Welcome to Teesside Sling Library
Teesside Sling library is a baby-wearing sling library and consultancy. We are dedicated to helping you find the right sling or carrier to carry your child safely and comfortably. Here you will find a complete inventory of all our baby carriers, wraps and accessories which are available for you to hire.
Pick-ups We are still able to offer socially-distanced ‘covid-secure' pick-ups from several locations across Teesside. Contact us to arrange.
Safety All our carriers are washed after every hire, so you don't need to. Once they have dried we quarantine them for 72 hours before hiring them out again. Volunteers wash their hands before bagging each carrier without touching the carrier itself, so we suggest you sanitise or wash your hands after touching the bag. You may wash your carrier while it is in your care, but we recommend that carriers are spot cleaned and treated more like coats than items of clothing because the washing process does damage carriers. Please see our terms and conditions for liabilities while you have the carrier.
Hiring in a pandemic
1. Contact us. You can get in touch via our Facebook page Teesside Sling Library or Instagram. Alternatively you may contact us via email: Teessideslinglibrary@gmail.com or Phone/text: 07804219975
2. Find your carrier. Let us know what you need help with. Perhaps you need a particular option, like back carrying, forward facing or newborn carriers or there is something you've seen or heard about that your'd like to try. Tell us how old your baby is or if you or your baby have any special needs. We will work with you to find something suitable for both you and your baby.
We offer a range of deals to help you find your perfect carrier. See below for prices.
3. Set up an account. Please create an account and add your card details (found under ‘payment methods’) to our secure Stripe system. This means we don't have to charge you a deposit to hire your carrier. You may pay by cash, PayPal or card for your hire.
4. Arrange a pick up location and time. We have pick-up locations in Redcar, central Stockton and Nunthorpe. We are all volunteers so please bear with us while we arrange your hire. This may mean getting the carrier to your preferred location or working round our own families, school and work - and that pesky pandemic!
5. Collect your carrier. Our volunteers will check-out your carrier and take payment when you pick up. If you need a doorstep demo please let us know, otherwise we can arrange an online demo when you have collected your carrier.
6. Check your hire email. Your hire email contains important information regarding your hire. It has a link to the carrier instructions, important safety information, details of when the carrier is due back and discount codes for various online retailers who may stock your carrier.
7. Return or rehire. Two days before your carrier is due back, you will get an automatic email to remind you. You may contact us to arrange a rehire or return. We have a parcel box at with our Nunthorpe volunteer which means you can post or return at anytime without prior arrangement. If you wish to drop off in Redcar or Stockton please let us know so we can make you an appointment.
Carrier hire price list
All carrier hires include free advice, demonstration and fitting. Demonstration and fitting can be arranged at pick up or drop off with socially distanced protocols, or can be done via online platforms after you have the carrier.
Standard Baby or Toddler Carrier Hire £15 4 week hire of any full buckle carrier, woven wrap, meh dai, Onbuhimo or ring sling.
Standard Twingo Carrier Hire £20 4 week hire of our Twingo carrier for two children of similar ages.
Standard Newborn Stretchy Wrap Hire £10 4 week hire of any stretchy wrap or hybrid stretchy carrier (Close Caboo).
Long-term hire on Newborn Carriers £20 12 week hire of any stretchy wrap or hybrid stretchy carrier (Close Caboo).
Long-term Hire on Baby & Toddler Carriers £30 12 week hire of any full buckle carrier, woven wrap, meh dai, Onbuhimo or ring sling.
Long-term Hire on Twin Carriers £40 12 week hire of the Twingo carrier for two children of similar ages.
Deals & Offers
Free Swaps £0 Free swaps are available during your hire period for carriers in the same price bracket.
Free 4 Week Stretchy Deal £0 Free stretchy wrap hire for the first 4 weeks if your baby is under 12 weeks old.
Double Covid-19 Offer £15 2 week hire of any two carriers so you can compare.
Late returns 70p per day. These are waived if you rehire for the month or at our discretion.
Services Price List
Some of our services have been suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are offering online consultations at a reduced price and home consultations while local lockdown rules allow. All services must be paid for at the time of booking and are non-refundable with less than 24 hours notice of cancellation.
Online consultation, with sling hire £25 A comprehensive 90 minute carrying consultation with a qualified consultant, with either your own carrier or one of our carriers. Two weeks sling hire is included and pick up is available at locations across Teesside. Alternatively you may hire two carriers for 1 week.
Short Online consultation, with sling hire £15 A concise, 1 hour one-to-one baby carrying consultation with a qualified consultant, designed for people who are hoping to acquire one new skill or try a couple of different carriers. Two weeks sling hire is included and pick up is available at locations across Teesside. Alternatively you may hire two carriers for 1 week.
Online sling Demonstration £7.50 A 30 minute demonstration of a few different baby carriers. This is ideal for someone who isn't available to attend an online sling meet. Sling hire is extra.
Online fit check £5 A 15 minute fit check for those with their own carrier. Sling hire is extra.
Home Consultation, with sling hire and travel expenses £30 A comprehensive, 90 minute one-to-one baby carrying consultation designed to give you a general introduction to slings and then specific practice with one or two carriers. Includes 2 weeks free sling hire and travel expenses. This service is held in your own house with open windows and is subject to change at short notice based on local or national lockdown rules.
Short Home Consultation, with sling hire £20 A 1 hour consultation in your home. Includes 2 weeks free sling hire and fuel costs are charged at 45p per mile from TS7 0LW. This service is held in your own house with open windows and is subject to change at short notice based on local or national lockdown rules.
Home sling demonstration £15 A 30 minute sling demonstration and practice in your own home or garden. Sling hire is extra and fuel expenses are charged at 45p per mile from TS7 0LW.
Home fit check £10 A 15 minute in-person fit check in your own home or garden. Sling hire is extra and fuel expenses are charged at 45p per mile from TS7 0LW.
Volunteer Demonstrations & Fit checks
Standard sling demonstration £10 A 30 minute sling demonstration and practice in a volunteer's garden. Sling hire is extra.
Standard fit check £7.50 A 15 minute in person fit check in a volunteer's garden. Sling hire is extra.
Sling Pick Up, Drop off & Delivery
Sling pick up £5 cancellation fee Due to several people not showing up for their appointments, pick up from a volunteer’s house, with or without a short demonstration will now be £5 if cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.
FREE Sling drop off £0 Out of hours drop off at 16 Allerton Park, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, TS7 0LW is free using our parcel box. Sling drop off at Stockton & Redcar please contact us to arrange.
Delivery £variable Under certain circumstances we may be able to deliver to some TS postcodes. Prices for delivery will depend on the postcode and will be charged at 45p per mile from TS7 0LW.
Regular Sling Meets
Regular sling meets have been suspended due to Covid-19. We can hold online sling meets but we have found demand is very low. If you wish to attend an online sling meet to see a range of carriers demonstrated please contact us. They will be held at 10am on a Monday, but only after prior booking. We will update our Teesside Sling Library Event's Page, with details if any go ahead.
Please contact us via our Facebook page Teesside Sling Library or Instagram. Alternatively you may contact us via email: Teessideslinglibrary@gmail.com or Phone/text: 07804219975