Services

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.