Category Archives: babywearing

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, and Denise Bernardo of Indigo Baby!


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.

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 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 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. Jenny Ong and baby E!  

he used to be so chunky then!

nursing in a sling!


this is Cai ( 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

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 ( and E, Eliza Santiago-Ypon ( and B, Momoko Miyata and S, Cai Sio ( and R (and their hubbies and yayas)

the director/editor — Alia Vargas (

my indispensable asst forever — Melanie Palce

my driver

special mention goes to Denise Sehwani Gonzales-Bernardo (! Thanks for the picture!

Busy Busy Day!

Today, Saturday, the 21st of April 2012 was a busy day.

Our Facebook page has been up for quite some time now, and I had noticed several people posting that they’ve purchased the sling, or received it as a gift, but somehow, haven’t managed to use it. My friend Jenny has long been telling me to fix my video (and yes, that’s part of my list!!).

But since we haven’t, I thought it would be good to have a little Next9 get together for people who might need help with the ring sling! 🙂

So, a few weeks back, I posted on Facebook that I will be at Starbucks in Global City, just hanging around, and anyone who would need help with the sling can just come over! Guess who came by?

Kristell and her baby
Diwata and big baby boy!
Jenny and Yen Yen
BFg mamas Pat and Li Anne
Myla and Anton!
Poppa Paul and baby! (And yes, that’s a Maya Wrap!)
I was so happy to have had the chance to meet all these families (yes, they came with the daddies!) and share with them how to wear their babies!
I honestly wasn’t too sure whether anyone would show up, but there was a good number of people who came by. It was relaxed, I was able to talk to each of them one-on-one, and they were able to wear their babies more confidently!

It was great to have friends there as well! Thanks to Jonie of Mamaway and Jenny of Chronicles of a Nursing Mom and MamaBabyLove who came by to lend their support!!

With Jenny of Chronicles of a Nursing Mom and Baby E!
(check out next post to see what happened in the afternoon!)

The "S.T.I.C.K." Rule for Safe Babywearing

Okay, I have to tell the truth. This used to be called “The T.I.C.K.S. Rule for Safe Babywearing”. And I got this online, from the association of babywearers and sling makers of North America. But because TICKS sounded funny, I edited it a bit to make it “STICK”. Hahaha!
So all you beginning babywearers out there, do check this out!