New course! Boobies and more

We are so excited to announce that we have partnered with the incredible J’Nel Metherell to deliver a brand new course: Slingababy breastfeeding peer support course!

We wanted to bring some extra depth to those who have attended the Feeding and Carrying Advocacy Course and it was really important to us to be done by someone we trust who understands the Slingababy ethos. J’Nel is an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) and La Leche League Leader (Breastfeeding counsellor) with a huge passion for bodywork and its impact on the breastfeeding relationship. She is also the founder of Milk Mentors, a breastfeeding peer support organisation that covers three counties.
J’Nel and Lorette have known each other for over a decade and are both passionate about supporting parents through their own unique journeys.

Both carrying and feeding are not activities happening in a vacuum so it makes sense to start bringing all these skills together, united by our loving compassionate outlook.

So can anyone become a Slingababy breastfeeding peer supporter? Yes, but to access this course you must have attended the Feeding and Carrying Advocacy course first as some of the concepts covered in this course are used as part of the breastfeeding peer support course curriculum.

You will find more information about this course here: https://slingababy.co.uk/breastfeeding-peer-support/

Spotlight on a Slingababy Consultant: Emma Cooper

Spotlight on a Slingababy Consultant: Emma Cooper

Can you give us a quick introduction as to who you are?
I am mum to two, older child is 6, younger child is 20weeks – finding my sling skills so helpful with needing to care for two children!

I live in south Gloucestershire, I am one of the three Bristol Sling Ladies, and am building my consultancy (Emma Cooper Carrying) in the Yate / Chipping Sodbury / Bradley Stoke area.

I walk my dog every day, and I used to enjoy swimming and exercise every week although the pandemic has totally thrown that out of sync!

I love empowering parents and carers, it’s such a joy to help them be confident, comfortable and safe in their carrying journey.

Can you tell us more about your journey from carrying to becoming a consultant to now?
Eldest born 2015, came to slings out of necessity as I had two dogs and lived in a flat with no garden!

I quickly learned all the amazing benefits of carrying, for myself and for my daughter, and found the online community. I wanted to help build the bristol sling community and began volunteering for Bristol Sling Library in the winter of 2015.

I loved helping people and so began my training: I did Born to Carry Peer Supporter training in April 2016, School of Babywearing Consultant training in February 2017, and Slingababy Consultant training in April 2018 – followed by Slingababy Feeding in Slings course in the summer of 2019. The Slingababy CPD has been amazing and I have attended a number of babywearing conferences (MBCC, Carry on London, The Wrap Show) where I have broadened my skills and knowledge.

What is your favourite part about being a consultant?
The look on a new parent’s face when their child snuggles in and they fee totally hands free for the first time!

Would you share a special memory that sticks out for you?
A dog walking mums group grew out of a Facebook thread about babywearing coats! We used to walk in local woods every Monday morning for two years, it was like a walking workshop where we shared parenting experiences, sling knowledge and mutual support. It was such a special time from when I was 30 weeks pregnant until we had rampaging toddlers!

What tip would you give yourself if you could get back to the time before you were a parent?
I paid for a sling consultation, which helped me hugely… I wish I had bought a babywearing coat whilst pregnant!

Why did you choose to train with Slingababy?
I heard so many good things about Slingababy and I wanted to be part of the family – the other two Bristol Sling Ladies had already trained with Lorette in 2015. The CPD was also an attractive aspect.

Do you want to say a few words about your Slingababy experience?
Lorette is inspirational, I love the empowerment she brings and I love the community she has created

How can people get hold of you?
Text/Whatsapp 07780667556 or website www.emmacoopercarrying.com has all my details

Emma Cooper carrying her little one in a woven wrap

Emma Cooper carrying her little one in her arms

Spotlight on a Slingababy Consultant: Kimmy Milham

Spotlight on a Slingababy Consultant: Kimmy Milham

Can you give us a quick introduction as to who you are?
I am mother to Thomas (7) and Matilda (5) and I have a stepson Blake (12) with my husband Simon who is also a Peer Supporter in our Library. We live in Maidstone, and run Mid Kent Babywearing. We offer a Sling Library as well as workshops, social events, and consultancy services.

