Many carriers have optional accessories, and there’s also a wide range of other products that are available to help make babywearing easier and more comfortable. We have a range of babywearing accessories that parents can borrow with a baby carrier for an additional loan fee and additional deposit indicated below. As with carriers, the deposit value depends on the replacement value of the accessory.
We can offer advise regarding the suitability of accessories, and whether adaptions or inserts are needed for you, your baby and the carrier you are hoping to use.
Carrier Accessories (Inserts and Adaptions for Carriers)
Accessory Straps: specially made straps designed to help you to adjust the width of a carrier to fit your baby perfectly. Different brands offer different variations on these – most will be lent without additional charge with a suitable carrier if we advise that it may be needed for your baby.
Beco Soleil Infant Insert – Can be used with the Beco Soleil Baby Carrier. Suitable from newborn to 4 or 5 months old. May be compatible for use with other branded carriers. No extra charge when borrowed with a Tula Baby Carrier, or £2 when borrowed alone. Deposit value is £20
Boba 4G Infant Insert: A padded booster cushion to allow the Boba 4G carrier to be used with babies from newborn. No extra charge or deposit when borrowed with a Boba 4G carrier; not suitable for use with other carriers.
Catbird Baby Lumbar Support Belt: a structured, padded lumbar support belt that can be used with any buckle carrier or mei tai that has a soft or unpadded waist. For those who prefer a more structured and supportive waistband. Loan fee is £1, deposit is £15.
ERGObaby Infant Insert (we have both the 100% cotton, and the new airmesh version): Can be used with any model Ergobaby carrier. Suggested for use from newborn to 4 – 5 months old. May be compatible for use with other branded carriers. No extra charge when borrowed with an ERGObaby Carrier, or £2 when borrowed alone. Deposit value is £20
ERGObaby Waist Extension: An extender belt that can be used with an Ergo Original carrier to extend the waist belt by up to another 8″. This is not compatible with the Ergo Performance model.
Manduca Size-It: A separate padded strap to adjust the width of the Manduca and other carriers to fit your baby perfectly; this accessory is usually suggested for babies aged around 2-6 months. No extra charge or deposit when borrowed with any hired carrier; when borrowed alone loan fee is £1, deposit value is £10
Manduca Ex-Tend: A clever seat extender panel with two settings to allow your Manduca to grow with your toddler and provide an ergonomic seat for big toddlers and pre-schoolers. Loan fee is £2, deposit value is £25.
Pognae Headrest/Head Support: A separate accessory to add head and upper back support if needed for younger babies when using the Pognae baby carrier. May be compatible for use with other branded carriers. No additional hire fee or deposit if borrowed when hiring a Pognae baby carrier.
Sling Rings: Specially designed aluminium rings suitable to use with any woven wrap and any age child. No extra charge or deposit when borrowed with any woven wrap (replacement value in case of loss is £5). When borrowed alone loan fee is £1, deposit value is £5
Tula Free to Grow Extenders – fantastic product that will extend the width of your standard sized Soft Structured Carrier to last even longer! Great for supporting the thighs of children with long or chunky legs. Loan fee is £1, deposit is £15
Tula Infant Insert – Can be used with the Tula Baby Carrier. May be compatible for use with other branded carriers. Suitable from newborn to 4 or 5 months old. No extra charge when borrowed with a Tula Baby Carrier, or £2 when borrowed alone. Deposit value is £20
Babylegs Leg Warmers: To wear on baby’s legs and/or parent’s arms. Very useful when you’re using a long wrap and don’t need a coat, but could do with an extra layer on exposed limbs, and great as an extra layer for baby. No extra charge when borrowed with a carrier, deposit value is £5
Bundlebean 5-in-1 Baby Cover: funky and very practical fleece-lined waterproof cover. This can be used with any sling or carrier on the front, back and hip. It’s designed to also work well as a cover for a car seat, bike seat or buggy, and as a blanket or play mat! Loan fee is £3, deposit value is £30.
Close Cocoon Carrier Cover: Waterproof cover with removable hood to protect baby from the wet and wind. Clips onto most slings and carriers. Loan fee is £3, deposit value is £30
Close Cocoon Fleece Liner: May be used alone as a warm, snuggly carrier/sling cover, or with the Cocoon Carrier Cover to make a warm and weatherproof cover combination! Loan fee is £1, deposit is £15.
