Next Tuesday 17th May is a very exciting day at the Connecta Baby Boutique, as we will be hosting the launch party for a wonderful new book, “Why Babywearing Matters“. We hope you might be able to come down and help us celebrate, but in the meantime meet the author, Dr Rosie Knowles.
“My name is Rosie; I am a GP living in Sheffield with my husband and two children.
I have been using slings since my son was born eight years ago; I found it difficult to get him positioned properly and didn’t find the carriers I tried especially comfortable. I nearly gave up on carrying at all. A good friend lent me one of her ergonomic slings, and I loved how close it kept my son and the opportunity it gave us to connect and communicate (I am deaf, so having him close to me helped me to learn to lipread him and understand his cues). Also, as we live in the Peak District, we were able to go off the beaten path and explore more freely with our sling. When my little girl arrived a few years later she was carried much more, as this time I felt like I knew what I was doing. We loved it…and we are still carrying on occasion now at age five.
I run the Sheffield Sling Surgery and Library with a team of committed volunteers, aiming to raise the profile of safe sling use and help families discover all the good things that come when children are carried. One of my greatest interests is in education and information sharing; and I have always enjoyed writing, so when Pinter and Martin approached me to write the Babywearing title in their “Why It Matters”series I was thrilled.
Writing the book has been hard work; I’ve felt very aware of the pressure and the expectations at times, especially as there isn’t yet the wide range of data gathering and research that our growing industry needs. There is lots of evidence for how kangaroo care helps tiny babies to thrive and I am sure more research will follow.
I really hope that this book will provide some calm, clear information about why carrying matters to babies, their families and our society. It can be a challenge, in the culture we live in, to parent in the instinctive way that fits with our babies and our own biology. A sling can be a very valuable tool in meeting a child’s needs for loving close contact while still allowing parents to get on with their lives.
I hope the book will help to demystify the types of slings available, deal with some common myths about slings and encourage us all to hold and carry our children as much as possible.”