Seaside Parenting

Welcome to Seaside Parenting! 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 hire items. Contact us for reservations.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is sling hire?

£3 per week for any sling.

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 nappies and accessories are 50p-£1 each for 4 weeks. Most people will hire at least 5 nappies and 1 wet bag at a time but you can hire a full kit as well! Birth to potty nappy hire can be extended. Newborn kit hire usually can't be extended as there is often a waiting list and your baby will usually be growing out of newborn by the end of the 8 weeks anyway! You are welcome to swap your newborn kit over for birth to potty nappies or of course buy and get 10% off from me!

How do I pay?

Payment is done by card. Once you’ve arranged hire with me, I will send you an invoice. I ask that you save your card details as this acts as your deposit and makes it easier to extend hire if needed. If you are coming to an in person session, I can take your card details and payment there.

How do I collect my hire?

At an in person consultation you can take your hired items home with you. Otherwise slings and nappies can be collected from my house in Tuckton. This is done via a lock box outside my house. You will be given the code when arranging hire and can then collect at any time on they day we have arranged. 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.

Can I reserve items to hire online myself?

I have disabled the function to allow customers to reserve their own slings and newborn nappy kits on our 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, please just get in touch and we can discuss your options and I can get it reserved for you! If you'd like to reserve a newborn nappy kit, please fill in this form.

Birth to potty nappies can be reserved by you online but if you are unsure what you want/need, you can fill in this form.

Do you wash the slings? Do I need to wash the sling at the end of my hire?

Please only wash before returning if the sling needs it, a link to instructions are on each item on Lend Engine. Please make sure all buckles are done up before putting a sling in the washing machine. I try not to wash slings more than necessary as too much washing can shorten their lifespan. I do not wash or quarantine slings between hires as it has been proven that the Coronavirus cannot be transferred on surfaces such as fabric etc. It needs a live host.

How do I know which sling to get?

I have bookable one to one consultations available Thursday mornings and every other Saturday morning. These can be either in person or online over Zoom.

I run an online support group on Tuesday mornings over Zoom where you can request certain slings for me to demo. When it is safer to do so, these sessions will be in person at Beaufort Community Centre. Places must be booked.

Can you show me how to back carry?

For back carrying you’ll need to book at least a half hour consultation. I will start my back carrying workshops again soon, let me know if you’re interested.

Can I back carry with the sling I hired or one I already own?

Probably. Most slings are suitable for back carries.

Where can I buy a sling or cloth nappies?

I am set up as a retailer for many of the slings and nappies I have available to hire (and add more in when I can). I am currently unable to keep any slings in stock but I can order them for you. Nappies I do have some in stock. 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.

Can I bring my baby to my appointment?

Absolutely! Your baby is essential to bring. Unless you're pregnant of course, but obviously you still have your baby with you ;)

I'm pregnant, should I make an appointment now or wait until baby is born?

Personally I'd always suggest coming when you're pregnant. Babywearing from birth can be so useful and great for bonding. You can practice and get the hang of it without baby and you'll be a pro by the time baby arrives.