Jan
25
Sat
Saturday Sling Library at the Snug @ The Snug
Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday Sling Library at the Snug @ The Snug | England | United Kingdom

A fortnightly Saturday sling library drop in in Sheffield city centre at the main Snug location (71, Leadmill Road, S1 4SE), friendly and welcoming, great for those who work during the week. Advice and support available to all from a trained consultant and a few fully trained peer supporters too.

Come and try the library slings that are in stock – and maybe take one home on hire. The range of carriers on sale from the Sling Spot can be browsed and purchased from the shop.

Please note that library drop in can be busy; we will see everyone, and may group people together with similar needs.

Do come early; it is quieter at the start and busiest in the last half hour!

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, Rosie and the peer supporter team will see everyone in turn and sometimes help several families with similar needs together. Slings can be taken away on hire to use at home for a period of time.

 

Jan
27
Mon
4th Trimester Cycle – slings and parenting support @ The Snug
Jan 27 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
4th Trimester Cycle – slings and parenting support @ The Snug | England | United Kingdom

Our Fourth Trimester postnatal parenting support programme is a half term 6 week cycle for parents and carers with bumps or babies up to four (ish) months of age. (This early period of nurturing in the first few months of a baby’s life is often known the “fourth trimester“).

The sessions run weekly, with pre-arranged topics from Lindsay at Understanding Kids and Rosie/Jess from Sheffield Sling Surgery and Library – covering common challenges in these early months. The cycle is designed to equip parents with information and help to make a confident start on their parenting journey. The sessions are free to attend (but we welcome a suggested £2 donation towards volunteer costs.)

The first session is all about relaxing into parenthood and connecting with your baby, and how slings can help to build secure and loving relationships. In subsequent weeks, Lindsay will support parents with topics covering crying, sleeping, how baby and parent brains work, relationships and more.

There is regular infant feeding support from Lizzie Rolls, an IBCLC and health visitor, and Libby Phillips, a chiropractor from S1 Chiropractic.

After each week’s topic, there will be sling safety guidance and support. We are happy to help you with your own carrier and we have a wide range of slings in the library for trying on, they can be hired from this session and taken home.  The free stretchy wrap/Caboo hire scheme can be accessed here too. You are welcome to just come to the sling library section if you wish.

We will encourage attendees from each cycle to develop “village” style friendship groups and encouragement, we’ll collect your email address at sign in to be able to facilitate this, and we will signpost to further parenting and sling support via social media groups and useful resources.

You are also welcome to just come to the sling library session from 11.30 onwards.

More support can be found in the Virtual Sling Surgery.

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, Rosie and the peer supporter team will see everyone in turn and sometimes help several families with similar needs together. Slings can be taken away on hire to use at home for a period of time. Slings can also be purchased from the Sling Spot (www.sling-spot.co.uk) at the session.

 

Sling Library at Zest @ Zest Centre
Jan 27 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Sling Library at Zest @ Zest Centre | England | United Kingdom

Sling Library drop in at Zest

A fortnightly Thursday sling library drop in session at the Zest Community Centre baby and toddler group, runs during term time, 13:30-14:30. Open to children 0-3yrs. Held in the children’s library next to reception.

Zest Centre, 18 Upperthorpe, Sheffield, S6 3NA

Volunteer peer supporter staff trained in the safe use of baby slings and carriers will help you and your baby try on some common models and help you feel confident and comfortable. Slings can be hired from this session. This runs lternate weeks to the Slings in the City drop in (at the Snug in S1)

A small sling library with demo dolls is available to browse and hire, the trained peer supporter volunteers are on hand to offer their support and guidance and help you try things on. Slings can be hired from this session to take home and try out, for a fee.

Please be aware library drop ins can become busy; we will do our best to help everyone and may group people with similar needs together. If you would prefer a quieter session or some more in-depth help we offer 1-2-1 support and group workshops at our main city centre premises at The Snug.

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, the peer supporter team will see everyone in turn and sometimes help several families with similar needs together. If you have enjoyed your hire sling and want your own, slings can be bought from the Sling Spot (www.sling-spot.co.uk) in the shop (73 Leadmill Road, S1 4SE) or online.

