The Finnish mailing list
”Kantoliinakanava” originates back to the year 2002. It was
established by Ms Bettina Lindblom and the information about the new
discussion forum spread through other parenting forums. Quickly the
mailing list had about 50 members, both beginners and experienced
baby carrier users.
Right from the beginning the mailing list
has offered some practical help in tying the sling. There has always
been someone who has been able to give advice in the
wrap-cross-back-carry hold or how to “hump” the baby into the
kangaroo hold in the ring sling.
Gradually the number of members
grew and now (February / 2007) it is a giant mailing list with over
1700 members. Nevertheless, the basic idea of the mailing list still
remains the same: it offers some support, provides carrying hints
and compares members’ experiences and different slings. The
veteran members probably know the answers to the most common
questions by heart: “Hi, I’m XX tall and weigh XX kg, what length
sling should I have?” Or: “Help me, I’m lost in the jungle of
slings, which sling should I buy?”
Besides advice and practical
comments about slings and carrying, the mailing list is also full of
moving stories about babies carried both in everyday life and in
festivities. Sometimes the materialism is in high demand and
comparison of new slings and seasonal colours keeps the mailing list
busy. Babywearing is a hobby that can really become addictive.
Members of the “Kantoliinakanava”
– mailing list have put up these web pages. The purpose of
these home pages is to create as comprehensive information package
as possible about baby carriers, without the commercial connections.
The idea of the “Kantoliinakanava”
home page started naturally on the mailing list, and after some
months of developing and producing, the new home page was set up and
running on 9th of June, 2003.
Since these home pages are
maintained by volunteers and updated in own time this is not a
fully comprehensive information source of all slings on the market.
The most up-to-date information about the slings can be asked
directly from the manufacturers, importers and retailers.
We hope you find these home pages
useful, whether you are a beginner or experienced in using slings.
The mailing list “Kantoliinakanava”
is open for everyone who is interested in carrying a baby –
however, the mailing list is conducted only in Finnish.
to join the Kantoliinakanava