Can you tell us more about your journey from carrying to becoming a consultant to now?
I used to work in Visual Merchandising, and when I fell pregnant with my daughter a bit sooner than we planned I wanted to do something that kept me close to my children before they started school and I could return to work. Initially I applied to be a breastfeeding peer supporter, but as fate would have it the course was full, so I looked into how to train in babywearing as it was also my passion.

What is your favourite part about being a consultant?
I love being able to help so many people who would otherwise think they are unable to successfully babywear. I myself talked myself out of so many carriers because I thought they wouldn’t fit my body type, so I enjoy being able to open so many options to people who also believe they are limited or cannot carry.

Would you share a special memory that sticks out for you?
I can’t pick just one, every single message I get from happy clients makes me burst with pride. I remember them all and on my darkest days, or quiet weeks, I reread them and remind myself I am not an imposter!

What tip would you give yourself if you could get back to the time before you were a parent?
You’re not tired, you have no idea what tired is! Stop judging parents, you have no idea how hard it is! Oh and Super Nanny doesn’t have a clue.

Why did you choose to train with Slingababy?
I looked at all the babywearers I aspired to be like. I was in a lot of different Facebook groups and always admiring different videos or pictures, or even just their stories and personalities. I very quickly found all the educators I loved were part of the Slingababy family, so there was no question who I wanted to train with.

Do you want to say a few words about your Slingababy experience?
Slingababy has changed me beyond babywearing. The training made me look more into myself and how I approach others. The community has moulded me, and continues to do so to this day over 4 years later! It really is a family, even if I stopped babywearing (I won’t!) I know I would still have my Slingababy love.

How can people get hold of you?
You can reach me via the website midkentbabywearing.co.uk on Facebook and Instagram @/MidKentBabywearing on Twitter @MidKentBW or via email on midkentbabywearing@gmail.com

Kimmy carrying her son Thomas on her front in a woven wrap

Fiorella Ferretti’s project: LO SPAZIO NELLA COPPIA MAMMA-BAMBINO

As part of the training, we ask our students to take on a project that will benefit the wider community. This can be done in many ways: articles, blog posts, instagram shares, youtube content, videos, leaflets, facebook shares, how-to guides….

At Slingababy we believe in giving back to our community. We are collectors of knowledge, we pass on what we learn in a neat package, the Slingababy way.
This is why our “coursework” is not like an exam. We are the unschoolers.

Sometimes, our students do not have the right platform to share their work and we will happily host it on our website.

 

So here is Fiorella Ferretti’s project:

LO SPAZIO NELLA COPPIA MAMMA-BAMBINO Approfondimento sul Babywearing

 

 

 

Spotlight on a Slingababy Consultant: Marta Mróz

Spotlight on a Slingababy Consultant: Marta Mróz

Can you give us a quick introduction as to who you are?
I’m Marta, Pole living in Italy (since 2006) with my family: two girls born in 2013 and 2016, husband nerd and two cats (polish one, that made 1700km from Poland 15 years ago in a car).
I’m a physicist, in a previous life I was a researcher, now I am just a lecturer. I love to find common points between the science, and in particularly physics, and babywearing. 
I started to work as a babywearing consultant in 2015 collaborating with different local associations.
Since 2018 I am a part of “Oasi delle Madri” project.
I collaborate with associations and the maternity home, running “on road” sling library.

