Welcome to the Sheffield Sling Surgery sling library. It is one of the largest libraries in the UK with over 300 slings and carriers in a very wide range, along with many accessories too. Rosie and her trained team help over 250 people a month around the region. We can help you with your own sling, help you try out several options. We help parents, grandparents, foster parents, childminders, with children of varying ages and stages of development. As Rosie is a GP she is able to add a depth of medical expertise to her wide experience.
“I teach people how to use their carriers safely, comfortably and well, with confidence and enjoyment. I help them negotiate their way through the often confusing and myriad choices out there, and if there are confounding issues such as back pain, unusual body shapes, or specific medical needs I can help you find the right sling for your circumstances.”
There are several drop-in Sling Library sessions around the city throughout the month in different locations. The library and calendar pages have full details. Our advice at library sessions is free; most sessions have a entry fee of £2. This fee helps to cover costs such as room hire and allows us to maintain an accessible and affordable sling library.
What happens at a Sling Library drop-in?
A sling library gives you a chance to try things before you buy, as a sling that isn’t comfortable for you, or one that your baby does not like, could be an expensive experiment! Some parents find a carrier they love straight away, some may try several different types before settling on one that feels the best. Every parent and child combination is unique and what worked well for your friend, or what you have been advised to try on the internet, may not be the best-fitting choice in real life.
No appointment is needed, but if it is busy, there are chairs and toys available while you wait. You will be asked to sign in at the desk and give us an indication of the help you need today. Rosie and the peer supporter team will see everyone in turn and sometimes help several families with similar needs together.
Please note, Sling Library drop in can be busy. It can be fun, and you can learn a lot by watching other people be fitted, or seeing other babies being carried. There may be a wait, but do make yourselves comfortable and make friends with your fellow visitors! Do feel free to watch demonstrations and ask questions, and have a look at the carriers on show in the boxes.
There are weighted demo dolls for practice before you try with your child, please wait for one of us to provide you with some support before you put your baby into a sling.
If you feel that a group space is not for you, are pressed for time, one to one prearranged sessions are available where you can have a quieter, more tailored experience. There is a charge for this private service, many find it a very useful option indeed. We also offer group workshops for learning how to use a particular type of carrier. Slings can be hired from these sessions.
We have a very extensive collection and a lot of experience. Hiring is a useful way to try things out at home in real circumstances before committing to a purchase.
Library slings can be hired from the library drop-ins, from the consultations and workshops, or from my doorstep by arrangement – you can contact me through the form on this page, via email or via my facebook page. I will ensure you know how to use your hired sling safely before you take it away!
You will be asked to fill out your contact details on the online library database and sign the terms and conditions of hire. This will email you details of your hire, how to use the sling you have borrowed and when it is due back. It sends out automatic reminders the day before slings are due to be returned, and reminders if it runs overdue. You will be able to extend your hire by replying to your hire email.
We charge late fees of 50p a day, as this means the carrier is not available for other families. If anything happens to your carrier, please get in touch, we will do our best to resolve any issues.
Some of the Sling Spot sling retail stock is often present at library sessions for browsing and buying. We offer discounts to our library customers who wish to purchase the same type of sling they have hired.
Hire of one sling costs £5 for the week. Each week extension of this hire is £2.50, which you can pay online in advance by replying to your hire email. Most people hire for two weeks (£7.50) to return at the same library event. Longer and shorter hire is possible.
I don’t require deposits for the hire of carriers, to keep them accessible to many, but because of this I do ask that you agree to replace the full cost of the carrier should anything untowards happen. We operate on trust rather than enforcing deposits; please respect this and keep in touch with us if there are any problems.
- £2.50 for each subsequent week
Terms and Conditions
Please read the Terms and Conditions if you would like to hire a sling at your consultation/workshop or from a library drop-in session/meet/doorstep.
Lost or Damaged Carriers
As part of this agreement, the full replacement of any lost or damaged carriers, accessories or instructions will be borne by the borrower.
We reserve the right to use the small claims court system to recoup losses from slings that are not returned. Please do not abuse the service.
Loan costs are payable by cash, credit card, cheque, gifted Paypal payment or bank transfer.
We offer postal hire of most of the carriers in the Library; please email us to arrange. Carriers are sent by special delivery, and for postal hire we ask for deposits (fully refundable on safe return of the carrier in the condition in which it was sent).