Hug-a-Bub is looking to draw from our community and feature reviews of both the hug-a-bub wrap carrier and ring sling on our blog and on our facebook page.
We are looking for people to submit their reviews in words, pictures and video (you can use some of these mediums or all of them it really is completely up to you!) to share your babywearing experience.
Hug-a-bub has a great resource on our YouTube channel and we would love to add to it. An example of some testimonials that we have received in the past is here:
It dosn't have to be a traditional review (although it can be!) feel free to be as creative as you like. We can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.
Suggestions for a video review include:
1. Demonstrating how to put the baby in the carrier in a particular position
2. Settling your baby in the carrier
3. Doing an activity with the carrier
4. Talking about specific ways you use the carrier.
As a thank you to those who have reviews featured on our Blog and Facebook page, you will receive the following discounts on your next purchase with Hug-a-Bub:
20% for a written review
30% for a written review with pictures
50% for a written review with pictures and video
As an example here is a sample review:
Hug-a-Bub, a Review
Every now and then, after my three year old has gone to bed and it's just my husband and I awake with our little one in her hug-a-bub wrap, we look over at one another and exchange a look. Sometimes we verbalise it, sometimes we don't. But what the look says is 'thank god for the wrap'. With our first we became accustomed to hours upon hours of endless rocking in a darkened room, creeping around, not making a sound. So to be able to have some dinner, watch some TV, get some work done or just relax with our baby happily sleeping away in the carrier has been such a blessing. It has taken so much of the stress out of baby sleep that it has left us to just enjoy the baby. And she is a delight.
At first I was intimidated by the single length of fabric, and that's one of the main comments I get about it from people who are unfamiliar with it - that it seems complicated. But it's not. After a couple of times trying it out, I got the hang of it pretty quickly. And if anything it only looks complicated because she is so securely wrapped up.
There are very few things that I couldn't do with her in the Hug-a-Bub. I can go for a brisk walk for exercise or for enjoyment, take my preschooler to the park, clean the house, do work on the computer, make dinner, go shopping, watch a movie or have something to eat. And it is such a relief to me to know that no matter how fussy our baby is, whether she's teething or overtired or just having a hard day, no matter what she will go to sleep in the Hug-a-Bub.
I own a structured carrier and I have put her in it from time to time but as yet she's not keen. She likes to have something to push against, have a bit of a fight before going to sleep and the fact is that a structured carrier gives her too much room to thrash about. She's always knocking her dummy out. She likes the containment of the wrap carrier and she likes that in the heart-to-heart position her head is held to the side so she can have her dummy comfortably.
When people used to ask me what my number one baby purchase was I used to laugh and say a King bed, now I'm much more likely to say my Hug-a-Bub although the King bed is still firmly in second place!
If you have any questions or would like to submit a review please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My baby is now 7 months old. And even though she is generally a very easy baby and goes to sleep on her own most of the time in her bed, I still put her in the wrap all the tme. As you can see, she's a pretty keen traveller this way. And although I own structured carriers, she doesn't really like them and they are far more cumbersome than the wrap.
It's still so much easier to go shopping with my preschooler having my baby in the wrap than in the pram. It means I can push a trolley (and if I'm lucky the preschooler will oblige me by hopping in the trolley). It means I have two hands free for preschooler wrangling, although I confess my free hands are usually occupied with coffee.
2) Happy Place
It's great because she's happy to have awake time in the wrap or go to sleep in there. So it really doesn't matter what she needs, those needs are met in the wrap.
3) My number one stress as a first time parent was sleep
Specifically, getting her to sleep. I used to rock her for hours and sometimes I was so tired I just wanted to sit down. But with this baby I know that if she doesn't go to sleep in her bed, she will ALWAYS go to sleep in the wrap. If she's teething it might take awhile, but she will go to sleep. Which means I never have to worry if she is having a hard time going to sleep because I always have a fail safe. In fact she's spent so much time in the wrap that I have a computer set up at eye level when I'm standing so while she's going to sleep I can be doing other things.
4) Good Excercise Option
I'm in the process of losing baby weight. To my horror breastfeeding didn't do the weight loss job for me this time around, so I'm having to do things the old fashioned way. On days when I can't get to the gym, I put my baby in the hug-a-bub and push the preschooler in an umbrella stroller and we go for a long walk. Of course the preschooler doesn't stay in the stroller the whole time but the option is there when she gets tired.
5) Even older babies need skin-to-skin time
As it happens the times of the day when she is most in need of cuddles and skin-to-skin contact are the times of the day when I have the most stuff to get done (hello 4:30pm and I haven't thought about dinner yet). The hug-a-bub wrap carrier is great for me to whizz around and get everything done, especially for those times when she's too overtired to go to sleep on her own
Do you love to wear your babies into their toddler years?
Congratulations to Kimberley Wheeler who has won this fantastic prize!
Hug-a-Bub is excited to be giving away a wrap and sling bundle to a lucky member of our Facebook Page.
Hug-a-Bub Organic Wrap Carrier
The organic wrap carrier is made from organic interlock cotton and is unbelievably soft, making it just as enjoyable for parent and baby. Our wrap carrier's pioneering design ensures peerless support for your baby's neck and spine, and distributes the extra weight evenly making sure it's just as comfortable for parents. The wrap is recommended by numerous professionals including midwives, obstetricians, physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths. This simple wrap style offers a firm and secure hold that allows you to have your hands completely free. And although many people will use the wrap beyond a year, it is ideally suited for Newborns to 6 month olds.
The wrap promotes skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding, longer sleeping times for infants and the utmost mobility for parents and is often said to be the number one baby purchase that a new parent couldn't have done without.
Hug-a-Bub Traditional Ring Sling
The Traditional Ring sling is a lightly padded, modernised adaptation of the age-old traditional sling carriers of Asia and the Americas. It is fully adjustable through sturdy but lightweight aluminium rings and features a wide shoulder and back/weight distribution for parental comfort. The ring sling can be worn in 5 versatile positions that will suit newborns through to toddlers.
The ring sling is also easy to use and quick to put on and take off for both parent and baby. The long tail may be used as a sun-shade, as a breastfeeding cover or it can be tucked away entirely. The traditional ring sling is available in cool hand woven cottons and bright or earthy tones.
The competition is for our Facebook fans. To become a facebook fan click here:
To enter leave a comment below answering this question: which carrier do you think you would use the most and why?
You may gain extra entries (please remember to come back and leave a comment for each additional entry so we know what you've done!):
1) Sharing the link to this giveaway on Facebook
2) Sharing the link to this giveaway on Twitter
3) Following Hugabub on Twitter
This competition closes on 8th December and the winner will be announced on the blog and on our Facebook page on the 13th December