Thursday, August 3, 2017

Rucksack Tied at Shoulder with Brittany's Rose Finish

We love a quick rucksack (aka "ruck") back carry! Here's a fancy finish to get those tails out of the way.
With a shorter wrap you'll have a smaller rose. With a longer wrap you'll have a larger rose.

Carrier: Soul Sumac Woven Wrap (base minus 1)


[1 minute time lapse video without voice audio or text, with background music of a tan skin bespectacled Asian woman demonstrating how to do a rucksack back carry tied at shoulder with Brittany's rose finish using a base minus 1 red and blue checkered woven wrap. Title image white text: Rucksack Tied at Shoulder with Brittany's Rose Finish (base minus 1) By: Stephanie Lu Sinclair @WearingPluotAndKumquat. Video begins with a toddler high on Mama's back with wrap over her back and up to her shoulders. Middle marker is in center of toddler's back. With tails pinned under Mama's chin, a deep seat is made. Tails are gathered at the shoulders. One tail is brought along the back, pinning the seat in place under toddler's knees. Toddler bounces to test seat. With tail brought up under one arm, it's double knotting with the other tail. Twist shorter tail around double knot. Twist longer tail and continue the rose-in-progress. Tuck tail in. Smile! End image white text: Carrier: Soul Sumac Woven Wrap. Music "So Far So Close" by Jahzzar.]

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Meh Dai Tied Tibetan with Brittany's Rose Finish

Some days we feel kinda fancy. Check out this meh dai tied Tibetan with Brittany's rose finish!

[Image of a tan skin Asian woman's torso with a blue t-shirt mostly covered in black chambray wrap straps tied Tibetan. She's using an Asian-style baby carrier with a sleeping toddler on her back. There's a rose near one shoulder made from the ends of the shoulder straps.]


[57 second time lapse video with no voice audio, with background music demonstrating how to do a back carry with a wrap strap style meh dai tied Tibetan with Brittany's rose finish. Title text: Meh Dai Tied Tibetan with Brittany's Rose Finish. By: Stephanie Lu Sinclair @WearingPluotAndKumquat. A tan skin bespectacled Asian woman is wearing a preschooler on her back. They're using a linen meh dai with a reddish-orange panel and black chambray straps. They are outside on a warm summer afternoon. The waist straps are double knotted at the woman's waist. The shoulder straps come up over the woman's shoulders, go underneath the child's legs, and are spread in back to support the child's bum. When the shoulder straps are brought back to the front, they come up to spread across the woman's chest before double knotting off to one side. The shorter end is looped around the double knot and tucked in securely before the second end is looped around - the finish resembles a rose. End page text: Carrier: Soul Melon on Black Chambray Linen Meh Dai. Music: "Golden Sunrise" by Josh Woodward.]

World Breastfeeding Week: How to Breastfeed in a Ring Sling

It's World Breastfeeding Week! #WBW2017

Breastfeeding while babywearing has been a game changer for my breastfeeding journey with both of my daughters. It wasn't always easy and I never imagined I'd be doing a video tutorial on how to but here we are over 4 years since my journey started. I hope this video tutorial on how we breastfeed using a ring sling encourages you to give it a try and that you feel empowered. 


[1 minute video without voice audio, with background music, and text overlay. A tan skin bespectacled Asian woman is wearing a toddler on her front in a light brown ring sling and demonstrating how to breastfeed without removing the toddler from the carrier. They are outside in front of a wall covered with green grape leaves. Title page text: Breastfeeding in a Ring Sling. By: Stephanie Lu Sinclair @WearingPluotAndKumquat. Tutorial text: 1. Loosen by pulling up on the bottom ring and lower child to desired height. 2. Latch on child. 3. Use tail of ring sling as sun cover, distraction cover, hide-and-seek, added privacy, or don't. Whatever you and your child are comfortable with. 4. To switch sides, with one hand under child's bottom, bounce child over until she/he is in a comfortable position. 5. Latch on child. 6. To re-position when breastfeeding is done, with one hand on child's bottom, lift her/him up and re-tighten. Credits page: Carrier: Soul Linen Sparrow Ring Sling. Music: "One Fine Day" by Jason Shaw.]

