The pros of taking a sling along to a fireworks display for your toddler -
•It gives them a good view
•It's comfy for you
•It keeps them close in the dark, and the crowds
•It reassures them if they're nervous about the noise
The one con is your excited toddler shouting "Firework!" in your ear EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. one went off. Poor Daddy 😆
People often ask up to what age you can carry your child, or how long a sling will last. Well, the two year old wanted to walk today, but the four year old was feeling a bit sad and grumpy. So, up she went and everyone was happy!
Love a snoozy baby after we've fitted a sling!
Every sling is different and everybody likes and suits different things so it's worth trying a few different brands and types to find your perfect carrier.
🤰🏻 GESTATIONAL DIABETES 🤰🏻 So as expected, I have this to add into my routine again! I have been diagnosed early with GD.
Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar that develops during pregnancy and usually disappears after giving birth. It occurs if your body cannot produce enough insulin, a hormone that helps control blood sugar levels to meet the extra needs in pregnancy.
I was diagnosed after my glucose test at 28 weeks in my first pregnancy. If you have it in pregnancy, it’s pretty likely to develop in any future pregnancies. So I was prepared and experienced this time around.
Lucky last time I managed it fine by controlling my diet better and cutting out too many treats. Planning the same this time too so we will se how it goes.
The wee kit in the picture is my blood sugar testing kit. I have to prick my finger a few times a day 2 hours after meals. This tells me my sugar levels so I know if what I ate was ok. I’m part of a trial group for this new kit, very high tech as it’s all done via Bluetooth to my phone. 5 years ago it was notepad and pen! 😂
It’s a tiny wee needle so like a pin prick, monkey has become my personal figer pricker! I set everything up and she presses the button. Should I be worried my child likes to stab me? Haha
With my first, I was fine after birth but my daughter was taken to scbu and put on a drip as her sugars were low. After a couple days she was fine although she then had other issues not related to GD.
Fingers crossed we won’t need scbu this time but at least I can prepare my self mentally for anything that happens.
Also don’t you love my wee wrap scrap bag I keep my kit in?
Have you had gestational diabetes? How did you manage it? Have you just been diagnosed? Feel free to ask me anything! I may even do a video on me doing a test 🙂
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The stretchy in the baby box is introducing a lot more people to slings, which is great. It doesn't suit everyone though, so I've had lots more demand for fully adjustable buckles.
Here's 3 new additions to the library. I been testing them out with a newborn doll and my two year old, and I'm very impressed so far. They are the #nekoswitch the #bobax and the #beco8
All are available to hire from tomorrow in Tweedbank and, as an extra bonus, anything hired tomorrow will be 4 weeks for the price of 2!
🐶 #nationaldogday 🐶
So today is national dog day!
You all know I have a fur baby and any excuse to share himself!
This is Ozzy the full Springer spaniel!
We got him when he was 8 weeks old and he just turned 6 this month! He was our first baby and still gets spoiled just as much!
Many people think that when they have a baby they have to choose, this was never an option for us!
He was here first, he is part of the family and we love him.
Here are some tips about how to introduce dogs to the new addition that helped us. We researched a lot and spoke to dog behaviourists too. * Allow dog into the nursery and to smell all new baby items but not allowed to sleep. * Place new baby items and toys on the floor in various rooms. If dog ignores them, they get a treat and attention. If dog picks up toy or gives too much attention (sniffing is allowed) then a firm NO and move dog away from toy. * When baby is born, take blanket from baby home and allow dog to smell and give dog attention telling them it’s new baby. * When you get home, (from hospital birth) You go in the house first not holding baby and give dog attention.
Sit calmly and allow them to sniff you and know you are home safe. Partner or other person will be holding baby, allow dog to meet baby (holding on to dog first if needed). * Allow dog in rooms with you and baby to get used to the new routine. No matter how much you trust your dog though, never leave them alone with baby. New smells and sounds could aggitate and upset even the calmest dog.
These are all tips that worked for us and our dog. He has always been the sweetest calmest dog with our daughter. We will be doing all the same things when new baby arrives too!
Do you have a dog? What helped you to introduce new baby?
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Have you tried a ring sling?
They're one of my favourite slings. Lovely and snuggly for newborns, quick to use for popping round shops, great for tired toddlers, perfect as a stylish scarf when they decide to walk, good for babies who want to see more of the world and I've even used one as a makeshift high chair once!
This cute wee one decided she was quite comfy and fell fast asleep. ❤
What a busy session in Kelso yesterday! We had lots of different buckles carriers, talked about feeding in slings and had a look at the baby box stretchy.
It was lovely to meet everyone and see some familiar faces again. Hope everyone enjoyed Cafe U's delicious food.
Back in Kelso on the 29th! #slinglibrary#carrymeround#cafeukelso
✨ SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES ✨
For parents with children who are wheelchair users or have additional needs, slings can be a huge help!
I was very lucky to meet this family recently and so happy to be able to help them.
Their initially enquiry about a carrier for their son who fatigues easily. We talked about toddler options that would be quick to use, and more convenient than pushing an empty buggy.
They then asked if it would be possible to use it for their daughter who was a wheelchair user.
Their daughter has very low muscle tone and also is connected to an oxygen supply.
I reassured that this of course would be no problem as long as they are confident and work together.
We looked at safety and how to safely ensure that Mum and Dad helped to support her while putting the carrier on. We ensured that her tubes were not in the way and Mum checked her Sats once in the carrier too. It also showed me how much of a tight team Mum and Dad were! Amazing to watch!
Once Daddy had his daughter comfortably on, he added the oxygen bag to the back. This made him totally hands free and also helped to balance out the weight a little.
The look on thee parents faces seeing their daughter up and held close made my week!
They told me some of the struggles they have been though and I can see how much this means to them.
If you have a child with any extra medical needs and feel you cannot carry, please get in touch. Always get advice from a trained consultant to get the best and safe advice for you and your child. Every child and circumstance is different, but there are so many slings and carriers available to help support a range of needs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Look at these two gorgeous faces from today's sling library at Tweedbank!
We had parents trying on a wide variety of slings today, everything from stretchy wraps and Caboos, to ring slings and buckles.
There are so many types of carriers and brands on the market it can be hard to know what to go for. Different slings suit different people, which is why trying things at a sling library can be really useful.
I love doing consultations. It's nice to have a long one to one with people instead of a more rushed library session. But woven wrap consultations are my favourite. Wraps can be tricky to use at first, but once it clicks they are so comfortable, versatile and pretty! #carrymeround#slingconsultant
Why were sleepy transfers never this easy when she was a baby?! She fell asleep just before dinner (despite me tickling her feet!) and quite happily stayed like that even after she'd been handed over to Daddy! #dontnapnow#wrapnap#slingsaretoocomfy 😆
It's World Breastfeeding Week, so i thought I'd share an old photo of my daughter's first feed in a sling. I get asked about breastfeeding in a sling a lot, so here's the quick answers...
Yes it is possible, for most people!
It's possible to feed in all types of slings, you just have to get the hang of it.
There are some very important safety points you need to remember:
- Support the back of their head with your hand, never cover the back of a baby's head with the sling.
- Always ensure you can see their airway and monitor their position throughout.
- Return baby to their original position when they're finished.
Pop along to your local consultant or sling library for more advice.
It's Carry Me Round's third birthday today! 🎉
Thank you to the hundreds of parents who've hired slings, and attended workshops and consultations. It's been amazing meeting you all and your babies.
To celebrate the last three years I'm introducing a new Lifetime Membership scheme. Look out for more details tomorrow!