Yesterday saw our first sling meet at our new Tuesday venue, Megakidz on Bernard Road, and it was a great success!
We had lots of attendees - babywearers both old and new - and the kids loved the soft play area, particularly the zipwire. The meet was in a private section at the back of the play area, allowing us to make the most of the facilities while not being stared at.
Our back carry demonstration and help session was much enjoyed, and several babywearers were very chuffed to manage their first back carries. The rucksack carry demonstration was rather overpowered by the screaming overtired demo-baby... but everyone was impressed at how she settled straight down to sleep once wrapped up. Some mums with newer arrivals watched and wondered if their babies would ever get big enough to chuck on their backs... don't worry, they will, all too soon!
Well, the thermostat decided that it was time to turn the heating on this morning, so it looks like summer - sorry what summer? - is over. Sheffield Babywearers' main sling meets are indoors, two per month
, but we also try to get together for extra mini-meets. Here's a little round-up of what's gone on
over the last three months.
We usually aim to get photos of the babywearers at our meets, but the wearees look so cute in these photos we couldn't resist using them instead!
We had three walks, two from Hunters Bar to Forge Dam and back again, which were lovely, and one round Graves Park, which was curtailed by rain and turned into a very pleasant cafe meet!
The kids loved Forge Dam playground as always.
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.