So that's it for Wear A Hug Fair 2019! Another great day packed full of babywearing, shopping, cupcakes and some great speakers invited to talk.
I was delighted to catch up with Dr Rosie Knowles of Carrying Matters and enjoyed listening to her talk. It was a busy day followed by the Babywearing Ireland AGM and we were lucky enough to get some new slings for the Fingal BWI sling library too!
I have to say that I really love a bargain myself and I also love sharing the babywearing love so to celebrate getting over January and in case you're looking to buy a gift for that love of your life , why not have a quick browse of what's in stock and enjoy getting a good bargain while you're at it.
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After a mild enough winter so far, the chill has finally arrived and I've been getting emails and pm's about keeping warm in this colder weather.
There are many options available. depending on your needs and budget, so I'll outline below some tips my clients have found useful!
Layers, layers. layers
So you guessed it - layers are best when babywearing - for both yourself and your little cherub. Depending on how cold it is outside, you can adjust the number of layers accordingly.
General rule of thumb would be normal indoor clothes and an extra layer for outside such as: woolen cardigan or fleece hoody, hat or baby hood, baby leg warmers or an extra pair of socks or tights under their trousers. There are also fleece rompers that are not padded and are suitable for using with a sling.
The extra outdoor layer, which can be used as handy as wrapping a blanket around the sling. (Huge thanks to Josie for this beautifully knitted star blanket for our little Réiltín).
Even an oversized hoody that you can zip up over both of you would work well too!
A babywearing cover can be worn over the sling and then put your own jacket on, which can be zipped up a bit, keeping your baby's legs warm too.
A babywearing fleece or waterproof jacket can be worn with your baby on your front and some also have the option for you to carry them on your back too. Most come with a maternity insert, making it an all-round great buy.
Generally the fleece jackets would be ok in a very light shower but you would need to have an umbrella with you in case you got caught out in a downpour.
The softshell waterproof jackets are great for all weathers and will keep both of you lovely and dry even in bad rain.
Like me, you might find a fleece all-in-one romper suit really handy for toddlers that love to be up and down and up again as they have a wander around and then want carried soon after as little legs tire easily!
Babywearing booties will keep your baby's legs and toes warm on cold days. Legs that stick out of the carrier or sling are prone to getting colder quicker so these handy add on's can help prevent that.
If you're looking to buy any of the items listed above, have a look at my online shop - click on any photo below and a new window will open where you can add to cart! Read on just a little bit further for your extra little surprise...
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Fidella FlyClickThe FlyClick combines the benefits of our Fidella Fly Tai with the simplicity of our Fidella Fusion. Lightweight & flexible, just perfect for everyday use!
The baby carrier has padded shoulder straps, which lie comfortably on the shoulders. They can also fan out and distribute optimally the weight of your child. The waist belt is closed with a safety buckle.
You can carry your baby on front, on your back or on your hip.
The Fidella FlyClick can be used from birth through the first twelve months.
The Fidella FlyClick in facts:
There is also Fidella® FlyClick Plus which can be used from 9 months to approx 3.5 years.
The order will be arriving next week so we'll get a chance to give it a good go then!
So this is how we've managed to go out and about this winter. This particular day, it was 6 deg outside and it was a dry, cold day. I dressed little miss in her normal indoor clothes - a vest and babygro and she was wearing a LennyLamb baby hood and fleece lined booties to keep snug. The woven wrap gave her another layer over her torso to keep her warm and the waterproof babywearing jacket kept us both snug and warm together. I had a fleece turtleneck from LennyLamb and a wooly hat to keep myself warm too.
What a great day at the Wear A Hug Fair. Not only was it my birthday but I got to spend the day surrounded by slings, talking about slings, looking at slings.
My husband and our littlest came with me to help on the day. I couldn't have managed without him! And he did a great job with our little one, modelling slings for the day!
I came away from the fair already looking forward to next year. There's such a buzz at the fair and there's just something special about having the whole place filled with families and slings.
I was delighted that Johanna of Johanna King Photography & Films took some snaps of us on the day. Have a look at her website to see some more of her work and to arrange a photo shoot for your family.
Woke up this morning to the news that I have been nominated for a Mums & Tots Top Mumtrepreneur Award!!!
A huge thank you for the nomination and thanks to all that have voted so far.
Voting ends on 6th October. Let's bring more awareness to safe babywearing and ergonomic slings. To vote for Leanbh Babywearing follow this link to the Mums & Tots Awards
So, I'm now officially on Maternity Leave and *not so* patiently awaiting the arrival of baby no 5.
One to one babywearing consultations and group demos are now on hold for the next while but the sling hire service and online shop are business as usual.
As always, I'm available to all my clients for any questions you may have following a babywearing consultation, so please feel free to get in touch by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In preparation for our newest arrival, I've washed and ironed the slings I'll be bringing with me and have finally finished packing the hospital bag.
Here are the slings I'll be bringing in with me:
Wrapsody Hybrid Stretch (Green) - this wrap comes packed with memories for us as three of our babies have already been carried in this so far over the past 10yrs since I bought it. It's very light to wear compared to some of the thicker, heavier stretchy wraps but what's really great about it is that as it's a hybrid, it can be used for front, back and hip carries and can be worn in a front wrap cross carry aswell as a pocket wrap cross carry, so can be lovely and light to wear especially in the warm settings of a hospital.
