Wirral, Merseyside
07786 960 170
ruth@carryingconnects.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Connecting families on the Wirral

General information

What is a Babywearing Consultant?

A Babywearing Consultant is someone how has undertaken specialised training on the subject of infant carrying. They are required to have Indemnity Insurance, and undertake regular Continuous Professional Development to ensure that their knowledge and skills are kept up to date.

They will be familiar with the different types of slings and carriers available, how to use them, and how to trouble shoot if they are not working well for a family. They will usually not be tied to any particular type or brand of sling so you know that their advice and information will be impartial. If they do sell slings themselves, they will be transparent about this so that clients can make up their own minds in confidence. For slings that they do not sell, a Consultant can often pass on a small discount with other trusted retailers.

Whilst Consultants are unable to provide specific medical advice, they are familiar with common conditions which could affect using a sling or carrier. When appropriate they will suggest onward referrals to others organisations or professionals who are more appropriately placed to help.

Most importantly a Babywearing Consultant is someone who loves carrying children themselves, and wants to share that love and the benefits of babywearing with other families!

Do you sell slings?

We are proud to sells Lifft Slings stretchy wraps, with free collection or delivery available on the Wirral. You can find them in our online shop. We will also have them available to buy at our workshops and consultations.

For other sings and carriers , we are able to point you in direction of reputable suppliers for all of the slings and carriers that we have in the Library. We may be able to offer a discount code for some stockists, and we also keep an eye on any special offers running.

Can’t I just watch videos on youTube?

There are now thousands of videos on youTube showing how to use different types of slings and carriers. So why would you bother  to book a Workshop or Consultation?

  1. Our consultations and workshops are run by qualified and insured babywearing Consultants. While a large proportion of videos are made by those with babywearing qualifications many are made by enthusiastic amateurs. Their techniques may or may not be safe or comfortable.
  2. Most videos are made with a demo doll for a good reason… the most variable part of carrying a child is the child them self. In a face to face situation we can work both with a doll, and with your own child.
  3. Being a parent can be isolating. Coming to a workshop will get you out of the house and meeting up with other families with similar interests.

Following a workshop or consultation we are able to signpost you to trusted videos to act as a reminder for what you have been shown.

Are slings just for mums?

No, slings can be for anyone who spends time with your child who is happy to use one, and can do so safely. This could be dad, grandparents, uncles, or a childminder. They are a great way to encourage bonding and to provide a safe and familiar environment for the wee one. All are welcome to attend a Workshop , or consultation tailored to your needs.

Can I feed in a sling?

Most mums are able to breastfeed in most types of sling. We can help you to find the right combination for mother and baby in a one to one consultation, and will provide general guidance if time allows in a workshop setting. We will be able to advise on positioning and of course safety.

Slings are also suitable for those who bottle feed, again ensuring that this is done safely.

Can you help me with my own sling?

Yes, we can! We can help you to use your own sling safely and comfortably. The only exception to this is if we do not feel the sling is safe for you or your child, in which case we would discuss this with you and provide further guidance.

Using your own sling or carrier is covered within the cost of a  consultation or workshop. We will ask for details of any sling you wish help with in advance if possible, to ensure that we are able to provide you with the best level of assistance.

What methods of payment do you accept? Do you take card payments?

For consultations, we are able to accept payment by credit or debit card in advance if booked via our online booking system. Payment on the day can be accepted by cash or card.

For workshops, you will be asked to pay in advance by credit or debit card. Payment can be accepted by card or cash on the day for any sling purchases that you make, card is preferred.

Payment for any slings that you wish to hire will be via Wirral Sling Library’s online system. You will need a credit or debit card to register an account, payment for the hire itself can be taken from that card, by cash or by Paypal.

 

 

 

Consultations

Do I need to have my own sling or carrier already?

No, we are able to provide slings or carriers for all workshops and consultations. You are also welcome to bring your own, but would suggest not making a purchase in anticipation of a consultation or workshop. We can often refer you on to trusted retailers who can provide slings at a small discount, or you may end up choosing something completely different than you anticipated!

If you wish to hire a sling at the end of the consultation or workshop this can be arranged via Wirral Sling Library, you will be able to take the sling away on the day.

What times are you available for consultations?

Consultations can be arranged for a time that will suit you. This could be daytime, evening and weekends. Some appointments will be offered for booking online, for availability at other time please contact us.

 

Workshops

Can I come to the Newborn Slings and Carriers workshop if I am pregnant?

Yes you are welcome to come to the workshop at any stage of pregnancy. We have a soft-legged demonstration doll so that you can still try out the slings and carriers with a bump!

The workshop room is near to the toilets, you are welcome to sit, stand and move around as is comfortable for you, and we will have decaf tea and coffee available.

Do I need to have my own sling or carrier already?

No, we are able to provide slings or carriers for all workshops and consultations. You are also welcome to bring your own, but would suggest not making a purchase in anticipation of a consultation or workshop. We can often refer you on to trusted retailers who can provide slings at a small discount, or you may end up choosing something completely different than you anticipated!

If you wish to hire a sling at the end of the consultation or workshop this can be arranged via Wirral Sling Library, you will be able to take the sling away on the day.

What happens at a Newborn Slings and Carriers workshop?

Are you a parent to be or new parent? Wondering if you should get a sling for your newborn baby? Are they safe? Which one should I get?

Carrying Connects are please to offer a workshop aimed at answering these questions and more. We will cover the benefits of carrying your baby, safety and positioning, the different types of slings available and how and where to buy them. We will demonstrate slings, allow you to have a go using one of our demonstration dolls, and if your baby is already here you can carry them in one of our slings! You are also welcome to bring a sling or carrier that you already own.

The venue is ground floor accessible, has plenty of room for prams, and refreshments will be provided, including cake so bookings in advance are required so that we don’t run out! The cost is £15, with a partner who will be carrying the same baby at a reduced cost of £5. You can book for our next workshop by clicking here.  Schedule Appointment

Is there parking at the workshop location?

There is a small car park behind the St James Centre, and on street parking in the surrounding streets which is free of charge. Please park with consideration for local residents.

Where is your workshop venue located?

Our current workshop location is the St James Centre, Laird Street, Birkenhead CH41 7AL. The nearest train station is Birkenhead North. The room is on the ground floor, has plenty of room for prams, and has easy access to baby change facilities.