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Babywearing Benefits: Free To Go Anywhere

Carrying your baby in a sling can be liberating, it gives you and your family the freedom to go anywhere. You can embrace the great outdoors, walk the dog or enjoy a bit of light exercise. You can take public transport without worrying about space or navigating through busy streets without bumping into passers by.

We have some enlightening personal stories from babywearing families who have shared their experiences with us. We can just imagine the grins on these little faces…

Using a sling kept me sane in the newborn stage. I was able to get household chores and cooking done while wearing my daughter. My daughter is now almost 21 months old and loves to go on hikes and to the store while I wear her“. Nicole F

For me babywearing simply allowed my life to become more normal again after having a child with a difficult birth. I was able to feel more like myself and do the walking that I always did (but couldn’t with a pushchair), was able to keep my little one close and content for feeding and also through babywearing I have been able to meet some amazing people-it really is quite a special community! I would say to anyone, give it a go-there’s such fantastic advice, support and love out there“. Helen B

Wearing my children has kept me mobile. My husband and I love nature, hiking, camping, fishing and just being outdoors and when we had our first my sis blessed us with a soft structured carrier. I didn’t have to just stay home or sit in the car while my husband went out hiking, we could still go together *and* make new memories with our little baby!” Kristen W

I think the main benefits of slinging are the freedoms it provides: You can move around off-road, down stairs, in crowded places and cluttered shop environments (at least till they start grabbing!), you can cook, clean, eat…” Lisa A

It’s been liberating – once I could wear her I had the confidence to head out the house, having stayed in for most of the first couple of weeks. Wearing has meant we can go places without a bulky buggy […]. Now she’s a toddler who loves to walk and sling is so much easier to take along for when she’s tired and nothing beats a sling nap! Lydia M

Babywearing Benefits: Hands Free

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Carrying your little one in a sling allows you to have your hands free, enabling you to comfort your baby, play with your other children and get along with everyday activities. You don’t have to be on the move, just busy at home or in the garden.

In this blog post, celebrating International Babywearing Week, the personal comments below demonstrate quite how much babywearing has helped families care for their little ones, whilst getting on with everyday life and how it’s made parenting that little bit easier!

With 3 wonderful boys in less than 4 years, babywearing probably saved our life! It’s like having a superpower, I’m able to keep my baby right where he needs to be, we are both happy and comfortable and I can continue to take care of my family and me. “ –Danielle L

When our 3rd child was born, that’s when I truly became a fan of the practicality and necessity of babywearing. I had 3 little ones under the age of 5, little explorers at that, and needed all the extra hands I could get. I fell more in love with woven wraps” -Sophie B

Juggling was an acquired skill that I just didn’t have yet. As a military spouse, my husband was gone a lot for work, deployments, and training missions. Babywearing has helped me to keep my youngest baby happy while tending to the needs of my oldest. It allowed me the freedom to hold both of my children near. It allowed me to spend time with my oldest child who is aware of the absence of her father when he was gone and her emotions were high. I was able to give her the extra love she needed without neglecting the needs of my other child.” – Kaylee F

I love that babywearing allows me to snuggle my baby securely, and still hold my two older girls’ hands as we walk to the park. I love that I can find beautiful patterns and colors that make me feel special and pretty even when I’ve been up all night with a sick child” – Lisa C

Fast forward two years and i’ve recently had my second baby. he is content and easy going even without the baby wearing – but wearing him helps me keep in touch with his big brother and helps me manage two small kids.’ – Jennifer H

Babywearing has become an integral part of my family’s life for the past 3 1/2 years. This past year has been the hardest but most rewarding year of my life as we welcomed our fourth child and the 3rd in the last 3 years. Babywearing has immensely helped me with bonding and nursing my LO but also bond with my other children. Wearing her allows me to participate more fully with my other children but still have her close. It helps me get things done around the house and especially helps when running errands. Since she is my last baby, it’s also helped me come to terms with this reality and just snuggle more closely with her. I am incredibly grateful my friend introduced me to babywearing!” – Courtney K

Illustration by Oscha

Illustration by Oscha.

Babywearing Benefits: Optimum for Development

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Todays blog post, in celebration of International Babywearing Week, explores how carrying your child in a sling can support healthy development for their mind and body.
We have some personal stories from mothers who have observed these babywearing benefits when using slings with their own children.

