Monday, February 7, 2011

One month under our belt!

Hello February!

Personally, I find February refreshing..Perhaps it's the promise of spring around the corner, even if it's a big corner.

We've been back at it for a month, I'm so happy to be creating again. In the past few weeks I was able to put together a special tye-died toddler carrier and break into my new line of prints for a bright and cheerful Paisley carrier. Photos are posted on the Facebook Fan page.

I've been busy booking a the spring show season, all events will be posted on the Facebook page, so check often for updates.

Friday, December 31, 2010


Almost 2011! This past year certainly was productive for the Dunn family. Our twins are humming along just perfectly and we are enjoying every precious minute with them.

I'm excited about re-opening the shop in early January. We'll have a real slow go of it for the first few months, but the sewing list is open and already growing, so if you are interested in a Natural Mother Mei Tai, don't hesitate to contact me.

In the coming year Natural Mother Productions will be adding Mei Tai's styled for Daddies, posh custom diaper bags and buckle carriers.

I'm also working on providing a program for babywearing groups, with the potenial of earning your group a brand new carrier for your lending library and offering your members a discounted co-op rate. Stay tuned for details.

Looking forward to sharing this exciting journey with all of you, God Bless!

Michelle and the seven.

Friday, September 3, 2010

September 2010

Maternity leave information!

I'm the lucky Mama to 7 wonderful children! We welcomed Isabelle Avery (5lbs 10oz) and Abigail Elaine (6lbs 3oz) on July 29, 2010. Natural Mother Productions will be enjoying a few months with our growing family. During this time, a selection of completed carriers will be available for purchase. Available prints are posted in my photobucket account. If you are interested in ordering a custom carrier, I will compile sewing lists for a January 2011 start date.

Huron County Baby Wearers will continue to host meetings beginning in October 2010 at the Clinton Early Years Centre. Meeting days and times will be announced close to the date.


Michelle, Doug, Alexander, Nickolas, Hanna, Mya, Madeline, Isabelle and Abigail!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Update list on Mei Tai sale:

Photo #1.
Black and white print
was a custom order, has slightly narrower straps and a front pocket. This carrier was never used, as the person who ordered changed her mind on the print. Normally $100.00, down to $80.

Photo #2
Asian floral print
The actual carrier is with Khaki straps, not black. This carrier is normally $90.00, down to $75. It has spent time in pet-friendly homes being tested, but is in great condition.

Blue print
Again, this carrier is paired with Khaki coloured straps. It does NOT have a hood, but the hood print is featured on the back side, so it is a duo print carrier. Normal pricing $100.00, down to $80.00

Photo #4 and 5
Both photos are of the actual carriers, never used, price, $85.00

I will cover the taxes on all carriers.



Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A great group order!

In April I ran my first sucessful co-op! It was a pleasure to be able to give 11 great Mamas and babies the chance to snag a custom Mei Tai at a great price. I look forward to offering co-ops twice a year, so look out for the opportunity to snag a great deal!

Here are a few shots of the order:

Friday, April 16, 2010

The making of 100 Mei Tais.

I was planning on making a special carrier to mark the 100th one I've made...however,I recently realized I surpased that number some time ago and decided to dedicate this weeks post to the "history" of the Natural Mother Mei Tai, and to give credit to all the Mama's who have contributed to where the carrier is today.

I began making Mei Tais around 5 years ago when my daughter Mya was born. I was intregued by the idea of baby wearing and was immediately drawn to the Asian inspired carrier called a Mei Tai. To have a comfortable carrier to carry my child hands free felt like freedom. I was instantly in Love. So off fabric shopping I went. What a learning experience! I used cotton for the entire carrier, it was so stretchy, was constantly sagging and therefore I was always re adjusting. And yet I wore it with pride. Everywhere. It was still better than anything else I'd tried..

Eventually after some more misses, I finally found a base that was supportive enough, yet soft and lightweight. I played around with the design, inserted panels in the front and padding in the straps and worked with some suggestions to narrow the body panel, Here's Ang's first carrier (Thanks Ang!)

At this point I continued to make and test the square bodied Mei Tai, experimenting with different padding and panel options. I didn't photograph these carriers, but I do have to thank Meghan (you know who you are) who used one as her intro to babywearing and ultimately became a huge cheerleader in the evolution of the NMMT.

Around this point we were blessed to be expecting our fifth child, and I was determined to really work the carrier and tweek it from personal experience. One morning in Dec, I woke to a snowstorm and the urge to sew. I used some fabric I'd been hoarding, creating my first full panelled body, I also redrafted the square body to have a curved headreast and I lined it with quilt batting for warmth and support. Here is the result, which I used until Madeline was almost 2. I still love this carrier, so many memories :). Madeline (2months) and Daddy:

While I thought I'd hit the baby wearing jackpot, I continued sewing Mei Tais for friends and was getting feedback that suggested another design change was in order. The wide nature of the carrier was making it uncomfy on tiny legs and I had more than one parent ask me to narrow the leg area on the body. I also realized that the headrest was more of a headflop and was on the hunt for more supportive materials to make it soft but supportive. An accidental purchase proved to be the answer I was looking for and another generation of the NMMT was born. Thanks to Karen H. (love ya) for using and abusing my newest experiment ;).

Jess and Karen's carriers:

As you can see, we're close to where the carrier is today! There are a few more minor changes, Lynette who requested I tack the straps, inspired the external stablizing stitching in the triangular pattern, making the carrier even more supportive:

Debora and Angela, baby wearing experts who extensively tested the carrier and recommended some comfort tweeks, thanks to Debora, who requested better padding in the straps and Angela who suggestested that more waist structure would make a snugger fit:

Meghan, (second time around) who asked for a hood:

And Virgina who asked for a pocket:

And to the countless Mamas who have snuggled their babies in a Natural Mother Mei Tai, endless thanks. While it's not perfect, I'm mightly blessed to be able to create a baby carrier that can change how you parent. And where are we headed? Who knows ;)...there are buckles and snaps, tapered straps, tucked in hoods, anywhere fabric, a needle, some thread and thought could take me.

Carry your baby the Natural way!