Open Sessions

**VENUE MOVE FROM THE 20TH JANUARY 2014 – All Open Sessions from the 20th January will be held at our new home at 194 Beckenham Road, BR3 4RJ**

The Sling Library holds regular drop-in Open Sessions, run from 194 Beckenham Road, BR3 4RJ.  At Open Sessions we help you with your own carriers or slings, suggest new ones for you to try, and demonstrate and hire out any of our available carriers. You can now also buy slings and accessories from our shop!

Please remember to bring cash or Paypal details for any sling or carrier hire fees and refundable deposits.  We can now accept card payments, but an additional charge of 2.5% will be applied to all card deposit payments to help cover our costs.


We ask for a contribution of £2 per adult for anyone coming to get advice, try on carriers and otherwise make use of the Library service. Contributions are put towards the costs of administration and paying for extra staff so that we’re able to help more people during busy sessions.  There’s no charge if you’re just coming to return a borrowed carrier.

You’re welcome to drop in any time during the Open Session hours without an appointment, though the sessions can get extremely busy so if you’d like to try on carriers please come at least 30 minutes before the end to give us the best chance of helping you.

The South London Sling Library is open to the public for drop-in baby carrier information and advice on a two-week rotating schedule. Currently the drop-in sessions are at the following times and out of hours services, private consultations and workshops are available by arrangement at other times:

Week 1: Monday 12:00 – 2:00 pm, Tuesday 10:00 – 12:00 am, Wednesday 10:00 – 12:00 am and Thursday 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Week 2: No drop-in Open Sessions

**PLEASE NOTE:Open Session times changed in October/November 2013 and the venue changed in January 2014 – check the calendar for upcoming opening days and times :)

Library closures and holidays are listed here: Library Holidays

Please be aware that Sling Library staff may have their own child/ren with them so please be understanding if we need to attend to their needs. These sessions can get extremely busy; if you’re intending to borrow a carrier, we would be very grateful if you could print off a copy of our loan form to bring with you with your personal details completed.

If you need advice or to try on carriers, plan to allow at least an hour to be here – you’re always welcome to feed and change your baby, watch and listen to others getting advice, and to chat to other parents while you wait for us to help you.  Waiting times when it’s busy can be longer than this, but we’ll do our best to help as many people at once as possible.

Open Sessions can get extremely busy and aren’t always the ideal teaching environment. For safety reasons we’re not usually able to help you to do a back carry with your baby at an Open Session, though you can practice back carries using a doll. There may not be time to do more than help you to try a sling once before you borrow it. If you have more detailed or complicated questions or needs, or if you just feel that you’d like more time to try different options and to get the hang of using a carrier/s in a calm setting, then you’d probably find a private consultation or small group workshop more helpful.

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

For those that can’t attend Open Sessions, Emily is available at other times for private consultations and group workshops. It’s also possible to collect a carrier that has been reserved to hire in advance from the Library at other times including evenings and weekend – there is an additional charge of £5 for out of hours collections. Email for more details.

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