We offer a range of services for parents who are keen to explore the world of carrying their babies close.  We have plenty of services to meet every need. Read more to see how to get some hands on help!

Due to the current Coronavirus situation, many of our services have moved to 1-2-1 or online and can be arranged *here*. Library drop in sessions have closed for the time being. Please see this link for more information.

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 to the whole family’s wellbeing.

This flowchart will help you work out which service might suit you best.

Our well-loved “4th Trimester” drop in sessions are held at the Snug every Monday morning, from 10:30 to 12:30, in an 6 week cycle. This is suitable for pregnant families and babies up to four months. Booking is essential and the sessions are free to attend, but we do ask for a small “pay as you feel” donation towards the running costs of the session and the refreshments we provide. Upcoming dates can be found here and on the facebook page events.

The first session is all about building secure attachment relationships and how slings can help with this. In subsequent weeks we support parents with topics covering crying, sleeping, how baby and parent brains work, relationships, feeding, the postnatal body, and more.

After each week’s topic, there will be sling safety guidance, support and the opportunity to hire a sling. 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.

My Baby My Mind

Having a new baby can be wonderful, and terrifying. In the My Baby My Mind antenatal workshop, we give families-to-be a chance to prepare for their baby’s arrival and consider the impact this can have on their mental health. We explore some common challenges around new parenthood that are often not discussed in most antenatal classes and give you the chance to create a plan for coping with this stage in life.

We know that babywearing has helped many families; both as a practical tool for keeping life working, and also as a therapeutic intervention for low mood or anxiety. We look at the major types of slings and give everyone the opportunity to try them on with weighted demo dolls!

The workshop needs to be booked in advance  and is free to attend but we ask for a “pay as you feel” donation towards running costs.

We have a free Stretchy Wrap/Close Caboo Hire Scheme for all babies under six weeks of age. They can be loaned from any of the library sessions or consults/workshops for free for four weeks. We ask for a refundable £15 deposit on hire and we will show you how to use the carrier safely before you go and provide you with ongoing support as needed. Read more here.

On returning your stretchy/Caboo, we will refund your £15, or you can choose to reinvest it (eg use it to pay for a second month’s hire, use it as a voucher towards buying your own stretchy or anything in the shop, or pay it forwards into the Building Bonds Project to help others in need.)

Our sling library drop ins (dates here and on our facebook page) 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 small “pay as you feel” donation to cover running costs and reimburse volunteers for their travel. Our catalogue can be browsed here.. Slings and babywearing coats can be reserved here.

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).

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

If these open drop-ins feel too busy, we offer appointment slots. This is great if you just need a little bit of help but would prefer a little more quiet and calm!

Please note that we have a limited time to spend with each visitor to the library, 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 consultations or workshops for these needs.

The Building Bonds Project  is a CIC, designed to support families in need who would benefit from a baby carrier. They donate slings to those in financial hardship (eg in receipt of healthy start vouchers) and accept referrals from health care professionals, sling libraries and self-referrals for parents struggling with postnatal depression, unwell children or complex social care situations. Read more about them here.