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Earn a FREE KINDERPACK- Customize Your Refer-a-Friend Rewards Cards! August 19, 2017 11:20 1 Comment


Today's blog post is a mix of crafting/earning KP cash/ and spreading the KP love! In case you didn't hear, Kindercarry has a new referral program! It's super awesome and easy to use. When you sign up for an account with Kindercarry, you earn points for every purchase you make. You ALSO earn points for any purchases a friend makes using your unique referral link. We sweetened the pot for your friends by giving them a Kinderpack Coupon for $10 off their first carrier! Your link can be found here on the referral page (keep in mind each link is individual and yours will be different from the one below):


This link can, of course, be copied and pasted anywhere on the internet, in a text message, or any other way you'd like to electronically send it to a friend. But we thought it might be nice to have a hard copy to give to someone while they are asking you what carrier you have on! So we introduce our version of the "pass-along" card:
Kindercarry's Refer-a-friend cards!



These cards come double sided and are high quality! On the front they say "Hey fellow babywearer, you rock!". On the back, they say "Check out www.kindercarry.com for more info on my favorite baby carrier! Made in the USA, most comfortable, newborn to big kid, awesome designs. When you're ready to get one for yourself, use this URL and get $10 off!" Then there is a blank space for your UNIQUE referral link!

Now heres where the somewhat crafting part comes in. You can write out your link on the cards, but this might take more time, and undoubtedly a case of writers cramp. The next best thing we came up with is clear return labels from Avery.


This is a super inexpensive way to get your custom link, onto your cards! It's super easy since Avery.com offers a free template for this label. Input your link, stick the sheet of labels in your printer, make sure you UNcheck "fit to page", and PRINT! 



This is an excellent, low-cost way to earn LOTS of refer-a-friend points which of course ultimately earns YOU big discounts and even a free Kinderpack! Remember, the cards themselves are free (we just ask that you pay shipping which is $.70 for a pack of 10 cards) as we want to help you spread the KP love! 



We have one other option for you as well! If you prefer to print your own cards with your custom link already on them, you are of course welcome to do that as well! Here are the full quality card templates, and we have included a few more front sides that apply to more situations! Feel free to use any and all! 

 


What do you think about our refer-a-friend cards? Do you think you will use them? Do you have any suggestions for any other different styles of cards? Leave a comment below! 

Kinderpack Storage Strap- Bi Fold August 16, 2017 02:21

The 'Bi Fold ' is a method of storage created by a Kinderpack fan! Stephanie, of Mama Cat, Steph, has shared her method with us so that we can share with you! This is a great way to fold if you like to show off your collection of prints OR if you happen to have a few carriers in the same canvas color you can easily spot the one you are looking for without having to unroll multiples! 

Step 1: 

Lay your Kinderpack face up with all straps, buckles, and webbing loose. 
Step 1

Step 2: 

Fold in both sides of the waist band to meet their edges at the center. Also, bring the webbing up into the center of the panel.
Step 2

Step 3: 

Fold in the shoulder straps, face up, to the center of the body panel. You will have some "curling" at the edges of the panel. Make sure all webbing is tucked into the center under the straps.
Step 3

Step 4: 

Fold up your waistband so that it meets the center of your body panel. The warning label will be facing up (and upside down!) if you did this step correctly. 
step 4

Step 5: 

Fold down the headrest to meet the bottom edge of the waist band that you folded up. Your storage strap will be hanging down at this point. 
step 5

Step 6: 

Pull the elastic storage strap over the entire carrier. Be sure to place the strap in the center all the way around for the most secure hold! 
step 6
Now your carrier is rolled securely for storage!! If you are looking for another way to roll your carrier, please check out:

Kinderpack Storage Strap - Classic Roll August 16, 2017 02:19

The 'Classic Roll ' is the method of storage found in your Kinderpack user manual. This allows you to tightly roll your Kinderpack for placing in your diaper bag, under a stroller, or storage at home. 

Step 1: 

Lay your Kinderpack face up with all straps, buckles, and webbing loose. 
Step 1

Step 2: 

Fold in both sides of the waist band to meet their edges at the center. Also, bring the webbing up into the center of the panel.
Step 2

Step 3: 

Fold in the shoulder straps, face up, to the center of the body panel. You will have some "curling" at the edges of the panel. Make sure all webbing is tucked into the center under the straps.
Step 3

Step 4: 

Grab your headrest and tuck it under while rolling the body down towards the waist band. Tuck tightly with each roll to keep all components compact and together. Roll completely to the bottom!
Step 4

Step 5: 

Your storage strap should now be on the outside of your carrier like this! Hold your 'roll' tightly to keep it together and prepare the strap. 
Step 5

Step 6: 

Pull the elastic storage strap over the entire carrier. Be sure to place the strap in the center all the way around for the most secure hold! 
Step 6
Now your carrier is rolled securely for storage!! If you are looking for another way to roll your carrier, please check out:

The Bi-Fold

How to use the Kinderpack Storage Strap August 16, 2017 02:18

Have you been wondering what that long elastic strap that is sewn to the inside of your Kinderpack is? That, my friends, is your storage strap! This nifty little design is exclusive to Kinderpack and is a helpful way to keep your carrier organized for easy travel and storage.

