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A wrap for Wrigglewriggle- my first baby make

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So, yikes, it’s been a while team. Sorry about that, although I guess I do have a good reason; Ramona is 8 weeks old and a whopping 6kgs. She is completely amazing. She is smiling and gurgling, and still sleeping lots which is delicious for us.

I wear her everyday, every where, in a beautiful ring sling my friend made. I love having her so close and believe the benefits for both of us are massive. However to keep the weight distributed evenly I wanted to mix it up with another one. I have been to a couple of Slingmeets, seen and tried loads of carriers -as well as meeting fab parents too- and decided that a stretchy wrap was most comfty with a tiny tike. And, easy to make too!

I cycled along today to Peckham’s famous fabric shop and purchased two metres of thick tee shirt material. (It was the first time I had been without Ramona, but she had a lovely half hour with Dad!)

This afternoon I cut it lengthwase so I had 4 metres, about 75cm wide. I sewed three lines (extra strong) to join end to end. Where the seam showed I sewed some bright salmon lace, meaning the other side was smooth and plain so Tim doesn’t have to have the lucious lace revealed when he wears her.

It feels so good on, really supportive. I love the look and it is easy to put on.

All for £12 and half an hour, my first very practical baby make! Hoping to tackle a Mei Tai carry next.

More exciting things coming soon…

PS I look, um, yellow, in this pic. I haven’t fake tanned, and i’m not anemic. It’s just a weird un.

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  1. Yellow Fever…! It's your lighting… you can fix it in Picasa (free software for your google pics) http://picasa.google.comnice job on the wrap, she's very cute. heres your pic minus, the yellow… xhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/dino68/5352220874/

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  2. Hehe, thanks Dino, that looks blinking loads better! I have Picasa on my desktop (was lazy this time) but can't see a nice easy way to loose the yelllow glow!! x

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  3. Hi Lucy, your sling for Ramona looks amazing! I love the idea of 'wearing' your baby : ) Can I ask whereabouts in Peckham is the fabric shop? Next time I'm in London, I want to take a trip there! (My in-laws live in East Dulwich, so v. close to Peckham)

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  4. Hey Hannah, thanks! It is on Bleinheim grove, right next to Peckham Rye station, it is crazy, rolls and rolls of fabric stacked high, about to crash down on the ancient old lady who runs it! x

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  6. I love your blog. So glad I found it (which is why I’m only just commenting on old posts!). I wore my first baby in a baby carrier as it was brilliant for being able to walk the dog off road. Funnily enough I didn’t breast feed my first (awkward child did not like the hard work involved with sucking from a boob instead of swallowing dripping milk from a bottle). My son (who is 16 wks old) will only breast feed (not reasuring when I have to return to work in 3 weeks!) yet I have only put him in the carrier once……………. I have a Kari Me sling (yep, paid nearly 40 squid for mine when I am perfectly capable of making my own but was terrified of the material not being strong enough). Do you find your wrap around sling good for feeding in and do you have any tips?

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    • Well I’m very glad you found me! 🙂

      I had a stretchy then moved to a woven, non stretchy, wrap. I fed in both easily.

      My big tip would be to practice at home, it involves a fair bit of shuffling to get really comfortable, bit booby revealing at first!

      Oh work, hope that goes okay. Any way baby could come to you for nursing? By law we get 4 nursing breaks I think?

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      • Hello, don’t know how I missed your reply but I’m just working my way through your blog again.

        Baby coming to me at work is a no-no. They’d be ok with it (they’d have to be) but my shift will be 6pm-10pm so my 4 year old will be going to bed in that time. Never mind. Hopefully he’ll find his own way to settle with his daddy and I can give him lots of breastmilk and cuddles when I get home.

        I tell ya, we should get paid to stay at home at least until they’re a year old by law.

      • Yeah, you never know how these things go, such a short shift, baby might be fine? xxx

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