kokopax classic carrier™
I’ve worn my babies: afloat and aboard our sailboat, hiking amidst Montana’s high mountain peaks and sightseeing around Washington D.C.’s Library of Congress.
I’ve worn my babies for five and a half years, baking bread, sewing and paying bills. A closet bin busts at its seam with slings, wraps and carriers. Each one has its special purpose, yet each one has never fit my husband well or, with some, for long.
My husband is 6 foot 4 inches, broad across the shoulders and deep in character. Yards of fabric intimidate him, while other carriers with a chest clip aren’t expansive enough. We’ve even tried an over-engineered hiking backpack with rain fly, but the weight of the framed carrier caused him to have headaches. Pocket slings fit, sure, but he didn’t feel as though he could get anything done that required him to bend forward or be slightly sideways. Some carriers just proved too cumbersome for certain tasks.
So there I was, a busy mama of three. My five and three year daughters kept me singing and moving throughout the day, while my seven month old was kept on me. I’d switch in and out of slings and carriers, trying to match the right one with the right job. All buckles and ties, all tugs of fabric.
And on the day my hard drive crashed, exactly thirty minutes into the data catastrophe with Apple on the line, two feuding sisters and a babe who needed to twirl my hair, a package arrived at my door.
Honey toast with a glass of steamed milk cured the sibling battle while the kokopax classic carrier™ was just what the fussy baby ordered.
In the 1970s canvas aluminum baby backpacks were all the rage. My own father carried me in a yellow one throughout The Bahamas and throughout the seventies.
Unlike disco, baby wearing was here to stay. Mother of four, innovator and kokopax creator Sarah Spoor clearly remembers being carried by her mama in a canvas aluminum pack. Decades later, while traveling throughout the Northwest, she came across some beautiful fabric in an island boutique and creativity sparked.
Sarah imagined a modern, framed carrier much like the one of her own youth fashioned from funky fabric. With simple functionality she sought to develop a lightweight and stylish baby backpack. And, oh, she did. With numerous accessories, Mrs. Spoor has done it locally. Yes, locally.
I know how islanders like to keep it local.
And, so, from summers in The San Juans to a Seattle-based business, Sarah Spoor has brought the baby community a must have. I’m excited to have this opportunity and, mostly, ecstatic about my new product.
The kokopax classic carrier™ arrived packaged neatly enclosed in a funky fabric carrying case. Immediatly, I knew the accompanying drawstring green bag would make it easy to keep the carrier clean when stored in our sandy minivan. Immediatly, I was excited the carrier came just in time for a mainland excursion.
An off-island trip usually means a red eye ferry with breakfast aboard.
The fabric transport bag makes it easy to carry baby Olive’s food mill and fresh fruit from the car deck to the passenger area.
Up the long and rusty stairwell proves to be an easy task as the carrier weighs in at approximately 2.7 pounds with an anodized aluminum frame, has padded waist support and comfortable shoulder straps. The 5-point harness keeps baby secure and a handy storage pocket has enough room for a bulky cloth diaper and wipes. The adjustable frame makes for a comfortable, custom fit for each user.
Once off back and shoulders, it has an opening base that allows for easy loading and unloading. The kickstand feature, when closely monitored and within both reach and eyesight, makes a wonderful feeding perch since Washington State has yet to supply its ferries with high chairs. [I’d prefer cheaper tickets and a local express loading lane in lieu of high chairs. I’m just saying…]
We were excited to find another handy use for our new carrier, while Olive was excited for the next course.
I love the feel of baby drool on my neck as she looks out at eye level, safely secure and along for the ride encompassed by island views and passage landscapes.
And while three children have slowed things down a bit, the kokopax classic carrier™
has speed up our to-do list.
With Olive inside the carrier and Grandpa along side, our newly finished garden beds finally welcomed growth.
Corn, squash, and pumpkin felt love.
And I know my photos just have Daddy wearing the carrier but let me assure you I love it. I love it walking, I love it standing and kneading dough. And to say that I have a bad back would be glossing things over. I broke my tailbone in each of my labors and had a walker for the first days after each beautiful girl arrived. I can wear the kokopax classic carrier™ for gardening, everyday chores, dinner’s preparations, or walks around our grocery store with ease and comfort. It makes a great every day baby backpack. It’s easy to maneuver crowded tourist sidewalks and busy playground play dates. Folded, it barely takes up space and even fits in airline overhead bins. It’s target baby is six months to two years old (or thirty-five pounds).
As a sewing mama, I am fastidious about the way fabric feels. The 100% cotton canvas is exceptional. The variety of prints are also sure to please any eye palette.
The carrier has a ring to attach baby’s favorite toys or to attach the
koko™ monkey. The koko™ monkey is an organic cotton monkey based on the creator’s childhood toy. There’s also a pax protector™. The pax protector™ is a removable and washable drool and bite zone for baby’s mouth.
I thought I’d give the true test to the kokopax classic carrier™ with our friend Lola. She’s a good buddy of Olive’s who prefers to be worn or carried throughout the day. Her daddy is over 6 feet 5 inches tall so finding an easy to use carrier proved to be a bit of a challenge for him.
Well, as you can see, the San Juan Valley views aren’t the only peaceful part of this picture. Lola loved it and, most amazingly, there was still a bit of room for her daddy to adjust the carrier. And her mama loved it, loved it. It amazes me that two people, a foot’s height apart, could wear and enjoy the same baby carrier with adjustment and comfort ease.
If you’re tired of schlepping a huge diaper bag around, you certainly want to check out their stylish and funky samantha diaper totes.™ These diaper totes have water-resistant linings, loads of room and come in the most fun canvas patterns to compliment your carrier or wardrobe. If you’re like me and can never have too many handy dandy bags, you’ll love the magnetic closure and zippered compartments.
The savannah baby sun hats™ offer the ultimate in sun protection. The
sun hats are super cute; their no-fuss chin strap make for easy use. I love the complimentary canvas patterns and the three available sizes ensure a proper fit for any babe’s noggin.
If you like this carrier, kokopax is offering baby by the sea readers a great opportunity. Simply enter Babybythesea2010 upon checkout to receive a 10% discount on any order from www.kokopax.com. Also, visit kokopax’s Facebook page and become a fan and your chance to win an adorable baby sun hat!
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