What to expect from a library session

What to expect from a library session by Emma Palmer – School of babywearing trained consultant

If you want to learn about carrying then Norwich sling library is the place to do it but under the umbrella of “Norwich sling library” there are several services on offer and we want to make sure you choose the best option for you and your child. We have the drop in library sessions, private 1-2-1 consultations with a trained professional, sling parties and starting in the new year, topic focused workshops. Read on to find out more about what to expect from one of our drop in library sessions.

We work on a first come first served basis – come on in and see one of our lovely admin assistants behind the desk/table and they’ll greet you and give you a numbered ticket. Depending on when you arrive there may be several people already in the queue so there may be a wait until you’re seen.

While you’re waiting grab a cuppa, you most definitely deserve one! At our main session there’s tea, coffee, juice and treats to help yourself to, at our playhouse pop up go over to the bar where they serve a huge range of teas and coffee from just £1. Don’t worry, if you’ve gone to the bar we’ll call for you in there so you won’t miss your turn.

When we call your number we’ll have ten minutes to briefly discuss your needs and one of our trained peer supporters will select a carrier they feel is most appropriate for you to try (unless you already know what you want of course). If the first carrier doesn’t work for you then we’ll offer a second option but you will only have time to try two options at a library session, if you want to try lots of carriers for a more tailored experience then a 1-2-1 consultation would be a better option for you. We have a wide range of carriers to try so you’re very welcome to hire one for a month then come back and try another. If you’ve outgrown your stretchy wrap, come back for the step in your babywearing journey!

Limitations…. We hope everyone can understand and appreciate there are limitations to what we can do at a library session and that trying to do more than we know if safe in 10 minutes could lead to accidents. Going over those 10 minutes would also mean that others aren’t seen and we want our service to be as fair to everyone as possible.

  • Only two carriers can be tried at a library session, you’re welcome to take another ticket and re-join the queue if you want to try more BUT we can’t guarantee we’ll have time to see you again.
  • We can only show front and hip carries (No back carries) as the time limitations and busy atmosphere doesn’t make for a safe environment to learn to back carry. If you are already confident back carrying and want to try a carrier for yourself that’s fine but if you want to learn to back carry then you’ll need to book a 1-2-1 consultation or back carrying workshop.
  • Although we do our best to ensure you leave feeling confident to use a carrier if you’re a complete novice you may find that 10 minutes isn’t enough for you to get to grips with this new skill, we can signpost you to videos that may help you to continue learning at home but a 1-2-1 consultation may be advisable.
  • Extra needs such as carrying multiples, carrying with a disability or carrying a child with additional needs may require more time than we can offer in a library setting so again, a 1-2-1 consultation may be more appropriate. If you’re unsure get in touch before hand to discuss your needs.

A sling library is a great place to try a new carrier, get a fit check on your own sling, meet other parents and grab a coffee. We’re here to help and hope you’ll leave feeling empowered and confident enough to carry your child comfortably and safely. Learning a new skill, especially when you’re already completely overwhelmed by the other three hundred new skills you’re getting the hang of as a parent can take time and practice so if you don’t get to grips with it straight away, don’t be put off. Come to a workshop, book a 1-2-1 or come to another session.

Happy carrying to you all!

Emma 🙂

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