Tuesday, 9 December 2014

December Schedule

We have lots going on over December, with several sling meets, workshops and a talk. Check out the Facebook page for more details!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

International Babywearing Week - Full Schedule

Here is our full schedule of activities for International Babywearing Week. It look as if its going to be a very fun, busy week!
Find more details for each of the workshops below. If you're interested in joining in any of the workshops, please join the relevant Facebook event page, or simply send me a quick email so that I can keep track of numbers: slingsolutions@yahoo.co.uk

The workshops are held at Blue Skies Play Cafe in Cheltenham. 

All slings for the workshop are provided (although feel free to bring your own sling with you), and various demo dolls are available to practice with.

Slings are available to hire from Cheltenham and Gloucester Sling Library after the workshop if you would like to continue practising at home.

Monday 6th October 2014

11.30am - 12.30pm - Talk: Introduction to Slings (Free)

Demonstration suitable for:

  • expectant parents 
  • parents of any young babies or children (newborn - toddler) 
This talk will give an overview of the different types of slings available, a range of demonstrations, sling safety information and an insight into baby physiology.
Babies and children are very welcome to come along to this talk.

1.30pm - 2.30pm - Workshop: Stretchy wraps (£3)
Workshop suitable for:

  • carrying babies from newborn. 
  • those who are brand new to stretchy wraps and would like to learn how to use one 
  • those who have already started using a stretchy wrap, and would like some help, and to learn a few tips and tricks 
  • expectant parents are also very welcome to come along and practise with a demo doll, so that you have the skills ready for when your baby arrives. 

2:30 – 3:30pm Workshop: Ring Slings made simple! (£3)
Workshop suitable for:

  • carrying newborn to toddler 
  • those new to ring slings 
  • those who are looking for a little help getting their ring sling more comfortable, and learning a few tips and tricks. 

Tuesday 7th October 2014

1:30-2:30pm Workshop: Front carry in a woven wrap - Front Wrap Cross Carry (£3)
Workshop suitable for:

  • carrying newborn to toddler. 
  • those new to woven wraps who would like to get started, (we won't have time for as much detail as my usual 2 hour workshops, but this should give you a great start with woven wraps). 
  • those who would like to improve their front wrapping, to learn a few tips and tricks, and get the carry more comfortable. 

2:30-3:30pm Workshop: Kangaroo Carry (front carry) (£3)

Workshop suitable for:

  • carrying newborn to toddler 
  • those new to woven wraps (many people find the Kangaroo Carry slightly more difficult than a Front Wrap Cross Carry, so if you've never used a woven wrap before, it would be an advantage to do the front wrapping workshop immediately beforehand aswell) 
  • those who would like to learn a new carry with their woven wrap 
  • those who would like some help to improve their Kangaroo Carry, to learn a few tips and tricks, and get the carry more comfortable. 

Wednesday 8th October 2014

2:00am-3:00am Workshop: Back-wrapping – Back Wrap Cross Carry (£3)Workshop suitable for:

  • carrying a child aged approx 6 months+ (with good head and upper torso control) 
  • those with some experience of back wrapping. As this session is only an hour long, you already need to be comfortable with getting your child on and off of your back. If you are still gaining in confidence, you are very welcome to come along and learn the carry with a demo doll. 
  • If you can tie a ruck, and would like to move onto a new back carry, this workshop is perfect for you!

Monday, 29 September 2014

International Babywearing Week

Next week is International Babywearing Week, and here in Gloucestershire we are planning a week of events to celebrate! The first event we would like to announce is a free talk on Monday 6th October, from 11:30am - 12:30pm. 'Introduction to Slings' will give an overview of the range of slings available, important information about sling safety, and an insight into baby physiology. This talk would be suitable for expectant parents, or those with a child aged from newborn to toddler. This will be a relaxed talk, with demonstrations, and you are very welcome to bring your children along. It will be held at Blue Skies Play Cafe, and is free! Please let us know if you would like to come along, and join our event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/675257275915327/

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Tutorial: Slip Knot Hip Carry

A slip knot hip carry (also known as a 'humble hammock'), is a really useful carry for both babies and toddlers. It only needs a size 1 (2.2m) or size 2 (2.7m) wrap, and because it uses a slip knot, it is very adjustable. Many people like this carry with a toddler who is enjoying walking, as you can take a short wrap out with you as a scarf, and quickly tie it into rebozo hip carry when little legs get tired.

I have created this tutorial with both a 0-3 month size demo doll, and my tall 2.5 year old toddler, to show how the carry looks with different size children. 

I am using a 2.12m size wrap, made by Oscha Slings, who actually sell this size as a shawl, but it can also make a great hip carry length!

(You can click on any individual picture to enlarge it).


The Slip Knot

Putting your child in
(Baby demo doll pics on the left, and toddler pics on the right.)