Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: Our First Steps Into Baby-Wearing - Papoozle Review & Giveaway

Friday, 10 July 2015

Our First Steps Into Baby-Wearing - Papoozle Review & Giveaway



Baby wearing is one of many things I assumed that I would embrace when I was pregnant with my first son that actually, for various reasons, ended up being something we didn't pursue.

I loved the idea of wearing my baby - having the freedom to use my hands and get on with tasks around the house, having baby close to me, using it to build upon our bond - and I went into it with the best intentions.

I had a carrier that I used on a few occasions, but for some reason neither myself or Tyne enjoyed it.

Instead of being soothed by being worn, Tyne seemed to become more unsettled and seemed to prefer just being held without the carrier or set down in his rocking chair - he was a baby who seemed to like his own space!

And likewise, instead of finding it a helpful tool I actually found babywearing to be quite cumbersome - I found that I felt more secure simply carrying the baby in my arms, and because he was my only child and I was on maternity leave I never really had any great need to get a lot of tasks done whilst wearing him - my household tasks could always wait until his Dad was home from work and so the need just wasn't there.

And so - because neither of us had enjoyed the experience first time around - I never even thought about baby-wearing my second child and never purchased a carrier.

However, I was offered the chance to try out the Papoozle and as someone who is always keen to try new products I decided there was no harm in giving it a go.



What I discovered immediately is that all babies are very different - where Tyne didn't like to be worn, Noah most definitely did! He was instantly soothed when put into the carrier, and seemed to really enjoy the closeness and security of it.

And because he seemed to enjoy it, I liked it much more too! 

 I found that, with a second-child, baby wearing offers many more benefits - leaving me hands free to hold my toddlers hand, help him up and down from things, assist him with whatever he's doing and do various tasks hands free - it's no myth that your workload doubles along with your children with more laundry to be done, more dishes to be washed and more general cleaning & tidying and so having the opportunity to be hands-free whilst still caring for baby is priceless as a mother of more than one child!

And because I'm balancing my time and affection between two children now I had often felt that the baby tends to lose out as the toddler vocalises his need for cuddles, stories and so on meaning my attention tends to go to him more often during the times that they're both awake - but baby-wearing means that even while doing these things or just carrying out simple tasks such as walking around the shops, I'm close to Noah, cuddling him as we go, kissing his head every now and then...and keeping that bond and affection going.

I have certainly been converted this time around, and I do think that the Papoozle carrier itself has helped massively with that as it is SO very user-friendly and comfortable to wear.

I had found a lot of carriers and slings to be quite complicated - I'm the kind of person who gives up very easily if I don't understand something first time and so I need very clear instructions on how to correctly do something - the Papoozle comes with just that and made it so simple to get started.

The wrap material is attached to an adjustable waist belt with clip which you put on first - you then drape the long wrap material up across your body so that it hangs down the back of each shoulder, you then cross the material at the back and bring it around to the front to tie it in place - leaving space for baby inside.

Once baby is securely placed inside in the "M" position and is at "kissable" height, you wrap the second piece of material around the baby and tie it in the back, for additional support.

The Papoozle is one size fits most (from 5ft 3 to around 6ft 5), and is honestly so very comfortable - I wore it on the day these photographs were taken at a theme park where we walked around for at least 2 hours, my back didn't ache at all and Noah remained cool and comfortable throughout.

The Papoozle is available in teal, stone or black and is priced at £49.99

It is suitable for use from birth up to 35lbs.

To find out more, please visit www.papoozle.com

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48 comments:

  1. I had a carrier similar to this one when my little ones were babies and loved it. I now childmind my sister's baby 3 days a week so I would use it then. My sister doesn't have one but if she tries it and likes it we can both share it!

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  2. i'd like it to give to my cousin as she's just had a new baby girl

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  3. I have a 6 week old who wants cuddling all the time. This would be fab as I have two older boys too

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  4. We are expecting our first child and I would love to try baby wearing!

