All About… Waist Belt Pouches

What Can’t You Fit in our Babywearing Waist Belt Pouches?

One of our more popular babywearing accessories is the Waist Belt Pouch. This handy accessory slips over the waistband of your SSC and holds your stuff.

What can they hold?


Keys, money, credit cards in a Compact size. (Some phones will fit in the Compact size.)


A cell phone, keys, some money, credit cards, an EpiPen, and a snack in a Regular size.


A cell phone, keys, some money, and credit cards in a Large size.


All of the above, plus a diaper and wipes (in a Small wet bag) in a Large size.


Tube feeding supplies in a Large pouch.


Hiking Kit in a Compact pouch.


Hiking Kits in a Large pouch.  (Notice my Freshette “lady penis.” It’s my favorite hiking companion – especially for babywearing. Lets you pee standing up, without depantsing.)


Medications in a Syringe Holster in a Large pouch – prefilled syringes not in a Holster might fit in the Compact or Regular, depending on how big they are and how many.

For many people, they can fit their necessities inside, and avoid having to carry a bigger bag or purse.

We offer three sizes. Compact size is about 5 inches tall and 6 inches wide. Regular is about 6 inches tall and 7 inches wide. Large is about 10 inches tall and 6 inches wide. The Large has snaps on the outside that allow you to snap it up smaller for times when you don’t need the full capacity.


Obviously, I’m not wearing a child in the carrier in these pictures. All pictures are with a Tula. Evidently, I’m just too lazy to get out my other carriers.

The pouches are constructed with canvas or twill on the back and the belt loop. The side that shows is made of cotton, typically in a fun print. The inside is made from either flannel, soft cotton, or a linen blend, depending on what we have on hand in a color that coordinates with the outside.

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All About…Cord Clips

Our Cord Clips have been one of our best sellers since we introduced them a few years ago. These simple little doo dads are surprisingly handy – and not just for special needs!

First, the highlights.

  • They’re made with fabric. Four layers of fabric, to be specific. This makes them so much more sturdy and longer lasting than clips made from ribbon.
  • They have two sets of snaps, making them far more versatile than clips with just one snap. There are so many different positions you can use these things in! More on that in a minute.
  • The clip is strong but easy to open. Just press up on the lever. The teeth are non-damaging.

Now, the uses:

With feeding tubes and oxygen tubing, to reduce pulling, to manage excess tubing, or to keep tubing positioned.

With ventilator or CPAP circuits.

With dialysis tubes.
OK, I ritually sacrificed all of our dialysis supplies when Teddy got his transplant, so I don’t have any pictures, but the clips can be used to keep the tubing positioned. If you are on dialysis and want a free cord clip in exchange for high quality pictures if you using it… let me know.

To hold 60 mL syringes in place, whether for gravity feeding or for venting.

To hold a feeding pump bag in place, with or without an insulated cover.

To hold charging cords in the car and keep that mess a bit more tidy!

How do you use YOUR cord clips? Share a picture on any social media account (well… Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest) and tag Wallypop (@wallypopia on Insta and Pinterest, @wallypop on Twitter) or share on your blog and pingback to this post. June 30, we’ll put all the tags and pings and whatnot in a hat and draw two to get a free cord clip! (US only unless you want to pay for Priority shipping)

Don’t own a Cord Clip yet? You can buy them here: http://lemondrops.wallypop.net/cordclip.html

All About… Weighted Blankets

At Wallypop, we make our weighted blankets custom to your exact specifications. Every blanket is carefully handmade in our basement shop.

image shows a weighted blanket made with a fun fox print and dark brown minkee. This blanket is half completed, with only the vertical channels sewn.

Aren’t Weighted Blankets Hot?

Well, they’re a blanket. There is that. But the beads themselves don’t add heat. They actually will tend to acclimate to their surroundings. If you’re looking for a cooler blanket, choose one made from all cotton, and avoid Minkee or fleece, which are warm fabrics.

What Size Blanket Should I Get?