RollChoices

There are 2 different ways you can roll your carrier for storage. The Classic Roll is the method that is mentioned in your user manual. Using this method can make your carrier into a neat little roll!

The second method is the Bi-Fold, created by one of our Kindercarry fans- Stephanie of Mama Cat, Steph. This leaves the carrier with a little more width, but puts the headrest on the outside so that you can easily see the carrier print! This way is Perfect for showing off your collection or to easily grab the correct carrier if you have more than one in the same colors!

Using either method to roll your storage strap will help to take up less space! This makes it easy to throw in many of the popular diaper bags, under your stroller, or store in your home! 

For more in depth directions: 






How to Breastfeed in your Kinderpack August 02, 2017 12:43

We are in the middle of World Breastfeeding Week 2017, a campaign promoting the support and protection of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding and baby carrying go hand in hand as two biological norms that have tapered due to societal barriers. We at Kindercarry will continue to normalize breastfeeding by using nursing photos in our marketing materials and supporting our customers through their journey.

Here is a step by step tutorial showing "How to Breastfeed in your Kinderpack"


Breastfeed in Kinderpack - Loosen Shoulder Strap

1. Loosen the shoulder strap opposite the side you would like to nurse on.

Breastfeeding in your Kinderpack- Keep hand on baby

2. When you loosen any straps, always keep a hand on the baby for support as the carrier is no longer properly fitted. 

Breastfeeding in a Kinderpack - Loosen the waist belt

3. Loosen the waist belt just enough to move the carrier. Be sure to not loosen this too much and ALWAYS keep a hand on baby.

Breastfeeding in your Kinderpack- Shift baby to the side

4. Shift the entire carrier, including the baby, to the side on which you chose to breastfeed Don't forget to switch sides each time!

Breastfeeding in a Kinderpack- Latch

5. Latch baby! You can pull your breast of the top of your shirt.If you use the "two shirt method", be sure to pull up your top shirt before any tightening to make it easier for you!

Breastfeeding in Kinderpack- Adjust the baby

6. Check your latch. Breastfeeding in a carrier takes practice! If you have trouble getting baby to the right position you may need to adjust your shoulder straps further. You may need to hold your breast in place during your nursing session and that is OK!. Babywearing while feeding is not necessarily hands-free, but it can be similar to an extra hand!. **TIP** some wearers are able to use a rolled up wash cloth to prop up their breast and free up their hand. If at all you are having trouble getting into position, you may contact us for troubleshooting help! Info@Kindercarry.com

Breastfeeding in Kinderpack - Tighten your straps

7. Once the baby is securely latched, happy, and nursing it is time to tighten up your carrier! First, tighten your waist belt nice and snug to your body to secure the seat. Keep one hand on baby to keep the latch.

breastfeeding in your Kinderpack- Tighten shoulder straps

8. Tighten your loosened shoulder strap to comfort. You won't want to tighten this all the way as it can cause the baby to lose their latch, however, you can snug this up just a bit to bring baby closer to your body again. 

Breastfeeding in Kinderpack - You're all set!

9. You're ready to go!!! Breastfeeding in your Kinderpack can be a helpful way for you meet your baby's needs while tending to your other responsibilities!


Do you have any other tips for breastfeeding in your Kinderpack? 



My Kinderpack Adventures - Beach Weekend With Baby July 16, 2017 15:51

Guest post by Laura Leigh Abby

Fire Island—a barrier island off the coast of long island—is sprinkled with beach towns that are the epitome of small-town summer; Think beach bungalows and charcoal grills, days in the waves and outdoor showers. It’s one of our family’s favorite summer spots, and we’ve made it an annual trip with our siblings and their kids. With the addition of two new babies, this year our crew was bursting out of our tiny little rental home, and with the mayhem came lots of laughs and incredible memories.

While the lack of cars on the island is part of its charm, the only downside of Fire Island is that most of it is only accessible by ferry, which means we must lug all of our groceries and belongings with us. Getting there with our 6-month-old son Quinn meant that this year, my wife Sam and I had our hands full.

We decided to fill Quinn’s stroller with many of our necessities—including wine and beer, of course—and I carried him onto the crowded ferry in his Kinderpack. He loved watching the water from the comfort of mom’s chest, and I loved being cool, comfortable and hands-free.

Laura Leigh Abby - The Abbys Babywearing- LGBT Moms Babywearing

Because it was Pride weekend in New York, our family decided to have our own Pride party on Fire Island, which is also famous for its LGBT communities. It was Quinn’s first pride, so along with his cousins and aunts and uncles, he celebrated with rainbow flags, rainbow temporary tattoos and other festive accessories. We are a two-mom household, and we want our son to celebrate diversity as much as we do. For now, meeting other families and going on adventures with our own is the best way to help our baby boy acclimate to a lifestyle that celebrates the unique attributes of every individual and family. Wearing Quinn has been a great way for us to go exploring with new and old friends, and he loves riding along on one of his moms.

Back Carrying in your Kinderpack- Babywearing at the Beach

On our last day on Fire Island we took a walk to the beach with Quinn and our four-year-old niece. “Quinn looks so cute in there!” She said. “My mom used to wear me everywhere.” She was right. Four years ago, when she was Quinn’s age and Sam and I were planning our wedding, our sister-in-law wore our niece onto the ferry for our yearly trip to the beach. Watching our family grow has brought us so much joy, and introducing our son to the places we love has been the blessing of a lifetime.



