Babywearing when pregnant–& win a Kanga Wrap! [ended]

 

Sometimes life is just easier without a pushchair, short trips to the shop or home from nursery for example. Although I’m almost 6 months pregnant it hasn’t stopped me from having Athena in a carrier. This week we’ve been using a new wrap from KangaWraps as a change from our mei-tai or buckled carrier, which is getting a bit tight round the bump these days!

Some tips for wearing your baby when pregnant:

  • If you didn’t babywear before pregnancy it may not be the best time to start, as it could add unnecessary stress to your already changing body
  • You will probably need to adjust the carries you use, or tie straps in different places (for example I’ve been tying my mei-tai straps to one side of my belly so the wider strap acts as a sort of bump support band
  • If you start feeling the strain, stop! I can’t carry Athena for as long as I used to as I get more tired and achy and she’s getting heavier
  • As your bump gets bigger you’ll probably have to resort to back carries only, as the bigger the bump gets the higher your toddler will get and eventually you wont be able to see! (This will be us before long!)
  • If you have SPD or similar talk to your midwife or doctor before baby wearing, otherwise you could end up being in more pain!

I’d not used a wrap before apart from one I borrowed from a friend when Athena was much smaller but that was a much stiffer material and I just didn’t get on with it and gave up after twp attempts. The Kanga wrap is made from super soft stretchy organic cotton, so it rolls up much smaller and hides away in a drawstring bag for easy storage and is much easier to tie too.

You can use the Kanga Wrap from birth until baby is around 15kg, so Athena is heading towards the weight limit but we are still comfortably using the wrap, even with a baby bump to contend with! At some point soon I’m going to see if I can do a back carry with the Kanga Wrap, I’m sure it’s possible as there is a lot of material to work with! There is a video of how to fit the kanga wrap, as well as a detailed instruction leaflet that will come with it. After two goes with the instructions I no longer needed them as it’s pretty simple, and the bonus is you can take baby in and out without undoing anything, which will be perfect for when I have a little new-born sprog to keep happy whilst chasing after Athena next year!

It’s dad friendly too, Sam has said he’d be happy to wear baby boy when he arrives using this wrap! For more information in the importance of Kangaroo Care read this page, and it’s even possible to pop new-born twins in the Kanga Wrap!

 

All profits are put towards helping maternity care in countries that really need it:

“We will contribute £5,000 by June 2016 which the EU will match on a 3:1 ratio so £20,000 goes towards the project.”

How amazing is that?

I’m hugely happy to be offering a Kanga Wrap as a prize too, perfect for anyone expecting a baby any time soon, or as a gift for someone who is! The competition ends 4/1/15.

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I was sent a Kanga Wrap for for the purpose of this review, all opinions are my own.

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89 Comments

  1. 23rd December 2014 / 7:13 pm

    Can’t believe you are still able to carry her on your front! Impressive! Not sure exactly about this wrap, but almost all stretchies are front carry only so be careful if you want to put her on your back!

    Will be perfect for the new squish! Xx

  2. Sarah Pybus
    25th December 2014 / 1:35 pm

    I was planning to when pregnant the 2nd time but then we found out it was twins and the options looked complicated which I didnt need with 2 newborns lol.

  3. Tracy K Nixon
    26th December 2014 / 12:33 pm

    I think these are fab! My children we born very close together so at one point I had a newborn strapped to me, a double buggy with a 1 year old and 2 year old and a 2 years and 9 month strapped to the buggy with a wrist band! I now childmind my new nephew so would love another wrap as the one I had became worn with use!

  4. Harriet
    26th December 2014 / 12:45 pm

    Looks good, will give it to my sister in a few weeks time!

  5. Lu
    26th December 2014 / 1:14 pm

    This looks so comfy! Both my cousins are pregnant with their first babies, they would love this…. might have to share it though! Heheh.

  6. ELISHA
    26th December 2014 / 2:22 pm

    When my child was young I used to love the sling but she grew out of it, I am not sure if this would support the back much though.

  7. Victoria N
    26th December 2014 / 2:33 pm

    I still babywear my 18 month old, although haven’t tried a wrap style. Find it so much easier on public transport.