Our weighted blankets are available in three standard sizes plus a lap pad, but we can also make a custom size just for you. The standard sizes are:

  • Small: 41″ x 35″
  • Medium: 58″ x 42″
  • Large: 72″ x 43″

We strongly recommend choosing a blanket sized to the person, rather than to the bed, especially for children, but that doesn’t mean that the smaller sizes are only for kids. Think instead of your intended use. Will you use the blanket for sleeping? Will you use it while traveling? Do you want something to soothe your joints while you relax in a chair?

That said, if you prefer a blanket sized to your bed, we can absolutely do that. Blankets wider than about 43 inches will either have 1-2 seams on the face of the blanket, or will have a more limited selection of prints. We recommend (and will make unless you request otherwise) keeping your blankets SMALLER than your mattress. If they hang over the side of the mattress, they’ll tend to slide right off the bed as the weight pulls them down.

image shows a floral striped weighted blanket

How Heavy Should I Get?

The most common rule of thumb is 10% of the user’s body weight, or 10% plus a pound. Some people prefer less, some prefer more. I would never recommend going over this guideline with children.

What fabrics are possible?

Really, the world is your oyster here. Fabric for a blanket needs to be sturdy enough to handle washing with the heavy beads inside them, but you have such a wide variety of fabrics to choose from. Cotton. Flannel. Minkee. Fleece. Twill. Denim. Some Satins. Some Polyesters. Rayon from Bamboo (“Bamboo” fabric). Microfiber. Knit (the blanket will NOT be stretchy – the inner layers will still be flat cotton).

What do you use for the weight?

For the maximum in washability and long life, we use poly beads. Obviously, food items render a blanket nonwashable (and attract pests and rodents and tend to grow mold). Metal washers and other metal parts will rust. And glass beads can shatter and break and then you get glass shards working their way through your blanket into your bed. Ouch.

image shows a completed purple weighted blanket covering a giant stuffed monkey

How are Wallypop brand weighted blankets constructed?

We use small pockets to hold the beads, to ensure even distribution of weight throughout the blanket. We also use a unique, structurally sound construction to ensure your blanket’s long life – we use four layers of fabric throughout, to reduce wear and help prevent holes in your blanket.

Care Instructions?

Our blankets are machine washable – we recommend using the gentle cycle and checking your washer’s owner’s manual first to verify that it can handle the weight of your blanket. We recommend air drying your blanket.

You can buy yours right here! http://lemondrops.wallypop.net/weightedblanket.html

image shows a monkey print blanket hanging over the back of a chair

All About… Onbuhimo Carriers (old style vs new style)

All about our Onbuhimo style baby carriers, also called an Onbu.

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Our Onbu carriers in general

The Wallypop onbu is a comfortable and quick option that particularly excels at back carrying. It’s also suitable, of course, for wearing a baby on the front, but it can’t be beat for its ability to get a baby on your back quickly and with little fuss.

An onbu is a square of fabric with a padded waistband, two shoulder straps, and two rings at the waist instead of a waist band. The shoulder straps are threaded through the rings and then tied.

The Wallypop Onbu features a separate, padded waistband made from two layers of canvas, a sturdy body made from two layers of canvas plus one or two decorative fabrics, padded canvas shoulder straps, and two medium-sized rings at the waist.

We sew our carriers carefully and thoughtfully. I do not use a “panel” design (where the front of the carrier is made of several panels and looks like a quilt block) because each seam is a potential weak spot in the carrier. Fewer seams = more safety. We reinforce all of our seams – topstitching around the perimeter of the carrier to give those seams extra support, and we sew down the straps in several places, ensuring that they will never pull loose.

And of course our Onbuhimos have passed ASTM certification to the high safety standards set by the federal government.

Why would I use an Onbu?

The onbu is not the world’s most popular carrier, that’s true. And it’s not for everyone. If you mostly carry a baby or toddler on your back, however, it’s definitely an option I’d recommend considering. Like I said, it can be worn on the front, but if you’re primarily a front carrier, there are better options, in my opinion. But if you’re looking for something fast and comfortable for back carries, it’s hard to beat an onbu.

