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Sling Essentials Workshop – Wear My Baby for all New Parents at Fresh Ground

Sling Essentials Workshop – Wear My Baby for all New Parents at Fresh Ground

Wear My Baby Essentials Workshop:

An introduction to baby wearing at

Fresh Ground, 68 Battersea Rise, SW11 1EQ

22nd January 2018 

The Benefits of babywearing – and trying getting expert carrying advice

  Hannah Wallace, owner of Wear My Baby, one of the UK’s leading babywearing consultancies and retailers.  The mother of two from Tooting explains the benefits of babywearing, and the local sling help available in South West London – including new workshops at Clapham’s Fresh Ground.

Babywearing is an incredible parenting tool. All parents carry their babies and children in their arms. Using a sling simply means you can carry them and use your hands at the same time!

Safety is absolutely vital when wearing your baby. From a safety perspective, how you carry your baby is often more important than which sling or carrier you use. Babies must always be carried upright, with their airways clear and the whole of their body supported by a snug, well-fitted carrier. That’s why it’s important to seek expert guidance.

There’s a huge array of styles and brands on the market, which all suit different needs, body shapes and babies’ ages and stages. Choosing a sling is a bit like choosing shoes or a bra: different types and sizes suit different people, so it’s worth trying on a few before you buy.
Keeping your baby close to you in a sling or carrier has so many benefits for the whole family.

Babies feel happy and settled; it’s incredibly practical; it encourages babies to sleep; it can support postnatal recovery, gently improving your posture and core strength; makes babies with reflux or digestive problems more comfortable; it supports babies’ physical, cognitive and emotional development; and supports parent-child bonding and may ease symptoms of postnatal depression.

Baby carriers are not just practical, babywearing is an amazing parenting tool; carrying your baby close to you is also fantastic for their development.  But the choice can be overwhelming and parents find it difficult to know which one to go for.

This is where Wear My Baby comes in. Our new pop-up Boutique in Tooting is London’s specialist baby carrier store. As well as having a huge variety of slings, my team and I provide expert fitting and safety advice with group workshops and one-to-one consultations throughout the day. Whether you want a supportive carrier like an Ergobaby or a pretty sling to wear to a wedding, we have something for everyone. If you want to try before you buy, you can even hire our baby carriers for up to two weeks to make sure you love them.

And if you can’t make to a workshop you can book in for a one-to-one consultation with one of the Wear My Baby team, in store or even in the comfort of your own home.

From a safety perspective, how you carry your baby is just as important as which sling or carrier you use. That’s why it’s best to speak with an expert. My team and I are trained in showing parents how to use slings safely and comfortably.

My passion for slings began four years ago when my first son Ben was born. Like most newborns he was happiest when being held. Using baby carriers meant I could get on with day to day life, get on the tube, and still enjoy a cuddle. After three years of giving sling help to local families, we’re excited to be expanding our work and to now be offering workshops at Fresh Ground.


Wear My Baby Essentials Workshop:
An introduction to baby wearing at
Fresh Ground, 68 Battersea Rise, SW11 1EQ
22nd January 2018 
Open to everyone, ideal for those with newborns.
You’ll learn the about the benefits of baby carrying for all the family. We’ll explore the principles baby carrying safety, comfort and positioning, so you’ll know what makes a good, safe fit.
We’ll explore a range of slings and carriers that are ideal for baby’s first months and beyond. You’ll get to try out soft, stretchy wraps and buckled carriers, to see what works best for your family. Our demonstration dolls are on hand, if you’d like to practice with them first.
Cost: £20 per person, £30 for a couple.
To book please visit

What Makes Joints Click?

What makes joints click? New research explains the noise when joints click.

spineThe cause of joint cracking has been previously attributed to gas bubble presence and collapse within the joints (   In a new study at the University of Alberta real-time magnetic resonance imaging demonstrates that the mechanism of joint cracking is related to cavity formation rather than bubble collapse.

