New Year, New blog (well sort of)


So its January 1st. Happy New Year. Welcome 2017 and welcome to a slight change of name for the NESL blog. We have been using a free WordPress domain for two years. Yesterday I bought us a new .blog address. But, as I want to write about more than just slings and as my own slinging journey is complete – today I worked out which slings I want to list for sale – I have chosen something a little more open. Please welcome our new blogging  home.

I will still be writing about slings, parenting and babywearing education, but I might have a little more flexibility in what I write. I hope you like it. I have also had a play and added an ‘upcoming events’ tab to the blog too. This is linked to our google calendar, so (in theory) should update when I make updates to it.

Happy New Year everyone.

Best Wishes



Network Blogger: Life at 32 and a few days

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Lumiere Durham 2015

Once again the Lumiere Festival is returning to Durham City. Held in the historic city centre the festival will take place between Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th November. Just like in 2013 the organisers are recommending that you do not take a pushchair and instead use a sling. The 2013 event had 175,000 visitors over 4 days.


Lumiere 2011 – carried close and seeing sites.

Pushchairs can be difficult to push in crowds, they take up space (already at a premium) and in reality all baby/toddler/preschooler will see are other people’s legs. Therefore as I did in 2013 we are once again offering special sling hire sessions. This time I hope not to have to demo from a wheelchair (anyone who came last time will remember my broken ankle).


Lumiere 2013 and one of the 27 exhibits.


During the week of Lumiere we will have 3 normal sessions (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday) but will also offer 3 “open house” drop ins too. Slings will be able to be hired overnight, for a week, a fortnight and a month, with prices reflecting this.

Where will we be?

Monday 9th November Miss Tina‘s , Barmston, Washington. Sling hire £8 for 4 weeks.

Tuesday 10th November open house at home 10-12 drop in. Sling hire £3 for 1 week.

Wednesday 11th November main library drop in 10-12 at home. Sling hire £3 for 1 week, £5 for 2 weeks and £8 for 4.

Thursday 12th November open house home drop in 12.30-2.30. Sling hire overnight for return on Friday £2, one week £3, till next main drop in £4.50.

Friday 13th November open house 11.30-1.30 at home. Sling hire overnight for return on Saturday afternoon £2. Hire until Thursday 19th £3.20

Saturday 14th November 2-4pm Saturday Slings drop in. Sling hire for one month £8. Hire until Thursday 19th £3.

I hope people appreciate this service. I have tried to limit prices as much as possible but due to the extra paperwork there is a little higher rate for simple overnight hires.

The address do open house sessions is:

13 Brecken Way




Network Blogger: Happy 4th Birthday North East Sling Library

In 2011, inspired by friends in London and West Yorkshire, I launched the North East Sling Library (NESL). Since then I have met hundreds of families – this year I have made 472 sling hires. I have been able to play a small part in each family’s parenting journey and this is something I am immensely proud of.…