Category Archives: Getting Started

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!

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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.

 

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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. Read on for our ‘how to’ video, as well as a look at all the benefits your new sling can bring for you and your baby.

Finding your little one’s grown too big for your stretchy wrap? Read our post about moving on from your stretchy baby box sling.

Continue reading

Top Tips for Carrying in Winter

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.

Continue reading

Hip-Healthy Baby Slings

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.

IHDI Logo

Woven Wrap, Ring Sling, Cairis, Corrie

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.

Infographic

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/

How to Choose a Sling for Summer

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.
Type of Sling & Fabric Weight

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!

Continue reading

Optimal Positioning When Carrying Your Child

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.

Virginie and her daughter demonstrating the optimum carrying position using an Oscha woven wrap in a front wrap cross carry.

New born optimal positioning examples

 

Optimal Positioning Infant

optimal positioning instructions for carrying an infant

Optimal positioning for carrying a child n a woven wrap

Optimal positioning for carrying a child in a ring sling