<![CDATA[The North East Sling Library - Blog Archive]]>Tue, 19 Jan 2016 08:22:56 +0000Weebly<![CDATA[Arbonne skincare product review]]>Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:56:45 GMThttp://thenortheastslinglibrary.weebly.com/blog-archive/arbonne-skincare-product-review
Just after Christmas I spotted a thread in a local business women's Facebook group asking for if any of us wrote a blog and whether we would be interested in reviewing a product. The product was a skin care range by Arbonne. I don't often wear make up and my skincare regime isn't really a regime: does water count? So I was excited to get to try something out.
I was brought a selection of products to trial. These included the RE anti-aging range and a primer and foundation. They were delivered in an attractive storage container. As I primarily work with young families and babies I was sent some of their ABC range too - a body lotion, and a Hair & Body Wash. I am 31 so decided against trialling the RE Advanced Regenerating Toner and Day Crème and instead stuck with the products I was most likely to buy if I were to do so: the make up primer, the smoothing facial cleanser, the ABC range and the RE Advanced Corrective Eye Crème.
I really enjoyed the feeling of my skin after using the smoothing facial cleanser for the week I had the trial kit. This is the product I have missed since my trial ended. It definitely makes my skin feel cleaner than my usual water and flannel approach to skin care. After almost 3 years of no sleep my eyes age me. I was therefore keen to try the RE Advanced Corrective Eye Crème but was disappointed by it. Arbonne pride themselves on pure products but this made the skin under my eyes burn to the point where I had to wash it off and I didn't risk it a second time. My youngest child had a similar reaction to the ABC Body Lotion and cried very quickly after we had applied it to his skin. He is almost 3, he was able to tell us that it hurt. This reaction was not something I was expecting and did disappoint me. But the cleanser and toner did make my skin feel better. I don't wear make up regularly and although sent a foundation to try it didn't match my skin tone. I had a play and it was smooth, not too heavy and didn't feel too noticeable.

The trial kit products I was sent retail at £135. Did I enjoy them enough to buy them, well no. Did I enjoy having a play and finding some new products, yes. I may have purchased the cleanser but cost at £35 was too high for me to justify it.
<![CDATA[Hana Baby Ring Sling Review]]>Thu, 01 Jan 2015 07:57:45 GMThttp://thenortheastslinglibrary.weebly.com/blog-archive/hana-baby-ring-sling-review
I am well known to love ring slings and one of my most frequently repeated workshops is all about them. For me they are an incredibly quick and versatile sling; so when I saw that Hana Baby was releasing a ring sling I was intrigued, as were members of my Sling Library Facebook group; one of whom had purchased hers almost as quickly as they were released. I have been a big fan of their bamboo Hana Baby Wrap and have retailed them since 2012. This new development excited me and I am delighted that Melissa agreed to send me one to review.

The Hana Baby Ring Sling has a gathered shoulder and four rows of stitching.  The gather is quite wide so it does spread across full shoulder. The bamboo and cotton mix provides an excellent level of support. This ring sling is clearly designed for younger babies and potentially those parents who have used a stretchy wrap. The stretch of the fabric is a little more forgiving than wrap fabric ring slings and the stretch can assist with placing baby within the pouch created.

Traditionally ring slings are around the 2m mark in length. This ring sling is 1.65m long and at 5’10” and UK size 10/12 I did find it a little short when I tried with older (but within weight limit) babies. It could therefore be too short for larger parents and/or older babies as length of tails through rings may be too short: We had a play with the sling during a recent ring sling workshop and we found this to be the case. At present there are no plans to make a longer length ring sling. However, the length could be beneficial for parents who do not like swishy tails or who typically find ring slings too long.

Overall I am very positive about the Hana Baby Ring Sling. Thank you for letting me, Isaac and the North East Sling Library test it Melissa.

The Hana Ring Sling comes in a choice of 5 colours; we were sent the Ash Purple and the depth of the colour really drew my attention. The draw string storage bag in the same fabric and colour was an added bonus. Made from 70% bamboo and 30% organic cotton it is extremely soft to the touch. I have experience of only one other stretchy fabric ring sling, and to the touch this because of the bamboo content is softer to the touch. It is suitable from birth and until 12kg. It is machine washable at 40o’C and can be tumble dried on low.  The recommended retail price for the Hana Baby Ring Sling is £39.99. It came with clear photographic instructions each with a written summary, which included details of TICKS safety guidelines. These are clearly split into different stages.

