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From Monday 14 September, in-person sling library sessions are returning to The Shrewsbury Arms, Mickle Trafford and we are so excited to be back!

As usual the session will run from 11am to 2pm, but now you’ll need to book your 15 minute slot. This is one of a number of changes we’ve introduced to protect customers and ourselves from Covid-19.

You can book you slot here. You’ll be asked to pay £5 to secure your booking, which can be redeemed against any hire or purchase direct from us.

Can’t wait to be back!


What, where, when and who runs the library

Chester Sling Library is a well established, busy sling library and consultancy run by Lizzy Allen.  We are highly qualified, insured and members of the Association of Carrying Educators and Sling Libraries. Having worked with hundreds of parents and children means we have extensive knowledge and experience in helping you choose the right sling.  Our sling library sessions allow you to try before you buy to find the sling that works best for you and your family.  We believe that there is a sling for everyone, no matter what your circumstance, and can help you on your path to confidently carrying your child.  At Chester Sling Library we can help you use a carrier safely, comfortably and with enjoyment.


Lizzy wearing her baby daughter in a woven wrap.



Read more about what we offer


Book an appointment


Chester Sling Library provides an information service on all aspects of carrying your child in a sling or carrier, with advice from trained and experienced Infant Carrying Consultants and Peer Supporters.

We offer the opportunity to hire carriers for a small fee to ‘try before you buy’ and are able to recommend retailers and provide discount codes for library customers.

We have a wide range of slings and carriers available for hire, suitable from birth up to toddlerhood and beyond. You can view our collection here.

Chester Sling Library @ The Shrewsbury Arms 

We are here to help parents and caregivers of Chester and surrounding areas find the best sling to carry their children safely and comfortably. Library sessions run on Mondays 11am to 2pm at the Shrewsbury Arms in Mickle Trafford. Please check the news section for any changes.

How does it work?

Before you come to the sling library, you’ll need to book your 15 minute slot here. Please don’t turn up without an appointment. It costs £5 to book, but this will be deducted from the hire cost if you go on to hire.

On booking you’ll be asked to complete a short questionnaire to help us bring a selection of slings to suit your needs. You’ll be able to try on one or two slings from our collection.

On arrival you’ll receive a warm welcome and we’ll explain how the session will work including procedures to protect everyone from Covid. I’ll be wearing a face mask and we ask you to kindly arrive wearing one. Hand sanitiser will be available and you can find out more about our Covid safety procedures here.

Feel free to feed your baby and attend to their needs. Baby changing facilities are available.

You can also bring along your own sling if you’d like some help with it.

If you have any complex needs, or would like to try more slings, please get in touch to find out about consultations.

How much does it cost?

Booking your slot costs £5, which is deducted from the hire cost if you go on to hire, so no-one is out of pocket. Hire fees are £5 per week. You can hire from one week to four weeks initially and this can be extended, either online or at a library session.


In order to rent a sling from us we ask you to leave card details in lieu of a deposit. Card details are stored securely in Stripe.


For a membership fee of £25 you can access half price hires. For more information click here.

How do I pay?

Contactless card payment is preferred.


We sell a growing number of slings from brands including Boba, Beco, Ergobaby and Hana. Discounts are available if you have already hired from us. Your purchase includes a free 15 minute video call if you’d like a bit of help to use the sling.

We can also offer library customers discount codes to purchase slings from a variety of retailers for brands we do not sell ourselves. Please ask!


Read more about the benefits of membership

For a £25 membership fee, you will be entitled to perks that are exclusive to library members.

For starters, we’d like to offer all members:

HALF PRICE HIRES. That’s just £2.50 per week!



Just think how many slings you could try out in that time… Babies, toddlers, preschoolers…

Simply bring a form of photo ID and proof of address to the library if you’d like to join.


Find out more about our wonderful team of volunteers

If you’d like to join our team of volunteers, please get in touch!

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