Babywearing during pregnancy brings joy not only to a healthy pregnant woman but also to her children. They need their mother’s closeness, especially in the months when their world is about to change. The arrival of a new baby is stressful for the whole family. Babywearing is sometimes simply a way to survive a rough day and other times it gives you a safer option than holding your toddler’s hand next to a busy road.
During the first trimester, there are no restrictions when it comes to the type of carrier or carrying position. You can do anything you like as long as your stomach isn’t overly sensitive, in which case you should avoid carrying in the front.
If your doctor forbids you to lift heavy loads, you should minimise babywearing as soon as possible! There are other ways to bond with your older child and soon enough you will be carrying a newborn next to your heart.
As the pregnancy progresses, we are becoming increasingly aware of the limitations of our bodies and that pregnancy isn’t the overly romanticised state of bliss for most women.
Listen to both your doctor and your body. For your own safety and the safety of your older child, avoid babywearing on the days when your blood pressure is lower than usual or you feel weak or dizzy. Those days will tend to be more commonplace as the pregnancy nears its end.
If you’ve given birth more than once and haven’t been engaged in a regular physical activity, be aware of a possibly shortened cervix or a weakened pelvic floor. If your doctor hasn’t forbidden you to lift heavy loads, you can still babywear over very short periods of time and increase the duration steadily in order to condition your body.
Remember, an active pregnancy makes the delivery and recovery much easier!
At the end of the second and during the third trimester, it is recommended to babywear on your back or in the hip position if it feels comfortable. Most women will miss wearing in the front but they will make up for it quickly once their new bundle of joy arrives. The most comfortable options are multi-pass carries in a woven wrap that simultaneously support your stomach or spread the weight evenly over your torso, thus creating a counterweight for your large bump.
You can also use an SSC with the waistbelt above or below your belly. I prefer wearing very high on the back, with the waistbelt placed firmly on my ribcage.
If you are careful and follow some useful tips, babywearing during a healthy pregnancy can be an activity that benefits you and your whole family. 😉
Iris Bozic is an experienced babywearing instructor that cherishes others and puts their needs before hers. She’s organizing free workshops to spread the good news about babywearing.
Thank you, Iris, for all your involvement!
By now, more and more mothers, fathers and families have discovered that baby carrying and babywearing is great.
When we started 4 years ago our first thought was to make a safe baby carrier and so we did, and we improved it and made it more and more comfortable and adjustable for you.
We did this by constantly asking for your feedback and listening to our friend and our community!
We asked consultants, sling libraries and babywearing groups for reviews, we asked customers about their thoughts on our beloved ISARA Slings and about babywearing in general.
As we celebrate this beautiful IBW 2107 we want to share with you 7 quotes we just love about babywearing!
“Babywearing is like wearing a hug” [cloudmom.com]
“A child may not know what direction he is going, but when he is attached to you, he doesn’t feel lost” [Gordon Neufeld]
“Babywearing helps them explore the world with you when they are not ready to without you” [Close Enough to Kiss]
“ The greatest expression of love is holding and carrying your baby” [Eckhard Rdz Ph.D. Idaho]
“ Carry them to the moon and back, with a woven wrap on your belly or back. Hold them close and keep them warm. Forever together, forever as one” [VonVaVoom.nl]
“Babywearing is growing together” [ISARA]
“Looking back I realize I spent too much time holding my babies” – said NO MOM EVER :))
This week is to celebrate all who try to promote this healthy and great connection between the baby and the family be it the mother, father, grandparents and loved ones.
What would you say to others about babywearing?
Happy IBW2017 everyone!!
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- We all go back to our childhood on Thursday.
- Contest for Sling Libraries & babywearing groups
Isara Toddler size
So it’s been few months I’ve received my adjustable SSC, ISARA toddler size. It’s about time to write a report … the first one, with a 13kg passenger 🙂
Conditions of the test: 1 month home daily use and 2month while travelling daily use.
Airplanes, trains, classy countryside cocktail, forest and field walking, Paris & Rome all-day walking around, museums, Greek Island, kitespots.
Weather: Hot summer months.
Passenger: 25month, 13kg.
Max.time of nonstop wearing: 2,5h.
As a wearer, I’m completely happy and satisfied.
