High Street here I come…

Last month I had two consults within two days of each other that really stuck out for me.  In the first the couple had a carrier that one of them was really struggling to use.  I helped both build confidence with this carrier but ultimately while it fitted one of them well, it was simply too big for the other and all the adjusting in the world couldn’t get it any smaller.   They told me they’d been to a big name high street store and told this carrier was their best seller and the best money could buy.  They hadn’t been invited to try it on first. It was sad because it was clear they didn’t want to buy another carrier but were left with something that was worthless for at least one of them.

The second consult, two days later, was the complete opposite story.  They’d been to a big high street store (same chain but different location) and received really excellent advice.  The sales rep had talked them through the pros and cons of several different carriers, invited them to try each of them on and the couple had walked out with a LILLEbaby carrier that they absolutely love and use every day.  They came to me for a consult simply because while they use their LILLEbaby out and about they also wanted a light weight soft carrier they could use around the house.  They told me how much of a difference babywearing had made for all of them – mum, dad, baby and even granny!  And how pleased they were to have got that advice in the store.

Meeting these two couples back to back like this really drove home to me how important this first experience with baby carriers is.  Like the second couple I was lucky and got great advice, but I have met so many couples who haven’t and feel regretful that they bought the wrong thing.

942264_10156695840490154_8160120994286126869_nOf course the best place for advice is an independent sling library such as Sheen Slings.  The range of different types and brands of carriers available at any sling library far outstrips any high street store, not to mention the specialist knowledge and training independent sling consultants have.

However, the reality is that the vast majority of people have never heard of sling libraries and their first experience with baby carriers in on the high street.  So when the opportunity arose to go into high street stores and train their staff on LILLEbaby carriers I grabbed it with two hands!!

On Friday, I travelled up to Birmingham and with several other sling consultants attended training to become LILLEbaby Ambassadors.  The main part of my new role will be carrying out in store training and hopefully helping to ensure more and more parents have an experience like the second couple.  Not that they need to necessarily get the same carrier, but that they leave the store feeling informed, empowered and with a carrier that works for them!


Our Carriers

Our library currently includes 28 baby carriers, and we are adding new carriers all the time.  We have examples of each of the 5 main types of baby carriers – stretchy wraps, ring slings, woven wraps, mei tai and buckle carriers – covering many of the most popular brands.  So there is plenty to come and try on and learn more about!

For the full list of what we have, and how much they cost to hire please head on over here.


PS! The eagled eyed of you will have noticed the picture above only contains 24 carriers!  I have discovered its almost impossible to take a picture of everything – there is always something out on loan!  At the time of taking this picture we have two stretchy wraps out on long term hire with families with newborns (in one case a family with newborn twins), a buckle carrier being trialled by a family with a 2 week old and finally one woven wrap has gone on holiday with a family who didn’t want to take a buggy for their toddler through airports etc.  Which is a fairly typical week for the library!


Announcing our first Sling Library dates!

Starting Tuesday 16th February Sheen Slings will be hosting fortnightly Sling Library drop in sessions 2-4pm every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month and 10am-12pm on the last Saturday of each month at Madeleine’s home 79 Lower Richmond Road, SW14 7HU.

These sessions are free and open to all!  So if you’d like to try a new carrier, get a bit of help with something you already own or borrow something for an upcoming trip please do drop in!  More details can be found here.

Upcoming dates; IMG_8459

  • Tuesday 16th February, 2-4pm
  • Saturday 27th February, 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday 1st March, 2-4pm
  • Tuesday 15th March, 2-4pm
  • Saturday 26th February, 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday 5th April, 2-4pm
  • Tuesday 19th April, 2-4pm
  • Saturday 23nd April, 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday 3rd May, 2-4pm
  • Tuesday 17th May, 2-4pm
  • Saturday 28th May, 10am-12pm