Seaside Slings ...and other things

Welcome to Seaside Slings! We hire out slings and cloth nappies. Have a look around at what we have available to hire. You'll be able to see what is out at the moment and when it is due back. Register on the site to be able to reserve and hire items.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is sling hire?

£3 per week. I generally start people off with a week and then you can extend if needed.

How long can I hire a sling for?

I normally start people off with a week to see how they get on with it. Slings are a very personal preference. But most people end up extending their hire. The average is probably about 4 weeks but some people keep them longer. Sometimes I need to cap the hire period if the particular sling is in demand and others are wanting to try it (many of the most popular ones I have more than one of though).

How much is cloth nappy hire?

Newborn kits are £50 for 8 weeks (payment plans are available). Birth to potty kits are currently being reorganised and new prices and kits will be announced mid June.

How do I pay?

Payment is done by card. With no in person sessions currently, I e-mail you an invoice using Square. I ask that you save your card details as this acts as your deposit and makes it easier to extend hire if needed.

How do I get the sling/cloth nappies I want?

With no in person sessions at the moment, slings can be collected from my house in Tuckton. This is done no contact. If you live within about 1-2 miles from me, delivery may be possible. If you live further away and can’t collect, I can arrange a courier for an extra fee. When I can start up my drop in sessions again, these will be back at Beaufort Community Centre from 10-12 every Tuesday (these may need to start back as appointment slots to keep to social distancing).

Why can't I reserve slings/cloth nappies online myself?

I have disabled the function to allow customers to reserve their own items on our Lend Engine site. This is for a couple of reasons:

  1. I like to talk through options with customers before hire to make sure they are getting the right item for their personal circumstances.
  2. I don't want there to be an accidental overlap in hires. For example, if I was doing a consultation with one person and told them a certain sling was available to hire and they could have it and then during that consultation someone else logged in and reserved the sling, we'd have a bit of an issue!

I hope this all makes sense and is understandable. If you'd like to reserve a specific sling or nappy kit, please just get in touch and we can discuss your options and I can get it reserved for you!

Do you wash the slings/do I need to wash the sling I’ve hired?

I’m washing all slings between hires at the moment. If you have a consultation with me and then want to hire one that I’ve used myself in the consultation, you can either wait a couple days to get it for me to wash it again or wash it yourself before use. You can wash before returning but you don’t have to as I stick it straight in the washing machine on return. They are all washed at 30 degrees. Please make sure all buckles are done up before putting a sling in the washing machine.

How do I know which sling to get?

While my Tuesday in person drop in library is unable to run, I have been doing a Facebook live virtual library in it’s place every Tuesday at 10. You can request specific slings to be shown/ask questions either ahead of time or during the live session. If you need more personalised time, I do one to one video consultations over Zoom. These are £10 for half an hour (depending on your needs, you may want an hour but this can be discussed). If you are pregnant or have a newborn (up to 3 months old) I run an Antenatal/Newborn Workshop. This is currently done online and costs £10 (in person it is £15 for on person or £25 for 2). See workshops section of my website or my Facebook page events section for details of the next workshop.

Can you show me how to back carry?

I don’t do back carry demos during library sessions (either in person or online). This is because it is a bit more complicated/involved and takes more time and practice. I can do a private consultation for this (£10 for half an hour). I also run back carry workshops. I don’t have any scheduled at the moment but if you have at least 3 people interested, I can do a Zoom back carry workshop for £5 each (normally £10 in person).

Can I back carry with the sling I have (or the one I hired)?

Probably. Most slings are suitable for back carries (ones I wouldn’t back carry with are a stretchy and a Close Caboo).

How/where can I buy a sling?

I am starting to set up as a retailer for many of the slings I have available to hire. I am currently unable to keep any in stock but I can order them for you. I offer a 10% discount to people who have hired from me or attended one of my workshops. For the slings I don’t yet sell, I have a 5-10% discount for most of them from other retailers that I give to people who have hired from me.