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When her daughter Coco was born five years ago, Alison Cross loved how “babywearing” created a beautiful mother-daughter bond. But she saw other benefits of wearing a sling.
“I had tendonitis in both wrists and a high needs baby; a baby that needed all sorts of bouncing, swaddling and ‘cooing’ to make her stop crying,” recalls Alison. “The only way I could carry her was in a sling and in the sling she was happier, secure, fell asleep easily and I could nurse without pain in my wrists.”
But Alison couldn’t find a sling that was comfortable, easy to use and stylish – so she made her own. She’d often meet Vancouver women who admired her slings and she realized she was on to something.
Paula Violi was plotting her next move and looking to create something innovative, ergonomic and sustainable. When her path crossed with Alison’s, the duo realized that Alison’s parent-led design crossed with Paula’s industrial design background would ensure that parents would receive a baby-tested, safe, comfortable and stylish product.
And so Baby Buddha was born.
The Baby Buddha Stretchy Baby Carrier is comfortable and liberating for moms, allowing them to bond with their baby getting things done. Its versatile three-piece sling/wrap combination gives moms the choice to carry the baby in all kinds of ways – facing in, face out, on the hip – and is excellent for nursing.
“Our most popular fabric is viscose from bamboo because it’s extremely soft and lovely against baby’s skin,” says Alison. The carrier also comes in its original fabric Breathetech is a Canadian-milled technical durable sports fabric that’s breathable and stretchy similar to yoga wear, as well as a hemp/organic cotton blend. All of the carriers are stretchy, allowing for unrestricted movement.
“Buddha Baby is a company that is very much part of the local community that feels a responsibility to people and the planet,” says Alison. The carrier comes in a reusable bag instead of disposable packaging. It’s also locally made. “We’re really proud that it’s made in Vancouver.”
The Buddha Baby Stretchy Baby Carrier retails between $117 and $127.
Giveaway alert! Baby Buddha Gear Ltd. will be giving away a super-comfy stretchy baby carrier in ‘natural’ coloured bamboo viscose/ organic cotton. To enter, please sign up for our newsletter or tweet about this post. Be sure to include the words “@vancouver_mom“, “@BabyBuddhaGear” and a shortened version of a link to this article in your tweet. Giveaway will be open until Tuesday, November 10, 11:59pm.
Baby Buddha Baby Gear Ltd.
Available at the following locations in Metro Vancouver:
- Beansprouts, 4305 Main St. (604.871.9782 )
- Bobbits For Kids, 2935 West 4th Ave (604 738 0333 )
- Crocodile Baby, 2156 West 4th (604-742-CROC (2762) )
- Dandelion Kids, 1206 Commercial Dr ( 604.676.1862 )
- Yaletown Chiropractic (Organic Products only), 3-1238 Homer St. ( 604.688.KIDS (5437) )
- Boomers and Echoes, 1985 Lonsdale Avenue ( 604.984.6163 )
- Jack & Lola, 135 West 1st Street ( 778-340-JACK )
- www.lussobaby.ca, 1037 Marine Drive [Vancouver Mom reviewed]
- Baby’s World, Suite 6-1300 Woolridge St. ( 604 515 0888 )
- dandelion KIDS, #1-101 Morrissey Road (604.949.1862 )
- Westcoast Kids, 12411 Bridgeport Road ( 604 288-1168 )