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I know that quality books can be expensive, especially when you’re trying to build a children’s collection from scratch. Each Saturday I’ll be highlighting a book from my Usborne Internet Specials page where you can find books on sale at 40-70% off. The sales page is updated regularly, so check back often & be sure to act fast if you see something you like.

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Breasts by Genichiro Yagyu, photo from Usborne Books & More

This first Saturday Usborne Discount Book is totally fitting for this blog! It’s Breasts by Genichiro Yagyu on sale for $5.00 (50% off) . While this book points out that everyone has breasts, the main focus is that breasts are for feeding babies. A children’s book about breastfeeding? Yes please!

From the Usborne website, “ Breasts tells it like it is – and like it should be! Exploring the inner workings of breasts and their important role in feeding the babies of the world, it gives, in a funny and direct way, information children want and need about their anatomy.

This book is recommended for ages 5-9, but I’ve read it to my three year old numerous times. The book states things in a matter of fact manner without going over children’s heads. We read Breasts on a regular basis in our home since breastfeeding is a part of our day to day life. It would be a great tool to use when explaining breastfeeding to children who aren’t around it often. The book will be on sale until July 28th, or while supplies last.

Disclaimer: Usborne Publishing Ltd. has no connection with these pages and does not sponsor or support their content.

We have slowly moved into the ranks of addicted babywearers. I say we because yes, my husband wears the youngest two as well. In fact, we have carriers that are just for him to use since we have different body shapes & prefer different carriers for personal comfort.

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My husband wearing our 3 year old in a Toddler Tula

Recently, my favorite thing about babywearing is the boost in my milk supply. With two nurslings, I occasionally feel like a fully tapped keg. After just a few minutes of my littlest one being placed in to a carrier, I can feel my chest start swelling with milk. Babies are happy, mommy’s happy.

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Me wearing my 8.5 month old in my Girasol Mysol

It did take a little while for us to get in to babywearing. All of the lingo & various carrier types can be very overwhelming to a newbie! Many people start out with whatever they can find in a local big box retail store since it’s convenient, but the employees usually won’t be able to assist you in choosing a proper carrier. Unfortunately, some of the mass produced baby carriers are not ergonomically designed and can actually harm your baby if worn for long periods of time (especially true for the majority of forward facing carriers). So how on Earth do you get started babywearing if the lingo is complicated & you have no clue what carriers are safe nor how to use them?

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Sleeping baby in a Didytai borrowed from my local BWI chapter

Two words: Babywearing International. At free local chapter meetings you can get hands on help from accredited Volunteer Babywearing Educators (VBEs) and try on a variety of carriers. Dues paying members may check out carriers from their local lending libraries, depending on availability.

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At a BWI meeting, our first time using a ring sling

Attending a few meetings gave me the confidence to try out a couple different carrier types, but I’m definitely still a novice (ok, maybe intermediate) babywearer. I’ve yet to try wrapping because it really intimidates me, but I hope to learn someday. If I get comfortable with that, who knows, maybe I’ll look into accreditation so that I can help other parents discover the joy and benefits of babywearing! Do you babywear? What kind of carrier do you use?

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Baby nomming on a Girasol ring sling

If you want to buy a quality carrier from a reputable source, be sure to check out my affiliate, Kiwi Baby Shop. The owner is a Babywearing Institute Certified Educator and happy to answer your babywearing questions!

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Every summer my family travels to Houston for the Fourth of July. It just so happens to be my husband’s maternal grandmother’s birthday, so it’s an extra incentive to get various relatives together. We’ve made the trek several times with cloth diapers (we also visit around Thanksgiving), but this time posed an extra challenge. We were traveling with a second cloth diapered baby!

Usually my husband is of the mindset that we should take everything we think we may need on a trip, just in case. This includes our entire diaper stash. I was pushing for minimalist packing this time. We tend to stress over packing all of this stuff we might need when in reality, we don’t use half of what we bring along! Thank goodness I talked him out of packing everything. We still didn’t use every diaper we took ;) Here’s some pictures I took while packing the diapers on top of our clothes in a big storage tote (one of which I shared recently for Wordless Wednesday ).

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The first row.

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A whole layer of diapers.

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A 2nd layer on the top row & I'm done.

Hmmm, but what about the diaper bag? Well, if you’re a cloth diaper user already, you may have spotted some Gro-Via hybrid diapers amongst my stash. We ordered a few more for the trip!

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Newest additions to our Gro-Via stash.

We love the Gro-Via hybrid system for short trips around town & long road trips across the state! I’ll give a more in depth review of how the Gro-Via system works for our family (as well as a peek into how I fit cloth diapers for two kids into one diaper bag) in the near future! If you’re interested in checking out Gro-Via for yourself, click through my affiliate banner to Kiwi Baby Shop and get your hands on some ASAP!

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Just a quick blurb to let you know that Fuzzibunz brand cloth diapers & wet bags are on clearance at my affiliate Kiwi Baby Shop!

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