Welcome to Stork and The Bees!
We are a non profit library run by volunteer Babywearing Consultants and Peer Supporters. We offer advice and hire of slings* and cloth nappies, as well as workshops and consultations.
We own a range of slings that parents and carers can try, and also hire them for a few weeks. Slings are like shoes, it’s not one size fits all, so it is definitely worth trying a variety before you decide which one is right for you and your baby/child. We are certified Babywearing Consultants so we are able to show you how to safely use all the slings and help you figure out the best one for you.
Cloth nappies are also very much about personal preference. We’ve all used cloth nappies on our own children so have a lot of personal experience!
Our library sessions are free to attend, although we ask a voluntary donation of £2 to cover our costs! For dates please keep scrolling down and look at the box on the right. Simply pop along for as long as you like to our relaxed sessions to chat with us and the other families present. You can also get advice on your own sling or nappies.
To see which items we have available and in stock, please check on our hire portal.
We also offer group workshops. Please ask us if you’d like one arranged for a group of friends!
Did you know that we also offer gift vouchers? If you’d like to spread the sling or cloth nappy love with a friend or family member, why not get one as a present? 🙂
We’re also always happy to attend antenatal or baby groups or classes to give a short talk about what we do.
Each of us offer individually one to one babywearing consultations in which we can help you in more depth.
* “Slings” is sometimes a confusing term. We mean any kind of device by which you can attach your baby to your body 🙂
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Stork and the Bees will be running a little differently for a while.
We are holding Zoom libraries on Mondays 1-1.30. You will need to register here. This is an online session for those who need assistance with their nappies or carriers. We ask for a £2 donation to help us cover costs.
We want to help as many families as possible keep their children close during this unknown time, so in terms of hire we are offering:
– For slings, the £15 hire rate includes a 10 minute fitting session over Zoom or on collection, to help you fit and get used to your carrier, and rehires are £10 only.
– For nappies, the £60 hire rate includes a chat on how to use them, over Zoom. We have plenty nappy kits available and lots of loose nappies so please get in touch if we can help you.
If you are struggling financially, please get in touch and we should be able to offer discounted rates.
Items can be hired by post or local pick up / drop off (if we remain fit and well).
When your loan expires, you may extend it, or if you don’t want to extend your hire, please contact us for the return address. You are welcome to drop off in person (drop box or doorstep) or post. Please put all returns in a plastic bag so we can leave it 72 hours before opening as a precaution.
We are also offering reduced price Zoom consultations:
– £10 for 30 mins mini consult
– £20 for a full 60 mins
We no longer include credit towards hire or purchase.
Consultations can be useful for a newborn, twins, back carries, if you are uncomfortable, a child crying in the sling, feeding in the sling, or getting your carrier fitted correctly. Or any questions you might have!
Just get in touch on our Stork and The Bees social group or email firstname.lastname@example.org