Azzurra, Mel and “Wrap a Hug”
We are Mel and Azzurra and we run Wrap a Hug, a sling library and consultancy service specialised in woven wraps that we like to describe as “much more than just a sling library”. Mel runs the East London branch and Azzura is based in Italy.
At Wrap a Hug we are extremely passionate about wrapping and we recognise that it’s a skill that takes time to master and it can be overwhelming and frustrating at first. We build relationships with parents and help them become confident wrappers. We accompany them in their learning journey and are always on hand from the first meeting.
At the library, parents can touch, try and rent wraps and get help. We have different types of carriers but we focus on woven wraps as they are the carriers we love the most. We also organise a variety of workshops to educate parents about babywearing, teach how to carry their little ones on the front, hip or back and offer one-on-one babywearing consultations at the parents’ home.
I’m Azzura and I’m a babywearing consultant. I created Wrap a Hug and I’m based in Italy. I would like to tell you the story behind Wrap a Hug.
I had a very difficult birth: we had planned a natural birth at home but I ended up having a caesarean section. Afterwards I felt really lonely and tired, even though my baby was fine and I was supposed to be happy.
A friend told me about slings and their “magical” powers and I started wearing my daughter when she was about one month old.
Having her wrapped close to me was very healing! It was so good that I started researching more about baby wearing and its healthy effects.
After some months of happily carrying her around in the woods where we used to live, my daughter started to be too heavy for the stretchy wrap we were using.
This is when we discovered – and fell in love with – woven wraps!!
In time, I have tried different kinds of carriers but none of them gave me the same feeling of closeness and connection to my baby nor were as comfortable as woven wraps. One more good thing I discovered about them is that they can be used from the very early days after birth. This means that you can use just one single wrap for your whole carrying experience, unless you like to get more, of course!
Other mums in my town started asking me about my wrap. They were coming at our place looking for advices and support. That is when the idea of creating a sling library popped in my mind.
However, wraps can be pretty expensive and I already had a job as a singing teacher so the thought of investing money on a new enterprise was scary for me. But my husband believed in my vision: he encouraged me and helped me buy all the wraps to start the business. Then, my sling library came to life! I ran it weekly and soon mums would come to experience carrying.
In the meantime I was also running some music classes where I would teach parents how to develop musical consciousness in their little babies. The lessons were very intense and moving and in that period I realized how happy and satisfied I was when working with children and parents.
About a year later my husband proposed to move to London where he could develop his musical career. I had always liked the idea of living abroad so I agreed.
Of course “Wrap a Hug “came with us!
I’m now based again in Italy.
Hi, I’m Mel and I’m a trainee babywearing consultant .
I’m mum to a little boy that I have carried since he was born. I tried various slings along my babywearing journey but could never find something comfortable that would fit us both properly. Then I discovered woven wraps and fell in love! Babywearing to us is not just about convenience, it’s our way of life.
I co-run a Facebook sling group called Sling Social East London and organise monthly meetings where parents come for help, try new slings and meet other babywearing parents in their area. After months of organising these meetings I felt that I needed to turn my passion into a professional vocation so I could help babywearers to the best of my ability and give them the support they need. I’m finishing my consultancy training with School of Babywearing, setting up our wrap library and will soon be doing private consultations.
I decided to join Azzura in her Wrap a Hug journey when she told me she was going back to Italy. It was so sad to see such an amazing sling library and babywearing consultancy go away. I feel as passionate as her when it comes to helping parents carry their little ones and give support to new mums so I decided to resettle Wrap a Hug in East London and embark on my own consultancy journey in the same spirit. Keep your eyes on our ‘News’ section for the re-launch dates!