Help, I have a last minute holiday and no space for a pushchair!

In this blog:

  • Outgrowing first sling
  • Diverse abilities
  • Holidaying with slings

The title of this blog is a typical query for a babywearing consultant. Like most of the parents I work with, this mum has chosen to tune into her child’s needs, not turn away from them. She has met a challenge and bravely, seeks help.

Beyond Babyhood Consultation

Fast forward to our first meeting, mum explains she has a last minute invite to a holiday with friends and there is absolutely no space for a buggy.

She has seen a woven wrap back carry and wants to learn how to do it for her holiday. Maybe you have already notices, this isn’t where she ends up!

Diverse abilities

Mama explains further how her sons differing physical abilities, translates into extra cuddles when they are out and about. He is used to resting his tired legs within a pushchair or a much loved sling.

Outgrowing first sling

The problem is, this sling is now a wee bit small., no longer supporting his growing body.

It works in a pinch, and her son chimes in to show me how it digs into his legs and hurts.

We talk a bit more around safety, skill, budget and time available before the holiday.

This mum was keen to see the carry her friend had shown her, so I show her how it’s done.

Together we notice the how it’s not the right solution for them.

Realistic expectations

At this point mum and big boy seem to deflate a little. It’s not uncommon for the end result to not match the parents initial idea. Options and troubleshooting however are what I am trained to work around.

Adapting what you have already

So next I show her how she could wrap a scarf around the bottom of her existing sling to spread the weight of her son’s bottom. This seems like a workable emergency solution and we talk about the possibility of visiting the local sling library, who I know have a dedicated sling for older, diversely abled children .

Visit a sling library

I then float the idea of looking at the preschool sized Connecta/Integras and mum admits she has been looking at them but didn’t like the patterns available at the time. Ah I think, I bet this is where her heart lies. It’s like a bell goes off in my head and I know we have reached both the ‘ah ha’ moment and the limit of our time together.

Buying a larger carrier

We part and I follow up with the links I promised and a willingness to keep in touch. A few days later, I hear the Connecta is on its way to her, just in time for their trip.

Holidaying with slings

Just today, I get these photos in my inbox of this glorious duo. Look at their smiling faces, their glowing skin and hooray for accessing the places untouchable by pushchair!

6 Top reasons to use a sling on holiday;

💜 pack up small

💙 carry tired legs

💚 access remote places

💛 a place to nap

🧡 reconnect whilst moving

❤ a safe space in new surroundings

Choosing connection

Meeting our children’s needs beyond babyhood can feel like a struggle sometimes, but with a bit of skilled troubleshooting, there is often a way that can meet most needs and situations.

You are quite unlikely to regret choosing to meet your child’s need for closeness and connection as, lets face it, we all crave it too right?

What has worked for you in the past? I’d love to hear your stories too, please get in touch.

Story shared with permission

Find a sling library near you.

Book with me today and you too will have a smile this big 💚

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