July 5, 2007

Babywearing Tip of the Week: The Podonbutai- A Giveaway! *Updated With Winner!

*Updated with winner below!

Traditional baby carriers are probably my very favorite. Most traditional Asian carriers have two straps (or four in the case of the Mei Tai) and a wide rectangle of fabric that goes over the baby. The straps are wrapped around the baby and the babywearer's body and then tied, and can be worn on the front or back.

Never before has there been a fusion of traditional carriers until... The Podonbutai! I am more than excited to reveal this awesome creation by Jenn at All Natural Mommies. The Podonbutai is named accordingly: pod for podeagi, onbu for onbuhimo, and tai for mei tai! I think I am in love! Whether you are a professional babywearer or new to wearing your babies, this is a MUST HAVE!

If you are wondering just how this is even possible to wear such a combination, the Podonbutai can be worn as either a podeagi, onbuhimo, or mei tai!

The Korean Podeagi (top left photo) has one strap at each corner that cross the babywearer's front (if back carrying) or back (if front carrying) and ties underneath the baby's bottom. It can also be worn without the straps on the shoulders for those with neck and shoulder problems. See a podeagi back carry here.


The Chinese Mei Tai (photos at right) consists of 4 straps - two longer straps for the shoulder area and 2 shorter straps for around the waist. The Mei Tai allows for easy back carrying and also distributes the weight nicely for wearing on front, hip, or back very comfortably. I highly recommend the Mei Tai when wearing a larger child!





Japanese Onbuhimos (left) have one strap at each corner that also feed
into rings or loops on the bottom so that the strap will go under the child's legs and then can be tied by crossing the front or back of the babywearer's body depending on front or back carry. It can be tied like a mei tai or podeagi, or also Tibetan style by feeding the straps up through the shoulders and tying off (as shown in photo at left.)


You use just the top rail/straps if wearing the Podonbutai as a podeagi or obuhimo, and for the mei tai you
add a strap through built in loops for the waist. Just remove the waist strap when not using as a mei tai! See the Podonbutai Frequently Asked Questions here.

Jenn's original and very unique design is genius, in my opinion, because sometimes it is convenient for me to wear the mei tai, but I have found it very hard to put Gray in it while he is sleeping. So, I removed the strap and wore it as a podeagi during the fireworks the other night! (Yes- he fell asleep during the fireworks!) I was able to hold him while he slept and put on the Podonbutai as a podeagi with no assistance needed!

The Podonbutai comes
with a matching bag which makes it quite portable and convenient to keep the extra strap in when not in use. It is wonderful to have so many options in just one carrier! The quality is superb- I am just in love with my Podonbutai!!!

*Check out the new Podonbutai photo gallery with pics of me wearing my 3 month old niece Abigail! The FAQ page has been updated, too!

All Natural Mommies features many products from cloth diapers to baby carriers. Jenn is offering FREE SHIPPING on all baby carrier orders through July 31! Just email Jenn@all-natural-mommies.com before your place your order. The Podonbutai will be available to the public beginning Monday July 9, 11 PM (EST)!

Be one of the first ever to own a Podonbutai! Jenn from All Natural Mommies is giving one away in the fabric of your choice!

Here's how to enter:
1. Fill in the Mr. Linky below
2. Link to this contest post and All Natural Mommies in a post on your blog by Wed. July 11

Everyone is eligible to enter. If you don't have a blog, just enter your name in the Mr. Linky, please also sign up for the All Natural Mommies newsletter, and leave a comment so that I can contact you.

The winner will be chosen at random from the Mr. Linky list Wed. July 11, 10 PM (CST.)

Congratulations to our winner: Renee from When 2 Became 3 !




126 comments:

  1. Yay, I have another chance!
    The contest is all linked up, of course! :)

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  2. The Podonbutai looks awesome, by the way... Oh, so comfy for both mommy and baby!

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  3. How FABULOUS!!! Jenn is sooo great - the Mei Tei I have from her is such great quality!