Can you tell us more about your journey from carrying to becoming a consultant to now?
All started with 3 different stretchy wraps given to me by friends and my sister. My first girl was carried almost all the time, she had had reflux and it was our safe habour. I feel so good and confident with carrying that when she was 3 month old I took a train to Paris to reach my husband.
When she was 4 month old we bought our first woven wrap, a neobulle, and a baby carrier, a manduca. I found local consultants that guided us through.
We could not immagine our lives without slings!
In 2015 I did my first consultancy training course with Portare I Piccoli.
In 2016 I started a 2 years master in the art of parenting and gave birth to a preterm girl. She showed me a different meaning of babywearing, which was mostly that I was not trained and everything was not as expected.
I felt that I still needed to learn a lot! It took me a while to find the path that feels mine but as proverb says: “good things come to those who wait…but better to those who search for them”…in 2020 I did my Slingababy consultancy and Feeding and Carrying course.
These courses gave me a boost!

What is your favourite part about being a consultant?
The smile on parents /family’s faces, that is coming from very deep in their heart….to share moments both with laughters and cries (cries)….
This incredible feeling when few years after their consultation, parents are writing and sharing their new babywearing journey with their new child. 

Would you share a special memory that sticks out for you?
Presenting a workshop in 2018 at a babywearing conference, where I could merge my two passions: physics and babywearing. Linking physics with babywearing and making physics accessible and fun to all participants…I was presenting in both Polish and English “simultaneously”… and by the end my brain was muddled up and I added some Italian. But it was marvellous experience full of discussion.
I was invited again the following year and it was great experience.

What tip would you give yourself if you could get back to the time before you were a parent?
Do not be so hard with yourself. Ask if you need help. Learn a little bit more about a being a parent before becoming one.

Why did you choose to train with Slingababy?
I was searching for a while for a new training to learn something new, something different, to get something more than technique…I was hungry :-)
 I was searching and…then Slingababy website catch my eye – Lorette’s SMILE!
I FEEL that this is something that gives me butterflies. It was the best choice I have done!

Do you want to say a few words about your Slingababy experience?
The course was very intense…and full of caffe!
After those 4 full days, I needed time to settle all the information, feelings and experience.
This experience encourages you to a different way of thinking, out of the box thinking. It leads to long term conscious changes.
Being a part of Slingababy community is like a being in a big, open loving non-judgemental family.

How can people get hold of you?
On fb:: @MartaSlingababy
On IG:: @Martasek_Mroz
Website: www.oasidellemadri.it and www.allattareinfascia.it
Mail: marta@oasidellemadri.it

 

Marta with her husband taking a walk in nature. Green trees behind them and the path going down. Smiling and carrying their daughters. Summer time.

International Pricing

Going online to teach has brought an amazing international dimension to our courses. We have always loved travelling and meeting people from various cultures but as always, money has been a barrier for many.
Since the start of Slingababy, we have been committed to making our courses affordable and to facilitate spreading costs.
Despite our efforts, finances are varying so much internationally and we are just out of budgets for some countries.
Recently we were contacted regarding scholarships and this led us to look into how we could find solutions to make it possible for everyone to get to our teachings.

We are so pleased to bring our solution forward and we are hoping it will help people from all over the world to access our courses.
We have decided to offer a pro-rata system per country depending on the average income for this country compared to the UK for all our remote and online courses.

Any country with an average income equal or above to the UK average income will pay our full prices (£575 for consultancy, £100 for peer support, £100 for feeding and carrying advocacy).
Any country with an average income which is lower to the UK average income will pay pro rata.

For examples:
India which has an average income of 10% of that in the UK will pay 10% of our course fees so £57.50 for consultancy, £10 for peer support, £10 for feeding and carrying advocacy.
Greece could access our courses for £230 for consultancy, £40 for peer support, £40 for feeding and carrying advocacy.

We would still offer our payment plan options to spread the costs.

As you may have guessed this is quite a gamble as our overheads in the UK are still high. We are therefore also launching a campaign to support Slingababy’s commitment to spreading its message of love through “buy me a coffee” https://www.buymeacoffee.com/Slingababy  You can support us as a one-off or as a monthly membership.