Babywearing has allowed me the opportunity to view the world through my daughter’s eyes. When I put her up in the sling and step out the door, we experience the world together. I see her interest captured by the blowing leaves and we stop to admire them. We crouch together to smell the flowers. We trail our hands along the tree trunks to feel the grooves. We listen to the cars and trucks whiz by as we mosey to our destination. On the bus, we wave at fellow passengers and watch the city pass by the window. In a time when everyone is looking for the best learning or sensory toy to grow their little ones mind, babywearing has made me see the greatest tools of all: my knowledge, her curiousity and the great world around us.’ Leigh Walker

  •      Babies who are carried show accelerated brain maturation (1)

I can’t find the right words to say how much I love wearing my baby. When we go out, it’s a joy to have him so close to me, see his reactions, talk to him. I’m convinced wearing him has made a huge difference to his social skills. He can look people in the eye and communicate on his own terms, and wherever we are, he catches people’s eyes, smiles at them and they always chat to him, which he loves. He is a very sociable and happy baby. He also had excellent head and torso control very early on and could sit unaided at 5 months. Everyone remarks on how advanced he is and I put it down to babywearing.’ F. Bernard

  • Carrying promotes stimulation of the proprio-vestiblar (sense of movement and balance) and tactile systems, positively impacting cognitive development (2)

When I was still pregnant I knew I would babywear, but I had no idea that this experience would become a major part of my life and reopen a lot of things to me. When Lana was 1 month old she was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and we were recommended to use a special harness all the time. Although I started to wrap Lana from her first days, I decided that now I have to babywear every chance I have. I did try the harness a few times, but my baby couldn’t get used to it and she was extremely nervous and cried desperately, until I decided I will wrap her close to me and this will be the treatment. So I wrapped and I wrapped and I wrapped for about 8-10 hours a day (sometimes even up to 12, when I had to go out for the whole day), so I managed to do almost everything I needed to, while my baby peacefully snuggled inside the wrap. So… my baby is 7 months today and the hip dysplasia is completely gone!! And the major part of it is thanks to Oscha – you saved my back, improved my child’s health while I was feeling like a queen wearing your wraps 🙂 ? All that mentioned, I cannot say that babywearing is the only way to treat hip dysplasia, BUT it helped us. Nothing compares to this unique experience of keeping your baby next to you all the time.’ Daria

  •  The likelihood of hip dysplasia is significantly reduced, as carrying in ergonomic slings encourages the optimum posture for development of baby’s hips and legs (3)

My son, Graham, was born 10 weeks prematurely barely breathing, barely with a heart beat, barely with any blood left in his little 2lb 9 oz body, and barely alive. He had suffered a hemorrhage and bleed out, back into me while still in my womb. I didn’t get to hold him until Eight days after he was born. I didn’t get a lot of things that Mothers get after giving Birth but I did get a beautiful baby boy. And greatest of all I got to wear him when the Doctors gave us the go ahead. I got to hold his body close to mine for hours on end while he was still hooked up to his monitors in the NICU. I got to snuggle him all day long when we came home after over Two Months in the hospital. And I got to comfort him each time we were readmitted to the hospital due to breathing issues. Even now, 9 months later, when we are struggling with muscle tone issues that prevent him from riding in a stroller. I still get to snuggle my baby boy because I wear him. Baby wearing has given me everything I felt was taken away from me when my son was born 10 weeks early.’ Ana T

  • Many studies show the health benefits of ‘kangaroo care’ (skin to skin contact) for premature babies – babywearing helps facilitate this care for very young infants (4)

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  1. Dodge, Andrew, 2014, Paths to Family Wellness Issue #4
  2. Sears, W. and Sears, M. The Attachment Parenting Book. Boston, Massachusetts: Little Brown, 2001.
  3. Kirkilionis, Evelyn: “Die Grund-bedurfnisse des Sauglings und deren medizinische Aspekte – dargestellt und charakterisiert am Jungentypus Tragling” Teil 2. In: Notabene medicini, 2, 1997, S.117-121
  4. Lawn et al 2010: ‘Kangaroo mother care to prevent neonatal deaths due to preterm birth complications’, International Journal of Epidemiology 39

Babywearing Benefits: Promotes Breastfeeding

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Carrying on our series of blog posts in celebration of International Babywearing Week, we look at the research and personal experiences detailing how wearing your baby close to you can help some mothers breastfeed more easily and for longer.

