When you have a baby dashing out the house on holiday, to go to the shops or even to pop round to a friend takes so much more time than in those unappreciated care free pre kids’ days. Suddenly there is a plethora of items to remember not least how to carry baby. Do you take the bulky pushchair, the carrier or a mixture of everything?
When my own children were younger I found myself needing a range of carry aids depending on the trip I was making. For the shops I favoured the pushchair as it gave me space for shopping bags too, but then on country walks or around the farm here they were hopeless for climbing styles or crossing our ford. My own back carrier for older children and a front carrier for younger children are now in our reception for our holiday guests to borrow. These come in so handy when families arrive not realising it really is a working farm here and the buggy just won’t do for our morning animal feeding.
Since my own were small the industry has moved on and there are all sorts of clever inventions now around. One of these is The Baba Sling from wemademe.com . This clever carrier folds up smaller and neater than anything I’ve ever used yet unwraps into a practical and safe sling for babies from birth up to 2 years. They are versatile with 6 clever carrying positions depending on the age of baby and the needs of your journey, I love the idea of the sleeping position and discreet breastfeeding one that no one need know about. The sling comes in its own draw string bag and a choice of colours.
We have two brand new Classic Baba Slings here at Coombe Mill to borrow as well as my hand me down carriers, these slings are ideal for exploring the farm following our wildlife trail into the depths of the estate, for easy travel on the farm feed run and during our activity hour crafts. On all these occasions there are moments when you need to be hands free to help an older child or grab a ‘must have’ holiday photo moment.
I handed one of our slings out to a mother of two to see how she managed and I had some really helpful feedback. She loved the simplicity and storage of the sling, found the quality and design of the fabric excellent with padding in all the right places for baby and for her and concluded they were ideal for holidays like ours and suggested that if she had one she would also use it to tuck under the pushchair when out shopping for those “melt down moments” when she ended up trying to carry baby and push the pushchair all at once. I have so been in that situation myself and couldn’t agree more with this idea. At just £44.99 they are much cheaper than many other carriers and well worth considering with so much versatility.
It is worth noting that they do take some practice to start with and to take full advantage of all the positions and be able to use them with ease the manufacturer recommends practicing with a doll first, our test Mum concurred with this and said she knows friends who swear by them after investing a little time in becoming familiar with the positions and tightening the straps to fit just so. This is also important to feel balanced as the sling rests across one shoulder.
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If you like the sound of these slings, would find them useful yourself or know someone who would benefit from one just follow the instructions below for your chance to win with we made me and Coombe Mill.
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