Why become a Carrying Matters consultant?

Babywearing consultants are the professionals of the industry; with a depth and breadth of training and experience in sling and carrier use that allows them to support people with their babywearing journey in a comprehensive way.

The consultancy course is focused mostly on giving trainees the skills to be an effective and supportive consultant in a carrying/babywearing/advocacy context.  This course draws on my years of experience as a babywearing consultant and also as a practicing doctor for over 20 years. I have consulted with a lot of clients and patients over my working life and have learned a lot about effective communication and training from this. My colleague Kiri has worked alongside me and independently as a highly effective babywearing consultant on a daily basis for years and is very familiar with the process.

Practical skills with individual carriers are of high importance and will be covered in this course. However, these skills can be worked on daily in people’s own time, and competence and complexity will grow with personal exploration and repeated practice (for example, we will not be learning back carries with a stretchy wrap or fancy finishes with wovens).

“Soft” skills such as consulting skills, communication, problem solving, managing complex or challenging situations (such as carrying older children, working with different body shapes, carrying multiples, supporting families with disabilities) and dealing with the day in/day out logistics of working consultancy are harder to gain and these are a major focus of this training. The majority of consulting time does not involve complex techniques or unusual carriers, but the ability to listen and communicate effectively, create meaningful connections, forge trusting relationships and build confidence, using an excellent knowledge of the basics and the ability to be creative to find solutions, solve problems, or simply hold space.

Ultimately, this will lead to the effective transference of skills and knowledge to someone else that enriches their lives and the lives of children, and leaves both parties with a sense of satisfaction and positive connection.

Structure of the course

  • There is online learning to do – the equivalent of a day’s training. This can be done at your own pace. It covers the science of babywearing and why it matters, learning about anatomy and physiology of sling and carrier safety as well as anthropology and cultural factors. It also covers topics such as communication skills, planning and running a consult and dealing with challenging situations, as well as how to prepare to offer more complex babywearing support.
  • You will be expected to have a solid understanding of safety and competence in basic skills before you come to the practical sessions. You will be expected to have worked your way through the teaching videos (so will need your own equipment at home).
  • This will be followed by three days of in-depth learning with Rosie and Kiri at the Snug in Sheffield. This time is focused on perfecting and deepening more advanced carrier skills and how to teach them effectively. We spend time putting all these skills into practice in a wide variety of situations and circumstances, thinking about problem solving and handling difficult encounters. We also take the time to think about some of the practicalities of running a consultancy, work our way through common scenarios faced by consultants (such as working with disabilities, carrying multiples etc) and working with external groups of people wanting support or guidance.

Equipment List

To work on the online course, you will need the following

  • a weighted, jointed demonstration doll
  • a two way stretchy wrap (a Close Caboo is optional but encouraged)
  • your base size woven wrap (the size you can comfortably do a FWCC – see here if you are not sure of your size)
  • a woven wrap ring sling
  • a meh dai or half buckle (ideally wrap strap)
  • a rucksack buckle carrier and a cross strap buckle carrier. One of these should be adaptable to fit a newborn.

You will not need to bring all of these to the consultancy course practical sessions at the Snug, unless you have carriers you would like to bring to use on the day for familiarity. We do recommend you bring your own doll, so you can become increasingly familiar with using it (and thus with your clients).

We can provide drinks and snacks but you will need to source your own meals and accommodation.

FAQs

Can I bring my baby/toddler?

Small babies in arms are most welcome as we recognise the importance of closeness and access to feeds, and they may lend themselves to being living demo babies! We have some baby recliners, but please bring all needed equipment.

Older children may struggle with the length of the days and become distracting, so we would ask you to consider alternative options for their care during the course (for the sake of others, as well as yourself!)

How do I get there and where do I stay?

The course is held at the Snug, 71 Leadmill Road, Sheffield, S1 4SE, very close to the city centre.  It has been planned to need only two nights away from home if you need to travel. We do recommend staying locally if you can, rather than long commutes twice a day, and can recommend some airBnBs on request.

Is there parking?

There is on street parking  – we don’t recommend using the local DFS/Wren as they have a 2hr limit with cameras.

Is there nearby public transport?

We are very close to Sheffield Station and the bus interchange.

Book onto an upcoming course here