  8. Amanda A
    26th December 2014 / 2:58 pm

    I would babywear when pregnant but maybe only for shorter intervals than usual

  9. Pam Hubbard
    26th December 2014 / 6:05 pm

    looks great my friend is having a baby will be nice
    or her

  10. Cara bemrose-Williams
    26th December 2014 / 6:15 pm

    I put my son in a sling when he was little but stopped when he was about 1 because he was just too heavy!!

  11. karen Howden
    26th December 2014 / 7:24 pm

    Lovely

  12. katie skeoch
    26th December 2014 / 7:24 pm

    I loved carrying my eldest with me, but he got so big my back couldn’t quite support it. Can’t imagine being comfortable if I was pregnant too, but it does look super easy to wear!

  13. Anne Bostwick
    26th December 2014 / 8:03 pm

    KangaWrapped my toddler offers me the option of extreme weight-lifting.

  14. Tarbs Gill
    26th December 2014 / 8:39 pm

    I’m not sure.. maybe.. maybe not 🙂

  15. Tammy Tudor
    26th December 2014 / 9:15 pm

    I’m not sure I would but I would give it a try!

  16. Rachel Craig
    26th December 2014 / 9:30 pm

    Yes, I love to carry little one with baby sling etc, as hands are free to carry out other tasks. Whilst little one is safe, secure, and close by. I found years ago with my nephews, baby in sling. Though toddler walked, tired easily / quickly :- Then I could lift him whilst still carrying his baby brother in baby sling. Toddler would cuddle into his baby brother, kiss him and chat to him :- Which was so cute. I could then take a rest with the little ones securely close by. I traveled by bus in those days, so baby sling was a great bonus.

  17. kayleigh Bates
    26th December 2014 / 10:15 pm

    I stopped wearing my daughter when I was pregnant with my son, she was 2 1/2. i couldn’t carry on as for me it would have been dangerous, I was on strict bed rest through my entire pregnancy

  18. Jessica Powell
    26th December 2014 / 10:57 pm

    They’re great, don’t know if I’d cope with it while carrying again though!

  19. Hekna
    26th December 2014 / 11:46 pm

    I’m pregnant with my first and have had SPD since early on so don’t think I’d cope with baby wearing when pregnant.

  20. Natalie Crossan
    27th December 2014 / 12:43 am

    Wonderful would love to win 🙂 xx

  21. emma thackery
    27th December 2014 / 12:59 pm

    i would love to try it when the baby arrives

  22. Laura Oxley
    27th December 2014 / 5:25 pm

    love this product

  23. 27th December 2014 / 5:32 pm

    I definitely would babywear whilst pregnant! Didnt have he chance to though as only discovered babywearing when I had my youngest!

  24. gemma brown
    27th December 2014 / 7:23 pm

    i used to wear mine everywhere, even to wash up. not sure i’d have found it comfortable when pregnant though

  25. Mark Turner
    27th December 2014 / 7:54 pm

    Would definitely give it a go

  26. Harley
    27th December 2014 / 9:24 pm

    Would love to try it my carrier gives me awful back ache x

  27. sharon williams
    28th December 2014 / 9:42 am

    I would give it a go, I didnt try it with my first, however my cousin swears by it.

  28. Jennifer Toal
    28th December 2014 / 11:50 am

    Never had anything like this for me then

  29. natalie moore
    28th December 2014 / 12:10 pm

    this looks so comfortable

  30. Danielle Graves
    28th December 2014 / 2:26 pm

    Both myself and partner used to wear our son when he was younger although my partner being slim and me being a flluffy mama meant our choices were limited, we had a stretchy, a mei tai and a patapum though. I’m hoping to be a abit slimmer than I was with my son when we have baby 2 and hope to wear again.

  31. Gemma Crossley
    28th December 2014 / 4:06 pm

    i have never worn a sling but would love to try with my newborn son! i probably wouldnt try the sling if i was pregnant due to health issues i had with my previous pregnancy.

  32. gemma clark
    28th December 2014 / 4:36 pm

    I used an awful carrier that needed a degree to work it! this looks so much better and will be fab for my soon to be godson x

  33. maxine m partridge
    28th December 2014 / 4:49 pm

    i used to carry my son about as a baby. so useful since theres only 16 months between my current two

  34. Mark Witherington
    28th December 2014 / 6:35 pm

    Can be hard going on the back as they get a bit bigger

  35. Nancy cullinane
    28th December 2014 / 6:45 pm

    I am really keen to start using wraps but haven’t any experience yet!

