Slings library opening to aid bonding

KELSEY FLETCHER
Last updated 12:00 30/01/2014
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BABIES ON BOARD: Emmaleen Sarten and Rhett Sarten, 7 months, Sophie Meyrick and Charlie Marsh, 11 months, Jules Hyde and Alex Hyde, 18 months.

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Better baby-bonding is about to become easier for new parents and old with a sling library being opened in Palmerston North.

Tula carriers, stretchy wraps and pouch slings are now available for borrowing for a small fee from the Babywearers Manawatu group.

Member Jules Hyde, who set up the library, said an increasing number of mothers in the region were keen to discover the benefits of slings.

"I don't think women realise there is that broad a range in carriers," she said.

"So for people who are new to babywearing, don't feel comfortable or don't know how to do it, the library is a great opportunity."

The library was set up at the last Babywearers Manawatu meeting in December and currently has three slings available.

Mrs Hyde said the library would also give mothers advice on using the carriers safely and the options available to them.

Babywearers Manawatu member Emmaleen Sarten said the library gave mothers a perfect opportunity to "try before you buy".

"Often the carriers you buy online are more comfy than the ones you get in stores," she said.

"But if you can't try it on you don't want to invest, so this gives you a great opportunity to try and feel safe knowing you've got the right one."

The group is seeking donations of unused slings to add to the library, and to hear from mothers who are keen to borrow.

Borrowing a sling costs $5 for two weeks. Contact Babywearers Manawatu on Facebook or email Jules.hyde1@gmail.com.

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