Meet the people of Sling Swing – Sarah Amos, Colchester

Today, we learn 10 things about Sarah Amos, who has recently started running Sling Swing classes in Colchester.

Sarah Amos, Sling Swing Colcehster

  1. My name is Sarah and I am 36
  2. I have two children, a little girl of 5, and a boy of 7 months
  3. I’m married to Carl and we have been together for 18 years and married for 9 years.
  4. My other passion is dogs. I am a qualified agility instructor. I have 2 dogs of my own.
  5. I am a baby wearing peer supporter.
  6. I love babies and meeting new people.
  7. I love keeping fit and enjoy going for long walks. I also love horses but after a serious car accident when I was 18, I have to enjoy them from the ground now!
  8. I love cars! A few years ago we went to watch the Grand Prix at Silverstone and had a fab weekend.
  9. Before having my Daughter I was an Office Manager for 10 years for a groundwork contractor.
  10. This is the first time I’ve been self employed and I couldn’t think of a nicer job to have than meeting lots of lovely parents and babies and having fun.

Sarah, Sling Swing Colchester

Meet the people of Sling Swing – Fiona McAndrew, Calderdale

In this week’s post about the people of Sling Swing, we learn 10 things about Fiona McAndrew, organiser of Sling Swing classes in Calderdale.

  1. I’m Fiona and I run Sling Swing Calderdale
  2. I’m 36 and have 2 beautiful little ones. Áine who is 6 and Tadhg (my sling swing partner in crime) who is 2.
  3. I’ve been married to lovely Luke for almost 8 years.
  4. I’ve been a primary school teacher for 16 years.
  5. I resigned during my maternity leave with Tadhg as I decided I couldn’t be the mummy I wanted to be whilst doing the job I was doing.
  6. I currently do casual supply teaching alongside my Sling Swing business.
  7. I love being a mummy. I love that Tadhg comes to work with me and
    that I can be there for my daughter when she’s home from school.
  8. You may see me carrying either child. Occasionally Áine on my back
    if we’re on a long walk but mainly Tadhg who normally falls asleep before the end of my warm up in classes.
  9. The main thing I love about Sling Swing is seeing the mummies so happy and enjoying the closeness with their little ones and the fun of the dancing and music. The mummies and babies are always smiling. ❤️
  10. I love to meet new parents and babies and to see new parents meeting others and becoming friends. It’s a great place to chat, share stories and watch all the babies grow. I feel so lucky to have met such lovely mummies who have joined my classes. I get so upset when they have to leave to go back to work and I always hope that Sling Swing remains a happy memory from their maternity leave and something they’ll look back on with a smile.

Fiona, Sling Swing Calderdale

Meet the people of Sling Swing – Nikky Ginns, Ayrshire

In this week’s post about the people of Sling Swing, we learn 10 things about Nicky Ginns, organiser of Sling Swing classes in Ayrshire.

  1. My name is Nikky and I’m 30.
  2. I have 2 kids, a boy who is 6 and a 7 month old girl.
  3. I get bored doing one thing so have a few part time jobs/volunteer posts.
  4. I like craft things and have way more craft supplies than I know what to do with.. I also can’t resist buying more.
  5. I have an HND in fitness, health and exercise.
  6. I am a qualified baby wearing consultant and peer supporter.
  7. I helped set up and run Ayrshire Sling Library offering advice and hire of baby carriers throughout Ayrshire.
  8. Also running Sling Swing Ayrshire. Love teaching these simple dances and the bond it encourages.
  9. Always on the look out for new adventures and meeting new people.
  10. I’m on maternity leave at the moment and enjoying time with my little ones. Looking forward to being able to take along my tiny one while teaching Sling Swing as well.

Nikky, Sling Swing Ayrshire

Meet the people of Sling Swing – Carly Birchell

Carly Birchell

10 things about Carly Birchell and Sling Swing

I thought I’d introduce myself and Sling Swing in 10 points in case you don’t know who we are and what we do 😍

  1. I’m Carly and I’m 36 (just!!!)
  2. I am married to my lovely husband Chris and have been for 8 years
  3. I am blessed with 2 beautiful boys – Noah, 4 and Toby, 2
  4. It appears I like to be busy 😂😂😂 and find if I have a spare moment I’m hatching the next plan!
  5. I have a degree in music and a PGCE – I worked as a primary teacher for 4 years and then as a music/vocal teacher for Birminghsm music services for 10 years before making the decision a year ago to go completely self employed!!
  6. I set up Sling Swing in 2013 – it’s a gentle dance and movement class for parents with their babies in slings – Sling Swing affords parents some ‘me tine’ to dance, socialise and meet other parents whilst having baby with them for some quality bonding time – it is fab for both parents and babies – babies get to be close to mum or dad, gain musical awareness, a great sense of rhythm and meet other babies
  7. Sling Swing is franchised nationwide and we currently have 24 franchises across the UK – check out where these lovely ladies are based on our website:
  8. I adore all things sling related and have carried (and am carrying) both of my boys since birth – I am a Babywearing consultant and also run: – a sling library and consultancy in and around Wolverhampton where you can get advice, try on and hire over 50 different slings and carriers!
  9. I love to colour my hair 🙂 and it’s currently pink, purple and blue 😍
  10. I love spending time with my family and friends and enjoying life!