Old Style vs New Style

We were already working on a few minor design changes when the ASTM regulation became final and mandatory earlier this year (2014). That new requirement forced us to choose one way to make Onbus from now on. The pictures below outline the main changes from the “old style” to the “new style” of Mei Tai.

Old Style Onbu New Onbu

All About… Mei Tais Old Style vs New Style

I haven’t done an All About post in a loooong time. 🙂  All about our Mei Tai Baby Carriers.

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A bit about our MT Carriers in General

MT carriers are a great all-around carrier. Two shoulder straps distribute baby’s weight evenly, which is a blessing for the wearer’s back. The two-knot design is quick and easy to put on, with no fancy adjustments needed. And the carrier is simple enough to still be quite versatile – there are several ways to tie the carrier on depending on what you’re going for. I love the MT for the high back carry, and how easy and fast it is to throw a baby on my back.

A bit about safety

Are MT carriers safe? Of course, the answer is yes. I wouldn’t sell you something that I thought was unsafe.

Wallypop Mei Tais are made with two layers of canvas throughout. That canvas is then covered with a pretty decorative fabric on the front and sometimes also the back of the body. The straps are two layers of canvas for non-wrinkly, non-diggy performance.

We sew our carriers carefully and thoughtfully. I do not use a “panel” design (where the front of the carrier is made of several panels and looks like a quilt block) because each seam is a potential weak spot in the carrier. Fewer seams = more safety. We reinforce all of our seams – topstitching around the perimeter of the carrier to give those seams extra support, and we sew down the straps in several places, ensuring that they will never pull loose.

And of course our Mei Tais have passed ASTM certification to the high safety standards set by the federal government.

As with any baby carrier, check the seams before use. Fabric can wear out pretty quickly, particularly in the washing machine, so taking a few seconds to make sure everything’s holding up well should be part of your babywearing routine.

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Now about Wallypop MT carriers

In our Basic Mei Tai, the straps are unpadded. In our experience, most wearers are quite comfortable with unpadded straps, once they try them. (There’s a strong bias towards thinking you NEED padding, but many are pleasantly surprised to find that unpadded straps are also quite comfortable.) The unpadded straps are also markedly less bulky! For those who do prefer padded straps, we offer our Luxury Mei Tai, which has padded straps, as well as a pocket to hold a few items, a hood to help corral a sleeping baby head, and a toy ring to hold a small toy for baby.

We sew our waist straps on straight, and the shoulder straps at an angle coming out of the top corner of the body.

Our straps are pretty long, and will be perfect for most wearers. We do recommend chatting with us before purchasing your carrier if you have any concerns about fit – I can always make longer straps for you! I can also shorten straps of instock carriers if you’re really small.

The body of our MT carriers is roomy, without being too overwhelming. It can seem like a lot of carrier when you’re toting around a 6 lb newborn, but we recommend rolling the carrier at the waist to shorten the body when wearing a small baby – that’ll solve the roominess problem.

Old Style vs New Style

We were already working on a few minor design changes when the ASTM regulation became final and mandatory earlier this year (2014). That new requirement essentially forced us to choose one way to make our Mei Tais from now on – it’s expensive to get a carrier through the testing process, so we needed to have only one model of mei tai. The pictures below outline the main changes from the “old style” to the “new style” of Mei Tai. (Now, if you’re wondering if I can still make you a Mei Tai in our “old style,” the answer is yes – but it’ll cost you approx $500. I’ll throw in the actual carrier for free; that’s the cost of testing the carrier to the new ASTM standard.) (please note, the “new style” MTs are the ones that have passed the lab testing. The “old style” is still safe based on 10 years of zero-incident selling, but has not been lab tested, and does not have the required safety labels. We’re just selling through what we have left in stock and then only “new style” will be available.)

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We love our Mei Tais and hope you do, too! 🙂

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