Category Archives: Family Life

Maternity Worldwide: Providing Safe Childbirth For All

Over the last few years, we have enjoyed running several fundraisers for Maternity Worldwide, a charity close to our hearts, which works to save lives in low-income countries by training local midwives and medical staff. They help to empower women to become decision-makers about their own health and provide maternal healthcare to rural and remote communities. Each time we run a fundraiser, we’re overwhelmed with generosity from our wonderful customers!

This International Babywearing Week we will be supporting this wonderful charity again. With that in mind, we wanted to take a look at all the amazing things our customers have contributed to over the years.

Maternity Worldwide’s vision is:

A world in which all women and their babies can access safe and appropriate childbirth regardless of where they live.

Every day 800 women die during childbirth or pregnancy, 99% of these mothers live in low-income countries. Maternity Worldwide works in Malawi and Uganda promoting healthy childbirth through their support of maternal health services & community health promotion, while also developing local Emergency Obstetric Care centres and women’s groups.

We talked to Maternity Worldwide about their amazing work and they very kindly sent over some inspirational stories from the people they have worked with in Uganda.

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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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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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Bringing Babywearing Cross Country

When Renee Bøgeskov got in touch about a wrap to take her 4 month old hiking in, we were intrigued about the practicalities of a hike in a sling. We asked Renee to share her experience of hiking whilst babywearing …dsc07085cc

Even though both my husband and I are experienced in outdoor adventures, planning a trip to the mountains with a 4 month old baby seemed slightly intimidating. We did however feel confident that our baby girl would be happy and content as long as she felt safe, warm and dry. With her used to being wrapped in a sling, as well as the fact that a woven wrap seemed as the best, if not only way, to carry a baby at the same time as a back pack, I contacted Oscha for advice on which wrap to choose. Less than 24 hours later, a base size (s.6) Okinami Sal was delivered to my door step. After fighting off some small hesitations about dragging expensive Boutique tails through dirt and bonfire smoke, I looked forward to putting this wonderful blend of 49% Sea Island cotton, 10% Cashmere, 31% wool and 10% Tussah silk to the test.

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Benefits of Babywearing- A Dad’s Point of View

Ciaran McKenna, AKA The Babywearing Dad, talks about why he enjoys carrying his first son in a sling and why he would recommend other fathers  do the same. Ciaran will be this years Face of the Fair at Babywearing Irelands annual Wear a Hug Fair.
Ciaran also reviewed our Starry Night Midnight wrap recently (pictured below), read what he thought here.

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I am a first time dad, like all first time dads I had no idea how this was going to go. I didn’t know what kind of a father I would be. Without babywearing I think things would be very different. I didn’t wear him for the first 6 weeks, mainly because I thought I might break him! I know now that that’s nonsense, and the next time round in will do it as soon as the baby is handed to me! In the run up to the Wear a Hug Fair I’d like to talk about some benefits of babywearing for any dads out there that might have their doubts about it. Don’t forget you can always contact me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram if you’ve got any questions. I’m always more than happy to talk about my love of babywearing!

1. Bonding

Anyone who has read a few of my blog pieces or interviews knows that this is always a big one for me. It can seem to some dads that mom can bond faster than dad, and why wouldn’t they? They could have just carried the little one for 39ish weeks! The best way to bond, in my opinion, is babywearing. Having your baby so close to you, sleeping on you, getting used to your voice, your smell, your heartbeat. You can also do skin to skin, or kangaroo parenting while babywearing, which is a great way to bond too.

2.  Hands Free Parenting

I honestly don’t know how parents who don’t babywear get anything done! Feeding/walking the dogs, hanging out washing, stuffing nappies, making lunch, playing Xbox, all these and more are done in our house whilst babywearing. It’s so practical, and your baby is happy and contented the entire time (often asleep!)

3. Sharing Hobbies/Experiences

When babywearing you can really go pretty much anywhere. There’s no clunky buggy stopping you get in or up places and you are hands free. I’ve done some hillwalking, hiking, collecting plants for college work and changed the spark plugs on my bike with my little fella strapped to me. He was delighted and I got to continue doing things I like while still parenting and having my baby close to me. This also gives Mom a well deserved break which earns major brownie points; another benefit for dad!

4. Settles Babies Quickly

I have yet to find any way to soothe or calm my baby as quickly and easily as babywearing. Even my mom wears him now when she minds him! It’s unbelievable, and no matter what’s wrong it always helps, be it the position he’s in giving him relief from wind etc. or just the close cuddle giving him comfort, it has yet to fail. Every morning now for nap time he goes in a wrap for 10 minutes and he’s out like a light, and can be transferred to his cot (if I don’t want to just sit there cuddling him). Happy baby makes for a happy dad, and that time in the cot gets you a break for a cup of tea, or making bottles!

5. Impress Your Lady!

There isn’t a babywearing mom out there that doesn’t find their partner wearing their baby extremely attractive! I don’t know exactly what it is, but I haven’t met one woman who doesn’t love it!

Ciaran will be at the Wear a Hug Fair this weekend in Kildare, Ireland. Why not pop along to say hello if you’re near by.