What is a sling library?

In short a sling library is a resource a bit like a book library. You can hire baby slings and carriers at low cost to either fulfill a short term need or to find the one that suits you best.

Who runs the library:The library is staffed by a consultant (the librarian) who has done several training courses, is a member of the voluntary professional organisation covering babywearing consultants (BABI) and whose advice is covered by insurance. There are also a number of peer supporters. They have received basic training and whose knowledge is backed up by the consultant. They are covered under the consultant’s insurance for the advice they give when the consultant is present. There are also a number of volunteers who help with paperwork/greeting people at library sessions.

demo doll

What slings do you have?
We have a large variety of slings and carriers from long pieces of fabric to more structured buckled carriers.

Why so many?
Everyone has different needs and everyone suits something different. To use an analogy my friends love their skinny jeans but I’m happier in bootcut.

stretchy demo 2

How is the library funded?
The library’s sole source of funding is the money brought in from hires. In the beginning it was self funded by the librarian.

What happens at a library session?
You can receive information and a recommendation on what is most likely to be most suitable for you, your baby and your circumstances/needs. We can show you how to use a sling/carrier you already own, or check how you use a sling/carrier. We can offer safety advice on any aspect of babywearing. You can hire a sling/carrier at low cost to take home and try and we can also help you find a retailer to purchase from. Be aware that library sessions can get very busy so there may be a wait (most venues have cake!) for a short time with the librarian or a peer supporter. More details on hiring can be found on the home page of this website www.wawishslingmeet.co.uk


What if I’d like more time with someone?
You can book a private consultation with the librarian via wawishconsults.setmore.com.

When/where are the library sessions?
Upcoming library session dates can be found on facebook here https://www.facebook.com/WaWiSHSlingMeet/events?key=events (click subscribe to be automatically notified of new ones) or on the website via this tag: http://wawishslingmeet.co.uk/category/meet-dates/ Venue information is available via the meets tab on this website.


Important reminder

w/c 30th May is half term so the library is partially closed while I wear my “mummy” hat rather than my “librarian” hat. Returns will be accepted but ONLY on May 31st (by prior arrangement). Any returns not made on that day will be subject to two weeks hire fees to retrn at the start of librarian session in June.

w/c 6th June the library is completely CLOSED. There will be strictly no hires or returns, with no exceptions. There will be a skeleton email and facebook service run by very lovely peer supporters.

The library will reopen on 13th June and library sessions will restart on 14th June.

Any problems contact sooner rather than later to give time to sort things out!


June meet dates

w/c 6th June The library will be CLOSED. This means there will be NO HIRES and strictly NO RETURNS. I’ve decided to decadantly have an entire week off with my daughter. The peer supporters will man a skeleton email service but in short consider there no library service at all that week! Please be organised to allow me to be mummy and not librarian for this time!

St Helens 14/6/16 10.30-12.30 Playdays

Golborne 15/6/16 10.30-12.30 Treetops

Leigh 21/6/16 10.30-14.00 Birth 2 Potty

Warrington (Central) 22/6/16 10.30-14.00 One To One Midwives PAC

Warrington (Culcheth) 28/6/16 11.00-14.30 Forget-Me-Nots toys and books

Details of each venue can be found in the “meets” tab above.  Slings eill be available for hire and demo, to hire it is £4 per week (3 month block hire is also available. £25 for stretchy wraps, £40 for anything else) I don’t ask for a deposit as standard. Instead please bring along a piece of I.D. with your address and a picture of you on it (for example a driving license). If you can’t provide that please bring a cheque for £40 instead. Any problems just contact me via the sling meet page or website and for more information visit www.wawishslingmeet.co.uk

Important: Toddler carriers are by request only to save space in the suitcase. If you want to hire something specific please contact in advance to check it’s available. And back carries can ONLY be demoed and not taught for safety reasons. See below for consultations to learn back carries.

Be warned that these sessions can get very busy so time with peer supporters or the librarian are STRICTLY limited, private consultations are available wawishconsults.setmore.com

– Rachael