I’ve written previously about my short but sweet experience of babywearing; how I was determined to nail the whole wrapped up baby on your chest thing that I’d watched from afar in wonder with my first child.
With the Mouse, our last daughter I knew it was now or never and after some mega research I invested the best part of a hundred quid in a Hoppediz woven wrap under the advice of a proper lovely Mum I got chatting to at soft play.
I can’t lie and say I wore my baby morning noon and night, but I did love the beautiful dandelion design I agonised over choosing. We used that sling on days out, as a blanket for the floor, to snuggle up in, to picnic on. It let me feed discretely and mop up spills and spue on occasion too.
The mouse, being so weeny, can still fit comfortably in it now at four years old (!) but my babywearing days ended when our fiercely independent daughter discovered her freedom at around age one.
So despite previously declaring this item as one thing I could never part with, toying with ideas of converting it into a blanket or a cushion, it has sat in a cupboard for three years, barely seeing the light of day.
In all honesty, we don’t need any more blankets, or cushions, and brown and gold doesn’t fit any of our home decor style.
The project is backed by UK Aid Match which means that every pound raised will be doubled by the UK government.
Together, Team Mum will arm new mums with the health information and support they need to keep themselves, and their babies safe. To do this, we need you to donate so we can launch pregnancy support groups in rural Kenya.
These pregnancy support groups will provide practical health information to new mums. Each new mum will be provided with some baby essentials – including a weighing bag to help monitor the health of their baby. They’ll learn about breastfeeding, safe sleeping, what to expect during the birth and when they take the baby home. They will learn the warning signs to look out for – so they will know when to seek medical assistance at every stage of pregnancy and early motherhood.
The groups also provide a support system for young new mums – a place to ask questions and discuss problems in a friendly environment. Any new mum, wherever they live, knows how important this support can be.
Following the launch night I thought long and hard about how I could make a difference, and more importantly how I could use my platform to encourage US to make a difference, and I decided to launch a social campaign, #SellOneThing
Here’s how it works in a nutshell…
- Look around you and take a moment to see all that you have. What are you hanging on to, and why?
- Identify one item you no longer need. A maternity dress, a cot, a designer baby outfit, a growbag, a cute pair of baby trainers, a buggy, a sling, a scooter, a babyccino, a changing bag, a moses basket.
- Sell it! We don’t mind how! Facebay, eBay, Gumtree, Shpock, Depop, FreeAds, Instagram or even by good old fashioned word of mouth. Hustle Mama.
- Most importantly, donate your earnings to #TeamMum here so we can track the campaigns success.
- Don’t forget to share the campaign on your social channels to spread the word, tagging #TeamMum #SellOneThing and @childdotorg. Blog about it, instastory it, tweet it or just chat about it. Tell us what you gave up and inspire others to do the same. You could so something as simple a sharing this post, and you have just made a small difference.
I promised I’d join in (as well as running my way through March in my Mumathon). And I immediately knew one thing I could let go of for this amazing cause.
So this weekend, after one last snuggle for old times sake, my Hoppediz 4.6m Chicago Gold Jaquard wrap is washed, ironed and listed on a bunch of selling sites, to raise money for this incredible cause.
I hope this campaign will encourage some of us to let go of more material things, and turn a first world storage problem into a third world solution.
I don’t need my wrap, I will always have my memories, and by letting it go, I am giving the gift of memories to a mother and baby I’ll never meet, both here in the U.K and across the world in Africa.
I can’t think of anything more wonderful.
I hope you can join me in championing this campaign, and please, #SellOneThing.