If you’ve ever tried to soothe a crying baby while single-handedly making dinner for the rest of your family, you’ll already know that carrying your child in a sling can be an absolute godsend.
Not only does your baby get to be close to you and see what all the action is at grown-up level, but you get to carry on with a few essential jobs at the same time.
When my son was much, much smaller than he is now, I tried using a few baby carriers but he just never seemed happy in any of them. I loved the idea of being able to carry him but for me, it just never worked out.
It wasn’t until he was too big for me to carry (he’s now five but about as tall as the average seven-year-old), that I heard there was a sling library where I could try out baby carriers for just a few pounds a week as well as getting expert advice on which ones would suit me and my child the best.
I booked in for a consultation with Wibke from the Wirral Sling Library when baby gal was just three months old, and we spent a good hour at my house trying different carriers and how to use them. The main thing for me was finding a sling which would help me carry my daughter easily between the car and my son’s school, a journey not far enough for the faff of getting out the buggy and too far to carry her just in my arms.
I ended up with a ring sling (in glorious technicolor) and a Connecta Integra in beautiful turquoise silk. Yay, comfortable, practical and looks good! I still use the Connecta, despite baby gal being at a very wriggly just walking stage.
Wibke now runs the sling library from a shop in Birkenhead, The Owl Tree, as well as holding various sessions around Wirral each week. For more up to date info, take a look at her Facebook page or pop into The Owl Tree to say hi!
Here’s a photograph of me carrying baby gal on a recent holiday, looking like I am completely in control with my babe strapped to my front while she tries to nip her brother’s nose… Well, you can’t be in control of everything with two kids can you?
Below, you can see Wibke in her natural habitat, and a few of the wraps and carriers she stocks to hire or buy.