What are the advantages of a babywrap?
Every baby is a "carrier". This means that our babies naturally have a grasping reflex, they want to hold on tight and feel safe and secure. This also has ergonomic advantages - sitting in the squat-splay position in the sling can promote good hip development. On top of it: carrying parents have a lot of freedom of movement and are always mobile with a sling.
Are babywraps a "trend"?
Since the invention of the baby carriage in the 19th century, the tradition of carrying babies in Europe has been declining steadily - but since the 1970s, the sling has been celebrating a "comeback" in Europe. Even today, around 2/3 of the world's population still carries their babies in a sling, especially in countries in the Global South. Carrying babies has always been and still is very trendy!
Which different types of babywraps are available?
There are both hand-woven and machine-woven baby slings. With machine-woven slings, the slings have to be washed and tied more often before they are "nestled". Elastic slings, on the other hand, wear out faster. The advantage of hand-woven babywraps is that they are very soft, supple and cuddly right from the start. That's why we have deliberately decided to use only hand-woven fabrics. Learn more about our different weavings: https://mamanuka.com/our-mama-nuka-weavings/?lang=en
I am a beginner! What should I pay attention to?
Especially for beginners we recommend a center marking on the scarf as well as a contrasting colored head edge. Both serve for orientation and make it easier to tie different wrapping techniques. And very important is that you love your sling! Because only if you love to wear it, your baby will find shelter in it.
What are the different wrapping-techniques?
Most beginners tie in the cross wrap carrier. It is considered a classic way of tying, it offers a stable fit as well as a good head support. We have summarized the most known tying methods for you here (https://secureservercdn.net/188.8.131.52/m80.a9f.myftpupload.com/pdf/mamanuka_wrapping_techniques_german.pdf). We also recommend a carrying consultation - this way you get professional help with tying and have the opportunity to try different slings and lengths.
How long should a babywrap be?
The standard measurement for a sling is 4.60m. This may seem unbelievably long at first, but that is how many wrapping techniques can be used. But the length is very individual. That depends on the size, the statue of the person carrying the sling, but also on the tying technique. It is also worthwhile to look out for carrying consultants in your area.
Up to what age and weight can babies be carried?
This question is also incredibly individual. We think your child can be carried as long as it is fun and comfortable for you and your child.
Does my child get enough air?
To be sure that the baby gets enough air, you should always make sure that it does not collapse and that the face is not covered with fabric.
What clothes should my baby wear?
Parents are often uncertain whether the baby is dressed too cold or too warm. In a sling you can quickly check the temperature in the neck. On cold days, the baby is warmed by the body heat of the person carrying it, and on warm days it is protected from overheating by the sweat of the person carrying it. You can always keep an eye on your baby and check if he or she is doing well.
How do I wash my Mama Nuka?
We recommend a temperature of 30 degrees to care for the colors of your Mama Nuka sling as gently as possible. Since Mama Nuka are plant-dyed and not treated with chemicals, they will discolor minimally during the first wash cycles. Don't worry - with every wash, your Mama Nuka sling will become even softer and more beautiful. Our tip: a dash of vinegar in the wash will give you color, and a tablespoon of sugar will make them glow naturally.
What does Mama Nuka mean?
Nuka comes from the English word "nook" for hiding place, a place where people feel safe and secure. Our Mama Nukas are also meant to give you and your baby a gentle and above all natural landing in the carrying world. For safety and security.
Mama Nuka slings are vegan - what does that mean?
In conventional textile dyeing, up to 8000 different chemicals are used. These chemicals are also tested with animal experiments, pollute the environment and endanger workers health. We want to set a clear signal and therefore produce ecological babywraps. We do not use any animal testing or chemicals. Our dyes are purely vegetable and from dyeing plants, such as dyestuffs, for example pommegranate, turmeric or indigo. Learn more about natural dye
"There are many advantages to carry a baby. The babywrap can be perfectly adapted to the baby and the person carrying it, and there are many different tying methods, so it has something for everyone.“
- Midwife Sarah Schotte
"It is important that the baby is carried in the squat-splay position. This position puts an even load on the areas of the hip joint socket. The sling should not rub on the baby's skin. The shoulder and neck should not hurt when the baby is carried. The baby is tied at the right height if you can easily give him a kiss on the head - the so-called head kiss height".
- Midwife Sarah Schotte