New course! The Advanced Stretchy Wrap course

The long awaited course for advanced stretchy wrap skills has arrived!

If you want to get your stretchy wrap teachings to the next level, this course is for you!

The Advanced Stretchy Wrap course is designed to support baby-carrying professionals. It is beneficial for baby-carrying consultants but also for doulas, antenatal course providers and health care professionals.

It aims to provide you with the tools to get the most out of your stretchy wraps so you can support families both in the early stages of parenthood and also for the first couple of years.

From optimising your pre-tie to going free style with wrapping around, from the standard front carries to hip and back carries, from narrow one-way to super stretchy two-way wraps, we will cover anything you need to know.  We will talk safety and risk assessment, we will explore various positions, we will debunk some myths, and all this through the usual Slingababy ethos!

The good news: this new course is currently available in-person!
We will work towards a remote version but for now you are going to need to either come to the first ever course in Coventry in January, or get groups together, just how we used to do.

All information about the course can be found here:

https://slingababy.co.uk/advanced-stretchy-wrap/

When is Slingababy going to start running in-person courses again

When is Slingababy going to start running in-person courses again?!

This question keeps being asked. We are finding it tricky to plan with restrictions, uncertainties, travel limitations and with feeling that people are uneasy about big logistical commitments in advance.

We have now decided on course dates for 2022 (click here!). We are currently planning to run these courses remotely but we are keeping our fingers crossed that we will reach a point when we can alternate remote courses and in-person courses.
In the meantime, we are willing to start organising in-person courses again and adding extra dates in for those! All you need to do is to get a group together, just like we used to do.

There is a Facebook group to help you meet other people interested in organising a course (click here for the link). You can also find other students through alternative places.

  • For a course in Devon, we are willing to organise a course from 3 participants.
  • For a course in England and Wales, we are willing to organise a course from 5 participants.
  • For a course in Scotland or Northern Ireland, we are willing to organise a course from 7 participants.
  • For an international course, we are willing to organise a course from 15 participants due to potential quarantining times. Please note that our International Pricing is only available for remote courses (click here for more info).

If you have a group already or would like to register interest, get in touch via email: info@slingababy.co.uk

We also have a brand new course that we will launch next month!! and this one will be run in person, so keep an eye out for this one!

We can’t wait to get back to meeting you in the flesh

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: Rachel Coy

Spotlight on a Slingababy Consultant: Rachel Coy

Can you give us a quick introduction as to who you are?
I’ve been carrying for 11 years after I discovered the dog wanted to go places the “all terrain” buggy didn’t. I’ve been running sling library for almost 10 years and consultant for 9. I’m I am a mummy of two. When not running library, I am a secondary maths teacher specialising in nurture provision. I run the North East Sling library from my home in Durham city but provide postal hire across the country and video consultations

Can you tell us more about your journey from carrying to becoming a consultant to now?
I started carrying with a variety of mainstream carriers that we were given by friends. When Henry was 4 months old, the infantino sling rider recall occurred. We had a different brand but couldn’t understand why it would be safe if slingrider wasn’t. So I set about trying to find solutions. I came across the babywearer and natural mamas and very quickly fell in love. I started with a meh dai but moved onto buckles (my favourite being connecta – we even have an exclusive range called Isaac’s Dogs and Henry’s Hogs) and eventually wraps.

There was no in person support anywhere near me when I started so without online forums I wouldn’t have known what to do. It was this lack of support which saw me launch the sling library. We have grown from 23 slings to 300+ in the almost 10 years we have run.

I started library in July 2011 and completed my first consultancy course in March 2012. I have then gone on to train with all uk based trainers and Jpmbb. For a while, before returning to full time teaching, I also taught peer support courses.

What is your favourite part about being a consultant?
The lightbulb moment parents get when they realise something they had discounted because it looked complicated is actually the perfect fit. It is their trust in me to select what I think will be the right fit that means the most.

Would you share a special memory that sticks out for you?
I went to do a home visit consult with a first time American mum. It was thanksgiving and she invited me to thanksgiving dinner.

The other, supporting a disabled mum carry her 3 year old so she could take her to nursery. I have then gone on to help her with her two other children.

What tip would you give yourself if you could get back to the time before you were a parent?
Trust yourself. Firstly, you are in charge of your destiny. Secondly, when you are a parent that you know your baby better than anyone else.

Why did you choose to train with Slingababy?
Lorette’s enthusiasm and understanding. Her patient style and willingness to not just stick with the “normal”
That and she got me to concur my nemesis is carry – the robyns hip carry.

The opportunity to repeat days if necessary too

Do you want to say a few words about your Slingababy experience?
Life changing!

How can people get hold of you?
Rachel@northeastslinglibrary.co.uk
Facebook page www.Facebook.com/northeastslings or phone 07989242664

Rachel Coy carrying a demo doll on her front

Rachel Coy carrying her son in a woven wrap on her front

Rachel Coy carrying her son on the front in a buckle carrier. They are kissing each other

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

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!

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

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