MIRTA ZLOŠILO

1. Tell us more about yourself.
Hello, my name is Mirta and I’m 27. Mother of 2 little ones, daughter Maja age of 2yrs (around 14kg) and son Luka age of 1yrs (around 11kg). Curently we live in small town next to Dubrovnik but I originally come from Osijek. Now I still don’t work since they just started to go into daycare but hope to soon.

2. Why/How did you decide to start babywearing?
Mostly I started my bw adventures due to have free hands for Maja. They are only 11 months apart from birth to birth and it was quite heavy to handle them and all the household and chores that we could all be happy and satisfied. Something necessary happened to be great love. He was (still is) quite needy baby and wanted to be around me all the time so carrying him around and not being able to feed her or have time for her made me crazy unitl I found babywearing. Started with Freda Babycarriers and then got our first wrap.

3. Is babywearing a common thing in your country? What do people think about it?
We have a group of babywearing moms and there is a lot of us but it’s still not that common. People here I’d say suffer from baby cart syndrome – expensier, the better. Same is with carriers – buying before informing so you get very expensive carrier used wrong. Every once in a while you can hear silly comments but we don’t mind. Happines of the 2 of them and my own happines is mors important than some comments. Mostly old people have smile on their face when they see us and think it’s cozy and amazing and they are glad about it.

4. What is your favorite carrier?
We have tried some brands like WW, Roar, Yaro, Luluna, Woven Clauds, Ergobaby, Tula, Freda but I have to say my number 1 is my Freda SSC for quick shopping or from car to daycare. And my Yaro wrap s6 that we use on daily basis. Also had RS fron Roar that we really liked because it was so soft from the start. High place goes to WW – In the Deep – and I can say that I fell in love with that wrap.

5. Do you have a favorite carry?
Mostly I do back carry due to their size – prefer DH as he is a bouncer and a leaner and seatpooper but for few days regular Ruck is okay. Maja has really long legs and Luka is quite heavy for front carrying but as he is still breastfeeding I have to make something up (for those situations I use hip carry or ssc).

6. Did you feel any difficulties in your babywearing journey?
Sometimes I felt like I don’t have enough support especially at home but that changed. And sometimes I felt lost inside all of the blends and brands – our group helped a lot and I’m really thankfull for that.

7. What advice would you give to new parents?
Don’t mind the talks. Babywearing should be fun for both you and your child. Take benefit out of it as long as you can. Never give up. There are some hard times when baby doesn’t want to be carried but be persistant. Nothing feels better than having quality time for yourself and baby at the same time cause you should be happy at the same time. They only need us close for so small period of time. Use babywearing for creating lots of amazing memories. And for sure it is more healthier to hear a heartbeat of your child than its crying.

ERNA CEMAN – BOSNIA

1. Tell us more about yourself.
My name is Erna and I’m babywearing enthusiast. This year I’m having the big 30th birthday. My home is located in small town Tesanj in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is the place where I was born and where I’ll raise my children. Currently I have quite independent twenty month old son. Babywearing is in its initial phase over here, people are realising the need to carry their kids. The market is flooded with inadequate carriers and I’m hoping for the best that moms who share same love and passion for babywearing are going to be able to change or at least influence this scenario.

2. Why/How did you decide to start babywearing?
I’m geeky in nature and after I find out that I was pregnant, my learning process has started. I was introduced into babywearing by my sister in law. I remember those days when I was so insecure and afraid that babywearing could have some consequences on babies development. I’ve digged deep into this matter and before my son was born I’ve decided to buy Caboo. First time I’ve wrapped my son when he was 5 days old and instant love was born. I could hug my baby constantly and I could feel his breath on my chest.

3. Is babywearing a common thing in your country? What do people think about it?

4. What is your favorite carrier?
Soon after I’ve tried woven wrap and I’ve jumped right into rabbit hole. Than I’ve started experimenting with different blends and what really got me even more into babywearing was trying different carries. I could swear that my motoric capabilities improved significantly with wrapping my little one. Now I wear exclusively in woven wraps, because my son is older and 12+ kg.

5. Do you have a favorite carry?
I prefer multilayer back carries dh with different finishes, Twisted Pirate Carry, Charlie’s Cross Carry with Different finishes. Even though I was never quite fancy person, I have mega love for fancy finishes in wraps. 

