Isil has lived in Engaland since 2006 with her husband and two children (Defne and Derin). She is originally from Turkey and studied economics and worked as a purchasing specilist at a retail chain. Isil is passionate about natural childbirth, breastfeeding, babywearing, gentle discipline, green living, organic and local foods, sustainable living and informed healthcare decisions. On her blog Smiling Like Sunshine she writes about natural family living, early education, play, food, literature, music, design and cinema. You can follow her on twitter here.
1) When you were pregnant, did you plan on wearing your baby?
Yes, I was aware of babywearing and got my sling ready beforehand.
2) What do you love about babywearing?
I love that baby is close to you so you can kiss them whenever you want :) It's also very practical because your hands are free, you can get on with everything from cooking a meal to ironing, whatever needs to get done. With a second or subsequent child, it is even more important maybe. So you can still do something with your older child whilst baby is sleeping in the sling.
3) What is the most common comment you receive when you are out and about babywearing?
I just love it when people smile and tell you how sweet it is.
4) Is your partner a keen babywearer?
He loved wearing our babies. He wasn't too keen on wrap type of slings though, he prefered soft structured carriers.
5) How many carriers do you own? Which one's do you use the most?
I have had 4 carriers: A Tricotti,a Hug-a-bub, an Ergo and a Hotsling. With both babies I used the Hug-a-bub for the first 6-8 months and then the Ergo.
6) What's the first thing you'd tell someone thinking about trying babywearing?
If possible try out a sling before investing in that money. I bought a pouch type of sling before my second was born and he didn't enjoy it at all, so I only used it a few times.
7) Have your babywearing habits changed from your first to your second child?
My first baby LOVED slings. She loved being close to me and we used to go on to holidays without a buggy. Even after she started walking, she would demand the sling when she got tired and would sleepin it happily. My son is different though. I used to wear him until he turned one, but then he started to prefer the buggy. A few weeks ago, went to the trekking and I only took the sling hoping that when tired he'd sleep in it. However he didn't enjoy it,I think he kind of feels restricted. I could only put him in the sling after he fell asleep in daddy's arms.
I used to carry my daughter until she was 2.5 years old, till I was pregnant with my son.
8) What activity are you most likely to rely on babywearing to get done?
I loved being able to cook and hoovering the house. My babies were really frightened of the vacuum so they felt secure in the sling.
9)And lastly, what's your favourite babywearing photo.