  Laura Leigh Abby - BabywearingLaura Leigh Abby is a writer and editor. A graduate of Emerson College, she received her MFA from the New School, where she was also chosen by essayist John D’Agata as the winner of the 2013 Alumni Chapbook Contest in nonfiction for her essay “Absolutely Fine."

Laura Leigh and her wife Samantha appeared on the second season of Bravo TV’s Newlyweds: The First Year and are both active in the LGBT community, most recently teaming up with the Family Equality Council, The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps, and the NYC LGBT Community Center.

Laura can be followed on her Instagram and Website

 


Camping with kids! (and how babywearing helps!) June 04, 2017 12:44

 Camping with Kids- #MyKinderpack Adventures

 

The nights are warm, and a part deep inside of you yearns to sleep under the stars, and give your kids the experience you had as a child of doing just that. You think, Yes! Let's go camping! But unfortunately, the next immediate thought is: oh no, how do I do that with young children? This could be a nightmare and, just as soon as the thought came, you're trying to talk yourself out of it. DON'T! Camping with kids can be easy AND fun, for all involved! Kindercarry team member Skylar is a single mom who takes her 4 children ages 3-8 camping all the time. Here are some tips to give you an idea of how she does it AND loves it!  

Camping with young children


Camping with Kids, where to begin? 


You may think you need fancy camping equipment and lots of it. This is not the case! When we "car camp" (camping where you pull up in your car, to your campsite), we pack light and bring the necessities and that's it! 

A quick example "car-camping essentials" list:

-Tent
-Sleeping bags
-Air mattress(es) or sleeping pad(s) (this is mostly for me, if the ground is soft enough, my kids are happy in just their sleeping bags!) 
-Food
-Water
-Kinderpack
-And most importantly, a sense of adventure! 

Camping improves relationships!



I've seen it in my family. Something about quality time in nature is magical. Fighting stops, and a sense of exploration takes over. I encourage my kids to help with as much as possible as far as setting up camp. Teamwork is ever present, whether that's getting the easy pop up tent set up, or gathering kindling for the fire. 



That also goes for my relationship with my kids. I'm more patient in nature, more grounded. Meltdowns still exists, but something about the calming scenery make them better. Well that, and having my Kinderpack readily available. Sometimes the big kid falls and gets a scrape, but you still need to play with the big-ER kid too! 



The food is delicious too... 

Something about fire roasted hotdogs and marshmallows just fills the stomach and the soul. Sometimes we go easy and use dehydrated meals so all we have to do is boil water. Sometimes I get extra fancy and meal plan foil packet dinners. Usually its Hot dogs. And of course inevitably, the baby needs to have cuddles while I'm trying to make dinner. That is, a universal constant, indoors our outdoors. 


My kids seem to be less picky while camping. Hot dogs, baked beans, and watermelon? Sounds good mom! And it is good, mmmm. 



And who can forget the most important food of camping: SMORES! My kids favorite part. The older kids roast marshmallows with such concentration and determination, while the younger kids watch in awe and ask "Burn mine!"

 


The magic of it all!

One common concern I hear is "I wonder if my kids will be bored?" In this technological age, it can indeed be a concern! But children love experiencing new things. Checking out the creek for mountain bugs. Playing hide and seek where there's infinite hiding spaces. One of my favorite activities is a simple card game! 




Depending upon where you live, you just might even come into contact with wildlife. Everything from a brave squirrel trying to steal some human food, up to our family's favorite: a moose! Its a great teaching experience for children to understand that wild animals are just that; wild. We need to recognize we are visiting THIER home, and need to give them space. 



The most important thing...

After everything winds down, I like to sit by the smoldering fire and reflect on the day. Camping is some of the best quality time I have with my kids. I cherish every trip we go on. I love that its a fairly cheap family activity, yet rich with substance. I see the happiness on my kids faces, and I know that any stress there is in making the trip successful, is well worth it. 



-Skylar works full time for Kindercarry, as our product photographer and customer relations manager. In her spare time, she explores her home state of Utah as much as she can. You can follow her adventures on her new adventure account: Mama Bear & Her Cubs

-Share your camping tips and adventures with us! Tag us on social media with #MyKinderpackAdventures for a chance to win monthly prizes. 


Kindercarry Rewards - Referral Program May 28, 2017 14:36 1 Comment

We are so excited to introduce Kindercarry's "Refer a Friend" Program! Now when you tell your friends about your favorite baby carrier, you'll be rewarded with helping out a friend AND some sweet discounts. 

Your Kindercarry Account is linked to the rewards program. If you already have an account, you're ready to begin earning points! If you do not have an account, be sure to set one up and get started. 

Rewards Sign Up


How to earn points

  • You can earn 5 points right off the bat by simply sharing the website through the rewards program to your Facebook page. This action is a bonus and can only be used once.

  • For every $1 you spend at Kindercarry, you will receive 1 point.  Fine print- points can not be applied retroactively (program begins 5/28/17). You can earn points from any purchase, including wrap conversions. 

