OUT NOW! Autumn Extra – Babywearing Special – find out what’s inside

The Babywearing Extra celebrates all aspects of carrying through advice about types of sling from Victoria Ward (School of Babywearing) and why carrying matters by Rosie Knowles, to beautiful articles showing how wraps are made. Families share why they love babywearing and Renee Jeffery of Close Enough to Kiss Magazine explains why safety matters through the T.I.C.K.S guidelines. We learn how kangaroo care can help premature babies and follow a day in the life of a babywearing family. See images … [More...]

Embarrassed by Hollie McNish

I thought it was ok I could understand the reasons “There might be young children or a nervous man seeing” this small piece of flesh that they weren’t quite expecting so I whispered and tiptoed with nervous discretion. But after 6 months of her life sat sitting on lids As she sips on her milk and I try not to sniff as I Shift to move her head away from toilet roll dispensers I wonder whether these public loo feeds offend her. Cos now I’m getting tired of discretion and being polite … [More...]

Melissa Dunlop says goodbye to the baby years and discovers her new self

One morning I awoke and found myself dressed in rags. I studied my body carefully but didn’t recognise myself in it – I just didn’t seem to be me. I was filled with a sense of horror, a mild panic rising. All around me were other women who looked much the same way. They seemed to share an absent quality I felt I too possessed, somehow disconnected from themselves, elsewhere. Were we ghosts? They spoke a mixture of half-sentences and singsong nonsense. Everything seemed drifty and dreamlike on … [More...]

Stu McLellan loves the beauty, simplicity and transience of outdoor mandalas

Part of what I do is making pictures – drawings for publication, for gifts – and I facilitate creative projects with schools and community groups. All this work I love, but I sometimes find that the amount of stuff I carry with me and the attendant processing that’s required to make acrylic paints and inks and paper leave me longing for something simpler, more  primal. Last year, I was introduced to a Facebook group of people across the world making mandalas, and it lit me up. Mandala … [More...]

Zion Lights discovered that sharing her breast-milk benefited her as much as it did the family she was helping

It was a murky sort of evening; a clouded sky and spitting rain. I’d left my 4-month-old daughter for the first time, with my husband, so that I could travel across the city to meet a new mother called Elaine. Her plea had awakened a strong feeling deep inside me, a need for one mother to connect to another, for one thriving baby to help to heal another, and I was set on what I felt I had to do. My daughter was born a few weeks ‘early’ but she barely lost any weight within the first few weeks … [More...]

Victoria Ward shares five things you may not know about babywearing

Many parents have tried babywearing (carrying a baby, toddler or child in a sling or baby carrier). A sling or carrier is often an essential item for new parents, and more and more expectant couples have discussed babywearing in antenatal classes, are recommended to try a sling by their health visitor or breastfeeding counsellor, and have popped along to a sling meet or sling library or seen one of the growing number of babywearing consultants across the UK. Babywearing can be great for parents, … [More...]


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