Lovely friends –

It has been a long, crowded, hot summer full of projects and tantrums and giggles and growth.  We have added six chickens to our family.  Fable has added dozens of words to her vocabulary, including orange, but not including red, green, or blue.  I got to officiate not one but two beautiful weddings.  We’ve gutted and rebuilt a room of our home, visited friends and family, and generally had a lovely time.  And I’ve missed you.  And it is my absolute joy today to welcome you back to GOC with the reveal of one of our summer projects, of which I am incredibly proud, and a fantastic giveaway for you.  Yay fall!

I’ve come to love my friends at Catbird Baby this year – loved working with them and learning about the carrier industry, loved their creativity and the way they welcomed me and embraced what I can contribute.  Last June, Beth and Nicole flew up to Portland, and together with my gorgeous friend Liz of Fishgate Films, a few friends, and this lovely city, we made The Catbird Seat, which has become one of my very favorite things.  I’m so glad to finally share it with you!!!

Catbird Baby makes a fantastic couple of carriers, and they have such a heart for families and babies and safety and connection.  It has been my privilege to work with them, to use their wonderful product to carry my girl, and now, to share it with you!  Catbird Baby has generously offered one winner their choice of the carriers featured in The Catbird Seat.  You can choose the Catbird Baby Mei Tai in Sunset or the Annika print, or the Catbird Baby Pikkolo in Zephyr Gray or Georgia print.

Both of these carriers offer four positions (front facing in, front facing out, hip, and high back carries) and both are fabulous for babes 8-40 lbs with no infant insert necessary (YAY!  I hate me an infant insert.)  Either one would be a fantastic addition to your existing carrier collection, or a wonderful first or only carrier for families just getting started with babywearing.  You also get my help making sure you are completely hooked up with all the tutorials and answers you need to make sure you’re using your new carrier well (you sort of already have that and can email me anytime, but hey, free carrier!!)

Details on how to enter are below!  If you need help choosing, well, you know where to find me! A winner will be chosen and contacted on Saturday!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Psssst… want to double your chance to win? Head over to the Catbird Baby blog and enter their giveaway too!

Girl of Cardigan

  • Laura September 25, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Awe! I’m literally crying after watching that! ThAnks! 😉

  • Briana Meade September 25, 2014 at 7:12 am

    These Catbird carriers sound amazing! I can’t wait to look them up. I’d choose the back carrier because my boy is the heaviest it gets!

  • Nancy Barnes September 25, 2014 at 7:17 am

    i looooove the mei tai in sunset! totally excited about this giveaway. 🙂

  • Lizzie September 25, 2014 at 7:20 am

    I’d get the sunset mai tai. I’ve never tried a MT before – I’m more of a wrapper – and that color is perfect for autumn! We have a pikkolo but I’ve never gotten the hang of it. This post inspired me to give it another try.

  • Jayme Jo September 25, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Love me some Sunset Mai Tai yo. Gorgeous color

  • Timi September 25, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Awesome giveaway!! I am pregnant with my third and my second will only be 16 months when the baby is born so I see a lot of baby wearing in my future.

  • Mary September 25, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Sounds like an absolutely fabulous summer, but happy to know some new reads are coming up soon on the site!

  • nickie September 25, 2014 at 7:55 am

    I like the Summerweight Organic Moss Mei Tai

  • Jodi September 25, 2014 at 7:56 am

    love the catbird baby pikkolo in Georgia! Looks comfortable, and cute! Baby wearing is helpful when doing household chores and shopping!

  • Ulana September 25, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Love the video! And love these carriers as well! Would choose the mei tai in sunset.

  • Angelina September 25, 2014 at 8:09 am

    I have been looking for a carrier that isn’t bulky and is really comfortable for baby. After looking at the video and checking out the website, the catbird baby pikkolo meets both of these qualities. The Zephyr and Georgia prints are gorgeous! Fresh, fashionable and convenient. Love love love!

  • Andrea September 25, 2014 at 8:11 am

    How fun! That video is so great! I would love the mei tie in sunset, such a statement piece!

  • nicole September 25, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Ooh, I love that orange

  • Erika September 25, 2014 at 8:15 am

    The catbird baby mei tei looks so comfortable.

