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Burns Poem Competition 2016 Inspiration

Some of you may remember our poem competition from last year in celebration of our favourite lyricist here in Scotland, Rabbie Burns! We asked you to write a poem inspired by your babywearing moments. It was such a success that we’ve decided to run it again this year.
You can find out how to enter on our Facebook Page here. If you would like some inspiration, you can see the winning poem from last year by Jillyan Graham and the wonderful runners up by Amy Quinn & Katie Gilbert below.

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2015 Winning Poem by Jilyan Graham
When daring toddlers find their feet,
And reminiscing parents begin tae greet,
As baby-wearing days are wearing late,
And folk begin tae accept their fate,
While we begin tae ditch the nappy,
An’ running a’roond makes the bairns happy,
We think na on the lang Scots miles,
The babies carried o’er burns and stiles,
Instead we think a boot oor hame,
And all the stramash o’ the wrapping game,
O’ those slings and wraps noo gathering dust,
O’ those times when in Oscha we did place oor trust.
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WindelManufaktur 3 in 1 Nappies

As we launch the new Windelmanufaktur nappies, created in Germany using a range of Oscha fabrics, we thought it would be great to know a little more about designer and founder Stephanie.  Former architect and mother, she has developed a convenient, leak proof product that supports an environmental approach, and allows for a variety of fabric designs and blends to be used. Resulting in an innovative, unique nappy that is both practical and beautiful.

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Sekai Jol 3 in 1 Nappy

We chatted to Stephanie about her motivation and the special features of this innovative nappy design.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?   
I’m Stephanie, 37 years old and a mother of three children. I was an architect writing my PhD thesis in history of architecture, but then the kids came…. they really changed my life. In 2011 I began to blog about our family and our children, about me and how we tried to live a simple and sustainable life. For example, we don’t own a TV or car, we always buy organic groceries and have a garden where we grow a lot of our own food. We often ask ourselves how to solve different aspects of our life in a more sustainable way.

What motivated you to design high quality re-usable nappies and how did the story begin?
With three small children, we soon looked for a way to reduce the amount of rubbish produced through disposable diapers. After testing many different cloth diapers, we were still not satisfied and my husband suggested that I should “come up with something better“. Somehow, this caught my interest. I have a passion for creating and as an architect I had the necessary passion for construction and geometry. I finally gave in and dived deeply into the world of cloth diapers!

I wanted our nappies to be beautiful and simple and to make the least amount of laundry possible. Trial and error produced a huge mountain of prototypes, and in the end one construction really caught my interest: the ManufakturWindel was born.

They were then tested extensively on my own children, then on friends’ babies, and from then on the story took off. A friend wanted some, another friend, I received lots of emails emails… And there I was, I found something people really needed and it was better for the environment than what they already had. Bang!

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Sekai Jol re-usable Nappy

Once you start looking into sustainable baby care, you don’t usually stop with cloth diapers. Many other products that are created as disposables come into consideration. That is why WindelManufaktur also creates washable changing mats, organic cloth wipes and washable nursing pads.

What makes your nappies different from other 3 in 1 reusable nappies?
There are different aspects:
1. I do really care for where the nappies are produced. They are made by hand here in Dresden, Germany. I put a lot of energy in producing locally.

2 . I really care where the material comes from. You won’t find cheap fabric on WindelManufaktur-Nappies. I do not want my fabrics produced in asian sweatshops with inadequate circumstances for the employees, let alone kids working in them.

3. I always choose those details that ensure that the product has a long lifetime and won’t have to be thrown away early. For example I use Snaps and every seam is topstitched.

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Outer Nappy, Inner Nappy and Booster Inner Snapped together.

4. I always choose the better material where there is one. Most of the fabrics are produced in the European Union, so I am sure about the ecological and the working standarts in those mills.

5. I offer a real choice of wonderful fabrics – from basic design to an all natural collection to the high-end fabrics made by Oscha in Scotland – I always choose a clean and classic look but in a broad range of designs.

6. My 3 in 1 reusable nappies are really easy to understand and they produce the least laundry possible.

Has your previous career as an architect influenced your development and design of the nappies?

Yes, and it still does in almost every everything I do, from small sketches of this idea or that improvement. The habit of thinking three-dimensional when it comes to designing garments helps a lot. These days I plan my next innovation – and I put together pieces of rubber band and topstitching in my mind for hours. I think creating can come to be a habit, more than work.

For parents who haven’t invested in re-usable nappies before, can you explain why this product is beneficial and can save them money in the long term?
Yes, it is a rather easy calculation. Fortunately my husband is an Excel-Expert and has created a big Excel-Sheet where you may insert all the costs on both sides. It is still in German but we are working to translate it into English. You can insert all your own REAL costs you would have with disposables or with cloth nappies and see at the end how much you could save. My hubby even added the wear and tear of the washing machine 😉

When it comes to what you save: It added up to over £700 less investment with cloth diapers in comparison to disposables for our family. That is not only a good week of holidays in summer but also a huge amount of chemicals that will not touch my babys skin and a ton of waste being saved.

I really do invite you to calculate that for your family. The results are extremely surprising. However, I do realise that at first sight spending £10 per week for disposables seems to be less than buying everything at once. When calculated properly, almost every family realises how much could be saved with cloth nappies.

