Laundry and Folding, with ObiMama

So, babies, they are ever so adorable, and sooooo full of spit. And now you’ve got spit (or chocolate or lollipop stickiness or peanut butter, or whatever’s your jam <----- see what I did there?) on your ObiMama.  Now what? How do you wash it carefully?
The first step would be to consult the washing instructions for the wrap your ObiMama is converted from.  For example, mine is Ankalia Icarus Mariana, 100% cotton. According to the wrap instructions, I would wash cold and tumble dry low. The additional ObiMama tags says hand wash cold and dry flat.  Because my machine is front loading and has a hand wash cycle, I’m cool with that.  If you have top loading machine with an agitator, perhaps you will prefer to handwash. Or another option that keeps the straps from getting into trouble: put your carrier into a mesh laundry bag and throw it in the wash! In regards to soap, try go with a soap that is free from optical brighteners, those brighteners are not kind to your carrier! For SUPER stubborn marks, try a teensy tiny bit of Blue Dawn Dishsoap!

 That bath sure looks like fun!

That bath sure looks like fun!


Next step, the one that requires the patience parenthood instills in us all, waiting for your Obi to dry. You could lay it flat if you have the room to leave it for the necessary time.  You could also line dry it, which may leave some temporary indentations from the line/clothes pins.  Another option, depending on your wrap fabric of course, could be to pop it into the dryer with no or low heat and some dryer balls.
Now, you have a beautiful clean ObiMama, dry as toast. Go ahead and wrap your child again. Repeat the spit/spill cycle.

 I like airing out this laundry :)

I like airing out this laundry :)

But wait!! You want to pretend to get your ObiMama brand new again? You can do this! Keep reading and learn how to fold your ObiMama just like it comes brand new. Sounds impossible, but this feat is within reach! Check it out:
Step one: Grab a bevy (Wine? Beer? Cola? Cucumber flavoured water? Kombucha? whatever makes your feel fancy!), pull out that ironing board, and warm your iron up to low/medium (again, consult your wrap for the proper temperatures). 
Step two: Iron out your shoulder and waist straps. Watch the pleats! You have two choices here: iron the pleats to get sharp creases like you did with your slacks in the 80s -OR- ease the iron around the pleats so the focus is on making your waist tie smooth. Pro tip, avoid ironing crisp pleats into your linen and hemp blend fabrics to preserve the lifespan of those fibers.

Now that you have a smooth as new ObiMama, we are ready to get to the folding!

 


Step three: Follow the photos as shown below, and you will have a wonderful ObiMama roll, almost as good as straight from HeadQuarters!

1. Lay out your ObiMama, sit back (maybe toss in a sigh of delight), and admire the handiwork of the conversion queen before you move on
2. Fold the shoulder strap down
3. Take the strap and fold it across
4. Keep folding the strap across the body until you have reached the end of the tail.

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5. Repeat 1-4 with the opposite shoulder strap
6. Fold one waist strap across the body in the same way as the shoulder straps
7. Repeat with the opposite waist strap. Now you should have just the body panel and hood laid out.

8. Fold in the waist band with both hands
9. Using both hands, roll the waist band up, smoothing the carrier as you go
10. You should now have rolled all the way through to the hood. Either tuck the hood ties into the roll or tie them in a loose knot. 

You now have a beautiful ObiMama roll, *almost* like brand new! NO ONE can do it quite like ObiMama can, though! The process is much the same for welter weight conversions as well.  Enjoy!

Still have a burning question? You're probably not alone. Ask in the comments section, the Laundry PhD. will be along shortly.

Colour with ObiMama

With the trend of adult colouring books being at the height of its popularity, I thought it would be fun to create an ObiMama colouring page for you guys. I've been hearing all about adult colouring and the benefits of it: decreasing stress, helping evoke emotions you felt at a simpler time in your life (like childhood),  focusing the brain and calming anxiety. I really wanted to do something for the wonderful community that ObiMama encompasses.

When you’ve printed it out and coloured it (or perhaps your littles did), please tag us on Instagram using #TeamObiMama. We’d love to see your creations!

The preview is below and you can download the PDF ready for printing here. Happy coloring!
- Melissa

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How Can I Tie my ObiMama Mei Tai? Let Me Count the Ways!

