The South London Sling Library was originally set up by me! I’m Emily, mum to two very different children aged 10 and 5. I’ve been using baby carriers since my first child was born; demonstrating slings since 2010 and I set up the busy South London Sling Library single handedly in Spring 2011. I now also provide Babywearing Consultancy for individual families, and work with a range of companies and organisations offering babywearing information, advice and training.
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Here’s more than you’d ever need to know about me…..
Baby Carrying is For Everyone! I’m passionate about helping all familes to carry their children comfortabley and confidently. I’m not biased in favour of any particular method, carrier or parenting style and work with individuals to find what will best fit their family and needs. I dearly wish that I’d been aware of how easy and accessible it can be to carry your baby regularly when I was first pregnant 8 years ago. So I give unbiased information to help others to make the best choices for themselves and their children. Carrying my children has definitely made me (and them) happier and I hope I can share that with as many others as possible!
Product Knowledge and Design: I’ve tried and tested hundreds of baby carrying products with a wide range of children, and am always working to keep my knowledge of the market and industry up to date. I’ve also designed and made lots of different kinds of baby carrier for my own use, running my own sling sewing service (Spaghetti Slings) until I decided to focus on my consultancy work. I offer professional feedback on carrying products using my knowledge and experience of the use, fitting and production of slings and carriers.
Babywearing Training and Insurance: I’ve completed training with The School of Babywearing, the Canadian Babywearing School, Slingababy, have a current Paediatric First Aid Certificate and am always working to keep my skills and knowledge up to date. I hold current professional indemnity and product liability insurance to cover the advice and products I offer.
I continue to play a very active role in the babywearing community, working with other Sling Librarians, Consultants, Manufacturers and Retailers to share knowledge and promote excellent practice in the industry. I’m a member of the BCIA UK Issues Committee.
Recent Work Experience:
I regularly provide carrying consultancy services and bespoke training for private clients and professional individuals, companies and organisations within the baby carrier industry, and work closely with Cheeky Rascals as their resident Babywearing ‘Expert’! I continue to work with Cheeky Rascals at large national trade shows and am a guest speaker on Babywearing at the Baby and Toddler Shows (Bluewater and Manchester) and The Baby Show (Olympia, Excel and NEC).
In July 2013 I delivered 6 different workshops as part of the European Babywearing Conference, including practical carrying skills workshops and seminars focussed on developing professionals within the industry.
Over the past 3 years I’ve been managing and running the busy South London Sling Library and am also the co-director of a successful limited company. I have facilitated Babywearing Consultancy and Peer Supporter training courses for The School of Babywearing, and previously ran my own handmade Sling business Spaghetti Slings.
In a previous incarnation I worked as a Research Assistant in the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre (part of the Institute of Psychiatry), and did this alongside a voluntary position as a Literacy Tutor for children with special literacy needs in a mainstream Lambeth primary school.
Other things I’m interested in:
I’m an enthusiastic crafter and especially love crochet, sewing, dyeing, facepainting and baking (my personal, crafty and sling making blog is www.itsnotspaghetti.com). When I have the time I enjoy many types of dance (I’m a great fan of bellydance for helping to regain core muscle strength and tone after childbirth!) as well as pilates, yoga and cycling. From my own experiences, I’m also always happy to share and chat about washable nappies, breastfeeding, home vs. hospital (and natural vs. assisted) birth and post natal depression.
I’ve written a lot of articles for my blog and for this website. Here’s a list of some of those, plus related articles I’ve written that have been published in print or online elsewhere:
Why do you still need a carrier for your 2 (or 3 or 4) year old? – written for the SLSL blog, September 2012
Getting Out and Getting Fit: Why using a baby carrier or sling can be a life saver! – appeared in the Croydon NCT ‘Babytalk’ magazine, Summer 2012
A Light Through the Clouds – written for my personal blog, May 2012
Slinging in the Sun – written for the SLSL blog, May 2012
Are Outwards Facing Carry Positions Safe? – written for the SLSL website, 2011
Terminology for Parts of Wrap Carries – written for my personal blog in July 2011 and copied to the SLSL blog in May 2012
The Disadvantages of Not Carrying Your Baby – written for the SLSL blog, February 2012
‘Jabberwrappy’ – a runner-up prize winning poem for the Connecta-Rhyme Competition, January 2012
Choosing a Baby Carrier – written for the SLSL website, January 2012
Celebration of Babywearing – written for the Natural Mamas Forum, October 2011
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