    You can keep me from the drawing - even though I would LOVE to win this - but to be fair - I don't want to steal someone else's chance of winning when I already have her fabulous Mei Tei.

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  4. I normally do not enter contests but this is one I could not pass up!

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  5. It would be great to have an extra set of arms!! (-:

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  6. love it. hope 2 win... let them know if the need more reviews to try it id love to :-)
    you and gray look adorables as usual!
    ill blog about this right before i leave... i went ahead and sign mr linky now though... so i wouldnt forget.

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  7. That is SO cool! I can't wait to try one!

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  8. Oh my gosh! I'm in love! Great pics, too. :) I'll get my blog post up today while the boys are napping. This is too good of a contest. I'm e-mailing my NINO group now! Thanks, Steph!

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  9. Hey steph, i was wnderong if yu could plaese post a picture of the carrier without our precious little one in it so we could see what it look like.
    Thanks!
    REnee

    By the way I love all traditional carrier also they are amazing and you are too will all you giveaway!

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  10. How Cool! It would be great to have one.

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  11. Love these pictures of you and Gray!

    We'll be linking up shortly!

    Jane, P&B Girls

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  12. You have the best contests!

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  13. Wow! This looks great. I'm so excited to try it!.

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  14. That looks like an awesome carrier. I am a member of the newsletter.


    Kris_armommy@yahoo.com

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  15. What a great looking Carrier. I am all linked up and ready to win!

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  16. What a great contest! Thanks so much! Jenny
    jennyblattman@hotmail.com

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  17. I am signed up for the newsletter. This looks like a very comfortable carrier.

    grams-kelley [at] sbcglobal [dot]net

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  18. Alright, I'm entering... I'm just fascinated by this thing...

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  19. I've only ever used Pouch's and Ring slings and would Love to try out a new sling. With my baby getting heavier by the day (21 lbs now) sometimes it gets hard on the shoulder wearing her too long in the RS or Pouch.

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  20. This carrier looks and sounds great! I think it would be perfect for carrying Little.

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  21. I love it!! Your so lucky someone takes pics of you and Gray while your carrying him.. I had Cory in his carrier all day the other day and no pictures to show for it :-( So sad!!!

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  22. Hi Jenn! This looks like an AWESOME carrier!!!!!! I've been trying to figure out what I want to add to my carrier I used with Wyatt, for the baby due in October, and I think this is it!!!

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  23. OK Steph, I entered! What a neat and unique design!

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  24. love, love LOVE it! Winning this giveaway would make my month!

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  25. What a cute carrier! Love that! Benjamin, my little guy is getting used to the babywearing!! I bought a Moby last week and he seemed to really like it while we were away on vacation in Pittsburgh visiting my in-laws!! But this one looks super comfy!!
    - Audrey
    Pinks & Blues Girls

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  26. What a smart cookie that Jenn is. What an amazing sling. :)

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  27. i love contests!
    i don't have a blog but you can contact me @
    brigitfraga@yahoo.com

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  28. This is amazing!! Love it!

    Sherry
    mommy2tyler@comcast.net

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  29. This is so cool. Exspecially for a newbie baby wearer like me..

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  30. You look so darn fashionable!

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  31. I signed up for the newsletter.

    kelley_circus at sbcglobal dot net

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  32. another hip new invention. i really would love to try this one!

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  33. Great idea! I would love to try this carrier. My little girl loves to ride in our carriers and this one looks really comfy!

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  34. What a cool concept for a carrier! Hope to be able to test drive one! ;)

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  35. Wow, you are the queen of the babywearing contests Steph! Unfortunately, that would look horrible on my chest, big breasts are no good for this type of thing. So cute though! Good luck to all who enter!

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  36. this looks amazing. thanks again steph for being so great!

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  37. Wow, that is so cool! It would solve my issues deciding whether to keep my mei tais or my pods...

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  38. what an interesting creation!

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  39. Very cool. I don't have a blog anymore, but am signing up for your newsletter.

