Ipswich and Colchester Sling Library was founded in March 2014 to support families in the safe carrying of babies and children.
We pride ourselves on being friendly and approachable whilst being professional and thorough.
Through the Library we hope to be able to guide parents through the many options of baby carriers and slings available to find the one that best suits them and their family
We have 4 qualified Babywearing consultants trained with Slingababy and one qualified peer supporter along with several willing helpers.
I am a wife and mother of 3, my Babywearing journey started when my youngest was born in 2012, I quickly realised he did not like the buggy and found myself carrying him in arms.
The first carrier I used was the Close caboo which was amazing, I could carry my baby whilst taking his older brother to school and have my hands free. I quickly moved on to Woven wraps and I was hooked.
Woven wraps are versatile as well as being beautiful and very addictive !
I have used most styles of carriers over the years and only stopped carrying regularly when my ‘baby’ was around 4 with the Pre school Wompat ( now in the Sling Library) which was a firm favourite.
I started the Sling Library in 2014 when I saw the need for a friendly, professional service where people could come and hire and feel part of a community.
The Sling Library has grown beyond my expectations and I still love being a part of it, my favourite bit is seeing the babies and parents grow and being a part of their lives.
My day job is as a Holistic Therapist in Ipswich but I offer Babywearing consultations in the Ipswich area as well as being present at all Sling meets.
I’m Katie, one of iandcsl newest sling consultants.
I’m a wife, mother of three, and an operating department practitioner (I look after you in theatre). Life is crazy busy, I work around my husbands shifts, Cubs, and school runs.
My children are the reason I smile and also why I cry. I suffered post natal depression after my youngest was born and I do think carrying my son in a sling has helped me recover.
I carried my eldest when he was born in 2008 in a Close carrier. He was also carried in a high street carrier and a ring sling. I used these again for his sister, then, though Instagram, I discovered the stretchy wrap. This began my love affair with carrying my son is carriers. Having him snug against me is lovely, and I am able to look after the older two at the same time. Baby boy just turned two and he regularly gets carried in a carrier. He is a very snuggly little chap, but equally very confident and inquisitive.
Through babywearing I have made some amazing friends, and I love meeting new people at sling library sessions and social meets.
Do come and say hi if you see me, I’m always keen to coo over a newborn and chat about anything.