The absolute number one, most frequent question we hear from customers is this: what size should I buy? I originally developed this sizing system in order to deliver versatility and a personalized fit. But, it can be overwhelming to select from all the options when planning your conversion. Sizing is, without a doubt, the biggest question mark in the custom carrier planning process. In response we have compiled the following information and suggestions.
The seasons are changing and the weather is getting warmer, or cooler - depending on what corner of this beautiful planet you call Home. So what's a babywearing Mama or Papa to do with these changes, whilst maintaining comfort we enjoy with our ObiMama carriers? Chill! (I can't resist a good pun!) We have compiled a list of tried and true tips and recommendations applicable for all.
Hot Weather Wearing:
-Dress light, in as few layers as possible.
-Use some form of sun protection. Don’t forget the top of your child’s knees and feet.
-Alternative to sunblock lotions: dress your child in single layer of UV clothing.
-Put a hat on your child. Tip: It can be really tricky to put a hat on during a back carry, so try opt for one with a chin strap so your child cannot remove it.
-If your child struggles with a hat you can wear a very wide brimmed hat yourself, to cast some shade on your child.
-If your carrier has a lighter side, wear that one out. Lighter colors are cooler than darker colors in the sunlight.
-Be attentive to your child. If the weather is severely hot, wear for short periods only.
-Stay hydrated, both of you!
-Expect to be sweaty! It comes with the territory.
-If you have choices, choose a lighter weight carrier. An ObiMama Welter Weight mei tai carrier is fantastic in high heat with its airy linen straps! ObiMamas were purposefully designed with an hourglass body shape, which allows for more airflow and evaporation through the sides.
Cold Weather Wearing:
-Don’t over dress your child. Remember the carrier counts as a layer!
-Keep a warm hat on your child. Again, a chin strap is ideal to keep it from being thrown.
-A child's pant legs often pull up when worn, so having leggings or leg warmers on will keep your child's skin from being exposed to the cold.
- It can be tempting to dress your child in pajamas with feet. If you do, please be aware of the pressure this can place on your child's toes. If you go this route, sizing up pj's can eliminate this issue.
- For a hands-out child, consider some mittens.
-To reiterate: focus on dressing the parts of your child that will be exposed (head/lower legs/hands).
-Babywearing sweaters and coats are a great investment, they work great at sharing body heat with optimal comfort.
-If a babywearing sweater or coat is not in the picture, then an oversized sweater or coat can work well too, with minimal adjustment.
-Sometimes it's not practical to babywear under your coat (for example: from the parking lot to the store, etc). If you are babywearing over top of your winter coat, take extra super care with the bulky and often slippery nature of winter gear.
Follow these tips and you can keep them close, comfortably, all year round!
Show us your hot or cold weather babywearing photos by tagging @jen_obimama on Instagram or #obimama on Facebook.
Stay warm, or cool!
Team Obi issued a challenge to fellow ObiMama wearers: take a selfie! We opened up a challenge that had 10 categories for your selfies. By participating, you had the chance to win a Stalk Free Pass to an ObiMama custom slot! These mamas featured here followed all the rules for the challenge and were voted best in their category of entry.
Meet the Selfie-Pros:
The wrap is called Oscha Paradise Erraid and I bought it very recently from a super sweet mama. The picture was taken in Barcelona, in front of a graffiti which the city is well known by. I just loved the colours and love my baby! - Clara Esobar
This was taken with the gorgeous visiting Meeyoo Koru Bleu weft ObiMama, courtesy of the owners/weavers of Meeyoo: Cameo and Angel. -Crystalyn Vana
Jen converted Oscha's Victoria Rei for my squish's SS1 and was ready for him before he was born. We've used it as early as when he was about a month old! My daughter and I modeled this wrap with Jax in our belly and was delighted to be able to make it into an Obi for him. As for the task in that picture, a mama's gotta eat and sometimes baby can't eat THAT! That was my fave spicy chewy noodles from a Korean restaurant. I would have had him on my back, but I was so hungry that I just ate, lol! Come to think of it that picture came out looking like I was eating brains, which I'm cool with! I'm a huge zombie fan! I may need to use them for my costume this year! -Yun Yi
It's a "vintage" custom Obimama from 2012. Made from a bamboo blend Natibaby Rivea, and has a custom embroidery design on the hood inspired by The Great Wave. I ordered it for my Baby #2, used it for occasional uppies for Baby #1, Baby #3 is pictured in the photo, and it's still a well loved part of my stash for 7 month old Baby #4!
