We run Expert Carrying Advice Workshops and Consultations from multiple South London locations every week. You are able to try and hire from our huge collection of slings, wraps and carriers from any session. Due to limited spaces, all of our carrying advice and fitting services require pre-booking in advance. Unfortunately, we are unable to help you on a “Drop In” basis.
A Private Consultation (Lewisham – or Home Visit, see below) gives you the time you need (up to 1.5 hours) with Sarah, one of our carrying consultants and our library of slings, wraps and carriers. Ask your individual carrying questions, get individual advice and fitting tweaks based on your own family’s needs, and have time to try on multiple products or practice a new skill or carry with the support of an expert! (Also available as a Home Visit – e-mail with your full postcode for availability & a quote on travel costs prior to booking.)
A Mini Consultation (Lewisham) may be suitable for you if: you don’t want to attend a group workshop as you only have 1-2 questions. You may have a sling or carrier that you are reasonably happy with but, would like reassurance that you are using it correctly. You may know that we have a specific carrier you would like to try, or would like advice to try & make your carrier a little more comfortable. This session is not suitable where there is a medical concern with parent or baby (eg, Talipes, suspected (or diagnosed) Hip Dysplasia, Hypotonia, etc).
Our New Baby Workshop (Forest Hill or Crystal Palace) 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! (Duration: up to 90 minutes.)
Our Bigger Baby Workshop (Forest Hill) is suitable for babies who can support their head unaided (3m +) & beyond. Babies grow and change very quickly, gaining new abilities and preferences every week. Many people find that the sling or carrier that’s perfect for their newborn starts to feel less suitable in some situations as their baby gets bigger, heavier and more active. This workshop is for parents who feel that they need a supportive, comfortable carrying solution to meet their changing needs. (Duration: up to 90 minutes.)
Our Carrying Clinic (Crystal Palace) 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. (Duration: maximum 60 minutes.)
The slings and baby carriers that are currently available for hire from the South London Sling Library are all listed on our Online Catalogue. Here you can browse our (ever growing) collection, & even reserve a carrier to collect at one of our sessions. If you would like to hire a carrier from our Crystal Palace, Lewisham or Forest Hill venues, it saves time if you register with the online catalogue, including saving your debit/credit card details*, before you come to your booked session. Doing this means that you can hire a carrier with a few taps on our iPad. (*Your card will NOT be charged unless you hire a carrier/sling. Your card details will be retained by the payment company in lieu of a deposit.)
To hire carriers and slings without attending a carrying advice or fitting session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to check suitability and availability of your preferred carrier/sling.