#MeAndMyKP - Kristina Pulistar

#MeAndMyKP - Kristina Pulistar

Kinderpack is committed to offering top-notch customer service. That meant it was a no-brainer to add a Certified Babywearing Educator to our staff. Kristina is able to diagnose fit issues from a few simple images and will always be able to get you comfortable! She can even offer video chat consults if you are a more visual person. (Just email info@kinderpack.com to get that set up!)

We feel it's important for you to know the people behind the scenes that keep our small business working. Today, we share Kristina's #MeAndMyKP story.

What’s your Kinderpack story? Use the #MeAndMyKP hashtag so we can read about it. and tag us on Facebook and Instagram. We would be so honored if you share your stories with us!


1) How did your babywearing journey begin?

Before having my first baby I was a nanny! The family I worked for owned a baby carrier and it was so intriguing to me. The stroller was complicated to open and even harder to push so I decided to give the carrier a try! I loved the freedom it gave me to chase around the toddler while still holding the baby and she was able to enjoy the playtime from a new perspective. I knew at that moment (4 years before I would have my own baby) that I would wear my babies one day! 

 

2) When did you learn about Kinderpack Carriers? 

After attending the very first Mommycon, I become involved with the local babywearing community! It was my first group of mom friends and I enjoyed helping so became a volunteer. Being a volunteer meant it was important for me to research the currently available brands, one being Kinderpack. The very first one I tried was Unicorns with the yummy red canvas!

 

3) What is something that you love about the Kinderpack community?

I love how most people who are Kinderpack users tell us that they have tried other brands, but once they tried Kinderpack they never went back! It's so exciting to be able to offer that type of comfort. Watching the babies grow is kinda neat too ;) 

4) Is there a Kinderpack print that holds special meaning to you? 

Yes! Constellations. My daughter's name is Lyra (after the constellation) so it's pretty special to me. It was also her first Kinderpack ride!

 

5.) What is one tip that you would give to someone who is new to Kinderpack? 

If you are having trouble with fit, reach out to us! We're here to help and happy to do it. 



 Kristina is a Los Angeles Postpartum Doula  & CBWS trained babywearing educator. She believes that every growing family deserves a helping hand and tools to make the adjustment easier.

You can learn more about Kristina through her social media channels. 

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March 18, 2019 by Kristina Pulistar
Babywearing Dads - #KinderDads

Babywearing Dads - #KinderDads

As a babywearing educator, I get to help hundreds of families each year learn how to carry their babies in a variety of carriers. I've noticed a wonderful transition in the last 2 years through my work. There has been a HUGE increase in dads who are not only wearing their children but are EXCITED to do so. The days of believing that men should not be doing any child rearing is behind us and we couldn't be any happier! 

We asked a few Dads in our Kinderpack Community what their initial thoughts were on babywearing and what it means to them now. 


Knit Stitch Kinderpack - Daddy Thai

Did you want to wear your child from the beginning or did it take persuasion?
I wanted to wear from the beginning but was a little intimidated. Lots of help was given. 

Why do you like to wear your child? 
[The} Ease of carrying my child, freeing up hands, and it's a great way to bond.



Shady Savannah Kinderpack
 - Rick Louis


Did you want to wear your child from the beginning or did it take persuasion? 
It took a little bit of persuasion from my wife at first as I didn’t really know much about it. She jumped right into and taught me about it 🙂
My wife helped me learn how to wear him!
Why do you like to wear your child? 

Why do you like to wear your child? 

I love it for many reasons. But here are my top 2. 1 it’s so much easier and it’s awesome to be able to use my hands! My arms don’t get tired at all (I like wearing him on my back). 2) I think it’s a great way for me to bond with my son! He’s 5.5 and I don’t know how much longer he’s gonna let me wear him. We do have #2 coming in April, so I’m super stoked to wear them from an earlier age until they decide it’s no longer cool!


Daddy Farinas

Did you want to wear your child from the beginning or did it take persuasion? 
I guess it took persuasion. There are not too many examples of men wearing babies out there. I'm proud now, though, to be able to wear my baby while getting things done around the house, or just to play video games 😆.

Why do you like to wear your child? 
I love to wear the babies because frankly, it frees my hands up for everything else and sometimes it is 20 times easier to put the baby to sleep. 

