Maternity Clothes Loan

Another pile of maternity clothes back in from being out on loan. This collection is all around size 12.

All sorted through before going out again straight away to another mama to be.

Did you know I loan out maternity clothes? Much to my husband’s dismay 😆. He goes nuts about the storage but generally I never have a the clothes hanging around at home for too long. There is always another mummy to pass them on to.

When I was pregnant with my first bean I found it really expensive kitting myself out with a whole new wardrobe. I’d only fit in some things for a month! It seemed so wasteful. So I decided to loan out the clothes I’d bought to other mums to help them out.

As time has gone on my collection has grown and grateful mums have donated more and more to my stash. I now have a size 8 bag, two large size 10 ones(one winter season and one summer) and two large size 12 ones with a few larger sizes.

Occasionally I have a little clear out of things that are looking a bit tired or have gone out of fashion but for the most part the clothes are all really well looked after.

If you or anyone you know is interested in loaning a bag just drop me a Message and I’ll add you to the list for when a set next comes back in.

Babywearing Basics

by Cheryl Grant

Babywearing? That sounds strange!

Baby in woven pic

It does sound strange, doesn’t it, wearing your baby, but that is a general term for carrying your baby in a sling/carrier. Despite the common misconception (mainly portrayed by the media) babywearing is neither a fad or associated with a particular type of parenting style
(e.g./ attachment parenting). In fact, babywearing is an age old parenting tool that was around way before pushchairs!

Benefits of babywearing

There are many, many benefits to carrying your baby/child in a sling. I’m going to list a few that I think are great to know.
Baby awake in wovenYou have your hands free!

Your baby is more likely to be settled and feel secure.

It makes getting out and about easier!

It has positive effects on both mum and baby’s mental health!

It is a great gentle postpartum exercise

It promotes  baby’s development in all areas

It is great for bonding, perfect for dads and other caregivers too!

Wearing your baby in a sling/carrier will not make them clingy. Babywearing helps promote a secure attachment from caregiver to baby.

T.i.c.k.s rules for safe babywearing

We have a set of guidelines to follow to ensure that babywearing is as safe as possible! It’s really good to remember these when positioning baby in a sling/carrier and whilst wearing your baby. Never do anything whilst babywearing that you wouldn’t do with your baby in your arms.

Ticks

 Options

There are so many different types of baby carriers available to buy, from buckle carriers to woven wraps to ringslings. It can often be difficult to find something that is suitable and comfortable. But over the past few years there has been a major progression in support, advice and comfort! There is so much support and advice out there, sling libraries and babywearing consultants are great. They have a wide range of slings available for you to try and hire. There are sling libraries in Derby and Nottingham!

FORWARD FACING
There is always some confusion about babies facing outwards in slings (world facing). It is important to have a sling suitable for forward facing (recommended on the manufacturers instructions) and it is usually recommended that baby has good head control (average of  4 months plus but dependant on baby) and that it is for short periods of time (20-30 minutes) and that if baby falls asleep whilst facing forward that you then turn them back to face you to keep their chin off of their chest! Remember those TICKS!

forward facing baby

You can see here that baby (demo doll!)  is in  a good seated position with the hips rotated upwards. Baby is nice and high and both are comfortable.

 

POSITIONING

The picture below shows an optimum position for a baby in a sling/carrier and this is the position that you should aim for! It is an ‘M’ position with baby’s bottompositioning
lower than their knees. It makes a really comfortable seated position with the hips rotated upwards and soles of  baby’s feet facing the ground. This position is perfect for the natural development of baby’s spine and hip joints! Baby’s head is high up on your chest and the spine is curved naturally.

(Photo credit to jeportemonbebe)

It is recommended that, when babywearing, you use layers of clothing rather than thick padded snow suits. This is because when you wear your baby, they are already getting warmth from your body heat and it’s much easier to add or remove layers of clothing as needed! Tights, leggings, long socks, knitted boots and leg warmers all work well for carrying in a sling. But check to make sure there’s no squishing of tiny toes!

and remember to follow the TICKS rules for safe babywearing!

Below are links to some local babywearing resources! Happy babywearing!

cheryl with baby

Cheryl Grant, B is for Babywearing

Babywearing peer supporter and consultant in training

https://m.facebook.com/Bisforbabywearing/

https://www.facebook.com/DerbySlingLibrary/

https://www.facebook.com/nottinghamslingmeet/