Main programme workshops

We have secured more rooms for workshops at the event this year, meaning that there will be 15 main programme workshops on offer throughout the day and more than 200 workshop places available! Anyone who prebooks their ticket will also be able to book a spot on one workshop of their choice (subject to availability).

There will also be a rolling programme of 30 minute ‘introduction to slings’ presentations that visitors are welcome to go in and out of without having to book a place.

Confirmed main programme workshops

10:45am – 11:30am

Is your little one getting curious? Twisting and turning in their carrier to look all around? Get them on your back and explore the world together!

This workshop is designed to demonstrate safe ways of getting a little one onto your back in a variety of soft structured carriers as well as traditional asian carriers. Suitable for babies that can hold their heads unsupported or from around 20 weeks.

Workshop level: Beginner and intermediate

Facilited by Azizah Attard, Sling Clinic and Library; North London and Northampton and Bebe Sachi UK

azizah-attardAzizah Attard is a mum of two and a babywearing consultant with Slingababy, Die Trageschule and the School of Babywearing UK. She trains Peer supporters with Born to Carry and owns 4 sling libraries, all run as Community Interest Companies and Social Enterprises. She is passionate about safe carrying and the positive effects it can have on both parent/carer and baby.

Azizah is also the UK Partner to Bebe Sachi – a Social Enterprise dedicated to the preservation of the traditional hand loom and hand weaving legacy of Bangladesh. They produce hand woven wraps, Mei Tais and accessories.

When Dom first tried wrapping, he found most of the available information and advice confusing and overwhelming. So he’s made some tutorials with the beginner in mind and that shows people how he did things when he started. The workshop will keep it simple and focused towards beginners and the average babywearing parent that wants to learn and wants to teach their partner.

Workshop level: Beginner

Facilitated by Dominic Facherty, Slingdad Dom

dominic-fachertyBabywearing is one of the things that has helped Dom to become the kind of dad he wanted to be but wasn’t sure how to be. He wants to share his love and encourage others to try this brilliant and natural way to care for and bond with your children.

A brief look at the ‘anatomy’ of wraps. Learn how to do a supportive front carry and a hip carry with a woven wrap. Wraps and dolls provided.

Workshop level: Beginner

Facilitated by Yolanda Kenyon, Shire Slings

yolanda-kenyonYolanda Kenyon has been a sling librarian for 7 years, qualified with School of Babywearing and to advanced level with Trageschule. She now runs her own wrap company, Shire Slings, which makes beautiful wraps that are easy to use to every skill level.

11:45am – 12:30pm

Come and learn all about marvellous mei tais! Ann will show you the various types available, and you’ll be able to try a front carry and a hip carry.

Workshop level: Beginner and intermediate

Facilitated by Ann Charles, Birth Geek

ann-charlesAnn is a recently-qualified Babywearing consultant and all round pregnancy and birth geek! She has travelled the world being nosey about birth and volunteered at both the Norwich Sling library in the UK and the Wellington Sling Meet in New Zealand.

Is your rucksack carry always causing problems? Tired of the butt pops? Try and do the ruck a different way, by pinning the seat!

Workshop level: Intermediate, advanced

Facilitated by Marloes de Graaf, Ik neem je mee

marloes-de-graafMarloes is a Dutch babywearing consultant and qualified in 2013. She loves to babywear, Wrapjedi and geek about everything babywearing.

Find out more about the benefits of giving your baby ‘Kangaroo Care’ – daily time in skin to skin contact.  Including information about how it can support breastfeeding, bonding, and babies born prematurely as well as those with illness, birth trauma or disability.

Workshop level: Open to all

Facilitated by Nicole Hastie, Kangaroo Care UK Ltd

Nicole HastieNicole Hastie is a Babywearing Consultant and dedicated advocate of Kangaroo Care. She is a qualified teacher and adult educator. In 2017 Nicole is launching her newly developed programme of training for parenting and birth professionals to increase their understanding of kangaroo care carrying and aid best practice in home and hospital settings. Nicole is mum to Ruth, aged 12 and Megan, aged 7. She co-runs Cheltenham and Gloucester Sling Library.

12:45pm – 1:30pm

Explore exactly how easy it is to use your Connecta with a newborn using the accessory strap and integrated sleephood.

Workshop level: Open to all

Facilitated by Anne McEwan, Connecta Baby Carrier Ltd

Anne McEwanAnne is an trainer and consultant with over 10 years experience in the carrying industry. Anne works as the business manager for Connecta and a trainer for Born to Carry.

Is your little one getting curious? Twisting and turning in their carrier to look all around? Get them on your back and explore the world together!

This workshop is designed to demonstrate safe ways of getting a little one onto your back in a variety of soft structured carriers as well as traditional asian carriers. Suitable for babies that can hold their heads unsupported or from around 20 weeks.

