Wrapy Product Review & Guest Post

Hey everyone,

I’m so excited to feature a guest post from my amazing friend Sarah. She recently gave birth to one of the cutest babies I have ever seen, and she was kind enough to review the Wrapy on behalf of Sprouts En Route, since I don’t have any wrap sized children these days. Thanks Sar!! Happy reading to everyone else, and if you want to read about some other slings and things, check out this post after you read Sarah’s review.

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Sarah and her little cutie.

Since my daughter was born in October this year [2015], I’ve been experimenting with a couple different kinds of carriers of wraps, so when Kristin offered me the chance to try out the Wrapy, I was more than happy to do so. We have a Boba wrap and an Ergo carrier, both of which we use on a fairly regular basis. I generally use the Boba around the house and the Ergo when we’re out shopping or something.

When I opened the Wrapy, I noted that it was similar in style to the Boba wrap – a long piece of stretchy-ish fabric. I read through the instruction book that accompanied it and immediately noticed a few differences:

-Wrapy suggests one hold that is specifically for nursing, which I was pretty excited to try.

-Unlike the Boba, you fold Wrapy in half lengthwise before tying it on. (The reason for this is because it creates a pocket that you rest the baby in for some of the holds or gives you extra support in other holds.)

I have a Boba wrap as I noted above, so I’m familiar with how to put it on. If you’ve never used this type of wrap before, there’s a learning curve, but the instruction book is very clear. I tried a couple of the holds with my daughter [10 weeks, 11.5 pounds] and in the end, came to the following conclusions.

PROS:

-Wrapy fabric only stretches in one direction, which makes it a little more secure than my other wrap. With our other wrap, I often have one hand supporting my daughter (especially if I’m leaning over for anything) and have to tighten it if I want to put her back in after removing it. Wrapy stayed much tighter and I didn’t feel the need to keep a hand on my daughter.

-Offer multiple holds that facilitate nursing.

-Comfortable

-Secure

CONS:

-It’s kind of a pain to fold the fabric in half because it’s so long.

-The previously mentioned learning curve—but don’t be intimidated! With a little practice, you can put it on really quickly.

-The nursing hold—while freeing up one arm—presented me a dilemma when my daughter fell asleep because it only supports the bottom half of the baby and requires you support the baby’s head with your elbow. I wish there was a way to transition from that hold to another one without waking the baby… maybe there is, and I plan to explore a bit more, but nothing explicit that I saw in the directions.

-My daughter screamed when I tried a hold that places the baby in a pocket (the second hold that allows nursing), but I think that’s something that is more specific to her… she hates swaddling too and generally dislikes anything restricting. I think a newborn or a baby who enjoys swaddling might like this hold a bit more.

Overall, I was really happy with the wrap—and even my husband tried it out and thought the wrap was comfortable and convenient!

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Thanks again Sarah 🙂

Happy travels,

Kristin

The Wrapy was given to Sprouts En Route in exchange for the honest review you have read here.

Traveling With A Special Needs Child

Today’s guest post is something I have been wanting to post about for a long time, and I am so excited I finally found a well traveled mom to write about it for you all. Not only is she a travling mother, but you can find her well-written and knowledgable articles all over the internet on many different topics. Thank you so much Marcela!! You are an inspiration in so many ways!

Happy travels!

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Traveling With A Special Needs Child

Getting in the car for a 10-hour road trip, or trying to navigate the hustle of an airport to try and make your flight can be tough to do on your own, much less when you’re taking along the entire family.

As difficult as they are though, family trips and vacations are going to be some of the fondest memories that you and your kids will carry through life, and they shouldnít be skipped out on just because they can, at times, be difficult to pull off.

Even if your child is disabled or has special needs, these trips are worth the effort, and can be executed with minimal incidents if the right preparations and precautions take place. You can even check in with certain special needs travel agencies that can help you plan your trip and select optimal destinations based on your situation.

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Your special needs child is just like any other in that they’ll enjoy getting away from normal life, spending some time with their family and seeing something new. While it may be more difficult to manage, the value of the experience is certainly worth the extra effort.

Hereís what to think about before you get your family out the door.

1. Packing entertainment Electronics and video entertainment are fine, but you shouldnít depend too heavily on them, as they can make kids car/airsick and can even take away from the experience of the trip itself.

For a special needs child, pack toys that are simple, with few pieces, but that you know theyíll enjoy during the trip. It doesn’t have to be a lot of stuff; just enough to give them something familiar to enjoy and hold onto during the ride there and back.

2. Packing snacks This will depend whether your trip is going to be by car or plane. A plane ride will be a little more complicated because liquids are a tougher sell for the TSA. However, in either case, snacks will be a must. Make sure to include some healthy options and some comfort food as well.

If your trip is going to be in the car, pack a cooler with bottled water, juice and some of your child’s favorite drinks.

