Laura of Sheffield Sling Library has helped more babywearers than she can remember. She has been there for so many parents, to lend out slings and to advise on using them, and I'm sure I can speak for everyone who has ever used the library in saying we are incredibly grateful for her help.

However, life moves on, and with the birth of her new baby boy Laura is handing over the reins (and the library stock!) to Natasha, who will be the new librarian and owner of Sheffield Sling Library. Laura will now enjoy attending sling meets as a regular babywearer, but will always be willing to help others out with the benefit of her experience and Trageschule qualification.

It started off with two like-minded mamas private messaging each other on BabyCentre...

The very first sling meet for Sheffield Babywearers was 14th July 2010 when four slinging ladies met up at Endcliffe Park to discuss all things babywearing. On Wednesday 18th July we celebrated our second birthday at Endcliffe Park with two of the founder members in attendance (sadly Kate had a poorly boy to look after, although we did save her some cake).

Despite the weather being somewhat changeable it was a well attended meet with fourteen mamas plus children. We were also pleased to welcome new members to our birthday celebrations.

Another successful sling meet! The Hallamshire House was full of babies and toddlers today - and mums of course. There was lots of trying on of slings and eating of cake, and the kids loved the giant Connect4.

It was great to see so many new faces today, including several mums of tiny babies who are just getting into babywearing, and so much fun helping them work out which sling might be best for them. Some of us even got to hold a three-week old baby (oh the hormones!).

The Hallamshire House continues to be a fantastic venue where we feel very welcome, and we look forward to more meets there in the future. The next sling meet is Friday, 27 July 2012, 12pm-4pm. All future meets are listed on our Events page.

If anyone feels up to joining us bright and early this Sunday morning (15 July), please come and cheer on the members of Sheffield Babywearers doing the Race for Life! We start at 9am at Arundel Gate. You can help us with our fundraising by visiting our page here.