    • Erika September 25, 2014 at 8:19 am

      … Ive tried on and have significantly noticed the difference between carriers that support babies legs up and ones that dont. That coupled with the easyness of putting it on and having your baby tight against you…there’s nothing better. For you or your baby.

  • Liliana G September 25, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I would love to win!! Id choose the catbird Baby Pikkolo in Zephyr Gray

  • Marissa September 25, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I love the video and love the passion brought to life!

  • Sarah Barnes September 25, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Such a beautiful video! Would love to try a Mai tai

  • Vilija September 25, 2014 at 8:20 am

    This mei-tai looks like it would be perfect to have on hand for runs to the store when I would usually rebozo, but don’t want to deal with Mr. grabby-hands. What a fun collaboration. Do you think the color of your cRrier has influenced your LO’s vocabulary?

    • karyn September 25, 2014 at 9:26 am

      MAYBE! I never thought of that. Whaddaya know. Powerful stuff! 😉

  • Jenn September 25, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Wow!! That video was beautiful!! I especially love the carrier that Karyn was wearing, such a fun color 🙂

  • Ashley September 25, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Love this! Such an awesome video 🙂

  • sarah d September 25, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Great video! Would love to try one and share with my expecting sil 🙂

  • Jill E September 25, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Oh, oh, oh! Zephyr Pikkolo! Very excited about this giveaway. 🙂

  • Brittany Dyches September 25, 2014 at 8:26 am

    I love this video 🙂 I would love to try the pikkolo in the georgia print!

  • Emily September 25, 2014 at 8:26 am

    I would totally pick the Annika mei tai. I have a Infantino mei tai that I love and I’ve heard lots of good things about Catbird! I would love to try one out! Plus if I won one, I could pass along my Infantino to another mom!

  • Kate September 25, 2014 at 8:27 am

    I’d choose the Zephyr pikkolo.

  • Evie September 25, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I love how you are able to interact with Fable in the video! Her reaching to touch the roses just kills me!

  • Sara Richmond September 25, 2014 at 8:33 am

    You’re so lovely for sharing babywearing with so many others.

    I am not quite sure which one I would pick as I would need to figure which one would best suit my friend. She has twins, one with a heart defect, and I would love for her to start babywearing. This would be the perfect way for that to happen.

    So excited for the giveaway.

    Also, you and Fabes were gorgeous as always. 🙂

  • Kestrel September 25, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Can’t decide between the Zephyr Pikkolo or the Moss Mei Tai. I guess the mei tai since I have an SSC on the way.

  • Kelly September 25, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Love it! Also, too funny: another mom friend posted yesterday about her daughter’s vocabulary, which includes orange but excludes all other colors. Hm.

    • karyn September 25, 2014 at 9:27 am

      What is the deal with orange? Someone research this, please. 😉

  • tehlor September 25, 2014 at 8:45 am

    yayyy!!! it turned out so great you guys.

  • Joy Nowis September 25, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Love the Georgia and way to represesnt PDX!

  • Myriah Reed September 25, 2014 at 8:49 am

    These look amazing! Especially with baby gettting bigger, carrying on the back would be so nice.

  • Lea September 25, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I love the Pikkolo in Zephyr. I recently learned about the dangers that some carriers can cause, so I love that the catbird has the babies seated in a safe position. I also love all of the colors that they come in!

  • Stacy Crockett September 25, 2014 at 8:55 am

    I would love to get a mei tai in annika. It looks amazingly ccomfortable. I haven’t tried a mei tai yet and would love to do so with such a beauty.

  • Katherine September 25, 2014 at 8:57 am

    The Georgia Pikkolo looks great!

  • Camas September 25, 2014 at 8:58 am

    oh Karyn, I love it!! Yay!!

  • Camas September 25, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Oh and I choose grey, because I love anything grey 🙂

  • Liz September 25, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I’m having my first and he’s a boy! I’d be happy to have any of these–how would I ever choose?!

  • Katelyn September 25, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I’d chose the mei tai in sunset. =)

  • Anna September 25, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I love the Annika print. I’ve never tried a mei tai but I’m wildly curious about it; I think it might work well for my husband.

  • Tarra September 25, 2014 at 9:06 am

    i would love the Mei Tai in Annika! So beautiful! I’m a beginning babywearer and have heard great things about MTs!

