When I had my first baby, like any first time parent I made a list of all the baby related things I needed to buy. Soon enough 1000’s of pounds were being spent on various items – from nursery furniture, to unnecesarily large strollers to the inevitable baby cariers & slings.
When I went to my NCT training course, they told us all about the various sling libraries available in Chelmsford. But guess what? In the whirlwind of information I received on that course (+ from countless people around me) I quickly forgot all about it. And to be completely honest I also fell prey to the idea that ‘ I must buy it all brand new for my precious brand new baby!’ Well…that held true until I had my second baby…
After being gifted a material newborn wrap when I had my daughter, to spending £50 on a Baba Sling soon after she arrived hoping I could breastfeed in it and never using, to finally splashing a whopping £130 on the allmighty ErgoBaby 360 when she was 7 months, only to use it maybe 6 times in 2 years….I finally learnt my lesson.
Enter Naturally Happy Families, a moms run sling library service that allows new moms not only to come along and try on different slings whilst enjoying a cuppa and a cake but to also meet other new moms along the way. Whatever your parenting technique, number of children or fashion style you are guaranteed to find somehing that suits you without breaking the bank.
And while new baby moms can get the fabric wrap supplied for free if baby is under 6 weeks, most other slings hire costa are around £15 per month!
I will be completely honest with you, because I rely so much on my amazing Doona Car Seat with wheels, I hardly ever need to use a sling – but when we took our first holiday with two kids under 3 – the sling became a must! Only way to travel through the airport with two kids, hand luggage, folding stroller and suitcases.
So I would like to give a BIG thank you to the Naturally Happy Families for their support in finding the perfect baby carrier, the Integra, that was lightweight and comfortable enough to take with us on a hot holiday in Formentera! My review of this carrier will be posted soon. Like and subscribe to my blog if you wish to be notified when the next post is up!