<![CDATA[happy new year from nesl]]>Wed, 31 Dec 2014 13:57:14 GMThttp://thenortheastslinglibrary.weebly.com/blog-archive/happy-new-year-from-nesl
As 2015 arrives it will bring a new monthly session in Consett. Starting on 26th we will be taking up residence in the community room of Tesco Consett for an hour a month. I am still finalising exactly how this session will operate so keep checking back. We will continue our travelling library sessions on 2nd Monday of month drop in at Miss Tina's in Washington, and 3rd Wednesday of month in North Shields. Durham City sling and nappy meet which launched in June 2014 will also continue. From September my youngest will be entitled to 15 hours free child care a week so I may also be able to offer more flexibility.

I want to say thank you to those who support me the most: my husband Martin and boys Henry and Isaac. They have been the ones who have wiped my tears when events have caused me pain, given me the confidence to carry on and pursue my dreams. Thank you also to Sharon, Kirsty, Emma, Carla, Kayleigh and Rachel for being the backbone of NESL admin team on our Facebook page and group. You are amazing.
So 2014 is drawing to a close and I am feeling reflective. This has been the sling libraries busiest ever year. We have made 613 sling hires (not including extensions) during the calendar year. I have completed my 3rd babywearing consultancy course (Slingababy in April) and have started teaching peer support courses under the auspices of Born to Carry. I have been regular monthly Workshop Wednesday's and can now offer consultations on 2 days per week. In February 2014 I was also appointed inhouse consultant for Calin Bleu and in October 2014 was made a director of an exciting new venture, The UP Project. A nationwide project to bring free slings, carriers and consultations to parents with low incomes and other additional needs. This project was officially launched in December with our pilot project and registration as a CIC.

2014 did bring me some difficult decisions regarding the sling library and how I operate/who I work with. I started NESL in 2011 as the first and only sling library in the North East. I intend for us to stay the biggest. I may no longer attend larger sling meets and have left a number of sling groups, I do not intend to cut down what I do.
<![CDATA[Why I love babywearing! In full]]>Fri, 03 Oct 2014 12:50:49 GMThttp://thenortheastslinglibrary.weebly.com/blog-archive/why-i-love-babywearing-in-full
I babywear and I love it! Yes, I said it. I carry my baby; although at 29 months he is not a baby anymore. I love the freedom that using a carrier has given me. There is no waiting for accessible buses, lifts or being restricted to buggy friendly routes (a major plus point living in a Norman built city with lots of steps and cobbles). But, and there is a big but, I am certainly not a “horse-owning type” with “unachievable parenting standards” and my sons are not “permanently attached to me”. I am sorry to disappoint you Lucy.  Babies want to be carried. Just watch how a newborn when picked up pulls their knees up and turns feet towards each other; this and the grasping reflex show their biological predisposition to be carried[i].

I’ll be honest. I never thought I would babywear.  My husband and I brought a pre-loved carrier from an NCT Nearly New Sale because we thought we might need it to take the dog on his usual Sunday morning long walks. We had to wait 6 weeks after he our first son was born before we could use it because he was too small. By the time he could go in it, I found him too heavy to put in and fasten it alone. The poor dog would sit and look at me wondering if he would ever get his walk. I’d end up giving up and putting my little one in his pram in frustration. I had to find a different solution. That is how I found ‘slings’. YouTube and babywearing forums became my home while I mastered my technique with a simple Mei Tai (ties around adults’ waists and shoulders with fabric panel supporting baby).

My trusty Mei Tai has long since been sold and in the 4 years I have spent carrying I have tried pretty much every type of sling out there; from those with buckles and straps to exclusive one of a kind hand woven wraps, and pretty much everything in between, all equally as safe as each other. I now even run a sling library and work with parents on a daily basis. The variety of slings out there means there is one for everyone. I do not care how people carry their babies as long as they are safe[i] and both parent and baby are comfortable. There is no medical evidence for example that high street carriers are bad for babies hips[ii]. The experiences of running a sling library are that most people want to carry but stop because they find the one they have is uncomfortable.  Safety is my only concern.  Buckles and straps do not automatically make a carrier safe. Plastic can perish or a buckle trapped in a car door.  Most well-known brands of sling will have been safety tested, including many wraps Lucy, to the same standard BS EN 13209-9-2005. User error though of not clicking a buckle into place exists as much as someone not tying a knot securely.

Whenever looking at a sling does it allow baby to be ‘kissable and visible[iii]’ and meet the TICKS[iv] guidelines? If so, use it. Take pride in how you carry your baby. They are only little for such a short time, why not enjoy the cuddles extra cuddles babywearing allows you?       
[1] Kirkilinois, K., ‘A Human infant: a special case’, A Baby wants to be Carried (1992 reprint 2013), p.24-

[1] Tasker, A., Dettmar, P. W., Panetti, M., Koufman, J. A., Birchall, J. P., and Pearson, J. P. (2002). Is gastric reflux a cause of Otitis media with effusion in children? The Laryngoscope, 112:1930–1934.

[1] 7 Ludington-Hoe, S. Kangaroo Care: The Best You Can Do to Help Your Preterm Infant. New York: Bantam Books, 1993.

[1] http://www.slingpages.co.uk/safe-babywearing/

[1] http://sheffieldslingsurgery.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/healthy-hips-busting-some-myths/

[1] http://www.babycarrierindustryalliance.org/babywearing-safety/consumers//

[1] http://babyslingsafety.co.uk/
<![CDATA[Workshop Wednesday's]]>Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:11:25 GMThttp://thenortheastslinglibrary.weebly.com/blog-archive/workshop-wednesdaysPicture
As a teacher I have always enjoyed working with small groups, therefore when the opportunity to run workshops arises I love it. My aim for workshops is to great small, warm and welcoming environments where people feel confident to learn new skills, improve existing techniques or simply feel more confident in what they are doing. I also hope they provide value for money, allowing smaller group teaching than can be achieved in a library setting but cheaper than a consultation. Workshops can be arranged privately or you are welcome to attend ones I plan.

As part of workshop every attendee is given a personalised welcome pack. This usually includes a welcome letter with links to items covered, photo tutorials, babywearing safety information and local sling meets. Workshops currently cost £8 per person, although I will have to increase this shortly to cover rising costs. Sling hire is not included in cost but can be arranged on the day.

Workshops I have previously organised have covered:

  • Newborn carrying
  • Ring Slings
  • Woven Wraps
  • Stretchy wraps and beyond the basic PWCC
  • Back carrying

Workshops however can be tailored to cover what you would like, so if you want something specific then just shout! My eldest has recently started school and my youngest is now in nursery 2 days a week. This is giving me more flexibility in when I can offer sessions for the library, consultations and workshops. I have also decided to stop attending the Newcastle sling meet as it was not financially worthwhile. This combination of circumstances mean I can now offer more workshops. I therefore intend to create "Workshop Wednesday's" on the first Wednesday of each month and one Thursday a month may also be provided. These will be for 2 hours* and have no more than 5 participants.

I am rather excited to be able to offer these. I hope you will be too. Usual library rules apply; so expect there to be sufficient tea and cake. Tickets for events will be able to be 'purchased' online.

*exception of October 1st which will be 90 minutes

Workshop Wednesday's 2014-15

1st October 2014                        10.30-12                                     Introduction to Back Carrying

5th November 2014                    10.30-12.30                                Newborn carrying

3rd December 2014                    10.30-12.30                                Learn to love your ring sling

7th January 2015                        10.30-12.30                                Getting the most from buckle carriers

4th February 2015                       10.30-12.30                                TBC

4th March 2015                            10.30-12.30                                TBC

1st April 2015                               10.30-12.30                                TBC

<![CDATA[CARRYING AFTER A CAESAREAN]]>Wed, 06 Aug 2014 13:45:02 GMThttp://thenortheastslinglibrary.weebly.com/blog-archive/caesareanPicture
One the most common questions I see posted on babywearing forums and Facebook groups is “Can I use a sling after a caesarean section?” and the answer is quite simple, yes in most cases. Despite what women have probably planned and hoped for 1 in 4 of babies born in the United Kingdom in 2012 were delivered by Caesarean section. Therefore there are many mums who potentially want to use a sling to carry their baby who are now scared they can’t do so.

