When this baby landed on my doorstep I must admit I was a little bit in awe of its beauty, Oscha make some absolutely stunning wraps and this was one of my favourites, the colours and pattern on this wrap are almost magical!
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. 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. 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.
We asked our model, Jenna, to give us her thoughts on our organic combed cotton, Sea Island Cotton & wild silk blend: Sono Athena.
Jenna wearing our Sono Athena Baby Wrap
Introducing the newest addition to the boutique family!
This 53% organic combed cotton, 25% Sea Island Cotton, 11% wild silk, 11% cotton blend is the perfect combination of strength and softness.
Classic Oscha organic combed cotton acts as the perfect base for this new blend. It provides strength and structure without adding bulk. Making for a beautifully fluid carry every time.
Sea Island Cotton is a truly magical fibre. It has a luxurious feel against the skin and is extremely breathable, making it wonderful for warmer weather. It also brings an element of cushioning without compromising support.
The touch of wild silk gives just enough grip and strength to keep passes nicely in place without feeling rough on picky shoulders.
Another beautiful blend that will not disappoint for all ages and wrapping abilities.
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.
When considering a Rohan design, we wished to depict the culture and iconography of the Rohirrim, as described in The Lord of the Rings – A proud people with a strong monarchy, known for their skilled cavalry and horse training.
“I have been among them,” [said] Aragorn. “They are proud and wilful, but they are true-hearted, generous in thought and deed.”
The design took inspiration from tapestries, depicting historical tales, which were said to line the halls of Meduseld (the Hall of the King of Rohan), as well as descriptions of the banner of Rohan and Théoden’s shield:
Oscha’s Sling Libraries and Consultant Scheme helps 100s of libraries around the world; offering discounts on slings to hire out and free promotional materials to spread the word about the benefits of babycarrying in their community. Cathy, general manager here at Oscha HQ, takes a look a what a Sling Library is and what they can offer parents.
Image courtesy of Close and Calm, Aberdeen
What is a Sling Library?
Babywearing is a practice that flourishes in the context of the real life social meet up. With most babywearing retailers operating online, and with the fabric feel and construction such an important element in considering a purchase, opportunities to touch and try out different fabric blends in one space are truly valued. The opportunity to try a variety of styles of carrier, with support from experienced or professional babywearers, allows the chance to explore and to practice with guidance and support. Of course there is also the added benefit of being in the company of other people who feel as passionately about carrying as you do!
We return to Middle-Earth for this much anticipated new design inspired by the world of Tolkien. Taking our Collection to new depths we embrace the darker side of Middle-Earth with a trip to Smaug’s Lonely Mountain lair …
Smaug The Magnificent
This new addition to our Middle Earth Collection is an original design based on the fearsome dragon, Smaug, who guards the wealth of the Dwarves of Erebor within the Lonely Mountain. Our designer, Mike, worked through some brilliantly terrifying designs before settling on this ferocious creature.
We return to Middle-Earth for this much anticipated new design inspired by the world of Tolkien. We start our journey at the gate to the abandoned Mines of Moria with our new Doors of Durin pattern.
The Doors of Durin Mellon
The Doors of Durin is one of the most enduring motifs from the world of The Lord of the Rings – a doorway to the Mines of Moria constructed during a collaboration between the Dwarves and the Elves of the Second Age – this design is loved by Tolkien fans around the world.
We have previously adapted this timeless design to fit our gorgeous Cashwool baby blankets and throws, however this new take on the Doors has been exclusively developed by the designers here at Oscha with wrapping and baby carrying in mind.
The Elemental Collection has taken inspiration from traditional Scottish textiles for a series of new & unique patterns, continuing with this theme is our newest addition: Sonsie. Based on the rich tradition of knitting in the northern isles, this pattern harnesses comforting motifs to create a pattern which evokes memories of cosy, woollen jumpers and windswept Sunday walks in the Scottish countryside.
The ‘Fair Isle’ style is now synonymous with a myriad of knitting styles found around the world, but the Scottish island communities from which this style originates have been knitting with this specific set of motifs for generations. Read more about our Fair Isle inspiration here.
As the Elemental Collection celebrates the harsh diversity of the Scottish elements we take inspiration from the traditional textile techniques that have graced the protective layers worn by generations of families in Scotland for three intricate new designs and a gorgeous new Sea Island Cotton warp.
Lace and knitwear are inextricably linked with their Scottish origins, so when examining traditional textile techniques our gaze naturally fell on these heritage crafts. From this inspiration grew Croft, Sono and Lace: three new designs created for the Elemental Collection.