3 WINNERS WILL BE SELECTED THIS MONTHS AND WILL BE RANKED BY A PANEL OF EXPERT BABYWEARING MAMAS
Whats up for grabs this month:
First prize:New joy and Joe Jacquard woven wrap worth £35 plus matching carry bag , 10 set of washable baby wipes worth £10and 3 funky bandana bibs of your choice worth £15, a set of rings from www.slingrings.com to make your own your own no sew ring sling worth £5.99 and a toilet training baby fleece bottoms worth £10
Second prize: New joy and Joe stretchy baby wrap worth £16, a set rings to make your own ring sling -matte silver or gold- worth 5.99, baby taggies toy worth £5 and 5 re-washable baby wipes
Third prize: a toilet training baby fleece bottoms worth £10
SO WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO?
Simply create a short video of yourself using any of our baby carriers and showcase how you tie your favourite wrapping style. The short video can inlucde music or any other imaginative elements you want to include. Then upload the video to our you tube channel (our user name is joyandjoebaby) title it by your last name of any other way that can help us to know its your entry.
Submit your video by the 26 of august.
So get creative and WIN ! WIN !! WIN !!! for more info, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Babywearing among the Yoruba Women of the south /south-western Nigera
Wow, I have recently made some lovely friends on a babywearing Facebook forum and they were really inquisitive about how we babywear in my culture (Yoruba in Nigeria, Africa). So I decided to put up this post including photos and videos. Now, you all know the school holiday is currently and we mums are so busy with the kids to ensure that they enjoy their holiday. Hence, I might not be able to write too much today. You can guess that there is still a whole lot about our babywearing culture which is not available online ( because I have done some google search). My culture is only one of a thousand cultures in Africa so you might see mums in Kenya, Uganda or South Africa do it a bit differently. They way we Yorubas do it is predominantly the way many Nigerians do it!
The women carry their babies with a rectangular piece of a beautifully patterned cotton fabric called ‘iro’ and then they use an additional piece of fabric called ‘oja’ (which is specially woven for this purpose) to reinforce the back support for the baby especially for carrying toddlers/older children. The additional oja is optional as some women don’t bother using it and when you see them with their babies on their back, it appears as if their babies are sagging! But the babies are fine because I have never heard of a baby falling out all through my upbringing. I Remember that a lot of superstition used to go with babies falling out with people saying that it can affect the fertility of the male children when they grow up. If it happens that a woman did not back her baby well (which is rare), the older women in her compound or neighborhood will correct or help her to adjust the baby properly.
So as you can see from the above videos, you can either tuck the end of your iro over your chest or simply tie. We usually put the hands of little babies inside the iro like I did with Joseph in the above video and this is also great for nursing your little one to sleep. The other method of releasing the hands of the baby is suitable for older babies or toddlers whose backs are stronger.
The idea with our way of carrying is that the iro has to be snug around the baby to offer baby adequate support. It is easier demonstrating this than to actually write about it and believe me it is very easy and quick to do!
Here are some reasons why African women back their babies ( that’s what we say..back our babies not babywear! ) http://www.infobarrel.com/7_Reasons_Why_African_Village_Women_Back_Their_Babies
History of yourba people http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Yoruba_people
Hello, my name is Bisi, babywearing consultant (SoB CIC), mother to two cheeky & very special kids (Joy and Joseph). Our 3rd baby has been christened Joy&Joe baby wrap slings! and we loveeee babywearing :)