Disclaimer: I got my very first Solly Baby wrap almost three years ago, when Arthur was born; and I’ve had a Solly addiction since. Don’t think that it’s a problem, though. My second born, Leon, is two months old, and I get to be as close to him as ever, enjoy the sweetness of wrap naps on the daily, run errands and work while keeping him happy and comfortable, and tend to my threenager without having to put baby in a corner (because, well, nobody should put baby in a corner, amirite?). All of this while staying true to my style and myself, which feels ex.tre.me.ly. good.

The Solly Baby wrap is like a second skin. It’s light on your shoulders and easy on your back; and Lenzing modal, the material that the brand uses, is so lightweight that you can actually carry your baby (up to 25 pounds) with virtually no extra heft. What’s more, Lenzing modal is ultra soft and breathable and is sustainably sourced from the pulp of Austrian beechwood trees.

Solly Baby wraps are far more than just a babywearing tool. They moonlight as breastfeeding covers, which is great if you feel the need to cover up during on-the-go nursing sessions, and as scarfs (that is, unless you forget to unwrap it after taking baby out, like I often do).

Needless to say, the Solly Baby wrap can and will most likely become your must-have mom fashion accessory. It comes in many different shades and prints, giving you the opportunity to reap all the benefits of babywearing while making a fashion statement that reflects your personal aesthetic. And in the Jenny Pennywood for Solly Baby designer wrap collection, painter Jen Garrido shares her favorite signature patterns to inspire peace and energy, which, let’s face it, all new mamas need. The three prints (Shorthand, Dashes + Moon, and Rain) are bold and sensitive all at once -- just the right mix of play and elegance to remind you not to lose yourself as you are born a mother.

 

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Most families have built a network of social support by the time they have their first child—if they don't already have a support system, they develop one through various baby classes and groups set up for parents. The creation of the village can be instrumental to the mental health of new parents. Social distancing, the lockdown of cities, and isolation will inadvertently affect the type of support available.

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