- Christina Esler Pitts
The wrap in the photo is Meeyoo Tomo. The wrap has special meaning to me because I won the right to name the wrap and its partner, Ami, in a naming contest that Meeyoo ran. Tomo is short for Tomodachi, which means Friendship in Japanese. Ami is short for Amicizia, which means Friendship in Italian. Tomo + Ami were names submitted by an East Coast mama of Italian/Irish/English descent and a West Coast mama of Japanese descent, whose paths would likely never have crossed if it weren’t for babywearing, but who now share a friendship that will last through it all. I own full length wraps of both Tomo + Ami, now that my friend is done babywearing, but this particular Tomo was sent traveling to me as a visitor from another sweet friend!
- Tracie Larson
The one that won is an Argus Pyrite conversion that was made by Jen. My 4 yr old loves to wrap & I'm happy my babywearing interest wore off on her. I only started babywearing when her little sister came along and she was more interested in walking than being up. She just returned from her overseas trip, to which she brought her babywearing gears along (her mini Obi was one of them).
- Ana Ad IvoRee
This selfie caught a funny moment at a babywearing meet up. Libby, and her younger son, Abel Gray, were trying out a special ObiMama made out of Kokoro Coco Lipstick. Find Libby on Instagram at www.instagram.com/libbyhenderson and www.instagram.com/carriedkisses for lots of babywearing photos and reviews, and of course to find out what special ObiMama she will choose to make with her SFP win.
- Libby Henderson
This is a quick image I snapped of my daughter and I after a long week! I had been unexpectedly working all day. I was still in my nightgown in the middle of the afternoon and we were both under the weather. A new Obi had just arrived in the mail and I was excited to try it, but my little was not feeling it! I offered her a treat if we could have ups together and she accepted. Once she was up, it was less about that lollipop and all about sweet hugs, kisses, and snuggles. Babywearing brought us peace in that hectic day, as it often does, and this selfie is a very real moment of motherhood for me! So thankful for the connection that Babywearing (and ObiMama!) has helped facilitate with my girl! - Katie Ocampos
So the wrap used in my photo was a OOAK custom from West4th, their "green teaching wrap" called "guide" but woven with a blue flax weft. My kiddos and I spend tons of time outside- it's how I keep myself (somewhat) sane. We are so lucky we have lived in so many beautiful places- having access to the outdoors is a huge priority for our family. So whenever possible, we get out into the woods or hills or riverside trails and explore and share in mother natures glory. My daughter of course still loves any opportunity for a ride on mamas back- and this crazy comfy and supportive TS2 is perfect for our adventures around Vermont. - Rebecca Snow
The wrap used for the conversion was Uppymama Celestial, blue cotton weft. It's amazing! This is my favorite carry because the Lexi Twist gives extra support when wearing toddlers and bigger babies. Besides it also looks really cool! This photo was taken in Washington DC at the tidal basin -- which is surrounded by cherry blossoms. When they're in peak bloom it is craaaazy crowded, and our ObiMama allowed us both to enjoy the blossoms and people watching without worrying if my very adventurous toddler was going to run off exploring! - Amy Elledge
We received such great feedback from both our Facebook group and Instagram following and Team Obi absolutely adored each and every one of the photos you dared to share with us. From all of us here at Team Obi- thank you and we love you so much for carrying your babes in these carriers crafted with so much love.
With all our hearts,
So I've been a wrapper for the entirety of my son's life. I've lurked on the buy/sell/trade pages, casually asking people to take pictures of themselves wrapped in fabric and complimenting their chest passes... That looks a lot weirder when written down...
Through my travels from group to group, I stumbled across a hybrid creature- part wrap, part hug. I purchased my first ObiMama after searching for the perfect one made from the perfect wrap. It traveled across the United States from a friend I made through the babywearing world. I stalked and tracked like a crazed woman. It arrived in an abnormally large box, but considering it came from a friend, I figured she probably smuggled some goodies as she usually does. After shredding the box, I find the surprise gift: a bag of southern biscuits. *Whispers* "yassssss." She knows me well!
Now, onto the gold. I pulled out the goods and was immediately in awe of the craftsmanship. It's flawless. Every seam. Every pleat. Every line. I'm convinced Jen is not human. Anywho, moving on! The waistband and neck rest are wonderfully padded for comfort. The wrap used for the conversion, Kokoro Mon Cheri Disco, is swarming with chubby little kawaii cherries. My favorite part? The Kombi straps: Padded to perfection. Accordion style fabric tucked behind. Reminds me of little bat wings to hug your shoulders. I strapped it around my waist and captured my little snowflake. He gave me a slight side eye because... This is different... Holy comfort!