We hope to see you at a class somewhere soon!!


Special guests and superpowers.

Lynsey; Sling Swing franchisee, North-West London

I had a couple of special visitors at class recently. Alongside my regular sling swingers, the lovely Peter and Emily Andre dropped into a class as part of nPower’s Parenting Superpowers campaign. My super power is teaching parents and carers to dance in sync with their babies. I give them half an hour of “me time” where they can forget about the sleep deprivation, dirty nappies, school runs, housework and just lose themselves in the music while snuggling their little one close. There are no expectations in class – as long as you are smiling and moving you are doing it right. Sling Swing puts the “me” in mummy 😝 That’s why I won Beat Me Time activity in the What’s in 4 Juniors award 2016. Finally
a class especially for mums, dads & carers which little ones love!

The Andres were correctly fitted with an ergonomic sling and joined in the class using our friendly Hillingdon Sling Library demo dolls Ruby & Francis.

A very memorable day for all my lovely mummies and babies!

Why not pop to a local Sling Swing class – you never know who you may

Sling Swing, more than just a bit of Mum Dancing

Nikki Baillie; Sling Swing franchisee, Manchester

There was a time when I used to dance on bar tops; Prosecco in one hand, heels in the other. There was a time when I even used to dance on stage, in front of thousands of people (okay…maybe a few hundred) and get paid for it (I would like to add that both the bar top dancing and stage dancing were fully clothed). Then I danced in the evening (yes again in clothes!) helping women of all ages, shapes and sizes to get fitter and healthier as a Zumba instructor. But it wasn’t until teaching Sling Swing has the true power of dancing become apparent to me.

I had my daughter Ellie a year ago and there were so many things I now realise I was unprepared for in becoming a Mum. The main thing was I never really appreciated my own sense of identity, in fact I probably didn’t really know who I was, or what I was about. But being the number one go to person for…well the rest of my life to this tiny, amazing little person has made me realise that I didn’t quite grasp how my life would change. Especially in the early day’s I was so moulded and involved in every aspect of being her Mum that I forgot who I was. The seemingly easy aspirations of “going back to Zumba” or “going out for a few drinks with my mates” were soon replaced with “I went to the park today!” I was lost.

Then I found Sling Swing.

Dancing has been a part of my life forever and I appreciate that not everyone feels the same way about it. In fact the first few bars of ‘Dancing Queen’ can bring some of us out in a cold sweat and I also appreciate that co-ordination isn’t always everyone’s best friend; just stepping in time to the music can seem like the Krypton Factor. So maybe the idea of dancing around with a bunch of Mums who most likely you have never met before; whilst carrying your baby, might seem like the furthest thing from your idea of fun. I get that.

But it’s more than just a bit of Mum Dancing.

Dance and music has the power to take us away. To remove us from our daily life of muslin washing and sleepless nights; to give us back a sense of self.

Dancing has been shown to increase mood, improve fitness, build confidence, and help lose weight…to name but a few. But I’ve seen the real impact it has and I’ve been told this.

You could be the most confident woman in the world but there’s something about walking into that Mum and Baby group for the first time that makes all of us feel like it’s the first day at school. But add music and movement and were all in it together, all united as a bunch of Mum dancers. There’s no judgement, no talk of baby poo, no pretention…just

One Mum commented to me that she really struggled with the competitiveness of her usual Mum & Baby groups and how Sling Swing just doesn’t allow for this. That she loves that time to just dance and have fun.

Another wonderful Mum told me how she struggles every day. That her husband works away and looking after her baby and older child is really, really hard. Her words brought tears to my eyes as she expressed how grateful she was to have this class and how she leaves each week feeling that bit happier, with a spring in her step and to top it off she has
made some fantastic new friends.

These are stories I’m grateful to hear and to know that as a Sling Swing Instructor I can bring real joy and happiness into other Mums lives.

This is why these Mums dancing their way through class and bonding through messed up steps, and imperfect moves makes Sling Swing more than just a dance class and more than just a baby group.

It’s not about getting the moves right and not even about stepping in time. It’s about letting go and having fun and doing something just because it makes you happier.


Sling Swing Manchester