Hi I’m Rachel, full time wife and mum to two boys. In July 2011 I decided to use my love of babywearing and desire to see more parents carry their babies, to establish the North East Sling Library. We serve the whole of the North East - County Durham, Newcastle, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Teeside, Sunderland and beyond.
I began babywearing when my son was 5 weeks old as there are just some places a buggy can't go and muddy fields for dog walks was one. When I first began ‘wearing’ my son I did what most people do, I went with the mainstream mass produced slings. But I found them difficult to put on by myself and didn’t really feel my son was the most comfortable he could be. In the first 12 weeks of his life I tried 5 different types of slings and I am ashamed to admit even a bag sling. When he was 12 weeks the Infantanio recall happened and I started to panic and I started hunting. I knew I didn’t want to stop babywearing and knew that there must be better options out there. Quickly I have moved on to a mei tai (Asian carrier) before at 16 weeks investing in my first woven sling. This was the beginning of what my husband and friends would possibly call an addiction. I call it a hobby.
I am a qualified and insured babywearing consultant. I have trained with School of Babywearing, Trageschule UK and Slingababy. I am also a trainer for Born to Carry, offering peer support training across the country. If I don't know the answer to your questions I will do my best to find the answer as soon as possible. Consultations are the chance for one or both parents to be introduced to a variety of slings, we work through what you want to achieve and find the best solution to your needs. I am a member of the British Association of Babywearing Instructors, Baby Carrier Industry Alliance and have both professional and public liability insurance.
Please be aware that I am a stay at home mum and therefore children will may be present during library sessions. Alternatively I offer one to one consultations or a postal loan system with support given via telephone and/or email. This costs the normal hire/deposit fees plus Special Delivery postage. All I ask is that you return sling via Special Delivery also (this can be prepaid if you wish).
I hope to see you at The North East Sling Library soon as I continue on my mission to "help the NE carry their babies big and small".