Carrying Peer Support Course Description

The peer support course is designed to provide an exploration into the world of carrying to any carrying enthusiast. Whether you want to share the love and passion, whether you want to help at your local sling library, whether you support families in the early stages, you will be walked through the many aspects involved into carrying support. Not only will you gain technical skills and knowledge, you will also explore how to handle families sensitively whilst understanding the science behind carrying, and early years development.

We pride ourselves on the quality of all the add-ons you get with the course

A one-day course, covering theoretical and practical knowledge (See detailed content at the bottom of this page), helping you gain the confidence to support parents and grow your knowledge base as soon as you have attended the course.

Handouts: We understand that there is a lot to take in and that you want to pay full attention to what is being taught without worrying about taking too many notes. All handouts provided are kept up-to-date and you will always be given access to the most recent versions.

Access to a support group: the support group is held on Facebook and benefits from other peer supporters’ experience. If you do not wish to be on Facebook, you can always contact your trainer directly for support. Your trainer can also contact the Facebook group on your behalf.

The right to re-attend the course as many times as you like! (with a nominal admin fee): The course is built so that every person will gain something from it, whether you are completely new to baby-carrying or have years of experience.

 

All of this for as little as £100! (for a remote course or in-person course  in mainland Great Britain, please contact us for courses further afield)

Theory

– Brief history of carrying

We will explore how carrying came about and discuss how it has evolved in various parts of the worlds.

– Debunking some myths

There are many myths surrounding parenting. Carrying did not escape the trend so we will look into the common myths and discuss the science behind them.

– Role and limitations of a peer supporter:

We will discuss our options as a peer supporter and visit the concepts of when to step in, when to help, when to refer, when to stay out and how to do so sensitively.

– Benefits of carrying

We will discover the many physiological and emotional aspects of carrying both for parents and babies and how it can benefit society as a whole.

– Safety and carrying

Whilst most carrying is straightforward, there are associated risks that need to be discussed in order to limit issues. We will visit guidelines and how to relate them to most baby practices.

– Basics of baby’s physiology and anatomy

We will explore the ergonomical position in line with baby’s development and look for the most commonly discussed issues.

– Perceived advantages and drawbacks of the different types of slings

We will explore what the general recommendations surrounding the different types of slings are and discuss how flexible these guidelines are.

Baby-carrying practical skills

– Basic front tying skills on various sling types

We will look at various sling types and learn a basic step-by-step for them all. We will explore common mistakes and how to troubleshoot in a time-restrained setting.

Woven Wrap

Stretchy Wrap

Ring Sling

Meh Dai

Buckle Carrier

Narrow-Base Carrier

and a few more….

Skills Developed

Confidence

Empathy

Respect

Active Listening

Observation

Pedagogy

Self-awareness

Curiosity

Equipment Needed

Access to Zoom. You may like having it on a fixed device and also on a mobile device, so you can move around your space.

You might benefit from the largest screen you have available.

Something to take notes

Some space for the practical work.

Some snacks

Some drinks

 

1 Demo doll, preferably one with jointed soft limbs and weighted.

1 Woven wrap (preferably a long one but a medium size can be made to work)

1 Stretchy wrap (ideally 2: 1 1-way and 1 2-way)

1 Meh dai

1 Buckle carrier

1 Ring sling

Something to take notes

Things to make yourself comfortable – loose clothing, slippers, a cushion or something to sit on, some knitting if it helps you focus, anything really!

Lunch (snacks are provided)

 

1 Demo doll, preferably one with jointed soft limbs and weighted.

1 Woven wrap (preferably a long one but a medium size can be made to work)

1 Stretchy wrap (ideally 2: 1 1-way and 1 2-way)

1 Meh dai

1 Buckle carrier

1 Ring sling

If you do not have all the equipment required for the course, there are a number of options.

For Slings & Carriers

  • Hire. We recommend It’s a Sling Thing
  • Buy second hand. We recommend Jeni at Little Possums Pre-loved. They offer options for most purses including a pay as you feel selection which you may find suitable for training and demos. There are also second hand boards on Facebook but these may feel overwhelming.
  • Buy new. Depending on what you need we may suggest different retailers, so drop us an email or call Lorette to discuss your specific needs.

For Demo Dolls

  • Borrow. Your local sling library might be able to help.
  • Buy second handLittle Possums Pre-lovedmay have some for sale.
  • Buy new. We recommend getting in touch with Slumber-Roo.

Testimonials

See what our previous students have said about us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions? Visit our FAQ to check if it has been asked before.

Need tailored information?

We understand that every situation is different and that you may still have questions. Please do get in touch and we will see what we can do!

Book your Course

Have a look at our course dates. If you cannot find a date that suits your needs, or a location that will work for you, do not hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to meeting you!

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