I got me a Zarpar Bebe! Why did I feel it was necessary to get another baby carrier?! Here's why:
- I wanted a carrier that would allow me to carry Bodhi now (3 weeks old) and also my 2.5 year old, at different times obviously. So basically an all ages, all positions sling. These are quite rare. Newborns need so much more support and toddlers need more material, more surface area, more padding on the shoulder straps for us parents. But this sling manages to do it all INCLUDING a front facing position for when Bodhi gets older. *Babies should only face forwards when they have total neck control and a decent body control, i.e definitely no sooner than four months but for some babies it's past 6 months. A good read on this front-facing debate can be read here.
- A bit like a Mei Tai or other conversion slings, the Zarpar Bebe has the comfort of a wrap with the ease of a structured carrier that many parents are looking for. Me? I love a woven wrap because of the way it feels for me and my babe, but there are times when quick, easy and with less material bound round us both, really is necessary...especially when travelling in hot places.
- It's also really breathable being predominantly made of linen. I wanted a carrier that was suitable for hot climates (for those who don't know we are relocating to Thailand in August 2018) Linen is one of the natural world's most absorbent materials so rarely feels damp, even if taking on a fair bit of water...or sweat! It also has the natural ability to prevent bacterial growth.
The best things about the Zarpar Bebe wrap are:
1) Simplicity. It's quick to get on. Promise. Being a bit of a perfectionist (wannabe?!) I had a look on the Zarpar Bebe instagram story highlight for a video tutorial for carrying a newborn and it couldn't have been easier for me to get Bodhi in for his first carry.
2) It's a hybrid. I'm a woven wrap lover, purely because I adore the snug, wrap feeling and there is so much more support for the both of us. The Zarpar feels like a woven wrap but for those of you who can't be doing with the intricacies of the wrap or creating that all important seat for your little ones bottom, this kind of wrap does that bit for you.
3) Comfort. The shoulder straps on the Zarpar are really comfortable but it's not a huge bulky carrier with loads of padding - the padding is lightweight and made from bamboo. It still feels like I can bundle it into my day bag easily. As I said I also love that it's linen - it already feels like it gets softer the more I wear it and it's really breezy - breathable for my baby and I don't roast in it either.
4) Jemma of Zarpar Bebe is a mama of 3 little babes herself and has built an ethical and sustainable business with a beautiful ethos. She has partnered with Sabah Nepal to help support women of rural Nepal to build a brighter future for themselves and their families.
Pointers for getting used to the Zarpar Bebe:
- Make sure the little wings on the outer edge of the shoulder straps are out and covering your shoulders because I find that it really makes a difference to the top rail of the wrap for supporting your baby's head. The shape of the carrier changes if you've got narrow shoulders like me and the straps aren't spaced out on your frame properly.
- Because the carrier is so versatile, the wings/ties are long, so stuff them into your back pocket or tie the wrap whilst standing on a clean floor to avoid getting the lovely while linen FILTHY in a day!
- Check out Jemma's instagram for some really simple story tutorials in her highlights to get you started.
I basically love it. For a UK stockist check out https://www.catkinkids.co.uk/ otherwise you'll get some hefty shipping and customs charges if ordering from UK.
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