More About Open Sessions

This page gives some more details about the Sling Library venue and Open Sessions. If you’ve got any questions not answered here, then please email southlondonslings@hotmail.co.uk.

How to get to the Library

The South London Sling Library is held in Emily’s home at 34 York Hill, London, SE27 0AD, which is in the middle of the terrace of 60′s town houses and opposite the playpark.

Walking/Cycling/Public Transport:

We’re within walking distance of West Norwood (5 mins), Tulse Hill (5 mins) and West Dulwich (10 mins) mainline Railway Stations, which are all in zone 3.  The closest Tube Station is Brixton, which is about 10-15 minutes bus ride away. Buses 432, 196 and 2 all go from Brixton along Norwood Road and stop near the bottom of York Hill. Other buses that go near or down York Hill include 68, 315, 322 and 468. There is space to park bikes in the garden.

Transport for London Bus Map for West Norwood

Transport for London Train and Tube Map

Driving:

If you’re driving to us, we’re very close to the South Circular (A205) and free parking is available at the top of York Hill, on Royal Circus or around the corner on Knolly’s Road or Cambrian Close. Please don’t park on our drive (as parents with buggies won’t be able to get to the door), or on the yellow lines (we have very vigilant parking wardens in the area – you will get a ticket).

Are the Open Sessions Free?

Originally, the Open Sessions were free to anyone to drop in and they are still free to drop in to return carriers.  Due to extrememly high demand for the Sling Library service, we’re now asking for a small donation for anyone coming to get information, help or advice and to try on carriers. The suggested donation is £2 per adult (or whatever you can afford) and an honesty box will be placed by the sign-in table to collect these. Funds raised will be put towards paying for an assistant for Emily so that she’s able to help more people and manage the workload of running the library around her many other commitments.

IMPORTANT NOTES

When attending a Library drop-in session, please be aware of the following:

- During library opening hours we can show, describe and demonstrate the different carriers that we have available. You’ll be able to look at and feel the carriers and see the differences between them.

- As loans are for at least 2 weeks, not all of the carriers will be available at any every session. The Library operates on a first come first served basis and so you may not always be able to borrow the carrier you wanted. We will almost always be able to offer you a similar carrier to borrow instead, but if you’d prefer not to do this then you can reserve a specific carrier in advance. Click here for more about Carrier Reservations.

- The Library can get extremely busy at times, so please allow for being here for up to an hour or so. You’re more than welcome to feed or change your baby, or to make yourself tea/coffee while you wait.

If we’re not too busy, we’ll also be able to support you in trying out a carrier with a teddy or weighted doll to help you to practice using it and to find out whether it will suit you or not.  If you’d like to borrow a carrier, then we’ll complete a loan form and take your fee and deposit before giving you the carrier and instructions to take away with you.

Please be aware that we will not be able to help you to try out wearing your child in one of our carriers during library open hours.  This is because we will not be able to give you the focussed, individual attention required to do this safely.  If you would like this kind of support, then please arrange to see us for an individual session, or ask us for details of a local babywearing consultant.

- Emily is running the Library for free in her own time and may have at least one of her children with her. At times she may therefore ask you to wait while she attends to their needs. Please be understanding and patient!

- When you arrive/leave, we’ll ask you to sign yourself and any children or person accompanying you in/out so that we know who is present at any particular time.  In case of a fire, please leave the house using the front door, and assemble across the road outside the playpark.

- Demonstrations of carriers are carried out on the first floor, accessed by a flight of wooden stairs.  There is also a step up to the front door.  We’ll help you to get buggies into the house, and are more than happy to come down and do demonstrations on the ground floor if you’re unable to get up the stairs.

- The room where demonstrations take place has baby gates at the entrances; for the safety of any children present please ensure that these, and the door to the adjacent room are kept closed at all times.  Please do not tamper with or move any other baby-proofing that is in place.

- While at the library, all of your possessions and any children that you have brought with you remain your full responsibility at all times.  It is your responsibility that they are safe and well supervised; we cannot take responsibility for any theft, damage or harm that may come to your belongings or children while you are here.

- There is plenty of space to park buggies on the ground floor to the left as you enter the house. Please ensure that buggies do not block the front or back doors.  The toilet is on the ground floor to the right of the back door.

- Refreshments (tea, coffee, squash, biscuits) are available in the kitchen at a small charge.  Please help yourself and leave payment for these in the honesty box provided.  You’re of course welcome to freely help yourself to water from the tap or kettle.

- You’re more than welcome to feed and change your baby as required – we want everyone to be as comfortable as possible!

- A small selection of baby-safe toys are available to play with (e.g. wooden toys, board books and duplo).  Please ensure your children are supervised when playing with the toys, and that they do not accidentally take anything home with them!

- The Library is cat-friendly.  All of our carriers are kept in a closed room into which the cat is not allowed, but we cannot guarantee that there will be no hairs on them. If we can, we will shut the cat out of the house during opening hours.


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2 Responses to More About Open Sessions

  1. Natalie Murray says:

    I live in Eltham SE9 and I’d like to try baby wearing for the first time. My baby is nearly 3 months and is a high needs baby. I need some advice on a good sling and to try some out with guidance from an expert! Could you advise please? Is there someone close to where I live who could help, should I come to the open library or would I need a private appointment? Many thanks.

    • emeriminni says:

      Hi Natalie,
      I’d suggest either coming to a sling library open session, or popping along for a private consultation. The open sessions can be very busy and so if you’d like to have more time and space to discuss your needs then you might find a private consultation is better for you. Please email me southlondonslings@hotmail.co.uk and we can have more of a chat!
      Thanks,
      Emily x

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