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 a suggested £2 donation which goes toward purchase of new carriers and is waived with hire of a carrier.
Our sessions run fortnightly 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. Please note the time of the Tuesday sessions is changing from October from the afternoon slot to the new time of 11am-1pm.
- Tuesday 7th November, 11am-1pm
- Tuesday 21st November, 11am-1pm
- Saturday 25th November, 10am-12pm
- Tuesday 5th December, 11am-1pm
- MONDAY 18th December, 11am-1pm (note 1 day earlier due to family commitment)
- Tuesday 9th January, 11am-1pm (note 1 week later than normal due to new year)
- Tuesday 23rd January, 11am-1pm (note 1 week later than normal due to new year)
- Saturday 27th January, 10am-12pm
- Tuesday 6th February, 11am-1pm
- Tuesday 20th Feburary, 11am-1pm
- Saturday 24th February, 10am-12pm
We also run sessions at our local children’s centres 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 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, and are happy to offer offer longer loans for holidays etc – please just ask!
We also offer 4 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 a few months it can feel like a waste to purchase one for such a short period. So to help we offer 4 month hire of a stretchy wrap for £20 or £25 for a Caboo (versus £40-45 or £55-70 to purchase one new respectively).
Buying a Carrier
We have a small stock of carriers available to purchase; Hana Baby wraps, Close Caboo, Boba wraps, Connecta and Izmi Baby 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.