You can now book your sling hire here
And if your chosen sling isn't currently available, you can put your name on the waiting list by filling in this short form here
Adding your name is an expression of interest only and you're under no obligation to hire the sling when your turn comes around.
Why hire a sling?
It's a great way to "try before you buy" to make sure that the sling or carrier you've chosen is comfortable for you to wear and easy for you to use before you invest in your own one.
You might be going on holiday and would rather hire a sling for a couple of weeks instead of having to buy one.
You might be going hiking and want to have a back-up sling in your bag in case your toddler's legs get tired.
You might be interested in babywearing but not sure if it's for you so hiring a sling is a great way to give it a go.
You might be overwhelmed by all the options out there and would like to try a few different brands to see what it's all about.
I'm here to help if you have any questions or need help choosing the right sling.
Get in touch here or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
During Lockdown Part III, I will continue to offer the following services:
Please note that all orders being shipped to UK will be liable for customs charges effective from 1st January 2021.
Many shipping companies are advising of delays in shipping to the UK until such a time as customs clearance times improve.
You will see that there has been a slight increase in shipping charges to the UK from January and I will have no option but to pass these on.
Please be aware before you place your order that you will have to pay these customs charges to receive your parcel and you may like to consider ordering your product directly from the manufacturer or from a UK supplier instead.
I'm very disappointed that a better deal hasn't yet been forged for this issue with Brexit. I will update my shipping policies and procedures in line with any future changes.
Unfortunately, I cannot guarantee that any shipments sent after today will reach UK before these customs charges commence and would advise you to take any such additional charges into consideration before placing your order.
Excitement is building with school holidays tomorrow and Santa's arrival getting closer. So magical to create christmas traditions for our own families and to be part of the magic and excitement that kids create.
Heartfelt huge thanks to all of my customers in 2020, thanks for recommending me to your friends and family and thanks to all those that have liked and shared posts too!
2020 has been a crazy year in so many ways but moreso than anything else I'm grateful I had the opportunity to slow down and take stock. We definitely had our stresses earlier in the year when covid hit and we entered lockdown and doing school work at home. But we've also had so much fun this year bringing a new puppy into our home and that was followed by two new kittens and two new gerbils. Having their own pets has really had a positive affect on my kids, teaching them responsibility and how to care for animals not to mention it keeps them busy and distracted from all that's going on in the world. I'm looking forward to 2021 and hope that it will be a good year for all of us.
I will be continuing to offer Babywearing Consultations on Zoom for the foreseeable future. It's not feasible for me to offer in-person consultations for the health and safety of my own family and my extended family. I understand that online learning isn't for everyone, however, if you're in need of help, do reach out and I'll do my best to assist you.
Sling hire service is available as normal and you can now book your sling hire on my website here
I'll be restocking slings over the coming months. If there's something you want that you don't see, please get in touch.
Nollaig Shona, Happy christmas, Happy Holidays. I hope it's a good one for all of us!
Really enjoyed trying out the Lenny Lamb Preschool carrier with my daughters over the last few days.
The carrier is recommended from age 1 to age 6yrs - max 30kg.
The carrier has an adjustable back panel that can be adjusted on height and width, to fit your child perfectly. The waistband has their new buckle closure, where the buckle can be easily unclipped with one hand. The small pouch on the wasitband with the magnetic closure is very handy for keeping phone/nappy/purse handy. The shoulder straps which can be worn crossed or rucksack style have dual adjustable straps which means that no matter what direction you're pulling the webbing, you're never pulling at an awkward angle against your wrist. There are pfa's (perfect fit adjusters) on the shoulder straps so the carrier will fit a wide range of sizes. The baby hood unclips and is elasticated with long straps, which makes for easy reaching when back carrying. The small pouch on the wasitband with the magnetic closure is very handy for keeping phone/nappy/purse handy. I really like the level of padding on the shoulder straps and waistband and always feel that it gives great support. The carrier comes in a range of patterns with something to suit everyone.
Things that draw me to LennyLamb:
I have always liked carriers with pfa's as I found them so handy when breastfeeding. I would have the pfa's closed and then open them when I wanted to adjust the carrier slightly to breastfeed my baby, it meant it was easier for me to readjust the carrier and keep my little one in a comfortable position when they were feeding.
I really like the option of straps that cross or can be worn rucksack style.
I like supporting a homegrown family friendly busiiness
I initially tried the LennyLamb Preschool carrier with my 3yr old and carried her in front and on my back. It was lovely to have some slingy cuddles with her as she wants to walk and scoot everywhere and will hardly ever go up in the carrier.
I put the carrier to the test by putting my almost 7yr old in a back carry and was pleasantly surprised at how well her legs were supported and that the back panel reached right up to her neck. Her weight sat on my hips so I'd definitely be able to carry her for a quick 30mins or so although it would be almost never she'd be looking for me to carry her at all these days but it's great to have the option when you're out on a long hike or a day at the zoo!
All in all, I'm really happy with this new addition to the Lenny Lamb family and I'll be looking forward to customer feedback as the carrier is also available to hire so you can try before you buy!
