The stretchy wrap I wish I had when A was a newborn.
Babywearing… it isn’t a new concept to me, it’s something I wanted to do before I even gave birth. If you have read my recent post Babywearing Bliss then you’ll know I love it. I started with a stretchy as most new parents do. Unfortunately for me I started with the wrong one. I recently visited the Harrogate Nursery Trade Fair on a blogger’s ticket and met the team behind Lifft Slings… Alex and Michael Duxbury. Lifft is a family run business based in Sheffield, Yorkshire which made it even more appealing… Sheffield is the home of many things I like…. Meadowhall, The Greedy Greek Deli, The Wool Baa and Sean Bean. Sean Bean in a sling.. wouldn’t that be something? Be still my beating heart! The stretchy wraps are made in the UK from ethically sourced materials which is great to see as supporting local is important.
Typecast actors aside, the Lifft stretchy wrap is different. It’s much thinner than the Boba I tried and therefore much cooler. It comes in a range of colours and I was lucky enough to try out the stunning Jade colourway as Michael pointed out it would go nice with my hair colour.
I personally thought my stretchy wrap days were behind me as I had embraced the ring sling but having seen Alex carrying her own son was who was older than A quite comfortably around the trade fair, I was keen to give it a go.
The Lifft stretchy wrap gets great reviews and recently won a Made for Mums Gold Award. I will admit I have never contemplated using a stretchy wrap beyond the first few months.
And so the next day, with leap four in full swing (oh leap four, you absolute bitch), we gave it a whirl. I tied it around me and tested it with my blast from the past Baby Shivers doll before putting A in it.
If you decide to babywear it’s a good idea to check your carry position with someone who is trained – like at a local sling library. Make sure you follow TICKS:
- T is for “Tight” Slings & carriers should be tight enough to hug your baby close to you, as this will be most comfortable for you both. …
- I is for “In View at All Times” …
- C is for “Close Enough to Kiss” …
- K is for “Keep Chin Off the Chest” …
- S is for “Supported Back”
TICKS courtesy of the UK Sling Consortium
I wore the Lifft stretchy wrap for about an hour around the house while I got things done… A is too heavy now to carry one handed with ease so simple things like putting on my makeup, cleaning my teeth, putting in my earrings were made so much easier thanks to this. The colour cheered me too as it was one I would have chosen for myself whereas the one I had previously hired from the sling library was the best of a bad bunch on me.
The next day, I attempted a walk with the dogs. Alone. This is tricky at the best of times whether A is in a ring sling, his pram or even with a second pair of hands. It was still pretty tricky to be honest as he kept wiggling in protest, one hand was taken with the dogs and the other trying to rub circles on A’s back. Luckily there was no need for scooping anything as he hates it when I bend down with him in a sling. It felt secure though and the added bonus was I didn’t need a light jacket.
The beauty of the Lifft stretchy wrap is you can pop it on in the morning and put baby in and out as it pleases you if you wish.
Finally, I wore it for a walk just me and A around the block and then the garden. He was comfortable and supported.
Overall I’d definitely recommend the Lifft Stretchy Wrap. Whilst I won’t be getting one as personally I prefer ring slings and buckles now, looking back I wish I had known about them before. Lifft slings are available to buy on their website (www.lifftslings.com) for £39.95.
NB: I was kindly lent the sling in return for an honest review.