// My Babywearing Journey + Ergobaby Giveaway



I could write post after post after post on why babywearing is so important to me, but in order to save you from absolute boredom, I'll try to sum it up nicely in this one entry... When I had so much trouble with breastfeeding (and feeling like an utter failure), babywearing is what "saved" me. I spent the first couple of weeks feeling like I would never bond with Linden because I was so mentally and physically exhausted from stressing over him eating. I was so worried that all of those "breast is best" articles were right and breastfeeding was bonding. Since I couldn't breastfeed successfully, I wouldn't ever bond with my baby, right? Wrong. (Thank goodness!) And I have a handy little wrap to thank for it. 

I knew I wanted to wear Linden since I first found out I was pregnant. I loved the thought of having him close, all the while having my hands free. It would be the best of both worlds. Endless snuggling that allowed me to be a productive work at home mom. Since I wasn't sure what wrap to start out with or if they were worth the cash, I began by using a DIY wrap I had made. It served us well while Linden was still hovering around his newborn weight. Of course thanks to his reflux and incessant spitting up, the crazy amount of washing it endured caused it to check out early on. While it didn't last for long, it opened me up to the wide world of babywearing and everything it entailed. I learned very quickly how beneficial it was for both me and Linden. I began wearing him the moment I was physically able to (post-caesarian) because it seemed so natural. From womb to wrap.


Babywearing is so beneficial for both the carrier and the baby. It has helped me create a bond with Linden that is stronger than almost anything. It's also helped me become incredibly tuned in to his personal "schedule." I'm always aware of when he's hungry, tired, or in need of a new diaper. Linden isn't a huge fan of tummy time, so wearing him helps him strengthen his neck muscles. (That kid has a big head in relation to his body, so strong muscles to keep it up are key haha!) One of my very favorite things about wearing him is I always know when he's ready for a nap because he'll burrow his sweet little face into one of the straps of the wrap where it's dark and cozy. (Anxious mom alert: If your kid does this, you'll freak out thinking he's going to suffocate. Luckily a little adjusting of the strap makes for the perfect little airway! I was worried sick after he developed this habit.)

It's not all about the baby and mama bonding either. Mike was having a hard time feeling super connected to Linden in the earlier weeks because L refused to be held by anyone other than me, and because Mike is gone all day to school, then spends most nights studying like crazy. Linden wanted me to feed him, hold him, soothe him, etc. It took a little bit of practice, but once Mike got the hang of the wrap, Linden was totally game to be worn by Dad. Seriously, it was such an exciting moment for us. Not only did it allow Mike a chance to really bond with L, but it also allowed me to take a shower, get some work done, and be alone when needed. Things that become absolute luxuries once the little ones show up.


Me preaching about babywearing may seriously be bordering on kicking a dead horse for some of you, but it's so hard to keep quiet when it's hands down the one thing that I feel really saved me (and Linden) these first few months. It hasn't been a walk in the park, but wearing him has been exactly what we both needed. And with that being said, I'm super excited about sharing the babywearing love with y'all! I'm certainly no expert on the subject, and in fact I'm still pretty clueless about wearing outside of wraps (soft structured carriers, wovens, etc, etc!). But I'm eager to learn more as Linden grows!

As an Ergobaby Brand Ambassador I am over the moon to share this giveaway today. In celebration of October being World Babywearing Awareness Month, one lucky reader is going to win an Ergobaby 4th Trimester pack which includes a wrap in your color choice and a set of Swaddlers! (Remember when I shared the Swaddlers in my Newborn Essentials post?! They are the bomb dot com!) 

I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to use the Ergobaby wraps these past couple of months. I promise I'm not just saying this, but they're amazing! At first I was worried there'd be too much fabric and they'd be cumbersome (my DIY wrap was much thinner), but they provide the perfect amount of support and stretch, and they still breathe, too. That way Linden is cozy when it's cool, but not too warm when it's hot out. They have a handy little pocket on the front even. (I may or may not use this for my phone and a spare pacifier or three haha!) After a handful of washes each, they're still holding up like new. (When you have a reflux baby, you get used to doing a lot of laundry! SO. MUCH. LAUNDRY!) I alternate between the Clay and Eucalyptus wraps, and I never leave the house without one! One of my favorite things about babywearing is spreading the love when out and about in public. Without fail, every time I wear him in a store, someone comments or asks about the wrap. We may live in a small town, but it's so fun to see babywearing become more and more normal around here.