  • For every $1 your friend spends using your unique link, you will earn 1 point.  Fine print- Friend referred must be NEW to Kindercarry and not have previously made a purchase. The link can only be used once per person. 

 Kinderpack Affiliate program

 

The fun part- REWARDS!

  • 150 points gets you a $10 coupon

  • 300 points gets you a $25 coupon

  • 500 points gets you a $50 coupon

  • 1100 points will get you a FREE KINDERPACK (you read that right!!)

    Fine print- rewards excludes wrap conversion Kinderpacks. You can earn points by purchasing those, but you can not redeem points for them. Sorry!! 

 

The program is pretty easy to follow. We hope that you enjoy this perk and continue to share the Kinderpack love with your friends and family. Word of mouth is how so many caregivers find the products they love!


What is a Wrap Conversion Kinderpack? May 27, 2017 10:53

Since the recent addition of the wrap conversion Kinderpack carriers, we have received a number of questions asking what exactly makes them so special! First and foremost, all Kinderpack carriers are made with the same unique 3-panel body design conceptualized by owner, Melissa. No matter which style you choose you will always get the quality product you've grown to love. 

Kinderpack Canvas vs Wrap conversion comparison
          Prim & Poppy Canvas                  Tekhni Alpha Wrap Conversion


So what exactly IS the difference?

It's all in the fabric, my friends. The canvas Kinderpacks are made with our signature brushed canvas and premium quality cotton prints.The wrap conversion carriers are made with woven wrap material.  A woven wrap is a length of fabric that is made specifically to carry the weight of a baby. We take the popular woven wraps and make them into Kinderpack carriers in the same way we make the canvas.


woven wrap conversion carrier                         Snow Rainbow Woven Wrap                    Snow Rainbow Conversion


What are the Different Types of Wrap Conversions?

The types of wrap conversions we offer are Semi with Koolnit, Half with Koolnit, & very limited amounts of Full Panel. All of these options are backed with our brushed canvas. 

Semi with Koolnit- wrap on the outer panels of the body, Koolnit in the center; and canvas straps and waistband. 

Half with Koolnit- wrap on the outer panel of the body, Koolnit in the center; and wrap on the outside of the straps and waistband. 

Half Full Panel - wrap on all three panels of the body and the outside of the straps and waistband. This option is still backed with canvas and will only be available in very limited quantities (we still haven't released one yet!). 
              Semi Wrap Conversion                   Half Wrap Conversion

What about the pricing?

Pricing for these special beauties will vary depending on the cost of wrap material and how much of the wrap is used (Semi, Half, Full Panel). Some woven wraps are very limited because they are handwoven by one weaver using premium quality yarns. Some wraps also have fancier fiber content (silk, wool) or might be hand dyed! We take all of these factors into account when deciding the pricing, but aim to keep our wrap conversions competitive with the current market. 


How do I get a Wrap Conversion?

As with all Kinderpack carriers, our wrap conversions are handcrafted in small batches in the USA. We have a limited amount of sewists that are approved for making these special beauties so they will take a little more time. We don't currently have a specific day of the week that we will stock so be sure to follow us on Facebook where we announce all stockings one day prior. *Some stockings of very limited carriers will be posted on the page in the fastest fingers method. Be sure to have your notifications set to receive alerts when we post!!




Holy Wrap Conversion Kinderpack's Batman April 01, 2017 18:39 23 Comments

Our customers have begged and pleaded for wrap conversion Kinderpack carriers for what feels like forever and we've put it on the back burner for just as long. After some stalking in the handwoven groups and teasing her with tags on images of beautiful textiles,  Melissa is finally ready to come to the dark side! KINDERPACK WRAP CONVERSIONS ARE COMING!!!!!

Tell us what you think. 


#KinderpackCrew - Kinderpack Ambassador Program March 28, 2017 23:46 13 Comments

A blurred image of mom's hiking while carrying their babies on their back with a Kinderpack carrier. A text box with an outline says Kindercarry Brand Ambassadors

We realize that our biggest supporters are also our biggest asset and we want to reward you! We are excited to begin the process of selecting a mixture of loyal fans and social media influencers to work alongside us while we build community through the #KinderpackCrew, Kindercarry's Brand Ambassador program.



If you are passionate about sharing your favorite products and are a Kinderpack fan, we want to hear from you! Here is what we are looking for in a crew member:

  • Active on multiple social media accounts and online groups 
  • Passionate about building and maintaining relationships
  • Natural leadership skills
  • Basic understanding of SSC (Soft Structured Carrier) use

Bonus skills- Not necessary to apply, but can make your application stand out!

  • Photography and/or Video Skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Knowledgeable about the babywearing industry
  • Active in the Juvenile or Parenting community with a Rolodex of contacts
     
If you think you fit the description above, we would love for you to fill out the application below.  Questions about the program? Email - Kristina@Kindercarry.com 



Kinderpack and Friends Giveaway February 03, 2017 17:34 4 Comments

Kinderpack Giveaway

 

The Kindercarry team is excited about being so close to a huge milestone on our Facebook page. Our goal is to have 50,000 friends following our page and we are only a few hundred away. Here is where you come in! We need our biggest fans to help us get there by sharing and inviting babywearing friends and new parents to see #WhyKinderpack. Once we hit our goal, we will reward you with a special giveaway worth $400!


