the sling library
how it all started!
Salisbury Sling Library was created by a group of like-minded individuals, who all had a passion for carrying their children and the want to share their knowledge with others. It started out as a social, sling get-together, with everyone bringing and sharing their own carriers. Before long, they discovered that there was a need for baby wearing knowledge in Salisbury, so invested in about a dozen slings to launch the official library in February 2014.
Five years with Carol
Eventually Carol Kite, who initially only volunteered to help out, became the remaining founder of the library and ran it for 5 years, building it into a successful, well-known, not-for-profit, community organisation, run by volunteers.
Carol, with the help of her many different volunteers, helped countless families in the local area over the years. It is thanks to her and the library that baby wearing has become a very familiar sight in Salisbury, more so than in many other towns and cities in the UK.
In September 2019, Carol decided it was time to hang up her slings and hand over the running of the library, to spend more time with family. Susie, one of the library’s peer supporters, offered to take on the challenge and also run a baby wearing consultancy and retail business alongside.
Today, Salisbury Sling Library continues to be a not-for-profit organisation for the community, run by the community, making safe baby wearing available to EVERYONE. We are entirely self-funded, currently have a team of 3 trained consultants and 7 peer supporters and a stash of approximately 300 slings!!
Come along to any of our free library drop-ins to find out more!