby all-fleece and microfiber-fleece winter carrier covers in stock and ready to ship. The cover is easy to use — it simply snaps around the shoulder straps of any two-shoulder carrier, including mei tais and buckle carriers, and baby’s legs get tucked into the pocket. It keeps baby’s body and legs toasty warm and dry, although you’ll want to put a sweater or coat and a hat on baby depending on the weather. Available in all-fleece in charcoal/grey and in microfiber/fleece in brown/pool blue (with black/pool blue coming soon).

QuirkyBaby on Facebook

21 Jul

Now you can follow QuirkyBaby on Facebook! The first 100 Facebook users to become a fan on my new page will be entered into a drawing for three free pairs of organic BabyLegs.