Open Sessions

The Sling Library holds weekly drop-in Open Sessions for parents-to-be and parents of any baby, toddler or preschooler that would like expert information, advice or help with any sling, wrap or carrier.   You don’t need to make an appointment or register to attend the Open Sessions, but they can get very busy – drop-in any time at least 30 minutes before the end of the session and plan to be here for at least an hour to make sure that we’ve got enough time to help you!

At Open Sessions you can get help with your own carriers or slings, we can suggest new ones for you to try, and you can try on and hire any of our available carriers or accessories. You can now also buy slings and accessories from our shop!


Open Session Essential Details:

  • Doors Open: Mondays 12:00 – 2:00 and Tuesdays 10:00 – 12:00. All upcoming sessions are listed in the calendar below. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the end of the session, and allow to be here for at least an hour to give us the best chance of helping you.
  • Venue: 194 Beckenham Road, Beckenham, BR3 4RJ. See More About Open Sessions, for how to get here, parking and the facilities available.
  • Cost: £2 per adult who would like advice or to try on carriers and slings. There is no charge for returning borrowed items.

We can accept payments by cash, Paypal app, debit and credit card.

Please be aware that Sling Library staff are parents too!  We run the Sling Library alongside our other work, study and parenting commitments.  We may have our own child/ren with us at sessions so please be understanding if we need to attend to their needs.

Click here for More About Open Sessions, including how to get here, parking, the facilities available, and what we can offer during Open Sessions.

**PLEASE NOTE: Major structural building works mean that we are unable to run Sling Library sessions during October – November 2015.  The calendar below shows upcoming opening times and please check our Blog, facebook and twitter for updates :)

Library closures and holidays are listed here: Library Holidays

For those that can’t attend our regular Open Sessions, or who would prefer a quieter, more relaxed advice environment: 

Emily may be available to offer personalised carrying advice and carrier fitting at other times via Private Consultations and pre-booked Workshops.

To hire carriers and slings, we may be able to offer a postal hire service; for these please email for a form and to check availability of your preferred carrier/sling.  Payments for hires/deposits/postage costs can be made by Paypal or Bank Transfer, and hired items are posted once payment is received and the items are available.

It’s also sometimes possible to arrange an Out Of Hours Hire appointment to collect a carrier at other times including evenings and weekend. There is an additional charge of £5 for out of hours collections; this allows for up to 15 minutes to try on the carrier to be hired and complete the paperwork/payments.  Please contact us in advance to arrange a time and check availability of your preferred carrier/sling.

Note that we are all parents and have very busy lives outside the Sling Library so these additional services are not always available!

Email for more details.

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