JPMBB Little Wrap Without a Knot (Lavender & Brown) - this ring sling has a bit of stretch and bounce and is perfect for a new baby. With only one layer of material over baby, it'll keep us both nice and cool.
Lenny Lamb Woven Wrap Size 6 (Rainbow) - this bamboo/cotton mix wrap is lovely and soft and wraps a newborn really nicely. It's also a lightweight option for warmer days so perfect for the warm hospital setting. I'm looking forward to using this in front wrap cross carry with a twist and for kangaroo carry.
I look forward to posting actual action shots in a couple of weeks.
It's lovely to be able to have baby tucked inside a stretchy wrap for skin to skin, especially in those early hours and days in the hospital and the wrap will keep you fully covered at the same time, not to mention the handiness of being able to get up and move about or even to use the bathroom without having to disturb the little cherub. Daddies can also use the stretchy wrap for skin to skin which is a lovely way for daddy and baby to get to know each other and keep little one warm and close at the same time.
While I'm on the subject of packing fluff for the hospital, here are some other fluffy things that are going into my bag:
Mama fluff - I had been using a menstrual cup, reusable tampons and sea sponges for a year before becoming pregnant and so I decided that this time I'd also use mama cloth post partum. I managed to get a good deal from Cheeky Wipes during Real Nappy Week and so this lot of washable post partum pads along with with some normal day time pads and some back up Natracare Maternity Pads from Earthmother which are biodegradeable will do me over the next few weeks.
Cord Tie - I've gotten a beautiful cord tie from Crochet by Orla which will be used in place of the hospital issue plastic cord tie - action photos will follow once baby has arrived!
Cloth Nappies - this will be our 4th baby in cloth. Baby No1 was in Moltex Eco Disposables back in 1996 when he was a baby. I ventured into cloth 10yrs ago with baby no 2 and the same stash will do us again this time around. Except for a few newborn nappies that I purchased second hand, everything else was stored in the attic awaiting a new bum. I have everything I need from cloth nappies to cloth wipes and wet bags all ready to go! If you're interested in checking out cloth nappies, contact Cloth Nappy Library Ireland for some info & to arrange a cloth nappy trial!
Breastpads - these bamboo breastpads were bought in 2010 on baby no 3 and are washed and ready for use again for their 3rd baby! They can be washed in with normal clothes and using lanolin creams doesn't effect them at all. I found these so much better than disposable breastpads and the fact that I'm gettting a 3rd use out of them says it all really!
Hopefully we won't be left waiting too long to meet this little one and I'll be spamming you all with some precious newbie sling pics.
Enjoy your summer and have lots of lovely babywearing adventures while you can!
I was delighted to help co-ordinate this beautiful Madalo Handwoven Wrap on it's travels around Ireland!
Who are they?
Madalo is run by Yuridia from Mexico & Christoph from Germany. Together, they decided to offer handwoven wraps from Mexico to customers in Europe. These wraps are fair-trade, OEKO-TEX® 100 certified and handwoven on traditional looms with passion and love!
The wrap I've had the pleasure of trying out is Madalo Grasias Blanco, woven in Two Eyes Diamond Twill. With a weight of 300gsm, this wrap is most definitely toddler-worthy.
The wrap was well packaged, delivered in a large heavy duty Madalo box, presented in a cloth bag. First impressions of the wrap were that it was so soft and I loved the colours; various blues on white weft with a gradient to grey with purple tones. I'm a sucker for blue so these colours really caught my eye.
At 300gsm or grams per square meter, this wrap is on the heavier side and would definitely stand up to the weight of a large toddler/preschooler. I had my 3.5yr old, 14.5kg daughter in a ruck and she felt very comfortable. With such a densely woven wrap there was no digging at the shoulders like I'd get with some lighter wraps when wearing a toddler.
The wrap is marshmallow soft and cushy, like a favourite blanket and as I understand, it's like this from new. At 70cm wide and 470cm long or a Size 6, this size wrap is my perfect base size and would be perfect for trying out almost all carries.
I had my trusty newborn demo doll in a Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC) and had a lovely chunky knot tied behind my back.
Due to the thickness of this wrap, a little extra attention to tightening strand by strand through the rails is needed but once tied, there's a lovely grip that will keep it all in place.
I really enjoyed carrying my 3.5yr old daughter (14.5kg) on my back in a Rucksack Carry. I'm 29wks pregnant in these photos and liked being able to finish tied tibetan so that I had no knots around my waist/stomach. While a 14.5kg preschooler won't feel totally weightless, she was very comfortable on my back, there was a soft padded cushiness on my shoulders, thanks to the chunky wrap and her weight was distributed nicely across my shoulders and chest. This wrap came loaded with sleepy dust as she was asleep before I had even finished wrapping! She was up for about 30 minutes when I transferred her to the couch and she was kept cosy for a snooze with the Madalo draped over her!
We had lots of fun trying out a hip carry, which is a lovely way to carry when pregnant. My busy 3.5yr old didn't want up for too long though so I had some fun myself after with some belly wrapping ☺
I'm due baby no 5 at the end of July so will be keeping an eye out on upcoming releases for a lovely legacy wrap for this little one. Definitely my very last purchase to complete my perma stash...
Thank you Madalo for sending your wrap travelling around Éire. I'm now sending it on to the next lucky participant to begin it's maiden voyage around Ireland!