Hiring a Sling

Temporary session closure considerations

If you need/want to hire a sling and can give us a bit of notice, where possible we also hope to provide a service where you can book to collect a clean, sealed, sling from a drop box.  Access to free online one to ones and emails with links to the manufacturers instructions will be offered. Hire payments will be accepted by PayPal or paid directly to our bank account. Hire terms will be as usual with the exception that anyone with the virus should wait until all members of the household are free of symptoms, before returning the sling, washed as per the manufacturers instructions. If you require a sling and need a postal service, there are quite a few out there, here are a few of our favourites:

  • www.itsaslingthing.co.uk 
  • https://www.sheffieldslingsurgery.co.uk/sling-library/postal-hire/
  • https://koalaslings.co.uk/collections/sling-library
  • https://southeastslings.co.uk/product-category/hires/

Hiring from us

We stock a wide range of ergonomic slings that can be worn in keeping with the TICKS guidelines. Our trained Baby-wearing Consultants/Peer Supporters will talk you through the options and demonstrate how to safely wear your child before giving you the option of hiring a sling. If yourself or your child have any issues that may be affected/exacerbated whilst baby-wearing please let our Peer Supporters know so we can try and find the safest and most comfortable option for you both.

Details of hiring a sling

  • Basic stretchy wrap newborn slings are available for hire period of 4 weeks at a charge of £6
  • All other slings are available for 2 weeks hire for a £6 hire fee
  • Hire fees are payable by either Cash or PayPal (goods and services)
  • Monday hires (excluding stretchy wraps) are expected to be returned at the following Monday session. If you are hiring on a Saturday returns must be made either to a Monday session or to a volunteers home (address details will be available at the hiring session)
  • If you’ve come in for advice about your own sling(s) we politely request a donation of £5 towards our training costs.
  • A library value of £20-£80 is associated with each sling depending on it’s cost.  If a library sling or any of it’s parts are irreparably damaged or lost, while in your care, we will ask you to reimburse the library, up to this value.
  • Please read the full Terms & Conditions before hiring from York Sling Library.

Caring for our Slings

Please treat the sling like your own while you have it on hire. We want you to enjoy using it and we know that it is nearly impossible to keep slings spotless while in use. We’ve listed some of our rules below but please refer to the full Terms & Conditions on how to care for the sling before hiring.

  • Please look after the sling and spot-clean any marks (mud, dirt, food stains, baby sick etc.)
  • Please keep the sling away from pets and other animals
  • Please keep the sling away from anything that may stain (oil, paint, pens, etc.), or anything that might damage it (scissors, Velcro, protruding jewellery such as engagement rings, keys in your bag, fire, etc.)
  • Under no circumstances is it permitted to smoke whilst wearing or holding the carrier
  • Please do not wash the carrier, unless it has been in contact with an infectious disease or the victim of something like a poonami!  Where the sling may need cleaned while on loan to you, please contact us first for advice

We hope you enjoy using your hired sling, if you have any questions or concerns during the hire period please email us or post on our Facebook page.