6. Did you feel any difficulties in your babywearing journey?
I feel like my babywearing journey has been most amazing experience. We went through different stages, where we wore several times per day and now when wearing is not on daily basis. The most important things is to listen your little one closely to make babywearing positive experience for him/her. 
The most amazing thing about babywearing is that you meet so many wonderful and strong moms with whom you have so many things in common. They are selfless in sharing their knowledge and wraps. I would be more than thankful to stay friends with some of them after our bw period.

7. What advice would you give to new parents?
Stay close to your little ones, they are not going to get used on carrying, they are just going to develop into independent individuals who know that they can count on their parents. And please do try all the wraps you can, unimaginable blends, just to taste what is best for you, off course if your resources allow you.

IRSA – INDONESIA

1. Tell us more about yourself.
My name is Irsa, 27 years old and mother of 2 boys. Our boys are a 3 years old and the second one will turn 1 in December. We are living in Indonesia and the UK is our second home.

2. Why/How did you decide to start babywearing? 
I start babywearing since my first born is about 3 months old although he’s never been very fussy but I feel it so hard to attach to him somehow. I saw many of my friends carrying their children in a sling, they do looks so close to each other, and its lovely to see them really warm my heart so then I decided to start carrying my baby and amazingly I feel closer to him every ups we did. From then I continue carrying him whenever he wants and now I even start a promoting babywearing in Indonesia by doing non-profit sling library project.

3. Is babywearing a common thing in your country? What do people think about it?
Babywearing is one of our very long tradition and still continue in Indonesia. Every mother carrying their child in long fabric called “jarik” usually they hip carry or cradle carry their little one in jarik. Babywearing give lots of benefit for us, help us to get close to our children and as a bonus it’s also give us free hands to do housework. Although still some people think that carrying baby too much would make them less independent, become late walker and won’t to be put down also some people still believe in a rumour that carrying small baby in M position will make them walk funny because the baby’s legs spread apart. Usually grandparents will think this way as the M-shape position wasn’t yet invented when they were still young or at least not very popular in Indonesia so carrying in M-shape position is still new in Indonesia.

4. What is your favorite carrier?
My favourite carrier so far are woven wrap as it is very versatile that I don’t need to upgrade it but somehow I keep buying it because there are many brands make beautiful wraps how I can not buy those lovelies! And of course Indonesian jarik sling.

5. Do you have a favorite carry?
To be honest every time I wear my baby in a woven wrap I almost always carry him in fwcc or double hammock back carry that’s what I can do easily without thinking and watching YouTube, so those are my favourite carry positions.

6. Did you feel any difficulties in your babywearing journey? 
The most difficult part of my babywearing journey was when people start commenting that I shouldn’t carry my baby too much and shouldn’t carry him in the M-shape position as what I said in Indonesia M-shape is still new so my families kept telling me to carry my baby in cradle position but since the babywearing communities growing very fast in Indonesia and actively educating people so now it become more common to carry in the right M-shape position although some elderly people still think that M-shape can harm baby’s legs development. Lots of people in Indonesia still doesn’t have access to ergonomic baby carrier although  jarik can be used like a woven wrap or ringsling but it’s too thin and not very comfortable for wearee to wear bigger baby for longer periods of time.

7. What advice would you give to new parents? 
So some of them just buying a cheap and poor quality carrier that’s not ergonomic also not so safe to wear. That’s sad but hopefully someday there will be an outfit that can help us to give access to unfortunate people in Indonesia to get a proper carrier for them to lend for free.

Andréa Emy Akimoto – Brazil

1. Tell us more about yourself.
My name is Andréa Emy Akimoto, I am 41 years old and I live in Guarulhos, São Paulo (Brazil). I have a 3 year old and I am a science and biology teacher.

2. Why/How did you decide to start babywearing?
I decided to start babywearing in pregnancy, seeing photos and videos, and I thought it would be wonderful to be able to carry my little one.

3. Is babywearing a common thing in your country? What do people think about it?
Babywearing is not so common, in big cities it is easier to see babies being carried, but inland it is much more difficult. Depending on the location, people find it very strange …

4. What is your favorite carrier?
My favorite carrier is a wrap, because it is more comfortable for me, but the carrier that I use the most is the Ring Sling, for the ease of taking it on and off …

5. Do you have a favorite carry?
My favorite carry is a Double hammock with a half saltwater but I also really like the Ruck.

