How to Visit

Drop in sessions are the basic day to day sling library open times. We run at least one free open session each week in venues in Leeds. Drop in sessions are free, regular and a good base for basic advice and rentals. They are run by trained volunteers and can be very vibrant and social, busy and full of families with their slings and carriers.

Everyone is welcome at drop in, but if your query is a little more complex, you or your baby have additional needs, you are new to carrying or prefer a more sedate environment, you might choose to book a one to one session.

DROP IN SESSIONS

We run drop in sessions at multiple venues in Leeds, allowing you to choose the session that suits you best. You can see the full schedule of drop in sessions on our calendar page.

 

HORSFORTH – TINY TOES PLAY CENTRE, 30 Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 4RJ.  We use the home from home area at Tiny Toes once a month from 10.30-2pm. Tiny Toes is a soft play centre aimed at the under 5s, with ball pools and play frame, baby play area and ride on toys. The home from home area is equppied with sofas, cots and bouncy chairs. The café area sells hot drinks, meals and refreshments including home made pizzas. Entry fees usually apply, but for visitors using the sling library entry is free for babies under 12 months or half price for 12m plus if you would like to stay and play. Drop offs and pick ups are free and can be accomplished without entering the play area.

FARSLEY – THORNFIELD AVENUE FARSLEY LEEDS LS28 5HJ
This is the home address of the sling library owner Nicola, in use temporarily until a new space for our drop in can be found. Please respect our neighbours and park appropriately when you visit. We run 10-2.30pm here.

Currently the sling library is looking for a permanent home for drop in sessions. Can you help? Please get in touch!

PUDSEY – PUDSEY WELLBEING CENTRE – first floor community hall

Sling Socials are baby group style sessions to which all are welcome. We use the community hall of Pudsey Wellbeing Centre – we take the entire sling library along and families come to play, to try carriers, get advice, return or pick up rental carriers. Sessions are free but we have a voluntary contribution towards the cost of room hire, all proceeds to Love Pudsey charity.

PUDSEY WELLBEING CENTRE, ROBIN LANE, PUDSEY, LEEDS

Every Other Friday 12-2.30pm

DIRECTIONS TO VENUES

By car

The Sling Social sessions at Pudsey Wellbeing Centre  are within sight of the large Pudsey Park/Leisure centre free car park, and the Robin Lane car park.

Tiny Toes is at the rear of Horsforth Town Street and served by the Kerry ill car park. It can be accessed via the alleyway next to Fultons if you use parking on Town Street.

By train

The nearest train station is New Pudsey which is about a 10 minute walk from the Farsley base. Walking directions can be accessed using the journey planner at http://www.wymetro.com/ or using Google Maps.

The Sling Social sessions are served by the same station, but are much easier to access by bus to Pudsey Bus Station.

The nearest train station to Tiny Toes is Horsforth station.

By bus

Bus numbers X6, X8, 8, 9, 16, 16A, 72, 80, 86, 508 and 714 all serve Farsley, direct and frequent services from Horsforth, Bramley, Pudsey, Middleton, Seacroft, Leeds, Bradford, Halifax and everywhere in between make the library easily accessible by bus.

The Sling Social sessions at Pudsey Wellbeing Centre are within sight of Pudsey Bus Station and served by all Pudsey buses.

Horsforth Town Street has regular buses including the 8,9, 50, 50A and the 97 runs nearby.

Accessibility

Access is mostly level with a lift available. Some pushchairs and wheelchairs may be difficult to manoeuvre inside the store where some walkways are narrow. Please ask at the desk if you need assistance reaching the cafe.

Access to our Sling Social sessions at Pudsey Wellbeing centre is provided via lift from the ground floor. Disabled toilets are available.

Tiny Toes is on the first floor and up a flight of stairs, there is a pram park in the entranceway.

If you have accessibility issues or additional needs please get in touch with any questions you have about our venues. For private appointments please contact me and I can arrange to meet you somewhere mutually convenient. If you have any additional needs which make visiting the library problematic, please let me know and we can come up with solutions.

Older children

Older children are welcome to come and join in at the sling library sessions. The venue at SCRAP is a very stimulating environment for all ages and has a play area. Our facility at Pudsey Wellbeing Centre is more aimed at preschool age, but older ones are welcome too. Tiny Toes is aimed at children under 5,  sling library attendees do not have to pay entrance for children under 12 months, and can take advantage of the half price sling library entry for children under 12 months who would like to stay and play.

I hope this helps those coming to the sling library sessions for the first time.

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23 thoughts on “How to Visit

    Victoria Wood said:
    February 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Hi
    the sling library was recommended to me by a group of mums at a baby group. I have a 6 month old baby and I have tried a baba sling without success and i’m currently using a bjorn carrier which gives me backache. Would it be possible to visit you for help in finding a sling that is right for me.

    Kind regards
    Victoria Wood

      wyslinglibrary responded:
      February 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      Certainly, Victoria. The library is open for drop-in sessions 10-3pm every Wednesday and you’re welcome to come along. Take a look around the site and the services we offer, specifically the How to Visit page. If you prefer, you can call on 0113 2100855.Looking forward to meeting you.

    Anna said:
    November 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Hi, I can’t see your address anywhere on the site – am I being blind?! Hoping to come along this Wednesday if that’s ok…

      wyslinglibrary responded:
      November 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Hello Anna – the library runs in Farsley. There is a map available on the Facebook page. Drop in runs this Weds 14th between 10-3pm, you are welcome to come along!

    Beth said:
    November 17, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Hi if an appointment is made outside of the drop in is this classed as an consultant. I am looking to hire a buckle sling but don’t need a consultant just a recommendation and wondered if you do weekends?

    Beth x

      wyslinglibrary responded:
      November 21, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Hello Beth, recommendation appointments can be made by calling 0113 2100855. These half hour slots are free with your first 4 week rental. Weekends can be arranged.

    Jennifer said:
    November 21, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Hi, I am having difficulty getting through to you on the telephone number and I was just wondering if there is a drop in session at the library today at all? Thanks in advance.

      wyslinglibrary responded:
      November 21, 2012 at 11:16 am

      My apologies for the confusion Jenny, the next drop in is weds 28th Nov, 10-3pm. I hope this message reaches you in time. I will update the site now for clarification and to avoid this problem in the future. I hope to see you next week.

    Cassy said:
    February 7, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Hi,
    Myself &my friends are planning on coming to visit you this weds at your drop in session with our 15week old sons. You mentioned if it is your first visit to get in touch with you before so we can arrange to have a chat while we are there
    Many Thanks

      wyslinglibrary responded:
      February 7, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Hi Cassy

      We would love to see you at the drop-in. On your first visit we make sure you are aware of the need to leave a deposit in the library if you take a rental (there is no obligation to hire a carrier at drop-in) usually in the form of a cheque. We also like to let people new to the library know about the parking restrictions outside as they are badly signposted – please don’t park in marked bays. The drop-ins are sometimes busy, sometimes not, but we try to help everyone. It is possible to book private time if that is preferred. Other than that, welcome, take a look around, and if you have any more questions either email or give the library a call on 0113 2100855. Yours, Nicola

    D said:
    February 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Just wondered if you have any slings in stock suitable for plus size momma’s? Preferably a mei tai or a non stretchy wrap. Thanks in advance

    jakeysmummy said:
    February 14, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Just wondered if you had anything suitable for plus size momma’s? Either a size 7 non stretchy wrap or a mei tai at all?

      wyslinglibrary responded:
      February 14, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      Hello! The library has plenty of carriers to fit all shapes and sizes. There are wraps available in sizes 2-7. The Storchenwiege Inka is a 5.2m length and Hoppediz Chicago a ‘maxi’ – 5.4m. There are many carries that can be done with shorter wraps also. Most of the buckle carriers and mei tais fit a good range, some with adjustable or accessory straps, but of course here is the place to try on several and get a good fit for you!

