sling libraries

Sling libraries are services set up to enable parents and child-carers to try out as many slings as they want with professional guidance.  Slings can be tried on and fitted free of charge. Each library has a variety of slings of all types and sizes available – these can be hired out for a small charge.

So why would you need a sling library? Here are just a few of the reasons people visit:

  • They are looking to buy a sling but aren’t sure which ones will work for them
  • They are going on holiday and don’t want to take the buggy
  • They are expecting their first child and would like some information before baby arrives
  • They don’t know anything about slings but would like to learn more
  • They already have a sling but are finding it uncomfortable so would like to try some others
  • They are expecting a second child and find that they need their hands free for their older child as well as meeting the needs of their newborn

The sessions are led by qualified sling instructors/consultants who are able to teach basic usage of all the slings in the library; some libraries also have sling peer supporters volunteering. Peer supporters are parents and carers who carry their child(ren), not all of them have a formal qualification but they are often experienced sling users. As library sessions are usually very busy, librarians are unable to go into great detail about the slings, but will always ensure that you know how to use the sling comfortably and safely before you leave. If you find you require further, more in depth information, or have a special situation it may be advisable to seek a one to one session with a Sling Consultant.

sling libraries in your area

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Barnet Sling Library

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Blue Beetle Room (next to main church building)
St Mary at Finchley Church,26 Hendon Lane, London, N3 1TR


Open:
 Alternate Tuesdays: 9:30am – 11:30am

Running: 1 session, every fortnight, check website for dates

Prices: From £8 and up to £14 for 2 weeks hire, depending on sling hired

Is your library sling consultant or peer supporter led? Qualified consultant led

Are you a sling retailer? No

Do you offer bookable appointments? No


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Central London Sling Library

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 07521 490 137

65 Hillgate Place, London W8 7SS


Open:
Wednesdays: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Running: 1 session, fortnightly

Prices: From £5 and up to £10 for 2 weeks hire, depending on sling hired

Is your library sling consultant or peer supporter led? Qualified consultant led

Are you a sling retailer? No

Do you offer bookable appointments? No, sessions are drop in only

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Chiswick Sling Library

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Caroline’s home W4 4EQ. Contact for full address


Open:
 Wednesdays: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Running: 1 session, every week

Is your library sling consultant or peer supporter led? Qualified consultant led (Trageschule)

Are you a sling retailer? No

Do you offer bookable appointments? No


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East London Sling Library

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07541 237 594

Upstairs at Kukoolala Cafe, 3 Marsh Lane, Leyton, London E10 7BL 


Open:
 Fridays: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Running: 1 session, every week

Prices: From £5 and up to £15 for 2 weeks hire, depending on sling hired

Is your library sling consultant or peer supporter led? Qualified Consultant led

Are you a sling retailer? Yes – Online – The Sling Space

Do you offer bookable appointments?Yes, appointments only. No drop in available. Please see website or Facebook to book an appointment

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Harrow Sling Library

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St Peter’s Church, Sumner Road, West Harrow HA1 4BX


Open:
Tuesdays: 10:30am – 12 midday

Running: 1 session, every week (except school holidays)

Prices: From £5 and up to £10 for 2 weeks hire, depending on sling hired

Is your library sling consultant or peer supporter led? Peer supporter led

Are you a sling retailer? No

Do you offer bookable appointments? No



HaverSling Library

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Running: Bi-monthly sling library in Hornchurch, advice and sling hires. Message the page for location details

Is your library sling consultant or peer supporter led? Qualified consultant led

Are you a sling retailer? No

Do you offer bookable appointments? No

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Hillingdon Sling Meet

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MORNINGS – Cherry Lane Children’s Centre, UB7 9DL. AFTERNOONS – Uxbridge Community Centre, UB8 2PJ


Open:
 3rd Tuesday morning of the month from 9.30-11.30am (Cherry Lane), 1st Monday afternoon of the month from 13.00-14.30pm (Uxbridge, £1 entry fee)

Running: Twice a month, see Facebook page for details

Prices: **No sling hire available** A range of slings are available to try out with the help of qualified peer supporters

Is your library sling consultant or peer supporter led? Peer supporter led

Are you a sling retailer? No

Do you offer bookable appointments? No



Loughton Sling Library

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Loughton Methodist Church, 260 High Road, Loughton, IG10 1RB


Open:
 Thursdays: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Running: Fortnightly – please check website or Facebook for details

Prices: From £5, depending on sling hired

Is your library sling consultant or peer supporter led? Qualified consultant led

Are you a sling retailer? No

Do you offer bookable appointments? Yes – please see website for how to book


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North London Sling Library – Bloomsbury Branch

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info@northlondonslings.co.uk

