We can offer a ten minute consultation to you and your child at any of our slingmeets. This may be to help you with an existing carrier that you already have, or to try a new kind of carrier on from our library.
Sometimes, however, slingmeets are busy and you may need a little more guidance.
Katrina Shepherd, the director of West Pennine Slings, runs Hold Close, a babywearing consultancy.
Booking a private consultation with Katrina provides you with time and full attention to assess your needs when wearing your child.
Who would benefit from a consultation?
- Expecting and would like to carry baby when they arrive
- New to babywearing and would like help and guidance
- Already have a sling/carrier and would like to know how to use it
- An experienced babywearer who would like to expand their knowledge
- Looking to overcome a barrier e.g. a physical condition
What is involved in a consultation?
Before the session, Katrina would need to gather information about you and your experiences.The consultation then takes place face-to-face at a venue of your choosing, such as your home.*
Each consultation is different, but generally you would talk through what you would like to gain and how you might go about it, go through various options and also practice tying techniques appropriate to your needs.
What qualifications does Katrina have?
“I am a certified Trageschule babywearing consultant and have also completed the School of Babywearing consultancy course, as well as the Using Slings in Birth and Labour course. This allows me to carry out consultations and teach certain practical techniques to parents and carers on a one to one basis or in a group setting. I also have plenty of hands on experience carrying my lovely daughter Matilda and son Corben.”
Hold Close Consultancy Prices
1 hour demo only – Best for expectant or new parents who would like a taster session on babywearing, a basic look at the mechanics of using slings and the different types available – £15
1.5 hour consultation – Best for intermediate to experienced babywearers with a more specific idea of what they need but with scope to explore other options – £30 (Includes 2 week carrier loan)
2 hour consultation – Best for beginner to intermediate babywearers with a thorough look through the mechanics of sling wearing, the different types of slings and the chance to try carriers – £35 (Includes 2 week carrier loan)
New baby package – Combine the 1 hour demo and 2 hour consultation, ideal for expectant parents – £45 (Also includes a 2 month stretch wrap loan or a 2 week carrier loan)
Consultations can be purchased as gifts, please get in touch to order.
Each consultation and workshop is different and doesn’t need to follow the examples shown above -feel free to get in contact to discuss which option would suit your situation best.
Times shown are approximate and allowances are always made for baby’s needs.
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*Mileage within 5 miles of BB2 is included in the cost,I am happy to travel so please get in contact for a quote outside this area.