Category Archives: Top Tips for Carrying

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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Travelling with Kids: Which wrap to use in the heat?

“What are the best slings for the heat?” – This is a question we get asked all the time as the weather begins to warm up and people start to begin travelling to warmer climates than they are used to!
Comfy carrying in the summer heat comes down to three choices: type of carrier, the fabric and the type of carry you use.  Read on for our guide to choosing the right Oscha Sling for you & your little one this summer.
Choosing a carrier

Baby wraps and ring slings are popular choices for summertime carrying as they offer complete adjustability, allowing you and your little one to be comfortable together in the heat. Our Cairis Carrier is also a good option for summer carrying as the unique, lightweight design allows for natural airflow and all the comfort for a traditional woven sling.

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A Father’s Heartbeat

Skin to skin carrying is one of the best gifts a baby can be given. Skin to skin contact helps them regulate their temperature, heart rate and breathing rates[1]. It produces oxytocin in both the caregiver and the baby calming both of them, and the beauty of skin to skin is that Dads can do it too[2]. This is not only fabulous for bonding, but also for occasions where mum may need further support or medical treatment.

Cuddling up under Sekai Quicksilver

Skin to skin from a father is so reassuring – whilst they may have only met moments ago, the warm embrace, the sound of his heart beating close and his familiar voice, reassures the baby that right here – they’re safe, they’re protected, it’s a beautiful home from home.

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Scottish Baby Boxes: How to use my new baby wrap?

We were so delighted when we heard the announcement that the Scottish Government were going to introduce baby boxes for all babies born in Scotland, based on a Finnish Project that’s been running since 1938. I remember researching the Finnish boxes[1] when I was pregnant with my children, thinking they were such a great idea and wishing we had similar here – and now we do!

The boxes contain over 40 different items that the government considers essential for new babies and for parents, and the box itself can be used with the mattress and sheets inside it to become a safe clean sleeping area for the baby.

Scottish Baby Box Announcement, courtesy of the Scottish Government

Whilst it’s a wonderful gesture to receive new items for your baby – the reason for the box and gifts goes much deeper than a simple gesture, as the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said “It’s a simple idea with a proven record in tackling deprivation, improving health and supporting parents”[2] All babies will now have a guaranteed safe sleeping area, clean clothes and basic essentials.

Imagine then the joy at Oscha HQ when we discovered that a baby carrier was going to be included too.

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