  • Raychel Mueller September 25, 2014 at 9:06 am

    That was such a lovely video! I especially enjoyed Fable’s cameo 🙂

  • Raychel Mueller September 25, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I’d pick Zephyr Gray because it would be a great neutral that even the hubby could wear 🙂

  • Meagan September 25, 2014 at 9:11 am


  • Staci L. September 25, 2014 at 9:13 am

    I would choose Georgia Pikkolo–so cute!

  • Ashley Thompson September 25, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Oh these look beautiful. If I was to choose I would go for the Astoria Mei Tai, not only does it look lovely, I think it would support my lower back really well. Would love to try one out!

  • Marshall September 25, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Mei Tai in Sunset cuz yay autumn!

  • Sarah September 25, 2014 at 9:21 am

    im expecting my first – this would be awesome!!

  • Heidi September 25, 2014 at 9:31 am

    The Annika in plum is divine! Your video is awesome, too! 😉

  • Jeanette Rawlins September 25, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I would get the zephyr gray one since one of my little guy’s middle names is Grey. They look amazing!!!Love love love the video too!

  • Beth September 25, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Definitely the Mei Tai! I’ve been wanting to get one 🙂

  • Constance September 25, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I have number two on the way!

  • Caris September 25, 2014 at 9:54 am

    The Annika mei tai would be my choice because I miss having a simple carrier with simple straps.

  • Lindsay September 25, 2014 at 9:55 am

    How cool ☺️ I have a friend due in November and she’s new to the babywearing world. I would love to gift her one of these awesome carriers! ❤️

  • Sierra la Rue September 25, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Love this! The sunset is beautiful!

  • Monique Birt September 25, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I would definitely do the sunset Mei tai because I would love to try a Mei tai! Thank you for sharing I have been curious about the video you were working on for quite some time now 🙂


  • Kirsten September 25, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Pikkolo in Georgia because one can never have too many carriers 🙂

  • Alicia Paz September 25, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Such a great video and the color is so perfectly Fall!

  • Christy September 25, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Pass the tissues please! I would love either! I love that the base is adjustable on the one…and I also love mei tais and I want to try yours as your straps are longer for my fluffy bod.

  • Raquel Ontiveros September 25, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I’ve never heard of this brand before but their product is beautiful!

  • Melissa Kelley September 25, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Love the video! I would choose the baby pikkolo in Zephyr gray to give to a close friend who is expecting early February.

  • Raquel Ontiveros September 25, 2014 at 10:32 am

    And such lovely & genuine marketing. I loved that video.

  • Raquel Ontiveros September 25, 2014 at 10:33 am

    The Zephyr Gray is a daddy-friendly color too! I would choose that one.

  • Samantha September 25, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Such a beautiful video. Left me with happy emotions!

  • Shelley Campbell September 25, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I would choose the Mei Tie because it looks so cozy on you guys, and I haven’t tried one before.

  • Kiersten Dyer September 25, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Love the Sunset Mei Tai!

  • Billy September 25, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Aww, Karyn you and Fabes are too cute! 🙂 I would love to try this gorgeous mei tai! Good work. 🙂

  • alethea September 25, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Your sage baby wearing advice has been a sanity saver for me and now your a comedian too!

  • Faith Storms September 25, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Love the Sunset MT!

  • Destiny Morris September 25, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Such a fun giveaway. And that video was really sweet to watch

  • Erin cliff September 25, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Beautiful, as always my friend! My favorite part is I know that the fun little trip around town wasn’t just for the commercial…I’m sure you and Fabes get time like that all the time ♡

  • Jessi Wells St. Claire September 25, 2014 at 10:59 am

    What beautiful carriers! I would love to add this to my arsenal for our first babe due in January!

  • Lauren Andrade September 25, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Sounds like you had a fantastic summer leading into a equally amazing fall! Can’t wait to try a carrier. Looks so great, and just what I need to round out my collection! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Kate September 25, 2014 at 11:15 am

    What a beautiful film! Thanks for sharing with us. I love the Pikkolo Georgia print, but I think the Zephyr would suit us best since it has the lovely hood for sleepyheads. My 17-mo old and I love the back carry for strolling around town and for those afternoons she just wants to be in my arms but I need to be making our dinner.

