24Nov/20

How to Choose the Right Handbag for your Body Type? (all you need to know)

What I’m about to say is true in most cases. And I’m sure you would agree with me. Handbags don’t get placed under the microscope as much as a pair of denims. When it comes to handbags, if they look chic or are functional, the deal is done. Isn’t that correct when you search for the best handbags for moms? In light of the matter, not many women know how to choose the right handbag for your body type.

Handbags have the ability to flatter the natural shape of your body. Not like jeans though! But they can make or break your look. So how do you go about choosing a handbag that is proportional to your silhouette? At the same time, how to choose a handbag for everyday use? It’s time to find out! Read more

19Nov/20

Sad Bellied Babies

Does your babe have what Lea frequently calls “a sad belly”? Sometimes it’s called colic, sometimes it’s called fussiness, and sometimes it’s just referred to as a gassy belly; no matter what it is called, it is a frustrating experience for parents and caregivers. We talk with people in the store frequently about their sad bellied babies and these are the tips we give over and over again (so often we’ve just created this page so those folks don’t have to try to remember everything we tell them when they are bleary-eyed-tired)…… Read more

18Nov/20

Babywearing

  • "Bag-style" carriers

  • safety links

  • benefits

  • & MORE BENEFITS

  • history

"Ah yes. Crappy bag-style carriers. The kind babywearing advocates (including ourselves) have been warning people about for YEARS.

The kind that, after oh, 14 babies suffocated in, the CPSC finally put out a warning about. But rather than talking about what specific carriers are worrisome and what good positioning looked like, they instead issued a blanket statement warning parents against using slings for infants under 4 months..."

  • HB  loves babywearing!

  • ibw 2008

  • mayoral proclamation

Happy Bambino provides babywearing support to the Madison area. In the last four years, more than 700 customers have attended our monthly Art of Safe Babywearing class.

We know it usually takes a little bit of support to find and learn how to use the right carrier. That's why we spend an average of 15 minutes with each customer we help with carriers. In the past 5 years, we've sold over 5000 baby carriers - that translates to over 1250 hours of direct one-on-one babywearing education! Wowza!

Why are we so passionate about babywearing?
For starters, worn babies cry less and fall asleep more easily. Babywearing also promotes bonding, satisfies a baby’s need for interaction, and boosts parents' confidence. Holding babies is natural and universal; baby carriers make it easier and more comfortable, allowing parents and caregivers to hold or carry their children while attending to the daily tasks of living.

Happy Bambino was a proud sponsor of International Babywearing Weeks 2008 and 2009 as well as the Jennifer Rosenberg Babywearing Advocate of the Year Award (2008) and the Best Babywearing Outreach Program to Women in Need Award (2009).

HB Co-founders, Alison Dodge & Lea Wolf spoke at the second International Babywearing Conference in Chicago in 2008.

In 2009 we organized our first baby carrier drive for carriers to donate to young parents enrolled in the SAPAR (School-Aged Parents) program for Madison high schools.

Happy Bambino's Babywearing "Wall of Fame"

Babywearing is Awesome!

Babywearing has many benefits for parents and babies (see benefits tab below). 

Contrary to recent media reports and a warning issued by the CPSC, baby carriers can absolutely be used safely!  Babywearing has been done safely for millenia (see cultural & historical significance tab below) .

Safe babywearing includes:

1) Using a good quality carrier that is 2) properly fitted to the adult and

3) following instructions for positioning.

More safety information can be found in Happy Bambino's video:

 "Safe Babywearing" and on the safety links tab below.

 

Happy Bambino offers a FREE Workshop on the Art of Safe Babywearing. 

Sign up today!

Here is a great article on the baby spine development and baby carriers.


18Nov/20

Carry the Future

Happy Bambino is proud to support Carry the Future in its mission and work. We are a donation center for Carry the Future and currently accepting baby carriers.

Happy Bambino proudly supports Carry the Future – https://carrythefuture.org/

What is Carry the Future?

From their website…

Carry the Future started as a single, modest Indiegogo campaign to raise $2,500 and 100 baby carriers for Cristal (CTF Founder) to send to family she had in Greece so they could deliver them to refugees arriving by boat to their shores. As a result of the campaign going viral, Cristal received support from volunteers inspired and offering to help. Carry the Future is now a network of over 3000 volunteers across the globe and donations continue to flow in from supporters everywhere on a daily basis. Read more

18Nov/20

Group Changes!

Look – it’s our new weekend playgroup for toddlers – Cicadas Group! Groups changes are afoot as we transition into Summer – including new groups and new facilitators. Read on to find out more…

We’re changing some things up as we head into Summer.  Check out changes by group:

Cuddlebugs Group (0-6  months):

  • No changes!
  • Meets Tuesdays 10:30-11:45 with Lea Wolf
  • Also meets Fridays 11:15-12:30 with Adria Cannon

Nightcrawlers Group (6-12 months):

  • New facilitators! Nightcrawlers is now facilitated by RoseAnna Cyr and Alli Ryan
  • In June, Alli will take over
  • Still meets Thursdays 11-12:15

Grasshoppers Group (walking – 24 months):

  • The Monday morning group is going away.  The 9:15 am Monday Grasshoppers will not be facilitated (just open space for people to hang out if they want) from now through the end of May.  Starting June 1, the group will not meet anymore.
  • The Monday afternoon group has a new facilitator: RoseAnna Cyr!  that group meets from 3-4:15 p.m.

Fireflies Group (Toddlers with or without younger siblings):

  • No changes!
  • Meets Wednesday mornings from 9:15-10:30

Dad’s Group: Read more

18Nov/20

Follow-up to our Measles Outbreak Policy

Because of the “waves” made by posting our policy, we wanted to follow up with experts who specialize in the science of disease transmission to make sure our plan was as helpful and appropriate as possible.

Earlier this week we posted our policy in the event of a measles outbreak in close proximity to Madison.

Since then there has been quite a bit of discussion on our Facebook page.

We have also received several media inquiries and inquiries from other organizations wondering about sharing our policy with their clients. Read more

18Nov/20

Do you want to tend to the lovely-crazy-tender amazingness that is the ‘bino?

SEEKING NEW OWNERS!

Send some love to HB if you ever thought “I don’t know what I would have done without the ‘bino” – we hear it over and over, and it never fails to make us grateful to have been a part of such an amazing business.

In this day and age of ease and expediency and convenience, the fact that a humble mama-owned parenting business is still alive and kicking is REALLY freakin’ amazing.

Folks still thank us regularly for opening Happy Bambino – but the reality has always been that though we sparked the business, it’s grown into something so much larger than us mamas. Happy Bambino – with the help of amazing babies, parents, families, and community members – has grown a rich life of it’s own. Read more