Sling libraries are popping up all over the country to help parents and parents to be, which is fabulous news! They exist to help parents to distinguish the differences between slings and ensure that they purchase something they are going to find comfortable, safe and get full usage out of. We hear so many stories of people buying a sling as recommended by a friend or that they have seen advertised, only to get it and find it doesn’t work for them, is uncomfy or difficult to use. That is one of the many reasons why we are here; to let parents try on many types of sling and help them find one that works for them, without the financial inconvenience! Others reasons include rental for holidays (foreign countries aren’t always buggy friendly!), rental for the newborn period (birth to 6 months), and even experienced sling users use our service just to try out something different!
Each library works essentially in the same way; the library starts with a few slings which they loan out to customers for a small rental fee. Once those slings have been rented out a few times, more slings can be purchased with the loan fees received and so on. Very occasionally we get slings donated from manufacturers and other times the librarians’ own slings are used giving customers a chance to try ‘hard to find’ or custom made slings. So essentially, the more hires we do the bigger and better your library will get!
WHAT IS THE NORTH LONDON SLING LIBRARY?
The Sling Library is run by 2 mums – Becky (Bloomsbury) & Kate (Haringey) who attend each session and set out all the slings and information. You are free to look through the slings as you please and if you feel confident, can try them on without our assistance using the demo dolls provided.
WHAT HELP CAN I GET AT THE LIBRARY?
Becky & Kate are both qualified sling consultants so are able to teach basic usage of the slings we have in the library. As library sessions are usually very busy we 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.
WHAT IF I NEED TO GET ADVICE AND TIME TRYING ON SEVERAL DIFFERENT SLINGS?
If this is the case, it may be best for you to use our sling consultancy service. This is a service Becky & Kate offer separately to the library and can be in your own home or ours. A consult is a very detailed one on one session where you get full instruction on as many different carriers as you want for as long as you need. For more information on this service please see Kate’s Consultancy here: http://www.parentingnaturally.co.uk and Becky’s Consultancy here: http://mamanaturauk.wordpress.com/. Of course if this is the case and the Consultancy option isn’t for you, you are still more that welcome to come along to the library and we will help as much as we are able, even over repeated visits.
HOW DO I HIRE A SLING FROM YOU?
Please see this page: http://www.northlondonslings.co.uk/how-to-hire-a-sling/
HOW LONG IS THE HIRE PERIOD?
We hire out our carriers for a standard 2 week period. You can extend the hire once the initial period is up, as long as no one else has reserved the carrier. For more information on extending your hire, please see the T’s & C’s.