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Christmas Special Vouchers Offer

I have an exciting new announcement for you guys! For Christmas presents this year, my dear friend suggested she would like her husband to buy a voucher for a consult with me… which gave me an idea…

 

There will be more “present” and Christmas themed ideas to come but here is one to start (while I try and madly keep up with the traffic on the Why Dads Babywear album commentary and activity on Facebook!)

 

So there are only a very limited number of these. I will have other gift ideas coming out in the next few weeks but they are all special services or limited time deals, so if it looks like something you would be keen to get for someone, or keen to receive yourself for a Christmas present, don’t hesitate long (or make those hints REALLY obvious).. there is less than a dozen of each 😛

 

Here’s the first for you guys anyway.. Great for friends who are expecting a baby, cheap enough to be a perfect gift that sister in law you might not like that much or as a bit of a “I got you what I actually wanted” gift for the other half or bestie!

 

Workshop tickets are usually priced at $25 per person. That is for a one and half hour workshop, try of library carriers and specific questions and queries answered by a certified babywearing consultant in a small group setting.

This special gives you a voucher for $25 value, aka a workshop ticket, at only $20.

If the recipient decides its a different service or kind of support they are after, they can use the voucher as a $25 credit for other services.

There is only ten of these in total up for grabs so be quick!

 

 

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AUCKLAND BASED ONLY – Must be redeemed before March 2017, purchases only during November and December 2016.

 

Please email me for more details – babywearingwithjess@gmail.combabywearingwithjess@gmail.com

Vouchers look like this, printed on card with a space for a personal message 🙂

 

 

 

 

See more here – https://www.facebook.com/babywearingwithjess/posts/803025316507111

 

See latest monthly workshop event listings and locations here – https://www.facebook.com/babywearingwithjess/events/https://www.facebook.com/babywearingwithjess/events/


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Practising while still pregnant…

Slings & Carriers can be an incredibly useful parenting tool. When your baby is in the “fourth trimester” period as a newborn, it is common for them to settle best close to you.

 

Human babies are born with a biological need to be kept close to their caregivers. As a species, our young are born dependent on us. Carrying them close to us allows them to continue developing critically in that first transition from the womb to the world. Carrying them and using slings and carriers has actually made us develop to be smarter as a species, a long time before now.

 

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This can also be very draining and your arms do get sore… Even a little baby gets heavy when you are holding them for long periods of time! Wraps, slings and carriers can help with this transition from womb to world.

Slings and carriers can help make your newborn cry less, help you to bond with your baby and let Dads be more involved. They can be used in many ways to support breastfeeding. They are convenient and help provide a sense of freedom while also helping you meet your baby’s needs and desire to be close.

 

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More and more pregnant women are joining me for my workshops, like this morning, lovely to meet you Chloe 🙂 I love that more people are becoming aware this is actually a great time to learn and play, yes you have a pregnant belly, but newborns are little and curled up and options like a ring sling or a stretchy wrap are awesome to try above your pregnant puku with a doll.

 

I am also really keen to get some workshops set up on the weekends sometime in the near future as I would love to have some Dad’s and other support people to come along and be the “guardians of the carrier of knowledge” for their families..

 

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Having a newborn is overwhelming for everyone but Mum is probably trying to sort latch with breastfeeding, dealing with postpartum body, hormone and mind changes, struggling with lack of sleep and everything else. Babywearing is such an awesome way for support people to have a really active role and job for caring for tiny newborns. It would be very cool to share the use of this tool and the information around it as a way for support people and Dad’s to help bond and care for both mother and baby.

 

Slings can actually be used to help you “take a load off” while you are still pregnant! They are also useful for supporting hips both during and post pregnancy. While you are pregnant is also a great time to learn about safety and positioning and see a range of options that might help you to work out what could best suit you.

 

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Feeling empowered to use this parenting tool, before you are even holding your precious new bundle will help you to use slings and carriers to your advantage as soon as possible in your parenting journey. Also having the chance to see a range of options could help you to save money by choosing something you are comfortable using and like before investing in one yourself.

