June Sling Library Sessions


Warrington Wigan And St Helens Sling Library(2)

 

Wigan (newborn) 7/6/18 11-1 Hal’s Pad, Wigan Library
https://www.facebook.com/events/213447849256883/

St Helens 12/6/18 10.30-12.30 Playdays
https://www.facebook.com/events/1643594372406248/

Warrington (South) 13/6/18 12.15-14.15 Lymm Parish Hall
https://www.facebook.com/events/184330932221158/

Warrington (newborn) 15/6/18 9.30-11.30 One to One Midwives PAC
https://www.facebook.com/events/179924172664116/

Warrington (Central) 18/6/18 11.00-14.00 The Jungle
https://www.facebook.com/events/2019849718280503/

Wigan (Central) 19/6/18 11.45-13.45 Hal’s Pad, Wigan Library
https://www.facebook.com/events/193193417979659/

Leigh 25/6/18 11.00-13.00 Tesco
https://www.facebook.com/events/994708937357887/
Winwick (pop up, one off) 9.30-11.00 Winwick Leisure Centre
https://www.facebook.com/events/2041030462786339/

 

 

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

November Sling Library Sessions


Summer Sling Library Sessions(2)

 

Warrington (South) 1/11/17 12.15-14.15
https://www.facebook.com/events/122318911785224/

St Helens 7/11/17 10.30-12.30 Playdays
https://www.facebook.com/events/119967855362249/

Warrington (Central) 8/11/17 10.30-14.00 One To One Midwives PAC
https://www.facebook.com/events/1980549688832547/

Wigan (Central) 14/11/17 11.45-13.45 Hal’s Pad, Wigan Library
https://www.facebook.com/events/2015626668682763/
Adele (volunteer)

Golborne 22/11/17 10.30-12.30 Treetops
https://www.facebook.com/events/146376589310660/

Wigan (newborn) 23/11/17 11-1 Hal’s Pad, Wigan Library
https://www.facebook.com/events/1732553733721050/

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
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 wawishconsults.setmore.com

 

 

 

IMPORTANT: Leigh Cancelled


Apologies for last minute but the Leigh sessions has had to be cancelled as Birth 2 Potty is not available for us to use. Golborne is still running on the 18th, but any problems please contact us.

Thank you

October Sling Library Sessions


St Helens 3/10/17 10.30-12.30 Playdays
https://www.facebook.com/events/293430034471972/

Warrington (South) 4/10/17 12.15-14.15
https://www.facebook.com/events/114813479203956/

Wigan (Central) 10/10/17 11.45-13.45 Hal’s Pad, Wigan Library
https://www.facebook.com/events/121140055255805/

Warrington (Central) 11/10/17 10.30-14.00 One To One Midwives PAC
https://www.facebook.com/events/1419864028081693/

Leigh 17/10/17 11.00-13.30 Birth 2 Potty CANCELLED
https://www.facebook.com/events/115924492487935/

Golborne 18/10/17 10.30-12.30 Treetops
https://www.facebook.com/events/1968194900133238/

Wigan (newborn) 26/10/17 11-1 Hal’s Pad, Wigan Library
https://www.facebook.com/events/120039968700303/
This session is the only one where you can hire via our free stretchy wrap hire scheme, it is for babies aged six weeks and under. No other slings or carriers will be available.

 

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
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 wawishconsults.setmore.com

Out Of Hours hires/drop offs suspended


At the moment trying to organise and run out of hours hires and drop off is having a significantly negative impact on my home life so I’ve made the dificult decision to temporarily suspend both of these additional services the library offers.

Consequently hires will ONLY be available during hire sessions and drop offs will only be received back at library sessions or via post. If you need to post back please contact me for details.

Upcoming library session dates can be found on facebook here https://www.facebook.com/WaWiSHSlingMeet/events (click subscribe to be automatically notified of new ones) or on the website via this tag: http://wawishslingmeet.co.uk/category/meet-dates/

If there are any problems please contact me.

