1. What is Babywearing?
Anita Santos Chaves: “Babywearing is giving our children a lap and having our hands free for other tasks. You can always have them with us in a safe, comfortable and ergonomic way with the help of a baby carrier.”
Catarina Teles: “Babywearing is a very old practice of carrying babies through a “device” currently called baby carrier.”
Gosia Krogulec: “It is a hands-free lap. It’s keeping the baby close, safely, without giving up your needs and activities. It’s to follow the instinct and respond to the needs of the baby. It’s simple, keep the baby in its natural environment – the lap – without needing “containers” such as strollers, swings, cribs, carrycots… Babywearing is a lot of things!”
Laura Orion: “The ergonomic babywearing, practiced correctly, is a healthy, respectful and safe way to meet the basic and primordial need for contact that all babies and children have and is, undoubtedly, a great ally in the moment to reconcile the needs of the mother and the rest of the family.”
Liliana Lima: “Babywearing is a hands-free kit for moms, with countless advantages for babies and of course for mothers and other families (who come across a much calmer mother).”
Rosa Gonçalves: “Babywearing is having our baby always with us, carrying our baby safely and ergonomically. Respecting the physionomy of the baby and the adult. Besides, it’s affection, it’s sharing, it’s security… it’s to be happy. ”
Sabla D’Oliveira: “Babywearing is the act of carrying babies (and young children) with the help of a wrap, a backpack or other ergonomic baby carrier, not only as a form of transport, but also as a way to help the baby adapt to the world, to regulate his temperature, his emotions and being in greater contact with the people around them. ”
Susana Silva: “BBW is the “normal” way to deal with a baby. A baby needs contact with parents as well as food. A baby fed without contact does not develop in the same way as one fed with contact. “
2. What kind of baby carrier are there?
- Elastic and Semi Elastic Wrap
- Non-stretchy Wrap / Woven Wrap
- Ring Sling
- Mei Tai
- Onbu, Turkey
3. Who can help me to learn how to carry?
There are all over the country (and out too!) Certified Babywearing Consultants that are available for consultations during each family can sort out which baby carriers are best suited for their situation. There are also meetings organised by areas where you can share experiences and ask for help from those who have been carrying longer and to the consultants present.
4. What is “Panos Viajantes”?
“Panos Viajantes” (Travelling Wraps) by the hand of the Blog “Funtastic Mom” is a blog that began with the aim of showing the world all facets of motherhood. Emerged on the blog, after a few months, a column called “Fun Babywearing” which goal was to interview several consultants and enthusiastic mothers on the subject, make small reviews of the wraps, backpacks and alikes that they were trying and after a few months the column was no longer sufficient and “Panos Viajantes” is born. The purpose of “Panos Viajantes” is to promote babywearing, allowing families to try different baby carriers without risking to invest in something they do not adapt to or that is not the ideal solution for themselves. Then, with the support of various brands, we organize baby carrier trips, allowing mothers from north to south, continent and islands to experience, learn and know more about this fantastic world of babywearing. Through these journeys we have also provided countless encounters between mothers and fathers who ended up creating bonds of friendship.
5. What are tester tours?
A tester tour is organised so that the baby carrier in question stays a week with each family so that they can experience it to the fullest and give feedback to the brand about their experience.
6. What do I need to take part in a tester tour?
To participate in a tester tour you just must be willing to try and having a positive feedback link.
7. How do I create my feedback link?
You should request membership to the group Trapos and Trapinhos on Facebook. Next you should add a photo of yourself, according to the rules of the group, and ask anyone with whom you had contact in this world of babywearing to write a comment on how that contact went. This person may be the consultant who gave her consultation, the friend who lent you a wrap, the person to whom you bought or sold a baby carrier, etc.
8. What is spam and what’s it for?
When we ask for spam during tester tours we talk about “advertising” to the baby carrier on the trip. Thus, we asked 2 publications of each tester during their week, publications that should be made in the specific groups for this (usually Babywearing Spam Portugal, Panos Viajantes and brand’s groups. And what for do we ask for this spam? Easy! The brands send these baby carriers to try and get to know more and even to realize what we love the most and we can come to buy. In return we advertise the brand and the baby carrier.
In addition, more spam means more probabilities of new testers ☺
9. What should I look for when I’m confirming the baby carrier?
When confirming the baby carrier at the reception and before shipping you should look for pulled threads (pulls), broken threads, stains or anything else that you think is out of the ordinary. If in doubt, report everything, it’s preferable to report more than less.
10. How are you supposed to wash a baby carrier?
If you need to wash the baby carrier, you should always ask your tester tour manager for help. In any way the general rules for washing are as follows:
- Use only preferably detergent for sensitive clothing (never use fabric softener)
- Put in low rotations
- Confirm the washing machine temperature on item label
- Never put to dry in the sun, since besides losing the color can change the fibers and makes it unsafe for babywearing.