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  40. I'm off to sign up for the newsletter! This carrier looks great!

    (lucy8180 at gmail.com

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  41. How fun for all you baby wearers!

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  42. This sounds really cool...thanks for the chance to win one! :)
    JenB
    hammermoose at hotmail dot com

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  43. I just signed up for the newsletter. All natural mommies looks like a great site. My girls would love a ride with daddy.

    redneckscrappin at hotmail dot com

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  44. Oh, this one looks so cool. I'll have to link up. Maybe someday I'll win something!!!

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  45. It looks really neat! Great contest! kimberley.herrera@actionintl.org

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  46. I am so new to the baby-wearing world... I wish I had worn my son, but I wrote it off because "baby carriers just don't fit me right". Now my daughter is in love with them and I might spend my life's savings trying to find which one we like the best!

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  47. HI there, Love the site! already signed up for the All natural mommies newsletter. Dont have a blog though.Love to learn all I can about baby wearing.
    Jac

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  48. That is amazing! I have a little guy about the same age as Gray so it looks like it is something do-able for a almost 2 year old. Just what I have been looking for.

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  49. Wow, this is gorgeous! My nine month old is getting tired of our run of the mill sling. This is wonderful, she would adore it. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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  50. This thing looks very intriguing!

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  51. I am so confused by this!!! LOL. Are those thin straps really comfy?? I find that my mei tai hurts my shoulders sometimes. Wow, there's a ton of people linked to this contest already!!

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  52. This looks awesome. What a great idea! I would have never thought of this. Way to go!! Yeah!!

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  53. How cool! Baby #4 and I could really use this!

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  54. The straps on the Podonbutai are actaully quite thick and can be spread out or made thinner- whatever is best for your comfort! I find them very sturdy and comfortable!!

    Steph

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  55. Looks great! Would love to try it out! Please check out www.kiirababy.com for other unique and earth friendly baby accessories!

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  56. My big baby boy is getting hard to carry in our sling! This looks great

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  57. You two are a couple of great looking models! That first pic looking up at the sky is adorable!

    Thanks for hosting so many of these wonderful giveaways!

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  58. Steph are you sure your gonna make it to the 11th? You've got over 100 contestants....winner issss? me? LOL!

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  59. I love your blog - great work!!!

    ok, ive entered the comp, signed up for the newsletter & put the links on my blog - now fingers crossed :)

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  60. all linky-looed...my friends are such enablers.

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  61. Looks great! Going to link...

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  62. Crud, I entered twice...ignore that it's still early here! That carrier is absolutely genius!

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  63. What a wonderful looking carrier! I entered and posted the links. :)

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  64. What a cool baby carrier!

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  65. very nifty....I have to get one of these....

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  66. Ok, I'm entered! ha, maybe 121 will be my blessed number. heehee

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  67. Yea for babywearing! And yea for contests! I'm signed up for the newsletter, but don't have a blog. Maybe someday......my email is: dkillips4@hotmail.com. Thanks for hosting another contest!

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  68. ohhhhh I love this! Looks so comfy!

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  69. we really need this one(soon). Thanks so much for an opportunity to enter :)

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  70. Thanks for the opportunity to enter this contest! I'm brand-new to babywearing but this carrier looks like it would be extremely comfortable! I'd love the chance to try it out with my toddler before the newest baby arrives! I don't have a blog but my email is: mom2gpb@yahoo.com
    Thanks!!!!!!!

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  71. Looks awesome--with an 11 mo old an one on the way I sure could use this one!

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  72. Trying again! I just love your contests, it is about the only things I have been finding time to post about!

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  73. i love this! please enter me!

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  74. Hi again. I can't seem to sign up for your newsletter. :( I press 'subscribe' and nothing happens. So I'll leave my e mail here too: jennie [dot] b at tds [dot] net

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  75. there are times i would love to try a baby carrier for my 20 month old.

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  76. Thanks for this opportunity! My kids are too big for the carrier now, but I have LOTS of grand-nieces and nephews and friends with wee-ones. Looks great!