The day finally came when I scooped her into the sling and felt her warm clammy body against mine. I was determined to breast feed this time as I had issues producing milk with my first. This sling allowed me to rock her to sleep, keep her close and be able to do “skin to skin” to help my body start producing adequate amounts of milk for her. So we would wear her and wash dishes, play with our oldest, go on walks, shopping; we wore her a lot! It helped us keeps her close while being able to continue our normal routines.” Leilani Y

  • Mothers who carry their babies for just one hour each day breastfeed for longer and also breastfeed their babies more frequently. (1)

I love the opportunity to breast-feed him discreetly, whenever he needs. Baby Wearing keeps the positive feelings I had during pregnancy alive.”  Judith R

    • It is widely acknowledged that skin-to-skin contact stimulates oxytocin, which is essential for milk production. (2)

[Babywearing] helped me to keep my little one close during those very early days when she just wanted to feed and be close to me. She was tube fed at birth and we worked hard to establish breastfeeding over the first three to four weeks. I feel that being able to wear her helped with this.” Donna W

    • Skin-to-skin contact aids in establishing healthy breastfeeding relationships and resolving latch-on issues. (3)

Our baby wearing journey started when we purchased a soft structured carrier before our baby was born. We had no idea how much we would use it!! Our little guy was born at 36 weeks at home as planned albeit a little early but still required some respiratory support in hospital before we could resume our family life at home. I was always going to succeed with breastfeeding as I am a midwife and lactation consultant myself, but thank goodness that resolve was firm as it took A LOT more work than anticipated […] I couldn’t express anything either despite trying regularly. When he was able to feed again I had very little milk available and he started to exhibit failure to thrive issues. I knew as soon as we were discharged from hospital that my best chance of increasing my supply and conserving his energy was to wear him. He was BF frequently, and worn in-between feeds. Baby wearing was a major contributing factor in the eventual increase of my supply to be able to exclusively BF our son without one drop of formula which was always my goal. Today at 8 months he is thriving“. Celia C

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  1. Pisacane, Alfredo / Contanisio, Paola / Filosa, Cristina / Tagliamonte, Valeria / Continisio, Grazie I.: “Use of baby carriers to increase breastfeeding duration among term infants: the effects of an educational intervention in Italy”. In: Acta Paediatricia, 101, 2012, S.434-438
  2. Uvnas-Moberg, Kerstin 2003: The Oxytocin Factor: Tapping the Hormone of Calm, Love and Healing, Da Capo Press Inc
  3. Kristin E Svensson, Marianne I Velandia, Ann-Sofi T Matthiesen, Barbara L Welles-Nyström and Ann-Marie E WidströmEffects of mother-infant skin-to-skin contact on severe latch-on problems in older infants: a randomized trial. In: International Breastfeeding Journal 2013 8.1

Babywearing Benefits: Enhanced Bonding

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In this series of blog posts, in celebration of International Babywearing Week, we discuss the many benefits of babywearing, each presented with a beautiful piece of artwork developed here at Oscha, and share some of the touching stories our customers have told us about the impact of babywearing on their lives. 

Babywearing increases the opportunities for close contact between parent and child which leads to a more secure bond.

“We had a rather difficult start to parenthood. With a difficult labour and birth and then our daughter being admitted into the special care unit soon after birth I didn’t really get the chance to bond with her as I’d hoped. For the first few days I felt really distant from her – I was staying on the maternity ward while she was in special care for a week. A week after we got home we went to a breastfeeding support group and took along our stretchy carrier – with a bit of help from a lady there we finally understood what to do with it and our babywearing journey began. It was amazing the change it made. Babywearing helped me to bond with my daughter in those early days and our connection has grown ever since. It also helped my husband to connect with her.” Lydia McNeeney

  • Children who are carried develop a more secure attachment to parents, and securely attached children and adults live happier, less conflict ridden lives (1,2).

“When we pop him in a sling, that sleepy dust covers him and the screams stop, the eyes droop, the body relaxes and he melts. My husband and I both wear him, sometimes there is a fight to see who gets to do it. It’s not only a coping mechanism but a bonding mechanism.” Danielle C

“Babywearing has given me so much more bonding time with my babies. I’m a single mother of twin babies and baby wearing makes it possible to give holding time to both. To let one sit and cry while I attend to the other is unbearable for me and I know that kind of stress isn’t good for their development. I’m beyond thankful to have discovered babywearing.” Melissa G

  • Babywearing can lessen the likelihood and impact of post-natal depression in mothers, which helps to develop a healthy and lasting bond between mother and child (3).