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Tandem Wearing: Onbuhimo and Woven Wrap

Check out my tutorial on wearing a toddler and a preschooler using an onbuhimo and a base minus 1 woven wrap! The children are in their own carriers so each can be taken out individually if needed. The lack of a waist belt from the onbuhimo gives me more freedom and I don't feel like I have so much on me. It's less hot too. The short cross carry with a ring is pre-tied and can be easily adjusted; plus there's no bulky knot anywhere. We don't tandem wear often but some times both children need the same person at the same time, and it's nice to have options! 


[59 second time-lapse video with background music demonstrating how to wear two children using dusty peach-colored linen buckle onbuhimo on back and a base minus 1 pink and black woven wrap on front. Wearer is a tan skin bespectacled Asian woman and wearees are a toddler and a preschooler. They are outside in front of greenery on a slightly windy day. Main header: Tandem Wearing: Onbuhimo and Woven Wrap. Subheader: Soul Linen Onbuhimo, Soul Maze Pop Woven Wrap, 1 Large Aluminum Sling Ring. Second subheader: By: Stephanie Lu Sinclair, @WearingPluotAndKumquat. Three video clips have text to the right of each clip detailing the steps. First clip text: Short Cross Carry with a Ring and Base Minus 1; 1. Find middle marker. 2. Slide ring to the middle marker. 3. Accordian fold wrap. 4. Place over head and lower ring down back. Be careful not to twist wrap. 5. Accordian fold ends in front, make an X and bring ends to back and loop through ring. 6. Make just enough of a pocket in front for child. Don't put child is yet! Second clip text: Putting On Onbuhimo; 1. Webbing and perfect fit adjusters (PFAs) are loosened. Have chest clip all the way down or to where you find most comfortable. 2. Ask child to step into carrier, one leg in each shoulder strap loop. 3. Stoop down to place child on back, insert arms into shoulder straps. 4. Stand up, buckle chest clip. Make seat by pulling fabric up between you and child. Tighten shoulder straps. Ask child if s/he is comfortable. Adjust as needed. Third clip text: Place Child In Front; 1. Place child at burping height. 2. Guide child's leg into inside pass first, then other leg into outside pass. 3. Spread passes knee to knee and across child's back (easier to spread inside pass first). 4. Do jazz hands because you're wearing two children and you're hands-free! They're in their own carriers so if anyone wants down to chase a rabbit or pick a flower, you can take them out individually. End of video text: Thanks for watching! Wear on!]

Thursday, July 13, 2017

How to Fold a Meh Dai

Storing your meh dai baby carrier? Looking for a way to keep it nice and neat in the car or your backpack/diaper bag? Check this tutorial on how to fold a meh dai! If your hood has two straps instead of four, try wrapping it around the rolled meh dai and tucking it under itself instead of tying off. 


[60 second video tutorial to background music on how to fold an Asian-style carrier called a meh dai or bei dai with wide wrap style straps. The carrier featured is black and pink in repeated concentric squares. Video starts with a black background and white text. Header-How to Fold a Meh Dai. Subheader-Carrier: Soul Maze Pop Meh Dai. Credits-By: Stephanie Lu Sinclair 
@WearingPluotAndKumquat. The carrier is spread out on a wood floor, inside facing up. All four straps are folded on themselves at the width of the body panel. Then the shoulder straps are brought in at an angle to lay on top of the body panel. Next, the waist straps are brought in to lay on top of the body panel, overlapping with the bottom of the neatly folded shoulder straps. The carrier is then rolled up from the bottom until it reaches the base of the hood. A knee is placed on the rolled carrier while the hood straps are cinched about halfway. The hood is rolled up with the rest of the rolled carrier and the straps go in opposite directions to tie in a single or double knot on the other side, securing the rolled carrier in place. The video finishes with the carrier neatly rolled up ready to go; the blue and white SOUL logo is visible on the carrier hood. In the background is a child whispering very loudly "what plant does Parmesan cheese come from?"]