Backcarrying Workshop, Derby

One of the School of Babywearing trainee consultants is organising a backcarrying workshop in Derby.

Derby Sling Library and APUK Derby will organise a workshop for beginners who would like to learn back carrying and try several slings.
The venue: Déda Cube Café
Date and Time: 26th April, Saturday @ 10 am – 12.30 pm
Cost: £7

Bookings and payment will be through the link below (eventbrite).

Spaces are limited!!!

The workshop will cover:

– sling safety and brief introduction to babywearing in general
– different methods to get baby on your back in different carriers
– how to tie the back wrap cross carry – demonstration and learning
– brief introduction to other ties – demonstration
– how to use the mei tai and the buckles – demonstration and learning
– back carry in other carriers – brief introduction
– different methods to get baby safely off your back
– training materials and so much more!!!

You do not have to be experienced babywearer to attend the workshop.

Children are welcome as we have Story Time there too!! (Husbands can join

the reading-crafting as well)

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Woking Sling Library Launch



Woking Sling Library is launching with a bang on Saturday 15th March, 10-12 at the Vine, Broadway, Knaphill:

We are having a bit of a party to celebrate our launch and raise funds to help grow the library. We’ll have stalls from sling, nappy, eco and baby retailers. A chance to join in some taster sessions including the new NCT relax and stretch with baby. A raffle with some great prizes including an Oscha Starry Night Connecta Baby Carrier. A play area for babies and toddlers and of course tea, coffee and cake.

You can find out more on their Facebook Event Page –


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Babywearing on Britain’s Got Talent

This Saturday could see babywearing on prime time television as Carly Burchall and Sling Swing mums take to the stage to audition in front of soon to be a dad Simon Cowell on Britain’s Got Talent.

A group of 17 mums and babies will be auditioning on Saturday, we wish them well.

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Babywearing Coats

It’s still cold and wet round here so I was really pleased to see this new UK designed product pop up on our Twitter feed.

The ZipUsIn Jacket Expander Panel is an easy to use, wind proof and water resistant ​soft-shell panel that can be zipped into the front of your own jacket to allowed continued wear throughout pregnancy and for front carries when babywearing.

Retailing at under £30 this is certainly much cheaper than buying a new coat.

You can find out more on their website.


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The Kindness of Babywearers

The babywearing world is fuelled by hundreds of parents kindly giving their time and knowledge, passing skills from one person to the next.

So it’s no surprise that when one mama posted on a Facebook Group to say she had ripped her brand new sling, another stepped forward to help her out.

Jennie had only had her first woven wrap for 4 days when she caught it on the carseat and ripped a hole in it.


After this photo was posted on the Slings and Things Off Topic Facebook page, Sew Domesticated’s Victoria Lumb offered to meet Jennie and help her turn the ruined wrap into a Mei Tai.

Four hours sewing while the children played and Jennie had a brand new wrap conversion complete with embroidery.

They even had a little helper too.



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West Pennine Slings

p1050594There is lots going on at West Pennine Slings.

The library used to be called Blackburn with Darwen Sling Library but the name recently changed to West Pennine Slings and there is going to be another big change:

Katrina and Iain are hoping the library will become a community interest company in the next few months. This won’t affect the day to day running of the library and the activities already provided but it will make the library an official non-profit community project and hopefully open up funding opportunities to expand the library faster.

They are looking for another director of the company – could you be this person?

Ideally they are looking for someone with a background in accounting or marketing as these are two areas that are needed most. The role would be essentially voluntary but there may be opportunities to be paid for any professional work undertaken (e.g. for completing the yearly tax return if you are an accountant) in the future depending on the financial situation of the company.

