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Baby sling library launched

Hazel Ann Johnson and Louise Thomason at the Shetland Sling Library stall at Clickimin last weekend.

TWO MOTHERS in the islands have just launched the Shetland Sling Library – a loaning service that allows parents to borrow a variety of baby carriers and slings.

Louise Thomason, who stays in Quarff, and Hazel Ann Johnson, who lives in Muckle Roe, decided to set up the service after finding wearing their babies in slings invaluable during motherhood. 

The pair had a stall at last weekend’s Baby and Children Show at Clickimin and they also hold monthly meet-ups for anyone interested.

The next one takes place on Wednesday 7 September at the Baptist Kirk in Lerwick’s Quoys between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

Parents can borrow various slings and baby carriers for £5 a week and details of the meets are posted regularly on the sling library’s Facebook page and on community notice boards at Islesburgh and the Bruce Family Centre.

Louise said: “There’s an increasing amount of evidence to support the idea that baby wearing is good for babies and parents.

“Babies love to be carried. Close physical contact and touch is crucial for their development, and the hormones released when we cuddle babies are good for them and for us as carers.

“As a result, carrying your baby can help with a whole range of things, from bonding and breastfeeding to postnatal depression.

“On a more practical level, it’s also incredibly convenient. Wearing your baby in a carrier means you have your hands free to deal with older children or pets, get on with other tasks or go for a walk without worrying where your buggy can and can’t go.”