– Rachael

Breastfeeding and Babywearing


It was National Breastfeeding Week, er, last week, never one to keep up with the times I’m doing this a little late! Lots of people ask me about breastfeeding in slings so I thought I’d write down what I say. This post is not meant as instructional, just informational.

Breastfeeding while babywearing is advanced breastfeeding, AND advanced babywearing COMBINED! Basically I recommend getting very very good at both before considering combining the two.

In a normal, upright carry following T.I.C.K.S. the baby’s head will be on the flat of your chest, the carrier is tight like a bandage and you can see the baby’s face at all times. When breastfeeding it is difficult, if not impossible, to maintain all three of these things. This means that if you do breastfeed while your baby is in a sling then you should check your baby MUCH more frequently than normal. Ensure that they are getting fresh air and can breathe freely.

This is how I breastfed toddler Celia while she was in a sling, I highly recommend speaking to a consultant or peer supporter before attempting though.

A wrap tied in a FCC (Front Cross Carry) can be loosened off to allow access. As can most mei tais and buckle carriers. When a carrier or wrap is a little looser the child can be moved lower, as the carrier is looser though, it is important to keep hands close to, or on the child at all times. And be careful that your child doesn’t slump down with a rounded “c shape” back in a position that may compromise his/her airway. Only consider attempting this for a much older baby.

bfing

This picture was taken in 2010, long before I was a consultant! This is Celia (aged 18m at the time) feeding to sleep in a Mei Tai that I had loosened off. She is still upright with a nice back shape, but is low enough to get milk. When she finished I lifted her back up to a kissable position and re-tightened the carrier.

For younger or smaller babies Rosie from Sheffield Sling Surgery has a superb video about using a stretchy wrap as a breastfeeding aid, essentially it supports the babies weight while protecting their airway. You can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LCXLLIyem0

 

-Rachael

Babywearing Daddies


In honour Father’s Day I asked Andy, our resident expert on babywearing while being a dad, to write a bit of something for us. This is what he wrote! Please note I don’t advocate manual labour while babywearing (to be fair I don’t advocate manual labour at all!) or really any activity while there is a possiblity of injury to you or the child. I do however understand that you’re all grown up and will asses the risks for yourselves! And thanks to the babywearing daddies of WaWiSH Sling Meet for the photos!

 

 

Andy

Hi, I’m Andy, I have a son; Aiden, a partner; Nic and a beard…

It’s that last part of that qualifies me to talk about being a babywearing Dad.

It has been an experience full of ups and downs, and I’m going to share some of these with you.

 

 

Samantha Brown

I was a student in London, and being the helpful soul I am I had helped my fair share of pushchairs and prams up and down the stairs of the London Underground, or had them rammed into me in those uncomfortably small lifts. I had often wondered (while losing feeling in my foot due to a badly placed wheel) that there should be a better way of transporting sproglings around town. I believe it was on the Piccadilly Line that I witnessed the answer. It was a dad, with some sort of device that looked like a backpack with a baby poking out the top of it. It was practical, it was safe and no wheels. I thought to myself (well no I said to my then girlfriend but that’s a whole different kettle of fish) that when I was a dad I would carry my child in similar fashion.

Steve Foster

Fast forward *cough* years and I met Jen: who is one of those friends who completely blows apart every preconception of what parenting should be, in a field (well quagmire) in Wales, who was wrapping her 5 day old daughter. I was mesmerised and astounded that a single length of cloth could hold such a precious cargo, I said to my then girlfriend (who is still my current girlfriend, but that’s another story) that when we had kids, I would carry our child thusly (Nic told me to shut up as we would never, ever be having kids).

Mel Frith

My first go at wrapping was not with a baby, nor was it with a Grimma or Eric, it was with my stunt Orang-Utan, Tuan. However, plush toys are no substitute for the real thing. Aiden was not quite a day old, and he woke up, had a feed, then he and I went down stairs while Nic slept, to the warzone that was the house at that time; birthing pools, washing up, furniture in rooms that have never had furniture in. I am sitting there with my not quite day old son thinking “I don’t want Nic to see this mess”, so I took a deep breath, but on the Wrapsody DVD, and surrendered the safety of my child to my ability to tie knots. Though it was not quite tight enough but it enabled me to empty pools, wash up, shift a fridge and move a dining table and chairs. All jobs done, little man asleep on my chest and a very grateful Nic.