No back issues;
No shoulder discomfort;
No discomfort of any kind;
Easy and fast installation;
Proper weight distribution, so wearing 13kg all day was a pleasure.
Clips are strong and reliable, and they do not touch the skin-nice touch comfort wise.
There is a security elastic on each clip – checked them, they do perfectly their job.
Each strap is adjustable and the excess webbing can be rolled up – very useful feature.
The hood can be removed completely (I appreciate this option as we are not using it normally)
My toddler is very comfy in this SSC.
I can say it as she is happy to go in, she is staying inside for a long time, she sleeps in ISARA and happily goes on the back (I have the experience to wear my toddler in a normal size SSC and I can feel and see the difference straight away, she wasn’t staying inside so long, was not so relaxed when inside and wasn’t sleeping easily)
The back heights and width are adjustable (h: 39-50cm, w: 35-45cm) so my baby was held nice and tight respecting the physiological position.
Back support is good.
Knee to knee position is respected.
I’m happy to see that I still can increase the heights of the back, so I will keep using it for a while 🙂
Breastfeeding in ISARA toddler size happens just fine.
The waist has a big range of adjustability which is very important for me as a wearer and as a consultant.
As a mom of s/xs size, I’m happy the waist can be adjusted to me firm enough (a lot of SSC doesn’t give this possibility and on tiny women, the waist can be loose) and in the same time, it can be adjusted in 2 sec for my husband (xl).
As a consultant, I’m happy about it cause it means I can recommend it to all babywearer no matter their size.
Design wise: ISARA offers a wide range of colours for their SSC so anyone can find its favorite. I love my one colour ssc as it’s simple and fits into all my clothes, fits equally to sporty look and to classy cocktail dress.
So, yeah, I found my happiness in babywearing with Isara toddler size. It really matters to have a proper size ssc baby carrier. Because when it’s a properly chosen and properly adjusted you can go for miles with your baby in it, no matter his/her weight.
Here is the link for the tested model, so you can read all the specifics:
And here is the home page of Isara, so you can see their products:
I’m waiting to test it with an 8kg baby and 20kg toddler :).
And here are some photos from our trip where Isara ssc helped me a lot!
Tanya Bonin, babywearing blogger, Greece
#ISARA #loveisara #isarababycarier
Hello! I’m here! My name is babyE.
You probably already know me from my previous post, written from inside my mommy’s womb. Well, those were interesting times, but I know that only exciting things are waiting for me ahead!
I came into this world on the 7th of May. My whole family gathered that day to welcome me and I was so overwhelmed by all the love I’ve felt when they took me into their arms… It was a special day and I know I will probably only recall it from the photos my family took and from the precious welcome gifts I have received 🙂
My first photo me and mommy took together was already happily shared with you on “Love ISARA” on the same day 😉 I’m happy to be part of a such beautiful community from my first day into this world!
My mom told me I have received many beautiful gifts from the loved ones. Because I know how difficult choosing the perfect gift is, I’ll share with you the one that caught my attention.
A handmade gift. From my cousins. They made a box from scratch and filled it with special things:
My first blanket. Something I can hold close to comfort me all the times. It comes in the shape of an elephant, fluffy and soft, perfect for my sweet dreams!
My first toy. I’ve hanged it on my crib, it sings a beautiful bedtime song, so it soothes my night.
My first clothes. Because I like to be trendy from day 1!
My first babywearing accessory. A stretchy wrap, from ISARA. Soft and Cozy, it brings along an infinite of special moments close to my parents.
A homemade crib sign that spells my name. Now my crib looks like it’s ready for me to go home with my parents!
I consider this gift perfect. Complete. Meaningful.
Inspire yourself from it and make another baby’s welcoming moment a special one, one to remember by, filled with love and meaningful gifts, from the heart.
BabyE ~ 1 day since my journey began
Waiting for a new baby… what do I need?
New emotions capture us as we are about to welcome our first baby. As a newcomer in this world of parents I couldn’t help myself not to ask for advice and ” tips and tricks” of raising a child… Would I make myself sound silly if I say that I really thought that the nurses will come with an instructions manual or something that might help me figure out what parenting a newborn is about … ?!
