Our Sling library meets are friendly group sessions where can see and try on carriers, hire a carrier or receive tips on a carrier you already own. These sessions offer a low cost way of accessing 10-15 minutes of sling help. We run 2 types of Sling Library sessions – Drop in sessions at the Barnes and Kingston Town Children’s Centres and Book in advance Saturday sessions at Madeleine’s home.
For the Children’s centre sessions there is no need to book. These sessions are pure drop in and everyone is seen on a first come first served basis or whatever works best with sleeping and feeding babies, and you’re welcome join in and chat to other parents while you wait. Cost is a suggested donation of £2 and full dates and times of these sessions are listed below.
Please note that these sessions can be busy and one-to-one help often limited to 10 minutes per family. This is usually enough time to demo and try 1 carrier type per family, so perfect if you have a good idea of the type of thing you would like to try, or have a carrier you’d like help with. Whereas if you are totally new to babywearing and would like to learn about and compare different carrier types, have a more indepth questions, or you have been given several carriers and would like help with more than 1 please consider booking a private consultation instead to avoid disappointment – prices start from as little as £15 for upto 30 minutes and can be booked at ANY mutually agreeable time weekday or weekend.
The Saturday sessions at Madeleine’s home (79 Lower Richmond Road, Mortlake, SW14 7HU) booking is essential. Cost is £5 for a 15 minute slot, which is perfect to learn how to use a sling you already own or to explore a couple of brands of 1 different carrier type. On the day please do try to arrive 5-10 minutes early to ensure you have time to get you and your baby comfortable to ensure you can maximise your 15 minute slot. Book your preferred slot here
- Thursday 27th February, 10.30-11.30am @Kingston Town Children’s Centre, 40 Villiers Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 3AR no booking needed
- Friday 6th March, 10.15-11.30am @ Barnes Children’s Centre, 67b Lower Richmond Road, Mortlake, SW14 no booking needed
- Thursday 19th March, 10.30-11.30am @Kingston Town Children’s Centre, 40 Villiers Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 3AR no booking needed
- Saturday 28th March, 10-11.30am @ Madeleine’s home, 79 Lower Richmond Road, Mortlake, SW14 7HU booking essential – use button above
- Friday 3rd April, 10.15-11.30am @ Barnes Children’s Centre, 67b Lower Richmond Road, Mortlake, SW14 no booking needed
- Saturday 25th April, 10-11.30am @ Madeleine’s home, 79 Lower Richmond Road, Mortlake, SW14 7HU booking essential – use button above
Good to know before you come:
While there are currently over 90 carriers in the Sling Library collection – it is usually only possible to bring around 25-30 carriers to each of the children’s centre session (as this is the limit Madeleine can physically carry!). So if you are coming to try or buy a particular carrier or a particular brand and would like to ensure they are available at that session for you to try please do drop Madeleine a quick email in advance (firstname.lastname@example.org). This will ensure those slings are added to the packing list for that session.
Hiring a carrier
All our carriers are available to hire for two weeks, one month or 3 months at a time and will be due back at or before the appropriate sling library session. Hiring a carrier can be the perfect way to determine whether that carrier really works well for your whole family before you buy. We charge between £5-15 for 2 weeks, and £10-25 for 1 month. Full details of prices are here.
We also offer 3 month hires on stretchy wraps and Caboo. These are two of the best options for a newborn baby, and can be an absolute sanity-saver in those early days. However, as most babies and parents are ready to move onto a different carrier after the “fourth trimester” period it can feel like a waste to purchase one for such a short amount of time. So to help we offer 3 month hire of a stretchy wrap for £20 or £25 for a Caboo (versus £40-45 or £55-70 to purchase one new respectively).
To hire, we require you to fill in a hire form for each carrier you hire. This form includes your full name, address and contact details – all personal information is collected only for the purpose of contacting you during/after your hire as required and is kept in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and General Data Protection Regulation 2018. We also ask that you comply with our terms and conditions for hire which can be viewed here and a digital copy is supplied with each hire.
Buying a Carrier
We have a small stock of carriers available to purchase; including Beco Gemini and Beco 8 carriers, Close Parent Caboo, Connecta Baby Carrier, Ergobaby Omni 360 , Hana Baby Stretchy wraps, Izmi Baby Carrier, Izmi Baby Wrap, Kahu Baby Carrier and Melliapis Muslin Ring Sling. As well as a few accessories including suck pads, teething necklaces from Fiddlebeads and leg warmers from MooMo Baby
Parking is controlled around Madeleine’s home 7 days a week but there are free spots available further up the road up near the Barnes Children’s centre and on streets surround the children’s centre and Brewery Green. If you are coming via Sat Nav please enter our postcode (SW14 7HU) rather than street address as there are two Lower Richmond Roads in London – we are the one in East Sheen.
Please note we do ask those attending these sessions to fill in our sign in sheet, which asks for names of those attending, and optional contact details. This information is collected to satisfy the terms of my professional insurance which requires me to have a record of who I have advised and when. All personal information is kept in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and General Data Protection Regulation 2018. This information will only be used to contact you in the future if you have explicitly asked for more information.