If you are interested please get in touch and if you know of anyone who you think might be suitable please pass on the details. You can get in touch either via email or through the Facebook page

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Longterm Effects of Kangaroo Care


Kangaroo care, with or without a sling, is a wonderful way for parents to care for and connect with their premature baby and a new study reports benefits extending to a decade or more.
“For babies born prematurely, being held in their parents’ arms, directly against their skin, for a few hours per day is believed to enhance development. Now, new research that followed children until age 10 suggests that the benefits of such skin-to-skin contact may be longer-lasting than previously thought.”
You can read the full article at:

Kangaroo Care Article

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Slings that Have Been Tested to BS EN 13209 & ASTM F2236 & F2907

Here is a list (updated frequently) of the slings and carriers that have been safety tested to the British Standard for soft carriers BSEN 13209-2: 2005 and the US ASTM F2236 & F2907 standards. Please note that safety testing is not mandatory or any sling or carrier sold in the UK, nor does safety testing necessarily indicate that the product is better than one that hasn’t been tested.

Please note that you need to check the label of any product to ensure that it is marked with the relevant EN13209:2005 standard. If it does not carry this marking, even if it appears in the list below, it may have been made before the testing was carried out. Please note that ASTM testing does not require the standard number to be marked on the sling/carrier.

Updated: 9th April 2016

Brand Type Model Tested Link
Action Baby Carrier SSC Baby Yes Website
SSC Toddler Yes Website
Amazona  SSC Carry Star Developed in accordance with DIN EN 13209-2:2005 Website
 SSC Smart Carrier Developed in accordance with DIN EN 13209-2:2005 Website
Woven wrap Carry Sling (Woven) No information
Stretchy wrap Jersey Sling No information
Ring sling Ring Sling No information
Stretchy hybrid Carry Baby No information
Angel Pack  SSC Yes Website
BabaSling Pouch BabaSling Yes Website
Babylonia Mei tai BB Tai Yes Instructions
Ring sling BB Sling Yes Instructions
Woven wrap BB Slen No information
Stretchy hybrid Tri-cotti Yes Instructions
Stretchy wrap Tricot-Slen Yes Instructions
Baby K’tan Stretchy hybrid  Yes  Website
Beco SSC Soleil Yes Instructions
SSC Gemini Yes UK Distributor
Boba Stretchy wrap Wrap  Yes UK Distributor Site
SSC 3G Yes Instructions
SSC 4G Yes Insturctions
SSC Air  Yes Instructions
ByKay Woven wrap Denim Yes Website
Ring sling Ring Sling No information
Stretchy wrap Essential Jersey No information
Stretchy wrap Original Jersey Yes Website
Stretchy wrap Aqua Carrier No information
Mei tai Mei Tai No information
Calin Bleu Gauze wrap Gauze Yes Website
Stretchy wrap Stretchy Wrap Yes  Label
Ring sling Ring Sling Yes  Label
Close Stretchy hybrid Caboo Yes Website 
Stretchy hybrid NCT Yes Instructions
Stretchy hybrid DX No information
Connecta SSC All Yes Website
Emei SSC Carrier  Yes Instructions
ErgoBaby SSC Carrier Yes Website
HanaBaby Stretchy wrap Bamboo Wrap Yes Website
Hippychick  Hipseat Hipseat Fully tested by British Standards Institute Distributor Site
 SSC  Wallaboo Cross  Yes Website
Joy and Joe Stretchy wrap Stretchy Wrap Yes Website
Woven wrap Woven wrap No information
JPMBB Ring Sling No Knot (Ring) Yes Website
Stretchy wrap Original Yes Website
Stretchy wrap Short Yes Website
Kangawrap Stretchy wrap Kangawrap Yes
Kibi SSC Baby Carrier  Yes Website 
Lenny Lamb Buckle Ergonomic Baby Carrier Yes to ASTM F2236 Manufacturer certificate
Lifft Pouch Lifft Sling Complies Instructions
Liliputi Mei tai Mei tai Yes Website
Lillebaby SSC Complete Conforms Website
Manduca SSC Yes Website
Moby Wrap Wrap Yes UK Distributor Site
SSC  MobyGo Yes UK Distributor Site
Napsack Mei tai Mei Tai Yes Website
NatiBaby Woven wrap Wrap Yes Website
Ring sling Ring Sling No information
Mei tai Mei Tai No information
Nova Baby Carriers Mei tai Mei tai Yes Website
Buckle Classic Full Buckle Yes Website
Palm & Pond Mei tai Mei tai Yes Website
Papoozle Stretchy hybrid Papoozle Yes Website 
Patapum SSC Baby and Toddler Yes Website
Pognae SSC Carrier Yes Website
Rose and Rebellion SSC Carrier Yes Website 
Sabe Mei tai Mei tai Yes
Sanamama SSC Carrier Yes Website
Scootababy SSC Hip Carrier Yes UK Distributor Site
Snugiwraps Stretchy wrap Wrap Yes Website
Stokke SSC My Carrier Yes Website
Snugbaby SSC Baby Sling Yes Website
Tula SSC Baby Yes Website
SSC Toddler Yes Website
Victoria Sling Lady Stretchy wrap Summer Stretch Yes Website
Wrap Smith-firm Yes Website
Mei tai Ezium Yes Product label
Wallaboo SSC Cross Carrier Yes Distributor Site
Pouch Cotton Sling Yes Distributor Site 


