Parents support babywearing week

Parents with their children wearing 'slings' during the event at Ward Jackson Park

Parents with their children wearing 'slings' during the event at Ward Jackson Park

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MEMBERS of a parenting group helped support an awareness event to highlight a practice aimed at bringing parents closer to their babies.

Hartlepool Attachment Parenting Group (HAP Group) joined groups from across the world to celebrate the third International Babywearing Week.

International Babywearing Week celebrates the practice of carrying a baby or child using a sling or baby carrier.

Babywearing is a key aspect of Attachment Parenting, a parenting style which promotes a special bond between parent and child.

The HAP Group meets every other Saturday between 10am and noon in Cafe One77, in the town’s York Road and group members are set to meet tomorrow.

The aim of the group is to provide information on Attachment Parenting principles and support parents wanting to adopt this parenting style.

Attachment parenting involves breastfeeding, cloth nappying, babywearing, baby signing and positive discipline.

The HAP Group coincided the launch of their new sling library with the Internation Babywearing week event.

The library has been set up to enable parents to try out various affordable baby slings in a safe environment.

Jessica Thomas, treasurer at HAP Group, said: “We were delighted to be supporting the third International Babywearing Week.

“The group is new this year and the aim is to provide information on Attachment Parenting principles and to support parents wanting to adopt this parenting style.”

The group does not have a fixed membership, but regularly has about 15 people attending and more people are always welcome.

Many parents in the UK use a sling or carrier, whether for a short period or longer periods of the day and babywearing allows parents to be hands-free and to have their child close to them at all times.

Organisers say it is especially convenient in areas where it’s hard to take a pushchair or if they have a little one who needs to be held a lot.

For young babies, being held in an upright positions can also relieve the symptoms of colic and reflux.

Click the link to visit the HAP group Facebook page www.facebook.com/#!/HartlepoolAttachmentParenting