Without question, your baby is the most precious thing you will ever carry.
I don't believe there is a single thing in life that could ever possibly eclipse in any way, shape or form, the intrinsic and infinite value of a human infant.
After nurturing your baby for 9 months within, the next most wonderful thing you can experience, is the joy of holding them safely in your arms. It is that moment we all long for from the moment of conception and the end-prize for our journey in creating them.
I am a dedicated baby-wearer from way back and I have lovingly carried each of my babies. It is an experience of such primal power: So much love, warmth, nurturing and bonding surrounds a Mother and her child, bound together by a seemingly simple piece of fabric. It is an experience that is so much more than it appears however.
The benefits of baby-wearing are beyond doubt, the very best for a Mother and her child too. There's talk of a reduced incidence of post-natal depression through a strengthening of the maternal bond. Babies who are premature or sick thrive in the natural warmth and soothing rhythm of their Mother's well-equipped bodies. Breastfeeding is optimised and less stigmatised through this natural connection: Access to the breast is unlimited and privacy protected. Baby wearing has benefits that just continue to ripple onwards and upwards.
Baby wearing is pure joy.
I am so pleased to be reviewing the fantastic Suppori baby sling here, and equally happy to be offering one of my lucky readers, an opportunity to experience the convenience and joy of wearing their baby in a Suppori sling of their very own.
I have used many slings in my career as a Mummy. My all time favourite for the newborn and infant stages, has been the trusty Baby Bjorn. It is a very comfortable sling and all of my infants loved being held so securely against me. Those cherished memories will be with me for a lifetime.
Sadly, My Baby Bjorn was always packed back into storage by the time each of my babies reached the age of 6 months. I found they became quite restless and wriggly after this time and I never felt confident about the safety of carrying my babies forward facing either (which is the next stage for the Baby Bjorn sling). Being petite too, I was simply overwhelmed by the sheer size of my infants at this age and struggled to bear their weight on my front.
Here's where the Suppori sling comes into its own. Suppori slings are designed for the older baby who has head and neck control and can maintain their posture in an upright position when carried. Suppori slings are suited to babies from the age of six months (7kgs) until around 3 years or 15kgs.
The Suppori is such a simple idea and it is this fact that makes it so wonderful! I am totally in love with this sling and I would say in absolute honesty, it is one of the best baby products I have ever had the pleasure to use. There are no fancy anythings to this sling unlike some on the market, and yet it is this 'barest minimum' aspect of this product which makes it shoot to the top of my recommended buys for babies list.
This is a sling that has everything: comfort, style, convenience and effectiveness - all bound together.
The Suppori is basically a sash type sling fully constructed in a strong-weave, breathable fabric and is available in a range of size and colour options. The brilliance of this sling is the stretch it exhibits when worn. Being fitted lengthwise to the wearer, its science lies in the expansion of its fabric width-ways to support baby's body in the most natural of Mother / baby holds; baby is carried on the hip and has his or her naturally occurring c-curve of their spine fully complimented. Hips are supported beautifully with little knees tucked higher, just how nature intended and likewise as recommended by Paediatric specialists.
Unlike so many slings on the market, the Suppori is so simple to use. (No complicated wrapping involving metres of fabric and confusing instructions). Just pop it over your head, place the narrow end over your shoulder / upper arm (deltoid muscle) and slide baby into the large 'seat' area. This sling takes a tiny 30 seconds to pop baby into and you are off! I cannot tell you how wonderful and liberating the Suppori has been for me! With 6 kids, nothing is ever easy or quick around here but with the addition of this brilliant product to my nappy bag, I am getting around with so much more freedom and speed these days.
School drop offs no longer involve prams and associated time-wasting. I simply slide the Suppori on, slip baby in and away we go. This sling allows me so many freedoms and I am thrilled to be able to keep up with my other children as an offset bonus.
Another benefit of the Suppori is portability. Being mesh it weighs hardly anything (less than an iPhone) and rolls up to not much more in size. It can be carried in a bag or pocket without bulk.
There are so many great points about the mesh construction too. The Suppori can be worn in water so you can take baby into the sea or pool for some fun time together. It is quick drying too, so when it needs washing, there's no down-time waiting for it to dry. Neither Mum or baby will overheat in the breathable design and it can be worn for up to two hours (recommended timeframe) without making you sweat uncomfortably.
Comfort-wise, this sling's a dream! The best part of the sling for me has been the fact that I can prolong the enjoyment of carrying my baby in this. Baby's weight is spread across your entire upper body and hip meaning you won't get a sore back from any strained points. Being designed to rest on the deltoid muscle, there is no tension on the neck or upper back unlike other slings which place pressure on these areas. I am amazed by my ability to continue to carry my baby at her current weight, with ease. We go for lots of walks now using the sling alone which is something I have never been able to do before now.
The Suppori is well worth the $57.95 price tag. You can view the gorgeous range of colours or purchase a Suppori on the LittleM website here. There are conditions users should be aware of when baby wearing so please visit here to see how to correctly wear a baby of any age. Please remember a sling is an aid and a wearer should always be aware of the safety of their little passenger first and foremost.
And what about Celeste? What does she think? She loves it! We are a very happy pair using this brilliant sling.
***GIVEAWAY*** ***GIVEAWAY*** ***GIVEAWAY***
Like to win a Suppori Baby Sling of your very own? (Winner of 5 International Awards.)
Thanks to the generosity of LittleM, one lucky Six Little Hearts reader has the chance to win a Suppori sling of their own.
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Entry is easy. Just follow the prompts on the Rafflecopter App below. (App may take a few seconds to load.) Please note: Three of the requirements are mandatory so be sure to follow the easy steps to ensure all of your entries count. Please play fair as others do take the time to complete their entries.
All winning entries are screened to ensure they conform to these requirements and those that do not will be disqualified.
Entry is open to Australian residents only.
The winner will be notified by email and given 48 hours to respond.
If no response in this time, a new winner will be drawn.
Prize cannot be delivered to a PO box.
Total prize value is $57.95 and is for one Suppori baby sling.
Winner is to specify three different colour choices from the selection on offer at the LittleM website
and a single colour will be chosen based on available stock at that time.
Winner must provide their measurements to LittleM in order to provide a correctly fitted sling. This is a condition of entry.
Winner's details will be provided to LittleM for prize distribution.
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*I was sent a Suppori baby sling to review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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