Please check the times, dates and venues carefully as some have changed recently.
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
Please create an account on the sling library database here: https://wawishslinglibrary.myturn.com/library/inventory/browse
The newborn sessions are for babies aged six weeks and under as part of our free stretchy wrap hire scheme: http://wawishslingmeet.co.uk/free-stretchy-wrap-hire/
Slings at standard sling library sessions: 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, please contact for details
Now, this is a story all about how my life got flipped turned upside down, I’d like to take a minute just sit right there and I’ll you how I become the Almighty Sling Goddess.
Well, not quite, but I will tell you the basics about wraps (and no more raps).
The first thing you need to know about wraps is a Front Wrap Cross Carry. This teaches you the basics of how to make woven wraps do what you want them to do. The best place to learn this is face to face at a private consultation (we can teach a small group in this setting too) as it takes a little time to get to grips with but we can (and do) also teach this at the library sessions. If you’ve used a stretchy wrap it’s just a short hop, skip, and a jump to a woven!
This video from Slingababy shows what we teach.
Your “base size” is the size you need to tie the wrap on as above. For most people that’s a size 6 (4.6m). If you’re a distance from the average for height or weight then you may need a wrap that’s shorter or longer than a 6. As a rule of thumb the sizes increase or decrease by 40 centimetres for each size step. We have a wide range of sizes for you to try at the library.
When it comes to what the wrap is made of for me it’s really simple. Find one that you like the look of and don’t worry too much about the blend (i.e. whether it’s 100% cotton or cotton mixed with something else). The only caveat I would add is to be aware if you’re buying new that linen and hemp can sometimes take a while to become soft, and if you’re considering silk/wool they require a little more careful washing.
The second hand markets is the perfect place for new wrappers as second hand wraps are often softer through use (called “broken in”). Some manufactuers offer a large discount off your first woven wrap though as long as you go through some stages with us first.
Wrapping can be daunting but you are rewarded with an extremely versitile carrier, and for looks, nothing can be as pretty as a woven wrap!