Festival Friday at PLU!

Festival Friday at PLU!

I was delighted to be heading down to the fabulous Parents Like Us Festival on Leith Links on Friday. It’s a bit of an institution round these parts, with lots of activities and shows. It’s mostly aimed at parents and under 6’s, but there is plenty to entertain older children too. Travelling down to Leith by bus with one demo doll in my rucksack and one in an IKEA bag, I was wishing I’d wrapped one or both of them in a sling for my journey! My shoulders and arms were killing me, it just shows how brilliant slings are at distributing the weight, even compared to a well-designed rucksack. I got to the demo area in the Sales Pitch and met up with Leigh from the Edinburgh Sling Library who had come along to keep me company. I unpacked my demo stash and the dolls and waited for my slot. Demo stash and dolls at the ready! The organisers told me I should maybe start a bit later than advertised, because Cbeebies Mr Bloom was going to be signing autographs at the same time. I even walked straight past him before I realised who he was! If my youngest son finds out about this I’ll be in the dog house! Demonstrating a stretchy wrap: Starting the demo, I was joined by a lovely mum-to-be who was thinking about something to carry baby around in the house. We tried a stretchy wrap and a ring sling, but she felt more secure with the stretchy wrap. Showing how the fabric crosses under the baby’s legs: I took some questions from the floor, and invited another mum up to...

What am I doing?

I’ve recently been busy-busy, running around going to baby fairs, sourcing and ordering stock, setting up demonstrations, temporarily running the Edinburgh Slingmeet and lending a helping had at the Edinburgh Sling Library, setting up a sling hire service for slings not widely available through libraries, all round about looking after my own family and helping with my husband’s new business. ShowMe Slings is evolving far beyond the simple consultancy I first had in mind. With all this going on, I’m losing sight of why I set up the business in the first place, so I though it about time I took a step back to re-evaluate what I’m doing, and what I hope to achieve. So here we are. The primary aims of ShowMe Slings are Information, Education and Enabling. What do I mean by that? Information: I want to promote the use of safe, comfortable baby slings that will support the baby’s developing hips and spine in an anatomically optimum position. I would like to ensure that parents and carers can be confident in choosing a sling that will do so and at the same time be comfortable and convenient for them to use.  I need to provide parents and carers with the information they need to be aware that there are a vast range of safe and comfortable slings available to them, and that baby carrying is not limited to the 6 months or so that is normally possible with baby carriers available on the High Street. How do I provide that information? Well, there are so many good resources out there on the internet, (including the recently re-launched Sling Guide) that I see no point in...