Was this our last slinging Christmas?

Isaac will be 4 in April. We have used a sling since he was 8 hours old but now I think this could have been our last Slinging Christmas. 

Isaac’s 1st Christmas 2012

Tired and over stimulated on Christmas Day we had a 20 minute cuddle before Bed. But we carry no more than maybe once or twice a week now. September he sees him start school. I can’t see him still having cuddles next Christmas. 


Christmas 2015


What age did your children stop being carried? 

Christmas 2013



Christmas 2014

But slings are always useful after little legs decide they can’t scoot any further. Our short walk ended up being a long morning stroll and a meltdown mid walk was solved by a toddler Tula and daddies back meant we solved they meltdown and restored the peace of the morning. 

Post -Christmas stroll 2015


Our Top Ten reasons to sling at Christmas

baby-21971_1920Using a sling is a rather nifty way of getting both your hands back and they can come into their own at Christmas. I have spent lots of time explaining the benefits to carrying. After all carrying is the biological norm for humans. This post is simply wanting to focus on the reasons why at Christmas it is just as useful .


Still image of dis-allowed goal.  (192)Quality time with Dad or other care givers allowing them to bond. The benefit of the holidays is that for most there is an extended period of time off work, giving them the time to spend with their little ones.

Easier to manoeuvre around the crowds when Christmas  shopping. Two free hands to hold the bags too.

bottle feeding in r&rAllows you to keep a close eye on their feeding cues and being responsive to their feeding needs, whether breast or bottle fed,  by keeping them close.


Eat a meal. My best friend ate Christmas Dinner with my Godson in a stretchy at 3 weeks old. IMG_0067Only one small drop of gravy on him.

Leaves you more room in the car for presents etc if you are travelling. No need to pack a big pram.






You can still enjoy social events while you enjoy the festivities.

Prevent baby from getting over stimulated/tired or stop them from being passed around like a parcel for everyone to have a quick cuddle. Or help stop well meaning friends and family members from touching their face and spreading germs.

Safe place to sleep for naps if baby won't settle in a strange place.
Leaves you with two hands to care for other children

Cook the Christmas Dinner – although please be careful when cooking that little hands can’t grab handles etc.

christmas cooking

What are you top reasons to use a sling at Christmas? What would you add to our list?

Christmas at North East Sling Library

happy christmas

Wow December is nearly upon us. Where have the last 11 months gone? Yet here we are planning Christmas. Whether that is what to eat, doing the shopping and wrapping presents. For me it means planning our Christmas Closure.

Christmas is one of the only times where NESL closes down for any extended period of time and it does have an effect on when slings will be available to hire (both in person and by post) and when I can offer consultations. As you can imagine I want to enjoy the festivities with my family just as much as you want to share them with yours. 

The last sling library session of 2015 will be held on Thursday 17th December as part of Durham City Sling and Nappy meet. Two week sling hire option will be unavailable during December. The last date for postal hire will be Thursday 17th December also. During this period I will only post slings via Special Delivery regardless of value as I don’t want them to get lost with the extra mail in the system. Postal hires will be available again from Monday 4th January.

Where can you find us during December?

Wednesday 2nd December  – Birth and Baby Family Centre North Shields (10.30-12 & 1-2.30)
Monday 7th December         – Ace Playce, The Killingworth Centre (10-12)
Wednesday 9th December  – Meadowfield, Durham City (10-12)
Saturday 12th December     – Saturday Sling, Meadowfield, Durham City (2-4)
Monday 14th December      – Miss Tina’s, Barmston, Washington (11-1)
Wednesday 16th December – Birth and Baby Family Centre North Shields  (10.30-12 & 1-2.30)
Thursday 17th December     – Durham City Sling and Nappy Meet (10-12)

There will be no session at Tesco Consett during December as the community room is not available between Christmas and New Year. We will return to Tesco Consett on 25th January.

I am extremely close to being fully booked for 1:1 appointments. You can view my remaining availability here. As with library sessions I will be closed for consults over Christmas. Although in event of exceptional circumstances (hospital admissions etc) I will do my best to help.

Finally I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for supporting NESL during 2015 and I look forward to seeing you again in 2016.