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Mama Mermaid's 2015 Fall Favorites October 20, 2015 10:20

babywearing fall favorites

Fall's here and it's time to break out the scarves and that favorite cozy sweater. But even if the letters "PSL" don't make you giddy (I'm a toasted graham lover myself!) there are still a few things to look forward to this season. Here's this mama's list of fall favorites! 


1.) Babywearing. I will be trading in the pastel linen and silks slings for darker hues like this Atlantic sling for the cooler weather. Another favorite? Mama Mermaid's two-tone Barcelona sling: that merlot and champagne gold combination are super dreamy! 

2.) Nice long walks with the dogs.
When the summer averages are well above 90 we don't get to enjoy very many afternoon walks with our pooches. I look forward to the crisp air and sea breezes on our walks! (Ombre leash from Haus of Hound) 

3.) New nail polish.
I am such a sucker for nail polish and the collection for fall from Essie have me swooning. Comfy in cashmere and wrap me up are my top choices!  

4.) Fall bouquets.
Having fresh flowers in the home is good for the spirit not to mention it brightens up any space. I love having a handful of sunflowers on my kitchen table for this exact reason! As corny as it sounds, it adds a little bit of warmth on the cooler (shorter) days. 

5.) Signature wool hat. 
What would would a good fall favorites list be without one's favorite hat for those windy afternoons? My favorite is American Apparel's wool floppy hat in biscotti


The Fourth Trimester: Babywearing and The Importance of Self Care October 11, 2015 22:24

Babywearing with your newborn is incredibly beneficial for both mother and child.
Most parents and parents-to-be are familiar with the first, second and third trimester but what about the fourth trimester? The newborn stage, those first few months in which your tiny baby acclimates themselves to this big new world, are sometimes full of challenges. After nine months in the womb, the outside world can feel like such a strange and scary place in comparison. Bright lights, temperature shifts, new sounds and smells are just a few of the new things in your little one’s environment.  The fourth trimester isn’t just about the baby, but the mother as well. It means adjusting to a somewhat different body than the one you had before pre-pregnancy; it also means making time for yourself to heal but we will get to that in a bit! 


So what does life in the fourth trimester look life for a baby fresh to this world? Keep them close as we say in the babywearing world! New parents often comment that their baby “constantly wants to be held”. And with good reason: a parent’s arms are very comforting! Putting the little one in a sling while you go about your routines or run errands can do wonders. Little ones love it because they can smell your skin, hear your heart beat and be soothed by your body’s movement. Some other benefits of babywearing in those early months include limiting overwhelming stimuli because they are snugly secured to you. 

The fourth trimester is a time for both the mother and child to rest and bond.

Throw out the idea of nursing and sleeping schedules and let your day-to-day’s rhythm build the routine. By doing this you remove the stress of trying to fit into someone else’s generic schedule and adapt to the needs of both you and your child. And another benefit of babywearing is the added ease of having the little one close for nursing in the sling.

And on the topic of needs in the fourth trimester, let’s not forget the mother! In the excitement of a new baby people often forget to ask the mother how she is doing and perhaps she herself forgets to regard her own wellbeing.

 But it’s important that self-care becomes a priority for postpartum mothers especially. 

Those early months are important for her healing (because while birth is both powerful and beautiful, it also requires a great deal of one’s bodily resources). Resting, eating healthy nourishing meals and drinking lots of water are so very crucial! This is not the time to overextend one’s self with endless guests and errands.  And a word on your body itself: in today’s modern culture there is an overwhelming pressure for women to “bounce back” after pregnancy as if it were necessary to fit into your pre-pregnancy jeans four weeks postpartum. I’m here to tell you that those standards are ridiculous and unfair to you, the new mother. Let’s set a new standard, a better standard. You have grown a child for nine months, undertook the challenges of labor and are now in a time of healing. The only postpartum standard that should matter for is not the pant size she fits in after having a baby but is she happy and healing well? Is she feeling supported?

The fourth trimester is a beautiful and complicated time for the parents and new child to bond and adjust to their family's changing dynamics. 

- Nicole


WHICH SLING IS RIGHT FOR ME? January 22, 2015 17:25

 

The big question I often get asked by those interested in Mama Mermaid slings is which one is right for them. The answer, of course, is based on what one wants out their sling. The linen, dupioni and raw tussah line each offer something unique but I will attempt to break down some of the differences.

Mama Mermaid’s basic linen collection consists of single layer slings made from light-weight 100% linen. Perfect for a person’s first sling, they are breathable and easy to use. Linen breaks in or rather, becomes incredibly soft, with very little effort. While all Mama Mermaid slings can be used from newborn to toddlerhood, some people prefer the comfort of a double layer linen or silk sling once their child gets a bit heavier. It’s all preference though!  Anyone who follows my Instagram knows that I am a big fan of my seafoam linen sling. It is just perfect for those hot summer days and is almost instantly soft after only a few uses. 

 

(the Dahlia sling pictured here is one of Mama Mermaid's top sellers)

Made from a double layer of lush handwoven dupioni silk, these slings are known for their “wow” factor. The shimmer and striking color of these slings make them a favorite among collectors but they are also extremely durable and sturdy—so perfect for heavier children. They can be washed (but make sure to follow the instructions!) and that will make the sling lose some of that shine resulting in a nice subtle matte color. Some people prefer the shine though in which case spot cleaning occasionally is best. The basic silk slings take a little bit more effort to break in compared to their linen counterparts but once they do, it is so worth it: They become buttery soft and oh so lovely!

 

The striking raw tussah slings are amazingly beautiful, hands down. Made from wild raw tussah, the fabric is thick and durable. The biggest feature of this sling is that the colors are unlike any other. Woven with not just one shade but several variations it creates this really dynamic look. Unlike the dupioni, this type of sling is naturally matte and boasts lots of texture almost resembling corduroy. The natural slubs and nubs of the material are very pronounced which lend itself nicely to the various colors.

(a close-up of the amazonite deluxe silk sling)  

It is the most supportive of all the slings but also the most challenging ones to soften up due to it’s thick nature. But I promise you a well-broken raw tussah sling is so worth the effort because they make carrying even the heaviest of toddlers absolutely light as a feather.


New Year, New Site January 01, 2015 12:37

"I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you'll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you'll make something that didn't exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.” - NEIL GAIMAN

 What an extraordinary year it has been for us here at Mama Mermaid, both as a business and a family. I feel infinitely blessed to look back at the past twelve months and count so many fond memories. Thank you to those who have supported this dream of mine and share my passion for the beautiful art of babywearing. As this company continues to grow, I am so grateful for the loyal customers and friends that make this all possible. My only wish is to give back in some way this coming year to reflect the immense gratitude I have for all of you. ♥ Nicci