So how do you find out, the price for your country? Just get in touch and we will do the maths! We are working on a table with most countries’ prices and have already got a few in.

Wishing you a wonderful European Babywearing Week and we’re hoping to hear from you soon!

flusso di coscienza – nascita Lotus, puerperio e portare in fascia

flusso di coscienza – nascita Lotus, puerperio e portare in fascia

stream of consciouness

Ho sognato la tua nascita una sola volta ed è stata davvero così. Accolta da donne e accompagnata da canti in una sera di luna calante.
È fine estate ed io deciso che atterrerai in questo mondo nel modo più dolce possibile. È un momento così particolare nella società, ma ciò non ti riguarda, tu vieni da lontano…e vieni anche da vicino. Sai molto più di noi, sai molto più di me.
Da dove arrivi tu sai già cosa devi fare e con potenza ti fai sentire, sei la spinta della vita. Sei saggia ed io ti voglio proteggere il più possibile. Stai nascendo in un momento difficile per molte persone. Io voglio accoglierti con delicatezza e voglio preservare ciò che porti. Decido per la nascita Lotus e che avrai con te placenta e cordone fino a che non deciderai di lasciarle andare.

Ho scoperto di aspettarti gli ultimi giorni del 2019, me lo sentivo da giorni di averti dentro. I primi due mesi sono stati di nausee forti e di dolori e dubbi e rabbia. Sentivo che non era questo il posto dove attenderti, volevo vedere il mare. Volevo respirare l’aria pulita. Sentivo lo smog della Pianura Padana, mi chiedevo cosa ci facevo qui io, io che vengo dal mare. Mi torturavo dicendomi che non era questo il posto dove volevo crescere i miei bambini, io li avrei voluti vedere selvaggi nella natura. Discutevo con tuo padre sul cambiare casa e città, per avvicinarci alla sabbia, ai prati o anche alle montagne.
All’inizio del terzo mese le nausee piano piano passano e stiamo meglio. tu vieni con me nel mio percorso con Slingababy. La rivoluzione dell’amore, le possibilità e le scelte in mano ai genitori. Io e tuo padre decidiamo di fare una decina di giorni con il camper coi tuoi fratelli. Giriamo tutta la costa toscana, vento e mare mosso ci impediscono per tre giorni di attraversare il mare e andare in Sardegna. Ci eravamo portati anche le chiavi di casa. Torniamo in Veneto e ci chiudono dentro. Inizia la pandemia. Lockdown.

È fine estate ed hai due fratelli. Abbiamo superato la 41sima settimana e allora osteopata, digitopressione e fratelli dalla nonna: io e tuo papà decidiamo di prenderci una giornata per noi. La sera coi tuoi fratelli andiamo al mare e dalla ruota panoramica già ti sento. Stai per nascere. La mattina iniziano le contrazioni, poi pausa. Via tutti, stiamo io e te. Eccole di nuovo. Non si fermano più. Arriva tuo padre, arriva la mia doula, arrivano le ostetriche e inizia il canto. Tierra mi cuerpo, agua mi sangre, vento mi aliento y fuego mi espiritu. Sei nata.

Sono stati giorni infiniti, giorni tristi, giorni surreali. Aggiornare le notizie di ora in ora per avere i numeri nuovi e i decreti, per sentire parlare la politica, per vedere chiudere tutto piano piano, per i numeri delle morti che crescevano, per le ambulanze che sentivamo, per i parchi chiusi, per le amiche e gli amici che non abbiamo potuto vedere, per le videochiamate, per la primavera che arrivava e noi chiusi in appartamento, per i tuoi fratelli e le loro corse sfrenate, per il tuo papà che ha deciso di chiudere anche se poteva tenere aperto, per chi ha perso il lavoro e per chi ha perso le persone care. Per i viaggi non fatti, gli sport non praticati, per non aver più visto i nonni e gli zii.

