Sometimes life is just easier without a pushchair, short trips to the shop or home from nursery for example. Although I’m almost 6 months pregnant it hasn’t stopped me from having Athena in a carrier. This week we’ve been using a new wrap from KangaWraps as a change from our mei-tai or buckled carrier, which is getting a bit tight round the bump these days!
Some tips for wearing your baby when pregnant:
If you didn’t babywear before pregnancy it may not be the best time to start, as it could add unnecessary stress to your already changing body
You will probably need to adjust the carries you use, or tie straps in different places (for example I’ve been tying my mei-tai straps to one side of my belly so the wider strap acts as a sort of bump support band
If you start feeling the strain, stop! I can’t carry Athena for as long as I used to as I get more tired and achy and she’s getting heavier
As your bump gets bigger you’ll probably have to resort to back carries only, as the bigger the bump gets the higher your toddler will get and eventually you wont be able to see! (This will be us before long!)
If you have SPD or similar talk to your midwife or doctor before baby wearing, otherwise you could end up being in more pain!
I’d not used a wrap before apart from one I borrowed from a friend when Athena was much smaller but that was a much stiffer material and I just didn’t get on with it and gave up after twp attempts. The Kanga wrap is made from super soft stretchy organic cotton, so it rolls up much smaller and hides away in a drawstring bag for easy storage and is much easier to tie too.
You can use the Kanga Wrap from birth until baby is around 15kg, so Athena is heading towards the weight limit but we are still comfortably using the wrap, even with a baby bump to contend with! At some point soon I’m going to see if I can do a back carry with the Kanga Wrap, I’m sure it’s possible as there is a lot of material to work with! There is a video of how to fit the kanga wrap, as well as a detailed instruction leaflet that will come with it. After two goes with the instructions I no longer needed them as it’s pretty simple, and the bonus is you can take baby in and out without undoing anything, which will be perfect for when I have a little new-born sprog to keep happy whilst chasing after Athena next year!
It’s dad friendly too, Sam has said he’d be happy to wear baby boy when he arrives using this wrap! For more information in the importance of Kangaroo Care read this page, and it’s even possible to pop new-born twins in the Kanga Wrap!
All profits are put towards helping maternity care in countries that really need it:
“We will contribute £5,000 by June 2016 which the EU will match on a 3:1 ratio so £20,000 goes towards the project.”
How amazing is that?
I’m hugely happy to be offering a Kanga Wrap as a prize too, perfect for anyone expecting a baby any time soon, or as a gift for someone who is! The competition ends 4/1/15.
I was sent a Kanga Wrap for for the purpose of this review, all opinions are my own.