3. Stopping spots Stopping every two hours or so is pretty typical, especially if bathroom breaks are a little more frequent. Even if that’s not a problem for your special needs child, stopping more often can help alleviate fussiness and boredom on the part of any child, and help make them more comfortable during the riding portion.

4. Engaging them in the trip Something that can make a trip successful is if your children are able to engage in the trip with you. Talk to them about where you are, what you’re seeing and just be ready and willing to answer their questions, since there will probably be plenty of them.

If your child knows that they have your attention and that theyíre involved in what’s going on, they’ll be much happier and contented in general.

5. Stay lighthearted The more you’re calm, relaxed, and happy, the easier itís going to be for your kids to feel the same way. The moment they see you flag, or lose your cool, is when they’re going to start doing the exact same thing.

Stay positive, don’t sweat the small stuff, and keep pressing on.

Being Prepared

There’s no question that traveling with a special needs child ups the difficulty of a vacation or day trip, but if you prepare and do your homework before you leave, your odds of success go up considerably.

Remember, your special needs child wants to enjoy themselves and have fun as well, so if you can keep them reasonably comfortable and engage them in the event, they’ll probably do just fine.

Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer in Southern California, to educate families about their health. As a proud mother of a special needs child and world traveler, she makes sure to make the necessary preparations before she embarks on her trips with her family so that everyone has the most enjoyable and stress-free experience possible.

Breastfeeding – The Choice – Guest Post

Hi everyone!!  Until next Wednesday I am going to be posting about breastfeeding. There have been several incidents, including breastfeeding while traveling, and as a breastfeeding mom and breastfeeding support person myself, I wanted to make sure that all you other breastfeeding moms out there have the information you need. But before we get to that, I asked a friend and new mother to write about her choice to breastfeed.

I am excited to tell you that this week’s guest post is by Autumn Wallace, she has written another guest post for me before, check it out here. Her husband is also named Travis, an awesome name if I do say so myself. Thanks Autumn!!!

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I was about 3 months pregnant with my son when two wonderful ladies gave me the down low on breastfeeding. They gave me excellent advice and left me with a caution, their advice was to do as much reading and research as possible before I gave birth, and that it would hurt at first and that I had to get through the first 2 weeks. I grew up among women who breastfed all of their children, and up until that point I had no idea that nursing does not always come easy. So I was so very thankful that two women prepared me for the life changing decision of breastfeeding. Read more

Top 5 International Airports – Guest Post

Happy Friday everyone! Today’s guest post comes to use from an avid traveler and pilot, Christ Oquist (check out his bio at the end of the post). Although I have only been to one of these top international airports, his article definitely makes me want to check out the other four.  Without further ado, here is the article. Thanks Chris!!!

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Whether you’re an airline pilot or passenger passing through on your return trip home, you can tell a quality airport from Newark Liberty National Airport. Just take a look around, what do you see? If you see a dirty, poorly-kept airport its service likely matches its aesthetics. On the other hand, if you’ve ever visited Changi Airport Singapore or the Hong Kong International Airport you know which is on the other side of this fence. Here are 5 of the best airports in the world in terms of aesthetics, service, and modernity. Read more

Knok: Home Swap for the 21st Century

This guest post is about a new idea… although maybe it isn’t a totally new idea. If you have seen the popular movie, “The Holiday,” then you have at least some idea of what house swapping would be like, minus Jude Law and Jack Black. If I was a home owner (instead of a renter) I would definitely consider this as a way to travel without all the extra costs of accommodations and car rentals! Knok also asked me to write an article about my perfect day with our family in Athens, so if you have a minute, feel free to check it out here. I promise, it is full of good stuff… and now onto the guest post, thanks Penelope!!

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Has travelling with your family become more of a chore than an enjoyable experience? Has it simply become too expensive? If so, Knok a home swap community has the solution for you and your family. Knok has thousands of homes in over 159 countries, making it the perfect platform for families to choose their dream destination whilst staying within the comforts of a real home. Imagine travelling around the world and staying where your children have access to toys, you have your own personal kitchen, your own personal lounge and dining area, your own personal washing machine and drier, and maybe a swimming pool or car is thrown into the deal? Travelling with children can be a very tiring task; Knok wishes to alleviate such stress and strongly believes that families can have enjoyable new experiences without having to worry about accommodation expenses.  One of the best aspects of Knok is no matter how many times you engage in a home swap, a full year’s membership with Knok, including home insurance, is cheaper than one nights’ accommodation at a hotel! Go ahead and pick your next home away from home…Barcelona, Venice, Paris, Morocco? Your family will love you for it, just don’t blame us once you are hooked on home swapping!!

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This guest post was written by Penelope H. who works for Knok, a new generations ‘home swap’ platform that enables people to find the best home exchange for their holidays.