She’s an American Girl

So, tomorrow is Faith’s birthday.

She will be 9.

Yowza.

Like most little girls, Faith has been excitedly counting down to this magical day.

Unlike most little girls, Faith has special needs.

Birthday parties are a dicey thing for us. Heck, outings are a dicey thing for us.

Last week, the neighbor girls went to the holy grail of girly-girliness: The American Girl Store.

I had no idea there was an American Girl Store right here in Seattle. Did you know that? Did you know that the American Girl Store does birthday parties? I didn’t.

Now, regular followers of my blog may be a bit confused right now. Wondering WHY this matters. Faith is about as far from a girly-girl as a girl can get.

Captain America? Superman? Mario? Firetrucks? Transformers? Yes.

Tea parties? Tiaras? Princesses? No.

But….there is no one peg that fits here. Faith has spent years flipping through the American Girl catalogs. Pointing to each doll and asking about it. Noting which ones are similar to her and which ones are similar to someone she knows. The “Almost American Girl” dolls in other stores have not interested her in the least. It has just been the American Girl dolls.

So…. once I realized there was an actual American Girl Store nearby, a tiny inkling of an idea started to form.

Have you ever been to an American Girl Store? It is a sea of pink and red filled to the brim with squealing girls.

What if…somehow…by some miracle….I could figure out a way to take Faith to the American Girl Store for her birthday?

Crazy? Probably. But I figured the least I could do was talk to someone and see what kind of accommodations could be made. The following is my emails with Anna. Anna is amazing and needs a raise. And a bonus. And a vacation. :)

“Hi Anna,

I am hoping to arrange a visit to the Seattle American Girl Store for my daughter, Faith’s 9th birthday. Faith is developmentally and physically disabled. For three years she has flipped through American Girl catalogs, asking about the different dolls. This year I think we are possibly able to make the trip to the store. This will be her (and my) first experience and I am wondering if there are any accommodations that can be made to help her have an enjoyable experience.

A bit about Faith…. She survived a stroke as a baby. She has a hard time physically walking. She can walk but tires easily. She can manage most of the day without her wheelchair, but if the store will involve quite a bit of walking, we may need it. She also has autism. She becomes very easily overwhelmed by too much stimuli. I am wondering if it is possible to have a small selection dolls in a small area for her to “shop” from rather than have the possibly overwhelming experience of the entire store? What time of the day is the store the quietest? 

We would also like to celebrate her “party” at the Bistro, with the goodies (cake, ice cream, tiara) but it would just be her and us (Mom and Dad). Is it possible to have a birthday party without the “party” part? 

I am a special needs blogger and I would also love to chronicle how this goes in a blog post to share with other parents. Knowing what accommodations can be made at a particular store/event is a huge help for those of us who need a bit extra help with our children.”

Anna wrote back almost instantly.

“Hi Allison,

I would love to meet with you and Faith, and I’d be more than happy to customize her visit so she can have an amazing experience!

Our store is usually the quietest during the week in the morning and early afternoon. We will begin to be busier as summer break approaches, but weekdays are often much quieter than weekends. Our store is all one level, and very accessible, so Faith would be able to enjoy everything, including the bistro and doll hair salon, while visiting in a wheelchair so she could be the most comfortable.

I’d be happy to select some dolls and outfits for Faith beforehand, and then meet with her to help her go through choices. If you can tell me which doll(s) she’s excited about, or if she’d like to find a doll that looks like her, I’d be happy to bring a selection of dolls to her to help make choosing easier.

I can also help with creating a selection of outfits and accessories too. If you can tell me a little bit about Faith, her interests, hobbies, favorite colors, what style clothes she likes, I can create a customized shopping experience with outfits and accessories she’ll love! 

You can absolutely have a birthday party for three! The Bistro Birthday Celebration includes a drink, appetizer, main course and special cake and ice cream for dessert, with a goody bag for girls. The cost is $28 per girl and $18 per adult. If you have a date in mind for visiting, I’d be happy to check on reservations in our bistro!

And you’re more than welcome to take photos to remember the experience, or ask any questions that we can help answer! I’m looking forward to meeting with you and Faith!”

This was starting to feel like something we could actually do! The American Girl Store was very willing to help come up with accommodations to help Faith enjoy her American Girl experience to the fullest even with the additional challenges. Anna called me so we could speak in more detail about what we could do to help Faith. Anna was patient and full of ideas. She also went well out of her way to not only check the Bistro’s menu for Faith’s allergens, but she also ensured that they would have Faith’s favored ice cream on hand.

