Category Archives: Top Tips for Carrying

Scottish Baby Boxes: Can I Keep Using My Baby Wrap?

Loved using your stretchy wrap? Feeling like your little one is getting a wee bit heavy for it? Now is a great time to move on to a woven wrap.
Some of the first babies to be carried and cared for in the stretchy wrap provided in the Scottish Baby Boxes are now over 6 months old. As they grow you may find you’d like to move on to something more supportive, which will continue the feeling of closeness and all cuddles you’ve experienced while exploring the world together.
Optimum positioning for a baby held in a stretchy and woven baby wrap

Demonstration of the natural ‘M’ position being supported by both a stretchy and a woven wrap

A woven wrap is used in much the same way as your stretchy sling; the way you tie and position are all very similar. Wovens will offer you more support as your little one grows with the ability to stay with you from newborn all the way through to toddlerhood.

Still working out how to use your stretchy? Visit our ‘How to’ blog here.

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When Can I Start Back Carries?

“I love hearing him babbling into my ear, gasping in awe at the stars and big trees, and reminding me to appreciate the world again.”
When can I start back carries?

We suggest you can start with back carrying from around 4 months when your baby is demonstrating good, strong and consistent head control.

Like with front carrying, we need to take care to ensure that baby’s chin is not resting on their chest, their airways are open and their body supported. Safe positioning and open airways are much easier to check and monitor with your little one in front of you, but they can be done from behind too. Friends, mirrors, car reflections and even the selfie-mode on your phone can all help to check!

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7 Top Tips For New Wrappers

Our Top Tips will help you fall in love with your first wrapping experience!

New to wrapping and want to you want to know more about what a baby wrap is? Then visit our information page for a more detailed overview of the sling itself.

Caledonia Braes Baby Wrap

1. Notice how you hold your baby

When we wrap our babies we’re wrapping around their natural spread squat position which is beneficial for their hips, comfort and development.

Transition from baby held in arms, to stretchy then to a woven wrap

2. Prepare Beforehand

Find a video of a carry that you like and watch it a few times beforehand, notice whether they put the wrap on first, or start with their baby in their arms, notice the size of wrap they use and how they tighten each strand.

Here are some YouTube channels you might find useful:
Oscha Slings
Close and Calm
Sheffield Sling Surgery

3. Learn the Lingo!

You’ll sometimes find videos sound like they’re speaking another language! Here are some commonly used terms and what they mean.

Passes: Layers. When you put a wrap on you’ll often create layers. A layer going straight across your body is called a horizontal pass. A layer going from under your arm, to over your shoulder is called a cross pass.

A Carry: The way you put the wrap on yourself. This consists of a combination of passes as mentioned above, and the order and combination is what gives the ‘carry’ it’s name. For example a Front Cross Carry is a front carry with two cross passes. A Front Wrap Carry is a front carry with a horizontal pass, and two cross passes.

Rails: Rails describe the sections of a wrap. The top rail is the top section, the bottom rail the bottom section. Rails are more than just the hems, so it’s important when tightening to ensure,  for example, that if it says to tighten the top rail that you tighten the top section of the wrap, being cautious not to over tighten the hemming itself.

Blends: Wraps are composed of various fibres, and the combination of these fibres is called a blend.

Tails: The ends of the wrap.

M Position: The natural, spread squat position of babies, so called because the bottom being lower than the knees creates the appearance of an ‘m’

Deep Seat: Another reference to the position above, for tips on how to create a good seat read here.

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Top 10 Reasons To Use A Sling This Christmas

The holidays are upon us! Soon, the sights and sounds of the season will fill our hearts and homes. Excitement is in the air as we prepare to attend and host holiday events. Calendars are filling with family dinners, office parties and evenings out with friends. Oscha model, Jenna, takes a look at how a woven wrap can help during the busy festive period.

