Breastfeeding in a wrap, sling or carrier

I had been feeling very happy and secure in my role as a new mum, but then for the first time I felt stressed, unable to do anything. Hannah was asking for constant attention. I could not put her down for a single minute, not even when she was asleep, as she’d wake up again instantly. My hands were tied, and I couldn’t do anything, barely even make myself a sandwich…

We had a regular baby carrier at home, which I started using. It didn’t feel secure though, as Hannah’s head was jostling from left to right, and my shoulders started aching pretty quickly. After doing some sling and baby carrier research online I decided to buy myself a baby wrap carrier. When I used it I got hooked instantly. It was incredibly comfortable, and I was having Hannah with me in the wrap for hours at a time without problems to her or me. Apart from the emotional security it offered to both of us, it allowed me to get on with daily life, while she was cosy and contented or asleep in the wraparound baby sling.

But then the weather got warmer. And the warmer it got, the less I could use the wrap as we both got sweltering hot! I really missed the comfort and convenience of using it. Having to use a buggy instead made life much more complicated. Wheeling it through busy shops or on London transport – it didn’t always run smoothly….

I made myself a thin wrap carrier, just so that I could continue wearing Hannah. It did the job, but it wasn’t very elegant, and it wasn’t the greatest fabric. I then started thinking about what fabric would be ideal for this purpose, not just cool and comfortable, but also good for baby and planet. The end product is Hana Baby Wrap, a wraparound baby sling made of bamboo fabric with added organic cotton and a touch of elastane. Bamboo grass grows incredibly quickly and does not need any pesticides or fertilizers, and only uses rain water to grow, which makes bamboo one of the most sustainable fabrics around. Bamboo fabric has many other great benefits. Some of these are that it’s thermo-regulating, making it cool on hot days, but keeping you warm when it’s cold. It is also more breathable than cotton, all of which make it very comfortable to wear. Thanks for reading; I hope you’ll enjoy Hana Baby Wrap as much as I have.

Melissa – Product Designer.

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