Io mi sento meravigliosamente bene. Mi sento potente, competente e felice. Sei nata in casa ed io mi sento forte. Già la mattina dopo potrei uscire, potrei portarti fuori ed accompagnare i tuoi fratelli al parco. La placenta ci obbliga a rimanere lì, preferibilmente nel letto, solo io e te.

Il 4 maggio il via libera tutti. Si può uscire. Porto i tuoi fratelli dalla montagna al mare. –stiamo fuori, sempre fuori. Mascherina e gel. Arriva l’estate ed è sempre mare. È la Gallura ed è la riviera veneta. Noi ti aspettiamo bambina mia, quello che succede nel mondo non ci importa.

Se non avessimo fatto una nascita Lotus già il mattino seguente ti avrei messo nella fascia ed avrei camminato. La placenta mi ricorda che ho appena dato alla luce una bambina, che ho bisogno di riposare anche se mi sento bene, che devo tenere riservata la mia forza, che devo tenere a bada la mia impazienza, che devo preservare questi giorni, che devo accoglierti piano, che gli altri non potranno toccarti, che nessuno oltre me ed il tuo papà ti prenderà in braccio, che il bagno, le misure, i pesi non sono necessari, che pulirti non serve, che il sangue è lì, è vita, che quello che ho creato è potente, che tu sei uno scrigno pieno di ciò che vorrai essere, che la tua venuta tra di noi è lenta, come è lento il tempo per essere accolta, che i tuoi fratelli a poco a poco aprono i loro cuori a te.

Il mio corpo ha fatto un lavoro immenso in queste 42 settimane, che non posso alzarmi ed affrontare ciò che c’è fuori anche se me la sento. Io devo rallentare, io posso andare piano in questo mondo veloce, io posso preservare questi giorni, io onoro me e te. Noi ci rispettiamo e andiamo lente.
Se non avessi fatto la nascita Lotus, ti avrei messa in fascia il giorno dopo il parto e quello dopo anche e quello dopo ancora, non avrei smesso.
Ho deciso diversamente, un po’ perché lo sentivo, un po’ perché non lo avevo provato del tutto coi tuoi fratelli. Ho capito solo dopo il profondo significato della nascita Lotus: rallentare, venire al mondo e dare alla luce piano, entrare nel puerperio, accompagnarti nella conoscenza del mondo così lentamente che i primi giorni siamo state sempre attaccate. Essere tra le braccia della mamma e del tuo papà.

La fascia, fedele alleata coi tuoi fratelli è arrivata molto presto. Il primogenito dopo 15 giorni e il secondogenito dal secondo giorno di vita. E tu, che mi hai conosciuta più competente e piena di risorse (grazie ai tuoi fratelli), hai aspettato qualche giorno. Non sarebbe stato facile metterti in fascia con il cordone ombelicale secco e la placenta con noi. Al quarto giorno si è staccato e abbiamo salutato la tua placenta.
Dopo qualche ora ti ho messa in fascia. Ero felice, ho preso coscienza di cosa sentivo, ho ascoltato tutto il mio corpo e no, non era ancora ora. Ho iniziato piano piano a portarti, per pochi minuti al giorno e via via crescendo. Dolcemente e lentamente. Il pavimento pelvico deve essere rispettato, lo sforzo che il nostro corpo ha fatto nei mesi della gravidanza e durante il parto deve essere onorato con il riposo, con la calma, con la pazienza.

 

 

Copyright – La fascioteca di Treviso di Libera Capuano

Spotlight on a Slingababy consultant: Laurna Hislop

Spotlight on a Slingababy Consultant: Laurna Hislop

Can you give us a quick introduction as to who you are?
I am a carrying consultant and sling library based in the Scottish highlands. I have been trained and working for 6 years.
I offer one to one sessions, workshops and training sessions. Recently I have been working online and offering the same to be able to support as much as I can.

