Slinging New Year’s Resolutions

Hands up? Have you made a New Year’s Resolution?  Was it financial, health, educational or technological related? As these are often in lists of the most popular. Or have you made a slinging resolution? 

Many of us will have set ourselves targets for 2017. In the USA approx. 45% of individuals will have made a New Year’s Resolution. This figure in UK is around 32-35%. But roughly only 50% manage to stick to them for the 6 months (8% the year), although around 3/4 of us manage to stick to them for at least a week.

In terms of your New Years Resolution – have you written it down? Told someone what it is? How are you going to ensure you keep it? Sharing them with others apparently can help us to stick to them.

I have set myself the target of selling my personal collection of ring slings as our carrying days are over. So far I have asked Isaac to pick one to keep –  as I want to keep one each for the boys (Silver Waves for Henry, our Dyed Roses Zen for Isaac) – but at the minute this is as far as I have got.  The bag of slings is sitting there looking at me. I want to be successful and have told the sling library users this is my resolution and I am hoping this will assist me in keeping it. My bank balance would certainly appreciate me selling some slings.

So I asked the users of the sling library what their Slinging New Years Resolutions are.  Some like me want to sell our slings as our babies are no longer babies, others want to learn a new skill (e.g learning to wrap or improving their wrapping skills), and others want to try and ‘sling it only’. I have read at least two comments for mums saying the want to “stop buying slings”, and the opposite is true for a couple too. 

Julie’s slinging resolution:

Mine is to give a serious go to using a single pram and a sling for my 19mo and her baby sibling due to arrive next month. I don’t really understand why, but I desperately don’t want a double pram!

In a similar light, Charlotte would like to: “Go out proper hiking with sling, need to work out logistics! Like how to carry the rest of the stuff!”

My favourite are from Madeleine and Lucie (both peer supporters) who want to help enable more people to carry. Babywearing is a lovely sharing community and this is seen by the way people want to help others.

I suppose our slinging resolutions fit pretty well with general New Year’s Resolutions too: spend less/save more, personal development/mastering a new skill and even decluttering. I am here for 1:1 appointments if you want to develop your skills – learn to wrap or master a back carry. Just visit the  consultancy pages of our website to make your booking. 

I can’t though promise to help you destash but maybe if we do it together we might just be successful.

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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.