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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!

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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.

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Fabric Characteristics: Unique Features of Your Woven Wrap

Each woven product has its own unique character, from nubs and slubs to wonderfully flecked wild silk, the varied nature of yarns bring a distinctive look and feel to your woven wrap.
Sometimes these natural imperfections are incorrectly categorised as flaws, this article will illuminate and explain some of the distinctive characteristics of our favourite yarns.

Please note: all of our wraps are individually checked for quality before leaving our workshop and none of the Fabric Characteristics mentioned here will affect the integrity of your sling.

For more information on 2nd- & 3rd-grade items visit this article on our Woven Seconds.

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Sketchbook: Introducing Briarwood

Our After Dark Collection continues with a gorgeous new Arts and Crafts inspired design: Briarwood. We looked to the Victorian masters of textile & interior design for the inspiration behind our newest pattern – delicate tendrils weave across the width of this wrap as little floral motifs and small birds form a stunning mirrored wrap.

Briarwood Night Garden, part of the After Dark Collection

The Arts and Crafts movement, popular in the Late Victorian and Early Edwardian periods, developed in Britain before spreading across Europe & the rest of the world. Famed for its focus on the natural world and folklore – the themes of the Arts & Crafts movement seem to sit perfectly within our After Dark Collection.

A focus on hand production, quality materials and functionality, were at the heart of this movement. The artists believed that the function of the decorated object should first be perfected before turning to the design – a perfect source of inspiration, then, for our woven wraps!

Textile and wallpaper designer William Morris was an inspiration for Oscha designer, Evonne. Morris’ focus on the natural world, with twisting, turning vines and leaves interspersed with British wildlife formed the central concept for our fluid design.

Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort – John Ruskin

Briarwood Night Garden

Featuring gorgeous intertwining vines which are scattered with little blossoms & sweet birds, Briarwood Night Garden is woven in a hybrid weave. Our navy warp forming the backdrop for shimmery golden hemp & bright emerald Britspun Supima cotton.

Strong and supportive this stunning wrap will need a little love to break in fully, before becoming super soft and mouldable.

The After Dark Collection continues over the next few weeks and into the new year so look out on Facebook for updates on new colourways & designs.

A/W 2017: The After Dark Collection

We take a stroll through a moonlit garden seeking inspiration for our newest Collection: After Dark. Bathed in an ethereal glow, the garden takes on a supernatural calm once the sun goes down. With rich, warm colours, a few pops of brilliant brightness and a focus on the natural world, this Collection promises to be gorgeously varied with designs & colours to suit all tastes.

The After Dark Collection

The After Dark Collection will be with us from late October 2017 all the way through to early January 2018. Running through two distinct seasons this Collection takes its cues from autumnal warmth as well as the comforting chill of deep winter. Harnessing warm oranges, rich navy, cool purple and strong greens, the After Dark Collection is wonderfully diverse in its hues while maintaining the essential warmth we all crave at the changing of the seasons.

Starry Night Echo Baby Wrap

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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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Using The Plaid: A Traditional Scottish Carry

We’re pleased to be part of a rich heritage of carrying in Scotland and whilst researching the Plaid carry we have been reminded of the importance of passing on the tradition of carrying to our family and friends.

We loved how the majority of the people we spoke with were familiar with the Plaid, and could recall seeing it being done often, but interestingly few could remember how to do it themselves!

Those few that did know, not only remembered but had carried their children, their grandchildren and even their great-grandchildren in it.

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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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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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Blend Review: Cottolin & Wild Silk

Our cottolin and wild silk blend is well loved by our customers! Perfect from newborn to toddler, this is a versatile blend which is a great option for those new to wrapping. Easy to tighten with a good amount of grip & glide this soft blend is a natural all-rounder.

Roses Paradise Baby Wrap: 38% organic combed cotton, 16% organic linen, 23% wild silk, 23% cotton, 230gsm.

Soft and strong organic combed cotton is mixed with a hint of linen in the warp, this adds a delicate strength while maintaining the malleability and drape of the cotton. Wild silk is naturally breathable and strong with little bulk. The gorgeous mouldability of this blend allows pass to glide and knot easily, with a good grip meaning it stays in place with little sag even when carrying bigger kids.

Read on for reviews from Oscha customers who have tried this blend. Please bear in mind that wrapping qualities can be a very personal experience!

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