6. Did you feel any difficulties in your babywearing journey?
My biggest difficulty is the adjustment of backpacks and onbus, as it is a carrier that I use very little.

7. What advice would you give to new parents?
My advice is to read a lot about puerperium, to learn to carry, as it helps a lot in everyday life.

Sabine Bank Dirksen – Dinamarca

1. Tell us more about yourself.
Sabine bank dirksen, age 34. I live in Denmark in a small town at the coast called Gilleleje. I sell paint to professionals for a living. I have 2 children, a girl that is 8 and a boy who is 22 months old.

2. Why/How did you decide to start babywearing?
I wanted to babywear with my oldest but never got started. But when our second child came I wanted to, because it makes my day much easier and I love the closeness.

3. Is babywearing a common thing in your country? What do people think about it?
It’s beginning to be common, but some do still think it’sa hippie-thing. But overall people think it is great even the older generation.

4. What is your favorite carrier?
I love my Madalo Ciruelo Cafe in Herringbone Grande, it’s so soft and wq I perfect.

5. Do you have a favorite carry?
Fwcc or a simple ruck.

6. Did you feel any difficulties in your babywearing journey?
Not really. 

7. What advice would you give to new parents?
Just try it. It’s not as difficult as it my look

Thank you! 💛

Saloni Mittal – India

1. Tell us more about yourself:

Saloni Mittal 🙂 35 yrs old

I have a 2yr 3 mnths old daughter and I am an Anesthetist in the army e I’m from India.

2. Why/How did you decide to start babywearing? 

I read about it in the pre-natal period n knew I had to wear her  🙂

3. Is babywearing a common thing in your country? What do people think about it? 

Yes BWing is becoming more n more in India but people prefer SSCs more rather than wraps currently..there are wrappers too but lesser in number 

4. What is your favorite carrier? 

My favorite carrier is a woven wrap 🙂 with Bo slings n Firespiral being my current favs 🙂

5. Do you have a favorite carry? 

2-3 fav carries

DHcccb, RBC, Miriam’s Cross carry, pwcc tas, Semi-DH 😉 

6. Did you feel any difficulties in your babywearing journey? 

Nothing extraordinary

Normal leg straightening which all kids do 🙂

7. What advice would you give to new parents? 

I tell them to Wear all their babies whichever way they want, I even gifted a woven wrap to my frd wen she had her first 🙂

Thank u ❤️❤️

Borbála Borsos – Hungary

1. Tell us more about yourself.
Hey! I’m Borbála Borsos (Bob), a 30 years old mom of three from Veresegyház, Hungary. Besides my kids (aged 6, 4, and 1), I’m actively working as a babywearing consultant & photographer; also host local babywearing meets & organize wrap & carrier travellings.

2. Why/How did you decide to start babywearing? 
I’ve purchased my first wrap before my first child was born, but only started wearing her when she was 3 months old. I had a terrible birth experience, and were afraid to hurt her while wearing her before this age… Babywearing helped me work through our trauma, and my PTSD, and gave us the freedom of leave the flat we lived in. After a short period of “oh my god, this is great” I’ve turned a babywearing geek for life 😀

3. Is babywearing a common thing in your country? What do people think about it?
In Hungary we have a great babywearing community. Hungarian moms are often wearing their babies, and we even have superb baby carrier brands, creating really high quality wraps & carriers. Relatively lots of babywearing consultants works in this region, we have a lot local babywearing meeting points, babywearing latin fitness classes, babywearing hiking groups, conferences & WAHM markets; friendships has made through babywearing, and it’s simply changed lots of us life.

4. What is your favorite carrier?
Hmmmm, that’s a hard question 😀 I’ve tried beyond 100 wraps & carriers, and I can fall in love very easily. I mostly use full buckle carrier recently on my workdays (I’m photographing with my littlest on my back), and I grab my SweetBerry most times (but I’m writing this with a Be Lenka buckle carrier on my baby (: ).

5. Do you have a favorite carry?
Kangaroo carry with newborn & rucksack with Goddess finish with any ages.

6. Did you feel any difficulties in your babywearing journey?
Yes… When I’ve started it almost 6 years ago, it was not a very common thing & I didn’t even know about babywearing consultants. I had to fight my battles with anxiety, and negative feedbacks. But here I am now (:

7. What advice would you give to new parents?
If you are unsure, seek for help! <3 Babywearing is a very powerful thing, with lots of opportunities, and if you find your way in this world, it can change lots of things (:

Zuzana Schuchmannová – Slovakia

1. Tell us more about yourself.
I’m Zuzana Schuchmannova, I have 29 year. I live in Bratislava Slovakia. I’m currently on maternity leave, but I was warking as Business Consultant in IT firm. I have one child, boy named Patrick he is 14 months old.

