***COVID-19 UPDATE, LOCKDOWN 3 (Jan-Feb.2021) All consultations are currently online with contactless doorstep sling hire pick-up or slings posted. From March 29th, outdoors face-to-face consultations/sling library in Bethnal Green will resume (weather permitting!). From April 12th, we will move back indoors if the weather is bad, otherwise we will be outdoors. Sling libraries and parent meet-ups in our venues: TBC***
During the third lockdown, we are unable to provide face-to-face support unless very essential. What does this means for the sling library? Our top priorities are to support you and to keep you safe, so we will continue to offer:
Online video consultations with your slings or with hired sling, and information consultation (demos, questions etc…). We will tailor-make the video consultation to suit your needs. Please get in touch to schedule a consultation.
Contactless doorstep sling hire with/without online consultation.
Home consultations (legally permitted) if face-to-face is really essential.
Sling hire with doorstep drop-off (within cycling distance), with/without online consultation or doorstep demo.
5% discounts on slings/carriers we retail , with sales profits going to the sling library.
Babywearing socks sales with postage/contactless pick-up
Anything else you need, just ask! To get in touch!
A sling library is a place where you can see and try on different types of slings. You can then choose to hire a sling for two weeks or more to be sure it’s the right one for you before buying it.
At Wrap a Hug sling library east London, we have a wide variety of slings for you to try and find the one that works for you and your baby. We stock ring slings, meh dais, onbuhimos, pouches, stretchy wraps, close caboos, buckles carriers, woven wraps, lightweight slings and more! We are always acquiring new slings.
Whether you are pregnant, completely new to babywearing, or an experienced babywearer, we are here to offer advice, help build your confidence carrying your baby, and accompany you on your babywearing journey. That’s why we offer free follow-ups after our initial consultation.
You can find all our current sling stock here.
To check availability of slings and colours/patterns choices, head over to MyTurn online hire system
Sling library locations:
When face-to-face sling libraries sessions are able to run, we operate with covid-secure hygiene measures in place, limit the number of people able to come at once and slings are washed between clients. All appts are 1-0-1, as before, and no workshops will be running for a while still.
We are currently running sessions on 2 sites:
Bethnal Green: every other Friday at Wrap a Hug HQ – directions will be provided upon booking- get in touch for the dates, or you can check the dates here.
Dalston: at the Little Penguins Cafe on Kingsland road, every other Tuesday from then. For up-to-date info, get in touch or check out our event here.
We are unable to run sessions on other sites at the moment.
You can book a slot now via DM, email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07916349685. Tell us how we can help you out, we will assess the amount of time you need and offer you a timeslot. All the information and full address and directions will be emailed to you.
Booking is ESSENTIAL. No walk-ins available but appointments on the day may be available, get in touch to check on availability in the morning of the library.
Private consultations and are also available on other days as well if you can’t make a sling library day at Wrap a Hug HQ in Bethnal Green.
Online consultations and contactless sling hires continue for people shielding.
Consultations, Hires and Fees:
- 20 min slot with one sling hire for two weeks and are for learning how to use one sling only. These are very short sessions designed to teach you a technique and give you instructions. You can use choose to use our demo doll to practice on before using the sling with your baby. If you feel like you need more time, please book a 40 mins slot, private consultation or workshop
- 20 min consultations include: one front/hip carry in a woven wrap, back carry in a woven for experienced wrappers, front carry in a stretchy, front or back carry in a meh dai, ring sling carry, front/back carry in a buckle carrier.
- They don’t include: Back and tandem carries in wovens for beginners. These are available in private consultations or workshops only. Check with the consultant for suitability of type of consultation. If you want to learn how to use more than one sling and trying them on, this can be done in a 40 min library consultation, private consultation, or even in a workshop.
- 40 min slot with one sling hire for two weeks and are for learning how to use one, two or three slings depending on the type of sling you choose to learn. Wrapping with a woven takes considerably more time than learning how to use a buckles carrier so in a 40 min slot we might be able to just look at a woven and a buckles carrier or ring sling for example. You might want to book a 40 min slot to have more time to look at different slings if you are unsure what to go for and/or if your partner wants to try slings on as well. I will talk to you through the pros and cons of various slings, do a quick demo and you can try some on, how many depends on type and time left.
- Troubleshooting consultations last 10 min and are for helping you fix a problem with your own (or hired) sling or wrap (e.g., how to make a carrier more ergonomic and comfortable, improving a carry in a woven, stretchy, meh dai etc… or checking that you are using your sling safely)
- Demos only if you would like to see how to put on a particular sling (library or your own). You must be confident enough to then use the sling without the guidance of the consultant. If you need more help and guidance, please book a regular or troubleshooting consultation.
- Trying slings without assistance: you’re more than welcome to try out any slings on your own without the consultant’s assistance at your own risk.
Hire: The 20/40 min consultations include one sling hire for 2 weeks or 1 month for stretchy wraps and close caboos. The hire period can be extended and extra sling hires can be added.
- 20 mins with 1 sling hire: £10
- 20 mins with your own wrap/sling, no hire: £10
- 40 mins with 1 sling hire: £15
- 40 mins with your own wrap/sling, no hire: £15
- Hire only for 2 weeks, no consultation: £10
- Hire only for 1 month for stretchy wraps and Close Caboos, no consultation: £5
- Troubleshooting/fitting (own or hired sling) consultation (10 min), no hire included: £5
- Hire renewals: Stretchy wraps & Close Caboos: £5/month, other slings and carriers: £5/week, £15/ 1 month or £10/month for a minimum of 2 months and £10 monthly rolling after that.
- Extra sling hire: £5/sling
- Follow-up on Zoom, Whatsapp, email, phone for the slings hired/worked with: free of charge (to work with a new sling, you will need to book a new appt)
Fees payments are non-refundable and must be made prior to the library session via invoice to secure your appointment. If fees are not paid ahead of your appointment, your slot may be allocated to another library user.
If you miss your appointment, payments can be used as a deposit for your re-scheduled appointment.