Monday, 26 June 2017

Using a Sling Library.

If you've followed my blog for a while, you'll know I've carried Violet pretty much from day one. We've tried so many styles of carrier and each have been the right ones for us at that time and could be used in different ways to carry Violet as she got bigger. 

V was carried in a stretchy wrap for her first few months, which was amazing, especially to support her head and neck when she wasn't able to herself. The stretchy wrap is super versatile too and I can still manage to carry her in it now. 

As she has got bigger, we've used our Mei-Tai carrier pretty much constantly. It's great for front and back carrying and I love the different styles and patterns you can pick up. 

However, Violet is getting a little bigger and the Mei-Tai was becoming uncomfortable for us both. So last week I headed to a local sling library to get some advice and potentially borrow a new style of sling. I went into the library with some prior knowledge of the style of sling I wanted to try, but I was completely open to try whatever was suggested. 

When we arrived, we filled in a little registration form and had a seat. The form briefly asked why we had attended that day, so the librarians running the sling library had some idea of our needs and if we were new to baby wearing. Violet happily played and crawled about, while we waited for our turn to speak to an adviser.  We then had a 20-ish minute chat and try on, but there was no time limit to the appointment.

I spoke with one of the sling experts and after looking at my Mei-Tai, she confirmed that it is indeed too small for Violet now. So we gave a ring sling a go. The ring sling, is exactly as it sounds - one piece of material and two metal rings to tighten and loosen the sling around baby. It's really easy to use and actually something we hadn't really considered in the past. But, it's working brilliantly for us. Violet and I are both so much more comfortable and content. 

The library was really great and I would 100% recommend heading down to your local one, if your looking to try a sling for the first time or you're wanting to give something new a go. It was a really relaxed atmosphere and a great way to chat to some like-minded parents. There was no pressure to hire the slings but I was more than happy to pay the £4 a week sling-hire charge to see how we get on. I know each sling library charges different rates and some ask for a deposit, but ours is really affordable and just ask for ID. 

I found my local sling library via Facebook, so it's well worth a check in your local area if it's something you're interested in. And it's definitely a great way to try out carriers before you take the leap and buy or even a way to hire a carrier for an occasion or holiday! 

Katie xx

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