Prize Pack

  • A Kinderpack Baby Carrier from in stock prints in your choice of size
  • A Tasku Babi babywearing coat - black with baby blue fleece lining
  • A Pair of Ro.Sham.Bo baby unbreakable Sunglasses in your choice of color
  • A custom designed Chompy Chic Chewlery to match your new Kinderpack

 

 About the companies

Kinderpack Logo. A yellow bird with a multi-colored wing in teal, orange, maroon, green, and yellow. The word Kinderpack is under the bird in Maroon.

  • Our carriers are made with love in the USA creating jobs for the local economy as well as stay at home parents! 
  • We offer dual adjust buckles as well as perfect fit adjusters for a completely customizable fit! 
  • Our carriers range in sizes to fit from newborn (without an insert!) to preschooler! 
  • We offer 2 strap sizes for wearers comfort.
  • Selection of full panel designs as well as Koolnit mesh for breathability. 

 MyKinderpack.com     Facebook.com/Kindercarry    Instagram.com/Kindercarry


  • Stylish accessories for teething, nursing, and babywearing.   
  • The products are made from 100% food grade silicone
  • BPA, lead free and natural hard wood maple .  
Use code KINDERCARRY for 25% off order of $15 or more during the giveaway. 

 Tasku Babi Logo

  • One of the best selling coats from Tasku Babi, this Black Winter Coat with Baby Blue fleece lining is bound to be one of the warmest coats you will ever own - whether babywearing or not.
  • It has a 250 gram /sq meter microfiber fill and an additional inner fleece lining. Wear it alone, while pregnant or while babywearing over your Kinderpack! 
  • made in factories with fair employment practices
  • Vegan!! - this coat does not use any animal fibers or materials


Ro Sham Bo Baby unbreakable kids sunglasses
  • made in Italy like your designer shades.
  • our material is specially designed with babies in mind: durable, flexible, chewable, light, and comfortable
  • nearly indestructible: full damage and lens replacement guarantee. 
  • certified bpa and phthalate free and small parts tested.
  • we mold our logos into our design to eliminate unnecessary paint.
  • 100% uva/uvb lens protection.
  • all packaging made in the US of food grade material.
  • prescription-ready!!
  • most importantly, you are helping support the autism research institute with every purchase.

roshambobaby.com    facebook.com/RoshamboShades    instagram.com/roshambobaby/

 

 

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Babywearing in the Winter- Cold Weather Kinderpack Tips January 11, 2017 11:00

Wearing a baby in the snow with a Kinderpack

 

Don't let the cold weather keep you cooped up! Getting outdoors is not only beneficial to your mental health, but also provides a host of benefits for your little ones. 

Now you are probably wondering, "How should I dress myself and my baby if I plan to wear my Kinderpack"? The answer to that depends on the level of activity you have planned for the day and of course, how cold it is outside! Here are some tips for dressing in the winter. 

 

All the layers!! 

When it's cold outside, you need to layer the clothing you put on yourself and baby- layering is perfect for babywearing! Layers make it easier to regulate body temperature by offering the option of removing or adding them as the temperature changes. 

 

  • Remember that your baby will be close and will receive warmth from your body.

  • Prevent your child from becoming overheated by listening to their cues and checking them often.

  • Dress YOU comfortably! If you will be doing lots of walking, you will be more likely to heat up as you exert energy. 

  • DON'T wear a super bulky coat UNDER the carrier. It makes it harder to get a good snug fit.

  • If necessary, use an over-sized coat or a special babywearing coat to go over both of you AND the carrier. 


    Winter Babywearing In The Snow

    Don't forget the accessories!

    A warm hat and mittens are a given, as are warms shoes or boots. One thing that you might have forgotten to think about is long socks or baby leggings! When wearing any soft structured carrier, your child's pants might ride up.  An extra layer on the legs can prevent any exposed skin and help to keep the toes extra toasty!! 

     

    Most importantly!

    Make sure that you are always paying attention to your baby, especially if you are busy hiking and they are on your back. Take breaks to check body temperature and adjust any layers. Finally, enjoy the snuggles- they are the best! 


    Kinderpack -Command and The Carrying on Project January 07, 2017 20:43 1 Comment

     

    Kindercarry and Military


    Kindercarry and our employees have always had gratitude for the service men and women who carry out their duties to ensure our freedoms. That of course, extends to the military spouses, who for months or even years may need to carry the household alone. We know babywearing can be an integral part of that and are delighted that we can help make the lives of military spouses a little easier. Their sacrifice, as well as their enlisted spouses, does not go unrecognized. 




    Command


    Our newest military inspired print Kinderpack, Command, features stars on colored circles in shades of green, orange, blue, yellow, gray, black, and white. Our model Misty is a military spouse. Her husband Patrick was in the Marine Corps for 8 years. He served two tours in Iraq and is a combat veteran with a Purple Heart. We are honored to feature them and their service, alongside our new Kinderpack Command.

     



    TCOP

    Kindercarry and Kinderpack are so proud to support military families by partnering with an amazing non-profit, The Carrying On Project. The goal of the Carrying On Project is to help get carriers to the families of our military so that they may better obtain secure attachments with their children, something that deployment and injuries will often interrupt.  This is an important effort and we donate Kinderpack carriers periodically to them to allocate to military families in need. 