 Firstly, I am not a medical practitioner, I am a babywearing consultant and sling librarian who has worked with many mums who have had a caesarean section and helped them to find ways to carry their babies comfortably and safely.  If you are in any doubt you must consult your midwife or General Practitioner. The key to carrying after a caesarean section is to wear baby nice and high and ensure sling is tight but avoiding the woman’s scar. Incidentally the tight and high rule applies to mums who have had a vaginal delivery too and simply having a vaginal delivery does not mean you are necessarily ready to carry immediately either. The amount of time post-delivery where women will feel comfortable carrying will vary from mother to mother and there is no ‘set’ time from when it is safe to carry.

There is no right or wrong sling to use after a caesarean section. In all cases care should be used and it is beneficial to select those which do not have structured waist bands which naturally sit lower on the mothers’ abdominal muscles and can place pressure on their stomach and scar. Slings which experience has shown are suitable for using after a caesarean section include ring slings, wraps (woven or stretchy) and even carriers such as the Connecta Baby Carrier. The benefit of these is that you are able to keep the sling away from the scar tissue and stitches.

Using a sling or carrier can play a crucial role in allowing a mother to regain her strength and posture after the birth. The key is to listen to your body and to build up the amount of carrying you do. Your body will develop muscle strength and get used to carrying your baby. Do not assume you will be able to carry for hours straight away. Your postnatal body will need time to adjust and remember you will still have increased levels of Relaxain in your system, especially if you are breastfeeding.

In the first 6-8 weeks all women post-delivery are not advised to undertake physical activity until they have had their 6/8 week check from their GP. This does not mean that women should be confined to the house and using a sling or carrier allows them to undertake gentle exercise such as walking. This will help woman to start building up muscles again. Time and care should be used when placing baby in the sling to ensure the mother engages her pelvic floor and core muscles. This is particularly important for women who have had a caesarean section as they are advised against carrying anything heavier than their baby. This therefore means they should not lift car seats or heavy travel systems and prams. The use of a sling for skin to skin contact can be beneficial in helping mothers to bond with their babies and help increase breast milk production both which can be hindered by caesarean deliveries. Using a sling allows them to get out and start to socialise and help with mental wellbeing and help reduce risk of post natal depression.

 If you want to carry and are unsure of the most comfortable way to do so it is worth having a consultation with a babywearing consultant or trip to a sling library. The knowledge and experience they have gained will help you find carries which are comfortable. Remember there is no date by which you must have started carrying. You should only begin using a sling when you feel comfortable, do not rush your body. If you want your baby to get used to being carried in a sling ask your partner, grandparent or even a friend to carry them for you.

This article was originally published in Issue 4 of Close Enough to Kiss magazine and permission to reprint here has been given by the publishers, Close Enough to Kiss, and author, Rachel Coy.
<![CDATA[Celebrating our stories]]>Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:05:11 GMThttp://thenortheastslinglibrary.weebly.com/blog-archive/celebrating-our-stories

The North East Sling Library celebrates it's 3rd birthday on Friday 11th July (when I launched library, first meet was 10 days later). I am still utterly and completely amazed by how far we have come. When I first thought about starting it I never thought it would become as big as it has. I am extremely proud of it.

In the time we have been open I have seen hundreds of families. For example , since April 2014 to 30th June 2014 I had hired slings and carrier to 175 individual families. People use the library for individual and personal reasons, common themes link them but each family have their own individual reason.

This blog is therefore going to be a celebration of those reasons. We have all come along different routes to babywearing. Let's celebrate them!

Firstly mine!

