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Oscha Community: “Using a baby sling can be tricky but keep going – it’s worth it!”

Finding it hard to get the hang of your woven wrap or baby sling? Read on for advice and tips from parents who have been there & know exactly how you are feeling.

Wrapping is a skill that certainly takes a little time to perfect. We asked our facebook group, Clan Oscha, what their top tips would be for people just getting started and we were so happy to share their encouraging responses.

Find the full post & join the Clan for more advice here.

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Britspun Cottons: Made in Great Britain

Here at Oscha Slings, we always strive to produce our woven baby wraps with the highest quality materials, ethically sourced from as close to home as possible. That is why we were so pleased to discover English Fine Cottons, a company bringing cotton spinning back to its spiritual home in the North of England.
Briarwood Night Garden woven baby carrier sling made in Scotland with Supima cotton by Oscha Slings

Briarwood Night Garden, Shop Baby Wraps Now

Just a couple of hundred miles from our Scottish workshop English Fine Cottons are based in Manchester, formerly dubbed ‘Cottonopolis’, spinning their high-quality cotton within a historic Victorian cotton mill.

General Manager, Andy Ogden says:

“When we first acquired Tower Mill back in 2013, it was sadly very run down and we knew we had an enormous task ahead of us to make it fit for purpose.
Restoration work is still on-going but the mill is thriving and is now home to the most modern cotton production machinery in the world.
We’re really proud that we have achieved our goal of re-establishing cotton spinning in the UK and the fact we’ve managed to revive an important part of the indsutry’s heritage in the process.”

Made in Great Britain, the manchester home of English fine cottons

Tower Mill, the Manchester home of English Fine Cottons.

English Fine Cottons only buy cotton directly from their growers, avoiding buying from agents to be certain of traceability. They are passionate about getting to know their suppliers, traveling to North America, India and Barbados to inspect the farms where the cotton is grown to ensure our products are not compromised.

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Meet the Team: Evonne, Textile Designer

Oscha designer, Evonne, answers your questions about working at Oscha HQ, designing the woven fabrics for our gorgeous baby carriers. These questions were kindly submitted by members of Clan Oscha, our Facebook community.
How does one become an Oscha designer?

Well, I have a degree in Printed Textiles (- not weave like you may imagine!) and Laura, our design assistant, has a degree in Digital Media – so a pretty diverse mix. You need a combination of hand drawing skills, an eye for pattern, repeat making skills and Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator know how.

How do you handle having such an awesome job?

I haven’t, it’s all gone to my head.

Do you work alone on the patterns or in teams?

Both, sometimes someone else will have drawn something and I’ll put it into repeat and get it ready for weave – other times I’ll work on something from start to finish on my own.

Who do you design in mind? Parents? Babies? Trends?

I do research trends at the beginning of each collection, however, I’m very selective with which trends I choose to work with. Oscha’s should be timeless, it’s not fast fashion – these wraps are worn for years and often are converted into other items or kept to pass on to the wearer’s children when they are old enough. I usually think of the sling as being an accessory for the wearer.

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Sketchbook: Prism Collection

Inspired by the rainbow colours of refracted light, this Collection embraces the vibrant tones of springtime with brilliant, colour-filled baby wraps

Featuring our new Prism warp this Collection brings us out of the dark winter months, into the fun and colour of springtime. The bright spectrum of colours, which emerge from prisms as white light turns into a wild burst of colour, holds limitless fascination. It can’t help but draw a smile & it was this sense of simple enjoyment we wanted to capture in this new Collection of woven baby slings & carriers.

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Classics Collection from Oscha Slings

The Classics Collection is a selection of Oscha favourite, original patterns woven in ideal colourways, all of which may be created time and again. This new Collection combines some of our older ‘in-stock’ items and features fitting, gorgeous additions to the range.

Most of the fabrics we weave are designed to be one-offs, available for a limited time, never to be woven again. However, we know that this doesn’t suit everyone which is why we like to have a broad range of our fabrics available to shop year-round: the Classics Collection.

This bespoke selection combines our unique patterns with apt colourways, for a Collection which means the best of Oscha will be available for you to visit time and time again.

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Baby Wraps: Navigating the Learning Curve

Learning to wrap is a tricky but wonderfully rewarding experience, Green Child Magazine & Oscha have collaborated to offer some top tips for those getting started with baby wraps.
Learn to use your woven wrap with Oscha Slings

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Featuring advice from our wonderful customers, this is a great resource for people who want start their wrapping journey.

Read more over at Green Child Magazine.

Want to know more about baby wraps? Visit our site for more information.

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Scottish Baby Boxes: Can I Keep Using My Baby Wrap?

Loved using your stretchy wrap? Feeling like your little one is getting a wee bit heavy for it? Now is a great time to move on to a woven wrap.
Some of the first babies to be carried and cared for in the stretchy wrap provided in the Scottish Baby Boxes are now over 6 months old. As they grow you may find you’d like to move on to something more supportive, which will continue the feeling of closeness and all cuddles you’ve experienced while exploring the world together.
Optimum positioning for a baby held in a stretchy and woven baby wrap

Demonstration of the natural ‘M’ position being supported by both a stretchy and a woven wrap

A woven wrap is used in much the same way as your stretchy sling; the way you tie and position are all very similar. Wovens will offer you more support as your little one grows with the ability to stay with you from newborn all the way through to toddlerhood.

Still working out how to use your stretchy? Visit our ‘How to’ blog here.

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Sketchbook: Introducing our Bordeaux Wool Warp

We love wool for all seasons, but this yarn’s association with the winter season and all the cosy, snuggly times that brings meant we couldn’t see out February without bringing you a gorgeous new wool warp.
Stylish ethical woven baby slings

Zorro Paris Baby Wrap

Woven in a stunning deep red this luxurious wool warp brings a rich, decadent feel to our releases this February. Deep warm tones are the perfect addition to any wintertime collection, bringing a feeling of cosiness and comfort to the chilly days, and reminding us that the blossoms of spring are just around the corner.

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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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