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Carrying in the Inbetween

There are plenty of articles about carrying in the cold (particular favourite of mine is this excellent piece from Carrying Matters), but what about in this awkward in between time? When rain is more likely than snow, walking at any pace with a tiny radiator attached becomes somewhat sweaty and you may be running in and…
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How did I get into babywearing?

How did I get into babywearing? I suppose it boils down to be being a planner, a reader, an obsessive researcher – while pregnant I devoured books, articles, hungry for “the answer” (or any answer) to perfect parenting. Most things I read mentioned that the baby wouldn’t want to be put down, and so a…
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Real Nappy Week – Guest Blog

Today’s guest blog for #RNW2018 comes from Kathryn, mum to Alexander and cloth nappy advocate!  Read on for details of Kathryn’s recommendations for a newborn nappy kit and her experiences with reusable.  For more information about Real Nappy Week and local resources, please click here. Thanks Kathryn! Until I was trying to get pregnant, it never…
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Real Nappy Week – Guest Blog

It’s Real Nappy Week 2018!  Let’s #MakeClothMainstream #RNW2018 Every year in April, the reusable nappy industry celebrates Real Nappy Week. This year it will be happen across the UK from Monday 23rd April to Sunday 29th April 2018. It’s all about raising awareness of the benefits reusable nappies has on: Our environment – by using reusable nappies,…
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Finally sunshine – warm weather babywearing

Hooray! It’s finally sunny – so what does that mean for using a sling/carrier with your little ones? The most important things to consider apply to all hot weather, regardless of whether you are carrying your baby in a sling/carrier or not and matter for both you and your children. Keeping hydrated Dressing appropriately Staying…
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“I don’t want a sling – have you got any carriers?” – language and the carrying world

When I trained as  a breastfeeding peer supporter I remember reading an editorial by Diane Wiessinger, IBCLC entitled “Watch Your Language” which completely changed my outlook on communication. I’ve linked the full article below, but the main idea I took away from it was the importance of choosing our language carefully, especially when talking to new…
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What happens at a sling library?

You’ve found the Happy Sling Lady. You’ve seen the Sling Library events on the Facebook page. You have a baby (or a bump, or a toddler) and you’re wondering what we do. When and where?  2nd Monday of the month, 10am-12 at Boston Tea Party Edgbaston 2nd Thursday of the month, 10am-12 at Boston Tea…
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What’s in the libary? – Buckle Carriers

So, what types of carrier are available to try in the library? I have split the types of carrier into separate blog posts and first up is buckles! As you’ll see, there are differences in waistband, strap types, panel size and adjustability. A sling libary can help you find the right one for your needs (a bit…
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Positioning

How can you tell your baby is well supported and comfortable in a sling? Mostly, they’ll let you know if they’re not! However, there are some key guidelines to follow in order to check fit and comfort for parent and baby. Remember that manufacturer guidelines for carriers (especially those purchased secondhand) can quickly become out of…
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Choosing a sling – Part 1

So, you’re sold on the benefits of babywearing, you’re all set to buy one and you have a quick look in Mothercare. The slings you see don’t seem to be very comfortable, and are quite expensive to buy without trying. You get home, you check Amazon and there are thousands of results – how can…
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