Our Sling library meets are friendly, informal drop in sessions where can see and try on a number of carriers, hire a carrier or receive tips on a carrier you already own. There is no need to book, everyone is seen on a first come first served basis or whatever works best with sleeping and feeding babies, and you’re welcome to grab a cup of tea and a biscuit and chat to other parents while you wait. Cost is free to those hiring a carrier or a suggested £2 donation per family for those coming for advice only. All donations go toward the purchase of new carriers.
Our sessions run fortnightly 11am-1pm on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, and monthly working parents sessions; 10am-12pm last Saturday of each month – both at Madeleine’s home – 79 Lower Richmond Road, Mortlake, SW14 7HU.
- Tuesday 17th July, 11am-1pm
- Saturday 28th July, 10am-12pm
- Tuesday 7th August, 11am-1pm
- Tuesday 21st August, 11am-1pm
Saturday 24th August– cancelled due to Bank Holiday
- Tuesday 4th September, 11am-1pm
- Tuesday 18th September, 11am-1pm
- Saturday 29th September, 10am-12pm
- Tuesday 2nd October, 11am-1pm
- Tuesday 16th October, 11am-1pm
- Saturday 20th October – 10am-12pm a week earlier than normal due to half term
- Tuesday 6th November, 11am-1pm
- Tuesday 20th November, 11am-1pm
- Saturday 30th November, 10am-12pm
- Tuesday 4th December, 11am-1pm
- Tuesday 18th December, 11am-1pm
Saturday 28th December– cancelled for Christmas
We also run sessions at our local children’s centre with a limited range of carriers, full details can be found here.
These sessions can be busy and one-to-one help often limited to 10-15 minutes each, so if you’d like to try a few different things, would like a bit more one-on-one attention to find the perfect carrier, or have a more in depth question (such as maybe you or your little one has additional needs or maybe you’d like to learn back carrying for the first time) then please consider booking a private consultation – i.e. mini consults cost just £10 for 30 minutes, or check out our workshops.
Hiring a carrier
All our carriers are available to hire for two weeks at a time and will be due back at the next 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 £5-10 for 2 weeks, depending on the carrier. Longer term loans also possible (see here for full details of prices).
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; Hana Baby wraps, Close Caboo, Connecta, Izmi Baby, Beco Gemini and Beco 8 carriers. We also have discount codes for a number of companies selling carriers, so we can help you get a good deal on whatever carrier you choose.
Free on street parking is available outside Madeleine’s home, and you’re welcome to bring buggies inside but if its busy you might need to fold and/or take care not to block the door. 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.