My first slingee is Henry. He was born at 37 weeks on 9/1/2010 during a blizzard and with a good 3ft snow collected in our garden. He was a tiny 6lb 12oz and as such far too small for the carriers I did have. We had purchased a carrier from an NCT nearly new sale but it took till he was 5 weeks old to reach the minimum weight. We were also given two other carriers, including a bag sling. The two front pack carriers I simply could not adjust to fit me or do up by myself. The poor dog would see the carrier and think he was getting walk. Instead I would get frustrated and grumpy and end up using the pram. It was only with the Infantino slingrider recall in 2010 (thankfully not the brand I had been given) that I was determined to find something better. This prompted me to buy a BabaSling which I just couldn't get to work for Henry. Somehow via google & sling meet Facebook page I discovered Natural Mamas. This was my first post other than an introduction http://www.naturalmamas.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=50899

The rest they say is history. I quickly moved onto a mei tai before buying my first connecta and by June 2010 my first wrap.

Next up are Carla and Sharon. Both ladies came to our first ever meet back in July 2012. They are both now admin for library and help me run it.


"I was bought a BB when i was pregnant with DD1, i used it loads and really enjoyed the ease of use and keeping her close... until she got to about 5 mths old and i found her too heavy. I was sad, but assumed that was it. When we started BLW in Jan 2010 i joined the BLW forum for support as i didn't know anyone in real life doing it and after a while i noticed that the BLW community seemed to be talking about slings/baby wearing. Plenty of lurking later and i realised that Natural mamas was the place to find out more but after joining i was freaked out by all the abbreviations and terms i didn't understand! I was directed to sling meet, but there wasn't anything happening in this area. Then i found a mei tai at a NCT nearly new sale in April 2011 and although i had no idea how to use it i bought it anyway. I found videos online to work out how to use it and quickly realised that DD1 (then 20 mths) was too big for it really. Thankfully i was still dipping in and out of NM at that point and i noticed a post by someone called Henry's Mummy saying she was setting up a sling library in Durham :D I was over the moon, especially as the sessions were on a monday which is one of my days off. I carried DD1 much more comfortably after that until she was over 3 and i was about 5 mths pregnant with DD2. DD2 has been carried virtually every day of her life and i don't think i would have survived with slings!"

Sharon has been a stalwart of library from the beginning and is now truly one of my best friends. This is her story.

"I started with a very basic cloth tomy carrier when my now 15 year old was a baby, which was given to me. It was so very basic (like the seat part of an old style baby door bouncer), but with 2 kids, 17 months apart, I found it really useful for short trips. I grduated to a mothercare carrier when my daughter was born 8 years ago and then I bought (what I considered) "something different", a babasling. I carried her i this until she was 2 (even walked up high force with it).

So when I fell pregnant with baby number 4 I did some research and decided I needed a stretchy wrap. I couldnt afford a close at the time, so got a simple piece of cloth off ebay and loved using it, espcially as he had reflux symptoms and couldnt lie down after a feed. Keeping him upright meant less baby sick everywhere, so that was a big bonus. I taught myself how to tie t from videos on you tube.

When he was 4 months old, I saw someone mention somewhere about a new sling meet starting up in Durham. I had recently bought a Babyhawk mei tai and was keen to use it, but also was worried I wasnt doing it quite right, so off we went to Rachel old house and to the very first NESL sling meet."

Jillian next and one of my first consultation clients. I remember this one clearly as they borrowed my beatiful hedgehogs. A second consult followed late 2013 in preparation for new arrival. That's part of the best bit of this job, I get to see families grow. Lots of those who came to first meet are now big brothers and sisters.

"We started looking for solutions when our 11 month old daughter started to go bonkers every time she went in a buggy. She was a long way off walking and we were a bit stuck about what to do. We were considering buying a framed carrier when an old friend of mine told me about SSCs and Mei Tais (she was actually the creator of front back and sides mei tais which she made when her kids were babies). She suggested I look for a sling library. A bit of googling found the north east sling library - hubby and I had a consultation when our daughter turned one, we hired the hogs ocah mei tai and have never looked back... Baby hawk, napsack, tula ssc and now loving my oscha wraps and Lenny lamb SSC for our little boy."

Helen's story

"Bought a bag type sling off Jo Jo maman bebe, tried it once but it scared me because I couldn't see him under all the material and it also pulled on my neck, so then bought a brand new bb sport as it said it had excellent back support, used it once and really pulled on my back so gave up carrying, 2nd baby and I tried again but couldn't carry him at 8lbs (hurt a lot) so i gave up until MID introduced me to the NE sling library when lo was 11 months and now he is 2 And I am a complete churner and addict with full buckles."

