With this year’s Children in Need fundraising efforts culminating in the BBC Appeal Show tomorrow, we are delighted to be able to feature this lovely story from Hazel, who took part in a babywearing ramble last month to raise vital funds for disadvantaged children across the UK.
I knew I wanted to babywear from birth and started out with a stretchy sling, but as the weather got hotter and Leo grew bigger I went along to my local sling library (Bury and Rossendale NCT) to look for a quicker and cooler alternative. One of the volunteers suggested a Connecta and as soon as I put it on it felt right and he instantly fell asleep so he gave it the thumbs up too! I managed to track one down a few weeks later (I was very lucky to get my favourite print!) and quickly spread the word about my favourite new sling to all my ‘mummy’ friends who all followed suit. Proving that you can never have too many, our friend Lucy has just purchased her fourth Connecta (a toddler version, just to be prepared a good year in advance!), along with a Solarweave for holiday and a couple of other options.
Alice, Emily, Catherine, Lisa and myself are part of a group of mums who have all bonded over babies, babywearing and cake at the Bury and Rossendale NCT Bumps and Babies group. We all enjoy meeting up regularly at various baby groups and getting out on walks in the beautiful Lancashire countryside.
When Alice suggested the idea of doing a ramble in aid of Children in Need we quickly signed up, as a great opportunity to raise money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Walking with our babies in slings means we can get to all the places prams can’t and although most of us own more than one sling, the Connectas are so comfy for both us and the babies so were the obvious choice. I also find it great for breastfeeding on the go as it’s so easy to adjust.
On the 8th October we donned our ridiculous Pudsey ears, strapped the babies on and set off to complete our ramble. It was meant to take us two and a half hours but a lot of chatting, posing for photos and all important snack breaks meant it took closer to four hours!
My mother in law Jill did an excellent job as chief navigator and photographer and the babies slept off and on most of the way around with no tears or tantrums.
I now volunteer at the sling library that first set me off on this journey and have helped to convert lots of lovely mums to Connectas!
Thank you so much Hazel for sharing your story with us – if anyone would like to donate to Children in Need through this very special fundraising effort then your contributions would be hugely appreciated!
We always love to hear about your Connecta adventures, so please comment below or email email@example.com if you have a story to share.