From bonding to reducing crying and fussiness, the benefits of wearing your baby are endless. If you haven't tried it yet, Byron Bay-based beauty and mother of two Lena Catterick will inspire you to want to carry your baby...
“Baby wearing will save your life,” says Catterick who founded Yoli and Otis after her daughter was born. She launched with a range of organic baby carriers and slings and has since expanded into natural clothing and accessories for children and babies. “Find the right carrier for you and persist with it. All they want is to be close to you. Whether it’s feeding, sleeping or exploring. They can’t communicate love with words so they need touch, intimacy, your smell and your warmth,” she says. Catterick would know. As a mother of two – Yolanda, 2, and Louie, newborn – she vividly recalls the closeness her babies needed when they were born. “Yoli needed a lot of closeness as a baby (quite the opposite to now, as she’s become very independent). We knew the best way to achieve this was through wearing her,” she says. We caught up with the gorgeous Catterick to find out more about carrying your baby and life in Byron Bay…
What has motherhood taught you?
Unconditional love. There are so many powerfully beautiful moments we share with our children, but as we all know, it’s not all peaches and cream. It’s testing at times, but we always find the strength and voluntarily succumb to the labour of love, nurturing our little ones with every second of the day… and night. There’s not a minute up our sleeves for ourselves, but as mothers, we’re okay with that. It’s unconditional.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
To trust more. There is so much wrong in the world today, and because of this, we are taught to be sceptical, or weary of the unknown from a very early age, which can also work against you in certain situations. I realise now the importance of being open minded and more trusting. It allows you to see more good in the world, opening up doors to a new way of looking at love, life and health, enhancing prosperity for myself and my family.
What qualities do you love most in people and what qualities do you want your children to value?
Honesty. A common answer but one that’s very hard to come by, which makes it an easy one to appreciate! Another favourite quality I’m always drawn to is the ability to tell a good story. A vivid imagination. Something I would love my children to portray and also appreciate. These are the people who seek adventure and are wonderful to share life with.
What does your daily beauty routine consist of…
I suffer from a skin condition called rosacea, so anything I put on my face needs to be as close to natural as possible, to avoid any inflammation. So just cold water and a flannel, a vitamin B serum by Aspect and a natural tinted moisturiser on top. For colour, just a mineral blush in coral.
What’s your fitness routine like?
We live less than a kilometre from the beach, which we walk to at least once a day with our dog Otis. That and running around after a toddler seems to be all I have time for.