Babywearing: BabyBjörn One Carrier

If you follow me on instagram you might know I’m a big fan of babywearing and being a mum to two children close in age wouldn’t be half as easy if I didn’t carry Arlo so much. The newest carrier we’ve been using is the BabyBjörn One. Now the BabyBjörn name has been synonymous  with baby carriers for many years, in fact my is fairly certain that she had a ‘Bjørn’ when I was tiny in the mid 80’s! For a long time BabyBjörn didn’t make a carrier that was designed for use with a child on your back, then along came the ‘One’ that allows for safe back carries, has an ergonomic seat position, and has been acknowledged as a hip-healthy baby carrier by International Hip Dysplasia Institute. Never one…

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Babywearing: Visiting a Sling Library (Blogtakeover)

So you’ve heard about slings and babywearing, and fancy giving it a bash. ‘OK’ you think, ‘off to mothercare we go’ and you trot off in search of a sling, only to be overwhelmed by a confusing selection of uncomfortable looking contraptions and untrained sales staff. If you’re lucky, you might come away with one of the ergonomic carriers they stock, but if you’re not, you’ll end up with something that is uncomfortable for you and baby that puts you off babywearing forever. Or you might see a friend rocking a great looking sling, get one yourself, and then wonder why the hell you can’t get it to work while your friend trots around town hands free!

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Babywearing: Types of carrier and my stash

Since Arlo arrived I’ve been increasingly absorbed in the wonderful world of Baby wearing. I ‘wore’ Athena on and off but never more than she was in a buggy. Arlo on the other hand spent his first three months in a stretchy wrap, snuggled close to my chest. Once he got too heavy to be in it all day comfortably we started trying out other options. I thought I’d write a little about the types of slings available, and the ones we have/had. Some have reviews already and I will do some for the ones that don’t in due course! Stretchy wrap   What is it? a long piece of material with either a one or two-way stretch, with tapered ends. Can be printed/patterned. How versatile is it? There are…

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Babywearing: Manduca Carrier from Cheeky Rascals

  When The Manduca baby carrier dropped onto the door mat (okay, it didn’t it arrived in a nice box and was handed over by a courier!) I was about 38 weeks pregnant, but that didn’t stop me from trying it out with Athena before her brother arrived! After all, I wanted to test out the claims that it can carry children from birth to pre-school age with no extra accessories needed. I’m pleased to say that at over 39 weeks pregnant here I am carrying my two stone toddler with ease!   When either Sam or I carry Athena it is with the carrier extended, in the photo above the top two green ‘stripes’ actually zip together so you can shorten or lengthen the back support really easily. Athena…

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Babywearing: Papoozle & Giveaway [ended]

I have really embraced babywearing since Arlo arrived, I wish I had done it more when Athena was a newborn actually! Arlo gets to have cuddles and snuggles all day as I find it easier to head out with a single buggy for Athena and him in a sling than wrestle with a double buggy! Plus I’ve not found the perfect tandem buggy, I doubt it exists! At the moment because Arlo still needs lots of closeness and cuddles during the ‘fourth trimester’ a stretchy wrap type sling is absolutely perfect for us, as I can keep it on during the day and pop in him it when needed. It means I have two hands free for whatever I need to do, like playing with Athena, cooking lunch, or blogging!…

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