Our sling library is usually held on the first and third Fridays of every month at Christchurch on Bedford Road in Hitchin.

Its open between 10am until 12pm but must be booked in advance. Check our Upcoming Events for the latest information and the link to book.


Not heard of a sling library before? Read on!

Sling libraries are the perfect opportunity to try different baby carriers before you invest in one for you and your little one. 

In our well stocked library we have a selection of different types of carriers, from stretchy wraps to soft structured carriers suitable from Newborn to toddler and our experienced sling library coordinators can help you find one that is comfortable for you and suitable for the age and stage of your baby. 

There is a collection box at each session, so you can show your appreciation for any good advice you feel you've received even if you decide not to hire a sling at the time. All proceeds from hires and donations go towards covering the library costs, including new purchases for the library.

To attend, you need to book a timed slot. There are 4 slots of 30 minutes, where you will have the time to look at the slings and speak to a dedicated sling library volunteer. Check our events listing for the latest dates and link to book.

How to hire

We charge £8 to hire a sling for 14 days and ask for a cash or card deposit. Extended hires can often be agreed if required for a holiday, for example. We charge £30 deposit for stretchy wrap carriers and £50 for all other carriers. 

Deposits (cash or card) will be safely stored and will be returned provided the sling is returned in the same condition as it was hired.

We also ask for proof of your address, for example a driver's licence or utility bill (unfortunately a higher deposit will be required if these can’t be provided on the day of hire)

Anyone can attend the sling library and hire a carrier, you do not have to be an NCT member.

If you would like to know more, please email slings.hertsnorth@nct.org.uk


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