Participate in the European Babywearing Conference
This July sees the first ever European Babywearing Conference take place at City Hall in Bristol. Organised by Babywearing UK and involving babywearing experts and fans from across the world, the Conference itself runs over two days and includes keynote speakers, workshops, fashion shows and more. On Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th July, delegates will be able to hear Henrik Norholt, Chief Science Officer of Ergobaby, speak about infant mental health, attachment and the implications for baby carrying; Arie Brentnall-Compton of the Canadian Babywearing School speak on “Babywearing For The Greater Good”: how babywearing affects community & public health outcomes; and Sarah Gregson and the Kanga Wrap team speak about the use of slings for kangaroo care in UK NHS hospitals.
Workshops for delegates range from debates about sling and carrier safety to professional development workshops for Babywearing Consultants and sling librarians. There will be taster sessions of sling yoga, babywearing belly dance, babywearing self defence and using slings for labour and birth, as well as workshops on babywearing for children and parents with disabilities, kangaroo care, supporting breastfeeding through babywearing and much more.
The Conference also includes a babywearing exhibition hall where exhibitors will be slings and carrier companies including many favourite brands (a full list of exhibitors is available on the Conference website). Many of these are donating slings, carriers and accessories which will be used in the Conference Lending Library and Fashion Shows before being raffled or donated to sling libraries.
Claire Mackenzie-Neville of custom carrier company Kitten Creations explained why she and her fellow carrier makers were involved in the Conference: “Most of us run small work-at-home businesses and we are excited at having the chance to showcase our carriers alongside those made by bigger companies within the babywearing industry. Each custom carrier maker is making one carrier from the same fabric so that we can really show what’s different about what each of us makes.”
There will be a Babywearing Open Day on Saturday 6th July where members of the public can visit the exhibition hall for free, attend introductory workshops in babywearing and toddlerwearing and view a Fashion Show led by Rose Kotasek of Carry Them, who is travelling over from Holland to attend the Conference.
Victoria Ward is the founder of Babywearing UK and the organiser of the Conference. She said “The Conference is bringing together sling and carrier manufacturers, retailers, educators and consumers from around the world. There are many benefits to parents of carrying their babies in a sling or carrier – or babywearing, as it’s now become known – and so many benefits to babies and older children too. We plan to fill the city of Bristol with more babywearing fans than it will have ever seen before. Any profits from the Conference will fund Babywearing UK, which is a social enterprise that provides information, resources and training for parents and professionals.”
The European Babywearing Conference is sponsored by platinum sponsors the BabaSling and Manduca and gold sponsors Boba, Ergobaby, Kokadi and Wrapsody with media sponsor Juno Magazine. Conference tickets can be bought online and visitors to the free public open day can register and receive a free goody bag via the Conference website, www.babywearingconference.co.uk.
For further information, contact Babywearing UK on 0300 800 1471 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.