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How babywearing helped me through Post Natal Depression ?>

How babywearing helped me through Post Natal Depression

As part of International Babywearing Week 2014, I wanted to share some of my story.   This was first published in Juno Magazine in the summer time and is reproduced with their permission. Some children grow up wanting to be footballers, rock stars or firemen. Some want to be dancers, builders or train drivers. I didn’t, although I did spend a phase of my life touring with a band. I grew up wanting to be a dad. Every dad I…

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Book Review: A Baby wants to be Carried ?>

Book Review: A Baby wants to be Carried

I recently answered a request on Facebook for bloggers to review ‘A Baby Wants to be Carried’by Evelin Kirkilionis.  The book had been published several years ago in German, and 2014 brought an English translation, published by Pinter and Martin. Dr Evelin Kirkilionis is a biologist based in Germany, who has studied  carrying babies and the basic needs of children for more than twenty years.  Her doctoral thesis was based on the premise that human babies are adapted to be carried, and…

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Carrier Review: Bebe Sachi Anggun Wrap ?>

Carrier Review: Bebe Sachi Anggun Wrap

Review shared with thanks to my good friend Slingdad Dom I feel it is really important to first talk a bit about the company themselves. I didn’t know a lot before I was sent the sling, but through talking to them and from reading their pages online I feel a real love for what they are doing and I think it is important to raise awareness. Bebe Sachi is very much a social enterprise. They invest in a small group…

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And the winner is… ?>

And the winner is…

Thank you to everyone who took part in the #SDFC14 Firespiral Raffle.  We sold 89 tickets and are pleased to announce we have a winner.   Ticket no 34 was bought by Saarah Niazi-Ali.  Congratulations Saarah, hope you love Vortex as mouch as we do

900 Members? 100 Attendees booked for camp? Raffle time ?>

900 Members? 100 Attendees booked for camp? Raffle time

When Simon started Slingdads in the summer of 2012, I don’t think he had this day in mind.  It wasn’t even Sling Dads UK at that point, just a group for a small number of dads in and around the Sheffield area. There were about 9 of us initially, yet right now we stand at 904 members in the Facebook group. When the idea of camp was first bandied around, it was with the thought of 9 or 10 families…

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What do I need for camp? ?>

What do I need for camp?

I hope everyone else is as excited about camp as we are!  Its hard to believe there are less than 12 weeks until we open the gates at Sherrattswood for a weekend that we hope you will never forget. So the question has been wisely asked: ‘What do we need to bring to camp?’ There is a long list of things you may want, a list of things you will need, but the most important things of all?  Bring yourself….

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A little thank you: Sling Dads Mo Team 2013 Follow Up ?>

A little thank you: Sling Dads Mo Team 2013 Follow Up

Some of you may remember last year that we had a fundraising raffle to celebrate our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/slingdaduk/ reaching 500 people.  We used this as an opportunity to raise funds for the Movember charities and movement, and to raise money to support the Sling Dads Mo’ Team.  You all put your hands in your pockets, donated some lovely prizes and helped us raise over £2000. Liam Mackenzie, the Dad who organised the Mo Team recently received a  thank you card…

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Carrier Review: Firespiral Albus Twilight Starmap ?>

Carrier Review: Firespiral Albus Twilight Starmap

One of the things I’ve been keen to do since I started babywearing has been to try all the different blends of fabric available. Admittedly some of the rarities that have been released of late have made that less and less likely, Fox hair or Camel for instance, but so far I’ve tried wraps containing Cotton, Linen, Wool, Bamboo and Alpaca.  This week I was contacted by the lovely ladies at Firespiral Slings and asked if I would like to review…

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A request to my feminist friends ?>

A request to my feminist friends

The more I have been around the ‘Babywearing community’ and parenting in general, the more I have seen a strange dichotomy unfold.  I have seen and been a part of many conversations about feminism and gender roles.  I’ve seen the growth of the Pink Stinks campaign, the growth of A Mighty Girl books and movies, the arrival of Goldieblox engineering toys for girls and lots of other similar things.  And if I’m honest I’m starting to get a bit fed up of it all. Allow me…

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Lir Slings Realt Aodh(Snow) Ring Sling ?>

Lir Slings Realt Aodh(Snow) Ring Sling

I felt very privileged to be asked to review some of the new Lir Slings recently.  I thought I was getting one to try, so when the package arrived from Ireland I was very pleased to find two lovely wraps in the bag. I’m going to cover these as two separate reviews as they are both very different.  So here goes… First off, this is one of the classiest wraps I’ve seen.  It looks beautiful with silvery grey and white…

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