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!