The Avon & Bristol Sling Library
PLEASE NOTE All Carry Me Slings services have been suspended on a permanent basis due to family circumstances. Katie hopes to one day come back to operating the consultancy and library but for now please enjoy the website on an information basis 💙
We offer regular, private, pop up and mobile sling library services to the Bristol area. The sling library has hundreds of different slings and carriers for you to try on and see demonstrations of, which is very helpful before you decide to buy. Like a standard library we also hire out these slings so that you can really personally test them out. Or it may be useful if you are going on holiday or need one for a short period of time, but do not wish to buy.
The Avon & Bristol Sling Library is a not for profit organisation working in conjunction with Carry Me Slings to support parents with the choice to carry their infant in a sling or carrier, helping them to become hands free, independent and autonomous during the first years of their children’s lives and advocating the benefits of holding your child close within a carrier.
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Private Library Sessions
If you would like to book a bespoke time slot for library services then this is for you. Whether your baby has a certain nap routine, you have childcare restrictions, would prefer to see someone in a less crowded or busy space or certain times of day are just easier to get out of the house!
Private sling library sessions are a 20 minute slot with a qualified, insured Infant Carrying Consultant. They are basic appointments which offer a maximum of 1 sling/carrier demonstration (if you require a more in depth appointment please do look at our consultations).
Cost: £2 (£10 inclusive of a 2 week hire)
For the hire of slings and carriers you will need a deposit, this will be the cost of the sling and can be in the form of a cheque/paypal or bank transfer or Photo ID such as driving licence or passport with an up to date address.
Pop Up Sling Libraries
We work very closely with a range of local services and organisations and can bring our sling library to your venue/organisation for one off events. This may be particular useful if you have a number of people or small group who cannot normally attend a standard library session. Or if you are holding an event, for example a Parent & Baby Conference, then we can attend and inform people about the benefits, provide demonstrations and literature.
If you would like us to visit you then please email Katie on firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
As standard a library session will last from 2-3 hours and we require a decent amount of space to house the slings we bring and to do demonstrations within.
There is a cost of £30 for this service.
Please note if you are a business or service provider and you would like formal training on infant carrying and the safety of sling use we also offer bespoke training packages. We have worked alongside the Southmead NICU and the National Childbirth Trust (NCT). If you would like more information please do get in contact.
Mobile Sling Libraries
We are also mobile across Bristol! In partnership with Stride walks for new mums you can also book a sling library appointment at one of the walk starting points:
The Downs, Cafe Retreat, Stoke Road, Bristol
Snuff Mills Cafe, Snuff Mills, Fishponds, Bristol
Boston Tea Party, Gloucester Road, Bristol
Mrs. Browns Cafe, Victoria Park, Bedminster, Bristol
What have people said about the Avon & Bristol Sling Library?
‘Love the sling library and all the support you gave me, I recommend the group to all I meet’
‘Sling meets have created the most valuable friendships, given support in tough times and given me confidence to parent true to my instincts. I cannot rate babywearing and the sling meets more’
‘With the library we found a sustainable way of meeting the needs of our little one who was in a lot of pain from colic and needed to be held 24 hours a day in the early weeks. With the volunteers help we became comfortable with carrying our loved one’
‘Sling Libraries are great, so helpful and perfect to try before you buy’
‘The sling library has been invaluable, my LO suffers with reflux, when its really bad the sling is the only thing that helps. I have been helped to find all my slings and learn how to use them safely’
‘The sling library is fantastic for saving you money while you are trying to figure out which sling is best for you. And you can avoid buying 5 unsuitable slings before you find THE ONE! Katie taught me how to wrap at a sling meet – forever thankful!’
‘As a gran I want to say a big thank you to you all. Your support has been a huge help to my daughter and grandson. I live to far away to be much help but the contacts she has made and the advice she has received as a result of your service has been invaluable’
‘This is a life changing service!!’
‘Babywearing can be a sanity saver, when your baby hates every other form of transport… More people need to know the benefits’
The Avon & Bristol Sling Library uses a steam cleaner to keep slings and carriers as clean as possible, we also launder them regularly. All of the funds taken for hire are used to maintain slings in this fashion and buy new slings to keep our library up to date and with enough stock.
And if you can’t get along to a sling meet you can also hire our slings by postal hire!