Enjoy Christmas Together with Scottish made woven baby slings from Oscha

Woven wraps are a wonderful addition to any holiday celebration. They allow us to keep our little ones close and comforted during the hustle and bustle at a time when schedules are off and excitement is high while providing a beautiful festive touch to our holiday looks. Read on for my top 10 reasons to use a sling this Christmas …

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10 Reasons to Carry Your Baby in a Sling

1: Enjoy Special Moments Together

When you and your child are wrapped in a woven sling there is a wonderful closeness, allowing you both to share special moments together.

2: Reduces Colic & Reflux Symptoms

The upright position in the sling can help colicky babies and those with reflux.

The time spent sitting upright in a sling also has the same effect on a baby’s muscles as ‘tummy time’. This helps them to develop their core strength which is essential for their physical development, from holding their heads up to crawling and walking.

 

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Choosing A Sling For Your New Baby

Newborns are precious and delicate, needing extra care and support. They need help to keep their head up, their airways open and their body supported – and woven wraps and ring slings are ideal for this.

Roses Beaujolais Baby Wrap

Woven wraps are suitable from birth, and are the recommended carrying method for babies who are born prematurely, or who have additional needs such as low muscle tone.

By being able to adjust each millimetre of fabric, to mould around you and your baby, you can ensure they’re safe, comfortable and secure in their natural newborn position, and you can experience all the benefits of that closeness while being hand’s free too.

Our Cairis is also suitable from birth. If you’d prefer something with a little more structure and less tying, it would be the perfect choice for you.

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Top Tips for Ultimate Cairis Comfort

The Cairis is such a wonderfully versatile carrier. Quick and easy to use with wide wrap straps that give comfort like wrapping. Here are some tips to help you get the maximum comfort from the innovative design.
The Waistband

Ensure the padded tongue is sitting under the webbing; the Strata Linea waistband was specifically designed for this, to provide extra comfort and to prevent the webbing from digging in.

Rei End of the Pier Cairis featuring our Strata-linea® waistband

The Cross

A common concern is that the straps of crossed strapped carriers may ride up towards the neck yet a simple change in technique assures this isn’t the case.

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7 Reasons Carrying is Great for Breastfeeding Mothers

Carrying promotes breastfeeding – there’s no doubt about it!
Here are 7 ways that carrying your little one can make an amazing impact on breastfeeding mothers:
1. Carrying = Confidence 
Carrying can give confidence when feeding in public.

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How to Breastfeed in an Oscha Sling

We’ve written recently about how carrying your baby in a sling can promote breastfeeding. A sling can also help practically, as you can breastfeed safely and comfortably in all Oscha wraps, ring slings and carriers.

Using a carrier for breastfeeding/nursing can bring an amazing freedom as you use your carrier as a feeding aid. Carriers can help you to support your baby’s weight, while you support their head with one hand and use the other to latch on. It’s especially great for the early days when both you and your baby are still learning to feed and getting to know each other.

It also easily provides comfort  – no more piling up pillows on your knee to get your baby to the right height, or leaning down and getting a sore neck, as you can easily use the carrier to spread the weight evenly across your back.

R shows us how her little one loves to breastfeed to sleep in a wrap.

R shows us how her little one loves to breastfeed to sleep in a wrap.

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Travelling with Kids: 5 Top Tips for Airports.

With the holiday season in full swing, our minds ponder to exotic locations, there’s one place we know that carrying makes a huge difference; the airport. Your adventure is just a few hours away, but first, you’ve got to navigate the chaos of the terminal!  We asked our lovely customers in our Clan Oscha group if they had any tips and wisdom to share with us to help you arrive at your destination, cool, relaxed and ready to start your holiday!
1: Arrival

You’ve made it to the airport – you and lots of cases too. One thing everyone in the Clan agreed on is that while our luggage doesn’t tend to run off – our toddlers may – and so carrying your child not only helps to be ‘hands free’ for cases – but helps lower stress levels while you take in the airport, and figure out where to go.

Left: Pam and her wee one wearing Shui Long Moloka’i; Right: Sunny’s impressive luggage that she managed solo with the help of a Cairis

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