Hoppediz 3-in-1 Babywearing Cover: A carrier cover comprising a showerproof layer and a fleece layer which can be used individually, or together to protect a baby from the wet or cold in any sling or carrier. Loan fee is £4, deposit value is £40
Lenny Lamb Babywearing Fleece: warm fleece jumper with an extra head hole and space sen in to fit over both adult and child when using a sling or carrier. Comes with a seperate hood for baby and works for front and back carries. The Library has these in 3 sizes to fit most adult/child combinations. Loan fee is £4, deposit is £40
MaM Motherhood Coat: One size to fit most, this very adjustable babywearing coat fits easily over your baby in a sling or carrier, keeping you both snug and warm. Loan Fee is £10, Deposit value is £100
MaM Summer Babywearing Cover: This light babywearing cover fits over all kinds of baby slings and carriers and can as easily be used both on front and back. It protects your child from sun (has a UV Protection Factor of 50+), wind and bugs. Loan fee is £3, deposit is £35
MaM Two-Way Deluxe Fleece Jacket: Size S to fit many mums up to about size 12-14. This is a more tailored jacket than the one-size Motherhood coat and suitable for fitting over a baby carried on the front or back. Loan Fee is £10, deposit is £100
Unbranded Babywearing Hoodie: Loan Fee is £3, deposit is £30
Unbranded Babywearing Sleeveless Fleece: Loan Fee is £3, deposit is £30
Unbranded Padded Baby Carrier Cover: Loan Fee is £2, deposit is £20
Zipusin Coat Panel: These ingenious panels zip into your existing coat to allow it to cosily fit over your growing bump or baby. A selection of zip adaptors will fit your coat and allow the Zipusin panel to easily insert into your coat. Loan fee is £3, Deposit is £28.
Bags and Other Accessories
Beco Carry All: With fastenings to attach to a Beco Soleil carrier only; this provides a conveniently sized pocket that can be removed and used as a small shoulder bag. Loan fee is £2, deposit is £25.
Boba Mini Carrier: A mini Boba buckle carrier for your child to carry their toys in! Loan fee is £2, deposit value is £25.
Boba Pack: A decent sized change bag with multiple pockets including an insulated bottle holder – this bag fastens to, and coordinates with Boba 4G carriers but also works with other carriers too (please check for compatability). Loan fee is £5, deposit value is £50.
Doll Ring Sling: Made from a Natural Mamas Exclusive Oscha woven wrap. For children to carry their toys in (not to be used for carrying real babies!) Loan fee is £3, deposit value is £35.
ERGObaby Backpack: Can be worn with the ERGObaby carrier, and with other carriers too (please check for compatability). Loan fee is £5, deposit value is £30
Eye Spy Baby Sling Mirror: A very handy accessory that allows you to easily see your child when back carrying without needing lots of conveniently reflective windows nearby! Loan fee is £1 and deposit value is £10
Fumbee Strap Protectors: Very soft and washable, these fit onto any carrier with straps to protect the straps from inevitable baby chewing! Loan fee is £1 and deposit value is £10
Hammock Rings:for using with woven wraps to turn them into a hammock (needs 2 rings) or swing (needs 1 ring)! For 1 Hammock Ring the loan fee is £1, deposit value is £8.
Manduca Pouch: attaches onto a buckle or tie-on carrier, or you can use it as a shoulder bag. Neat and compact, but practical for securely holding your essentials when out and about. Loan fee is £2, deposit is £20
Onbag Baby: A specially designed bag with two long straps that can be tied around the wearer’s body in various positions, helping to prevent bag straps slipping or digging into your child while you are wearing them. Our Onbag is a special edition from the ByEthicals range. This is the smaller sized Onbag, but still big enough for plenty of baby stuff while you’re out and about! Loan fee is £5, deposit is £50
Wrap Straps: Turn your normal shoulder bag into a babywearing bag with one or two wrap straps that you can tie around your body in different positions. Not suitable for use with all types of bag so please check before hiring. Loan fee is £1 for each strap and deposit value is £10 for each strap.
Books for Adults
The Library has a growing selection of adult information books on babywearing, child development, parenting, breastfeeding and post-natal depression that we hope you’ll enjoy browsing. At present all books can be borrowed for up to 4 weeks free of charge, though we will ask for a deposit to ensure their return, and late fees of 50p per day will be applied for books not returned on time.
Babywearing: The Benefits and Beauty of this Ancient Tradition by Maria Blois M.D. A recent publication by an author who has also published recent research findings related to babywearing. A very useful and interesting book for all interested in carrying their children. Deposit value is £25
Beloved Burden: Babywearing around the world by I.C. van Hout. This amazing book looks at the cultures and traditions surrounding babywearing around the world. A very interesting and informative read. Deposit value is £25
Wrap Sling Instruction Manual from Hoppediz. A fantastic, and detailed instruction manual providing clear, step by step instructions for how to tie a wide range of carries using a woven wrap. Deposit value is £15
Books for Babies and Children
We now have a fantastic range of books aimed at babies, toddlers and children that all include images and descriptions of babies being carried. All children’s books can be borrowed free of charge, but a deposit of £10-£15 is required for each (to make sure that we get them back!)
A Ride on Mother’s Back: A Day of Baby Carrying Around the World by Emery Bernhard
Babies on the Move by Susan Canizares
BackPack Baby by Miriam Cohen
Carry Me! Animal Babies on the Move by Susan Stockdale
Carry Me (Babies Everywhere Series) by Rena D. Grossman
Elizabeti’s Doll by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
Global Babies by Global Fund for Children
Mama Elizabeti by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
Mine: A Backpack Baby Story by Miriam Cohen
Say Hi Backpack Baby by Miriam Cohen