    With our release of Command, we have decided to donate several Kinderpacks in this special print to TCOP. They will then choose families in need who would benefit from the gift of babywearing with Kinderpack! 

    Please consider helping TCOP in their efforts by donating directly to their cause.  They are doing very important work!


    How to use the hood on your Kinderpack baby carrier December 17, 2016 14:19

    Collage of directions for using your Kinderpack hood. Text reads How to use your Kinderpack hood.

     

    Every Kinderpack carrier comes with an attached hood tucked into the headrest pocket. Your full panel carrier has a hood in the same fabric as the rest of the body. Your Kinderpack with Koolnit will have a hood in the Koolnit fabric.

    One of the most asked questions we receive from new Kinderpackers is, "How do I use the hood correctly?" In just a few simple steps, you can have the best fit on your hood and have your child well supported during a nap or shielded from the elements. 

    STEP 1

    Pull the hood out of the pocket inside the curved headrest
    Model is reaching into the headrest of the Kinderpack to pull out the hood

    STEP 2

    Unroll the hood and all of the webbing. You may need to loosen your webbing.
    Model is unrolling the fabric hood and webbing of the Kinderpack carrier

    STEP 3

    Pull the hood over your child's head making sure that your webbing is not twisted.
    Model is pulling the fabric hood over the child's head to ensure that the webbing is not rolled and fabric is correctly placed.

    STEP 4

    Clip each buckle piece into the respective piece on the top of your shoulder straps. 
    Model is clipping the buckles on the webbing in to the buckle on the top of the shoulder strap
     

    STEP 5

    Pull downward on webbing to tighten until the hood securely supports your child's head.
    Model is pulls down on the webbing to tighten the straps of the hood for a perfect fit.

    STEP 6

    Check that your child is resting on your chest and that their airway is clear. You should be able to get two fingers under their chin and the straps should not cover their face.  
    The child is sleeping with their head on mom's chest The hood is keeping their head supported. Their airway is clear and you can see his or her face.


    If you are still having trouble with fitting your hood, please feel free to email us for more help. info@kindercarry.com

    **The carrier print shown in this tutorial is Kinderpack Juniper**




    Fight the GOOD FIGHT! October 02, 2016 11:51

    This year has been a really hard one for my friend, Becky Williams.  She was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, and also lost her father.  She lost her mother to breast cancer 20 years ago. But she is a fighter. And she is the friend that always has a smile on her face, and the one who you call when you really need someone.  She finished her chemo and is now waiting for her double mastectomy, which has been delayed due to a blood clot from her chemo port.  

    Becky, a wife and mother of 4, has never given up and has always faced this struggle with determination and strength.  Why is it that the strongest people are given these struggles?  I believe it is because they have something to teach us with their example.  When you see a friend or family member go through life threatening illness, it has to change you.  It shows you that your daily frustrations and annoyances aren't worth getting upset over.  Seeing their strength and grace feeds the souls of those around them.  It creates moments of growth and inspiration in us all. Life is much more than the little problems that we face each day when life hangs in the balance.

    This is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I decided several months back that I wanted to do a fundraiser for Becky by selling breast cancer themed Kinderpacks that celebrate her strength and acknowledge her fight.  I know that so many families have their own story that mimics Becky's story- they are all too common.  These two Kinderpacks will speak to those that have had their own breast cancer journey themselves, or their own dear friend or family member.  My interest in doing a fundraiser like this is to help Becky DIRECTLY with 50% of all sales today, toward the financial burden that her medical expenses have put on her family.  

                                           

    Let's all try to celebrate each other today, and every day, because life is too precious, too unpredictable, and too damn short. <3

    With much love to you all,

    ~Mel

     

     

     

     


    Scents of the Season December 24, 2015 10:18 2 Comments

    Have you ever caught a familiar scent in the air and had it trigger a holiday memory? The way asphalt smells after the first light snow makes me double check my fingertips to see if they’re chilled as they were on early walks to the school bus as a child. Some of my favorite holiday memories center around scents of the season, but especially the aromas of our special dishes that we only make at Christmas time.

    Cooking and baking with my family brings about hours of story telling and laughter. We reminisce as we sauté, baste, and frost in preparation for holiday feasts.  One of our favorite recipes is a Spicy Sausage Dip that is consumed in about half the time it takes to make. This is a dish that I make with my daughters every Christmas, and the scent of the sausage mixing with the other ingredients makes it possible to recall the girls when they were so tiny they had to stand on chairs to help me cook.  Now, they can create this appetizer on their own, but we still cook together.

    As I prepare to make this today, I am sharing the recipe for you in the hopes that when you make it, you too are able to reminisce and laugh with family and friends just as we have done around our kitchen for years.

    Easy Sausage Dip

    1 block of cream cheese (8 oz)

    1 lb roll of “spicy” breakfast sausage

    1 can of Ro-Tel, drained (whichever spice level you like)


    Fry up the sausage and then drain it. Mix in the cream cheese and Ro-Tel and stir it until it’s all mixed and melted. Pour this into a baking dish and cover with shredded cheese. Bake uncovered until the cheese is melted to your liking. Serve with your favorite fresh tortilla chips. I would advise making a double batch because it goes quickly!


