Parenting / 9 July, 2020 / Ellie Thompson
With the UK lockdown rules finally easing off (for now!), you might be thinking about treating your family to a much-needed break. Whether you are looking to holiday in sunny Cornwall, adventure around the Peak District or just stay close to home, with little ones in tow, your summer could be made much easier with the Izmi baby carrier.
This is a question we’re often asked, and the short answer is ‘yes’, most definitely. A baby carrier is a worthwhile investment that not only allows you to bond with your baby from a newborn, but enables you to be hands-free to get household chores done, as well as making trips out of the house a cinch.
Izmi is the brainchild of Emily Williamson, mum of two, and experienced sling librarian and carrying consultant and trainer. What we love about the award-winning range of Izmi baby carriers is that they combine the soft flexible comfort of a wrap, with the ease of use and the structure of a buckled carrier. This hybrid design is what sets the Izmi aside from other carriers, making it a popular choice for new parents.
The Izmi range of carriers is approved by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, so you can rest assured that everything in the collection is ergonomically designed with safety, support and comfort in mind – for both you and baby.
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Your plan might be to stay close to home this summer, while the world attempts to get back to a degree of normality. If you’re anything like my family, we’ve been venturing out for walks every day since the beginning of lockdown, just for a change of scene. Our baby carrier has been invaluable during this time. My now one-year-old son much prefers being in a carrier as opposed to a buggy when it comes to long walks and it’s so much easier for getting out and about, whether it’s a quick trip to the shops, a woodland adventure or an off-road trail.
Planning on a UK staycation? Space is always a premium when you’re off on your holidays with the kids. The amount of paraphernalia you’ll need to stash into suitcases and into the boot of your car will be immense, to say the least. Save space by leaving the buggy at home and packing your carrier instead. It’ll leave so much more room for your essentials.
For those travelling abroad in the near future, why bother with the hassle of airport security as well as the risks associated with your buggy being handled and left in the hold? Wear your baby in your Izmi carrier and enjoy navigating the airport and the gate quickly and safely.
Izmi’s focus is on making life as a parent simpler, and lighter – and they know that a carrier not only facilitates this, it enables baby to feel safe and secure. A baby carrier allows your baby to be exactly where they want to be – close to their mummy or daddy. Babywearing is all about promoting close physical contact which has so many benefits for your little one.
It’s a common belief that if a baby is held or carried too frequently they will be demanding or clingy, but research is to the contrary. The physical and psychological benefits of babywearing will build your baby’s sense of self-esteem from feeling safe, secure and content.
Izmi knows that the bond that comes with babywearing helps with the healthy development of your baby’s brain, as well as providing them with a fantastic learning environment. I’m pretty sure my son knows everything about lawnmowing and grass strimming aged one.
The ergonomic design of the baby carrier ensures that the baby’s spine and legs are fully supported in the most comfortable and ideal position for healthy spine and hip development. As they aren’t lying flat or on a hard surface, the natural position they are in allows them to make movements that encourage muscle tone and a sense of balance needed to sit, stand and walk.
Being held upright and close to mum or dad is thought to increase cardiac output, improve circulation, respiration and help with their digestion.
Both of my children were reflux babies, and we quickly discovered with my first, that the stroller’s carrycot was possibly the worst place for her to be, straight after a feed when out and about. A carrier was the safer, comfortable and cleaner option!
The upright position of being in a sling or baby carrier creates a gentle pressure of the baby’s tummy against the wearer’s body. This combined with the movement of being in the carrier will allow your baby to digest food more easily and most importantly keep it down.
Using a carrier or a sling to explore somewhere new this summer will enhance your baby’s motor skills by exposing them to a variety of sights, sounds and motion, which they will love. Being close to your baby helps to regulate their heartbeat and their breathing, while you’re free to show them the world. If you’re breastfeeding, a carrier offers easy access to food for your baby, so you don’t have to stop or sit down.
Izmi’s mission is to make baby carrying accessible to everyone, and with their new Essential range you can enjoy the benefits of an Izmi carrier at a lower price tag, so you can figure out whether babywearing is something that works for you and your child, without too much of a dent to your bank account.
The Izmi baby carriers are priced at £80 and make daily life, UK trips and holidays abroad (for next time) more comfortable, convenient and enjoyable for both parents and the baby.
You can find out more and purchase your UK holiday essential here.
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