Network Blogger: I’m A Babywearing Consultant

I am a Babywearing Consultant. I know how to help families find a sling that
matches their needs. I know how to explain why hysteria over high street
carriers is simply that – hysteria. I know that one size doesn’t fit all,
that individual families need individual carrying solutions. I’ve spent
thousands (and continue to do so) training to be the best I can be.

But…

  • Nobody warned me that how the words in an email, Facebook message or a
    tiny 
    thank you card would have me sobbing.
  • Nobody taught me how not to fill with sadness when I overheard a mother tell
    her little girl that she was “too big for a carry”. When the same child was
    clearly scared of going into school and had her blankie for comfort.
  • Nobody told me how I would feel on knowing that my skills had calmed a
    babies reflux symptoms, let mum or dad have their hands back, allowed other
    children to be cared for, simply by finding a carrier for them to use.
  • Nobody told me that I would make life-long friends running a sling library
    but also make enemies and lose friends along the way.
  • Nobody taught me how to respond or keep from fits of laughter when I was
    asked “how old is your doll?”.
  • Nobody taught me how to explain that I am not on call 24/7, 365 days a year.
    Or how to explain that my family come first.
  • Nobody told me how honoured I would feel being asked for carrying advice
    from the mother who taught me to wrap, when her new baby was born with
    tallipes.
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    Being a Babywearing Consultant is an amazing job. It is different every day.
    It is not your run of the mill job. Each family has something about them
    that is different – even if they do want the same carrier. Most people don’t
    understand what I do. In my job I cannot judge. I cannot work to a set of
    fixed rules. I need to be flexible. There is no one type of parent who
    visits the sling library or for a consultation. I simply work with the
    families who have sought my help to find a carrying solution that works for
    them. I am honoured to be part of their lives, even just for a fleeting
    moment.
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    My clients are individuals. All with individual reasons to carry their
    babies (however big they are). It is their individual needs which make my
    job an amazing one to do. I have ‘colleagues’ around the country, they are
    also dedicated to helping people to carry their babies. Whether they are
    self-employed and trying to make a small living to help them raise their own
    families, or volunteers giving up their time to help others, it doesn’t
    matter. What matters is their dedication and desire to make carrying normal.This blog was inspired by Vicky Smith of Taylored Fit Physiotherapy as the
    writing style was based on her recent ‘I am a physio’ blog and she kindly
    let me use it as a template for my piece.

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Rachel Coy | North East Sling Library

About Janine 592 Articles
I am an antenatal teacher, doula, baby massage instructor, postnatal educator, life coach, writer, mum, wife, friend and, sometimes, just me. As an experienced and qualified practitioner, I specialise in pregnancy, birth and early parenting - my aim is to listen, inform, support and reassure when needed. I have worked with parents since 2002 and I set up Birth, Baby & Family in 2011 to provide good information, a different perspective and links to the best products and services for families. I set up the Birth, Baby & Family Centre in 2014 to provide a welcoming, friendly and supportive space for parents across Tyneside.

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