Jan
28
Tue
Tuesday Sling Library at the Snug @ The Snug
Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tuesday Sling Library at the Snug @ The Snug | England | United Kingdom

A Tuesday sling library drop in session running fortnightly at the Snug in the City Centre, all welcome, from those new to slings to those with years of experience, bump, baby, toddler, preschooler, parent, grandparent, childminder etc! You’re most welcome to come to the sling meet if you don’t need any help but just want to enjoy the company of fellow slingers.

Our Tuesday library sessions are held in the Snug, our permanent family centre, at 71 Leadmill Road, S1 4SE, from 12-2pm on alternate Tuesdays. There is easy access from the Sheffield Interchange via tram and bus, as well as from the train station, and parking is available on the roads nearby and in the Q Park at Sheffield railway station.

Jess and Becca run this session with the help of several committed peer supporters and admin assistants (see the team for more information who might be helping you on the day!)

Come and meet people, make friends, browse the extensive sling catalogue, try them on, get some advice and help from the team of trained peer supporters, librarians and experienced babywearing consultants! On busy days we use a ticketing system to ensure everyone gets they help they need. Slings can be taken home on hire and we have a large range of slings to buy through the Sling Spot.

Please note, library drop in can be busy. It can be fun, there are chairs and toys and refreshments. You can learn a lot by watching other people be fitted, or seeing other babies being carried, there are demo dolls to help you practise. You are welcome to browse (but if you are new to slings, please allow us to support you for your baby’s best positioning and safety and give you the skills you need to get it right at home later). There may be a wait, but do make yourselves comfortable and make friends with your fellow visitors! If you feel that a group space is not for you, are pressed for time, or wish more in-depth learning, one to one sessions are available.

Making yourself at home

Please sign in at the start and tell our volunteer if there is anything you’d like specific help with and then please go and make yourselves comfy in the play area and make friends (if you are a regular, do welcome a newcomer!)

The toys are for children to play with as much as they like.

How do I get some help?

We work our way through everyone on the sign in list, sometimes we gather people with similar needs together for some group work.

We ask for a £2 contribution per family.

Please note it can be busy here – we will see everyone who comes. If you are in a hurry, please tell the volunteer on the desk.

You are welcome to browse

The slings are spread out across the room in categories, and there are demo dolls to use. Please feel free to browse and feel the slings and get an idea of what is available and what appeals to you.

If you are not an experienced user, we ask that you use the demo dolls until one of us is free to assist you. This is for safety and comfort reasons. Once you feel confident and can use a sling safely you will be welcome to continue trying options if you’d like (and do ask us for any extra pointers if you need to).

If you are confident with slings, then you are welcome to try carriers on with your child, this is of course at your own risk.

Taking a sling home

If you would like to take a sling home on hire, you are very welcome to do so; the forms can be filled in at the welcome desk. Fees are £5 a week or you may choose to take it for longer. We charge £15 for four weeks (that’s one week free). Slings can be returned to the Sling Spot shop (just next door to the Snug, during the hours of 10-2pm Monday-Friday or 10-1pm Saturday.) Sling hire can be extended online by email (please check your spam folder for your email after your visit).

Want to buy? We have the Sling Spot shop next door!

Jan
29
Wed
Rock your Ring Sling workshop @ The Snug
Jan 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Rock your Ring Sling workshop @ The Snug | England | United Kingdom

Rock Your Ring Sling Workshop

We love ring slings.. they are wonderful with small babies, big babies, toddlers and beyond! Brilliant for feeding, napping, up and downs.. and very versatile.  Come and learn how to use a ring sling and practice with dolls or your own child! 

Objectives

We will show you plenty of tips and tricks to make them especially comfortable and we can show you how to feed in them too. Learn how to do a facing out carry with a ring sling (when baby is 4months plus) too!

Parking / transport

There is plenty of on street parking (£1/hr, £5/day) and the Q park is just round the corner by the train station. There is good public transport too (train station, bus interchange are less than 5mins walk), Granville Road tram stop is nearby and the city centre is a stone’s throw away.