Wow.

Here are the photo’s from an amazingly magical day.

Faith and I on the ferry. This was before she understood where we were going.

As we wheeled into the American Girl Store, Faith exclaimed “Mommy, there is DOLLIES here!”
Anna helped Faith get settled on a bench away from the main flow of store traffic.
Anna then brought out 4 dolls for Faith to choose from. She showed her each doll in a slow, calm manner. She opened each box and took them out so Faith could really look at them.
Oh this one. I love her. She is my very own dolly!
Next up, Anna slowly showed Faith accessories for her Dolly. Each item was unboxed and Faith was allowed to touch.
Including a chocolate lab!
Anna helped get Faith's dolly dressed up. :)
Next, Anna helped us with an appointment at the American Girl Salon. Faith supervised intently. LOL
After dolly's hair was finished, Anna escorted us to the Bistro. Dolly was settled into her own seat. Faith thought that was amazing! On the table was a birthday card for Faith from the American Girl Staff and a tiara.
Prior to being served, the staff double checked with us about Faith's allergies. Faith chose Mac and Cheese. She deemed it yummy!

Surprise! Faith was quite perplexed as to why all these people were singing to her! She blew out all the candles in one try.
"It's my Berf-day!" The cake was simply divine. Fit for a princess, or a superhero. Or even a superhero princess transformer.
The day was a success. Not only a success, but an "I had such an amazing time that I fell asleep in the car which I never do sitting beside my new bestest friend in the whole wide world" success. And I'm pretty sure that is the best kind.

If you have ever considered a trip to the American Girl Store, but have hesitated due to special needs, please email them. I can not stress enough how accommodating the entire staff was. Every person we came in contact with was so helpful, patient and understanding.

Thank you American Girl Store for helping to make a little girls wish come true.

Brush it off

I need your help.

Imagine you have a special needs child.

She has autism.

She has some pretty severe sensory aversion.

She has some fears.

She has super, crazy, thick, wavy hair.

She is going through a “water near the head equals screaming unless I’m in a pool” phase.

She also has severe dandruff.

And her hair is black.

Faith has been in a bit of a challenging phase lately. She does NOT want her hair washed. By that I mean that the sight of the shampoo can result in screaming, thrashing and throwing. I have tried almost every trick I know of. We have washed Daisy together, we have washed her stuffies, I have brought her in the shower with me. We have tried using the sink. We have read social stories. We have watched cartoons. We have watched Elmo’s world. We tried “dry” shampoo.

I KNOW eventually we will move out of this, but I need some advice for the here and now.

Her hair is a mess.

The dandruff is awful.

How awful?

This.

I brush her hair several times a day hoping to help loosen it and help it fall out. We have had a nylon bristle brush, but she said it was too scratchy and hurt. It also didn’t seem able to penetrate the thickness of her hair. She is ok with my using a plastic ball tipped vent brush, but it does not seen to help bring the flakes out of the hair.

Has anyone ever used a boars hair bristle brush. Are the bristles softer than the nylon bristles? They are kind of expensive but if they can get through the hair and help get the flakes out, I’m willing to buy one.

Mushrooms? Seriously?

When someone says the word “mushroom”, the first image that comes to my mind is the can of button mushrooms we always had in the house while I was growing up. They were slimy. They were salty. They had a strange texture. I did not like. Now that I’m the grown up, mushrooms have not been a part of my culinary repertoire. There have been times while walking in the produce department that my eye has strayed to the displays of fresh mushrooms. They certainly didn’t look like the ones I ate while growing up. They actually looked pretty interesting. But all I knew how to do with mushrooms was open the can, dump into spaghetti sauce, then pick them back out before eating. So I kept walking.

Recently I was contacted by The Mushroom Council, a group of U.S. mushroom growers. They are promoting National Nutrition Month (March) as the perfect time to “get your plate in shape” with mushrooms.

Mushrooms huh?

The hook? 

“Increasing the intake of lower calorie foods, specifically mushrooms, in place of those higher in calories, like ground beef, can be an effective method for reducing calories and fat while still feeling full and satisfied after a meal. This approach of replacing some ground beef, turkey or other meat with mushrooms is known as “swapability.” It works because mushrooms’ hearty texture and rich flavor allow them to blend seamlessly with meats. The mushroom and meat “swapability” technique is an economical way to make family meals more nutritious and works great in family favorites like lasagna, burgers, tacos or chili.”

Swapping some of the meat? That sounds pretty interesting. 

