Babywearing mums are celebrating after breaking a Guinness World Record in Salford yesterday.

294 parents gathered in the rain outside The University of Salford to help smash the World Record for the ‘most babies being carried in slings’.

The attempt was part of Sling it! NW, an annual exhibition about babywearing, which saw hundreds of families flock to the university from all over the country.

The group made the first attempt to break the record at last year’s exhibition in Stockport, but fell short of the 250 minimum set by Guinness World Records.

Rebecca Cowen, 24, travelled with her friend Charlie from Stoke-on-Trent and took part in the World Record attempt.

She said: “I saw the event advertised last year, but I couldn’t drive so I didn’t go. This year I wanted a new wrap and one of the ladies from Facebook is here selling them so I thought I would ask on a group if anyone else was going.

“Luckily I met Charlie who can drive and baby wears as well, we’ve had a really good day. It’s good to get out and try something new, and babywearing helps with that!”

Charlie Elton, 34 from Blythe Bridge in Stoke-on-Trent, added: “Babywearing is the best feeling when they are fast asleep and you can still do the housework – or use it as an excuse not to!”

The exhibition, held in Maxwell Hall, saw lots of makers and designers of wraps, slings and accessories sell their wares to mums like Lucy Tong, 23 from Tameside.

Lucy, who is mum to Rose, 1 and a four year old, had her first baby at 19.

She said: “I love babywearing, the fabrics are beautiful, there are lots of different types of slings, but it is easy once you have chosen a design and type of wrap you like. The cloth is really strong and woven, which is why they may seem expensive, but the fabric is strong enough to hold my four-year-old.

“I came to Sling it NW to be with like minded people, the community is great and really friendly. More young mums should definitely try baby wearing.”

Watch below to see the mums take part in the World Record attempt, and watch out for more interviews and highlights of the day later in the week. You can also see Spoken Word artist Katie Edwards read her poem ‘Mum didn’t get it’ on our Youtube channel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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