Why have you chosen the different fabric options for the inserts?
Because every fabric behaves differently regarding how much and how fast it soaks up the liquid, how fast it dries, how thick or thin the fabric is and how fast it leaks liquid under pressure. That is why the combination of soakers is the key to finding THE soaker combination which is perfect for your baby.

Can you tell us about your personal experience of using them?
I loved the combination of cotton terry and hemp!! Most parents choose to use the cotton terry insert as the one closest to the skin. With its soft textured surface it catches everything very well and fast. Additionally you could then use one of the other soakers. The booster soaks as much as the hemp soaker, while the booster soaks faster but hemp is a complete natural fiber. The bamboo soaker is the best choice to be folded and to be positioned under the area were the liquid hits the soakers.

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Bamboo Inner, Hemp Fleece Inner and Booster Inner

What are the most important things I need to know when I cloth diaper with WindelManufaktur?
I’d say it would be to buy the right size, don’t forget to adjust the elastics in the inner diapers when you have a small baby, remember the inserts have to be prewashed and then enjoy! All new things need a bit of adjustment – cloth nappies are the same. Give yourself a couple of weeks and don’t stress out. It will work. Plus: We are there to help you!!

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Back of the Nappy, showing side seams snug against baby’s leg.

Read more about the  inserts and the inner nappy written by Stephanie and the Oscha Day packs here.

We have put together a simple day pack which includes:
1 x Oscha Outer Nappy
2 x Inner Nappies
2 x Organic Cotton Terry Inserts
2 x Hemp Fleece Inserts
1 x Bamboo Insert
1 x Booster Insert

Items included in one Oscha Day pack.

Purchase this amazing Nappy set on the Oscha website.

 

International Babywearing Week Celebrations

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Calendar of Events 5th – 9th October 2015

We are delighted to be proud sponsors of International Babywearing Week 2015! We have a jam-packed schedule of informative and fun events over the the next week to celebrate the amazing benefits of babywearing and those dedicated & knowledgeable individuals who work within their local communities to spread the babywearing love.

Monday 5th of October: Babywearing Stories

Over that past few weeks we have been asking families to share their babywearing stories with us. We shall randomly select a winner from the entries before we begin to share some of them on specially created blog posts around the benefits of babywearing.

Tuesday 6th of October 10am – 1pm BST: Virtual Sling Sessions – Front Carries with Nicola

Join us on Facebook for a virtual sling consultant session with Nicola Lawson, who will be on hand to help you with any Wrap, Ring Sling or SSC difficulties you may be having, with a focus on front carries. Nicola is a trained Babywearing Consultant who founded the popular West Yorkshire Sling Library five years ago and has been involved with the baby carrying world since 2007. She now helps up to sixty families a week carry their babies big and small.

We will post a video on our Facebook wall of a Front Wrap Cross Carry to begin the Q and A . Please have images ready to post of any thing you are having difficulties with.
We will be available to answer any wrap or blend specific queries too.

Wednesday 7th of October: Oscha Sling Meet with Susan 10.30am – 12.30pm

For those of you close to Oscha HQ, we are hosting a sling meet at The Secret Herb Garden, Midlothian, EH10 7EA, Scotland. Everyone is welcome to come along and join us for a morning of slings and chatter!
Feel free to bring any sling and receive advice from Sling Consultant, Susan Ansell from Show Me Slings
If you think you will come along please send hannah@oschaslings.com an email, to give us an idea of numbers. We look forward to meeting you, please let us know if there is anything you would like us to bring along.

Thursday 8th of October: Virtual Sling Session 7pm – 10pm BST – Back Carries with Rosie

Join us on Facebook for a virtual sling consultant session with Rosie Knowles from Sheffield Sling Surgery. Rosie will  be on hand to help you with any Wrap, Ring Sling or SSC difficulties you may be having.
Rosie will be focussing on advice for carrying your baby on your back but she can answer any other questions you may have about babywearing in general.
Rosie is a family doctor based in Sheffield, UK and has been carrying her children for seven years; she is in her third year of teaching families how to carry their babies, and her second year of training others to support families wanting to carry their babies. She believes that carrying is vital for the health and wellbeing of children and their parents.

We shall post a video on our Facebook wall of a Back Carry to begin the Q and A . Please have images ready to post of any thing you are having difficulties with.
We will be on hand to answer any wrap or blend specific queries too.

Friday 9th of October: Super Secret Stash Friday
Join us for a fun day on Friday where we will reveal a new colourful wrap amongst our Secret Stash items!

There will be lots of lovely things coming up over the week so keep an eye on Facebook. Please join in the celebrations by sharing your babywearing selfies on Instagram using the #IBW2015 and #oschaslings!

An ‘Oscha Christmas’ Give Away

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Enter our Festive Give Away Here!

We have decided to join in the festive cheer and select three lucky Oscha Customers to receive their dream woven wrap or ring sling!  Can you imagine finding your favourite Oscha under the tree this Christmas? Click here to enter our give away … Good Luck!

Welcome To Our New Blog

Here we will share what we are up to and involved in as well as useful and interesting information on baby carrying. We will share our own experiences as well as those of our customers and health professionals to give you a well-rounded view into the world of Oscha Slings and what we believe in. We hope you will enjoy exploring our blog and website. You can also connect with ourselves and customers on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

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Tjimkje enjoying a stroll with her daughter in an Oscha Sekai Zeka baby wrap. Photography by ‘Jilke became a photographer’.