Sarah H

"I heard about NESL via mums in Durham and went to the first library session when mj was about 4 weeks old and got a stretchy wrap - hand on heart best decision on my life! Made life with a very busy 3 year old so much easier I then bought a calin bleu from the library when I loved and then sold that on with some enabling to a friend to fund my connecta which we still use at 16 months! Rachel Coy you are awesome and helped me change my parenting style for the better x "

Finally Emma's story

"I'd heard about babywearing when I was pregnant with my first child but didn't really look into it. Sadly she was stillborn.

When I fell pregnant again I knew that when the baby was born I wouldn't want him out of my sight. I read up on babywearing and bought a Moby type stretchy as that seemed to be the best option. Before we left hospital I was carrying Ayaan around proudly. My husband's colleague introduced to the sling library as she heard I was interested and we hired a Scootababy carrier from Rachel at a baby show in Middlesbrough. The rest is history I suppose!"

Thank you for sharing your stories. I wish I could include all the ones that were shared.

But what it shows is that everyone's journeys are different and that it is not just one type of parent and parenting style that carry our babies. After all we are mammals designed to be carried, it's why baby's have such a strong grasping reflex at birth, they need to be held.

<![CDATA[July - holidays and building work]]>Sun, 22 Jun 2014 20:24:39 GMThttp://thenortheastslinglibrary.weebly.com/blog-archive/july-holidays-and-building-workPicture
July is almost here which means I will soon have my husband at home for 6 weeks (we will fight by the end of it) but there are a few changes happening in July, primarily due to holidays and some building work.

I have spent the majority of June staring at a computer screen for several hours a day exam marking. It is a ritual I have followed for last 8 years but it does mean that I need  little R&R. Therefore I will be unavailable for out of hours pick ups between 28th June and 2nd July inclusive. Thursday 3rd is still closed for 1;1 appointments as my eldest child has a taster morning at primary and his preschool graduation.  I will also be unavailable between Saturday 5th and Tuesday 8th inclusive.

Wednesday 9th is the Sling Library drop in session, however, we are having building work beginning on the utility room on the Monday. This means there will be no downstairs toilet / parking at house. Please use Chalfont Way. There may also be some disruption/noise but I hope the 'ripping out' stage should be finished. This work is due to take 10 days (plus additional days for floor tiling to be completed) but should mean we have a much nicer down stairs toilet for you to use (plus storage for us). This is session will also see us celebrate our 3rd birthday (3 on 11th July) so remember your change to buy some raffle tickets. Prizes will be announced shortly!

Consultations on 10th July will go ahead but I will need to have my 2year old with me as my child minder is on holiday. Any appointments booked for 10th will have a reduction in price by £5 (90 minutes £25 instead of £30 etc) to reflect the fact Isaac will be present.

As mentioned to all those who came to the Saturday slings session in June there is no session on Saturday 12th July. Monday 14th Miss Tina's meet is running but will be led by two other local librarians using our slings. Please not card and paypal payments will not be accepted, it will be cash only, and don't forget your £1 towards room hire. The lovely Carla has agreed to be my 'admin' person and will be in charge of hire forms etc.

Thursday 17th is Durham City Sling Meet in the morning between 10-12. 1;1 appointments will be available between 1.30 and 4pm. This is the last Thursday where Isaac will be with his child minder. From the school holidays 1;1 appointments will have a little more flexibility as my husband can care for children. Please contact me if you wish to book a consultation during the school holidays and I will check availability. The self-service booking system will not be open.

<![CDATA[Even big girls like to play with dolls - Shire Slings Russian Dolls Review]]>Sun, 01 Jun 2014 18:46:59 GMThttp://thenortheastslinglibrary.weebly.com/blog-archive/even-big-girls-like-to-play-with-dolls-shire-slings-russian-dolls-reviewPicture
I have been following the development of Shire Slings since they mysteriously started following me on Twitter in September 2012. With the tagline "woven in the heart of the Shire" I knew they were something to keep an eye on but knew little about them. It was not until January 2014 when a post appeared on Natural Mamas asking for testers that I found out more, I duely jumped at the chance and was not disappointed.

