Success Through Play™ will be concluding our Babywearing month by highlighting a retailer/vendor of Babywearing products: "Along for the Ride". We spoke with Kristen, the owner of Along for the Ride.

Along for the Ride is based in Charlottesville, Virginia, but Kristen works with parents and caregivers all over the world to find the perfect carrier for their baby. Kristen started researching and buying baby carriers before her daughter was even born. She knew that she wanted to carry her in a sling and wanted it to be the best sling available. She had no idea that she had so many options!

Kristen: "In recent years, there has been a babywearing renaissance. Hundreds of new brands and styles of carriers have come on to the market. The vast majority of these businesses have been started by moms like me, who felt that they shouldn't have to choose between rewarding work and nurturing their family. These kitchen table entrepreneurs are changing the world of work. I'm proud to partner with and support the mom-owned businesses that market, distribute, and manufacture all of the carriers on my site. Wearing my baby was one of the best parenting tools that I found. Babywearing has gotten us through nursing sprees, colic, growth spurts, teething, travel, shopping, sleep troubles, and general fussiness with more ease than I could have imagined. Even now that my daughter is a toddler, I still find that wearing her helps us on a daily basis. I have truly come to believe that a quality baby carrier is as essential for new babies as diapers are!" I started this business as a way to be able to stay at home with my daughter, and also to share my knowledge of baby carriers with others. It is a sad fact that the carriers most commonly available in major retail stores are not necessarily the best. They often don't allow baby to be carried in a comfortable position (for parent or baby), they aren't easy to nurse in, and they can often only be used for a period of a few months. Many parents start out with these carriers, and end up giving up on wearing their baby entirely, because they just don't work for them. I hope to be able to open parents' eyes to the wide world of baby carriers, and I guarantee that there is a perfect carrier for every parent and baby."

Satisfaction Guaranteed

All of the carriers sold by Along for the Ride are backed by a 30 day money-back guarantee (90 days on Ergo products!). Kristen says: "If you are still expecting your baby, or are purchasing for someone who has not yet had their baby, just let me know. I'll be glad to extend your exchange period until after the baby arrives."

In addition to a variety of carriers, Along for the Ride also sells a carrier cover and was kind enough to send us samples of the Peekaru Ozone Cover. The cover is available in 3 different trims!

The following description was provided by Along for the Ride.

The Peekaru Ozone lets you enjoy the summer sun while protecting your child from its harmful rays. While traveling in a car seat, stroller or soft baby carrier, the Ozone's patented Solarveil fabric blocks 70-80% of UVA and UVB rays. Take your baby outside with confidence and enjoy the sunny summer weather.

Finally, a product that lets you and your child comfortably and safely enjoy warm sunny days, by letting the cool breeze in while keeping the sun's harmful rays out. This innovative cover will free you from blanket tucking frustrations. Order your Ozone today, it's a breath of fresh air!

Ozone sizing is a snap, one size fits all! The Ozone will fit your child in a:

  • carrier from 0 to 6 months
  • car seat from 0 to 12 months
  • stroller from 0 to 24 months

The instructions for using the Peekaru Ozone Cover can be accessed by clicking here.

Success Through Play™ comments:

Along for the Ride sells a variety of Pouch, Wrap, Ring Slings, Mei Tai, Pack Carriers and accessories (click on the links to purchase!) for the modern parent/grandparent or caregiver and lives up to it's slogan "Babywearing Fashion Finds". Many of the products offered have been featured on our site! The Along for the Ride website is very well designed and is most informative. The site offers a comprehensive guide for choosing a carrier which can be accessed by clicking here. You can review the comparison chart by clicking here.

What is so impressive is that Kristen dispatched our samples immediately upon request and we later found out that she had given birth just days before! Our parent panel were excited to take the Peekaru Ozone Covers for a test drive! They commented that the covers were easy to snap on and were impressed that the cover can adjust according to the width of your carrier straps. The parent panel used the cover on their baby's car seat while they were driving and on their Mei Tai while strolling around town. Overall impressions were that the cover is a very innovative product and they would recommend it to their friends!

Our reader feedback about Along for the Ride has been nothing short of fantastic. Our readers cite "fast shipping", "a delight to work with" & "great selection of carrier" when describing this company. This is a professional company at it's best! Visit the Along for the Ride website at:

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