How I got started with baby slings…
As an outdoors sort with a horse to look after I knew that a pram might be useful in town but probably impractical on the potholed tracks and in bumpy fields that I visited daily.
I went to a mum and baby group and got chatting about needing to get a carrier. They had a big crumpled box with some baby slings in but confessed they didn’t know what they were or how to use them. I took one away and got reading on the internet.
At ten days old, and post c-section, I had a go with my first sling and the love affair began but it took a little work. I often still struggled around town with the pram, getting stuck in shop doorways. Carrying my newborn in a baby sling would have been so much easier. As I got more confident I tried more options, ring slings, mei tais, buckle carriers but I always seemed to come back to the woven wrap.
Seeing other mums using a sling
I bumped into two ladies wearing their babies in town and approached them to find out if there was a sling library locally or a sling meet and was told that no, there wasn’t but there was talk about it. In March 2014, when my first daughter was 8 months old we met Ali from Cariad Babywearing. A friendship was born and soon after the first informal Aberystwyth Babywearers Sling Meet was organised. Ali was undertaking training to be a consultant and I was keen to get on her workshops and master some of the carries that I’d been struggling with.
After a consultation in my home I understood entirely the benefit of getting some one to one help. Learning in my own home without the liveliness of a meet meant I could repeat things several times until I had that lightbulb moment when it totally clicked. I will never forget the feeling of liberation when I mastered my first back carry with a long woven baby sling confidently.