“I’ve been wearing my wee man for a few weeks now. I really struggled with PND and as he is a high needs baby who has really bad reflux and has had to go to hospital 3 times in his 10 weeks, he will only sleep on me and made me feel trapped in the house. I thought that wearing the baby would be so difficult I was reluctant to try, but I was surprised by how intuitive wrapping became and by wearing him, he has become so much more content and settled and my mood has lifted to my previous self! It has also been fantastic for my husband as he thought that his son was rejecting him as he cried every time he picked him up.” Lana

  • Babywearing boosts production of oxytocin in parent and child, which is essential for developing a secure bond (4).

“Babywearing has enabled me to have great communication with my grandchildren- I feel it has enabled us to develop a very special bond.” Carol K

Babywearing has given us the ability to deal with all the ups and downs of life. It’s helped us to bond; many hours spent together with each of our babes has brought us together in several ways and given us the gift of sharing so many special moments with our children we wouldn’t otherwise have.” Katheen L

 

  1. Whitborne, Susan Krauss: “The 4 Principles of Attachment Parenting and Why They Work” in Psychology Today 2013, July
  2. Anisfield, Elizabeth / Casper, Virginia / Nozyce, Molly / Cunningham, Nicholas: “Does infant carrying promote attachment? An experimental study of the effects of increased physical contact on the development of attachment”. In Child Development, 61, 1990, S.1617-1627
  3. Bigelow, A., Power, M., MacLellan-Peters, J., Alex, M. and McDonald, C. 2012: ‘Ef fect of mother/infant skin-to-skin contact on postpartum depressive symptoms and maternal physiological stress’, Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 41: 369–382
  4. Uvnas-Moberg, Kerstin 2003: The Oxytocin Factor: Tapping the Hormone of Calm, Love and Healing, Da Capo Press Inc

International Babywearing Week Celebrations

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Calendar of Events 5th – 9th October 2015

We are delighted to be proud sponsors of International Babywearing Week 2015! We have a jam-packed schedule of informative and fun events over the the next week to celebrate the amazing benefits of babywearing and those dedicated & knowledgeable individuals who work within their local communities to spread the babywearing love.

Monday 5th of October: Babywearing Stories

Over that past few weeks we have been asking families to share their babywearing stories with us. We shall randomly select a winner from the entries before we begin to share some of them on specially created blog posts around the benefits of babywearing.

Tuesday 6th of October 10am – 1pm BST: Virtual Sling Sessions – Front Carries with Nicola

Join us on Facebook for a virtual sling consultant session with Nicola Lawson, who will be on hand to help you with any Wrap, Ring Sling or SSC difficulties you may be having, with a focus on front carries. Nicola is a trained Babywearing Consultant who founded the popular West Yorkshire Sling Library five years ago and has been involved with the baby carrying world since 2007. She now helps up to sixty families a week carry their babies big and small.

We will post a video on our Facebook wall of a Front Wrap Cross Carry to begin the Q and A . Please have images ready to post of any thing you are having difficulties with.
We will be available to answer any wrap or blend specific queries too.

Wednesday 7th of October: Oscha Sling Meet with Susan 10.30am – 12.30pm

For those of you close to Oscha HQ, we are hosting a sling meet at The Secret Herb Garden, Midlothian, EH10 7EA, Scotland. Everyone is welcome to come along and join us for a morning of slings and chatter!
Feel free to bring any sling and receive advice from Sling Consultant, Susan Ansell from Show Me Slings
If you think you will come along please send hannah@oschaslings.com an email, to give us an idea of numbers. We look forward to meeting you, please let us know if there is anything you would like us to bring along.

Thursday 8th of October: Virtual Sling Session 7pm – 10pm BST – Back Carries with Rosie

Join us on Facebook for a virtual sling consultant session with Rosie Knowles from Sheffield Sling Surgery. Rosie will  be on hand to help you with any Wrap, Ring Sling or SSC difficulties you may be having.
Rosie will be focussing on advice for carrying your baby on your back but she can answer any other questions you may have about babywearing in general.
Rosie is a family doctor based in Sheffield, UK and has been carrying her children for seven years; she is in her third year of teaching families how to carry their babies, and her second year of training others to support families wanting to carry their babies. She believes that carrying is vital for the health and wellbeing of children and their parents.

We shall post a video on our Facebook wall of a Back Carry to begin the Q and A . Please have images ready to post of any thing you are having difficulties with.
We will be on hand to answer any wrap or blend specific queries too.

Friday 9th of October: Super Secret Stash Friday
Join us for a fun day on Friday where we will reveal a new colourful wrap amongst our Secret Stash items!

There will be lots of lovely things coming up over the week so keep an eye on Facebook. Please join in the celebrations by sharing your babywearing selfies on Instagram using the #IBW2015 and #oschaslings!