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Postal Stretchy Wrap Hire

We have launched our new postal stretchy wrap hire scheme!

Families with babies under 6 weeks old can access 4 weeks stretchy wrap hire and all the online support you need to learn how to use it safely and comfortably. All for just £5! For more information, including Terms and Conditions see here.

Our normal library services are still operating online, so if your baby is older or you’d like to try a different kind of sling, you can hire any of our available slings by post. Your hire fee includes a video call to help you choose the right sling, another when you have received it to help with fitting and ongoing support by message and email. Get in touch today to start!

About

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 BABI registered.  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.

The sling library is held every Monday 11am-2pm at The Shrewsbury Arms in Mickle Trafford.

Lizzy wearing her baby daughter in a woven wrap.

Lizzy

Services

Read more about what we offer

PLEASE NOTE THAT DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC OUR IN-PERSON SERVICES INCLUDING SLING LIBRARY SESSIONS ARE NOT OPERATING.

YOU CAN FIND OUT ABOUT OUR ONLINE SERVICES INCLUDING POSTAL SLING HIRES HERE.

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?

Come along to one of our library sessions where you can receive expert advice, chat with like-minded people and try one or more of the many slings and carriers in our collection.

On arrival you’ll receive a warm welcome and be asked to sign in. Take a seat to wait until one of our carrying consultants or peer supporters is available. Feel free to feed your baby and attend to their needs. Baby changing facilities are available close by.

When it is your turn, you’ll be helped to try on one or more slings to suit your needs. Please note that during busy sessions this will be limited to 15 minutes, which is usually time to try one or possibly two slings. We have demo dolls available to help you practice before trying with your own baby/child. You then have the option of hiring a sling to try at home for a small fee.

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

If you have any complex needs, it helps if you contact us in advance and we can advise how we can best help you.

How much does it cost?

Attending sling library sessions is free. 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.

Deposits

In order to rent a sling from us we ask you to leave card details in lieu of a deposit.

Membership

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

How do I pay?

You can pay by cash or card.

Purchases

We offer library customers discount codes to purchase slings from a variety of retailers and we can also sell a small number of slings direct to you.

Membership

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!

NO DEPOSIT TO PAY

And your MEMBERSHIP LASTS FOREVER!

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.

Team

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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