 


 

To see my event listings for workshops please see my Facebook page here or otherwise you can view my details of my Workshops and other Services here – https://babywearingwithjess.wordpress.com/my-services/


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“Wrap Parties” and “Doll Play”

Before really embarking on this Sling and Carrier Consultant process, I like many babywearers, had a decent stash I liked to share with my friends. Babywearers sharing the carrier love is one of the most common ways one might “go down the rabbit hole” and build up a stash of their own.

At children’s birthday parties, BBQs and social gatherings, at Playcentre and SPACE, I just kept bringing along my ever growing stash to share with others. These ladies, my friends, where the ones that encouraged me to find a way to make this passion my work. They were the ones who lead me to discover the concept of a consultant even existed, long before I had set up my business or done subsequent training.

At a Tupperware party earlier in the year (“Wrap parties of my dreams…”) I again had my stash along with me and was pulling out a variety of options that I knew friends of mine had asked me about trying… Someone commented, “now it’s like a wrap party”!

I love that term. Old friends of mine snicker when I am talking to them about my work now and I mention “wrapping”. It’s a funny play on words. I know in part the main blame for the humour here is my youthful consideration of myself as a bit of a “gangsta” in the least authentic sense of the term! My first car had no band expander and my sister and I developed a strong love for the 88.6 Mai FM playlists as we drove to our private school in the Eastern suburbs of Auckland.. Real “gangsta” 😛

And the “doll play”… Well that’s a pretty fun aspect to if I am honest! I didn’t play that much with dolls as a kid, we tended to dress and push around our poor family dog in a pram haha. A certain Miss Four said to me the other day as I had my case out again at her birthday party playing with options with her mum, “you play with dolls a lot more now Jess! I like it!” 😉

The overheads and costs of a consultant service can be high, by offering workshops, it is an attempt on my behalf to make a more expensive service more affordable. One way I have done this is by offering “Babywearing workshops & Library sampling events” at Mama Maternity which I posted about earlier in the week.

Another option is for me to come to you. I can offer small in home workshops with between 2-4 people at $45 per head. Another option is a “coffee group” setting, where I can come with my library and dolls and do a workshop where you are. This option allows for slightly higher numbers but the depth of learning might not be quite as detailed as in a smaller setting.

Parent’s group workshops are $30 per head (plus travel) and appropriate for between 4-10 learners. Consider it a cross between a detailed, more intimate in home session and the more introductory/overview, quick tips and tricks workshops I am holding at MAMA Maternity (these events are held monthly for $25 per head in Sandringham, Auckland).

I will still give you a brief overview about baby physiology and some of the history and benefits of using a carrier with our children and babies. I will talk about safety and positioning in a carrier and answer any questions you guys might have about that. At the start of any of my workshops, the first part will us all doing a bit of talking and me giving my take on any points of confusion or answer any particular questions people might have.

Then I jump into a bit of a quick series of demo’s just designed to give you some kind of taster of the various styles and options available to you. I fear too many people buy an option that doesn’t work for them and rule out the concept of using a carrier all together…

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After demonstrations we can open the library for playing and exploring with the dolls. Using the dolls to try options and practise new techniques means we can get through more in the time we have together. Being that I am in your setting, children are of course welcome to be part of the experience. There is some rules about them not biting my dolls (which I can’t yet work out how to stop my youngest doing without them locked up in a plastic container!) and unless you are wanting fit assistance with a carrier you are already confident using, I would ask that you use a doll rather than your child to play with my library.

I am currently building up my “mini case” of children’s size carriers and demo dolls so I hope to have that completed to bring along to let your children also be part of the experience in a different way. Also, we are a Playcentre family so I know full well what it is like to be on session, if you would like me to come along to a session or group that is going to have children present and messy play, I hope you realise I won’t be bringing all of my “pretties” along with me 😉

 

 

Just like the MAMA Maternity workshops, the beauty of these learning settings and indeed the nature of consultancy in the babywearing world, is the focus on tailoring the content and focus on what the people within the workshop want to do… The more information your group can give me before we actually do the workshop, the more helpful and selective I can be about the content, information and resources I bring along for you.

If you would like to talk to me about seeing if a Parent’s group workshop would suit your needs or to discuss scheduling or content, please contact me, by email – babywearingwithjess@gmail.com, phone – 0226714060 or through my Facebook page – www.fb.com/babywearingwithjess/