As far as the giveaway goes, you don't have to be pregnant or a mom to win. Enter for a friend, give as a gift, or donate to a local women's shelter if you'd like! If you're curious about babywearing and you want to try it out without shelling out a lot of cash, enter and test your luck! I promise you'll be so stoked to have these in your arsenal. My hope with this giveaway is that another mama out there experiences just how powerful babywearing can be. It has had such a positive impact on my experience as a new mom, and I really want one of y'all to have that, too!

ENTER TO WIN AN ERGOBABY 4TH TRIMESTER SET


Good luck, friends! I can't wait to see who wins!

165 comments:

  1. I'll definitely be baby wearing my next bundle! Eucalyptus please

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  2. I love the eucalyptus wrap! Babywearing saved me too! I do not know how anyone gets anything done without babywearing. Ergo is my favorite! Would love to try the wrap for baby number two!!

    Looking good, Kaelah!

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  3. I love babywearing my nephew when I babysit him. Can't wait to babywear my own summer 2015! Clay is my favorite.

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  4. Awh! I kind of wish I'd gotten more into carrying my dude when he was tinytiny. I might try a wrap next time. (We had a carrier for Z, but it's more of a "get out and go" device than a "snuggle momma" tool.)

    PS. You two are just so adorable! I love these pictures. :)

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  5. I would go for the Pepper! I just found out I'm pregnant with my first about a week and a half ago and I'm over the moon! I would love to try babywearing. :) Awesome giveaway! <3

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  6. If I won I would want the eucalyptus! My little guy is 5 weeks old today. He came 10 weeks early abd has some serious reflux so the ergobaby would help tremendiously!

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  7. I'd go for Clay. It seems like the most versatile to me. No kids yet here -- but I'm sure we'd be able to put it good use at some point or another. I am a huge fan baby wearing and I don't even have a baby yet!

    -Kate
    www.theflorkens.com

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  8. I'm due in December & can't WAIT to walk around & wear my lil peanut :) I like all the colours but would choose Eucalyptus first. Thanx for doing this for us!!!

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  9. PS- when he moves out of the weight for the ergo wrap you should consider a ring sling (I love the sakura bloom http://www.sakurabloom.com/) or tula carrier.

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    1. I actually have a Sakura bloom ring slob! A very generous friend sent it our way after her girls outgrew it. I practice wearing him around the house but man there's a learning curve! Haha

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  10. I would choose Pepper! :) I'm 33 weeks today with my first and everything is starting to feel very real! Great post, I'd love to win. Xx

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  11. I would love to try baby wearing, I like the eucalyptus one

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  12. great post! you look so adorable.

    www.amoderngypsy.blogspot.com

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  13. I've been trying to decide on a baby wearing device and I may now be convinced the Ergobaby is the way to go!

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  14. I'm 20 weeks pregnant with our second, and my first hated the wrap carrier we had. I'm hoping this baby will like it better, I just love the idea of baby wearing!

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  15. Pepper for sure! Such a good post :-)))

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  16. I love the Eucalyptus wrap and I love babywearing! :D

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  17. I would choose Eucalyptus. I love that color.

    I'm expecting baby #2 in December and want to try babywearing with this one. With my son, I had a similar story to you as far as breastfeeding goes, but unfortunately I could not get the hang of my Moby wrap and missed out on a lot of newborn snuggles and bonding time.

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  18. I'm in love with eucalyptus and baby wearing! Such a great post, love dem babies!

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  19. I love the eucalyptus one!

    I'm glad you're posting about baby wearing, it's made me even more excited about it! It gets old reading about other bloggers touting it and basically just saying it's because it's best for the baby. It's best for both! I'm in nursing school and am definitely nervous about bonding, and if breast feeding will work out like I hope it will. (Pumping during 10 hour clinical days will be haaaaard and leave more room for the baby to like a bottle more than my boob!) So thank you for this post! It's encouraging that no matter how things work out, things WILL work out.

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  20. I've been so interested to try Ergobaby! This would be just the ticket :) I actually really love Pepper.

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  21. Tough decision but I think I would choose Eucalyptus if I win.

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  23. Baby wearing sprinkles sleep dust on babies and is so good for them! Eucalyptus looks great!

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  24. I love the eucalyptus one! I didnt have my firstborn wrapped, and I just regret it :.( But when number 2 arrives I know I will be babywearing :.)

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  25. I love the idea of baby wearing. I'd definitely want it in Clay.

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  26. Clay! I love wearing my toddler and plan on baby wearing again for the next one!

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  27. I'd personally love the eucalyptus one that color is gorgeous. I am due in a couple weeks and it is my one goal to babywear with my little girl when the time comes :D

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  28. I love the neutral-ness (is that a word?) of the Clay one. The mister and I are currently trying for our first little on so this would be soo great to win!

