Woven wraps

Woven wraps are often overlooked at the library but we want that to change!

Woven wraps have so much going for them!


They’re versatile

Infinitely adjustable


There’s a wrap to suit every pocket, there are excellent budget brands that cost under £50, but you can also get a beautiful one of a kind handwoven for, um, everso slightly more than that…


And oh so very very very pretty! LOOK AT IT!

oscha roses

So, to encourage you to fall into the rabbit hole of woven wraps for April we’re offering half price hire on woven wraps only!  You can see what we’ve got here, please let me know you’re coming for the offer and if there’s a particular wrap you’d like (check the sizes, if you’re not sure what size you need then ask!) And keep an eye on the facebook page as we’re going to try to post some inspiration for you!


April library session dates

St Helens 4/4/16 10.30-12.30 Playdays

Warrington (South) 5/4/17 11.00-14.00 Sanctuary Cafe Lymm (New day and venue)

Wigan (Central) 18/4/16 11.45-13.45 Hal’s Pad, Wigan Library (new day and time)

Golborne 9/4/17 10.30-12.30 Treetops

Leigh 25/4/17 10.30-13.30 Birth 2 Potty

Warrington (Central) 26/4/17 10.30-14.00 One To One Midwives PAC

Please check the times, dates and venues carefully as some have changed from this month.

More details of each venue are in the “venues” tab above. If you’re on facebook you can subscribe to be auomatically informed of new dates here: https://www.facebook.com/WaWiSHSlingMeet/events

Slings: Will be available for hire and demo, to hire it is £4 per week (3 month block hire is also available. £25 for stretchy wraps, £40 for anything else) I don’t ask for a deposit as standard. Instead please bring along a piece of I.D. with your address and a picture of you on it (for example a driving licence).Want to save time when hiring? Then register here: https://wawishslinglibrary.myturn.com/library/inventory/browse Any problems just contact me via the sling meet page or website.

Important: If you want to hire something specific please contact in advance to check it’s available. All toddler carriers are by request only to save space in the suitcase And back carries can ONLY be demoed and not taught for safety reasons. See below for consultations to learn back carries.

Be warned that some sessions can get very busy so time with peer supporters or the librarian are STRICTLY limited, private consultations are available wawishconsults.setmore.com

Secret revealed

Well, this is it the big super secret special library project revealed! After all these teases and all the waiting (which went on longer than I anticipated!) it feels weird to be telling you so, a bit of background first.

In the summer I met with some of the managers at Wigan Council, over a series of meetings we discussed a new venue (our central Wigan one) but also accessing funding.

They agreed that my idea should meet with the council’s guidelines so I set about writing an application to prove that using slings was beneficial, but it was to be judged by people who had no idea what a sling was!

The peer supporters, especially Louise, were invaluable, talking me through and checking what I did. But I know how cash strapped councils are so I didn’t rate my chances.

Then the email arrived.


Funding (Well, most of it) had been granted so…

Over the next few weeks/months we’ll be getting ready to offer a FREE four week hire of a stretchy wrap to any baby under the age of six weeks that lives in the Warrington, Wigan or St Helens area! (Be aware that to start with it will only be offered at one session in Central Wigan but anyone from our three areas can travel in to access it.)

Isn’t it exciting! My aim is to make sure that all new parents can access slings as they are so beneficial especially in those early days. Making it free means people are more likely to try it out and they’ll get safety advice directly from us.

I’ll keep you up to date with how it’s going to work, how we’re doing and what we’re doing as we get things ready so keep an eye on what we do! We’re going to need your help with some bits too!

– Rachael


Babywearing and language

I have been sent a very funny guest post by www.thingsmydaughtersays.co.uk Be warned it contains some um, well it doesn’t contain some naughty words but it also sort of does. Essentially if you’re very very sensitive to swearing maybe skip this blog post! But my very confusing warning will make sense when you read it!


I always thought that babywearing seemed like a good idea, so I made sure I went to the sling library when my daughter was a few months old to see what we could work with. In the end, we fell in love with a Connecta, bought ourselves a beautiful birds of Norway design and use it all the time.


There are loads of reasons why I love carrying my daughter, but the main one at the moment is communication. Arwen is 20 months old and is learning a handful of new words every day. As an ex-English teacher, I’m fascinated by her language and have been keeping records of all her words as she learns them. And what I’ve realised recently is that a great way to find out what new words she’s learnt is to pop her in the Connecta and go for a walk. The beauty of carrying her is that we can talk the whole time. I found out that she knew the words “bird” and “plane” on the same walk, when one of each flew over us. Had she been in a buggy, I would never have heard her say either.


She loves to point out things when we’re out and about now; a recent trip to a farm showed that she knows the word “cockerel”, for example. The first time she saw one, she said its name perfectly. After that, she insisted on referring to it as “cock-cock-cockerel” and laughing away to herself. She may have inherited her parents’ incredibly grown up sense of humour.


I love taking her out and listening to her point things out as we’re walking, though the woman whose face she shoved her finger into as she shouted “people!” didn’t seem to enjoy it as much as I did. And I had possibly the most tedious walk ever on Tuesday as it was bin day. So Arwen pointed out bins. Every one we walked past. I’ve never noticed how many bins are on our estate before, but I can tell you now, it’s about a thousand bajillion.


The only drawback to it that I can see is that when she gets excited, she tends to shout. And as we all know, there’s nothing in the world more exciting than traffic lights. If I ever develop tinnitus, I’ll know it’s all down to repeated shouts of “go go GGGGOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!” when the green man shows his face. (Does the green man have a face? I’ve just googled images of a green man. I’m still not sure of the answer.)
But despite the concern for my future hearing, I love the closeness of carrying Arwen and chatting to her as she discovers the world in all its glory. Especially when she shouts “cock” at the farm.


Names are a funny thing, it’s essentially the noise someone has to make to attract your attention but we spend a long time thinking up that noise for our children and our own name comes to have great significance for us.

This is me.


My name is Rachael, sometimes people call me Rach and if I tolerate that take it as a compliment as it means I like you! My name is Rachael not Rach or indeed anything else! One university lecturer came on the receiving end of my desire to be called by my name when he attempted to call me Rach and received a sharp “My name is Rachael.” in return (He wasn’t being overly respectful at the time!). While I will tolerate a shortened version of my name I expect you to respect me enough to call me by my full name if I request it.

I feel it’s important to afford a similar respect to carriers. For years we’ve said “onbu”, “pod” but the people whose language it is have asked that we don’t shorten their names as, well, to be frank, it doesn’t make sense in the original language! Not a problem says I, Rachael (not Rach), Obuhimo (Ohn-bu-he-mo) and Podaegi (Poh-deh-gee) it is!

Similarly for mei tais, the words don’t reflect what it actually is and what it’s actually called and so make little sense. Instead a more correct version is Bei Dai (Bay Dye) or Meh Dai (Meh Dye). At the library we’re going to go with Bei Dai. It’s a little trickier when it’s comes to names of specific products that have the word “Tai” in it, in order to make sure that you do know which products to buy we’ll continue to use the name the manufacturer has given for each item.

It shouldn’t mean a huge change for anyone, just an effort to remember to call something by it’s actual name!

Bei Dai