Workshop level: Beginner and intermediate

Facilited by Azizah Attard, Sling Clinic and Library; North London and Northampton and Bebe Sachi UK

azizah-attardAzizah Attard is a mum of two and a babywearing consultant with Slingababy, Die Trageschule and the School of Babywearing UK. She trains Peer supporters with Born to Carry and owns 4 sling libraries, all run as Community Interest Companies and Social Enterprises. She is passionate about safe carrying and the positive effects it can have on both parent/carer and baby.

Azizah is also the UK Partner to Bebe Sachi – a Social Enterprise dedicated to the preservation of the traditional hand loom and hand weaving legacy of Bangladesh. They produce hand woven wraps, Mei Tais and accessories.

Is your rucksack carry always causing problems? Tired of the butt pops? Try and do the ruck a different way, by pinning the seat!

Workshop level: Intermediate, advanced

Facilitated by Marloes de Graaf, Ik neem je mee

marloes-de-graafMarloes is a Dutch babywearing consultant and qualified in 2013. She loves to babywear, Wrapjedi and geek about everything babywearing.

1:45pm – 2:30pm

Participants will learn how to pre-tie a stretchy wrap and safely put their baby in and out of the wrap. We will cover the TICKS rules of safe carrying and consider some key tips for getting a good wrap job every time. We will also briefly discuss how to use a stretchy as a safe breastfeeding aid, and how to dress baby in the wrap for different weather conditions.

Workshop level: Beginner

Facilitated by Caroline Gardiner, With You All The Way

wyatw-squareCaroline has over 6 years experience of carrying her own children, and formally qualified as a Babywearing Consultant with Trageschule in April 2015, achieving her advanced Trageschule in May 2016. Caroline has worked at local sling libraries since 2014, and during that time has matched hundreds of parents with the carrier that best fits their needs.

Caroline offers one to one sessions, group consultations and workshops in North London. She also runs Muswell Hill Sling Meet. She is BABI registered and DBS checked.

Learn how to wear your baby in those emergency situations where your favorite carrier isn’t to hand and and you need to be hands free. Babywearing with sheets, towels, belts and other household items.

Workshop level: Beginner

Facilitated by Kerry Ellis, It’s a Sling Thing and Renee Jeffery, Close Enough to Kiss

Kerry EllisKerry is the owner of It’s A Sling Thing, an online postal sling library and retail store. She has trained as a sling consultant with Trageschule UK, Je Porte Mon Bebe and Slingababy.

 

 

Renee JeffreyRenee Jeffrey is the editor of Close Enough to Kiss magazine and trained as a sling consultant with Slingababy and Je Porte Mon Bebe.

Want to learn how to use a ring sling easily and safely?

Finding your rings slip or your seat pops? Come and learn how to rock your ring sling!

Workshop level: Beginner and intermediate

Facilitated by Dr Rosie Knowles, Sheffield Sling Surgery and Sling Spot

dr-rosie-knowlesDr Rosie Knowles runs the Sheffield Sling Surgery and the Sling Spot. She is the author of Why Babywearing Matters and trains peer supporters under the Born to Carry banner. She has always loved ring slings.

2:45pm – 3:30pm

Post-natal depression is thought to affect around 15% of new mothers, but carrying children when you have anxiety, depression or PTSD can help to reduce your stress levels and increase your bonding.

During the workshop we will talk about the benefits of carrying with mental health challenges. We will also look at some breathing tools, state management and meditation techniques that you can optimise during challenging times.

Workshop level: Beginner

Facilitated by Jodie Hall, Jenni Bean Consultancy and Library

jenni-bean-consultanciesJodie has trained with Slingababy as a sling consultant, and with Forever Young in life coaching.

Mental illness comes in all shapes and sizes; for Jodie it is complete isolation. She would describe it as being detached from everything around you, watching as life happens to you rather than living it.

Babywearing has given Jodie and her daughter much more than simply a way to get around, and she truly believes that carrying her and having the increased skin to skin contact is the only reason she has not had severe post-natal issues.

Want to learn how to use a ring sling easily and safely?

Finding your rings slip or your seat pops? Come and learn how to rock your ring sling!

Workshop level: Beginner and intermediate

Facilitated by Dr Rosie Knowles, Sheffield Sling Surgery and Sling Spot

dr-rosie-knowlesDr Rosie Knowles runs the Sheffield Sling Surgery and the Sling Spot. She is the author of Why Babywearing Matters and trains peer supporters under the Born to Carry banner. She has always loved ring slings.

Do you like the look of some carries but hate the way they feel? Do you dislike one part of one carry and another part of another carry?

Looking for the perfect carry to meet both your needs and your child’s? Then this is the workshop for you. Looking at how wrapping styles work, working out what works for both you and your child and freestyling your perfect carry. Participants need to be comfortable with at least 3 wrapping carries, preferably at least 1 back carry.

Workshop level: Intermediate, advanced

Facilitated by Yolanda Kenyon, Shire Slings

yolanda-kenyonYolanda Kenyon has been a sling librarian for 7 years, qualified with School of Babywearing and to advanced level with Trageschule. She now runs her own wrap company, Shire Slings, which makes beautiful wraps that are easy to use to every skill level.