sling libraries

Sling libraries are services set up to enable parents and carers of children to try out as many slings as they want with professional guidance.  Slings can be tried on and fitted free of charge (or in some cases for a nominal cost eg appointment deposits). 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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Carry Happy Sling Library

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Open:
  The Carry Happy Sling Library currently meets five times a month holding sessions in Uxbridge, Ealing and Northolt. Please see our events page on Facebook for more details

Prices: Free stretchy hire is available for babies under 6 months alongside a range of different slings and carriers with a 4 week hire costing £15

Is your library sling consultant or peer supporter led? Both

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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info[at]eastlondonslings.co.uk

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


Open:
 Thursdays: 10:15am – 12:15pm

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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London Slings: Sling Hire & Shop – East Dulwich branch

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“Takes a Village”, 57 North Cross Road, East Dulwich, SE22 9ET


Open:
 Weekly pop-up on Mondays: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Running: 1 session every week

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

Are you a sling retailer? Yes

Do you offer bookable appointments? Yes

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London Slings: Sling Hire & Shop – Herne Hill branch

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“The Florence”, 131-133 Dulwich Road, Herne Hill, SE24 0NG


Open:
 Weekly pop-up on Tuesdays: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Running: 1 session every week

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

Are you a sling retailer? Yes

Do you offer bookable appointments? Yes


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North London Sling Library – Bloomsbury Branch

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info[at]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

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enfield[at]northlondonslings.co.uk

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? 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. Full address will be sent in confirmation email



Sheen Slings

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 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

Spark99, 99 Myddleton Rd, London N22 8NE

Open: Saturdays once a month 10:30am – 1:30pm

Running: Once a month, usually 1st Saturday, 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.


South East London Slingers

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Stir Cafe, 23 Anglesea Road, SE18 6EG

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

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Lewisham, SE13 5JE

Open: Please check website for details of session opening times and locations

Running: Weekly workshops in Forest Hill, Crystal Palace & Tooting/Streatham. Please check website or Facebook page for details

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

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Stork and the Bees – Watford Sling & Cloth Nappy Library

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hello[at]storkandthebees.com

  07765 211 807

Drop in sessions in Hemel Hempstead and Watford. Please check our website and Facebook page for details


Open:
 Mondays 10:00am – 12:00pm



Wear My Baby Beckenham

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Bramerton Road, Beckenham, BR3 3PB

Running: Please check website and Facebook for details,. Sling hire only available at sling meet sessions or consults

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

Are you a sling retailer? Yes Shop



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.



Wrap a Hug

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  07916 349 685

56 Brierly Gardens London E2 0TF


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