I am a a babywearing consultant and mother of three living in Guildford, Surrey. I have carried all of my children in slings since infancy and babywearing has become part of how we operate as a family. From providing closeness and cuddles, to helping act as an extra pair of hands to take care of the baby while running after the toddlers, slings and carriers have been invaluable and I can't imagine life without them!
Pre-children my background has been within music and the arts, working at venues and for an internationally acclaimed orchestra, and I still pursue my interests by playing in a local band. Having children has seen my professional career take a different path to what I may have expected but I’m thrilled and privileged to now be working with families, supporting them to find out how using a sling could benefit them too.
Whilst volunteering at Guildford Sling Library I trained as a babywearing Peer Supporter (Born to Carry). In 2017 I completed my Babywearing Consultant training with Slingababy to enable me to work with babies and their caregivers in greater depth. I took on running Guildford Sling Library in spring 2018.
As a Babywearing Consultant I take time to get to know you, your family and your needs or preferences before working together to help you find your ideal carrier or work better with your current one. By working together I can support you to carry your baby safely and with confidence.
Babywearing Peer Supporter - Born to Carry, 2016
Babywearing Consultant - Slingababy, 2017
Continuing Professional Development
Midlands Baby Carrying Convention 2018 (Postpartum Psychosis, Infant Brain Development, Postnatal Physiology, Carrying with Special Considerations, Carrying Multiples, Feeding in a Sling)
A private 1:1 (or with a partner) consultation gives us plenty of time to really go into detail with your specific carrying needs.
Consultations take place at my home or yours and we will cover babywearing positioning and safety before going on to demonstrate one or a number of suitable carriers.
I will demonstrate first then support you to have a go by yourself, using a demo doll or your own baby, whichever is most comfortable for you. Consultations generally last for around 90 minutes but I allow plenty of time for stopping to take a break, change, feed etc.
COST : £25
I also offer a mini consult for 30 minutes, trying up to three carriers. These are ideal if you already have an idea of what you're looking for, or perhaps need some help troubleshooting a particular issue with your own carrier.
COST : £10
I offer bookable workshops for up to six families, each covering a specific aspect of babywearing. We will cover babywearing benefits, positioning and safety before going on to demonstrate and try together a particular sling or type of carry.
COST : £15
Guildford Sling Library
At Guildford Sling Library we have a wide collection of carriers for you to browse, try on a few and hire for a fortnight to test how they work for you from day to day. If you'd like to try a particular carrier please let me know so I can ensure it is available for you.
Library sessions are held on alternate Wednesday mornings (school term time), 10-11.30am in the Cafe Bar at The Electric Theatre, Guildford. The cafe is open for refreshments all morning so you can enjoy a coffee and cake while waiting to be seen, or do feel free to come along for a hot drink and chat even if you don't want to hire that week.
Please note that during busy sessions we are only able to spend 10 minutes with each visitor in order that everyone gets seen and no-one is left waiting for too long. During your time slot we are able to provide basic babywearing guidance and fitting; if you feel that you would like some extra time or have specific requirements or medical needs then please get in touch to arrange a consultation where I can spend some one to one time with you to go into more detail.
18th December (3 weeks hire - no extra cost)
Hire System: Standard hire fee is £10 for two weeks. We use the MyTurn platform to administer hires. You will be asked to create an account and also to register a payment card on the system (this can be done ahead of your visit to save time, or we can do it with you on the day).
We no longer take deposits for hires; instead any late returns or lost/damaged carriers will be charged to your registered card.
Long Term Hire: Guildford Sling Library offers a long term hire option for newborns and mums-to-be. For £25 you can hire a Close Caboo or stretchy wrap for three months (from the day you visit or your due date if you visit while pregnant). These slings are ideal for the early weeks and months, and by the time baby is around three to four months you may find that you would prefer to move on to something a little more supportive.
COST : Free (plus sling hire)