The University of Alberta’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine have published further details on the experiment, including photographs showing the MRI set-up.

Further information about the study can be found at  Kawchuk GN, Fryer J, Jaremko JL, et al.  Real-time visualisation of joint cavitation.  PLoS One. 2015;10(4):e0119470. .



Osteopaths may use a very specific form of joint manipulation called an HVT (high velocity thrust) where you may hear a click or a pop. They are trained for 4 or 5 years in the art of using this technique and create the movement by building up a series of levers to make the impact at the joint as minimal as possible. An osteopath should always ask for your consent when using this technique and explain the benefits and risks involved. It is one of many techqniques that osteopaths use to improve joint movement and release muscle tension.


To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.


Laura Tilson Osteopathy offer osteopathy, sports massage, acupuncture and cranial osteopathy from their clinic on Northcote Road. To book an appointment visit or call 020 7206 2625.



All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with the GOsC, which sets and promotes high standards of competency, conduct and safety. Use the register at for more details.

Osteopathy for Neck Pain

Osteopathy for Neck Pain

Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

Neck Pain

Neck pain is common in people of all ages and is often caused by how we use our necks.

Working all day bent over a computer, driving long distances, poor posture while standing or sitting, stress and tiredness are all factors that can cause the muscles in the neck and upper back to become tight and the joints to become stiff which can contribute to ongoing neck pain.

Sometimes  a nerve in your neck can become irritated or “trapped”  and cause pain in the arm going down into your shoulder or the hand, and may be accompanied by pins and needles and numbness.

Some headaches can be the result of tension or stiffness in the neck and upper back.

Osteoarthritis or age-related wear and tear in the neck can also cause muscular pain from the neck into the shoulder as well as some stiffness in moving the neck.

How can an Osteopath help?

  • Osteopaths can use a wide range of gentle manipulations depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis to reduce muscular tension in the neck and improve movement in the joints of the neck and upper back. We may gently massage the soft tissues or  rhythmically “rock” the joints to release tension and sometimes we may gently manipulate the neck to move the joints and you may hear a “click”
  • Treatment is different in every individual and sometimes it might involve treating other areas in the back and shoulders as well as the neck.
  • We may offer advice on your posture at work or in the car and give advice on exercise and stretching to help keep your neck and upper back muscles and joints relaxed.
  • X-rays, scans and other tests are sometimes required to make adiagnosis and your osteopath may refer to your GP or a specialist for any additional investigations or treatment


Useful links

Arthritis Research UK

Louisa Henderson BA (Hons) MOst MSCCO

Louisa Henderson is our Women’s Health Osteopath. Women commonly see Louisa with pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, hip problems, rectus diastasis and low back pain.

She uses a range of techniques including structural, visceral and cranial osteopathy to improve function and reduce pain levels as well as providing appropriate exercises specifically tailored to your needs and to aid rehabilitation.

After graduating from the British School of Osteopathy with a Masters degree, she completed a two year diploma in Women’s Health in Osteopathy with the Molinari Institute of Health. She treats adults of all ages, however specialises in treating women during the pre- and post- natal period. Louisa Henderson is a Registered Osteopath with the General Osteopathic Council and a member of the Institute of Osteopathy.

Appointment Times (at Fresh Ground): Tuesdays 12-4pm and Thursdays 5-9pm



I’ve visited Louisa many times and can’t recommend her enough. She first treated me when I was late going into labour … After the birth I saw her again. She eased all my post natal aches and pains. She’s a really lovely, friendly lady and I’ve since recommended her to several other friends who have all had similarly positive experiences.

– Thea

I have been seeing Louisa for nearly 3 years now for ongoing joint issues requiring both osteopathy and sports massage. Whilst my problems cannot be ‘cured’ the treatment and care I receive from Louisa ensures they are managed to a level that does not adversely impact my life … I cannot recommend her highly enough.

– Jennifer


For an appointment or further questions please call 020 7206 2625 or email