    Charlie said:
    April 25, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Hi,
    I’d like to make an appointment for as soon as possible to look at slings please – when is your next drop in and where is it?
    Thanks v much

      wyslinglibrary responded:
      April 28, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      Hello Charlie

      The next dropin session is Wednesday 1st May 10-3pm, at 19 Cote Lane Farsley Leeds LS28 5ED. The next Sling Social is Friday 3rd May 12-2.30pm at Pudsey Wellbeing Centre, Robin Lane, Pudsey. We offer private appointments out of these hours – if you have any questions please call 0113 2100855. Thanks, Nicola

    Catrin Lloyd said:
    May 29, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I’ve been looking absolutely everywhere for a suitable sling/carrier for a forthcoming holiday with my 7 month old and have only just found out about the library! We go on holiday 10th June and would love to try some out and rent ond from you at some point next week? Should I arrange a consultation with you given short notice or make an appointment for the weds session? Many thanks, Catrin

    Rebecca Vaughan said:
    August 13, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Hi there,I live in Bramley. I have two girls of 2 and 8 months,each of whom have been carried in slings. I have a walking back carrier for my 8 month old but would really like to try out a sling which I can use on my back every day. Please could I come to the drop in.session tomorrow?

      wyslinglibrary responded:
      August 13, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Hi Rebecca – absolutely. The library session runs at 55 Thornfield Avenue, opposite the shops on Farfield Avenue, Farsley, Leeds – LS28 5HL. We are open 10-3pm, drop by any time. Please bear with us this week , we are newly moved and renovating. If you feel you might want to take a carrier away with you please bring along a deposit (cheque preferred, cash by arrangement). Any questions please call 0113 2100855. Yours, Nicola

    Clair Shaw said:
    September 14, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Hello
    I’m currently using the Closer Caboo which I love for how quick it is to slip on n off. It’s just feeling a little saggy for my chunky 4 month old who is now 20lb and I was looking to try out a Rose and Rebellion, it looks fairly easy for back carries, hope you can help.
    Thanks Clair.

      wyslinglibrary responded:
      September 15, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      Hi Clair,

      No problem, we can help you find something that will work for you. The library session runs at 55 Thornfield Avenue, access and parking is from opposite the shops on Farfield Avenue, Farsley, Leeds – LS28 5HJ. Drop by any time between 10-3pm. If you feel you might want to take a carrier away with you please bring along a deposit (cheque preferred, cash by arrangement). All library services – advice, try ons, rentals swaps and returns are also available at the Sling Social sessions – the next is Friday 20th Sept 12-2.30pm at Pudsey Wellbeing Centre, first floor, turn right out of the lift. Any questions, or to check carrier availability on the day that you come along to avoid disappointment, please call 0113 2100855. Yours, Nicola

    Clair Shaw said:
    September 16, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Hi Nichola
    Thanks for getting back to me. Sorry if I’m being thick but am I right in thinking you have all the slings to try at your home as well?
    Also how much is the deposit and is cash ok? (Although I’m thinking maybe I should order a chequebook, it’s the 2nd time I’ve needed one this week!)
    Cheers
    Clair

      wyslinglibrary responded:
      September 16, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Hi Clair, We do have the carriers available to try at drop-in every Wednesday, yes – a different selection every week depending on what’s going out and coming in that day. We ask for a £30 cash deposit if cheque is not available, but cheque is preferred. Drop in runs every week from 10-3pm at 55 Thornfield Avenue, Farsley Leeds LS28 5HJ (access is from Farfield Avenue and we ask you to park outside the shops over the green opposite so as not to clog the area for our neighbours). You are welcome at either session. Yours, Nicola

    Clair Shaw said:
    September 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Brilliant. I’ll pop over tomorrow late morning/lunchtime.
    Thanks x

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