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 with extra training 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 or more 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 🙂
Online Library Sessions
Come along and have a chat!
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic we are running weekly online library sessions. Log into Zoom for help with baby carriers, slings and cloth nappies. Show us your own, or see what we have available to hire through the post or local collection/drop off.
Our online library sessions run every Monday between 1pm – 1.30pm, just register at https://hire.storkandthebees.com/events wait for the Zoom details and log in!
We suggest a minimum £2 donation to help us cover the costs of running the library (e.g. insurance costs). You can add the credit to your account in our online portal: http://hire.storkandthebees.com.
– Sling hire – £15 for a sling for a month, £15 to rehire
– 10 minute 1-1 Zoom/doorstep sling fitting session – £5
– Nappy hire – £60 for a nappy kit for three months, or £1 per nappy per month
If necessary, during this uncertain time, we offer concession prices too, but we appreciate if you can afford to pay full prices, to allow us to help more families:
– Sling hire – £10 for a sling for a month, or £10 to rehire
– Sling hire with a 10 minute 1-1 Zoom/doorstep fitting session – £15
– Nappy hire – £30 for a nappy kit for three months, or 50p per nappy per month
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.
If you need guidance between libraries, or have a less straightforward situation, please contact us to book your 1-1 online consultation:
– £20 for 30 mins mini consult
– £30 for a full consult (50 mins)
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