  36. 29th December 2014 / 12:08 am

    I love the look of these Kanga wraps – fingers crossed wight he giveaway as I would love to use this with my next one due in Feb

    Laura x

  37. lara davis
    29th December 2014 / 3:29 pm

    would love to be able to carry while pregnant, with a disabled toddler its handy to be able to walk about with hands free so would be fab for us xx

  38. Kim Styles
    29th December 2014 / 5:02 pm

    I would but for shorter periods of time

  39. vicky M
    29th December 2014 / 7:03 pm

    I hae never had a sling or anything and I’m 3 weeks away from giving birth to my forth and it defo looks like an easier option!

  40. Keshia Esgate
    29th December 2014 / 9:07 pm

    Fantastic idea – need all the free hands possible with a new baby

  41. Sharon
    30th December 2014 / 12:41 am

    Thats amazing! I’ve been avoiding carriers since I’m pregnant, but this seems like a lovely solution. Thank you for sharing this x

  42. leanne weir
    30th December 2014 / 8:18 pm

    I still babywear my 18 month old, although haven’t tried a wrap style.

  43. 30th December 2014 / 10:35 pm

    I adore babywearing and so does my 1 year old. i’d like to think I would still babywear if I was pregnant again, although I’m not sure how comfortable it would be! 😉

  44. teresa sheldon
    31st December 2014 / 11:12 pm

    I think its great and makes you all feel close together and bonding and yes I would certainly use it

  45. donna l jones
    31st December 2014 / 11:20 pm

    lovely giveaway

  46. Cheryl
    31st December 2014 / 11:40 pm

    I couldn’t manage it, but my hubby loved “wearing” the kids!

  47. Joanna ButlerSavage
    1st January 2015 / 12:05 pm

    I never tried it because pregnancy has stuffed my back up!!

  48. jen morgan
    1st January 2015 / 2:11 pm

    loved carrying my first, would love to try the sling again with my second due soon

  49. Mary Fuller
    1st January 2015 / 8:02 pm

    These werent around when my kids were young but I believe that it would be great for my forth coming grandchild

  50. Penny Crumpton
    1st January 2015 / 9:19 pm

    These look very comfortable and I see no reason why you cant wear whilst pregnant as long as you are comfortable and get advice

  51. Sue Carter
    1st January 2015 / 9:30 pm

    First grandchild due in February so this would be perfect for my daughter

  52. leigh boyle
    1st January 2015 / 9:56 pm

    I have =) she wasnt much a toddler though as theres only 13 months between her and her brother lol x

  53. Leanne Perrett
    2nd January 2015 / 9:17 am

    i have never used one altho i wanted to but my two little ones weighed so much when they were born i was glad to be able to use a buggy but my sister in law had a baby 3 weeks ago and she would love one of these

  54. Kirsty Woods
    2nd January 2015 / 9:33 am

    I would give this to my sister

  55. 2nd January 2015 / 11:38 am

    I love wearing my little girl. I love the closeness we both get from it. Using a sling has been a lfe saver for short trips like the school run or family get togethers where she has wanted to nap but there has been nowhere to safely put her down as she will quite happily sleep in a wrap.
    My top tip for babywearing when pregnant would be to listen to your own body. I would also suggest back carriers when bump gets big! xx

    Jess
    owlcrazymummy.blogspot.co.uk

  56. Danika Lloyd
    2nd January 2015 / 12:25 pm

    None just yet – and I would baby wear when pregnant now I know it’s safe

  57. Laura Corrall
    2nd January 2015 / 12:31 pm

    None yet. My daughter 3 and half. It’s hard enough to carry her whilst not pregnant let alone when pregnant. But I would love to try baby wearing would make the pre-school and later on school drop off much easier without a big bulky pram.

  58. kathryn
    2nd January 2015 / 2:02 pm

    I’ve got a Manduca but my little girl doesn’t like it so much as I don’t do it enough. Need to do it more next time round 😉

  59. Samantha Sugden
    2nd January 2015 / 5:20 pm

    Thats a really clever idea

  60. Hayley Todd
    2nd January 2015 / 5:54 pm

    I must be honest, I had not heard of babywearing whilst pregnant, but, having read your review, it is something I would consider doing for short little trips out to the shops etc, to save having to dismantle and fold my daughter’s pushchair and lifting it in and out of the car.

