International Baby Wearing Week: October 7th – 13th 2013
It is so fitting to be writing a review of the Catbird Baby Zephyr Pikkolo Carrier during International Baby Wearing Week. I started wearing P in a Moby Wrap when he was a few days old and still wear him as much as possible. I remember the first time I wore him and how amazing it felt. There are so many benefits of baby wearing for both baby and you. It gives them a sense of security and comfort being close to you. At the same time, you have a little more independence with two hands free. I know some moms who became pros at nursing their little one in a carrier which freed up even more time. If you are new to baby wearing, make sure to check out these safety tips from Baby Wearing International.
While attending a Blog Conference in Chicago last July, I had the privileged of meeting Beth from Catbird Baby at one of the parties. I loved how down to earth she was and that she started the company after making a few of her own carries. Catbird has added more great carriers in addition to the original, mei tai although the mission of creating functional and beautiful products has stayed the same.
I was so intrigued with the name of the company, Catbird, I just had to share in case anyone else was equally curious. There is short story called, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty written by James Thurber. In the story, they use the expression, “sitting in the catbird seat” which refers to an advantageous position. I think it is an adorable name since that is exactly how a child must feel when they are being worn.
One of the things I love about the Zephyr Pikkolo is that there are no bells and whistles. It’s nice to just have a carrier that is easy to figure out and put on. There are times when I don’t want to haul out the stroller and need to get in and out quick. Baby wearing takes practice but it helps to have a simple product to not only learn on but have for those quick needs. My sister had never used a baby carrier before and was able to figure it out and adjust it to fit her body in about 5 minutes.
The Zephyr Pikkolo is very comfortable for both momma and baby. There are 4 carrying position that can accommodate your baby from the newborn to toddler stages (8-40 lbs). The shoulder straps have memory foam to provide lots of cushion with little bulk. One of my favorite features of this carrier is you have the option to wear the straps crisscrossed in the back for extra support. Andrea from Mommy Gearest has an excellent video to show you how to crisscross the straps!
P especially loves to back wear. He will make the “giddy up horsey” motion and giggles when you wave your hair in his face 🙂 It was so much fun watching him since he is usually on my back!
Thanks to Catbird Baby, one lucky Cherry Blossom Love reader will win their very own Catbird Baby Pikkolo!