Mushrooms and Meat: The Perfect Partner

Replacing some of the ground beef, turkey, or other meat with mushrooms is an easy technique called “swapability”

Mushrooms’ hearty texture and flavor make them compatible with meats both as a complement or replacement

Swapping in mushrooms for a portion of the higher-calorie ingredients, like meat, in a dish reduces calories, fat and sodium without compromising on flavor

The “swapability” approach is an economical way to make family meals more nutritious

This simple three-step “swapability” strategy is perfect for family favorites like burgerslasagna pizza, chili – or any dish that calls for ground meat:

o    Chop up your favorite mushroom variety to match the consistency of the ground beef or turkey;

o    Cook and season mushrooms the same way you would meat;

o    Combine the cooked meat and mushrooms and use the mix to complete your recipe.

I think I could try this. It sounds easy enough, and they provided links to several recipes.

RECIPES:

Crab and Mushroom Cakes with Chipotle Aioli

Mushroom Burger Wrap

Cremini and Pork Meatballs

Chocolate Chili

Mushroom Flatbread

Almost Lasagna

Mushroom and Beef Bulgogi Tacos

Chocolate Chili? I am willing to try anything that starts with the word  “chocolate”. Heh heh. Mushroom Council – Your challenge is accepted!

Using half my normal amount of ground beef.

Beefy

Next I carmalized the onions.

While the onions were doing their thing, I contemplated the next step. What do I do with these?

I chopped, and took a deep breath, and added them in.

The mushroom/beef mix. It smells really, really good!

Then I added in the beans, tomato sauce and spices.

Then I did this. Oh yes I did.

I simmered for about 20 minutes to let the flavors meld. That is such an awesome word. Meld. 

Verdict? Total yum! Do you see that happy face? No, really, it IS his happy face. He’s 17, this is ecstatic. Teen boys don’t show much emotion. This is a recipe that will have a solid place in our menus…..and…..I WILL try a few more mushroom swaps. 

Interested in learning more? Join us at a Twitter party on Monday, March 12th at 8:00 PM EST. The event hashtag is #Mushrooms and there will be prizes awarded. (US and Canada, 18+). RSVP is available at: http://resourcefulmommy.com/8634/mushroom-channel-twitter-party/

 

{{Mommy Rambles was compensated for this post by the Mushroom Council and Global Influence, but the yum was all mine!!}}

 

We are wild and crazy around here

A local carpet store went out of business. They were selling off the carpet samples for $1 each So I went and bought 20.

What? Wouldn’t you?

We are currently about a year from owning a home again. Homes come with fun things like renovations. Usually (for us at least…) renovations mean decisions. Do we want this color or that? This faucet or that? This carpet or that?

The problem with “this carpet or that” is you don’t have much to go on. You can run you hand over it. If the sales guy isn’t looking you can grab the sample, toss it on the ground and stomp on it a couple times. Not that I have ever done that.

:looking innocent:

But what about the REAL stuff. How does it look covered in dog hair? How does it look when you don’t vacuum? If I dump red popsicle on it, how easy does it clean? And for those of us with sensory affected children…how does it feel under foot. While barefoot? While in socks? While wearing shoes?

We, being the wild and crazy family we are… Cough…. Took this opportunity to grab a bunch of carpet. Different textures and colors. Then I tossed them out and we went about our lives.

I had my favorite, Jimmy had his, Faith even had hers.

Over the weeks, one became a clear  favorite. It didn’t show cat or dog hair. It was just the right amount of soft. It vacuumed great. It cleaned up fantastic. And….. it was one NONE of us would have picked.

I realize this doesn’t sound very wild or crazy but if you ever get a chance to grab some carpet samples, try it. Especially if you are not in the middle of renovating.

And now Jimmy is making scratching posts for the cat. 😉

My John Hancock

Sharing a cup of joy and a giveaway #PeetsCoffee #Cbias

A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to try Peet’s Coffee for the first time. That stuff is GOOD! Now, just in time for the holiday and for gift giving, I thought we would give Peet’s Holiday Blend a try.

You can follow along on my shopping trip HERE.

Once I had this yummy coffee in my hands, my next mission was to try and figure out for whom to make a gift of coffee.

You know how I love my coffee.

And I love giving gifts.

Giving the gift of coffee? Yes please!

Gosh, who can I chose to give a gift of coffee to? I want to give the gift of Peet’s Coffee to more than just one person.

What if instead of giving the gift of coffee I gave the gift of something made with the coffee? Then I could give the gift to many people!

