Allergens Part 1: MSPI

You know that kid whose mom is always saying, “No, he can’t eat that”? The kid who seems allergic to air, who isn’t allowed to have candy, and who, when everyone snarfs cupcakes, get some hippied-out spelt substitute? Yeah, that’s…

Nope, No One’s Paying Me

Nope, no one pays me. Including Nancy Sunderland and Alisa DeMarco. I review wraps because I like wraps; I write about wraps because I write wraps. Babywearing is about babies and fun and good vibes. If it’s beyond that, there’s…

Harlequin Redux: Platine

I’ve admitted I don’t much like the Harlequin pattern. It’s too jester-y for me, a strange place between too busy and not ornate enough. But I’m in the minority. Poe’s aesthetic is intentionally Middle American: Nancy’s a former Marine, and…

May the Fourth be With You!

I am generally vehemently against TV. I’m especially against TV that comes with obsessive marketing. I feel that too much media exposure – particularly when coupled with branded toys – colors and limits children’s play. It leads to imitation rather…

Hot Weather Wrapping

My kids are running around the yard naked again, which is about as good as marker as any for summertime. Yard nudity means hot weather, and hot weather means hot weather wrapping. Earlier I wrote a post about hot weather…

You’re a Babywearer If …

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I’ve said before that I hate the word “babywearing” (thanks, Dr. Sears). But I hate the word “babywearer” more. The noun form makes me squicky, because when you start labeling people rather than actions – think “attachment parent” versus “co-sleeping”…

Portico Twilight: Not Just a Pretty Face

It doesn’t take art to weave a comfortable thick wrap. A double hammocked bedspread won’t give you pressure points – though you’ll probably exhaust yourself wrestling with it. Put simply, thick wraps forgive sloppy wrapping. And that makes mamas rave…