Our branch has considered the current situation with COVID-19 and have taken the decision to cancel the “in person” sling library sessions due to take place on Saturday 28th March and 25th April. We hope to still offer a "remote" sling library.

All current hirers will be contacted and asked to drop their slings at volunteers’ houses at the end of their hire as the “in person” sling library sessions due to take place on Saturday 28th March and 25th April have been cancelled.  We will then wash them safely and quarantine them for 72 hours. They are then available for rehire. 

If you are hoping to hire a sling then please email Slinglibrary.SuttonEpsomAndDistrict@nct.org.uk and we hope to be able to arrange a drop off at your house, subject to volunteer and sling availability.

We want everyone to be able access support during this time, so please don’t hesitate to ask. 

 

Come along to talk all things babywearing with our volunteers and other parents, and try out a variety of slings suitable from newborn to toddler.

We don't charge a deposit for sling hire - you just need to bring a proof of address and cash for the hire. Hire for only £12 a month, no deposit required, cash only.

We have confirmed dates for our 2020 sling libraries up until September. Dates, times and venue info below!

**CANCELLED** 28 March 10-11.30 Roots Coffee Shop, Epsom

**CANCELLED** 25 April 15.00-16.30 St Andrews, Cheam (At the Nearly New Sale, before the entry point)

30 May 10-11.30 TBC

27 June 10-11.30 TBC

25 July 10-11.30 TBC

29 August 10-11.30 TBC

26 September 15.00-16.30 St Andrews, Cheam (At the Nearly New Sale, before the entry point)

Our venues:
Roots Coffee Shop, Epsom Methodist Church:
Easy access from Epsom Station and town centre (2 minute walk). There is no parking on site – the closest public car park is the Ashley Centre. The cafe will be open for drinks/lunch, and has a great children's menu, plenty of highchairs and space for buggies.

St Andrews Church Hall, Northey Avenue, Cheam:
On these dates the Sling Library is appearing at our Nearly New Sale, before the sale entry point, so you can come along free of charge - although of course you're very welcome to explore the sale, too! Parking is on-street in Northey Avenue or surrounding roads. The sale is busy so allow time to find a space. The hall is busy, but buggies can be left in our buggy park.

Email Slinglibrary.SuttonEpsomAndDistrict@nct.org.uk for more information

 

Today baby wearing is still the norm in many cultures, and in the UK its popularity is increasing as parents become aware of the benefits of this age old custom. Baby wearing is good for baby and good for the baby wearer. A sling provides a womb-like environment; in touch with the rhythm of your heart, baby receives constant security and comfort. Your body rhythms help to regulate the carried baby's temperature and breathing.

Digestion is easier when vertical so baby wearing is particularly helpful for the baby with reflux, colic or constipation. Being upright also helps to strengthen the muscles required for core strength - no need for “tummy time” when baby is in a sling. Furthermore, because baby is not lying down so much they are less likely to develop flat-head syndrome. It is no wonder that given all these benefits, sling babies are reported to cry up to 50% less than non-carried babies, thus spending more time in a state of “quiet alertness”. Rather than being diverted into distress, baby's energy is channeled into growth and development. Being able to see the world from an elevated position, baby will have more opportunity for social learning and communication.

Using a sling is an effortless way to soothe a baby when unwell, teething or tired. Recently my daughter had a chest infection, I popped her in a sling so I could comfort her and position her better to aid breathing but at the same time I was able to research and write this article. Writing, cooking, playing with a toddler, using the internet are all things you can do when baby is in a sling. Hands free! Getting out and about is much easier if baby is in a sling, no need to worry about getting a pram onto a crowded bus or lumbering a buggy up some stairs. Rambling in the countryside is still possible after a baby if you use a sling! It is important that you choose the baby carrier that is right for your baby's age and weight, but it also has to be right for you. I started off using a stretchy wrap when my daughter was little but I now use a soft structured carrier. Other people prefer woven wraps, mei-tai’s, ring slings and more!

For safe baby wearing, keep in mind the TICKS Rule issued by the UK Sling Manufacturers and Retailers Consortium: T = TIGHT Slings and carriers should be tight enough to hug your baby close to you as this will be the most comfortable for you both .Any slack or loose fabric will allow your baby to slump down in the carrier which can hinder their breathing and pull on your back. I =IN VIEW AT ALL TIMES - you should always be able to see your baby's face by simply glancing down. The fabric of a sling or carrier should not close around them so you have to open it to check on them. In a cradle position your baby should face upwards not be turned in towards your body. C= CLOSE ENOUGH TO KISS - your baby's head should be as close to your chin as is comfortable. By tipping your head forward you should be able to kiss your baby on the head or forehead. K=KEEP CHIN OFF THE CHEST - a baby should never be curled so their chin is forced onto their chest as this can restrict their breathing. Ensure there is always a space of at least finger width under your baby's chin. S=SUPPORTED BACK - in an upright carry a baby should be held comfortably close to the wearer so their back is supported in its natural position and their tummy and chest are against you. If a sling is too loose they can slump which can partially close their airway. (This can be tested by placing a hand on your baby's back and pressing gently - they should not uncurl or move closer to you.) A baby in a cradle carry in a pouch or ring sling should be positioned carefully with their bottom in the deepest part so the sling does not fold them in half pressing their chin to their chest.

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