2. Why/How did you decide to start babywearing? 
I was wandering about it during pregnancy, since it seemed really nice to me, to have a baby so close. And he did not liked the trolley, so it was decided.

3. Is babywearing a common thing in your country? What do people think about it?
It is starting to be common between young mommies. Old generation is sceptic about it. Some people like it some don’t.

4. What is your favorite carrier?
I love wraps, I don’t wear carriers. Sometimes I use RS.

5. Do you have a favorite carry?
Yes, most of the time I use Fwcc. In the summer I prefer doublecross. And for vacuum cleaning or on longer walks in the forrest or in the hills i use rucksack. I need to learn DH now.

6. Did you feel any difficulties in your babywearing journey?
It was a bit harder arround 3 months of my son. He had a strike, but after a month ut was okay again.
I was not breastfeeding wrap until 6 months of my son and when I started put him asleep was much more easier

7. What advice would you give to new parents?
Don’t be affraid of the wraps, it is not so hard as it can seem. And start to carry and breastfeed at the sane time as soon as possible, it can ease you the first days/monts.

Maja Kucán – Croácia

1. Tell us more about yourself.
My name is Maja, I’m 31 years old. At this moment I live in Karlovac (Croatia) and work in telecomunications. I’m also a certified babywearing consultant and a volunteer at Croatian mountain rescue service. I have a 3 year old son. ☺️ I still babywear him. 

2. Why/How did you decide to start babywearing? 
My babywearing experience started with my first son. Because of his condition and the fact that he never came home to us. Everything I could do at that time was holding him in my arms. He died when he almost reached 2 months. The only thing that made us happy was that touch and the moments we had, so I felt natural to babywear my second son. I decided to learn more because I felt that something was wrong when I saw all the babies in the hospital without a human touch. I can still remember how calm they were when they get it from the nurses and parents who could come for few hours a day. 

3. Is babywearing a common thing in your country? What do people think about it?
Now is everything going in some other direction. You can see that lot of parents really love to babywear. There is still some kind of rejections of the elderly but we are making new/old history. 

4. What is your favorite carrier?
Hum… I love them all ☺️ I could say that Almitra is something special ☺️

5. Do you have a favorite carry?
Yes, it’s a classic hip carry.

6. Did you feel any difficulties in your babywearing journey? Difficulties? Oh, every day you hear someone who say something unkind to parents who would like to babywear.

7. What advice would you give to new parents?
I don’t have advice that could make a spectacular moment but all I can say is: try and wait for a moment. Give your baby touch and peace.

Lara Ashatane Farquharson – Switzerland

1. Tell us more about yourself.
My name is Lara. I’m 32 and I live in Switzerland. I am a stay at home mom, a photographer and a babywearing consultant. I am the lucky mom of three children. They are 8, 6 and 2 years old.

2. Why/How did you decide to start babywearing? 
When I decided to start babywearing almost 9 years ago (when I was pregnant) it was not a common thing in Switzerland. But instinctively it felt like the right thing to do. Back then I was already amazed by all the babywearing caregivers around the world.

3. Is babywearing a common thing in your country? What do people think about it?
Now it is much more common to see parents babywearing their child and nobody seems surprised anymore. But a few years ago people often came to me asking questions and I often heard positive comments about it.

4. What is your favorite carrier?
Baby wraps are definitely my favorite way to carry. They are like a second skin to me.

5. Do you have a favorite carry?
I don’t think I do. I like hip or back carry with an extra short wrap for a quick up. Backcarries for a long walk in the forest. Or front carry to breastfeed or to cuddle my little one.

6. Did you feel any difficulties in your babywearing journey?
In the beginning I did. I thought that I had to use a long wrap and had nobody to help me. It was long and uneasy. Often uncomfortable especially when my baby was crying.

7. What advice would you give to new parents?
My advice would be: trust yourself and practice! It will only become easier with time. Don’t listen to negative comments. Babywearing is natural and normal. Our ancestors did it before us. And it is so helpful to take care of your child. Ask for help if you struggle and enjoy!!!