  61. Susie
    2nd January 2015 / 6:07 pm

    I am too uncomfortable as it is I don’t think I could wear a toddler whilst pregnant.

  62. Jane Middleton
    2nd January 2015 / 6:18 pm

    Not sure whether I would wear a toddler when pregnant but certainly would love to wear a baby when born

  63. Nikki Hunter
    2nd January 2015 / 6:54 pm

    I wish i had been able to do this during my last pregnancy but my eldest requires a wheelchair with extra support so it wouldnt of worked at the time, id love to have a go when i have my next one though (carrying the youngest on though!)

  64. 2nd January 2015 / 8:32 pm

    ive not used a wrap before but would love to! i used a ridgid baby carrier with sassy when she was little but didnt use it as much with midge, i really want one for the next one though. looks snugly & comfy!

  65. Robyn Logan Clarke
    2nd January 2015 / 8:49 pm

    I wore my son on my back in a Connecta for a while when I was pregnant, but then the straps starting irritating me and we stopped about half way through pregnancy,

  66. Celia
    2nd January 2015 / 11:16 pm

    Looks lovely – I wore both of my boys, still wear my 2 year old in a Tula for dog walks now at 28 weeks pregnant!

  67. Erica Field
    3rd January 2015 / 7:10 am

    Ive got no experience x

  68. Amy Beckett
    3rd January 2015 / 10:53 am

    I haven’t experienced it yet but would love to try.

  69. Laura Costello
    3rd January 2015 / 11:26 am

    I haven’t but I would deffo give it a go xx

  70. Sarah
    3rd January 2015 / 11:34 am

    l have recently had my 3rd baby- A gorgeous little girl. I am new to baby wearing, finding a way to Soothe her and keep doing all the other mum stuff my 6 yr old and 3 yr old need from me.

  71. Hannah Whitling
    3rd January 2015 / 12:41 pm

    I haven’t but would give it a go

  72. Christopher Johnson
    3rd January 2015 / 12:59 pm

    I have worn my son a bit, but the current wrap we have for him is getting a bit small, so a longer heavier duty one such as this would be great. Can’t say I’ve ever done it whilst I’m pregnant though – that would be a miracle of science!

  73. kevin devlin
    3rd January 2015 / 1:18 pm

    i would love one of these for our lucy shes got too heavy 🙂

  74. Cat Culmer
    3rd January 2015 / 4:17 pm

    I baby carry using a Connecta at the moment. I’m not sure I’d carry when pregnant but my pregnancy was an awful combination of back pain from Scoliosis and SPD/

  75. liz ferguson
    3rd January 2015 / 4:18 pm

    I haven’t tried one, but I would love the extra freedom it givees.

  76. hannah walker
    3rd January 2015 / 4:23 pm

    I used a standard baby carrier with my first and wasn’t very supportive but this one looks much better x

  77. 3rd January 2015 / 4:26 pm

    I had a sleepy wrap with my first child, loved it.

  78. Sarah Saunders
    3rd January 2015 / 5:02 pm

    I’m pregnant with my first and yes I do plan to when she is born xx

  79. Emma Nicol
    3rd January 2015 / 5:07 pm

    Good advice I’ve never tried it

  80. Paul Meulen
    3rd January 2015 / 5:41 pm

    Nope but my gf might 🙂

  81. Karen Dixon
    3rd January 2015 / 8:08 pm

    I hope to use a wrap like this when the time comes

  82. Emma Green
    3rd January 2015 / 8:36 pm

    Would love to try this!

  83. lynn heath
    3rd January 2015 / 9:12 pm

    I would be worried about any extra pressure on my back so I would wait and use it for the new baby only!

  84. Lucy carter
    3rd January 2015 / 9:22 pm

    I used a sling for both of mine when they were little

  85. 3rd January 2015 / 9:53 pm

    I haven’t baby worn yet, but have a sling in preparation to do so when baby number 2 makes an appearance! Would love to try this – had never considered when pregnant before, will give it a go! x

  86. catriona nation
    3rd January 2015 / 10:48 pm

    I would try this as it looks so comfortable

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