The T.I.C.K.S. Rule for Safe Babywearing

T.I.C.K.S. Sling Safety

Keep your baby close and keep your baby safe.  When you’re wearing a sling or carrier, don’t forget the T.I.C.K.S.

  • TIGHT;
  • IN VIEW AT ALL TIMES;
  • CLOSE ENOUGH TO KISS;
  • KEEP CHIN OFF THE CHEST;
  • SUPPORTED STRAIGHT BACK

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Change!

Not something I’m good at, but due to budget cuts we have moved days for our Reading Slingmeet. We are still at Battle Library, but will be joining BfN on a Thursday from now on. Sessions are from 11.30am until 1pm.

I Am a Childcare Provider

Well put

The Politics of Mothering & Liberating Motherhood

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I am a Childcare Provider

Gulp!

Yes, you’re on to me.

I am a childcare provider.

Nursery workers, nannies, childminders and au-pairs. They do what I do. But with Early Years certificates, assessments and everything. Yet not in a way a mother can: With love, kisses, cuddles and breasts.

And it’s not just the present. There is future relevance. When they are older, they will know I cared for them at home. That it was me. That it was I who wiped their bottoms, their noses and their hands – not in that order (that would be gross). That it was I who taught them to use their knife and fork, their manners, and their words. That it was I who guided them in learning to use the potty, a crayon, and a spoon. That it was I who was there to kiss away those tears, cuddle away…

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PSA September’s Hurst Slingmeet will be on the 9th

Rather than the 2nd due to pressures of parenthood. My sincerest apologies for having to postpone this.

All my best, M xxx

Baby Roo has arrived!

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As I just don’t have enough creepy-dolls in my house, I have finally bought a weighted doll for slingmeets. Baby Roo weighs roughly 3.2kg and will be making me jump at odd moments for the foreseeable future.

Many thanks to Slumber-Roo for coming up with this wee one.

M xxx

Finally, a Summer Carrier for Summer

Just in the nick of time!

I got to go to the European Babywearing Conference yesterday (it’s last day is today and there are Exhibition Hall tickets still available, if you can get to Bristol). It was quite overwhelming and lovely and everyone was so friendly and helpful (I managed to get lost finding both workshops I’d signed up for).

I managed not to buy ALL THE WRAPS (I’d have needed a second mortgage) but I did finallySelfie of me and our new Connecta Solar lay hands on a Connecta Solar, a carrier I’ve been meaning to get for the library for a few years now (my timing usually sucks – “oh it’s June, I ought to buy this now. Oh, they are all sold out”). I also got to say hello to Sarah Sadler and Anne McEwan at the Connecta stand, who I haven’t seen for YEARS.

I was given a free limited edition Ergo, so now we have two in the library, which is a v good thing. I got to see the new Manduca extender, a device for extending the width of the Manduca seat to allow for knee to knee toddler carrying, and I’ve placed an order for the library.

I also got to check out a fair few demo dolls, I do need one, but my criteria are a bit odd (not too heavy, due to dodgy shoulders and not too creepy!) and I have pitched on a likely candidate.

On a personal level I got to handle some beautiful wraps and my husband is very relieved that I no longer wrap, so bought none of them AND I got to see Tina Hoffmann in the flesh (I am a long time Didymos fangirl).

So a really successful day, thank you to the organisers and volunteers, you all did a fabulous job.

M xxx

Deposits

The monetary kind!  This is a short post, after a tiny bit of experimenting (£1 worth), I am now able to accept hire fees (still the princely sum of £5) and deposits (also unchanged at £40) via PayPal.

The caveat is that it be sent using the ‘friends and family’ option, so that neither party incurs fees. I will then return it in the same fashion once the sling has been returned, as per our Terms and Conditions.

So, if you are at a slingmeet, have forgotten your cheque book and happen to have PayPal’s whizzy app on your phone, Bob’s your uncle!

Isn’t the future marvellous !?


Someone has kindly pointed out that there is a lack of Buyer Protection with the PayPal Friends and Family option. I suggest it for refundable deposits because the refund window for fee charging transactions is one month. If a slingmeet is slightly outside that PayPal’s month, PayPal retain the fees (which may have been paid by either the sender or receiver), as I run the library at the lowest rate possible, I cannot afford to pay these fees.

Below is a quote from PayPal on their community page, to clarify:

what is the difference between a purchase and a personal payment for goods? on ‎03-02-2011 04:08 PM

A personal payment is a payment to friends or family, someone you know. There is no buyer or seller protection on these payments because they are not supposed to be purchases.

A purchase is literally that, you are buying something, either from a shop or an individual. You probably don’t know them and, as a result of this, there is going to be a level of risk inherent in making or receiving the payment. Both buyer and seller protection will be available (along with their normal limitations).

Q&A Guest Post- Maria

I got to do a guest post!!!! Thank you Clare ☺

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I’m Maria, I run Thames Valley Sling Babies and have a husband, two children, aged 11 and 7 and two cats. I home educate one child at the moment, although this often seems subject to change (different child, different schools, it’s complicated!). I also nanny for 3 home educated children part-time.

How did you get into babywearing and did you plan to wear your baby when you were pregnant?
With my first child I got bequeathed the usual set of dodgy carriers (I’m not even sure some of them had names and they were probably from the 70s!), I have back problems and none of them helped, so I carried my son in-arms and in ignorance for a year or so (he enjoyed this immensely and saw no reason to start walking early).

I did however become quite evangelical about cloth nappies and so gradually met parents who carried their…

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Finally, some buckles!

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I know, I am very good at getting wraps for the library and rubbish at buckles.

So, I saw this mentioned on Facebook and it’s by a UK mama AND is reasonably priced, which ticks boxes for me.

Kerching!

It’s by Nova Baby Carriers and has a few nice additions (leg padding and chest belts that won’t get lost).  Hopefully, our local Babywearers can give it a good try out.

M xxx

Intersection and new slings

As some of you may know, we’ve recently jumped back into home education with one of our children (which is also my current excuse for poor communication and not blogging much).

Anyhoo, I was at a dry ice workshop, organised by a lovely home ed mum and I bumped into another mum I haven’t seen in a Very Long Time and pretty much the first thing she said to me was “I’ve got some slings to give you”.

So she did and we now have a Hoppediz ring sling in Cairo (which looks cool for summer) and an olive green Close Caboo to join our other, hard working Caboos.  Thank you Sue and Bettina for the donations, they are much appreciated.

M xxx