Yes!

I am going to make Peet’s Coffee shortbread cookies. Can you say yum???

I have all my ingredients, ready to go.

Look at this amazing Peet’s Coffee! I wish you could smell this!

Have you ever tried the ziplock method? Talk about easy!

Cut into cute squares. The coffee is so aromatic, it really smells amazing while baking.

Cooling. It wouldn’t hurt to sneak one… Or two….

Packaging up, with cute ribbons.

I can’t wait to hand these out! Peet’s Coffee makes more than just a great cup of coffee, it is perfect to cook with!

Would you like to win a Peet’s Coffee gift pack worth $75?? I thought so….

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This giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on December 9th, 2011. I will use Random.org to chose a winner from all comments. Winner will be contacted. Even though there are several #PeetsCoffee giveaways are running right now, each person can only win once in the #PeetsCoffee Holiday giveaway.

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My John Hancock

Guest Post by JustPlainJ – Neutrogena ® Wet Skin Sunscreen Review {can be applied to wet skin}

I was recently given the opportunity to try the new Neutrogena® Wet Skin sunscreen.  The name alone immediately grabbed my attention since for me sunscreen has been a bit of a frustration. I sweat, and not just a little and always. I know I should be using sunscreen but since it has always been such a hassle (apply to dry skin) I have more often not been remiss in my use.  And then comes the reapply after swimming, excessive perspiration, or extended sun exposure.

Why Do I Need Sunscreen At All, I Don’t Burn

Let’s start out by pointing out that sunscreen is needed to protect the skin from damaging UV rays from the sun.  From the American Cancer Society, …research studies link skin cancer with sun exposure on unprotected skin.  Now there are two types of UV rays that are responsible for this damage – UVA and UVB.  UVA rays penetrate more deeply than UVB and are the cause of premature skin agin while UVB are the primary cause of sunburns.  “To reduce the risk of skin cancer and premature aging, dermatologists continue to recommend generously applying a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen – that protects against both types of ultraviolet radiation (UVA and UVB) – with an SPF 30 or higher, in conjunction with other sun-safe practices…” said Ronald L. Moy, MD, FAAD, president of American Academy of Dermatology.

What Makes This Neutrogena® Sunscreen Different From The Rest

Paraphrasing from the Neutrogena® website; All sunscreens are not created equal.  In some sunscreens, UVA protection begins to break down the moment your skin is exposed to the sun.  Avobenzone is one of the best FDA-approved UVA blockers, but it is highly unstable when exposed to sunlight.  Neutrogena® was the first in the US market to introduce sun protection in which the Avobenzone was stabilized using Oxybenzone and DEHN, providing better, longer protection from those harmful UVA rays.  This was the beginning of their Helioplex® technology.  Today it encompasses additional technologies and ingredients while continuing to provide the same benefits of stabilized sun protection.  Johnson & Johnson’s Neutrogena is the only line of sunscreen utilizing Helioplex® technology.

And now they have gone beyond that with the new Wet Skin line – the first line of sunblock designed to be applied directly to wet (read sweaty also) skin.  It sprays on easily, cuts through the water and forms a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protective barrier.   With this I have very little excuse not to apply the sunscreen, before, and even during, my times outside.  It is simple enough – a quick spray and then I’m off.  The new Wet Skin line works both on wet and dry skin, does not drip or turn white when applied to wet skin, contains broad-spectrum UV protection, and has a gentle hypoallergenic formula.  You can see that the protective barrier is there as the water beads up and rolls off.  Seems that Neutrogena® is onto something with their new line.


 The Review

Right after I purchased my Neutrogena® Wet Skin at our local WalMart I had a perfect opportunity to give it a try, I was manning the VIP gate at the local rodeo.  (You can walk with me through my shopping experience at WalMart by following my link to my This Moment (This WILL open in a new Window))  The Wet Skin is a spray sunscreen, and that is also something new to me.  The bottle is very easy to operate, sprays out consistently and has very good coverage.  The spray smelled different from most other sunscreens I have tried; and it dissipated rapidly.  I suppose that could just be the smell of the propellent combined with the scent of the sunscreen.  The sunscreen absorbs in quickly leaving behind a slight sheen.  You can “see” the protective barrier it forms and feel a slight residue without the greasy feeling that oils give.  Rather than spraying on the face, I recommend spraying a bit on the hands and then applying that to your face.  It applies very easily to the top of the head for those of us with follicle-free zones (or a standard military high-and-tight).  Over the last five days it has performed very well.  It offers long-lasting protection even though there was quite a bit of sweating going on.  Overall I am highly impressed with this new product and I highly recommend the new Wet Skin sunscreen the next time your life takes you out into the sun.  Remember that sunscreen is important even on overcast days to protect you from those UVA rays and their skin damaging effects.  My thanks to Mommy Rambles for giving me this space.