Can you tell us more about your journey from carrying to becoming a consultant to now?
I started carrying 7 years ago when my daughter was born. We have a dog so I saw it as a practical thing only. Then when my daughter had Reflux I saw really how beneficial it was for her and also for my PND.
Luckily a local training session became available so I started when she was 6m. Then I looked and continued my development with full consultanncy training.
I am always learning and eager to take more training so I have more skills to offer my clients.

What is your favourite part about being a consultant?
Seeing that look of comfort, happiness, love, relief on a parents face when we find the right sling or carrier.
Seeing how much effect carrying can have on a parent and family is why I do what I do.

Would you share a special memory that sticks out for you?
I have so many.
I think the first time my daughter settled and fell asleep in the stretchy once I worked it out.
The relief I had and how I felt myself again. I was able to relax and have a cup of tea without her screaming in pain.

Also the first time I wrapped my son in hospital with all my knowledge and training. Being able to wrap him instantly while having a catheter!

What tip would you give yourself if you could get back to the time before you were a parent?
Book a session, read the instructions! You can get so much more out of a sling or carrier if you know how to use it properly. It makes all the difference!

Why did you choose to train with Slingababy?
Because I heard how empowering and amazing it was! And it was all true! Slingababy has been one of the best things I have ever done!

Do you want to say a few words about your Slingababy experience?
It’s mind blowing! I have reattended once and plan to again just because there is so much to learn. Even if you have been working and carrying for years, there is so much to each small step, it’s great to look at things in a different way.

Anything else you would like to say about anything?
Lorette is amazing 😉

How can people get hold of you?
You can get in touch at www.coorieinwithlove.co.uk
Or on my facebook or Instagram, both under @coorieinwithlove

Laurna Hislop carrying her child on her back

Change, grief and joy

A  lot has changed in the last year. Of course, this comes as no surprise and I am sure has affected you also in many ways.

Slingababy moved to online teaching and the slings stayed in storage. We hoped things would return to the previous format but it looks like we will be in limbo for a while yet. After much pondering, I decided that it was time to let the slings go so they could return to their purpose of loving and connecting. So I packed my van full with the extensive collection and drove them to the amazing Jeni at Little Possums Pre-loved.
I was expecting a long task but I was not ready for the emotional journey I was about to embark.

You see, the sling collection is more than a bunch of slings. It is a collection of stories, anecdotes and feelings. It is my story, my mothering, my chapter and it is woven with many other lives along the way. I am sure many of you will identify with some of the aspects of this story.

It all started with the birth of my son in 2010. There was one sling (a Je Porte mon Bebe in lavender and chestnut), then there was a second so I could wash the first, then came the colour variations. After a few months of carrying, I went on my first consultancy course and discovered the extensive world of slings and possibilities. I was hooked. I wanted all the types, all the styles, all the options. At the time, I was feeling very lonely as my relationship with my son’s father was crumbling, so many of the early slings were bought to fill the void. It won’t surprise you that the void was not filled but the sling shelves were looking rather full. As I opened the school, the sling collection was modest and grew slowly to start with. From purchases of the heart, I started to add the practical ones. Really, it started with my loved slings and grew to a mix of personal ones and specifically purchased ones. As the school grew, I started to meet many manufacturers and the donations started to make their ways into the collection. When I got pregnant with my daughter, I was excited about the prospect of trying some of these new gorgeous slings. So overall, when I look at the sling collection, I see my children (now 10 and 6). I see the hard times and the good times. I see the parenting and the relationships. I see my growth. I see Slingababy. I see the many consultants and their growth. I see the boomerang slings. I see tears and laughter. I see friendships. I see times moving. I see life.

I am not a materialistic person. I live in a tiny home and enjoy a very simple life but these slings have been a big part of my life and as Jeni and I were going through the huge pile taking over her living room, I couldn’t help but feel all the feels come out*. I wanted to tell all the stories. I wanted to hold onto them that little bit longer.

