My name is Ellie Thouret and I am a qualified and experienced babywearing consultant.

I take the stress out of finding a sling that’s right for your family.

Choosing a sling or baby carrier is exciting, but can seem like a daunting task. It can be difficult to know which is best for you and your child. There is lots of conflicting information online, and perhaps you don’t know where to find impartial, evidence-based support. I can help you.

I have completed extensive training to ensure that I can teach you how to safely use a wide variety of carriers. I’ve built up over three years of experience, and I have a broad knowledge base to draw on. My strong links with local and national complementary service providers mean I can offer a holistic approach, signposting to additional support where necessary.

Raising up children is hard enough – let me help you with one small part!

Everyone starts somewhere

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My eldest son was born in 2012 and was a ‘high needs’ baby – to my confusion, he didn’t want to be put down! He would only sleep in my arms and I quickly realised that as I needed my hands to carry out basic tasks, I was a bit stuck. Luckily, a friend lent me a Moby Wrap (brand of stretchy wrap) and showed me how to use it – what a revelation!

I got into babywearing for practicality but loved how it felt to hold my baby close. It even helped me to cope with postnatal depression and bond with my son. We tried stretchy wraps, gauze wraps, woven wraps, mei tais, and eventually ring slings and buckles. In late 2012, I helped to set up Stockport Sling Library and Sling Meet, to share my love of slings and help parents to carry their babies.

My twins were born in 2014 and I discovered how handy it was to play with my toddler while carrying one baby in a sling. I also learned how to carry two of my children at the same time and how lovely it is to see them interact with each other while comfortably and safely held in a sling.

In late 2014, I set up Stockport Slings, now Peekaboo Slings, to focus on empowering parents to use slings, offering workshops, one-to-one sessions, meets and sling hire.

Training and qualifications

Peer support: School of Babywearing (2013)

Babywearing consultancy: School of Babywearing (2014)

Babywearing consultancy: Slingababy (2015)