We are lucky to have one of the first of the new Oscha Bairn carriers at WYSL – launching this month, the Bairn is a soft buckle carrier with all the good looks you’d expect from Oscha. Designed for simplicity and adjustability, the Bairn is aimed at families new to carrying or who just want something quick, easy and effective – without compromising on ethics or appearance.
Why do we like it?
The new Bairn is a soft structured carrier, with an adjustable seat, crossable back straps and semi-structured waistband. The adjustable seat width allows the carrier to be used from newborn (7lb/3.2kg+) without inserts or fuss. The wrap fabric of the panel moulds around the carried baby very well whilst also feeling light and supportive. The shoulder straps are well sewn and strong, with blue webbing to match the body panel.
As babies grow, the adjustable base gets wider, and the panel taller – allowing for front and back carries to at least 2 years (45lb/20kg upper weight limit). The carrier comes with an attachable chest strap for carrying on the back.
The Bairn has a large sleephood with generous reach straps, meaning good head support and shade even for older children in a back carry.
This new Oscha carrier is made from their ethically sourced and beautiful fabrics woven in Scotland. But it is definitely not form over function – at its most basic, this is a simple but clever carrier. It just happens to look wonderful.
Things to think about …
The soft waistband allows the carrier seat to fit naturally from the back of the knee to the back of the knee, narrower for younger and smaller infants, and wider as they grow. The carrier doesn’t have a fastening to facilitate this, rather the waistband sits inside a sheath of fabric. Some of our testers noted that older toddlers or babies straightening their legs could push the carrier into a narrower base.
The shoulder straps have a very square edging which took careful adjustment to feel comfortable under adults arms in a back carry – especially if the adult is petite.
Rolling the waistband over and placing it higher on your body gives a good, high newborn carrier – shortening the panel for a younger baby and bringing the soft waistband high on the adult – an especially good fitting for postnatal women.
Adding the detachable chest strap means the carrier could be used with crossed straps or in reverse rucksack style, giving fitting options for all frames and preferences.
Strap tidies keep the look sleek and stylish.
Use the hood one sided to give support for the head whilst keeping the baby visible and kissable.
The Oscha Bairn will launch in July 2019 – and be available for hire at WYSL in late July. See http://www.oschaslings.com
Would you like to try the Oscha Bairn? Come in to any of our drop in sessions, try it on and see what you think!