Tula Baby Carrier is new to Heavenly Hold this Spring. So far it's been a huge hit with our customers! Tulas come in two sizes: Standard and Toddler. The Standard fits babies up to 45 lbs. but if you're looking for a wider base, taller back and a little bit more support, you can choose a Toddler Tula. You can begin to use a Toddler Tula with babies 18 months and up.
Tulas are made in Poland and in Mexico and are designed to allow a baby to be worn ergonomically by supporting baby's hips and legs in the "M" position. They're also ergonomic for the babywearer because the waist strap is divided into three sections to contour the waist and transfer baby's weight off of your shoulders and onto your hips and quads.
Tula Baby Carriers come is LOTS of fun, trendy fabrics. Probably the most popular are the chevron patterns called "Zig Zag" by Tula.
Look for some wrap conversion Tula's to be coming to Heavenly Hold in the near future as well!
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
|Beco Gemini Stella (black straps)|
|Beco Gemini Micah (espresso straps)|
There aren't any changes made to the Gemini (doesn't need any in my humble opinion...it's a fantastic carrier) with this release, but I'm loving the new prints! I think my favorite might be Stella....or Micah...I can't choose!
Stella and Luca have black straps, while Micah and River have espresso straps. Enzo is a gray carrier with embroidery on it for a gender neutral look with just a "touch of sparkle" to it! :)
As always, you'll get fast and free shipping with your Beco Gemini order at Heavenly Hold.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The following post was written by my sweet friend, Shannon and I'm hoping that her story will help other mommies and daddies :)
As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and experienced attachment parent, when I was pregnant with my third son, I knew that I wanted to invest in a baby carrier that would be both comfortable and functional for breastfeeding. I was so excited to find Amber, owner of Heavenly Hold. I was able to meet with her to try on different carriers. Amber was so helpful and patient as I tried several soft structured carriers to find one that would best fit my needs. I decided to go with an Ergo Baby carrier, and I could not wait to use it! At this time, little did I know just how much I would rely on this carrier.
When my baby, Cohen, was three weeks old, he began to show signs of Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). GERD occurs when an infant's esophageal valves do not function properly, causing milk and stomach acid to come back into the esophagus. Unlike normal infant spit-up, GERD can be very painful, lead to feeding difficulty, weight gain problems, and even esophageal damage if severe GERD goes untreated. To make matters worse, Cohen was suffering from Silent Reflux, which occurs when the infant swallows the refluxed material, rather than regurgitating it. Silent Reflux can be difficult to diagnose, since you never actually see the infant regurgitate. Not only does the infant experience pain when the refluxed material comes up, but also when it is swallowed back down. Being an experienced Lactation Consultant, I knew the tell-tale signs: fussiness at the breast, arching of his back halfway through a feeding, and then feeding refusal. As Cohen's Silent Reflux began to worsen, we could actually hear him choke on the refluxed milk at each feeding. After feeding, Cohen's breathing would become raspy, and the refluxed material caused mucus in his nasal passages. To make matters worse, Cohen began to refuse feeding altogether.
After several visits with the pediatrician and a pediatric gastroenterologist, Cohen was diagnosed with GERD. We tried several medications and various dosages, before we found the right treatment to give Cohen some relief. However, the treatment did not always provide complete relief. Many families with an infant with GERD find that they have to go to great measures to figure out which coping techniques work best for them and their baby. In addition to Silent Reflux, Cohen was also diagnosed with dairy and soy protein intolerance, leading me to need to go on a special diet. Breast milk is important for all babies, and is especially important for infants with issues like Cohen's. Breast milk is much easier for infants to digest than infant formula and is gentle on a sensitive tummy. Likewise, when an infant has GERD, breast milk is less likely to cause damage to the esophagus when refluxed. Even though nursing Cohen became very difficult, it became even more important for our breastfeeding experience to continue for a minimum of one year.
The evenings were the most difficult time, as Cohen's GERD seemed to worsen throughout the day. Our Ergo Baby carrier became a key component to our success. There were many times throughout the day when the only way to calm Cohen's crying was the carry him in the Ergo Baby. By evening, holding Cohen in our Ergo Baby became our new routine. The most difficult aspect of Cohen's GERD was getting him to eat; I quickly learned that nursing him in the carrier was our most successful way to nourish him. In fact, there were many times that the only way to get Cohen to eat was to put him in the carrier and walk around while he nursed. When dealing with feeding refusal caused by the discomfort of GERD, it can be helpful to distract the infant from the discomfort while feeding. Nursing Cohen outside in the Ergo Baby carrier provided a new sensory experience during feedings that distracted him from the pain and discomfort. Many mothers of babies with GERD will tell you that holding the infant in an upright position seems to provide some relief as well. The Ergo Baby carrier enabled Cohen to be held upright to soothe him, while also receiving the constant close contact from his mommy, which babies also need. It can be difficult to nurse a younger baby in an upright position before the baby can sit unsupported, but the carrier is the perfect tool for providing the support that baby needs while being fed upright. I benefited too, because the carrier allowed me to have freedom of movement to care for my older two sons during Cohen's fussy periods.
