We met some of the team from Rockin’ Baby at Bubble London (you can see our top picks from the exhibition here). We were drawn to their stand by some beautiful Scandi-style print on some baby clothes (but more about that another time – that is just a tease…). We got talking to the team which included the charming Mark Jeynes who is a Director and co-founder of the company (look out for his “mini takeover” interview next week!). He and his colleagues were so passionate about the brand, which was founded on the design of baby pouch and sling carriers, it was infectious.
Rockin’ Baby was founded as a company who design baby carriers in the form of slings and pouches. They have designed them so they are as simple to use as possible without compromising on your little one’s safety. They are also an excuse for your mini to have a cuddle with you.
Both the sling and pouch are made from 100% cotton and both are reversible so you can either choose to wear it with the patterned or plain fabric on show – men and women can use it without feeling self-conscious about the design. The slings even have a zippered pocket so you can store a few essentials if you’re not venturing out too far and don’t wish to carry around a separate bag.
Now for the part which really touched Katie and myself when the team spoke to us. For every pouch or sling sold, the company donates one to a mother either Haiti or Kenya in a striking orange of the same quality as those purchased. The company also send out midwives and specialists to help educate mothers (and fathers) in using the slings in order to keep their precious babies close to them in the tricky conditions they face. They call this their Mother to Mother project.
I have to admit, I haven’t been tempted to use a sling or pouch as I did not feel confident in carrying my little one without them falling out of the bottom! I also thought it would cause havoc with back pain (Teddy is sometimes affectionately called “Ted the Tank” for his solid presence!). Rockin’ Baby challenged me to give it a go and see if they could change my mind.
I was kindly sent the sling in “Peacock Johnny” and the pouch in “The Ground Beneath Her Feet” design (both £59) I will be trialling them for a few weeks and I will be posting a report on how I got on. Will I be a convert? Watch this space…