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!
We have a few changes to our schedule keeping us running around the May bank holidays.
The HORSFORTH session which would have fallen on the Mayday bank holiday (6th May) will now run on the Thursday of the same week (9th May) 12-2.30pm.
The FARSLEY session which was due to run on Wednesday 29th May will run on Wednesday 5th June instead 10.30-2pm.
The WAKEFIELD session which was due to run on Friday 31st May will not run – visits to WAKEFIELD will be 3rd and 17th May, followed by the 14th and 28th June.
If you need to confirm any of our sessions, or would like to check with us about your carrier hire, just email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
We have had to change the dates and times of our session at PlayStation Ossett to fit in with the needs of the venue. We will now run there every four weeks on a Tuesday morning for drop in advice, carrier hire and help.
if you have a carrier due back at either of the cancelled sessions we will be in touch to arrange a suitable return date and time with you.
To avoid our Garforth sessions clashing with our Wakefield days, we have moved our visit to Garforth onto Tuesday mornings. We have already run this at the end of 2018 and our first in 2019 is scheduled to be run Tuesday 15th Jan between 10am and 1pm. Free to attend and all welcome, as usual!
we knew when we change days we can have some ‘hangover’ hire periods with longer term hires or renewals. We try our best to get the word out, but if your carrier is due back and you aren’t sure where or when to return, please email us on email@example.com.
It’s less than four weeks until Christmas which means we have special hire rates on all our sessions until Dec 4th. We will be closing the sling library after the Sling Saturday session on Saturday 22nd, and re-opening on Thursday 3rd January.
We can’t run at The Play Station Ossett this week because of their bank holiday closure – we are contacting our hirers today – if you’d like to see us in Wakefield we will be there friday 1st Jun or back in Ossett Monday 11th June.
The lovely folks at Kirkstall children’s centre have asked us to visit Armley as well, so we are headed for the new venue once every four weeks for our free to attend Drop in session. The new venue will host us 10-12am on a Tuesday morning and repeat every four weeks.
Our first visit to Armley will be on Tuesday 29th May at the Little Owls venue on Chapel Lane, Armley.
Good news for those who attend the Kirkstall session too – their popular stay and play event will be running at the same time as our drop in session, so lots of great toys, little ones to play with and other families for a chat as well as carrying advice and hire.