Promoting The Life and Style of Babywearing by Next9

I can’t believe I haven’t written about the video we shot after we did the instructional one!!

When we were planning the instructional video, Alia suggested to do an extra clip about the origins of Next9, plus the whats and whys about babywearing in the Philippines and what made us go into this.

Thank you Alia, for suggesting this video.  I’m so happy we made it.

Thank you again to Jenny Ong of Chronicles of a Nursing Mom, Eliza Ypon of PaintersWife.com, and Denise Bernardo of Indigo Baby!

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The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2013

Exciting times ahead!!!  We are getting together with fellow CD advocates Tickled Moms Clarice and Abie, and blogger Jenny Ong of Chronicles of a Nursing Mom to bring you The Great Diaper Change 2013.

We join the rest of the world to share the benefits of cloth diapering!

If you have a baby and you already CD, or you’d like to get into CD-ing, please join us!  Check out the form below!

Snail Mail, anyone?

We at Next9 have been a lot about “bringing back the basics”.  And what is more basic than snail mail?  These designs were conceptualized by me and beautifully executed by Ms Sheila de Jesus.  
In the next few months, we will be giving these out to our buyers, and to our old clients.  Will yours come in the mail tomorrow?  😉
First batch that went out today!!

Hip and Back Carry

Everyone knows I’m an avid babywearer and even if we do Next9 Baby Slings, I have so many types.  I had a nearly a dozen ring slings, a mei tai, a soft structured carrier (Ergo!), a pouch, a wrap!
I remember doing the back carry in a ring sling with K when he was little, but I can’t find it!  Here are some of our pictures doing the back carry in a Mei Tai.  

And yes, I admit I miss these days. 😀
Here is our video to help you wear your baby on your back! 🙂 

Front Carry and Side Carry with your Next9 Baby Sling

My favorite carry is the front carry.  I like it because it was easy for me to just lower the sling and let my baby nurse.  I had special slings made for some occasions.  This is one that I had specially made for the 50th birthday party of S’ uncle.  

Looking at it, I realize I should have worn K higher, his butt level to my waist.  And also the rings should be higher (perhaps the shiny fabric rode down my body because it was slippery.  Note to self:  choose better fabric!).

I miss babywearing and I wish I had more pictures to go back to!  But I digress.

One of the first positions you’ll learn with a ring sling is the tummy-to-tummy or the front carry.  This is done with babies from new born till they’re bigger.  You can also put them in the side carry (both legs to one side, using the sling like a hammock) to nurse them.  Claude’s picture HERE shows the side carry.

Check out our video to show you how! 😉

Threading and Fixing the tail of your Next9 Baby Sling

I realize that the best tip I have for anyone who wants to use a sling would be this:  master the THREADING of the sling from the get go.  The fabric has to be spread well on the rings to allow the user to adjust only a certain part by tugging the fabric on that side of the sling.

Here are the two videos to help you go through it step-by-step:

This shows where to tug if you want to adjust the outer rail/top rail or the inner rail/bottom rail.  It also shows how to use the sling as a nursing cover.

Parts of your Next9 Baby Sling

Sometime last July, we finally updated the Next9 Instructional Video.  It’s taken us more than 5 years to do so, so we had time to gather inputs from everyone!  🙂

And one input we had was to break down the video into segments so people can just choose what part they need to watch!  So this is exactly what we did.

But first, here is a still picture of Mommy Claude who wore the sling in the correct way!  So I’m using this picture to illustrate the parts of a Next9 Baby Sling:

And here is the video:

Babywearing 5

The final Babywearing Event for the year was held last October 20th at Renaissance 3000.  I missed the fourth Babywearing Event held last March, and I think that this one more than made up for it!!

Look at the picture above and see how many people went!!!

And here there are, listening intently to the talk that Jenny Ong and I were giving.

Thanks to Jenny Ong of http://www.chroniclesofanursingmom.com for the pictures!!!

We figured that we should keep the talking short and the socialization long, so Jenny and I focused on the benefits and how to babywear safely.

Most of the locally available carriers were represented (YAY!):

The great thing was that amongst all those present, all types of carriers were available!! 🙂

We ended with an activity with the kids by Gymboree hosted by Eliza Ypon.

We would like to not only thank all those who came, and all those who participated, but also those who sponsored by giving raffle prizes!

And here are all the happy winners!!!  Jenny Ong and Buding Dee (SaYa and eden and Blissful Babes) are seen here with the winners!
Thanks to Jenny Ong of http://www.chroniclesofanursingmom.com for the pictures!!!

I was so happy to have taught moms and dads how to wear their babies!  To tell you honestly, that is the part I really enjoy — when I am able to get a glimpse into another babywearer’s life story, and share each other’s BW stories.

This is the last big event for the year, but I will be at the Mommy Mundo Bazaar on the 25th of November (Sunday) from 10am to 12noon, to help out parents who need assistance in wearing their babies!  Will be hanging out with my friends Jenny of MamaBabyLove and Jonie of Mamaway.

So, shall I see you?  😉  Lemme know! 🙂

Behind the Scenes

I’m really a bad documenter.  I brought my camera the day we took the video but I totally forgot to use it.  Here are some (super some) photos from the video shoot.
http://www.chroniclesofanursingmom.com Jenny Ong and baby E!  

he used to be so chunky then!

nursing in a sling!

closeup!

this is Cai (applesanddumplings.blogspot.com) and newborn baby R! 

handsfree!!  He was 2 or 3 weeks at this time!
The following photos are from another video we shot.  I’m so excited to share it!!!  Still in the final stages of editing!
Jenny & E

Jenny & E also

Eliza Ypon of http://www.painterswife.com

Next9 Instructional Video

Our initial video was made in 2006!  And it called for an update.  We finally have a new one!  Thanks to all my friends who helped out!!


Next9 instructional video from Next9 on Vimeo.
This is the new Next9 Instructional Video.

Parts of the Next9 Baby Sling
Threading the Sling
Fixing the Tail
Front Carry and Side Carry
Hip Carry and Back Carry
Breastfeeding in the Sling
Tips and Tricks

Thank you to the following people who made this video happen:

the mamas and their babies — Jenny Ong (www.chroniclesofanursingmom.com) and E, Eliza Santiago-Ypon (www.painterswife.com) and B, Momoko Miyata and S, Cai Sio (applesanddumplings.blogspot.com/) and R (and their hubbies and yayas)

the director/editor — Alia Vargas (www.aliavargas.com)

my indispensable asst forever — Melanie Palce

my driver

special mention goes to Denise Sehwani Gonzales-Bernardo (www.indigobabyshop.com)! Thanks for the picture!