December Sling Library Sessions


St Helens 4/12/18 10.30-12.30 Playdays

Warrington (Central) 10/12/18 10.30-13.00 Dorado Lounge

Skelmersdale 12/12/18 10.30-12.30 Park Children’s Centre

Wigan (newborn) 17/12/18 10.00-12.00 Hal’s Pad, Wigan Library

Wigan (Central) 19/12/18 9.30-11.30 Hal’s Pad, Wigan Library

Warrington (newborn) tbc (will be Jan 2019!) 9.30-11.30 Dorado Lounge

 

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

June Sling Library Sessions


Warrington Wigan And St Helens Sling Library(2)

IMPORTANT, the Winwick session has had to be cancelled

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