MULTIPLE USE SLING Hannah Eccles at oschaslings.com recommends packing a sling even for older babies and toddlers. Woven baby wraps and ring slings by Oscha (main picture) offer festival going families easy convenience for long days outdoors in boho-chic style. There’s no need to lug a pram or buggy across the fields. ‘Oscha Slings are great for toddlers and preschoolers with tired little legs,’ says Hannah. ‘Their strength, created by the jacquard weave, makes for a fun sling swing or hammock. You can even use it as a picnic throw or a soft snuggly blanket at nap time too. Visit the site to see the range of versatile, natural and organic slings, all ethically made in the UK, in stunning summer colours and patterns.’
ALL DAY COMFORT Emmy Salmon at mamanatural.co.uk recommends a Boba wrap that is comfortable for all-day use. ‘Satisfying all of your new baby’s needs, this comfortable wrap allows baby to sleep and feel comforted by your closeness,’ she says. ‘It’s ideal for carrying babies over four months for long periods of time so you can enjoy the events of the day knowing that your little one is content.’
STAND OUT Angeline Braidwood at sleepynico.com recommends a style that will attract interest and help you stand out from the crowd. ‘SleepyNico baby carrier designs are all on a limited run or you can choose your own fabric which means you will have something really special and characterful.’ They are lightweight, easy to store (and to wash when you get home all muddy and exhilerated!). ‘Make your festival experience hands free for you, secure and comfortable for your baby and fun for the whole family,’ enthuses Angeline.
MADE IN THE UK The Alchemy wraps at Firespiral Slings (firespiralslings.co.uk) are luxurious, using a looser weave for the ultimate in softness and mouldability. Founder, Tamsin Coxhill enjoys getting creative with a range of designs, fibres and techniques, giving customers an ever evolving choice of wraps. ‘Alchemywraps are locally woven using high quality yarns,’ she explains. ‘We remain committed to sourcing ethically and locally and ensuring where possible that everything that goes into our wraps is sourced or produced in the UK.’
LIGHTWEIGHT AND VERSATILE Claudia Dix at storchenwiege.co.uk says that the Storchenwiege Baby Carrier is great for festival goers because it’s a particularly light carrier. ‘It’s a halfbuckle carrier which can be used for babies and toddlers,’ she explains. ‘Parents can enjoy the festival and have their baby very close - tummy-to-tummy or on the back.’
EASE OF USE At amawrap.com, Shabs Kwofie says that the AmaWrap can be left tied on all day so that it’s easy to slip baby in and out. ‘You can also breastfeed in the wrap without having to first take it off to adjust,’ she explains. ‘The lightweight nature of the wrap means that you will barely feel it while on, and the baby’s weight is distributed equally over both shoulders, back and lumbar area which means that you will not end up with one achy shoulder or any other single area. It is one size fits all, which means that it’s perfect for all members of the family to carry baby.’