    Do you have a favorite holiday recipe that is meaningful to you? Share it with me in the comments!

    ~Mel 

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    Being Thankful..... December 20, 2015 13:45 4 Comments

    For me, this time of year naturally brings about a need to recount all the things I am thankful for, both past and present. I find myself deeply and profoundly thankful for the intangibles that help me through each day.  Material comforts make life easier of course, but it's the people and the insights in life that really matter in the end.

     

    First, I am grateful for the entrepreneurial spirit that I was born with. I was raised in a family where I had the unique opportunity of watching my father take his ideas and turn his vision into reality through his business.  From the time my dad was thirteen he had already begun his first successful venture - a hobby shop in his parents' basement where he bought and sold parts for radio controlled airplanes, trains and cars to his friends. In less than three years, this hobby became a storefront that his parents ran while he attended high school.  That same storefront operated for thirty five years.  He modeled this entrepreneurial path for me; he lived each moment with a sense of wonder while always exploring his dreams.  He was an exciting person to be with, who believed with his whole heart that I could do anything that I wanted to.  His mind never stopped formulating ideas and business plans.  I never knew at that time that I was learning from him to "live my dreams"- I just thought that this way of thinking was what you "do".  I wish he could see me now.

     

    I am also thankful for the gift of optimism.  Building a business on a dream is not easy. The process is most often not successful, and there are roadblocks – emotional and financial – that stop many from achieving their dreams. Because I am able to see the silver lining, I’ve been able to focus on the things that bring light, success, and strength to my creative spirit rather than allowing setbacks to stifle my ideas. Without positive thinking, there are so many things in my life that just wouldn’t be.  I have never been one to concentrate on the negative.  Being positive is the only way to truly achieve your dreams, and persevere through the tough times.

     

    I am also so very grateful for the families who support Kindercarry and continue to help us grow our ideas and our business one carrier at a time. Since the inception of Kindercarry nearly 12 years ago, we have experienced a steady stream of loyalty and support that brings joy to what we do. Because we began with such a small base of familiar faces and have grown to international proportions, it’s important to me to continue to be hands-on with Kindercarry. I still cut every single piece that is lovingly sewn into a Kinderpack. From each supportive email and every photo of a child being worn to each Facebook comment lending support, I try to see and read every single one, and I am so grateful for each of you. 

     

    Finally, I am so deeply and profoundly grateful for my husband and children. Without my family, I would not be able to do what I do and be as involved as I am with Kindercarry. My daughters and husband know me well and tolerate the endless stream of ideas that I am constantly wanting to try, and they support (and often join in) the shenanigans that happen daily.  My husband left his own job to help expand Kindercarry last year, which couldn't have happened otherwise.  He lovingly calls himself "The Manny" - he cooks all of our dinners, and helps do so many things around the house.

    Success isn't an accident.  And neither is being thankful.  An attitude of gratitude is essential to success.  And almost every good idea began with someone saying, “Hey, what if we …..

    ~Mel

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    IBW Saturday: FREE "Old Glory" October 10, 2015 16:33 83 Comments

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    IBW Friday: RTB for Puzzled October 09, 2015 10:54 7 Comments

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    IBW Thursday: RTB for Hot Wheelz October 08, 2015 10:28 10 Comments

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    IBW Wednesday: RTB for Serengeti October 07, 2015 10:19 18 Comments

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    My Sentimental Old Self...... October 02, 2015 16:40

    It's been a crazy back to school time for most of us at KCHQ! Many of us have school children, and getting back into the swing of things can be tough on the whole family.  Making sure that we don't let the day pass by without being thankful for this crazy beautiful life can be hard to do in the midst of chaos.  Letting the little ones know that we have time for THEM is something that we need to keep forefront in our minds.  I am writing this as a tangible reminder to myself to be present right now.

    Keeping ourselves 'kept up' can also be hard when the cycle of parenthood can be so scheduled out and crazy (eg. did I even SHOWER today?!?!).  Making sure that we eat right and get enough sleep can be pretty far down on the list of priorities when the demands of the children take up most of our frontal lobe activity at any given moment.  When my children were tiny, my mantra was "as long as everyone is still alive at the end of the day, then it was a success."  I am sure that all the Kinderpack moms and dads can  relate to that sentiment!  This stuff is HARD!

    Our whole KCHQ team is proud and honored to help you, in our tiny way, to keep your family circus moving.  We hope that you are able to capture all the memories that you are making this Autumn with your children while you can, without letting the day to day doldrums distract you.  Wear them. Cherish them. The young years go so very quickly.  And as cliche' as it is to say, you really never do get those years back.     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

     

    It is too bad that as parents, we can be so scatterbrained and burned out when our children are tiny- it is the nature of the beast.  It makes it that much more important to recognize the 'good stuff.  My husband often gets forlorn when he goes through old pictures of our children, as he focuses on that little child that he will never see again. 

    Never. See. Again.  

    Sigh.

     

     

    Then you turn around and they are in high school. Hmmm. How did that happen?!  Watching them grow up can be so bitter sweet, but so dang rewarding to see the amazing person they are becoming.  And I have only experienced this with my first nursling/wearee up to age 15 so far. I can only imagine how I will feel when I see one of my girls walk down the aisle.