I have for you today, 7 of the many different ways to tie your shoulder straps in a back carry.  If these carries are new to you, please attempt these carries with caution. Use a spotter or work over a soft surface.  Also, remember all body types are different and so some carries might not work or feel comfortable for you, that is ok! That is why there are so many ways!  Featured in this post is the beautiful Ankalia wrap, Mako.  This delicious ObiMama is a SS1 with medium waist and medium kombi straps.  Wearer is size M/L and 5’10”, for reference.  Please forgive any untidy tightening, this conversion is brand new and still slightly crispy. 

 Back Pack Carry Tied at Waist

Back Pack Carry Tied at Waist

Standard Back Pack Carry Tied at Waist


This is your standard way to use a mei tai.  Once baby is settled in, one strap at a time, bring the shoulder strap straight down, over baby’s leg and then under the other.  Once you have both straps in front, simply tie at the waist. I have the shoulder spread, but you do not need to spread them if you prefer not to. There is beauty in simplicity, never forget!

 
 Knotless (with passes spread)

Knotless (with passes spread)

Knotless With Passes Spread


This is another commonly used, comfortable carry.  Once baby is settled in, one strap at a time, take the strap straight down, over baby’s leg and then under the other.  When you have the strap in front, cross it to the opposite side of your body.  Pull the strap up to your shoulder and put it OVER the ruck strap and pull it under.  Repeat with opposite strap.  Once the passes are secure, spread them out over your chest to your liking.  Use your best judgement with this one. If you are constantly tightening, then your wrap straps may be too slippery for this and there are better carries to use.

 
 Knotless (unspread, under chest)

Knotless (unspread, under chest)

Knotless Unspread, Under Chest


This can be a comfortable option if you like knotless finish but don’t want the passes over your chest.  Once baby is settled in, one strap at a time, take the strap straight down, over baby’s leg and then under the other.  When you have the strap in front, cross it to the opposite side of your body.  Pull the strap to the ruck strap under your chest, put it OVER the ruck strap and pull it under. Repeat with the other strap.  Again, use your best judgement with this one. If you are constantly tightening, then your wrap straps may be too slippery for this and there are better carries to use.

 
 Tibetan (passes spread)

Tibetan (passes spread)

Tibetan Passes Spread


This is another secure comfortable carry. Once baby is settled in, one strap at a time, take the strap straight down, over baby’s leg and then under the other.  When you have the strap in front, cross it to the opposite side of your body.  Pull the strap up to your shoulder and put it UNDER the ruck strap and pull it through.  Be sure to maintain tension, pinning it under your chin while you do the other side. Once both straps are through the ruck straps, bring them in front and tie in a double knot.  If desired, spread the passes.

 
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Mermaid 

Mermaid


This is not my favourite carry, simply because it doesn’t suit my body type.  As you can see, I do not recommend this carry for small busted women, as it may ride down.  But if you’ve got the goods, it is a very pretty and fun carry, I encourage you to try and decide how you like it!  You will need a sling ring for this carry. A medium ring works well with most straps, but I have used a large in this picture.  Always use authentic rings with no weld spots, as they could break!  Once baby is settled in, one strap at a time, take the strap straight down, over baby’s leg and then under the other.  When you have both straps in front, pin one strap between your knees.  Run the other strap through the ring, then place the ring in the center of your chest where you would like it to be when you are finished. Hold the ring in place while pulling the strap into a knotless finish (OVER the ruck strap, and then under).  Take the other strap from between your knees, bring it to the ring, thread it under and over and tie in knotless finish.  Now that your straps are secure you can spread the passes until you have achieved the look you desire!

 
 Chest Belt

Chest Belt

Chest Belt


This carry avoids the chest all together.  If you are sore from nursing, this is a good, secure option.  And even if you are not sore, this is still a wonderful carry! Once baby is settled in, take both shoulder straps over your shoulders and tie one knot (make sure it is not too snug, so that it rides up your neck). Then bring the straps down, one at a time, over baby’s leg and under the other.  When the straps are both in front, simply tie at the waist.

 
 Sternum Strap

Sternum Strap

Sternum Strap


I like this carry, it suits my body type.  If I am feeling fancy, this is my go to.  Once baby is settled in, take both shoulder straps over your shoulders and bring them in front of you.  Start twisting the straps together, but do not start too close to your neck, as it will become uncomfortable.  Twists downwards until you have reached the length you like, ideally right under your bust line.  Then, one at a time, take the strap over baby’s leg and under the other.  When you have both straps in front, simply tie in a knot at the waist.


