Our Drop In Sessions are held on alternate Monday’s at our Crystal Palace venue. At our “Drop In Sessions” you can peruse a selection of our slings & carriers, & try them on if you’d like to. You do not need to make an appointment, but this is an open group session & your time with our Babywearing Consultant may be limited if the session is busy. We will see people on a “first come, first served” basis & get through as many as we can during a session. For more information on getting carrying advice at our Drop In Sessions please see the “Drop In Sessions” page on this site.
Our New Baby Workshop is suitable from Bump to 3 months & will introduce you to the principles of safe, comfortable carrying using stretchy slings and soft structured carriers. You’ll find out how to check for a safe carry in any sling or carrier; you’ll try out at least two types of sling and carrier using your baby or a weighted doll, and get the chance to ask questions and find out about many more carrying options too! Spaces on our Workshops must be pre-booked via our booking site, as we will not be able to help you on a “drop in” basis. If you would like to come to a Drop In Session, see details above.
Our Carrying Clinic offers the chance to get carrying help, advice and product fitting, tips and tricks whatever the age/developmental stage of your child. It is open to all parents and expectant parents and will address the needs of the individuals who attend. This means that each session will cover different slings, carriers and questions – everyone is different and experiences carrying differently so it can be really helpful to see the wide range of preferences and needs that come up! Many people find it most helpful to attend 2-4 sessions over a period of weeks or months, maybe hiring sling/s or carrier/s to try out and practice with in between, so that we can offer the best support and so that they can really find out what works for them and their baby. Even if you get the help or information you need with just one session, you may well like to come back in another few months (or even years!) once your baby or family are ready for the next stage. Spaces on our Workshops must be pre-booked via our booking site, as we will not be able to help you on a “drop in” basis. If you would prefer a Drop In Sesson, see details above.
Our monthly Helping Hands Sessions are aimed at those on a low income, who have a baby under 8 weeks. Details can be found here.
Collecting a Pre-Arranged Carrier Hire
You can collect PRE-ARRANGED carrier hires, between 10am-2pm on any day when a workshop is running at this venue. Please check the calendar before traveling! If you would like advice about which carrier to hire, or would like to try a carrier on, please book into a workshop, as we cannot help with this on a “drop in” basis. Click here to pre-arrange a carrier hire/reserve a carrier online.
Returning a Carrier
You can return a carrier, that you hired at Crystal Palace, between 10am-2pm on any day when a workshop is running at this venue. Please check the calendar before traveling! You may simply hand your carrier/sling in at Reception & they will pass it to us. Please note: the staff at Reception will ONLY accept a sling/carrier, while we are still on the premises.
You may also drop your carrier off at our Lewisham venue, by putting it our Parcel Drop Box, at any time.
If you would prefer to return your carrier by post, please contact us to arrange this & get a postal address.
We can be found at The Triangle (Barnardo’s), 2 Coxwell Road, Upper Norwood, London, SE19 3BG.
There is free parking available at the venue.
The area is well served by local buses & within walking distance of Crystal Palace & Gipsy Hill Stations.