Guide Hall, inside Coram’s Fields, 93 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1DN 


Open:
 Wednesdays: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Running: Every week except school holidays – please check website or Facebook for details

Prices: From £5 and up to £15 for 2 weeks hire, depending on sling hired

Is your library sling consultant or peer supporter led? Qualified consultant led

Are you a sling retailer? Yes – Online – The Sling Space

Do you offer bookable appointments? Yes, appointments only. No drop in available. Please see website or Facebook to book an appointment

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North London Sling Library – Enfield Branch

Website

 Facebook / Twitter

Enfield EN3 7LA

Open: Fridays: 10:30am  – 12:30pm

Running: Monthly – 1st Friday of every month

Prices: From £5 and up to £15 for 1 month’s hire, depending on sling hired

Is your library sling consultant or peer supporter led? Peer supporter led, Qualified Consultants often in attendance

Are you a sling retailer? Yes – Online – The Sling Space

Do you offer bookable appointments? Yes, appointments only. No drop in available. Please see website or Facebook to book an appointment. Full address will be sent in confirmation email



Sheen Slings

Website

Facebook

 07568 523 885

79 Lower Richmond Road, Mortlake SW14 7HU

Open: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays 2:00pm – 4:00pm and last Saturday 10:00am – 12:00pm of each month

Is your library sling consultant or peer supporter led? Qualified Consultant led

Are you a sling retailer? Yes, at library or consultation only

Do you offer bookable appointments?No, drop in only.



Sling Clinic and Library; North London – Bounds Green Branch

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 07789 402 284

99 Myddleton Rd, London N22 8NE

Open: Wednesdays 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Running: Every week (except school holidays, please check website for details)

Is your library sling consultant or peer supporter led? Qualified Consultant led

Are you a sling retailer? No

Do you offer bookable appointments? No, drop in only.

Sling Clinic and Library; North London – Highgate Branch

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Facebook

07789 402 284

Highgate Children’s Centre, Gaskell Road, Highgate N6 4DU

Open: Thursdays 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Running: Every week (except school holidays, please check website for details)

Is your library sling consultant or peer supporter led? Qualified Consultant led

Are you a sling retailer? No

Do you offer bookable appointments?No, drop in only.Suggested donation of £2 per family


South East London Slingers

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SHSA Educational Spaces, 88 Dockyard Centre, Antelope Road, Woolwich Dockyard, London SE18 5QG

Open: Thursdays 11:00am – 12:30pm

Running: Every week.

Is your library sling consultant or peer supporter led? Qualified consultant led

Are you a sling retailer? No

Do you offer bookable appointments? No

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South London Sling Library

 Website

 Facebook / Twitter

 07793 823 539

 194 Beckenham Road, London BR3 4RJ

Open: Please check website for details of session opening times

Running: Every week.

Prices: From £5 and up to £10 for 2 weeks hire, depending on sling hired

Is your library sling consultant or peer supporter led? Qualified consultant led

Are you a sling retailer? Yes – At library or consultation sessions only

Do you offer bookable appointments? Please check website for details



Tooting Sling Meet (Wear-My-Baby)

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Facebook

07968 753 429

Seely Road, Tooting, London SW17 9QU

Running: Monthly, check Facebook for details

Is your library sling consultant or peer supporter led? Qualified Consultant led

Are you a sling retailer? Yes Shop

Do you offer bookable appointments?No, drop in only.



Wear My Baby Boutique Sling Hire Service, in collaboration with South London Sling Library

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 0345 222 9004

 19 Thrale Road, London, SW16 1NS

Running: Thursdays, 10am – 6pm

Is your library sling consultant or peer supporter led? Qualified Consultant led

Are you a sling retailer? Yes Shop

Do you offer bookable appointments?No, drop in only.


West London Sling Library – Fulham Branch (Wear-a-bye Baby)

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 07475 146 580

Little People of Fulham, 250A Lillie Rd, Fulham SW6 7PX

Open: Mondays: 10:00am – 12 midday

Running: Alternate weeks, please check website for dates

Prices: From £5 and up to £10 for 2 weeks hire, depending on sling hired

Is your library sling consultant or peer supporter led? Qualified Consultant led

Are you a sling retailer? No

Do you offer bookable appointments? Drop in only



Wrap a Hug

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  07916 349 685

67 Vallance Road, Whitechapel, London E1 5BS


Open:
 Fridays – 10:00am – 12 midday

Running: 1 session, every week, specialises in woven wraps

Prices: From £10 depending on sling hired

Is your library sling consultant or peer supporter led? Qualified Consultant led

Are you a sling retailer? No

Do you offer bookable appointments? No need to book but must contact ahead of visit