He reached up giggling and stroked my face. He approves of mommy's new contraption. Nestling his head under my chin, I feel him start to breath heavier while twiddling my necklace between his tiny fingers.
This moment is everything.
This moment is brought to you by: ObiMama
- Jessica @jesskawaii
In response to our job post, ObiMama has brought on a team of nine fascinating and inspiring mothers to help us grow with you! With the welcoming of these talented baby wearing ladies, we’ll be innovating more ways to get you more content and have more fun with us. Meet the team!
I'm Adriane. I'm 32 and we are a military family with four children currently in Charlottesville, VA. I like to read, explore, craft and bake. I've been a fan since 2011 and came to ObiMama with my second baby. I was looking for something a little quicker/easier than a wrap that both my husband and I would be comfortable in. I tried just about every carrier on the market at the time. I hated them all and my husband just never felt comfortable in any of my beautiful wraps. ObiMama was the perfect combination of everything I loved about wraps and everything he loved about the SSCs.
My name is Melissa. I have a 2 year old son and I am wife to a husband that works 'beyond the wall' up North in Canada (Oh hey, you game of throne fans- I see you)! I spend half the year parenting solo while my husband is away. I balance motherhood while staying true to my artist roots. I'm a freelance illustrator, passionate about babywearing and so thrilled to be a part of the new ObiMama team. My son Ryland is the king of picky and when I finally got my hands on an ObiMama, it was like something clicked for him and we both fell in love hard. I'm excited to share this journey of motherhood, babywearing, and all around geekiness with you, and I can’t wait for you to see what we have in store.
I'm Colleen. I am a wife, mother to 5 young children, and WAHM in accounting/finance, living up in Alberta, Canada! ObiMama has drawn all my attention because it truly is an exceptional carrier, helping keep the littles stylishly and comfortably close as needed. The charm, wit, and integrity of the brand has me hooked, and I'm honoured to be part of the Team!
I'm Amanda, mother of 5, living in Texas. I am currently actively wearing my 25 month old. He is a seat popping professional and how I found the obi love. ObiMama allowed me to keep the beautiful wraps I was so accustomed to while allowing me the ease and convenience of a more structured carrier. As my babywearing days die down I hope to continue helping other moms with their journeys, very excited to be apart of team obi and for all the amazing things to come!
My name is Jessica. I’m 28, a mother of 2, and reside in Houston, Texas. I’m a skilled daydreamer. I enjoy art, fashion, and interior decorating. The first time I saw an ObiMama, there was just something about the way it molded to babies perfectly. Almost like they were giving them hugs to let them know they were safe. The lines and symmetry were very appealing: Sleek. Beautiful. A fashion statement. All the while being something so dear to a mother.
I'm Kim, 40 (gulp), and the mom of two boys. We live in Gainesville, FL. I fell in love with ObiMama in 2013 when my eldest and I were learning to babywear. He has a wiggly seat popper, and our Obi saved our babywearing relationship.
My name is Dorothy Joy, often shortened to Dorothy or DJ. I’m 23, married, and a SAHM of two children and two German Shepherds. Our family just left the military and recently moved to Vermont to start our journey as civilians, and work towards our family dream of homesteading. I enjoy languages, literature, and film photography (babywearing being a given), and am currently studying to be a postpartum doula and herbalist. I first stumbled upon ObiMama when I saw the owner of a textile company share her WCMT. I was blown away by the beauty and simplicity of ObiMama’s mei tais, and I can’t express enough how incredibly excited I am to be a part of this team!
I'm Kristin. I live in Ohio with my hubby and our 3 year old twins and 5 Month old. I'm a SAHM during the week, and a labor, delivery, postpartum nurse some weekends! I stumbled into obi's about 2 years ago with a vice versa Cuervo obi that was the magic sleepy dust that never failed to put my daughter to sleep. They're still holding true for me with my new baby, letting him nap and me be comfortable while wearing him!
I'm Sara, 27, and from Virginia. I have 2 littles with one on the way. I fell in love with Obi shortly after having my first. The attention to detail is unmatched. The perfect combination of ease of use and versatility makes it my go to carrier. I'm beyond excited to be a part of Team Obi.