Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Beco Toddler Carrier - For the Joy of Babywearing


Shortly around the age of two, I thought Ruby was done with babywearing.

It was happening less frequently; she wanted more independence in the grocery store or on hikes. I'd be able to get her into my Boba 4G (which we've had since she was a newborn) if she was very sleepy or if it was absolutely necessary for her safety, while I held her big sister's hand.

I quietly packed the Boba away, thinking about all of our adventures that we've had and truly how comforting it had been to her. It was her favorite carrier and the one she almost clung to like a lovey. I tried a few times to borrow a friends' carrier to try out a new brand and she adamantly would not allow me to put her into it. She'd run for her Boba. Twice a month when I'd go to MOPS, she was quickly soothed in the Boba when one of her blessed MOPPETTS care takers would gladly wear her in it for the two hours while I had a break.

It dawned on me that maybe the problem was that she was too big for it. She certainly hadn't outgrown it by the safety standards (she was about 25 lbs and maybe 31 or 32 inches, an average 2 year old girl) but I did start to wonder if the seat just wasn't wide enough for her anymore. So I gave my friends at Beco a call and the Beco Toddler Sloth in Orange came to live with us.

Yes, Miss Ruby was hesitant at first. She was not too keen on this new visitor in our house. But we worked on it for a little while and the joy of babywearing returned!

She quickly snuggled into the wider panel, I could feel her knees were better supported in the uber deep seat, and even my own body felt better aligned with her toddler weight more evenly distributed. Her body relaxed as she remembered how wonderful it was to snuggle up onto mama's back. Even her preschool aged sister asked for a chance for uppies, because it's been a long time since we've been able to do it for her too!


The Beco Toddler has come with us EVERYWHERE since then. We've gone camping, it accompanies us on farm chores occasionally and most importantly - waits in my truck for those days where the grocery shopping trip is a wee bit too close to nap time.

So what is the Beco Toddler, exactly?

It's a soft structured buckle carrier (SSC), meaning you can wear your child on your front (facing you) or on your back (also facing you), on the hip or criss-crossing the straps across your back for front carry (it helps spread the weight even more). It secures the child to you with backpack straps with a buckle at your hips and at your chest. It's one of the most popular, ergonomic and easy ways to wear your child. Beco has two carrier sizes; the Gemini for babies who weigh 7-35 lbs and toddler for big kids over the age of 18 months and range in weight from 20-60 lbs.

The buckle at your hips requires two handed release for safety

There are tons of friendly features on the Beco Toddler that I've appreciated in comparison to the other SSC carriers that I've gotten to try out. It comes with a hood which comes in handy for naps or nursing. It's removable!

The mark of a good SSC to me is lots of adjustibility. You've got a growing kid as well as a great variation of body types for caregivers. Many members of my family have adopted babywearing, so it's great when a carrier can be adjusted from my frame, my either of my sister in laws, my mother in law AND the 6'2 athletically built uncle or grandpa.

Another important creature comfort feature of a SSC is storage pockets. Because honestly, while I am babywearing my carrier is also my wallet. It goes with me everywhere, so why not cut down on extra luggage? The Beco Toddler has a small pouch that is perfect for the few essential cards or cash that you might carry around with you.

And can I mention, again, this funky cute sloth and chameleon print? My kids are quite in love with Zootopia (that sloth scene MADE the movie for grown ups everywhere, I'm serious) and Tangled, so seeing two animals from both of the movies makes me and the girls smile.


So if you ask me, the Beco Toddler is a really awesome toddler carrier. It is durably made, comfortable, adjustable and has extended our babywearing days! And did you know that Beco Toddlers are on sale??

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Beco. I received product in exchange for my honest review. Truly, I love this carrier, and think you will too!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Giveaway: Chimparoo TREK

Babywearing is a life saver! You can hold baby close, keep him comfortable and happy with two arms free! Some of the most sought after baby carriers are Woven Wrap Conversions. Woven Wrap Conversions combine woven wrap fabric with a soft structured carrier (SSC) design. That's why Mama Banana Adventures loves the Chimparoo TREK baby carrier. This SSC uses the Organic Cotton woven fabric from Chimparoo's line of woven wraps to makes affordable SSCs in a beautiful range of colors! Read Mama Banana's Adventures Chimparoo TREK Review and enter to win one below!

Chimparoo baby company was founded by Christine Duhaime, a Mom and Occupational Therapist, in 2007! The company continues to grow and offers a range of carriers that are Made in Canada and from Organic Cotton. Their latest release, TREK Aquaterra, combines the colors from the water and land into a beautiful color gradient. With many adjustments and options, these carriers are both beautiful and functional.
Chimparoo TREK Features include:

  • Fits most babies 7-45 lbs
  • 3 Positions: Front, Hip and Back
  • Generous waist belt sizing
  • 2 Places to Adjust Padded Shoulder Straps for Great Fit
  • Chest or Back clip slides up and down
  • One-Handed release buckle
    • So you can keep the other on baby!
  • Wash carrier before first use
    • Hand wash or use garment bag so straps don't get tangled on an agitator.
  • Designed to be used with Stirrups
  • Stretchy Head Support and Seat for Newborn
  • Elastic Bands to Roll Up Extra Streap Length
  • Curved Top of Body Panel for Head Rest/Support
Now for your chance to win one below! One lucky USA or Canadian resident will win an Aquaterra TREK carrier of their own! Void where prohibited by law, open to residents 18+ . Find out details about how to enter and use the giveaway tools widget below to complete your entries. Winner will have their entries checked and verified, contacted via the e-mail provided and have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!