I was sent a Size 6 Russian Dolls design wrap in the petrol and apple colour way. This wrap is 100% cotton. I was instantly struck by the vibrancy of the colours and was excited to play. I was only the second tester on this wraps route so it was not broken in when it arrived with me.

The attention to detail by Shire Slings is one of the main things which Ioved about this wrap. The clearly different colour top and bottom rails mean it is excellent for teaching with (feel Yolanda's consultancy background helps). The black middle marker (with their logo) was clear to spot. The aspect which I liked the most was the way in which the Shire Slings logo had been woven into the design, both on its own and as part of the dolls decoration. Touches like this show a company who is proud of their product.

My wrappee and joint tester is now 2 years old (still no idea how that happened) and our wrapping and babywearing days are drawing to a close. Isaac mug prefers to walk these days than go on mummy's back. But there was something about this wrap which even grabbed his attention. He sat and watched it go around the washing machine for a full cycle when we washed it (after speaking with Yolanda) and stood next to ironing board as I ironed it, so he was happy when he got to go up! Isaac is currently weighing in at 13.1 kg (28lb 8oz) and 85cm tall. I don't usually know his exact measurements but trip to outpatients meant he got weighed and measured this week. He also like to wriggle a lot and pretend to fly or dance when on my back so any carrier needs to stand up to his fidgeting. This wrap succeeded and was extremely comfortable. These days we primarly back carry and opted to use it for a Double Hammock and Back Wrap Cross Carry with chest belt. In both carries it was secure and supportive. Although not fully broken in I was able to use push pull method of tightening to get an extremely supportive carry. The passes slid nicely over one and other and it had just the right amount of grip. I didn't test it with single layer carries so can't comment on how supportive it is for toddlers in these. My close friend and sling library helper, Sharon, also liked it. Like me the colour attracted her. Baby B is 13 months old but a dinky dot but as you can see it suited them both nicely.

I found that after washing the wrap I had it measured 490 x 69cm, so a long size 6 but felt it wrapped more like a true size 6. The width of wrap meant that it was easy enough for Isaac five arms out if he wished but that there was plenty of fabric to create a deep seat and support his back.

I really enjoyed playing with this wrap and was glad that we got the chance. I was oy just a lite bit sad packaging it up and posting it off to its next stop. I loved using it and getting my hands on a Shire Sling. This big girl definitely still likes to play with dolls. Finally congratulations to Yolanda on making a fabulous product which lived up to expectations and which shows that England remains a hot bed of fabric production and weaving.

<![CDATA[June news]]>Mon, 19 May 2014 07:28:28 GMThttp://thenortheastslinglibrary.weebly.com/blog-archive/june-news

Wow we are over half way through May so time to think about June. Where is the year going?

Firstly I have added a calendar widget to the home page of the website. It has the meets/locations etc listed. I am working on adding same to the Facebook page. This should help with people knowing where I will be and this should mean people don't need to email me to check.

As most people are aware I am a teacher by training, and although not currently working as a teacher (sling consultant and mummy is more than enough), I am employed each summer as an exam marker. This year is no different. Exam marking takes up a lot of time (and focus) so it means I will not be able to offer 1:1 consultations during June, unless in exceptional circumstances. I have closed June's dates on the booking site so they cannot be booked direct. I'm sorry but I need to use my child free Thursday's to do as many scripts as possible.

I will reopen consultation slots in July. I will also be opening the whole week during the summer holidays and will not be limited to only Thursday's (subject to pre- arranged family events).

June Events and locations

Monday 9th June - Miss Tina's, Barmston, Washington 10-12 £1 for room hire

Wednesday 11th June - NE Sling Library, 13 Brecken Way, Meadowfield, Durham, DH7 8UZ 10-12.30

Saturday 14th June - Saturday Slings NE Sling Library, 13 Brecken Way, Meadowfield, Durham, DH7 8UZ 2-4pm

Wednesday 18th June - Birth and Baby Cafe, North Shields Community Centre, George Street, North Shields. 10.30-12 £2 room hire

Thursday 19th June - Durham Sling and Real Nappy Meet, Royal County Hotel, Old Elvet, Durham, 10-12

Wednesday 25th June - NE Sling Library, 13 Brecken Way, Meadowfield, Durham, DH7 8UZ 10-12.30