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  5. I would have liked to have done more baby-wearing with Timothy but didn't get on with my carrier, and when I bought a second I found there was too much of the strain on my shoulders. The Papoozle looks so comfortable. I will definitely look into giving it a go second time round! x

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  6. I'm expecting baby no 3 and have never had a carrier before. I think I will need one as I will have 3 children under 4!

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  7. For my daughter-in-law who is expecting :)

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  8. I would love this for my grandchild due in January.

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  9. Im pregnant with baby number 4 and havent yet bought a carrier, would love to win one

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  10. i've been looking for a few weeks now for the perfect carrier for when baby arrives, love the look of this wrap carrier that will be perfect when i'm out & about with my 2 boys & baby :)

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  11. My friend really wants to get in to baby wearing. She's due her 2nd in Nov and her first is 9! Shed love it if her daughter could carry her baby bro/sis too! First time round was v.different!

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  12. I have been debating on getting a carrier for a while now, especially as my little girl is going through a very clingy stage which makes it almost impossible to do anything unless she's being held. From your pictures it looks like they're very comfortable to wear, unlike some other ones I've seen before! xx

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  13. So much easier to get around with a carrier.

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  14. I would love to win for my sister in law and new nephew who is due in September - this means she could carry on and still have her hands free

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  15. I am expecting my first baby and I would love to be able to take my baby on some walks on the common near us.

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  16. I love babywearing, I currently have a mei tai but finding it a little unsuitable for my newborn but a papoozle wrap would be perfect :)

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  17. I intend to babywear my second when she arrives in October so this would be perfect!

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  18. As I'm a big fan of babywearing and would love to try this sling out

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  19. I would like to give it to a friend xx

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  20. I am due my second in January so would love to keep baby close while I can still play with my toddler. We love babywearing, started with a boba, then a manduca, then a tula and now a toddler tula but never tried a papoozle

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  21. It looks nice for my friends first child.

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  22. I am expecting my first baby in a few weeks and would like to try babywearing.

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  23. I'd like to win for my friend who is pregnant

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  24. I've not tried baby carrying with my two so would love to with my daughter before she gets too big!

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  25. I'd love to win for my baby who is due in 3 and a half weeks. I love the idea of baby wearing and having your hands free to make a cuppa! x

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  26. my littlest one is due next month and i cant wait to baby wear again =) x

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  27. my work colleague is due with her 1st child in september so hoping to win this or other baby related items for her cos it can be so expensive!! :D

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  28. would love to win for my daughter and her partner there expecting there forst child in 5 weeks!!

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  29. I would love to win to give to my friend she isn't convinced about babywearing but I'#m trying to convince her as my daughter was so much calmer

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  30. I'd like to win to use this with my daughter

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  31. I would like to win for my new baby Grandson

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  32. I think my sister would find it very useful for her new baby.

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  33. I've got another baby on the way and would love to try to find a more comfortable carrier for this one

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  34. id love to win so i can use it when i look after my sisters baby when she goes back to work x

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  35. I have health problems, and baby carrier is only solution for me to be able to carry my 3month old baby so I would be delighted to win one :)

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  36. i only got into babywearing with erin and i own a victoria slinglady wrap and rockin baby sling. this would be a fab addition to my collection!

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  37. I am due with my first at the end of the month and definitely want to baby-wear. Would love to win!

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  38. It is just so practical and natural

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  39. Would be very useful with our second :)

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  40. I'm due on Christmas Day and I just love the idea of baby-wearing :)

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  41. Because I am expecting a new baby in October and it would be very handy when it comes to school runs and being out and about.

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  42. My daughter loves to be close and wants to be carried most of the time, so this would be fab :-) x

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  43. My daughter loves being carried on me & it makes it easier to hold my 4 year old's hand plus the shopping!

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  44. As a present to my friend due in 6 weeks

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