Our friendly, informal Sling Clinic sessions are perfect for anyone who;
- Has some idea of what they would like to try
- Would like to see, try on and compare a couple of different brands
- Has a carrier already that they would like help with
- Has specific questions they'd like to ask
- Are happy learning in a busy small group format
These sessions run in a small group format with no more than 6-9 families present at a time. The sessions are 60 or 90 minutes long and we pack a lot into a short amount of time so please do try to come for the whole session if you can to ensure you get the most out of it! Families with similar needs will be grouped to maximise the time you have to try, explore and receive personalised help and advice. You are welcome to bring along carriers you already own and try anything in the library collection.
Booking is essential and details provided on the booking form (below) help Madeleine plan the session in advance and also informs what she brings on the day. While there are over 130 carriers and slings in the collection, it is only possible to transport around 25-30 carriers to these sessions. So if you are coming to try a particular carrier or would like to buy something please put this on the booking form below or email Madeleine to ensure she can pack accordingly.
These sessions work best for those who are happy learning in a group format, who like to see and learn from others. Each family will have time to be shown or helped with 1 thing (either a carrier they already own, something from the collection or receive answers to their specific questions). If you find learning in a small group environment challenging, or if you are totally new to babywearing and would like to explore different types of carriers for different situations, or have been fortunate enough to have been gifted several carriers that you would like help with it is unlikely we will have enough time during one session. You are welcome to attend as many sessions as you wish, but you might find it more efficient to book a private consultation or online consultation instead, where we will be able to spend much more time and really be able to focus in depth on you and your babies needs. If you are unsure whether Sling Clinic or a Private consultation would suit you back I explain in more depth here.
The How, Where, When and Cost
We run currently 3 Sling Clinic sessions per month at;
Kingston Town Children's Centre; 40 Villiers Road, Kingston, KT1 3AR. The session runs as a single 90 minute session for upto 9 families. Please do try to attend the whole session as I group families with similar needs, and can't guarantee to repeat anything already covered earlier in the session.
- 12-1.30 pm Monday 8th January
- 12-1.30 pm Monday 5th February
- 12-1.30pm Monday 4th March
Cost is £5 per family.
Please note there is no free parking at this venue, there is on the street visitors parking on Villiers road near the park which you can pay for via the RingGo app or via the pay and display ticket machine.
Old Malden Children's Centre; Lawrence Avenue, New Malden, KT3 5NB. The session runs as a single 60 minute session for upto 6 families. Please do try to attend the whole session as I group families with similar needs, and can't guarantee to repeat anything already covered earlier in the session.
- 1-2pm Monday 18th December
- 1-2pm Monday 15th January
- 1-2pm Monday 26th February
- 1-2pm Monday 18th March
Cost is £5 per family.
Free parking is available in the centre's grounds and on the road outside.
Barnes Children's Centre; 67b Lower Richmond Road, Mortlake, London, SW14 7HJ. The session runs as a single 60 minute session for upto 7 families. Please do try to attend the whole session as I group families with similar needs, and can't guarantee to repeat anything already covered earlier in the session.
- 1-2pm Wednesday 13th December
Cost is £5 per family.
Parking on Lower Richmond Road is restricted but free on Williams Lane and Hanson Close to the side of and opposite the centre.
Each session costs £5 per family. If cost of this session is a barrier to you please drop Madeleine an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be sent a code to book the session for free. The aim of Sling Clinic sessions is to provide low cost help to anyone who needs it. While there is a charge to cover the cost of running these sessions, this can be waived for anyone who needs it if cost presents a barrier accessing sling help. This is no questions asked, you won't be required to provide any proof or answer any questions. I operate a trusted based system, so simply feel able to ask if you need it and I will send you a code allowing you to book without cost.
How To Book
To book a space at an upcoming session, first pay for desired session here:
Sling Clinic Booking
Book into one of our friendly, informal small group Sling Clinic sessions here.
Then please fill in the booking form here:
Please do fill out the form with as much detail as you can, as this really helps me ensure I bring the best selection of sling and carriers with me on the day.
Please note that numbers are limited to ensure we have a number I can see in the given time and to ensure the session doesn't feel overcrowded. Occasionally, the sessions completely book out, so if your plans change and you are no longer able to attend please do get in touch to cancel your booking. Refunds can be offered upto 72 hours before hand. While no refund will be given after this please do still let me know so that if there is a family waiting for the slot they can attend instead. If the date you are looking for has already sold out please drop me an email and I will let you know if a slot becomes available.
If you don't see a date, time and location that works for you, please note I offer private consultations and online consultations at ANY mutually agreeable time - weekends or weekdays. I also offer both postal hires and doorstep collection hires, so if you already know what you'd like to try you can hire without attending a session. New dates are arranged on a termly basis, so please do check back regularly if you are looking for dates further ahead.
Not sure if Sling Clinic or a Private consultation is better for you? I explain the difference between these two services in full here: