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Babywearing – traveling made easy

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

Babywearing makes traveling the globe easier.


Artipoppe Babywearing Story | By Julia Samokhvalova

I have been a vagabond my entire life. I moved houses dozens of times as a child, changing cities and countries. Even when we were living in one place, my family always loved to travel. Traveling is embedded deeply into my being, it is a part of who I am.

Then, my first child was born. And suddenly, it wasn’t as easy anymore.

I was a young mother – I didn’t really know anyone my age who had children, so instead I was surrounded by older women conveying their experience from a different era. ‘You can’t travel with a baby’. ‘Changing climate zones is really bad for children’. ‘Traveling with your little one will just make him fussy and nervous, and the trip will make all of you unhappy’. And so, we mostly stayed put. The sight of the stressed parents in the airport with the screaming kids and the Titanic-sized strollers made me uncomfortable. That wasn’t me.

It started to change with my third baby. Tim and I spent a lot of time in the hospital in the first months of his life, he was spitting up a lot, and he had a huge need for constant physical contact. The loneliness of being a mother to three kids under four turned me to mommy-groups, and that’s where I saw woven wrap carriers for the first time. Real people, tying their babies to their bodies with long pieces of fabric! I was sold instantly. I had used ring slings with my older girls, but this was so much better.

Babywearing stories: Woven wraps help mothers bond with their children and make traveling easier.

Babywearing was a big part in my relationship with my son. It helped me keep him close and keep active at the same time. Wherever I went, my son was content, wrapped up tightly to my chest. His home was where he could hear my heartbeat, and it didn’t matter what continent we were on.

But it also helped me transition back to …well, me. Being a mother didn’t seem to be limiting any longer. I could live the life that I wanted to live, together with my kids.

I have since had two more babies. They were both wrapped and flying to other sides of the world by the time they were two months old.

No stroller needed at the airport with a woven wrap carrier.

While I sometimes bring a stroller along, I never actually use it while traveling from one place to another. Nothing beats a wrap in the airport. Baby overwhelmed by all the people? He’ll feel safe wrapped up close. Tired baby falling asleep while you are moving through the airport? Not a problem, no need for getting out of a stroller for security or to leave it at the gate. Chilly on the plane? A wrap will keep you nice and snug. And it’s definitely your best option for shopping in the airport – those duty-free shops tend to have quite narrow aisles…

My youngest baby is less than a year old, and he has seen both coasts of the United States, the Alps, several European countries, and big parts of Asia. He saw them all wrapped up, and we got to share the experience of seeing the world together. And I got to be everything I wanted to be – a mother and a traveler.

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Babywearing – from necessity to style statement

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Amalia Saftoiu on babywearing as fashion statement


Artipoppe Babywearing Story | By Amalia Saftoiu

For the past two years we have been living in Moscow. A city where I find women are not afraid of expressing their style and femininity. Strong, diverse and multifaceted femininity. I find that being original, elegant and following your own style is almost considered etiquette.

As for myself, having had the opportunity to work and live in countries with a diverse background, I understand the impact the way you dress can make, that it is beyond just clothes; the way you dress is a communication tool, and a sign of respect in some situations. All of my previous work places in Europe, U.S.A., Middle East and Central Asia had a strict office dressing code policy, and naturally I have a certain affinity for learning how to develop a style that is adaptable to my environment, my needs and who I am. Whatever I thought I knew about this changed with the arrival of the children, and adding to that a body in transition, or transformation, the effect of the passing years on what I used to like, and yes, I was ready to start fresh and reinvent my style.

Babywearing my son started as a mindset, a positive projection used to deal with the uncertainty brought by our high risk pregnancy and the scenario of a premature birth. After reading about the benefits of kangaroo care (the act of carrying your baby), I started picturing myself carrying my baby, and that became my daydream. A positive image that kept me company counting the weeks, hoping to carry the pregnancy for one more day, and one more day, and one more day…

Amalia Saftoiu on babywearing as fashion statement

A few months after the birth, during one of those long nights holding my baby, sitting in our gliding chair, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed when I came across a dreamy motherhood image. I saw a confident woman, a happy mother, a content baby, the power of their beautiful bond, all these wrapped together in a glowing fabric. Magic! I clicked on the picture and read the description of the wrap: natural mulberry silk, natural baby camel, turquoise mercerized cotton. It sounded like wizardry to me. I wanted to grab it, wrap my baby, leave the house together and rediscover the world, and myself. And so my Artipoppe hobby and adventure began.

I never expected myself to get so happily caught up in a hobby; dive into the world of handwoven wraps, blends, patterns, carries; flirt with the idea of being an amateur babywearing model; have family fun with photo shoots in Paris, Florence, Amsterdam; all while getting insight into a business mind that I admired tremendously and along the way getting inspired to reassess and redefine my career aspirations.

What makes babywearing so appealing to me is that it is centered on my baby, my relationship with my baby, his comfort; and that it is just as much about myself, my style, what I wear, my play with color combinations, stylish patterns, luxurious yarns. It is a refreshing, and revitalizing feeling. I have never seen a pair of old jeans and a baby burp stained t-shirt look more fabulous than with a gorgeous splash of color wrapped around the mother and the child, just as I have never seen something more stylish, feminine and extraordinary as a mother dressed in an evening dress and carrying her baby close to her in a beautiful baby wrap or ring sling. I admit that I look at the fashion magazines now differently – not drawing moustaches on the covers, but drawing ring slings or wraps to make the outfits complete. And yes, I am more likely now to buy clothes to go with my favorite wraps, be that just a simple t-shirt in a right shade of red, blue, green, pink, etc. While black and white is my ultimate love, I have never worn so much color since we started babywearing.

Since the wraps I wear are the first thing people will notice about me, I prefer to go for something that represents me, and I am at the same time looking for the story behind, the why behind the wraps. It starts with the quality of the yarns. After spending a few winters of my life in countries like Kazakhstan, Norway, Russia I do know that not all wool or cashmere is created equal, or will pass the same test of cold and time, so I can spot the difference in quality with my eyes closed, and independent of the price tag. I love Artipoppe’s search and passion for luxurious yarns, be that the softest cotton and the silkiest linen, the most precious underbelly vicuna, their exclusive qiviut, the shiniest seaweed and silk yarn. By wearing certain wraps, I want to support originality, commitment to quality, dedication beyond the business success, dedication to an idea.

Artipoppe as a brand is taking babywearing to the next level. Making it inclusive, accessible and translatable to a larger audience of parents, opening a window into what babywearing can be for the baby, the mother, the family, outside the traditional roles or the traditional images in the modern society, while still projecting a contemporaneous image.

Beyond what Artipoppe means to me through my relation with the people I have met through this hobby, beyond the confidence boost it has given me, the inspiration, it is part of our lives now during pretty much every occasion, and our Artipoppe wraps are joining us on our walks, visits to the playgrounds, dining out events, and traveling. So beyond their functionality, the Artipoppe wraps became and are my shell, my canvas, my introduction card and my style statement.

Babywearing is also bringing our family together. With every carry, with every walk we have been taking together, my husband and I and our children, it is helping us verbalize our beliefs and intentions regarding our parenting mission. We started babywearing from necessity and have found our gentle parenting style as a family along the way during our Artipoppe experience.

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