In April last year, our son was diagnosed with plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome) which resulted in him having a helmet fitted to help encourage his head to grow into the correct and more symmetrical shape.
He had to wear his helmet for 23 hours a day which meant sleeping in it also. This was a huge challenge at first when he was getting used to wearing it as he wasn’t comfortable lying down at all, he didn’t sleep well, growing more and more tired, the nights trying to get him to sleep were drawing longer and longer. I didn’t think I would be able to carry him with his helmet on, what with it being so bulky and I couldn’t kiss that lovely head which was pretty much all I did when I carried him. However, in the early stages of him acclimatising to his helmet he wouldn’t sit in a pram for too long so one day I just decided to try the baby wearing thing again.
Oh my! It made SUCH a difference. He slept pretty much as soon as the final shuffle was completed and I was so grateful for the ease of use that the Connecta allowed…especially as I had to feel my way around doing it up as this helmet was right in my way! He caught up on his sleep, I got a good work out and we all slept a lot better through the nights, yes, I had a few nose-buts and one black eye thanks to my son headbutting me whilst in the carrier but I still maintain that we would have had more issues with the acclimatisation period if it wasn’t for my Connecta.
Then came the issue with heat – and wow wasn’t last summer hot? The hottest on record wasn’t it? Not comfortable for any baby or mother let alone a baby with a polystyrene bowling ball strapped to its head. It was AWFUL. Our poor son really struggled to get comfortable anywhere with his helmet and the heat, I was sure that even though he was down to his vest and PLENTY of sunblock….that baby wearing would surely make the situation a whole lot worse and a whole lot sweatier for us both! Again, I was totally wrong. As long as he was in light clothing and I was in light clothing, somehow the fact that he was right next to me, and I him, kept us both quite cool. We’ve all read about how keeping baby close can help regulate their temperature and this was a real example of that. So we continued all summer to use the Connecta to walk the dog, do house work, do the shopping etc I kept it in my buggy basket so that if he were to overheat in there if we were out all day, I could just pop him in the Connecta. It was FAB!
December just gone (2014) he had his helmet removed and now has 0mm asymmetry (yay!) so the process back to keeping him layered up to now keep him warm began….and you guessed it…the Connecta helped hugely!!
New Year’s Day was a blustery (vile!) day here in Gloucestershire but as we do every year, we headed out to the local beacon for a brisk New Year’s Day walk with the dog – I was ITCHING to try out the Toddler Harris Tweed Connecta, and we couldn’t have picked a more perfect day to put it through it’s paces! The jump up to toddler size at first felt huge, but within moments I realised that we were definitely ready. My son is 16 months and wasn’t quite knee to knee in his standard Connecta’s and the back panel wasn’t quite reaching up to the neck so as soon as he was properly comforted with the toddler sized Connecta we both felt the benefit. The tweed….oh the tweed! Being a bit of a country bumpkin myself, I love a bit of tweed and it really does suit the Connecta’s, I felt that with the wind howling and nearly blowing us off of the top of the beacon that my son was kept very snug and protected…..I used the hood to shield his face from the wind and it was fab. I didn’t feel that he needed any extra layers other than a cable knit jumper he received for Christmas as he was toasty warm; I am totally sold on the Harris Tweed Connectas for the fact that they are durable, unisex, stunning to wear with any outfit and….well it’s TWEED!
We are very much looking forward to the sun coming out again after the last few weeks of awful weather and whilst we are enjoying the crisp mornings walking the dog in the Connecta…it would be quite nice to just feel the warmth of the sun on our skin wouldn’t it?