“I realised we didn’t have this type of thing in the area. After being approached while carrying my son and asked where I got his sling I realised there was a need. A friend and I completed a peer support course and the library started. This led to me wanting to do something else with the skills. I then started teaching Sling Swing classes; dance classes with the little ones in carriers. I started this three years ago and taught through my pregnancy with my daughter, I took maternity leave then I came back to teach with her in the sling. When the Scottish Baby Boxes started I was so happy to see there was a stretch wrap sling included. This meant that everyone who wants one has a starter sling. This also meant lots of people potentially needing sling help. I started Ayrshire Sling School which teaches a Peer Support Course. I have also devised a Stretch Wrap Peer Support course, which I have taught to health care providers and nurse practitioners to help within the community.
I work part time in a coffee shop as my main job. Everything else I fit around this. Admin is done at night when the little ones are in bed. It’s hard to try and balance everything at times; knowing when to answer emails, and being able to put the phone away for family time. The best thing about running my businesses is to be able to work around everything. Picking which days, and when, I work. The hardest thing is making sure I am constantly marketing and trying to appeal to new customers and keeping old ones. For others looking to work from home I would say go for it. It’s amazing to be able to work around family and just knowing you can move things around for them if needed is great.” MORE INFO at ayrshireslinglibrary.co.uk
We would like to apologise to Nikky Ginns for the error in the latest edition of The Green Parent - we published a picture alongside her article, incorrectly labelled.