What happens at a sling library?
You’ve found the Happy Sling Lady. You’ve seen the Sling Library events on the Facebook page. You have a baby (or a bump, or a toddler) and you’re wondering what we do.
When and where?
1st Wednesday of the month, 10am-12 at Boston Tea Party Worcester
2nd Monday of the month, 10am-12 at Boston Tea Party Edgbaston
2nd Tuesday of the month, 10am-12 at Boston Tea Party Solihull
3rd Saturday of the month, 10am-12 at Touch Base Pears, Selly Oak
4th Wednesday of the month 10am-12 at Costa Coffee inside Next Merry Hill
Sometimes these fall in school or bank holidays and need to be re-arranged so please check the most up to date time/date information on the events tab of our Facebook page
All sessions are drop in so you can come at any time to fit in with feeds/naps etc. We ask that you sign in when you arrive and we see people in that order (some sessions are very busy so it’s advisable to arrive as early as possible). As our venues are offered to us for free, and sell hot drinks and refreshments we do ask that no other food or drink is consumed while at the library.
All the venues we use are suitable for toddlers to come along to, with changing facilities and toys. They are wheelchair accessible and have accessible toilets.
Who can come?
Sling libraries are aimed at parents/carers/families and their children. Please be aware that space can sometimes be limited, and if you plan to bring toddlers or older children it might be a good idea to bring a friend/family member with you so you can focus on learning to use the sling you are planning to hire (but if you can’t don’t let this put you off – our volunteers are very experienced toddler entertainers!) Expectant families are welcome too!
So, what happens at a sling library and is it for you?
Sling libraries are what they say – like a book library, there are a range of different slings to browse, try on and borrow. I (Brianna) run them as a trained and insured sling consultant alongside incredible volunteers, and I hope to help as many families as possible start and continue their carrying journeys.
When you arrive, you’ll see a sign in sheet. You may not be greeted immediately (for which I can only apologise – we love to help as many families as possible and they get can get very busy). It will ask you for the name of you and your child (first names are fine), your child’s age (to help target which slings will be suitable) your email address (to keep you up to date with sling library information and send safety leaflets etc.), your reason for attending, a tickbox for if you don’t mind photos being taken (these would be used on the Happy Sling Lady social media) and the time you arrived. We work down the list, calling names/numbers, spending 5-10 minutes with each family, sometimes grouping families with similar needs together. You are welcome to watch and listen in to demonstrations.
I have weighted dolls for you to practise with – especially useful if you have a bump or a sleeping baby!
You can then hire a sling for the month, to be returned at the next meet for a cost of £15. You can see all available slings and make reservations here: https://happyslinglady.myturn.com
If you know that’s the sling for you, and you’d like to purchase, I am a retailer of many different styles and brands of carrier – just ask! I can also access discounts for library users on a huge number of brands so if you are wanting to buy please let me know. Despite this, we still just want to find the carrier that works for you whether we sell it or not so you may need to buy online or preloved once you’ve found it.
For some people, a group setting might not appeal. If you have considerations that may mean it would take longer than the 5-10 minute slot available at a library meet, you may want to think about booking a private consultation or onto one of my workshops (currently running newborn stretchy wrap, buckled carrier, back carrying and introduction to woven wrap workshops). These are bookable here: https://happyslinglady.as.me