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  29. I've just started really trying to wear my 3-week old around the house to get more things done. Would love love love to try the Ergobaby out!

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  30. I'm due in February, and I can't wait to wear my little one! I would choose either Eucalyptus or Pepper :)

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  31. I'd love to win the eucalyptus coloured wrap! I'm scheduled to have my little boy in two weeks and am really eager to try out as many wraps possible to find what suits us :)

    Jennifer

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  32. The eucalyptus is my favorite! I love wearing my 2 month old!

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  33. I wish I would have been in the know about baby wearing when my daughter was born. Now with baby boy almost here, I can't wait to wear him all the time! I purchased a Solly Baby wrap, but it would be nice to have something to compare it to. I love the pepper one!

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  34. I would choose pepper!

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  35. I am so excited to wear this next baby (currently 15 wks pregnant). I wore my daughter, who is now 8, and it's also what allowed us to work our breastfeeding issues and bond. She was what some would call "high maintenance" and being able to wear her definitely soothed her. I miss that closeness as she's now VERY independent ha

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  36. I am so excited to wear this next baby (currently 15 wks pregnant). I wore my daughter, who is now 8, and it's also what allowed us to work our breastfeeding issues and bond. She was what some would call "high maintenance" and being able to wear her definitely soothed her. I miss that closeness as she's now VERY independent ha

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  37. If I won I'd chose the pepper ergobaby wrap!

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  38. I love to wrap and wear my baby! The eucalyptus is so pretty!

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  39. I have the ergo carrier + infant carrier, but I miss using a wrap!!

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  40. Love, love, love the Eucalyptus! I have a very active toddler and would love to try baby wearing with #2!

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  41. I love your story. I recently had to stop breast feeding due to illness and have been heartbroken ever since. I have a great carrier, but this Ergo wrap would be perfect to continue the bonding I've grown to love which my little girl. If I had to pick a color, I would chose clay... But they are all amazing colors!

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  42. I'm currently expecting and would love the eucalyptus wrap!

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  43. Love the eucalyptus! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  44. I would chose eucalyptus! Just barely into my third trimester, our first baby is due in January! We are very excited and I'm very excited about baby wearing! New to your blog and Instagram

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  45. I'm on the market for a wrap and love your feedback.

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  46. I have yet to figure out the baby wearing thing. I have a carrier but my baby screams his head off every time I attempt to put him in there. Everyone raves about the ergo carrier and I'd love a chance to try it out. :)

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  47. Oh and I think pepper is super cute!

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  48. I like the pepper colorway the best.

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  49. I'd love the eucalyptus one for our squish who's due in December!

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  50. Baby wearing is saving me right now too!! Although I am not thrilled with the ring sling I have right now. I would love to win an Ergo wrap!!!

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  51. Baby wearing is what is saving me right now... My little girl is very fussy!! Although I am not thrilled with the ring sling I have. I would love to win an Ergo wrap!!!

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  52. I would love to win the Eucalyptus color wrap :D! I have a 4 and 5 year old and im always running around so a wrap would deffenitly help! Ive been wanting to buy one but we just dont have any extra $ right now :/! So im hoping i win :D! Good luck to everyone :D!

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  53. I love your story! I'd LOVE to wrap my pumpkin up in one of these!

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  54. I love your story! I'd LOVE to wrap my girl up in one of these!

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  55. I love wearing my boys! I would love a wrap! The Eucalyptus is gorgeous!

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  56. I would choose the eucalyptus! Such a fun color and so cute!

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  57. Eucalyptus is my favorite! Would love to wear my 4 month old in one of these.

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  58. Sorry commented on wrong post 😜I'll blame it on the prpregnancy. But I really want to wear my baby as much as I can. I would love the pepper wrap! Thank you for this giveaway!

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  59. I would like the eucalyptus color :)

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  60. I'd choose eucalyptus

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  61. I would pick Eucalyptus! Thanks for a great giveaway.

    Summer I.

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  62. I love Pepper and would love to carry my baby around in one of these wraps when he's due in March :)

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  63. I would love the wear my baby girl (due any day!) in clay!

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  64. Hey, I'm so glad things are looking up for you! You look so happy and radiant in these pictures. Thanks for sharing this fun giveaway!

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  65. Oops! Forgot to add i like the eucalyptus color. Silly phone!

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  66. I would like to win the eucalyptus color

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  67. I would love to wear my baby more. I would love the teal color.

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  68. I would love the eucalyptus color for my boy that is due in Feb!

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  69. Due date is today! I'd love the eucalyptus!

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  70. I love babywearing and ergo :) pepper for sure

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  71. Eucalyptus for sure!! I love wearing my son! !