Disclosure: Chances of winning are based on number of entries received. This giveaway is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. Open to USA/Canada, winners must be 18+, void where prohibited. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prizes, lost or stolen prizes. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Questions about this giveaway? Contact MamaBananasAdventures@gmail.com

Friday, October 7, 2016

Tula Sidekick Giveaway!



Tula Baby Carriers have become wildly popular! Using gorgeous prints and amazing features, it's no wonder!

A group of awesome bloggers have gotten together to give one lucky fan an gorgeous Tula Standard Baby Carrier in Coast Sidekick!
One of our most popular Tula prints, Sidekick, is transformed with a ventilated black mesh panel and hood. Playful comic bubbles and sound effects cover the printed frame of Tula Coast ‘Sidekick’ and has black canvas on the straps and waistband. This fun comic book themed Tula Coast carrier reminds us that every superhero parent can use a sidekick to help save the day!
Tula Coast is designed to bring a cool ocean breeze to your day! This line of Tula Baby Carriers offers a reinterpretation of our original framed panel design using breathable mesh material which creates a ventilated carrier perfectly suited for active lifestyles and warm weather locales.

Baby Carrier Features:

  • High quality mesh center panel in black that allows optimal airflow
  • Black canvas base
  • Removable, regulated hood in black breathable mesh
  • Highest quality Duraflex buckles
  • Large front pocket on the contouring hip belt
  • Dual-adjustment straps, provide the perfect fit
  • Extra padding around leg-opening for baby’s comfort
  • Supportive shoulder padding for your optimal comfort
  • Hand-made from 100% OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified canvas
  • Instruction brochure

Each Baby Tula Carrier:

  • Can be used in both front and back carries
  • Can be used from 15-45 pounds (baby sized carriers) and 25–60 pounds (toddler sized carrier)
  • Provides an ergonomic M-position seat supporting optimal development for baby’s body
  • Easy to care for and machine washable
Have you been wanting one? Here’s your chance! One lucky winner will get the chance to win this beautiful baby carrier

So head below for your chance to win! Giveaway open to US & CA and ends on 11/07 at 11:59m EST. Good luck!
Disclosure: All opinions are 100% mine. This giveaway is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network.All opinions and experiences are Conservamom‘s. Open to US &CA ,must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor will be responsible for product fulfillment to winner(s) of the giveaway. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions or to see your product featured in an Event you can contact Elia At Conservamom
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Friday, September 30, 2016

Just Between Friends of Marysville / Mount Vernon Fall 2016 consignment sale haul!

Remember when I told you that the Just Between Friends of Marysville / Mount Vernon was coming to Skagit County? It's here! I am giving you a sneak-peek of what you can find at the sale, right here on The Pierogie Mama.










I love finding treasures at these consignment sales. Did you read the original American Girl series when you were a child? Kirsten and Molly were two of my favorites and I happened to find an almost complete paperback set of Kirsten and the full set of Molly in hardback. I was sad when I learned that my own collection wasn't saved, so finding these books is the start of regaining it for my own daughters. I have a 9 year old niece that has her own American Girl doll and has started reading the books, so I excitedly got these for her to put under the Christmas tree and they will get passed back to my girls when they are of age. But I'm also going to readily admit that I first thought of myself - I want to re-read them too!


At this sale I bought something that I haven't bought at a JBF sale before; and honestly was never sure if I would buy used. I found a Britax Frontier-85, a combination of a 5 point to booster seat with 4 years left on it until expiration. Buying used car seats is a tricky deal. Recalls, possible accidents and overall care of the car seat are difficult to keep track of when you are buying a used seat through a craigslist meet up or a facebook group. But why was I comfortable buying one from a Just Between Friends sale? Each JBF sale has a recall and car seat specialist on staff and when a car seat is brought in by a consignor it is inspected before it is accepted and put on the sale floor. I also educated myself on what to look for when buying a used car seat. I had the opportunity to actually talk with the consignor who brought it in, because I was volunteering during drop-off (more details at the bottom). Ultimately, buying a used car seat is not for everyone and is a tricky process, but for me all of my requirements lined up so I was comfortable buying it. And it was $65! I saved 75% off retail!

We stocked up on the typical Fall and Winter essentials in 3T and 5T. These long sleeve pajamas were $2-4 per set.

Frozen is still going strong in this house of little girls. My 4 year old spied this one from a mile away - and yes, I obliged.

So all in all - here was my total haul.

Including the car seat, my final price was $156.78. Retail would have been $567! 73% off retail! If I removed the $65 car seat, each of the clothing and book items was $3.65 each.

Just Between Friends of Marysville / Mount Vernon is going on September 30 - October 2, 2016 at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon, WA. If you want to see what other great deals there are, definitely don't miss it!

Friday 9/30:
9am-8pm - $2 at the door, waived by preregistering for a free admission pass.

Saturday 10/1:
9am - 5pm - FREE admission
5:30pm - 7pm - $5 Half/ Price Presale, tickets need to be purchased in advance.
Consignors have the option to reduce their items to 50% off on the tail end of the sale. Look for tags that do not have a star and that item will be 50% off! 



Sunday 10/2: Half price day!
8am - 1pm - FREE admission, all items without a star on the tag will be 50% off. 


What did you find at this JBF sale?


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Just Between Friends of Marysville / Mount Vernon. 
All opinions and photography are my own.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Chicken Recipe Round Up!

Ladies, I love me some chicken. It's the main meat that I cook with! Here's a round up of Pierogie Mama chicken recipes that you can find here on the blog. Thanks to Foster Farms for sponsoring this post - where you can find so many more delicious chicken recipes!






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