Thanks to Lalabu for the Soothe Shirt to write this review
In 2009 my husband and I took a trip to visit my aunt in Burkina Faso, Africa. While there she took us to the village of Djibasso and we were hosted by Lalabu. She had newborn twins and taught me how to wear her son on my back. I was amazed at how easy and comfortable it was and decided when I had kids I would wear them like Lalabu did. Once back in the states I noticed the wraps and baby carriers here seemed so much more clunky, uncomfortable, and cumbersome than the simple baby wearing in Djibasso. There had to be a better way! My husband and I set out to create a simple solution that allows moms to enjoy the benefits of wrapping their newborn without the complexity. The Soothe Shirt™ does just that.
I didn't know much about baby wearing until our third child, and even then wasn't too sure how it all worked. I had a carrier, but I never felt she was secure in it and I finally gave up. With the upcoming birth of our fourth child I wanted to try again. I'd found another item that seemed simpler, but once it was in my hands all I felt was confusion and defeat. Thanks to Keri and her husband, an idea like "The Soothe Shirt" is perfect for me!
Mya is a very clingy baby. Part of this I think is because it was just me and her majority of the time in the hospital after birth. While my husband was taking care of other girls, I had all my time to devote to my last little baby. All I did was hold and snuggle her, taking in every little part of her I could and just enjoying the moments we were together.
Once we got home and in to the swing of things as a mother to four girls, I found myself always needing to hold the baby in one way or another. She craved my closeness and always wanted to be around me. For the first several weeks we even slept down stairs because she wouldn't sleep unless she was close to me. After sleepless nights and needing a routine, I finally figured out she liked the close feeling her swing a gave her and it became her home in a sense so I could still take care of my other children with both my arms.
Keri made contact with me when Mya was just about to turn three months old. When I read her email and looked at the site, I was in awe of this product. I had never heard of something like this product before, and I was desperate to try it out so Mya and I could meet in the middle and she'd still get her closeness and I could still do the motherly/housewife things I needed to do without being confined to one arm.
The "Soothe Shirt" comes in five sizes and three different colors. Since its just like a tank top, you're able to wear it through out the day and have it handy when needed. The pouch opening folds flat so its not too noticeable when your child isn't inside. It has nice thick stitching and hugs you in all the right places. I got the biggest size offered after looking at the size chart, and at first I thought it might be too small. After getting it on and wearing around for a couple minutes, it was more comfortable and I thought it fit just right.
While breastfeeding didn't work out between Mya and I, the feature of built in nursing is a big plus. It fits just like a sports bra would and I could see how nursing would be simple and easy while wearing this shirt around the house or out and about during the day.
The Soothe Shirt is suggested for newborn to five months of age, and the pocket fits comfortably for older children. I had to bring Mya's knees up to ensure her comfort as well as mine, and she likes walking around with me while I'm cleaning or doing every day little things around the home. While our weather's been very up and down since I received the shirt, I have had a chance to wear it outside while our kids were playing and it holds up well. After getting used to the feeling of carrying your child in front of you, you'll find yourself comfortable and free to go about your business because the shirt pouch is stable and secure.
This shirt retails for $60 and is a great investment for mothers to be. This would make a great baby shower gift since you can use it right from the beginning, and its well worth the investment since you can use it for such a long time. Even after your child outgrows the age limit for the pouch, you can still wear it around to nurse which means you'll add another easy convenient item of clothing to your collection for nursing apparel.