Michelle Wainwright

Aiden was not one of those children who slept easily. He always fought tooth and nail to stay awake and there were many many nights, especially in the first six months, where he needed soothing for hours on end. Carrying any weight in your arms for that amount of time gets tiring very quickly. For me, the best way to soothe him was to wrap him, which helped settle him quicker than anything. It also enabled me to be able to do tasks a lot easier, for example, important game playing at 3am or watching really interesting documentaries on BBC4.

Nicky Branch

As a side benefit, it enabled us to bond in a way I never dreamt would be possible. Nic was successfully breastfeeding and although I fully supported her, I did worry that I would be detrimental to my own relationship with him as he would see her as his only source of comfort. I should never have worried. Now two years on and he sees us both as equal caregivers and I am certain a lot of that comes down to me wrapping him in his early days. Being able to carry, comfort and care for my child so intimately that now I could not imagine doing any different.

Julia Vernon

On the whole, I’ve had very positive comments from those who have spoken to me while we’ve been out and about and I often get told “oooh he looks comfy” from the old dears in the shops, or people talking to Aiden directly, which has been nice as I’ve never felt anyone talk down to him, and he can smile and wave and interact with them. I’ve only had a few strange looks and one poor girl who was so intent on staring she walked into a post, but I’ve not had any bad or nasty comments. I also think that Aiden gets to see the world more fully rather than just at knee level.

Jenny Gregory

As Aiden grew we needed to adapt to his growth and requirements. I went back to work and Nic carried on at home, with the pram languishing unloved. Although Nic got on really well with a ring sling, I couldn’t use it for anything but the shortest of periods, and we needed to find a way for me to carry him for longer periods. I have 3 ruptured discs in my lower spine, plus nerve damage to my left leg, which means my load bearing capabilities are not the best. I find prams to be largely uncomfortable means of transport and I so dearly wanted to wrap him when I packed up work and became a SAHD. Rachael was a saint, and we found that it was the process of wrapping that was the most painful for me and we looked at different wrap styles and products that would enable me to wrap him quickly. Buckles I find uncomfortable, due to my manly frame, for those who don’t know me I’m a mix between Sean Bean back in his early Sharpe/Lady Chatterley days and Daniel Craig only with dark hair (at least that’s the image I conjure when I look in the mirror and close my eyes, reality is so depressing). Personally, although I love a proper wrap, (I love my Firespiral) I find Mai-Tai’s to be overly convenient, I have timed the time it takes me to get Aiden on to my back, to the time it takes to get a pram out of the car and it is significantly quicker. Plus I love the feeling of someone snuggling down on my back for a nap.

Vicki South

BUT Andy, I hear you cry, I know you are obviously a badass parent, but I’m not sure babywearing is for me?

Suzanne Hancock

Well do you like?

 

 

Having a deeper, more personal bond with your children,

Charlotte Simm

 

 

Practical means of transportation

Louise Jones

 

 

Looking cool and awesome

Lynsey Gilmour

 

 

Increased confidence as a parent

Sarah Jay

 

 

Safe knowledge that you know exactly where your kids are, plus what they have in their hands

Elaine Parr

 

 

Dancing while queuing for food while a child sleeps on your back

Maygen Waring

 

 

Enjoying outdoor events without pushing a pram through a sea of mud

Katie Nesbitt-Hancock

 

 

Ensuring a 10 minute trip to the shops stays at 10 minutes

JEnni Porter grandad

 

 

Then babywearing is for you…

 

 

Anna Collins Dawn Sheppard Emily Lancaster Emma Smith Jo White Kim McCarthy Laura Fletcher Lorna Peers Louie Kinnaird Mandi Burman Rebecca Knapp