So I began to ask people around me all sort of baby related stuff. Friends, family … They all assured me that knowing nothing is normal. That it all comes with the love you feel when you first see your little one’s eyes staring at you. That it is ok to feel frightened because it won’t be easy. It will be difficult to digest all the changes and adventures that come with him. And it won’t be easy. No, it won’t. Be. Easy … No … But we’ll manage it somehow because I’ll simply know what to do …
Having a psychology degree behind and some years of experience as a child psychologist helped me understand that we must follow and fulfill their needs. A piece of cake! Basically, this is what they’ve all told me, but in a different language … So simple! Instinctual and simple. And then, it all became clear: all he needs is … me! My presence, my love …
But then it hit me: how will I make sure he’s always close to me and I fulfill his needs when I will be having so many things to do in the house … ?! When the fridge will be empty, the garbage bag full, the phone will ring and my mother in law is supposed to arrive in an hour? And I won’t be able to do all that, because … it’s breastfeeding time?! And that diaper…
I realized that I missed something very important from the “new mama shopping list” – a babycarrier.
It was an easy choice. I knew exactly what I wanted: something that can join me in the adventure as a parent from infancy to toddlerhood, without additional accessories; that can be easy to use and to adapt to our needs and, of course, certified according to safety standards, organic and why not, stylish. And it all led to ISARA. It fulfilled all my needs.
Now that I have it, I know that I won’t have to worry about changing the baby carrier once my little one grows. I will be able to move on with my life as a new parent and make sure everything is done in time, all these while not having to leave my child to stand alone in his crib or in the stroller. We’ll grow together 🙂
All your baby needs is love. Love is you. Love is him. We’ll grow together as one, me as a parent, him as a child …
Thank you, ISARA!
~ mom-to-be to babyE
( and once he’s here, we’ll let you know how things turn out and if my mother in law is happy or not 🙂 )
I’ve been carrier inside my mommy’s womb for almost 9 months. Almost, because I skipped a bit of the third trimester and jumped all the way to the 4th. 🙂
I thought that once my journey will start things will get harder. I still want to hear my mommy’s heartbeats to peace my feelings. I still need to be covered by the warmth of her body. The powerful light is scaring me and I think that all the new noises will be a bit too much for me to handle.
But let me tell you that I was wrong. My mommy came up with something amazing. A green super soft stretchy material that she ties around her body and puts me in. It’s called a stretchy wrap. I get to be carried all around in it, just like when I was inside my mommy’s womb, but far more entertaining. The sounds and the light are not scary anymore…
And the most amazing thing is that I get to feel my daddy’s heartbeat, too!
I love the 4th trimester. I love all the benefits of being carried since day 1. I can now start exploring the world without any fear, close to my parents’ heartbeat … ❤️
Mothers all over the world were celebrated last month and I just think that no celebration whatsoever could ever be rewarding enough to all the hard work and sacrifices they are making (even though we are having fun, too).
So, here’s to you, wonderful beings, may you live long and get your crafty hands and minds and souls always be appreciated for their true value!
This week was so much about moms, that it only came naturally to me to think: hey, how about the fathers? Only to find out that, actually the last day of the week was dedicated to the fathers, the number one supporter of a mom.
That man that held your head in the bathroom when nausea kicked in when you got pregnant. The one who was so uncomfortable at the monthly ObGyn checking, but, still, never missed one of them. The one who laced your shoes when your belly was so big that you had forgotten you even had knees. That man who encouraged you every time you felt useless. That man who wished he were in your shoes during labor (no you don’t) just to ease a bit the pain. The one who reminded you during labor of the breathing techniques he’d learned with you at Lamaze. That man who cried along with you when you held your baby for the first time. The one who wished that the baby came with the instructions booklet, so he can know, just like you, what to do whenever the baby cries, but still, figures out hilarious ways to soothe him. The one who understands so well your exhaustion, that, at night, when the baby wakes up for breastfeeding, he’s just uncovering you and latches baby on, so that you can enjoy further your deep sleep. That man who seems so clumsy near all your baby daughter’s dolls, but is having so much fun drinking tea with her from pink, small cups. The one who looks better than you while babywearing (let’s admit that) and he’s so proud of that. It’s the man who, despite his lack of maternal instinct, has built the best friendship with his baby, and you can see that in the eyes of the little one.
Let’s give them all the credit for doing their best in this crazy job called parenting. This is to you, dads all over the world! You make motherhood and childhood awesome!