As of this writing Neutrogena is offering $2 off Wet Skin, so be sure to sign up on their web site, get your coupon and share with your friends.  Register at this link:

https://www.neutrogena.com/sp/specialoffer/sun_save2/coupon-register.do

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Click Protein Drink Review and Giveaway

***********WINNER************

A review for a protein drink on a special needs blog?

MommyRambles, have you finally lost your mind? Do you need more coffee to help you think clearly?

YES.

There are some days (weeks?) during which Faith is, ummm, needier, than others. During those days (weeks?) my eating suffers. I don’t have much time or energy to eat a balanced meal. I find myself drinking lots and lots of coffee. Sugary, cream filled coffee.

Wheeeeeeeeee! *Twitch twitch*

Wouldn’t it be awesome if I could take care of some of my protein needs while getting my much needed caffeine buzz? It was this line of thinking that led me to protein shakes. Thinking I had just solved the greatest mystery of all time, I skipped on down to my local GNC and bought an expensive jug’o’powder, sashayed on home with my prize, made up my happy shake, then spit it out. That stuff tasted like monkey butt.

(Disclaimer: I do not actually know what monkey butt tastes like, but it has to be somewhat similar)

I wasn’t quite ready to give up on my idea of fulfilling my protein/caffeine needs in one shot just yet. I took to my trusty interwebz and began reading reviews. It seems that monkey butt is the most common flavor of protein shakes. Bleck. However, I noticed one protein powder getting pretty good reviews. Heck, some of the reviews were straight out raves!

So I ordered Click Espresso Protein Drink. I tried Vanilla Latte.

Oh emm gee.

Click, mixed straight up with water, was hands down the best tasting protein I have ever tried! And it had just enough caffeine in it to help me get through my long days without a huge sugar crash.

“The innovative idea of combining espresso coffee (nature’s own original energy source) with protein and nutrients into a gourmet tasting healthy energy drink just CLICKed one day says fitness experts and founders Greg and Beth Smith. CLICK provides the energy support we all crave with without all the high calorie sugar and fat! Perfect for weight management, a mid day pick me up, or to supplement a work out; CLICK boosts your energy, curbs your appetite, and burns fat so you can perform! CLICK delivers the health you want, heightened with a rich and delicious taste – so good you’ll forget that it’s also good FOR you!”

Vanilla Latte Click has become a morning staple. It was exactly what I was looking for, a perfect mix of coffee, vanilla and protein. Even if you think that protein shakes are not for you, try this one. Hot, cold, blended or even made into ice cream. It is smooth and rich and about as anti-monkey butt tasting as you can get! Want to try some yourself? Of course you do! Mommy Rambles would like to offer one lucky winner a 14 serving size canister of their very own to get Click’n!

Mandatory Entry

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“Like” Mommy Rambles on Facebook then leave me a comment below telling me you did so. (one extra entry per person)

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Approximate retail value is $25.00. Open to US residence only. Mommy Rambles was not compensated in any way for this review, and I am buying the giveaway canister myself. I just really really like Click. Click probably does not even know I exist. If they do see this……Hello! I love you! Please make caramel latte next, pretty please!!!!

This giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on August 7th, 2011. Winner will be posted on August 8th. Winner will then have 48 hours to contact me or a new winner will be drawn.

GOOD LUCK!

My John Hancock

Stokke Tripp Trapp

It’s hard to be little. The world is geared for grown up, not little ones. Their legs are too short, their arms are too short. It’s just plain frustrating. Times that should be fun, such as meals or coloring at the table, can be hard on them. Too big for a high chair, too small for a normal dining room seat, tired of sitting on phone books to reach.

Enter the Tripp Trapp.

In an amazing invention, that has remained unchanged since 1972, Tripp Trapp changed the mealtime game. This chair grows with your child. And when I say that, I mean it. The Tripp Trapp chair can take your child from birth (with the new optional Newborn Set) through infant (with the optional Infant Set) straight through the college years and beyond. The Stokke Tripp Trapp is built to last as long as it will fit. It is made from solid wood, in a rainbow of colors and wood stains.

