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Colchester Sling Library

The library currently has over 80 slings of all shapes and sizes.

There are wraps (both woven and stretchy) and mah dai style carriers, there are ring slings and half buckles. Newborn and toddler sizes

And there are almost 30 different styles of buckled carrier, which we are adding to all the time.

Keep scrolling to find out more about our library sessions, membership and master classes!

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Library Membership


Membership includes;

Sling/carrier hire.

Free 15 minute library sessions

Earn loyalty points to spend towards hire.

Reserve slings/carriers.

Discounts on workshops.

Advise on buying, including some discounts.

Discount codes towards other local businesses, including

Sling Swing

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East Essex Nappy Library

Jenny Harmer, IBCLC

What to expect?

2 sessions a month

Free for new and existing members, £5 for everyone else

15 minute slots with a volunteer

Drop by any time during the session

Try 1 or 2 sling/carrier options.

Get a quick stretchy tutorial.

Get help making your own sling more comfortable.

Sling Hire

Sling/carrier hired on a monthly basis


Door stop hire available

(contact for more details)

Non-contact pick up from a drop box

Family Sling Social

Every 3rd Friday of the month

10am-12 noon

Booking required

Free to attend

(But £1.50 suggested donation to cover refreshments)

Sling library

Feeding support from Jenny Harmer, IBCLC


Toys and soft area for babies and toddlers to play

Special guests each month

Kingsland Church

84 London Road



St John's Church community centre

mini meet and Master Classes

Every 1st Tuesday of the month

Master Classes


Booking required

£5 to attend (free for members)

30 minute sessions to learn a specific carrying skill

May 3rd - When baby wants to see more, forward facing and alternatives

June 7th - Summer carriers and how to safely carry in the heat

July 5th - Sling Taster, hear why there are so many different buckled carriers and types of sling and get the chance to try some on

Sling Library

10.30am-12 noon

Booking required

Drop in any time during the hour for

a 15 minute chat.

St Johns Church

Community centre

St Johns Close



Tendring Village Sling Library


Every 4th Tuesday of the month

10.30am-12 noon

Booking required

£5 to attend (free to members)

£5 can be redeemed towards hire and membership

Drop in any time during the hour for

a 15 minute chat.

Come along to get help with carrying your baby, or Come along to chat and chill with other babywearing parents and have a hot drink and biscuits.

Plenty of space to sit and for children to play

Tendring Village Hall

The Street


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Stretchy wrap deal

Hire a stretchy wrap, 3 months for the price of 2!


Coming soon....

Lend Engine

A site where you will be able to browse slings to see availability and reserve for a library session

Happy Clients

Super helpful and knowledgeable with the slings. We had a fabulous, socially distanced, appointment at Kingsland Church and I have now hired a super comfy sling for my new little girl. Thank you


"Helpful advice and Maria is always on hand to help when you need it. Great to be able to try the slings, if you’re thinking of buying, so you know you’ve got the right one."


"game changer! visiting the sling library has given me my hands back! after a few hours of borrowing a ring sling I have a tidier house and a napping bubba. very happy customer!"


"I've been chatting and using Colchester slings for about 8 months. I used Maria mainly to help me find a toddler carrier, in that time I have become pregnant again and she has been a wealth of knowledge helping me carry my toddler safely during the pregnancy. I have purchased from her retail side too now as she helped me find something suitable for both a toddler and the new baby when they arrive. I will absolutely be using her again once the baby is here to help with sling use for breastfeeding and and participating in the sling walks where I can too. I can't recommend her enough. So many options whether it's help with your own, looking at a different carrier or wanting to try out carrying for the first time."