Saturday, 5 October 2013

Babywear Choices: South London Sling Library

South London Sling Library

Have you ever wondered about the best way to carry your baby? Most people would use a buggy or a pram but there could be a better alternative. A baby sling could be the perfect choice for you.

With the birth of the royal baby, proper infant care has been all over the news.  South London Sling Library offers a unique service to all new mothers.

Slings are not used as often in Western cultures but their numerous benefits are becoming more widely known. One obvious positive is how bulky baby buggies are, when you need your hands free to perform other important tasks, like opening doors! Slings enable this and much more.

Studies show that carrying your baby has a positive impact on their psychosocial development and is more calming for the baby.

Physical health benefits for babies include:
  • Promotes physical development
  • Less crying and fussing
  • Increased security

Other benefits include:
  • Doubles as exercise for you
  • Provides discreet nursing environment
  • More economical than buggies

However, you need to be careful of your back when carrying a baby sling and that is why Emily and Maggie are here to help.

They’ve got a huge collection of slings and carriers that are available to borrow for a small fee. It costs from just £5 (plus refundable deposit) to hire a baby carrier for 2 weeks so that you can really find out how it will work for you and your family.

Emily and Maggie are both fully qualified and experienced Babywearing Consultants who run Sling Library sessions from West Norwood and Blackheath respectively. They are also both tutors for the School of Babywearing and work with other national organisations to promote safe, comfortable babywearing.

Marie-Yianna has now been working with Emily at the West Norwood open sessions for several months, and is currently training to become a qualified Babywearing Consultant. She will be setting up Sling Library sessions in Croydon in the next few months.

South London Sling Library are open for drop-in sling and baby carrier advice, demos and hire every week in SE27. Session entry is £2 per adult for advice, fitting and trying carriers.

Send an email to to find out more, and follow them on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates!

Click here to find out more about the benefits of wearing a sling.

By Catherine Heath

1 comment:

  1. You are so right about baby girls clothing! I like pink just fine but don't want to dress my little one in frills and bows. Funky baby clothes are hard to find. Yours were just fab! May have to try it myself!