These are a sampling of the many ways to tie your shoulder straps. 

A pinnacle of the mei tai is it’s versatility, as you can see here.  Many ways, to suit many needs.  This may seem overwhelming, but if your child is happy on your back, you do not need to take him/her down to try new carries.  Just undo the straps and re-tie them in a new way!  Stay tuned for more fun ways to play with your ObiMama Mei Tai!  Follow the ObiMama YouTube channel for future tutorial updates!

Until then Mama’s (and Papa’s), stay gorgeous in your ObiMama and snuggle those babies fiercely.

Special thanks to Marley @prairie.rebel  for the photography!



D.A. and You

Dumbledore's Army. What started as a underground rebellious club for kids turned into an unstoppable force that returned balance to the battle between good and evil. Be a part of that force. Every handmade mei tai baby carrier shown here is one of a kind and will be for sale in our online store on at random times Friday, February 20, 2015.

Each mei tai has super-wide linen wrapping straps with kombi-folded shoulder padding, a padded and quilted waistband, knee pads, and an adjustable sleep hood. The body is made entirely from Irish linen. The sleep hoods are tailored to resemble official Hogwarts school uniforms with duo-toned robe lapels, white collared shirt with felt buttons, and striped 100% silk house neck tie.

Harry Potter | Inspired Mei Tai SS2 $350

The boy who lived. A short stage 2 is a versatile toddler-sized body. Comes complete with school crest on the lapel.

Hermione Granger | Inspired Mei Tai SS2 $350

Not only was Hermione pretty much the best character in the entire series, she also had style! A short stage 2 is a versatile toddler-sized body. Comes complete with school crest on the lapel and a frog-closure button.

Ron Weasley | Inspired Mei Tai SS1 $350

That Ron, he's a keeper. A short stage 1 is perfect for babies 3-month-old and up.  Comes complete with school crest on the lapel, and plenty of gingery comic relief.

Luna Lovegood | Inspired Mei Tai SS2 $350

She was distinctly dotty, but also smart, loyal, essential, and surprising! A short stage 2 is a long-lasting and versatile body size. No mythical creatures here, this is the real deal.

Neville Longbottom | Inspired Mei Tai SS2 $350

There was more to Neville than we suspected at first, and in the end we wouldn't have gotten far without him. A short stage 2 is versatile, durable, and always grows into something quite handsome.

Griffindor Inspired | ObiMini $50

If you don't teach them, then where are they going to learn it? Raise your children the right way: by giving them attachment parenting toys with over-the-top handmade geekery motifs. Yes, that is a real silk house tie. No, I will not get out.

Dr. Who #4 and #11 Handmade Mei Tais

Regeneration

The Doctor. Who? THE Doctor. If you are a fan, a real fan, a true fan, then these carriers need no introduction. For all the rest of you humans, just enjoy the eye candy.

Everything you see here will be fore sale in our store on Friday, 2/6/2015. If you are able to use the TARDIS at any point, don't worry about stalking the stocking. Normal people will need to be a bit more on point.

Number Four, arguably the best Doctor ever (and please, let's do have this argument), memorialized in baby carrier form. Because Dr. Who.
His signature scarf (the best souvenir ever, created here entirely in wrap scraps), CHECK. Jaunty cravat? CHECK. The rest is all done in natural, un-dyed linen.

On the reverse: Number Eleven. Notice the details, please. Real woolen bow tie. Real woolen tweeds. Braces. For heaven's sake, this baby carrier has braces (that's suspenders for you Yanks--believe me, I've made that mistake!). Oxford cloth shirting, with buttons done in soft felt.

Regeneration | SS2 $350

short stage 2, the toddler size. Medium linen wrapping straps with padded shoulders. Medium tie waist. Reversible Irish linen body. Knee pads. Adjustable hood with double character treatment. Hand wash only.

Regeneration | SS1 $350

short stage 1, the baby size. Medium linen wrapping straps with padded shoulders. Medium tie waist. Reversible Irish linen body. Knee pads. Adjustable hood with double character treatment. Hand wash only.

Dr. Who ObiMini | $45

If you don't teach them, then where are they going to learn it? Raise your children the right way: by giving them attachment parenting toys with over-the-top handmade geekery motifs.