    Jenn in AZ (hometeachinatcox.net)

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  77. This is Jenn from All Natural Mommies -

    I am so sorry ladies I have no idea what was up with my newsletter subscription form - but I went in and fixed it tonight!

    Please try again and I am soo sorry for all the trouble!!!

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  78. that looks totally awesome!! I have been looking for an easier was to carry my 11 month old!
    marenvargas@bellsouth.net

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  79. Looks very cool, and oh so useful. If I win (fat chance, considering the number of people interested, and my lack of luck), my email is: aselchen@hotmail.com

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  80. would love a new carrier for my 2yo and 6mo old. quinns at futuretk dot com

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  81. i love baby things that are versatile, especially when you don't have a lot of storage like me

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  82. Alright, I have tried to win one of these before. Headed over to link up now.

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  83. Would love to win this -- you can never what's going!

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  84. Yea!!!! Stacy turned me onto this contest through her blog. So you know I had to join and link it up. :)

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  85. what a fantastic product!

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  86. wow, this is a popular giveaway. :) Its easy to see why!

    arianne@segerman.com

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  87. Oooh, I love, I love. I am such a sucker for fabulous sling fabrics and I love the versatility of this carrier!

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  88. What a fabulous contest!!! I'm new to baby wearing, but loving it already! :)

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  89. What a fabulous contest!!! I'm new to baby wearing, but loving it already! :)

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  90. this looks awesome! THANKS for the op to win it!

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  91. I have my fingers crossed! Hope I win!!
    Shannon at slfcooch@hotmail.com

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  92. Count me in--this looks great!

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  93. Love it! Please count me in too.

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  94. I propped up Ye Old Blog, so the post is now up!

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  95. All linked up here:

    http://pinksandbluesgirls.wordpress.com/2007/07/09/lots-of-fun-stuff-to-report/

    Thanks, Steph!

    Jane, P&B Girls

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  96. saw the awesome picture on 5 Minutes and just had to take a look.

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  97. we're planning to adopt a 4-5 year old soon....but looking at all of the babywearing makes me consider a younger child!!

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  98. I thought that maybe I'd wait to enter this time, and maybe try a different spot in the line.. you know. Jenn is one smart cookie... that podonwhatsit.... very nifty.

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  99. What a lovely carrier! I've only got a ring sling, but with my 4th on the way I've been looking for more babywearing variety. My philosophy has changed a lot since my first, and I plan on using carriers a lot more with my baby girl coming just after Thanksgiving.

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  100. I love this thing and so need one!

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  101. I'm expecting my second in November and could SO use something like this. What a great idea!

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  102. Looks great. I have a new baby and want to start wearing him.

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  103. I'm gonna be greedy and enter again. Those look so cool!

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  104. Oh my, is there even a CHANCE of me winning this one? Not likely!! Oh well, I tried.

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  105. keeping my fingers crossed...

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  106. Very cool! Thanks for the chance. :)

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  107. Looks great! I've been trying out different carriers with my 9 week old.

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  108. Wow! I really like this one.

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  109. I'm #182. I don't have a blog, but I did sign up for the newsletter. Thanks so much!

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  110. I don't see my comment...SO, Cool baby carrier.

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  111. That looks like such a cool carrier! I bet it would work with either my two year old or my 4 month old and my sisters are both having babies next year, so I can pass it on when I'm done! Thanks!

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  112. oops, oops, oops! my name ended up in this one twice by accident! i am just so excited!!! can you pretty please fix this for me steph? many thanks!!! :)

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  113. Joined her list and signed Mr. Linky. :)

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  114. I'll never win but it can't hurt to try! I would love to have one of these to use with my twins! We mostly use MTs these days anyway!

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  115. <a href="http://courses.cvcc.vccs.edu/ENG112_GROSS/_Chat_Room/000008fd.htm">Anonimous</a>September 09, 2007 3:55 PM

    Excellent website. Good work. Very useful. I will bookmark!

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