For nearly 7 years, I have been an experienced breastfeeding mother and attachment parent, but Cohen helped me to gain an even greater appreciation for babywearing. For us babywearing is not just a part of our lifestyle, but an integral part of our success with battling GERD and maintaining breastfeeding. I had to share with Amber just how thankful I am for her help and for our Ergo Baby Carrier. Likewise, I wanted to share our story in hopes that other moms may find babywearing to be a successful coping technique with their babies with GERD.
Shannon Trocolli, MA IBCLC
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
I'm pleased to announce that Heavenly Hold will now be carrying Dolcino Woven Wraps. Dolcino's are made in Switzerland from 100% organic cotton and are woven lengthwise and crosswise to create diagonal elasticity. They also have diagonal cut ends which make them easier to tie. A Dolcino Baby Carrier will offer you TONS of support because the weight of the baby will be distributed throughout your entire upper body.
Dolcino Woven Wraps come is many beautiful colorways and are among the most affordable of woven wraps. I think my favorite colorway may be the Stromboli...or maybe the Capri!
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Finding the perfect carrier to fit your body is a lot like finding the perfect pair of jeans. The number on the tag doesn’t mean much, and two people of similar build can often need completely different sizes. It can be difficult, and frustrating (to say the least!) to find a carrier that molds perfectly to your body. But once you do, it’s heavenly!
When I started my hunt for the “perfect” carrier for my body type, I was positive an ERGO Baby Carrier wouldn’t fit me. According to the baby wearing community, I’m a petite mama. I’m not very short, by today’s standards (5’5), but I have a thin frame with narrow hips and shoulders. And, of course, we’ve all heard that ERGOs are not made with petite mamas in mind! They’re bulky, the waist doesn’t cinch tight enough, the shoulder straps are too broad… those are all the reasons I had in my head that an ERGO simply would not work for me.
I made an appointment with Amber at Heavenly Hold for a consultation, and tried several different soft-structured carriers. Imagine my surprise when the most comfortable one for me was… the ERGO! It seemed to mold perfectly to my body, and my 25-pound baby felt weightless. It didn’t matter if I tried the carriers on my front or my back, the best one for me was the ERGO. The shoulder straps fit my narrow shoulders wonderfully, and didn’t overpower me at all. The fabric was lightweight, not bulky or heavy like I thought it would be. The waist strap cinched down tight enough for my narrow hips. I have a short torso, but the body of the ERGO was the perfect height. Basically, every doubt in my mind was proven wrong as soon as I tried the ERGO on. The best part is, I can share it with my husband. He’s basically the opposite of me, when it comes to size! At 6’0 and a solid 240-lbs with a broad build, the ERGO fits him just as well, although we do need to loosen the straps quite a bit!
I’ve had that same ERGO for over two years now, and couldn’t imagine my life without it! I bought it when my second son, Oren, was eight months old, and he practically lived in it until our third son was born just over one year later. The ERGO continued to fit my body as I grew and expanded with pregnancy. The waist strap that was capable of cinching tight enough to fit my narrow hips was able to let out and accommodate my giant baby belly! I was able to wear my son in the ERGO right up until the day I delivered our third son, Greyson.
Greyson is now nine months old, and he has spent most of his life nestled up close to mama in the ERGO. Oren is now 30 months old, and still loves his first “real” carrier… in the rare occasion his little brother isn’t in it, he’ll bring it up to me and ask for a “back ride”. I love that my boys love being close to me, and I love that the ERGO has made that possible for so long, and will continue to do so for many years to come. We are now expecting our fourth baby, and I expect this newest bundle will get plenty of cuddle time with this petite mama in the ERGO!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The hybrid you've been waiting for!
Somewhere between the Oh Snap! and the Mei Tai lives the Oh Mei! With a bottom strap that buckles and shoulder straps that tie, your customers will never need another carrier. Hip, front, and back positions give this carrier the ease of the Oh Snap! and the flexibility of the Mei Tai. Get yours today!
Heavenly Hold is taking preorders through September 17th 2012 at 8pm (PST). Expected delivery will be the first week of October 2012.
The Babyhawk Oh Mei! will retail for $129. By preordering, you'll receive a $10 Target Gift Card with your pre order.
1. Pay your $25 non refundable deposit here.
2. Start designing! Visit the Babyhawk website and choose a strap color and fabric color.
3. Email choices to email@example.com along with your name and order number
4. Receive notification from Amber that orders are in and pay your balance due.
5. Wait patiently for Oh Mei! to ship! :)
Friday, August 10, 2012
If you're a babywearer, or familiar with Beco Baby Carriers, you know that they rarely (if ever) go on "sale." Beco has a very strict MSRP requirement that retailers must adhere to.
However, these new Beco Gemini Overall patterns have just been released in limited numbers! They are made from a single piece of fabric and come in the following prints: Sierra (pictured above), Robots, Cars, Foxie, Owls Happy, and Nova.
Beco Gemini Overalls are normally priced at $135, but these are priced at $115 and ship for free from Heavenly Hold!
SO, make sure to snag one before they are gone forever! And, as always, if you have any babywearing questions, feel free to contact me, Amber Stevens! I'm happy to help!