January 26, 2019 by Kristina Pulistar
Why I Babywear My Deaf Daughter

Why I Babywear My Deaf Daughter

Babywearing a child who is deaf can be beneficial. It can keep them safe from surroundings that may otherwise be dangerous. It can keep them calm during medical procedures and it can help them to feel the vibrations as you speak to them. Babywearing can allow your deaf child to be a participant in life despite their disability. This is a story told by a mother of a deaf child.
December 02, 2018 by Kristina Pulistar
Too Big For A Baby Carrier? - Child Carrying #IBW2018

Too Big For A Baby Carrier? - Child Carrying #IBW2018

Childwearing calms tired little ones and allows for bigger adventures.  I cannot count the ways that our lives are better now because of easy access to preschool carriers.
October 06, 2018 by Kristina Pulistar
Why Using A Baby Carrier Makes Breastfeeding Easier

Why Using A Baby Carrier Makes Breastfeeding Easier



A baby carrier is one of the best tools for supporting a breastfeeding relationship. While there are many benefits to using a carrier, evidence shows that by using a baby carrier, you are likely to breastfeed your baby for a longer period of time. Here are three reasons why wearing baby increases breastfeeding duration:

Proximity

The closeness created by baby in a carrier is the primary reason why breastfeeding duration is increased. More frequent latching and feeding sends messages to make more milk, and the body responds accordingly. Breastfeeding on demand and when baby cues, rather than a set schedule, also lends itself to keeping a robust supply, and in turn that supports the length of the breastfeeding relationship. You are more likely to feed baby before they get over-hungry as well, creating an overall more peaceful routine for everyone.



Touch

After birth, baby is placed skin to skin, also known as Kangaroo Care. Evidence shows this is beneficial to both premature and full-term healthy babies, not just physically, but emotionally and socially. Oxytocin is released, creating those important feelings of bonding and a sense of calm, not just for baby, but for the birthing person as well. When it comes to breastfeeding, oxytocin plays an important role, as it’s what drives your let down reflex.  Kangaroo Care is often seen as being just after birth, but it continues to have a benefit beyond that, and carrying is the natural next step. A carrier is one of the best ways to make touch and interaction, also important for baby’s brain, a regular part of your day to day routine. Your touch reminds baby you are there, creates trust, and that secure and healthy attachment will benefit them the rest of their lives. The desire to kiss your baby even serves a purpose, to sample the germs on your baby’s head, and create the perfect antibodies in your milk to fight those pathogens.




Smell

Keeping your baby close means smelling your baby, a large influence on our ability to bond. While even scientists don’t understand completely how complex this exchange is, we do know that smelling a baby, particularly a newborn, activates reward-related parts of the brain in women. Even if they’ve never given birth. Babies also know the smell of their mother and their milk specifically, another clue along with their small stomach size, that keeping them close and feeding frequently is what we are designed to do.


Credits: 
Pisacane A, Continisio P, Filosa C, Tagliamonte V, Continisio GI. Use of baby carriers to increase breastfeeding duration among term infants: the effects of an educational intervention in Italy. Acta Paediatr Oslo Nor 1992.
Bergman NJ. Neonatal stomach volume and physiology suggest feeding at 1-h intervals. Acta Paediatr Oslo Nor 1992.
Johan N. Lundström, Annegret Mathe, Benoist Schaal, Johannes Frasnelli, Katharina Nitzsche, Johannes Gerber and Thomas Hummel. Maternal status regulates cortical responses to the body odor of newborns. Front. Psychol., 05 September 2013.
Alison B. Wismer Fries, Toni E. Ziegler, Joseph R. Kurian, Steve Jacoris, and Seth D. Pollak. Early experience in humans is associated with changes in neuropeptides critical for regulating social behavior. PNAS November 22, 2005.



Laura Brown - Babywearing Educator
 


Laura is a multifaceted educator for parents from pregnancy & beyond. With ten years of experience teaching, Laura has become a trusted source of knowledge allowing her to speak or write confidently in a variety of babywearing & postpartum related subjects.

She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband Dave & four children. She loves coffee & Disney days & is passionate about helping parents become more confident through her nonprofit, BabywearingLA

Laura Brown - Babywearing Consultant, Full Spectrum Doula, Lactation Educator, Kangaroo Care Certified & Child Passenger Safety Technician

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August 05, 2018 by Kristina Pulistar
My Kinderpack Adventures - Beach Weekend With Baby

My Kinderpack Adventures - Beach Weekend With Baby

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

 

July 16, 2017 by Kristina Pulistar