Today, the turn of lovely Tina Hoffmann. Mother, babywearing educator and managing director at Didymos, who create such lovely woven wraps.
Carol and I had the privilege of meeting Tina at the Wrap Show in London last year and hearing her speak about the importance of babywearing for the premature baby. Soooo interesting!
- What was your first experience of babywearing?
2 Can you pick a favourite sling/wrap/Carrier?
That is by far too difficult. I never used a carrier myself. I used only Woven DIDYMOS Wraps. And the designs were differen. My first one was a Laura for my son. Few others added to that and now I have a decent number of wraps. There are also two unique ones a trial in Tina Cube pattern and mainly warm colours.
3. Can you share a favourite babywearing moment either personally or professionally (or both)
My favourite babywearing moment was when I was still without children. I had a consultation in our newly openened store 1999. And a young father came to to the shop, looking for a wrap for him and his daughter. He chose the EVA and left the store proudly and happy with his daughter wrapped in the Eva. I really liked how much he enjoyed wearing his daughter and how confident he was about the shades of pink of beautiful EVA. I quite often think of that experience. It was my first consultation on my own as well.
4. Is there anyone who has been an inspiration to you in your babywearing journey?
Oh yes, that one is easy. It was my mother of course. She was brave and convinced of doing the right thing when she wore us in the 70s and withstood all doubts and accusation of harming the children and neglecting us because of her becoming an entrepreneur. We were never neglected and reading through the letters she got, still makes me shudder, there was so much hostility and judgement on her.
5. When was the last time you were babywearing?
Well, certainly too long ago. But only a few weeks ago I had the chance to wear a baby of a friend of ours. But I must admit, I look forward to get more babys to wear again. But don’t tell my children, they are still a bit too young 😊
6. What is your role in the babywearing world and how can people find you?
Oh, how could I ask this question? I think this is a questions others need to answer. I can easily be found at DIDYMOS in Ludwigsburg or via e-mail email@example.com
Many thanks Tina!