Quick Change to Normal Hours on Saturday 18th June

Quick change!

Saturday 18th June sees the drop in session slide forward from the usual 10-12am to later in the day, 3-5pm. Just for one week only!

The Circle shop will still be open between 10-12am for purchases, and carriers can be returned during this time, but for sling and carrier advice and support please aim for the drop in session when our trained advisors will be available.

If your carrier is due back on the 18th, we have already emailed you separately so please check your messages.

Back to normal next week!

Drop In Sessions for April – Easter Opening Times

Here are the drop in session dates for April including a short Easter Break! All running at The Circle Farsley parenting support space and shop.

SAT 2nd APRIL 10-12am

WEDS 6th APRIL 9am-3pm

EASTER BREAK – no session on Sat 9th or Weds 13th April

SAT 16th April 10-12am

WEDS 20th APRIL 9am-3pm

SAT 23rd APRIL 10-12am

WEDS 27th APRIL 9am-3pm *with Leeds Cloth Nappy Library 9.30-11.30am*

SAT 30th APRIL 10-12am

Cancelled Sling Library Drop In Session – 16/3/22

We are sorry to say we need to cancel our drop in session of Wednesday 16th March as Nicola has tested positive for Covid and cannot facilitate the session. We are keeping everything crossed we can open again for the Saturday session but please check before you travel.

If you have a carrier due back at this session we have emailed with further information. Please be in touch!

Big News!

WYSL is moving into a brand new permanent home. After ten years a mobile service, we are delighted to announce that we have our very own premises, shop and parenting support space.

Introducing The Circle – a place to meet, play, carry, support, and shop. we have given over 2/3 of our floor space to the parenting support space – toys, rugs, sofas, and everything screwed down to make a relaxing place to be even with babies and toddlers in tow. This space will host The West Yorkshire Sling Library’s drop in sessions twice a week, and other meets, groups and classes on the other days. More news on which groups is coming soon!

The shop, we are packing full of lovely things, local things, baby gear, everything we’ve found useful for parenting and family life – the little genius inventions that make life easier. We are choosing eco friendly toys for the shop from sustainable sources, and inviting in our local makers and small scale producers, for gifts and gorgeous things for all the family.

We are so excited to welcome you in. Introducing The Circle!

Heading back to Wakefield

Good news! We are able to run a session this Friday 18th Sept at our Wakefield venue. Subject to the developing situation post-lockdown, our plan is to return every four weeks as usual. It will be lovely to be out and about again!

Our sessions have to change in the short term and will not be offered as drop in – you will need to make an appointment to come along so we can keep everyone safe. We have limited slots and they are free – so contact us to book yours.

Have something to drop off or just want to pop in and collect? No problem, just let us know you are coming and we will give you a time to aim for. If you’d like to arrange support and recommendations virtually and just collect on the day, that’s fine too.

There will be extra rules and precautions as we are all used to now – we will need to make sure you are up to speed so will send you safety information for your visit.

Email us on wyslinglibrary@outlook.com or call 01132100855 to book and we will be on our way to Wakefield before you know it.



We have VIRTUAL sling library sessions running for help and advice with all types of slings and carriers. They can be carriers you have hired from us, carriers you’d like to try, carriers you own or carriers you are thinking about buying. You can interact with our live demos with questions and get an idea of what might suit you. As always, drop in sessions are free to “attend” but the great news with these is you don’t need to be local or to leave your own home.

We are also running Q&A sessions on the main Facebook page, every Friday morning. You can put your questions in in advance, if wanted, but we will be live every Friday morning answering anything you need – we can answer in text, with photos or with videos.

NEXT VIRTUAL sling library sessions:
Weds 1st April 12-2pm
Weds 8th April 12-2pm


Coronavirus, Carriers, and Closure.

⭐️ UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS – original post written 16th March at 5pm, edited on 17th March at 6pm, 17th March 9pm, 18th March 11am  ⭐️

The West Yorkshire Sling Library service is very dear to me, I have been running it for nearly ten years and I refer to it as my third baby. It is a community based service, and a small business, both – run by staff and by many wonderful volunteers who have given their time and expertise over the years. Today we have to make hard decisions, and we massively appreciate your support now and in the weeks or months to come.

Coronavirus is of course a worrying time for a lot of us, and we are all busy trying to navigate it all, so here is our most recent update based on advice from medical professionals, the government, and of course, common sense!

This is our session which has had to close with the least amount of notice. We have arranged with the centre that carriers can be dropped off on 18/3/20 only, between 12-2 only, in the glass porch area of Boston Spa Children’s Centre. Please seal your carriers in a plastic bag and attach your name to the OUTSIDE. These returns will be NO-CONTACT – staff can observe your return but will collect from the porch area after you have left, and we will be in touch to confirm your carrier return.

⭐️ DROP-IN SESSIONS will close from 18/3/20 until further notice. As social distancing is advised, we feel this is the responsible thing to do to protect our users. If our venues remain open and nothing else changes, we should be able to offer booked appointment slots at strategic points in the calendar for families needing our services, or wanting to drop something off. Please contact us on wyslinglibrary@outlook.com for further details, and keep updated using this Facebook page.

