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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


Here is some new research summarised onto how your age can determine how much sleep you need. Summarised by NCORsleep research – The National Centre for Osteopathic Research.


The effect of aging on sleep requirements

The National Sleep Foundation in the USA convened an expert multidisciplinary panel to determine recommendations concerning sufficient sleep durations. Recommendations were based on an extensive review of the scientific literature of healthy populations, and recognition that sleep requirements vary with age. A summary of the recommendations is given in the table below:

Age Recommended sleep requirements based on the evidence review
Newborn babies (0-3 months) 14-17 hours
Infants (4-11 months) 12-15 hours
Toddlers (1-2 years) 11-14 hours
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years) 10-13 hours
School age children (6-13 years) 9-11 hours
Teenagers (14-17 years) 8-10 hours
Young adults (18-25 years) 7-9 hours
Adults (26-64 years) 7-8 hours

Further information concerning this study can be found in: Hirshkowitz M, Whiton K, Albert SM, et al. National Sleep Foundation’s sleep time duration recommendations: methodology and results summary Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation DOI:


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


Dietician Advice: Find a healthy attitude towards food

ClairePettitt_Nutriton_LogoDietician Advice: Find a healthy attitude towards food

It seems wherever you turn these days, you’ll find advice on how to eat, what people have done to lose weight, what not to eat, or even that certain foods are toxic or sending you to an early grave!


Well, how about we forget all that and focus on what works for us as individuals. Focus on developing a healthily relationship with food, enjoying it but not obsessing about it or thinking about it every second of the day.


Here are my top tips for a healthy you:


  1. Choose lots of plant-based foods such as lots of different coloured vegetables.
  2. Eat more beans and pulses as they are full of fibre and protein, they are cheap and they taste great.
  3. Have fewer refined grains and make your carbs whole grains instead, such as oats, quinoa and wholegrain/granary breads.
  4. Have good quality, well sourced meat and fish a few times per week (oily fish such as fresh tuna, salmon, mackerel, or sardines is a must!)
  5. Have less processed foods and if you need something sweet, go for a juicy fruit instead of a fizzy drink, handful of Haribo or a packet of biscuits.
  6. Drink plenty of water, though the occasional tea or coffee won’t hurt.


And remember to enjoy your food, take time over it and be mindful not only of what you put in your mouth but the lifestyle that you lead. Activity is key to a healthy way of life so get off your butts and move in whichever way you can!


As a Registered Dietitian Claire’s goal is to provide evidenced based nutrition advice to all those in search of sound nutrition information. She offers private consultations in West London so if you are interested in seeing a caring, patient, friendly and professional Dietitian and you wish to make an appointment with Claire or enquire about her services please contact her on


Claire Pettitt MSc RD

Specialist Dietitian




Twitter:        @claire_pettitt

Your Osteopath on Northcote Road

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Welcome to our osteopathy clinic at Fybre Fitness Hub.


We are located in the heart of Battersea’s Northcote Road and we provide a range of treatments to help all manner of muskulo-skeletal symptoms.


Commonly people come to see us with back pain, neck and headaches, joint injuries and pregnancy related pain. We also offer sports massage, acupuncture and cranial osteopathy for babies and children. We use the gym facilities to provide you with rehabilitation exercises and offer a running clinic to get you better results from your training.


To come and see us book online at or call 0207 206 2625.


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

Fybre Fitness Hub

Croosh Alley
25 Northcote Road
SW11 1NJ
Tel: 020 7206 2625


We are based just off Northcote Road near the Co-Op Supermarket. Please walk down to the end of Croosh Alley and come into the gym entrance to the right of the courtyard. There is a Reception Desk in the studio where someone can help you.

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Appointments available with Laura Tilson or Tali Rayner:Tuesday evenings – 5-9pm

Wednesday evenings – 5-9pm

Friday mornings – 7-11am

Fresh Ground

68 Battersea Rise
SW11 1EQ
Tel: 020 7206 2625


Please come into the cafe and we are down stairs on the basement level. There is an area to wait for your appointment at the bottom of the stairs.

If your appointment is after 5pm the cafe will be shut. If the door is locked please ring the door bell and someone will be with you as quickly as possible. Thank you.

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Appointments available with all our practitioners:

Monday to Friday 7am – 9pm.

Medical Insurance

Please let us know if you wish to use your private medical insurance.

If so each company differ in their payment options. You will need to discuss the process with your insurer before your appointment. You may need a GP referral, an authorisation number and to find out your excess fee.

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