We turned half-a-year old at the weekend, and what a half year it’s been! We began with three people knocking an idea around, and then five of us got our heads together and set up Sheffield Slings. Six months later, we have a thriving community of more than 230 people all over South Yorkshire, and in fact, all over the British Isles and some around the world. The one thing that binds us all together is our interest in sling use to carry our children. Naturally, this often means a desire to focus on “natural” parenting, so many of the conversations on the FB forum are about sleeping, feeding, helping our children deal with their emotions, sharing our own stresses, being supported, encouraged and loved. Of course, there is a lot of sling chatter too – designing carriers, asking for advice, showing photos of babies snuggled sleepily, discussing the best and most comfortable sling etc. Something for everyone.
Here are a couple of things that have been said about us by our members:
- “Love this group… it pretty much got me through the first few weeks of motherhood!”
- “You guys and this group inspire me. I love the honesty about mess ups, failures, bad days and good. It makes me feel that I don’t need to be perfect to be a good mother and that other mums are just muddling along too.”
- “This group has given me lots of support, laughs and lovely things to do on what can be lonely days when you first have a baby.”
To celebrate all this, we have a lot of Christmas events coming up, and a chance to win this lovely stocking made by Tuesday’s Child. Do join us, we’d love to meet you.
Christmas Events.… this week we are six months old! so we have lots and lots of meets planned to celebrate, and in keeping with our community focus, these meets are all local. Please see the FB group for more details for the ones in people’s homes.
Monday 10th Dec – Beighton Lifestyle Centre, High Street, Beighton, from 12.30. 0114 247 8383 Lots of scrummy cakes being made!
Wednesday 12th Dec – someone’s home in Stannington, from 10-12, please contact us or see the FB group for details
Friday 14th Dec – two meets! one in S11, from 10.00-13.00, and one in S8, from 11.00-13.00, please contact us or see the FB group for details
and best of all, our “It’s a Wrap Christmas Party” you can see this event here even if you’re not on FB. Meeting at the Harland Cafe, 72 John Street, S7 2DB, from 10am. This promises to be great fun, we’ve hired three rooms next to the cafe which has awesome cakes, and there will be slings and chat and merriment aplenty!