Carrying Stories – Fiona. An essential bit of kit when you live on the 2nd floor.

Carrying your baby is such a personal thing – people carry for different reasons and different carriers suit different people.  Here is Fiona’s story….

IMG_1937“My baby wearing journey resulted mainly from living in a flat above a city center restaurant. What had been an appropriate dwelling pre-baby was going to be tricky with a child, especially with the 39 metal steps (yes I counted them!) to the front door.  At six months pregnant I was at a NCT nearly new sale when a store holder thrust a Babybjorn at me and told me I needed it.  Around this time I also picked up a stretchy wrap from TK Maxx.  I took it out of the box and tangled it around our living room completely bemused.  Three YouTube videos later, I decided it would be like tying a karate belt and slung it on.

When baby did arrive – somewhat early and very  tiny – I took the stretchy out again and the baby disappeared into the folds.  I was dismayed.  I fished her out and tried again few weeks later. My other half looked at the stretchy with trepidation and asked me to use the Babybjorn – “it’s safer” he thought.  I preserved with the stretchy and was rewarded with a better result, but it was THICK jersey and a hot summer.  We sweltered.

Few new baby friends would visit as my flat was inaccessible so the sling was invaluable as I trekked round the borough on public transport- as nothing is more frustrating than waiting for a bus to not be able to get on due to lack of pram space. This never happens with a sling. The sling allowed me to be mobile and leave the flat.

IMG_1938By the autumn – I was still using the stretchy but my back was beginning to ache. I found an ad for Boba 3G online and spent the last of my maternity pay.  It was fantastic. We chose it as it would fit both large and smaller wearers. It also went up to 45 lbs and I wanted a sling that would last. I put baby on my back and would go shopping with ease. No more lugging the 10 kilo pram up all those stairs.  I also invested in a pouch sling when baby was eight months old – for easy ups and downs and this was especially helpful when trying to carry a buggy up tube stairs – where helpful fellow commuters were thin on the ground.

Four years later I was pregnant again.  I‘d carried my first child until she was three and a half in the Boba 3G and it came out of storage again. This time I went straight to my old stretchy but also bought a bamboo one as it was another summer baby.  He moved early into the Boba – but this time I also treated myself to a woven wrap (a huge size 7 Kokadi). It is super long and very thick.   He drowned in the folds when I tried to follow videos on YouTube.  I went to a workshop with Sheen Slings to learn to wrap and decided the front cross carry was my go to. For Christmas I received a Storchenwiege Leo and this was an easier, shorter wrap – for when I didn’t want to wrestle with Kokadi!  These woven were super snuggly over the winter, especially in combination with our babywearing coat.  Now it’s summer again I am reaching for my faithful Boba 3G again. I might even get a Boba Air for holiday. Slings are amazing at the airport. indeed I often leave the buggy at home and go on holiday with just a sling – as it saves luggage space.”


Carrying Stories – Cat

Carrying your baby is such a personal thing – people carry for different reasons and different carriers suit different people.  Here is Cat’s story….

“I bought my Ergo Sport when my eldest was 6 weeks old from a mum-to-mum selling website for a grand total of £30. I don’t even know how old it is but we’ve had it four and a half years now and it’s still going strong!

What I love about it
IMG_20180216_181015Firstly I love that it was great value and great quality. It didn’t look new when we bought it but it’s still just as good after pretty heavy usage. I love that its light weight and not very bulky. It can be shoved under the buggy or in the top of the changing bag without any worry so is easy to take along just in case.

Unlike newer carriers it doesn’t do anything fancy and I love that. There are only 3 buckles which makes it really easy to adjust and both my husband and I can get a good fit. I can’t cross the straps, or forward face, but I’ve never felt that I missed out. I love that fact that it’s easy to use and easy to wear. I never feel weighed down by it.

IMG_20150110_130129I didn’t even mind using the infant insert for the newborn phase. It was winter so it kept my daughter warm and cosy, and made the transfer to bed really easy if she was asleep. You just took the insert out with her still in it and popped her straight down in bed! When my second came along I borrowed a Lifft stretchy from Sheen Slings which was much better for the newborn phase this time round as I could wear it around the house as well and was super easy when running after my four year old!

I also now have a Firespiral woven wrap which is lovely for snuggly sleeps and flexible carries (and for looking seriously beautiful) but I still find that my old ergo is the one I reach for for a quick, easy and always comfortable carry – especially now my son is big enough to go on my back. I can sling him up there in seconds and he has a great view if he wants it, or snuggles into my back if he needs a nap.

How I use it
IMG_20140517_163505I love having the option of carrying for those occasions where it just makes sense. Getting to nursery on the other side of the railway track is a lot easier if I can carry the baby over the bridge rather than walk round to the crossing with the buggy. I always use a carrier for heading into central London. I don’t think I could cope with a buggy on the underground! I love not having to fight to get the buggy on the bus. I even manage to breastfeed in my ergo once while standing up on the bus. I was pretty proud of that!

We never take a buggy on holiday. Carriers awesome in airports and on train journeys. No battling with buggies and suitcases! I’m also very lazy and hate folding up my buggy to put it in the car so carriers are pretty awesome then as well.

I’ve found that my children have tended to go through stages of preferring the carrier or the buggy. Times when they’re super clingy or a bit sick it’s great to be able to keep them close without getting tired arms. I also used my ergo a lot when my daughter started walking and did that planking toddler thing whenever we tried to put her in the buggy. Having the carrier meant that she could walk when she wanted to and come up when she got tired.”