    But then shortly after that, the circle starts all over and I will have GRANDCHILDREN to Kinderpack around! That will be a joyous day......

    much love and respect,

    Mel

     


    RTB: ULTIMATE weekend edition July 23, 2015 18:46 47 Comments

    Thats right. 5 KP's up for grabs with this weekends RTB's! Check the individual widgets for sizes available. $179 + $5 for plus and $10 for infant; + shipping. Good Luck and enjoy your weekends! 


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    RTB: 3 for Friday! July 17, 2015 16:40 30 Comments

    Today we have 3 RTBs to take you through the weekend! 

    Entries will close Monday at Noon. Retail price you will pay is $179, and $5 more for plus straps and $10 more for infant, plus shipping. 

    Good luck!




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    RTB: Monday pug day July 13, 2015 16:12 12 Comments



    Monday is here! We are busily taking pictures for viewsday tomorrow, but felt the need to entertain you while you wait with an awesome RTB! Preschool/ standard  "A Pugs Life". $179 + shipping to the lucky winner! 


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    RTB: Weekend edition July 10, 2015 23:11 22 Comments

     

    3 amazing prints to enter for the Right to Buy over the weekend! Entries will close Monday at Noon. Retail price you will pay is $179, and $5 more for plus straps and $10 more for infant, plus shipping. 

    Good luck!


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    RTB: Trophy! July 07, 2015 10:34 23 Comments

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    RTB: 3 for Friday! July 03, 2015 17:17 28 Comments

     

    We are finishing out the week with 3 RTB's and they will be open for entries all weekend! Standard retail pricing applies, and we wish everyone luck! Come back on Monday at noon to see the winners!


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    RTB: Sparrow Song and Summer Harlequin June 30, 2015 15:28 25 Comments

         

     

    Today we have 2 right to buys! Toddler/plus sparrow song and Infant/ standard Summer Harlequin! $179 ($189 for the infant) +shipping. Good luck! 


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    RTB: 3 for Friday! June 26, 2015 10:18 31 Comments

    Yes, thats right THREE RTB's today! Woohoo TGIF! Preschool/ standard Giraffe love with KN ($179 +shipping), Infant/plus Groovy Guitars with KN ($194 +shipping), and Standard/ Standard Spring Harlequin with KN ($179 +shipping)

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    RTB: Lovey Dovey June 23, 2015 15:28 12 Comments

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    RTB: Mist (again) June 22, 2015 23:50 8 Comments

     

    Today's (late night) Right to Buy is Mist with KN in a standard/ plus! The lucky winner will pay $184 + shipping. Good luck! 

     

     

     

     



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    RTB: Planes and Bubbles! June 19, 2015 13:52 34 Comments



    We have TWO right to buys for you all today! Infant/ standard pink bubbles, and Preschool/ standard Airplanes! Infant is $189 and Preschool is $179 + shipping. Good luck!


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    RTB: Manor Medallion June 17, 2015 12:04 17 Comments

     

    Today's RTB is the gorgeous classy Manor medallion with KN in toddler/ plus. This will be $184 + shipping to the lucky biuyer!

     


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    RTB: Open seas June 16, 2015 14:15 22 Comments



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    RTB: Flight 2 with KN June 15, 2015 14:22 24 Comments


    Today's RTB is the lovely flight 2 with KN, infant/plus so it will be $194 +shipping to the lucky winner! 




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    RTB: Llama Mama June 12, 2015 13:41 15 Comments


    TGIF! And what better way to celebrate than some adorable llamas! Preschool/ standard Lama Mama with KN is the last Right to Buy for this week! $179 +shipping to the lucky winner!


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    RTB: Cheater Quilt June 11, 2015 21:08 24 Comments






    Today's RTB is the super cute Cheater quilt in a toddler/ standard. IT will be $179 + shipping for the lucky winner!

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    RTB: Pink Zebra June 10, 2015 12:00 13 Comments

     

    Todays RTB is the lovely pink zebra in a standard/ plus! $184 + shipping to the lucky winner! 



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    RTB: At work! June 09, 2015 10:00 42 Comments

     

    This cute new favorite is available today! Infant/ Standard for $189 + shipping for the lucky winner! 


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    RTB: Rainbow Chevron June 08, 2015 12:00 28 Comments


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    RTB: 2 of them! June 05, 2015 11:03 35 Comments




    Yes you see that right TWO right to buys today! Standard/standard Bikes and Toddler/ standard flock. $179 plus shipping to the lucky winners!

     

     



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    RTB: Mist June 03, 2015 13:10 12 Comments

    Love this classic Gender neutral solid color Kinderpack! Works for everyone! The lucky winner will be able to buy this for $194 + shipping. Good luck! 

     

     

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    RTB: Zebra with pink! June 02, 2015 15:01 14 Comments


    Today's RTB is the lovely Zebra with Pink! Size preschool/ standard so it will be $179 + shipping for the lucky winner! 


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    RTB: Elemental June 01, 2015 13:54 22 Comments



    Just another Manic Monday here at Kindercarry! We are excited to be able to give you this fan favorite as a RTB today! Elemental toddler/ plus! $184 + shipping for the lucky winner!


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