Additional information

All ring slings will be provided, and can be hired from the workshop, however you are also most welcome to bring your own! Suitable for babies and children from 2 weeks upwards, toddlers welcome. Space for 10 people. £20 per person, 2hrs long.

FAQs

FAQ: I have never used a sling before, can I come to this workshop? Absolutely! Ring Slings are great for all ages of child and all levels of skill.

Can I bring my own ring sling? Of course you can!

Can I hire a ring sling to practice with at home? Yes, we have an extensive collection. If you have not hired from us before, in order to save you time on the day, please complete the membership form using this link : http://bit.ly/slingsurgerysignup

Is there parking nearby? Yes, there is plenty of on street parking and the Q park is just round the corner by the train station. There is good public transport too.

What to do if I need to cancel? : Should you notify us within 48hours of the commencement date, Fees can be refunded or transferred to another booking in this instance. Fees will not be refunded or transferable if less than 48hours notice is given.

In the unlikely event that the Lead Consultant is unable to deliver the session (such as sickness) We may transfer the session to another consultant. If not possible then all fees will be refunded.

 

Jan
30
Thu
Back Carrying with a Buckle Carrier @ The Snug
Jan 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Back Carrying with a Buckle Carrier @ The Snug

Back Carrying with a Buckle Carrier is a consultant led workshop hosted by Sheffield Sling Surgery in the Snug.

You will learn how to get your baby safely onto your back with a buckle carrier on your own and then down again. This is such an useful thing to be able to do!
We shall learn with dolls first and then your babies. We will usually practice a few methods of how to get a carrier on your back safely and you can try with your own child when you feel happy.

Suitable for those who are confident with using a buckle carrier and babies who can sit unsupported.
£20 per person, 2hrs long.
If you have a baby who isn’t able to sit up but you need to back carry, please get in touch.

Other workshops are available too.

Jan
31
Fri
Friday Sling Library drop-in @ The Snug
Jan 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Friday Sling Library drop-in @ The Snug | England | United Kingdom

A fortnightly Friday Sling Library drop in held in at the Snug, our City Centre premises (71 Leadmill Road, S1 4SE), from 10am – 12pm.

Come and browse our large sling library and get some help/advice from a team of trained peer supporters and Kiri (the consultant) in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, and hire one to take home to try out. The range of slings from the Sling Spot is available to browse and purchase.

Toddlers welcome, there are plenty of toys for them.

There is easy access from the Sheffield Interchange via tram and bus, as well as from the train station, and parking is available on the roads nearby and in the Q Park, also behind the Sheffield Radio station.

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, Kiri and the peer supporter team will see everyone in turn and sometimes help several families with similar needs together. Slings can be taken away on hire to use at home for a period of time.

Feb
3
Mon
4th Trimester Cycle – slings and parenting support @ The Snug
Feb 3 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
4th Trimester Cycle – slings and parenting support @ The Snug | England | United Kingdom

Our Fourth Trimester postnatal parenting support programme is a half term 6 week cycle for parents and carers with bumps or babies up to four (ish) months of age. (This early period of nurturing in the first few months of a baby’s life is often known the “fourth trimester“).

The sessions run weekly, with pre-arranged topics from Lindsay at Understanding Kids and Rosie/Jess from Sheffield Sling Surgery and Library – covering common challenges in these early months. The cycle is designed to equip parents with information and help to make a confident start on their parenting journey. The sessions are free to attend (but we welcome a suggested £2 donation towards volunteer costs.)

The first session is all about relaxing into parenthood and connecting with your baby, and how slings can help to build secure and loving relationships. In subsequent weeks, Lindsay will support parents with topics covering crying, sleeping, how baby and parent brains work, relationships and more.

There is regular infant feeding support from Lizzie Rolls, an IBCLC and health visitor, and Libby Phillips, a chiropractor from S1 Chiropractic.

After each week’s topic, there will be sling safety guidance and support. We are happy to help you with your own carrier and we have a wide range of slings in the library for trying on, they can be hired from this session and taken home.  The free stretchy wrap/Caboo hire scheme can be accessed here too. You are welcome to just come to the sling library section if you wish.