  • Wander September 25, 2014 at 11:22 am


  • anne stewart September 25, 2014 at 11:26 am

    I love the georgia piccolo!

  • Alicia September 25, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I love these! I’d like the mei tai, is the Annika too girly for my boys? I like the sunset too 🙂

  • Kate September 25, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I know I already commented, but having watched the video again, and re-reading your tutorials on the back-carry for the MT, I think I’d prefer the MT in sunset (should fortune shine down on me and my little one :). I love that you can carry Fable up nice and high with the MT; my Beco Gemini doesn’t allow for a higher back carry like that, and I think Helene would love being in the Catbird seat like your darling Fable. 🙂

  • Rachel Davis September 25, 2014 at 11:38 am

    What a sweet video!

  • Bethany M. September 25, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I love the sunset carrier the best, and the video was beyond beautiful. Just perfect. Yay for sunshine, babies, and flowers!!

  • Kat September 25, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Catbird Baby Mei Tai in Sunset definitely! My boys, Jamison and Shepard, would love it! I bet the hubby would even wear this one! Excited for this giveaway!

  • Cat September 25, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I would choose the Catbird Baby Mei Tai in the Annika print – we have our 2nd little coming in November, and I’d love to be able for both me and hubby to wear our kiddos (we have one Mei Tai already) to go on family walks or outings. Print because prints are just more fun, I think 🙂 And hooray for not needing an infant insert! Planning on wearing #2 quite a bit, but it’s hot here in So Cal, so the less material on me, the better for keeping us both comfortably cool.

  • Windsor September 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    The color of the sunset catbird mei tai is to die for! What a perfect fall carrier. You two looked great in the video!

  • Emily September 25, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    The Georgia Pikkolo looks fabulous! I love wearing my little one and I love how flexible and adaptable this one appears!

  • Courtney September 25, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    The Sunset Mei Tai is beautiful! I love that the weather is finally cooperating so that we can get out and walk more and wearing my boy is the best way to do it!

  • Melissa M September 25, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    I love the color of the Georgia pikkolo.

  • Lorri Norris September 25, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I’ve everything about the Pikkolo in Zephyr Gray! Would love to be able to have a 4 position carrier as my little one likes to face outward. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Amanda Davis September 25, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Astoria Pikkolo FTW!! Love this giveaway, thanks!

  • Annie September 25, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I am due with my second and would love to babywear–something I have no experience with as I didn’t do it with my first.

  • Chelsea September 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Karyn, you and Fable are so beautiful in the video! What a cool project. I cannot resist the Sunset Mai Tai. xoxo

  • Eden September 25, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Love the sunset MT

  • Thao Nguyen September 25, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    That sunset mei tia is a stunner!

  • Stephanie September 25, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Beautiful video! I’ve been following your blog for awhile but this is my first comment. You have an incredible talent for writing and your words always bring tears to my eyes. I gave birth to my first in December and, as you know, my whole life has changed. 🙂 As for the giveaway, I would choose the Pikkolo because structured carriers seem easier to figure out, (although I do want to learn more about woven warps!) and the Georgia print because I love color!

  • Mckenzie bezates September 25, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I love this video!

  • Sarah Gregory September 25, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Super excited about this! Not sure which I’d pick-I’d need some help 🙂

  • Naomi M September 25, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    So beautiful & love the carrier. <3

    • Naomi M September 25, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Whoops, forgot to mention the Apriana pikkolo carrier is to die for.

  • Nikki September 25, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    It’s such a hard decision, but I would go with the Mai Tai because I haven’t tried one before and hear they are fantastic!

  • Monique Cimino September 25, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Such a cute video, that little babe looks so comfy in the back carry!

  • Lucinda September 25, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Just lovely! Mei tei looks sweet.

  • Jill Smyth September 25, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I’m pretty sure I’d let the Girl herself choose for me because STYLE. She has it.

  • Krys Springer September 25, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Beautiful! Love this.

  • Mollie Jacobson September 25, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Lovely video <3 <3 <3 All the feels!

  • susan smoaks September 25, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    i want to get the sunset mai tai

  • MaryJ September 25, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    So lovely!! I’m sold.

  • Michelle T September 25, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    I’d love to try the pikkolo in zephyr gray! They look so comfortable!

