Well, aren't I lucky? It is true that it's not so much what you know, as who. A couple of weeks ago my sling library and allotmenteering buddy, Charlotte, tagged me in a post on a local babywearing site. Someone was looking for babywearing, blogging mummies. I fit that bill rather nicely, as you might have noticed. A few days later I got a message from a fellow babywearer, the lovely Susie, of Mama Twofish.
Susie designs and makes beautiful jewellery for children who are being worn, fed or simply snuggled to fiddle with. As all mummies of slightly older nurslings will know, babies get to an age where they like to fiddle, tweak, pinch and generally irritate the living heck out of their mothers. Likewise, babies being worn on front or back like to fiddle with something at times, and if you want it to be something other than your hair, earlobes, top or tender neck flesh, they need distracting.
Enter babywearing/nursing jewellery; designed with children in mind. Susie makes colourful, tactile necklaces with wooden beads for babies and toddlers to play with and what is MORE, she makes custom jewellery to co-ordinate with your favourite carriers or wraps! I had to consider carefully which wrap to go with, but it had to be my rainbow Ellevill Gaia wrap in the end. Now I've chopped it to a custom length (between a 3 and 4) which suits my wrappee and favourite carries (double hammock, front wrap cross carry, kangaroo carry, simple front carry with rings and variations of a rucksack, if you're curious), it's the wrap I go to first.
Susie did a great job, mirroring the colours and pattern of my wrap in beads. She also did it astonishingly quickly. Such efficiency from a busy mummy is to be admired! I was pleased as punch to receive it through the post (suitably enough, on my birthday!) and when I wore it to a sling library session recently, I got many compliments on it. I do love a bright bit of jewellery on a white t-shirt, so it's very me, even if I'm not wearing my wrap!
This beautiful bit of jewellery really does what it says on the tin. It co-ordinates beautifully with my wrap and entertains my 20-month-old when she's having "diddy", as she has named breastfeeds. (Definitely diddy, not titty, although some people have wondered! Awkward!)
Now my only problem is this... I now need co-ordinating earrings! * tootles off to message Susie *
P.S. To be fair, there's a good chance I also need one to match my Fispi wrap too!
P.P.S. Susie did send me this beautiful necklace free of charge in exchange for me posting about it. I'm more likely to be useful spreading the Mama Twofish love word of mouth at sling libraries, but nobody minds a bit of rainbow porn, now, do they?