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Meet When at Home’s Kristen!

Kristen from When at Home just reviewed our carrier! We love her blog and her beautiful photos. She has the best how to put on series: I can vouch for every single point. Emery has lived in this thing since it arrived and it has done WONDERS for my piece of  my mind.  I wish I’d discovered it before he was …

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Reflecting on Treasure Island and our first workshop!

I spent last week getting ready for our first public appearance after launching Nesting Days. Honestly, I needed some time to recover from the craziness of running a Kickstarter campaign and getting out all the first orders. Between the sew shop, the post office and home deliveries, I’ve had my hands full! It seemed like just the right time to …

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Meet Rebekka…

“I received the Nesting Days carrier as a gift for the birth of my second child. With my first born, who is now 3, I tried several other carriers, but always found flaws with each one. They were too complicated, bulky, or not snugly enough for my little one. Now that I have my Nesting Days carrier I don’t think …

Nesting Days in September

Wednesday night I attended a beautiful reception for the graduates of the Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment program. My wonderful social media and marketing consultant, Stephanie Echeveste, was among the women being honored, for completing her business plan for her business, ETXE. It was sweet in many ways, since 15 years ago, I began my career as a entrepreneurial trainer at …

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Meet Lauren…

“When Johnny was born I was BLESSED to have Julie Arvan‘s prototype for her newborn carrier. I didn’t anticipate needing it much, as Jay had been such a great sleeper who loved stretching out on the floor during the day. Johnny came into this world announcing that he was not Jaymie and didn’t intend to act anything like her. He …

Meet Karen…

“The Nesting Days Newborn Carrier makes it very easy for me to carry and breastfeed my baby when needed at home and on the go! Because it is very stylish and comfortable, it allows me to wear it out as a top over my nursing bra. I highly recommend it to all breastfeeding mother.” Karen San Francisco, California    

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Meet Anke…

“I have been wearing the nestingdays carrier since my daughter Maia was about two weeks old and about 7.5 pounds. It is super practical and comfortable. On top of that it is fashionable and I really consider it more of a top or shirt rather than a baby carrier. I always wear it when going out to dinner with my …

Made in San Francisco

We went to our cabin for the Labor Day weekend. Getting away and working on our 10 acres of land in the Sierra Foothills felt restorative, but even as I ‘chop wood and carry water’, my thoughts drift to Nesting Days and its future. The next 100 units of Nesting Days Newborn Carriers will be finished this week. They are …

Meet Wendy…

“My eight-week old baby craves being held close and hates being put down (waking or sleeping). This means hours of holding her and bouncing up and down, without a chance to do much else. Having a good sling is vital for me if I want to eat, answer the phone or run any errands. Nesting Days provides a secure, hands-free …

Meet Viviana…

“Stylish and super easy to wear (which is not the same for the more complicated Ergo), and above all it’s a hand-free option for a busy mom. Giulia, who is now two months old, loves to be snug inside this baby carrier. We stay skin to skin at home and even for a long walk (in most cases she falls …

Happy Friday! #nestingdays

Here are some of our favorite babywearing moments from this past week. Share your own using #nestingdays on instagram or twitter. Have a great weekend!  

We did it!

THANK YOU for being the crowd that is funding Nesting Days’ first production. THANK YOU for believing in me, and for seeing the potential Nesting Days has to change how we welcome babies into the world. THANK YOU for being my first customers, and for spreading the word. A special THANK YOU to my husband, George, for his amazing support …

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Get ‘S2S’, trust you Right Brain and Lean Back

This weekend I had the opportunity to join a group of women who were all interested in what I’m interested in, namely; newborns, new mothers, skin-to-skin, and breastfeeding. Each had their own story to tell, and I shared my baby/mommy carrier with them and got unanimous support! In the last few years that I’ve been working on Nesting Days, the …

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Nesting Days Cabin

One of the rewards for our Nesting Days Kickstarter campaign is a 3-day weekend stay at our cabin in the Sierra Foothills! The cabin is about 3 hours north of San Francisco and sleeps eight people. There are two twin beds upstairs, two twin banquets downstairs, and four cots with bedding for deck sleeping. Full kitchen, bath and shower, an outdoor …

Happy Father’s Day!

Today is Father’s Day, and my husband and I are enjoying a weekend at our cabin in the Sierra Foothills, taking a break from city-life in San Francisco, and getting some much needed R&R…at least that was the plan. I spent most of Saturday writing a script for a video for Nesting Days, and suddenly realized that I hadn’t taken …

The Merger Poem by Judy Chicago

This beautiful and hopeful poem has always touched my heart. I hope you will take time to read it — really read it — and let it touch yours. xo, Julie And then all that has divided us will merge. And then compassion will be wedded to power And then softness will come to a world that is harsh and …

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Julie Arvan – My Story

I am a wife, mother, teacher, entrepreneur, postpartum doula, and most recently, an inventor on a mission. Armed with my own ‘knowing’, and supported by the latest evidence-based research, I set out to make an ‘external womb’ for the infant 0 to 5 months. It took over a year of experimentation and tinkering, but finally, in February 2013, I filed …

nestingdays due date in sight

My son and his wife have been visiting from Florida and it was wonderful to press the ‘pause button’ for a few days to spend some quality time with them. Tomorrow they will return home and I will miss them. It is not a new feeling nor is it a bad one. As my children have spread their wings, so …

Following my heart

Yesterday was quite a banner day. My son, Marcus (the professor) and his wife, Maryana, came for a visit from Tampa, Florida. We had breakfast at Plow. While waiting to be seated, we met two men out front. One was demonstrating the robot he had made at TechShop. It was playing Angry Birds. The other was a potential investor. It was the …

My favorite name – Mama

Her name was Ruth, but I called her mother. I was reminded by my friend’s daughter, Willa, how ‘mommy’ gets to be our name. Willa is four years old and wanted to show me how she could write her name, W-I-L-L-A. Next, we wrote my name, J-U-L-I-E. Who is next, I asked? ‘Mommy’ she said. I began to spell L-Y-N-N,  but …

Thank you to my village

Last week Nesting Days reached some big milestones, and I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to my village. At the top of the list is Stephanie Echeveste.  In just a few days she built Nesting Days a beautiful WordPress website/blog, got me to use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr,  and sent out my ‘I’m having a baby’ email to everyone on …

How do women do it? How did my mother do it?

…a good mother gives her children a feeling of trust and stability. She is their earth. She is the one they can count on for the things that matter most of all. –KATHARINE BUTLER HATHAWAY My new daughter-in-law called me the other day and said ‘how do you do it all’? Now I know for a fact that my son does his …

Dear Mother,

Children and mothers never truly part, bounded in the beating of each other’s heart.   — CHARLOTTE GRAY When I began thinking about making a better baby carrier, I did my marketing research and competition analysis to confirm my suspicion that there was a hole in the market that needed filling and then started with a clean slate. I didn’t want …

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Meet me, Julie — Your Chief Mother Officer :)

 Sooner or later we all quote our mothers. –BERN WILLIAMS I’m Julie Arvan, and I’m the ‘chief cook and bottle washer’ at Nesting Days. That’s what my Dad used to call my Mom, and growing up, I know he said it with humor, love, and respect. How my Dad understood motherhood so well I will never know. He only knew his own …

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Meet me, Julie — your Chief Mother Officer

Sooner or later we all quote our mothers. –BERN WILLIAMS I’m Julie Arvan, and I’m the ‘chief cook and bottle washer’ at Nesting Days. That’s what my Dad used to call my Mom, and growing up, I know he said it with humor, love, and respect. How my Dad understood motherhood so well I will never know. He only knew his own …