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  72. I would choose Pepper if I were to win this wrap

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  73. Wow beautiful baby! You both look amazing

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  74. Good story. Glad you were able to bond. I would choose eucalyptus

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  75. Good story. Glad you were able to bond. I would choose eucalyptus

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  76. I have my fingers crossed. I would love to have the eucalyptus.

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  77. the eucalyptus is so pretty. i'm a fan of baby wrapping myself. my little peanut was just born this summer on the fourth of july :)

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  78. hopping on the eucalyptus bandwagon! <3 the color. <3<3<3 Ergo! got my boy in the Ergo now, would LOVE to get a wrap!!!

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  79. I would pick eucalyptus! Wish they had a purple too!

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  80. I like pepper. This would be perfect for my baby girl!!

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  81. I'm due in January and we're not finding out the sex so I'd pick the Clay color so it's more gender-neutral.

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  82. I wish babywearing had worked so well for us! Audra is NOT INTERESTED in being worn if we're in the house. She really likes it if we're out in public - I think it feels more secure in an unfamiliar place than her carseat or the stroller does. When we're in the house, though, it's either IN our arms or in her little chair or no dice, haha

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  83. I love the pepper wrap! That color combo is so me it's ridiculous. I love to wrap my boy Hanley who was born on 9/23 but the wrap we have is so bulky and thick that it makes baby wearing a pain. :/

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  84. I'd choose the eucalyptus.
    p.s. you look gorgeous!

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  85. I am due in April with my first and would love the clay one. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  86. love the eucalytus! we're having our first baby in march, and i am planning to wear her!

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  87. I think I'd choose pepper :)

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  88. I love the pepper!

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  89. I would go with the Pepper. Everything else I wear is black, so I want the wrap to match!

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  90. I would choose the clay wrap! I just had my daughter in August and she loves to snuggle so I would love to be able to use a wrap to keep her close while keeping my hands free. I have a 5 year old son so being hands free while keeping my littlest one close would be an amazing relief!

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  91. Eucalyptus is my absolute favorite!

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  92. I have a sling, but I've been wanting to try a wrap too! I'd love it in Eucalyptus.

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  93. another bit of love for eucalyptus :)

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  94. I absolutely love the eucalyptus wrap. I actually had it on my registry. I'm due in three weeks. Ahh!! = ]

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  95. I'm due may 2015 and the eucalyptus color is gorgeous! That would be my choice

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  96. I Love Eucalyptus. Babywearing rocks!!!!

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  97. Eucalyptus. Gotta love a good green!

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  98. I'm due in Dec and can't wait to try these with my baby girl! I love the Eucalyptus color.

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  99. I loved all the benefits of wearing my first baby and now with a second one on the way and a toddler in the house, I know that the wearing hours will be even longer! Would LOVE this wrap before number two joins us!

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  100. My sister in law is pregnant, and I know she's love the eucalyptus set :)

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  101. I love the Eucalyptus color! Will rock it off with my 2 month old baby girl!

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  102. Eucalyptus for me!

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  103. I love the idea of baby wearing. not a mama yet but I so can feel the specialness of it.

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  104. I love the Clay wrap! I fell in love with baby wearing with my first lil one & will definitely be doing it again with the next : )

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  105. Babywearing has totally saved me, too! I have the Ergo performance (wearing my 5mo right now haha) and use it for hours every day. I love the eucalyptus wrap, but if I won, I'd get the clay for a fellow mamsa friend who can't afford any wraps or carriers :( Awesome giveaway!

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  106. I would love the Eucalyptus one!

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  107. I would get the eucalyptus one

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  108. My first choice would definitely be the pepper one and my second favorite is the eucalyptus.

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  109. I LOVE the eucalyptus! I own a LOT of stuff that color. :)

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  110. I absolutely love the Eucalyptus . It is so pretty. This would be great for baby!

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  111. I love the eucalyptus.

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  112. Eucalyptus. I struggled with both breast feeding and baby wearing last time, hoping to try some new kinds of wraps, slings, carriers, and have more success with both this time around.

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  113. I'm expecting a new little baby very soon and would LOVE to wear her around! I just haven't gotten the money together for a carrier, so this would be perfect. Any of the colors are nice and I would love to get my hands on one of those swaddlers too! :D

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  114. Oh..........and I LOVE the Eucalyptus!! :)

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  115. Eucalyptus-I'm crushing on that color for everything!

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  116. Eucalyptus :) I think it's beautiful!

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  117. I would have to get the eucalyptus wrap. Love the idea of wearing my baby!

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  118. I'd definitely get Eucalyptus! I've never tried a wrap but I love SSCs!

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  119. Love eucalyptus. Thanks for the chance.

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