Babywearing is the term used to describe carrying a baby in a sling or wrap. I have worn both my children, and have personal experience of using stretchy wraps, woven wraps, ring slings, mei tai and pouch slings. I have helped my postnatal doula clients learn how to wear their babies, and run workshops to introduce parents and prospective parents to babywearing.

Babywearing has a number of benefits for parent and child including:

  • Healthy for baby's physiology, babies regulate their breathing, body temperature etc better when in close contact with an adult.
  • Allows baby to be close to you at all times, meaning they feel secure and settled.
  • Upright position reduced discomfort and posseting in babies with reflux.
  • Allows babies to experience socialisation at near-adult eye level.
  • Provides a convenient way to carry a tired toddler who no longer wishes to walk.
  • Allows you to easily access locations with rough terrain, stairs, narrow aisles etc.
  • Keeps your hands available for household tasks while comforting a fussy baby.

Introduction to babywearing.

This is a 2 hour workshop aimed at new and prospective parents and those caring for infants. We cover techniques mostly applicable to babies up to 1 year of age. After this introduction you should feel confident to select an appropriate sling for your needs and start wearing your baby.

We will cover the pros and cons of various kinds of baby carriers and learn how to use ring slings, mei tai, pouch slings and wraps. We will practice at least one carry position in each kind of sling. Providing we have time I will demonstrate some different wrap techniques and back wrapping.

We will also consider the effect of babywearing on the adult's body, and learn some simple exercises to keep you free of aches when carrying your child.

You are, of course, welcome to bring your child with you (I do have a demonstration doll, as repeated wrapping etc can unsettle little ones), and if you own any slings yourself, please bring them too.