We will encourage attendees from each cycle to develop “village” style friendship groups and encouragement, we’ll collect your email address at sign in to be able to facilitate this, and we will signpost to further parenting and sling support via social media groups and useful resources.

You are also welcome to just come to the sling library session from 11.30 onwards.

More support can be found in the Virtual Sling Surgery.

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, Rosie and the peer supporter team will see everyone in turn and sometimes help several families with similar needs together. Slings can be taken away on hire to use at home for a period of time. Slings can also be purchased from the Sling Spot (www.sling-spot.co.uk) at the session.

 

Feb
4
Tue
Sling Social @ The Snug @ The Snug
Feb 4 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sling Social @ The Snug @ The Snug

This is an unstructured format, just turn up and make friends with your neighbour and encourage each other with the trials of parenting children of this age (and sympathise with the sleep situation!) Just like 4T, we operate a non-judgemental policy, all parents and caregivers welcome.

Feb
6
Thu
Thursday Sling Library at the Snug – afternoon drop in @ The Snug
Feb 6 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Thursday Sling Library at the Snug – afternoon drop in @ The Snug | England | United Kingdom

A Thursday sling library drop in session running fortnightly at the Snug in the City Centre, all welcome, from those new to slings to those with years of experience, bump, baby, toddler, preschooler, parent, grandparent, childminder etc! You’re most welcome to come to the sling meet if you don’t need any help but just want to enjoy the company of fellow slingers.

Our Thursday library sessions are held in the Snug, our permanent family centre, at 71 Leadmill Road, S1 4SE, from 12-2pm on alternate Thursdays. There is easy access from the Sheffield Interchange via tram and bus, as well as from the train station, and parking is available on the roads nearby and in the Q Park at Sheffield railway station.

Rosie and Kiri run this session with the help of several committed peer supporters and admin assistants (see the team for more information who might be helping you on the day!)

Come and meet people, make friends, browse the extensive sling catalogue, try them on, get some advice and help from the team of trained peer supporters, librarians and experienced babywearing consultants! On busy days we use a ticketing system to ensure everyone gets they help they need. Slings can be taken home on hire and we have a large range of slings to buy through the Sling Spot.

Please note, library drop in can be busy. It can be fun, there are chairs and toys and refreshments. You can learn a lot by watching other people be fitted, or seeing other babies being carried, there are demo dolls to help you practise. You are welcome to browse (but if you are new to slings, please allow us to support you for your baby’s best positioning and safety and give you the skills you need to get it right at home later). There may be a wait, but do make yourselves comfortable and make friends with your fellow visitors! If you feel that a group space is not for you, are pressed for time, or wish more in-depth learning, one to one sessions are available.

Making yourself at home

Please sign in at the start and tell our volunteer if there is anything you’d like specific help with and then please go and make yourselves comfy in the play area and make friends (if you are a regular, do welcome a newcomer!)

The toys are for children to play with as much as they like.

How do I get some help?

We work our way through everyone on the sign in list, sometimes we gather people with similar needs together for some group work.

We ask for a £2 contribution per family.

Please note it can be busy here – we will see everyone who comes. If you are in a hurry, please tell the volunteer on the desk.

You are welcome to browse

The slings are spread out across the room in categories, and there are demo dolls to use. Please feel free to browse and feel the slings and get an idea of what is available and what appeals to you.

If you are not an experienced user, we ask that you use the demo dolls until one of us is free to assist you. This is for safety and comfort reasons. Once you feel confident and can use a sling safely you will be welcome to continue trying options if you’d like (and do ask us for any extra pointers if you need to).

If you are confident with slings, then you are welcome to try carriers on with your child, this is of course at your own risk.

Taking a sling home

If you would like to take a sling home on hire, you are very welcome to do so; the forms can be filled in at the welcome desk. Fees are £5 a week or you may choose to take it for longer. We charge £15 for four weeks (that’s one week free). Slings can be returned to the Sling Spot shop (just next door to the Snug, during the hours of 10-2pm Monday-Friday or 10-1pm Saturday.) Sling hire can be extended online by email (please check your spam folder for your email after your visit).

Want to buy? We have the Sling Spot shop next door!