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 per family which goes toward purchase of new carriers and is waived with hire of a carrier.
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 6th February, 11am-1pm
- Tuesday 20th Feburary, 11am-1pm
- Saturday 24th February, 10am-12pm
- Tuesday 6th March, 11am-1pm
- Tuesday 20th March, 11am-1pm
Saturday 31st Marchcancelled for Easter
- Tuesday 3rd April, 11am-1pm
- Tuesday 17th April, 11am-1pm
- Saturday 28th April, 10am-12pm
- Tuesday 1st May, 11am-1pm
- Tuesday 15th May, 11am-1pm
- Saturday 26th May, 10am-12pm
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 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 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).
Our terms and conditions for hire can be viewed here.
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.