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Colchester Sling Library

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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 masterclasses!

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Membership is no longer compulsory to hire slings.

However, you get lots of benefits by becoming a member, including free library sessions!

Various membership options:



Bump to Baby


Click here for more details

Sling Hire

Slings/carriers hired on a monthly basis during a library session or a consultation

£10 or £15/month

Depending on sling

Can hire for 3 month blocks


❤ Have a baby under 8 weeks old?

Hire a stretchy wrap,

3 months for the price of 2!

❤ Got twins?

Hire 2 carriers for the price of one!

(some exceptions apply)

Door stop hire is also available

(contact for more details)

Non-contact pick up from a drop box available

What's a Sling Library session?

2 sessions a month

One at the Family social at Kingsland church

One at St John's Church community centre


Free for new and existing members

15 minute slots with a volunteer

Drop by any time during the session

We work on a first come, first serve basis



❤ Choose a sling/carrier to hire and we'll show you how to use it in a basic front carry

❤ Get a quick stretchy tutorial.

❤ Get help making your own sling more comfortable.

❤ Get some advice

What help can you get?

Family social

Beautiful Bonds Monthly Family Social

Kingsland Church

Every 3rd Friday of the month


12 noon - 2pm

(for address and directions click here)

What to expect?

❤ Sling library with Beautiful Bonds

❤ Feeding support from Jenny Harmer, IBCLC

❤ Different special guests each month

❤ NEW baby group demos

❤ Refreshments

❤ Toys and soft area for babies and toddlers to play

Booking only required if you are wanting to use the sling library where extra charges apply

To come and socilise is free

(Suggested £1.50 donation to help cover refreshments)


March 15th

April 19th

May 17th

June 21st

July 19th

August no library sessions

St Johns

Monthly Masterclass
and Sling library

St John's Church Community Centre

Every 1st Tuesday of the month

(for address and directions click here)



Booking required

£5 to attend (free for members)

30 minute group session to learn a specific carrying skill


March 5th - Using your sling as a feeding aid

April 2nd - Ring Slings

May 7th - Back Carrying

June 4th - Summer carrying

July 2nd - Stretchy wraps

Sling Library

10am-12 noon

Booking encouraged but not essential

Drop in any time during the 2 hours for a 15 minute slot.


March 5th

April 2nd

May 7th

June 4th

July 2nd

August no library sessions


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."


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