I have now shed many tears and I know that there are more tears coming. As I am typing this post, more are making their way out of my heart and onto my cheeks. The grief…. The grief of the early years, the grief of change, the grief of the last year… A page is turning but I know that it is bittersweet, not just bitter. So I look at the joy and I think of the unknown new chapters coming to my life and Slingababy’s. I think of the collection of slings and imagine the joy they will bring. I hope they are loved. I sure did put a big piece of my heart in them.

 

 

If you don’t know about Jeni’s work check Little Possums Pre-loved on Facebook. She brings second-hand slings to families with extremely reasonable prices and payment plan options.
And if you fell in love with any of the slings during the Slingababy course, you may find it on her shelves.

If you end-up buying one of the slings from the Slingababy collection, please please please share a picture with us.

* the sling that opened the flood gates: Didymos Lena

Spotlight on a Slingababy Consultant: Emily Taylor

Spotlight on a Slingababy Consultant: Emily Taylor

Can you give us a quick introduction as to who you are?
I’m Em! I live in Coventry in the UK with my husband – who is also a Slingababy consultant – and two sons. Everyone in our house is neurodivergent, our children are home educated and I work from home running CalmFamily and It’s A Sling Thing so our life is pretty full and generally chaotic!

Can you tell us more about your journey from carrying to becoming a consultant to now?
When I was pregnant with my oldest child I firmly believed in all the baby books about schedules and teaching your baby to fit them. When my son arrived it became *very* quickly apparent that he hadn’t read any of them. I was presented with a child who screamed if he wasn’t held and wouldn’t sleep unless on me or my husband and then only for about 45 minutes anyway.
Paul had wanted to carry their son anyway so we’d started looking at carriers but once our son was here it became very much needed. I found a local sling consultant and we went along and learned to wrap. 7 months later I was well and truly hooked and setting up a sling library, having found a community of like minded parents locally and online. I’d learned much more about what is really going on with babies and believed passionately in slings as a tool. A friend mentioned Slingababy to me and I resolved to go!
Now I do much less sling specific work, because it has grown into something encompassing more general support for parents with the wonderful team at CalmFamily who welcomed me with open arms. But those early sleep deprived days are what led me here.

What is your favourite part about being a consultant?
My favourite part about being a consultant is seeing a family have that ‘click’ moment where it all makes sense and someone else is listening and supporting them in what they need rather than lots of people telling them what to do.
Seeing parents feel empowered to make choices which are right for them and their families is amazing. 

Would you share a special memory that sticks out for you?
A couple of years ago I was in the supermarket when a woman stopped me. I vaguely recognised her, but she told me that she had been one of the first people I had done a sling consult for way back in 2014 with her first baby, who was just a few days old at the time. She now has three children and had carried them all and wanted to thank me for helping her feel that her choice to carry was the right one for them and to support them to do so. It was such a wonderful thing to hear.

What tip would you give yourself if you could get back to the time before you were a parent?
Read the baby not the book! And follow the science…

Why did you choose to train with Slingababy?
Honestly I chose to train with Slingababy because it was local to me and that meant it was easy! But I’d also seen friends and people I admired talking about Lorette’s approach and it felt different to some other training options out there.

Do you want to say a few words about your Slingababy experience?
Training with Lorette was transformative for me. I don’t say that lightly – it literally transformed my life.
Not just in changing the work I did, or my approach to carrying, but in how I approached people and family and life.
Slingababy gave me a way of thinking not just a way of using slings, it gave me a community and it gave me people who I consider family. I am incredibly grateful to Lorette for her presence in my life.

Anything else you would like to say about anything?
If you’re considering training with Slingababy, do! I have done a lot of sling training and a lot of other training and the Slingababy experience is one of the best things I have ever done – I’ve revisited the course on multiple occasions as well to help with my continuing development.

How can people get hold of you?
You can find me on Facebook at CalmFamily and It’s A Sling Thing, our website is CalmFamily.org and you can find the rest of the ways to contact us there!

Emily Taylor and her 2 children

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