What is a Sling?
So to start at the beginning, what is a sling?
Well, there really isn't any industry standard with regards to the terminology used. I tend to use the term sling or carrier interchangeably.
The way I use the term is to describe anything that helps you to carry your child in a supported way.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary
Sling in the context of a noun:
1A flexible strap or belt used in the form of a loop to support or raise a hanging weight.
‘the horse had to be supported by a sling fixed to the roof’
1.1 A bandage or soft strap looped round the neck to support an injured arm. ‘she had her arm in a sling’
1.2 A pouch or frame for carrying a baby, supported by a strap round the neck or shoulders. ‘a baby sling’
1.3 A short length of rope used to provide additional support for the body in abseiling or climbing.
So what is it?
A pair of hands
A safe place
A safety net
A hot cup of tea
A snack or meal
A time for self care
A simple piece of cloth
A woven wrap
A buckle carrier
A ring sling
A hip seat
A homeostasis regulator
A brain developer
A way of life
It is also
A way to learn
A way to bond
A way to communicate
A way to connect
A way to understand
A way to explore
A way to develop
A way to survive
A way to travel
A way to stay warm
A way to stay safe
A way to meet the child's needs
A way to meet your needs
A way to meet others needs
A way to get the shopping done without them climbing out of the trolley
A way to hold your older children's hands whilst giving the baby what they need too
A sling can be so many things...what does it mean to you?
Zoe is a trained and insured carrying consultant, based in the Surrey Hills, Supporting you to carry safely, comfortably and confidently. Sharing the science behind carrying, supporting infant development and parents/carers mental and physical health.
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