We offer a range of services for parents who are just beginning to explore the world of carrying their babies close. Read more to see how to get some hands on help!

Babies need prolonged periods of nurturing in the early months of their lives while they are still vulnerable and in need of full time care. Meeting a baby’s need for this intense closeness can be challenging and tiring. Many families find that using a good carrier that fits them and supports baby well and safely makes a massive difference; in fact it can often be a game-changer. Being able to be hands free while nurturing your baby can be both very practical, as well as very beneficial to the mental and physical health of your child. It can also be very helpful for parental mental health, being able to get out and about, knowing your child is safe in their favourite place. You can read more about why babywearing is so helpful here.

We offer evening classes (the dates can be found on our antenatal class list here) once a month (direct booking link here) that provides a thorough introduction for complete beginners. This is a small group workshop in the evening, perfect for those who are not yet on maternity leave, have partners or supporters who work during the day but wish to be involved, or those who have young babies under 6 weeks keen to make the most of a quieter, more focused environment than the drop ins can provide.

This session includes a free four week hire of a stretchy wrap and a 10% voucher off newborn slings at the Sling Spot shop next door.

We offer one to one appointments which can be tailored to your needs. These are an hour long. cost £35 per family unit and can be arranged at various times to fit everyone’s calendar. Please book via the link (if the slots are all taken or you need an out of hours session please email us to see what we can do). Weekends and evenings can be arranged if needed (but please bear in mind that we also have young families ourselves!)

Slings can be hired from this session (you get a free week’s hire with your booking) or bought from the Sling Spot shop next door.

We also offer shorter Sling Clinic slots on Monday afternoons (30mins of support in a 2hr session with only 8 families present) for those of you who feel you only need a little bit of help! These are £15 per family unit.

Our well-loved “4th Trimester” drop in sessions are held at the Snug every other Monday morning, from 10 to 1pm. This is an open session, suitable for pregnant families and babies up to four months. No booking needed, and it is free to attend, but we do ask for a small contribution towards the running costs of the session and the refreshments we provide. Dates can be found on the calendar and the booking website in antenatal services.

This session begins with a social, followed by some discussion with Lindsay Snow of Understanding Kids (evidence-based parenting information), followed by group demonstrations of slings suitable for this age group and some troubleshooting of people’s own carriers. Slings can be hired from this session or bought from the Sling Spot shop next door. The sessions can get busy but they are friendly and well-loved. If you would prefer a quieter session, we offer one-to-ones or small group classes (see above).

Our sling library drop ins (dates here) are open to all ages, and we will help anyone who comes. They can be busy, but they are friendly; our advice and support is free but we ask for a £2 donation to cover running costs and reimburse volunteers for their travel. You can identify the staff by their necklaces (made by Chomping at the Bead).

There is a sign in sheet at the entrance so we can be sure nobody is missed and we see everyone in turn. If you have complex needs we may ask for you to be seen by one of the consultants (which may be why the running order can alter occasionally).

Please note that we have a limited time to spend with each visitor, so we can only provide limited support each time, many families will visit the sling library a few times as they explore the options available to them. We do not cover back carries with woven wraps at this session, and learning how to carry twins can take more time than we can offer here. We have workshops and one-to-one consultations for these needs.

You are most welcome to bring your own carrier for help using, you will never get any judgementalism from our staff. We welcome all carers, we do not discriminate.

Slings can be hired from these sessions or bought from the Sling Spot shop next door.

We also offer Sling Clinic slots; shorter half hour slots in a group session that is £15 per family unit. This is great if you just need a little bit of help but find the library drop-ins a bit noisy and busy and would prefer a little more quiet and calm!

Our Building Bonds scheme is designed to support families in need who would benefit from a baby carrier. We offer free long term loans to those in financial hardship (eg in receipt of healthy start vouchers) and accept referrals from health care professionals for parents struggling with postnatal depression.

We are willing to visit parents and their children in hospital if invited by the hospital staff and will arrange long term loans for these parents too. We will help families who have disabled children too, please contact us to discuss