No more struggling to reach the table, no wobbling on top of stacked books, no dangling feet. (Did YOU ever have to sit on top of telephone books as a kid? Or was that just my family?)

Both the seat and foot rest of this chair are adjustable for the perfect fit for YOUR child. Long legs and a short torso? Done. Short legs and a long torso? Done. The Stokke Tripp Trapp has the ability to fit any child, at all ages.

What really makes this chair stand out to me, is it’s ability to support all children, even those with special needs. The incredible versatility means that little tired or restless legs have a place to be secure. Children who have a hard time in a regular chair due to low tone issues will find the curve of the back a place to be supported. If more support is needed, the Stokke Tripp Trapp also comes with straps for more security. This chair is perfect for therapy time or ABA. Having one chair that can adjust to various heights needed for different therapies can help provide a sense of security for children as well. It’s always nice to have something familiar when working hard on new tasks.

I would just like to add….wow, that chair is comfy! (Yes, I sit in it also!)

Our Tripp Trapp is blue

http://www.stokke.com/highchair.aspx

Tripp Trapp® chair
A modern classic.

The Tripp Trapp® chair, created in 1972 by the designer Peter Opsvik, has never been bettered. In 1972, revolution was a fact. Back then no one had seen anything like the Tripp Trapp®, and almost 40 years later it is still unique: the only child’s chair that can take you from baby to adult, keeping you secure and comfortable all the way.

The Tripp Trapp® designer’s inspiration came from watching his own young son, Tor, struggle to find a comfortable position to sit in at their family table. Having grown out of his old-fashioned high-chair, but still far too small to sit on an adult’s chair, Tor was left dangling his legs and struggling to reach the table. What do you do when your feet don’t reach the floor and you can’t shift your weight when you feel the need? Well, you can’t move the chair down to the ground, because then your elbows won’t reach the table. So how about moving the floor up to meet your feet? That’s what the Tripp Trapp® does, by providing a stable footrest that supports a child’s feet and allows it to sit at the correct height, its elbows inheight with the table, in comfort and security. Then there’s the problem of your upper body not being supported because the back rest is too far away. The Tripp Trapp® chair’s unique depth adjustability solves that one, meaning that no matter how big or small your baby, his or her feet and back can be perfectly supported. Not only does this chair grow with your child, it can adjust to custom fit your child’s body, enabling comfortable and natural ergonomic sitting.

Tripp Trapp® design: Peter Opsvik

**Mommy Rambles was provided a Stokke Tripp Trapp in conjunction with a fundraiser**

Baby Bjorn Active Carrier

 

 

Baby Bjorn Carrier Active Organic

Really not sure what to say about this carrier besides, it is a must for moms and dads.

When Faith was tiny, I had so many concerns about her development, both physical and social.  She survived a right hemisphere stroke, has hemiplegic cerebral palsy, and although we didn’t know it at that time, she also has autism. She would often suffer apnea episodes (stopping breathing) and seemed very removed from her environment. One of the things that both Jimmy and I felt was imperative, was keeping her involved in the world. The thought of her hanging out in a stroller being pushed ahead of me at knee level was not ok with me. Nor was her spending time hanging out in her car seat, away from touch and stimulation. She needed the extra protection, touch and movement that a pack carrier provided.

For us, the Baby Bjorn carrier was perfect! She was safe, secure and I could feel her breathing. She was kept at just about eye level. As we engaged people around us, so did she. Walking down Rainbow Row, shopping in the mall, running through airports, riding the ferry. We used our carrier almost daily for just about 3 years. It was incredibly comfortable for both Jimmy and I to wear, and it adjusted size in a flash. The fabric held up beautifully to literally years of wear.

When I look back at Faith’s babyhood, I truly feel that this was one of the best purchases we made.

www.babybjorn.com/us

Caring for the next generation

For us, keeping the next generation in mind has always been a top priority. That’s why we’ve launched a line of products made from organically grown cotton. With BabyBjörn’s organic products you keep your child happy and safe while protecting the environment.

The BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Active is one of the BabyBjörn favorites we’ve chosen to produce using fabric made from organically grown cotton. The baby carrier is sturdy and designed for anyone who leads an active everyday life. The baby carrier provides the proper pressure point relief thanks to the enhanced lower back support and wide, padded shoulder straps. At the same time your child is safe and sound in the baby carrier.

The baby carrier is easy to put on and take off without assistance. All adjustments are made from the front. As with all our baby carriers, it was developed in collaboration with medical experts to suit newborns optimally.