Did you hear? Joy and Joe Baby and Up and Away Carriers have put together a fabulous charity fundraiser! When asking their Facebook fans WHO they wanted to support, Lift Me Up was nominated over and over. We are so honored to have so many supporters, and we are proud to share this fundraiser with you!
This stunning half buckle shiver me paisleys noir wrap conversion mei tai is a collaboration between Joy&Joe Baby and Up and Away Carriers to raise funds for Lift Me Up: Babywearing to Thrive
For information on the details of the fundraiser and how to enter to WIN this beautiful carrier, go to http://www.gofundme.com/dh6pdg.
The charity dip is open worldwide and Joy&Joe ltd will cover the shipping to wherever you’re based. Everyone is welcome to enter!
We are honored to have the support of Joy and Joe Baby and Up and Away Carriers. Joy and Joe Baby offers quality stretchy, woven wrap carrier slings and accessories made in the UK. We were so touched by their story, we were moved to share it with you:
We wore Joseph and Joy when they were younger. Joy is 7 now and Joseph is 5 now. Babywearing gave us comfort as a family because having our babies close to our skin was the needed succor we craved due to the multiple diagnoses we received at the time. As for Joy, we had no idea that she had Down Syndrome or a hole in her heart because I declined to test for personal reasons although I didn’t expect the diagnosis after she was born because I was less than 30 yrs old at the time. I wasn’t allowed to hold Joy most of time because of the intubation (breathing support she was on) so you can imagine the relief of finally having the chance to bond with her.
Babywearing gave us so much Joy and happiness because it made my husband and I understand that Joy is first a baby before the chromosomal defect was detected and she is still our lovely little girl. She had a serious form of reflux because she was tube fed so babywearing was one of the most effective ways of having her upright. I am originally from Africa, so torso kanga carries was practiced a lot when Joy’s muscle tone slightly improved as she grew. As for Joseph, I was lucky that the neonatal ward (Nottingham city hospital ) where he was admitted into enlightened every mum about kangaroo care and they gave us a kangaroo care shirt that helped to facilitate this so the transition into babywearing was smoother despite his low birth weight. I feel that babywearing helped him sleep better and gain more weight. Having your baby’s skin really close to you is very comforting because as a preemie he has issues with temperature regulation so it was very evident that babywearing gave us a lot as family.
There are many more ways that babywearing has blessed us as s family, we even have a business selling wraps now. What can we say, we are grateful that we discovered babywearing and our appreciation to everyone supporting our current charity fundraiser for Lift Me Up.
This reverse half buckle mei tai that's up for the fundraiser
giveaway was kindly converted for free by Gill of Up and Away Carriers. She is a mum of two small boys and an advocate of babywearing. Here is her story:
I used a carrier after the birth of my first son Jacob, and enjoyed the freedom it gave us to explore and complete tasks that were seemingly impossible (like making a sandwich or using the loo) whilst keeping my baby close.
I continued to carry Jacob in our Ergo carrier and a homemade Mei Tai well into my pregnancy with our youngest child, and enjoyed the closeness that a sling provided. I started to learn more about babywearing during my second pregnancy, and started to build a “stash” of carriers to use with baby no 2, I vowed I would learn to wrap and not fear the fabric.
Two weeks before my due date, instead of packing my hospital bag, I sat in the kitchen making a carrier for our new baby when contractions started. Isaac was born in Nov 2010 and was diagnosed with Down Syndrome shortly after his birth. I was scared and wondered if this stash of fabric and buckles was going to be put to any use now I had had this “special” baby.
We used a Close Carrier a few times round the house and much to my joy Isaac enjoyed being in the sling, this was the start of an amazing journey for our family and thankfully Isaac was in the safest place, close to his mum. Babywearing has kept us close, we are each others “human shields” from stares and whispers and it has given us an unbreakable bond.
Up & Away (“Up” is a positive reference to Isaac’s “Down” ) is something I started to give myself a creative outlet, to be close to my kids while they are young, sewing is my therapy.
Photos Courtesy of Up and Away Carriers
Posted on Sat, August 30, 2014