We're almost 7 months along this Covid-19 journey and it's been a year like no other!
I've been offering Babywearing Consultations online via Zoom since lockdown in March and they've proved very popular. I've helped people with their slings from further afield than I'd ever be able to travel in-person.
While we're still in these uncertain times and with restrictions changing as they are, I'm continuing to offer Babywearing Consultations via Zoom. There are no in-person babywearing consultations available at present.
How it works:
Obviously there's nothing that can beat an in-person babywearing consultation where you are getting real time, hands on assistance with your sling.
When you book an online babywearing consultation, I will send you an information form to get some details about you and your child and what sling you'd like to use.
Once your appointment has been confirmed, you will receive a scheduled Zoom invite along with some information on what we'll be practising on the day.
During your online babywearing consultation, we will discuss safe babywearing and how to dress your baby for the sling. I will demonstrate how to use your chosen sling with my weighted demo doll and then we will practise together.
You will be encouraged to repeat the steps until you're confident using your sling and you'll be given time to ask any questions you may have.
Your online babywearing consultation will be followed up with an email detailing your session.
You're also given a FREE 15 minute Zoom Call FOLLOW UP within 2 weeks of your initial consultation for tweaking or troubleshooting your carrier or to ask any questions you may have.
I also offer a free follow up by phone, email or text at any stage after your babywearing consultation, so don't worry, you're not just left to fend for yourself afterwards!
The cost for a 1hr Zoom Babywearing Consultation is €35 and can be booked here.
If you've got some questions before you make your booking, please get in touch.
Or if you'd like to gift someone a babywearing consultation, you can buy a gift voucher here.
You can hire a sling in advance of your babywearing consultation by booking it here. Collection from Swords or postal hire is also available.
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Excited to have some new Lenny Lamb stock arriving. Most of it is pre-ordered but I will now have the Preschool size carrier available for hire (suitable from 1yr to 6yrs!!!). I'm really looking forward to trying this out with my 3yr old, I'm sure I can bribe her up for a few minutes at least. As a special birthday treat for myself I've bought myself a beautiful Lenny Lamb bag since my littlest one hardly ever goes up these days so I can't justify another wrap but still love their products. Have a look at the Lenny Lamb section to see if there's anything there you like!
So that's it for Wear A Hug Fair 2019! Another great day packed full of babywearing, shopping, cupcakes and some great speakers invited to talk.
I was delighted to catch up with Dr Rosie Knowles of Carrying Matters and enjoyed listening to her talk. It was a busy day followed by the Babywearing Ireland AGM and we were lucky enough to get some new slings for the Fingal BWI sling library too!
I have to say that I really love a bargain myself and I also love sharing the babywearing love so to celebrate getting over January and in case you're looking to buy a gift for that love of your life , why not have a quick browse of what's in stock and enjoy getting a good bargain while you're at it.
25% off all stock with code "LOVE"
Offer ends 15/02/2019
After a mild enough winter so far, the chill has finally arrived and I've been getting emails and pm's about keeping warm in this colder weather.
There are many options available. depending on your needs and budget, so I'll outline below some tips my clients have found useful!
Layers, layers. layers
So you guessed it - layers are best when babywearing - for both yourself and your little cherub. Depending on how cold it is outside, you can adjust the number of layers accordingly.
General rule of thumb would be normal indoor clothes and an extra layer for outside such as: woolen cardigan or fleece hoody, hat or baby hood, baby leg warmers or an extra pair of socks or tights under their trousers. There are also fleece rompers that are not padded and are suitable for using with a sling.
The extra outdoor layer, which can be used as handy as wrapping a blanket around the sling. (Huge thanks to Josie for this beautifully knitted star blanket for our little Réiltín).
Even an oversized hoody that you can zip up over both of you would work well too!
A babywearing cover can be worn over the sling and then put your own jacket on, which can be zipped up a bit, keeping your baby's legs warm too.
A babywearing fleece or waterproof jacket can be worn with your baby on your front and some also have the option for you to carry them on your back too. Most come with a maternity insert, making it an all-round great buy.
Generally the fleece jackets would be ok in a very light shower but you would need to have an umbrella with you in case you got caught out in a downpour.
The softshell waterproof jackets are great for all weathers and will keep both of you lovely and dry even in bad rain.
Like me, you might find a fleece all-in-one romper suit really handy for toddlers that love to be up and down and up again as they have a wander around and then want carried soon after as little legs tire easily!
Babywearing booties will keep your baby's legs and toes warm on cold days. Legs that stick out of the carrier or sling are prone to getting colder quicker so these handy add on's can help prevent that.
If you're looking to buy any of the items listed above, have a look at my online shop - click on any photo below and a new window will open where you can add to cart! Read on just a little bit further for your extra little surprise...
IF YOU WANT TO GET A GREAT DEAL ON SOME OUTDOOR GEAR, TAKE 20% OFF AT THE CHECKOUT WITH CODE "TAKE20" - OFFER LASTS UNTIL 2ND FEB 2019
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