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Babywearing Advocate of the Month, June 2013

stockportpictureOur Babywearing Advocate of the Month is

Ellie Thouret from Stockport.

Tell us a bit about you?

I’m a freelance copywriter and work-at-home mum to Lucas, 13 months. My husband Guy and I started carrying Lucas in a sling when he was just a few days old, and we’ve tried many different slings and carriers over the last 13 months!
We have two cats – Freddie and Pancakes – who unfortunately do not like babies or children. My hobbies are reading, knitting, sewing and eating (I love food)!

I am one of the librarians of Stockport Sling Library and Slingmeet .There are now five volunteers running the library and our meets get busier each month!

We meet on the first Monday of every month in a church in Stockport. Please check out our Facebook Page for more information or email

Why do you love babywearing?

I love the physical closeness of carrying my son, especially as he grows up and wants to be more independent! I have tattoos on the back of my neck and Lucas loves to stroke them as I carry him on my back. I also love the convenience – when Lucas is fussing, I can quickly pop him in a wrap or carrier and head out for a walk, and he usually calms right down.

Tell us about your babywearing journey.

I didn’t know anything about babywearing when I was pregnant. Someone had given us a Baby Bjorn carrier, which Guy and I both found uncomfortable. We were lent a Moby Wrap, then I borrowed a gauze woven wrap during a heatwave and bought one of my very own! It has all gone downhill from there really and I now own quite a few slings! I love taking the opportunity to try different carriers and there are so many of them.

What was the first sling/carrier you used?

When I had Lucas, my cousin-in-law lent us a Moby Wrap, which had already been used with our two nephews. I was confounded at first but after a few practice tries, I was convinced and loved the hands-free snuggles – finally, I could make a cup of tea!

Which is your most used carrier/sling?

That is a difficult question; may I choose one in each category?! My husband loves our Monkey Mei Tai wraptai, made from a Girasol Northern Lights wrap. I love our Wompat buckled carrier and my new favourite is our Girasol Amitola diamond weave size 4 wrap.

What is your dream carrier/sling?

I’m hearing excellent things about new British company Firespiral Slings! I’d love to own one of their wraps before my babywearing journey is over.

What is the best comment you have received when carrying?

A lady in our local Co-op told me that I’d inspired her to try back-carrying her toddler after she saw me with Lucas on my back. I loved that, because I hope to show people that it’s not hard to babywear!

Tell a bit about how you help others to babywear.

In late 2012, I posted on a local Facebook group asking if there were any slingmeets in Stockport. As there was not one in central Stockport, Lou Baxter, Sarah Turner-Bagot and I decided to start one, and Stockport Slingmeet was born!

We started loaning out carriers in March 2013 and we are really enjoying expanding both the meet and library to meet the overwhelming demand. So far we’ve helped people find slings for newborns, taking on holiday and hauling heavy toddlers around!

We want to encourage peer support in the local babywearing community, and welcome all to our slingmeets – whether you’re newbie or an experienced babywearer! Everyone helps each other at meets, and in between we have a very active and helpful Facebook group, Stockport Slingchat.

Anything else you would like to say?

I encourage all parents to try babywearing – it doesn’t have to be expensive, and the benefits to the parents and child are wonderful. You can find a local slingmeet or library and try a few different slings before you buy, as well as getting advice from seasoned babywearers.

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