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Wednesday October 3rd, 2018
It’s International Babywearing Week, a week-long celebration of the all the wonderful
benefits of baby wearing and we spoke to Hannah Wallace, Owner of Wear My Baby,
London’s specialist baby carrier store and advice service, to get the lowdown.
What made you decide to open a Baby Wearing Boutique?
The absolute need for one! Until we opened there were no specialist baby carrier
stores in London. Or the whole of the south of England. I’ve worked as a babywearing
educator and consultant for 4 years, so I knew it was something parents needed. You see,
buying a baby carrier is different to shopping for other pieces of baby kit. It’s more like
buying a bra. Different ones suit different people, so it’s best to get a proper fitting and then
try out a few styles to see what feels right. You can’t do that if you’re buying from Amazon.
What do you love about Baby Wearing?
Babywearing can change your whole experience of parenting. My team and I – we have
8 Wear My Baby Consultants working across London and south east England – have parents
telling us every day that a comfy sling has changed their lives. Babywearing means you can keep
your baby close, soothe and comfort them, and still get on with everyday life. You get to zip around
on trains and buses and get around the supermarket. You can make lunch for your toddler and do
the school run with ease.
Do you have any favourite carriers for newborns, babies and toddlers?
That’s a tough one. We only sell carriers that we have tried and tested robustly, so we have a lot of
favourites. I actually have a top 15, but here are just 3 of them.
It’s hard to beat a good quality stretchy wrap for newborns.
They might look a bit like full-body origami, but once you’ve got the hang of them they’re blissfully
comfy and support, for you and your baby. They are one of the few truly universal types of sling, so
they’ll suit just about every parent and baby from day one. The Izmi Baby Wrap is brilliant quality,
made from soft-but-strong and breathable bamboo fabric.
If you want to carry your baby facing outwards
(not before 4months+) and like the idea of a more structured and padded carrier, then the
Ergobaby Omni 360 is definitely one to try out. It’s one the very few carriers that can hold your baby
in a supportive, ergonomic position, even when facing outwards. Which makes it kinder to your back
than many of its competitors.
For a great in-between carrier we love the Mamaruga Zensling.
It’s handmade by made by a small British brand so you won’t see it gracing the shelves of John Lewis.
At least not just yet. It’s easy to use, adjustable and suits tiny newborns up until they’re toddling.
Made from stretchy jersey fabric, it’s marshmallowy soft. I call it the Tracksuit Bottoms of the sling
world. And who doesn’t love slipping into tracky bottoms after a long day
– or, in the case of new parents, night?