⭐️ ADVICE AND SUPPORT All our carrier advice, sling support and carrier fitting services will still be available via online messaging and video chat. We will still be providing support for carriers out on hire, and hope to maintain our service with support on the phone or by messenger. Thankfully we have never been better placed to offer remote services. Please do come and join our Facebook group – The West Yorkshire Sling Library Chat and Advice.

⭐️ 1-2-1 appointments will remain available, in person at Farsley, or as a virtual appointment (no contact needed). We will be offering these for as long as our household remains symptom-free, and our strict hygiene precautions will apply. Any booked appointment can be changed to an online appointment easily. We are waiving our usual cancellation policy. You can book an appointment by contacting us on wyslinglibrary@outlook.com.

⭐️ CARRIER HIRE is available via collection (no contact needed, we can leave it ready for you using our drop box) or send it out to you by post. Our carriers are washed carefully, and rested/isolated in between hires for a minimum of 72 hours to ensure they are 100% safe to use and enjoy.  You can read about our hygiene and safety policy here – https://wyslinglibrary.com/the-library/hygiene/

⭐️ ALREADY HIRED? If you have a carrier out on hire, and would like to keep hiring it, we absolutely appreciate your support. We have had lots of supportive messages over the past few days as we have gathered advice together about the right path for the sling library to take, and we know there are many families out there that want to continue to support us over this difficult period.

To pay it forward, we are offering an initial two weeks of hire extra free with any four week extension to a hire due for return between 19/3/20 and 13/4/20 – to allow families who are isolating the chance to return. Just ask for this to be applied to your hire account. We may extend this offer in the future depending on how long we remain closed, but we are keeping our fingers crossed it won’t be needed.

We are taking these measures to ensure that all the families that use our service are protected, and can continue to use carriers safely and comfortably throughout this strange and worrying time. We have already been in touch with self isolating families who are using their carriers at home – ‘lifesaver!’ and for getting out and about in less populated areas for fresh air and letting off steam. Regardless of your use for a carrier, we are here for support throughout, and we thank you all for your support – now and in the future.

Stay safe and healthy!

Nicola and the WYSL team.

The worldwide outbreak of Coronavirus

At this worrying time for everyone, we are keeping our drop in sessions open but taking every precaution to make sure we run them safely.

ONLINE support is always available.

NO-CONTACT collections and returns can be arranged.

1-2-1 sessions will be offered at a reduced rate to those who need them.

DROP-IN sessions will be run very carefully with a hands-off approach.

SWAPS will be kept to a minimum during this period.

RETURNS will be isolated for a period of minimum 72 hours and washed carefully.

CHECK before you travel to any session in case of any change in advice.

SUPPORT our community, be careful and do not return items unless it is safe to do so.

WORRIED? Check out our policies on our hygiene page, or contact us.





CHANGE OF TIME to our Chapel Allerton sessions


PLEASE NOTE that the new time for the Chapel Allerton session will be 1-4.30pm. This is to better fit with the centre’s scheduling. It was previously 10.30am-2pm.

If you have a carrier due back at this session and cannot make the new time, please get in touch as soon as you can – message us on Facebook, email wyslinglibrary@outlook.com, call or text on 07505776950.

If your carrier is due back at this session you will hear from us about the change of time.

Please share this with anyone you know who might be interested in coming along so we can make sure everyone has the right date and time.

NEW Ergobaby Embrace Carrier

Ergobaby is a well known name in sling and carrier world, one of the relatively few brands you can buy in the UK on the high street. A new carrier from them is a big deal and out of all their carrier range, this one is the most different from their original Ergobaby design.


Aimed at the newborn and young baby stage, the embrace is soft, folds down small, and has stretchy straps that wrap around your shoulder. It is simple to use, with a built in padded headrest, and it looks stylish. The Embrace can be used with babies from 7lb in weight and has two height settings for newborns then for older babies.


The embrace crosses over on your back in a large X shape, the only Ergobaby carrier to offer this as a default. The stretch of the carrier means the fit is very adjustable and comfortable to wear – but like all stretchy carriers, care has to be taken as babies grow heavier and more active. The Embrace can be used in two carry positions, facing in or facing out when babies are five months plus. It retails for approximately £80, which is cheaper than the other buckle carriers in the Ergobaby range, although it will not offer the same span of use.


Why we like it –

Well made and with the Ergobaby 10 year guarantee, the embrace is a lovely choice for little babies.

It folds down small, feels soft and is comfortable in the shoulder.

It is nice to see manufacturers focusing on the newborn stage and releasing carrier specifically designed to excel in what many call the fourth trimester. Traditionally newborn carriers have been a neglected area with too many brands concentrating on longevity of the carriers, with the newborn fit a compromise, with extra accessories or inserts needed for use at this vital stage.


Things to think about-

The Embrace has a relatively low weight limit (25lb/11.3kg) but most families are unlikely to use it even to that weight because of the stretch in the straps.

We have yet to try out the length of the straps with parents who are very petite.

Two height fittings for the carrier can mean babies have an in-between stage, too tall for one but too small for the other. Clever fitting advice is needed to avoid this.