A sling consultant is someone who is trained and insured to support parents in their carrying journey. They will have lots of knowledge about the different types of slings/carriers, supporting the needs of parents and carers (for example a painful lower back, a wheelchair user) the needs of babies and children (for example weight limits, additional needs or carrying more than one child) and is just a general supportive and informative presence.
A 10-15 minute consultation is included in the cost of hire at a sling meet, but sometimes (for example after a cesarean section) a family cannot attend. Busy environments like a sling library can also be overwhelming for some parents and children, or maybe you’d like to learn a specific skill like carrying with a woven wrap, using a carrier in a back carry or would like to have an in-depth discussion and demonstration of lots of different slings ante-natally or with a newborn or toddler.
They can happen at your home or at Happy Sling Lady HQ, at a time or date to suit you and your family (travel within a 5 mile radius of B65 is included, further miles are charged at
1:1 sessions available:
Great for perfecting a carrier you already have, learning to feed in a carrier or trying on 1/2 different options. Only available at Happy Sling Lady HQ. £15
Ideal if you have a particular skill in mind like back carrying, or for exploring options after a stretchy wrap/caboo. £30
Perfect for exploring a range of options, especially with a newborn, or going a bit more in depth with woven wrapping. £40
Bump to Baby
1 x 60 minute session before baby arrives and one up to 90 minute visit after baby arrives. First session at HQ and the second session in your home, this is an ideal way to explore options and narrow down your preferences. Then when baby is here, a visit from me to fit and try the ones you liked. £60
I can also offer group workshops for up to 4 people (plus partners or another family member if they would like to attend). For example, you might like to get together with friends, or an antenatal/parenting group to cover a specific topic like carrying a newborn in a stretchy wrap. Get in touch if you have something in mind that’s not listed, I am more than happy to customise consultations or workshops to your needs.
If you run a baby group, antenatal course or other pregnancy/birth/parenting related and you’d like a short talk/demonstration get in touch for more information.
Healthcare professionals including midwifes or health visitors can also benefit from having some sling knowledge to support families both antenatally and with newborns. Sling use can also support the principles of kangaroo care, especially for premature infants. Please get in touch if you would like more information about babywearing education for health professionals (this link from the GP Infant Feeding Network is very informative: https://gpifn.org.uk/baby-carrying