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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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” 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.
The Winter Solstice may have passed & the days are getting longer, but there’s still an icy nip in the air. A question regularly asked by babywearing mums is “What is the best way to carry in the cold?”
As with all things there is no single right answer so we talked to our models and photographers, as well as some babywearing experts, to see what they do when the days turn chilly.
The International Hip Dysplasia Institute acknowledges Oscha Woven Wraps, Ring Slings, Baby Cairis and Coorie as “hip-healthy” baby carriers (when used as directed). This means that our slings provide the correct support to your child’s hips, which encourages the normal hip joint development that is especially important during the child’s first 6 months.
Woven Wrap, Ring Sling, Cairis, Corrie
The IHDI has reviewed the Oscha products that are suitable for babies under 6 months as the risk of hip dysplasia or dislocation is greatest in the first few months of life. By six months of age, most babies have nearly doubled in size, the hips are more developed and the ligaments are stronger, so are less susceptible to developing hip dysplasia.
IHDI supports proper babywearing with the hips in the M-position as a method to encourage healthy hip development. Our Coorie and Todder Cairis also hold the hips in this position as recommended by the IHDI but as these products are for use with older babies, they are not eligible to be tested for ‘hip healthy’ positioning.
A little information about healthy hip positioning:
If you would like to read more about Hip Dysplasia and baby carriers, you may want to read Dr Rosie Knowles blog post about ‘Busting some Hip- Healthy Myths’. Rosie is a qualified GP and an experienced Sling Consultant. http://www.sheffieldslingsurgery.co.uk/healthy-hips-busting-some-myths/ she explores Hip Dysplasia in detail and recommends different styles of carriers for healthy hips.
You can explore the International Hip Dysplasia website to read more about hip healthy positioning and the research around preventing hip dysplasia here http://hipdysplasia.org/
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 so we’ve put together a guide with tips for baby carrying in the heat and to help you choose the right Oscha Sling for you & your little one this summer.
We suggest choosing a sling in a lighter weight fabric, especially if you wish to wrap multi-layer carries. You could also consider using a slightly thicker wrap for single layer carries, particularly if you are carrying an older child who wants to be up and down a lot, and if you prefer more ‘cush’ on the shoulders. We suggest something between 180 and 260gsm.
While wraps offer a lot of versatility, ring slings are another great choice as they offer a single layer carry, covering less of your body while allowing air to circulate. Also, the long tail can be to cover little legs, or your shoulders, from the sun!
Babywearing International have developed clear and easy to follow guidelines on the best way to carry your child in a woven wrap or ringsling. There is a separate card to show the optimal positioning for each age group and then for each sling type. These positions show the most comfortable way for you and your child. To see the original source on the Babywearing International website- click here.
Virginie and her daughter demonstrating the optimum carrying position using an Oscha woven wrap in a front wrap cross carry.