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.

Our well-loved “4th Trimester” drop in sessions are currently held online 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 from anywhere in the UK.

4th Trimester Sheffield

free stretchy close caboo hire scheme services
Free Stretchy Hire Scheme

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.

Our sling library drop ins (dates listed 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. You are most welcome to bring your own carrier for help, you will never get any judgement from our staff. We welcome all carers, we do not discriminate.

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).

If these open drop-ins feel too busy, we offer 1-2-1 appointments. 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 for these needs.

Building Bonds

If you feel that you need carrier help but are unable to access funds, 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.