Each week in the library I direct parents to the wonderful world of sling and carrier videos on Youtube – there are millions, some good, some bad, and some hilarious! I have created a WYSL collection of the ones I most commonly recommend, so you can watch again at home in instant replay with your WYSL carrier.
In other news, the Attached Natural Parenting Fair was a wonderful success, so lovely to see so many library carriers in one place and so many happy carried babies and toddlers. There has been a run on buckle carriers recently, far and away the most popular in the month of February – perhaps it is the weather and not wanting those long mei tai and wrap straps dangling in the mud and rain!
The Connecta Baby Carrier has been far and away the most popular choice after their recent relaunch, and I know that many of the library visitors have been disappointed by the difficulty of getting hold of one to try. In response, I have increased the Connecta quota in the library from seven to nine, and I’m working on getting hold of a couple more to fulfill demand. Generously, Connecta Baby Carrier have increased their discount offered to library customers, now offering 10% off through their website.
The two new Connectas added are another funky-fur Antelope:
And a glorious Connecta Integra Carnival:
We were also pleased to see Becky from Sa-be Baby Wear at the Attached Fair, who donated a Sa-be stretchy wrap for use in the library, reversible red to black.
We will be at the Attached Magazine Natural Parenting Fair on Saturday 18th February 10am-2pm, at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Horsforth. The whole library will be there to try or take home with you, plus sling tips and advice for all. There will be a chance to win a WYSL rental AND a carrying consultation in the big raffle!
The fair boasts a vegetarian cafe, stalls from local companies and services, including Bohemian Babies -preloved wooden toys and sensory play, Baby Bum boutique and Panda Pants. Booby and the beads, Heart to Heart Connection, Trageschule UK, Babies can sign, Leeds Homeopaths, Baby Calm, Doula UK, Sabe baby wear, Yorkshire Storks Midwifery, Vivere Massage, Bambino Green, Beechtree Steiner Initiative, York Solar Power and many more! There will be free goody bags for the first 100 families, free taster sessions from many stalls, and Attached magazine will be on sale for a special Fair price.
Personally I’ll be pleased to welcome some volunteers from the newly set-up York Sling Library to help out with all your slinging and carrying needs. Consultation package vouchers will be available to buy on the day, an ideal new-baby gift!
Can’t wait to see you all there! It should be a very special event. And for those unfamiliar with the location, it’s near lots of shops and cafes, and opposite a very good play park, to make a day of it.
Well, the calendar is creeping along and four weeks from now, the festivities will be in full swing! This will of course affect rentals over the festive period.
All carriers rented or renewed for a four week period between 25th November and 7th December inclusive will be due back on Wednesday, January 4th 2012.
That’s up to 12 days extra for free!
The library will close on Friday 23rd December and reopen on Tuesday 3rd January. Two week rentals will not be available from 8th December until the New Year.
In practice this means that the library will only physically be closed for one day – Wednesday 28th December.
So grab your party slings now, and Merry Christmas!
Unfortunately the WYSL has to close for drop-in help and advice tomorrow due to ill health. If your carrier is due back this week you are welcome to an extra seven day rental free of charge, so all carriers due back 12/10/11 will now be due back 19/10/11 and so on. Basic rentals, renewals and returns can be managed if necessary, I have nothing catching and will be at home but need to do as little as possible. Please contact me in the morning on 0113 2100855 if you wish to return or renew a carrier tomorrow. I apologise for any inconvenience and will hopefully be open next week as usual.
The WYSL is happy to welcome a special guest tomorrow! Mari Greenfield, who trained at Trageschule UK at the same time I did, will be running the library for part of the day. Mari is very experienced in choosing and fitting carriers and it will be lovely to have an extra pair of hands. All rentals, advice, and returns will run as normal all day.
The library will be closing at 3pm on Wednesdays from now on, as it must fit in with school hours. As always, should you need an appointment outside drop in hours please just give the library a call to arrange this on 0113 2100855 or consider booking a consultation.
Two new carriers have arrived in the library with the addition of two new library supporters. I am proud to have the backing of some of the best and most knowledgable online carrier businesses there are and these two are no exception.
Slingjax sold me one of my first ever carriers and it arrived within 18 hours of ordering, I am happy to announce that they will be offering a discount to all WYSL customers from now on. To celebrate, they have generously donated a Napsack Baby mei tai in one of their newest and most beautiful prints, and it has already gone to a new temporary home out of the library today!
The WYSL is also happy to welcome a brand new Sleepy Wrap Classic in brown, courtesy of Slumber-roo. Slumber-roo have been working hard to create a carrier store and library locator on their website, which should be a great resource to parents looking to source slings and carriers in the future, both locally and online.
Drop-in worked very well today with everyone spaced out nicely. So, apart from my small chaotic child, we managed very well. The Wompat and Olive Bondolino came home and were replaced by the Aubergine cord Connecta and Opitai half buckle. The navy Moby was returned but both Moss and Ocean went to snuggle some little squishy babies who fell asleep like magic when wrapped. The petrol Manduca returned and the Bondolino went out again after spending only one hour here.
It’s wedding season so there is a rush on ring slings and pouches, with a Melkaj pouch and Didymos colourgrown waves ring sling amongst others out attending nuptials. I have advance warning of several upcoming needs for outfit-matching carriers! Here are some sling wedding pictures to brighten your day.
We had a fun drop in session on Wednesday and several people popped in to talk slings on Thursday, too. This morning I saw a lovely couple and their squishy baby all the way from Hull. It’s great fun helping others to get excited about carrying.
The new two tier rental scheme seems to be working well so far. I am glad it gives parents so many new options.
The new carriers in the library this week include a new Bondolino in the colourway I always wanted – black with red piping. That means the library nowhas four Bondolinos.
And also, a brand new Kozy carrier in ‘orangedale’ on brown straps, reversible to plain brown. It’s the first Kozy for the library, and they are known for being sturdy and comfortable baby and toddler carriers.
The library has grown quickly, amazingly so. From a few left over carriers to the vast collection of today in a couple of short months. Today the library received its 75th carrier, and all are available to the parents of West Yorkshire and surrounding areas to help them meet their childrens’ needs in comfort and style.
So I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has visited the library, or supported the library, so far. I’d also like to thank our wonderful library supporters who make finding a carrier to buy easy and simple, with many offering a discount to library customers as well as quality advice and service.
Because the library has grown so fast, our policies, terms and conditions, and so on, have had to grow with us. From tomorrow (5th August 2011) all new policies will come into force and the library should run with more ease and accessibility, allowing more options for everyone.
From tomorrow, there will be three ways to access the library – via consultation, recommendation appointment and drop in sessions. You can browse the library online for up to date information on the carriers that are available. Consultations and consultation packages are available from as little as £3.25 per hour to help you with all aspects of carrying, or to buy as a gift. The library is now available to come into baby and toddler groups near you, or for consultations in your own home.
Rental options are changing too. Now we have two ways to rent – either fortnightly or four weekly. Prices will change too, but give more flexibility, allowing more carriers to be available more of the time, and for you to choose the rental period to suit you.
So please – come in and have a look at the new site. Read around the place. Look at the carriers. Count them. Be a part of one of the biggest sling libraries in the country, with some of the most beautiful carriers around. Join in and tell us what you think!