    The subset mei tai looks like it has wrap straps… If it does, I’d want to try that one!

  • Erica B. September 25, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I like the Summerweight Organic Moss Mei Tai.

  • tina reynolds September 25, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I would choose the Mei Tai in Sunset love the overall design and the color is just awesome

  • Richard Hicks September 25, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I like the Georgia pikkolo because of the design and 4 carrying positions

  • Angela walter September 25, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    I love this article!! Awesome giveaway

  • Judy A September 25, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I love these! I’d like the mei tai or the sunset!

  • Jessica Litwack September 25, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    These catbird carriers look really nice and light and I love the orange color. This video is precious and really shows the joy of babywearing for both baby and parents.

  • Heather Dawn September 25, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    I would love to have the Metropolitan pikkolo carrier. It looks very easy to use! The memory foam straps sound wonderful.

  • Ashley Pfau September 25, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    My first carrier that worked for me was a CatBirdBaby Pikkolo! Love ❤️

  • Jill Myrick September 25, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    I would choose the Pikkolo in Zephyr Gray because I love the style and color and could use it for both a boy or a girl.


  • Jeannie Ross September 25, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    That video is amazing! Of course it made me cry. Xoxo

  • Pennie McInnes (@mamabearandhercubs) September 25, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Eeek! There you go again being awesome. These look amazing. My fingers and toes all be crossed. High kicks and fist bumps. Good luck everyone

    • Pennie McInnes (@mamabearandhercubs) September 25, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      Annika because the carry & Print stole my heart.

      Eeek! There you go again being awesome. These look amazing. My fingers and toes all be crossed. High kicks and fist bumps. Good luck everyone

  • Kelly H. September 25, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I would love to have the Georgia pikkolo carrier.

  • Stephanie Galbraith September 25, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I would pick the Zephyr pikkolo one.

  • Monica September 25, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    I am new to baby wearing and I am excited to explore other carriers, I have a mei tai and I love it so I would choose the pikkolo. The song is beautiful, as if it were written for me.

  • Monica September 25, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    I am new to baby wearing and I am excited to explore other carriers, I have a mei tai and I love it so I would choose the pikkolo. The song is beautiful, as if it were written for me.

  • Bridgid Yeo September 25, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Love Catbird carriers and the short film. Absolute sweetness!

  • Shari Klyn September 26, 2014 at 1:02 am

    I really like the colors of the Astoria mei tai carrier.

  • Caitlin Harmon September 26, 2014 at 4:22 am

    The mei tai in sunset is gorgeous.

  • Susie September 26, 2014 at 4:29 am

    I love baby wearing! Thank you for doing this giveaway!!! The MeiTai would be my go to to try!!

  • Hannah September 26, 2014 at 5:03 am

    The mei tai in sunset is adorable! I love babywearing using my ring sling but this would be great to try!

  • Lori September 26, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Great video! Would love the mei tai in sunset, so cheerful!

  • Tess September 26, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Congrats on the collaboration and thanks for the opportunity of a giveaway! Our go-to is a ring sling. Sometimes my little girl won’t tolerate multiple passes with a woven. Would love to have the sunset mei tai as another option for quick ups.

  • Melanie Comello September 26, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I would love the Annika one, because I love the colors and these look so much more comfortable than some of the others i’ve seen and tried out.

  • Amie September 26, 2014 at 9:21 am

    oh goodness! that video is so sweet! I love, love it! And the carriers look fabulous!

  • Jammie September 26, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I would get the Georgia pikkolo, I love the color and the design.

  • April Brenay September 26, 2014 at 11:26 am

    I would pick the sunset orange color, my son would look so cute in it!

  • Breanne September 26, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I’d choose Georgia because I love the print.

  • Renee V. September 26, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I would choose the sunset! It’s beautiful!

  • Haley September 26, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Love these!

  • Rosanne September 26, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I would pick the Annika print

  • deanna September 26, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    sweet video! We would love one of these for our libraries in san antonio!

  • Kelley F. October 17, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Yaaaaaaaay! Thank you so much for sharing this with us Karyn! I adore this video and I love seeing you and Fable doing this together.
    Even though I know it was an exhausting day, it makes me tear up every time I watch it. You are both so beautiful! <3