Come to Chat and Find out About Slings and Babywearing

Sling Meets & Libraries

In response to demand, Babywearing Ireland (BWI) have been setting up and running local sling meets all over the country. BWI Sling Meets are peer-to-peer support meetings, facilitated by volunteers who are experienced babywearers. Peer-to-peer means that all those attending the meet help each other, share their experience, maybe even their slings. Facilitate means that our volunteers provide a space for the meeting to take place and are available to share information. Sling Meets are not workshops or a safe space for in-depth advice and instruction/teaching. It is not possible for any BWI volunteer to give detailed instruction or professional advice at a BWI sling meeting.

Most sling meets have a library too, so once you’ve tried a sling you can rent it, for a small fee, and try it at home. The slings stocked in each library vary from group to group, but will contain at least one sling in each of the following categories/ types – stretchy wrap, woven wrap, ring sling, mei tai, soft structured carrier (SSC).

Find all Sling Meets & Libraries listed at the bottom of this page

The National Sling Library

Our national sling library is a fabulous and unique resource. There is no other country in the world with a country-wide sling library! There are approximately 150 slings currently in the National Library, with various brands of stretchy wrap, woven wrap, ring sling, mei tai and soft structured carrier (SSC).

You can borrow slings from our National Sling Library and try it out for a couple of weeks, before buying one yourself. There is a small charge for borrowing. The fees earned from renting slings cover postage to you, and any remaining funds are reinvested in the library so that we can respond to demand for various carriers. BWI is always working hard to keep the selection of slings in the BWI National Sling Library up-to-date. We only carry slings that are currently available in Ireland or Europe.

CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE RENTAL FORM FOR THE NATIONAL LIBRARY

”Sling meets are a lovely place for parents to meet others alike and learn more about slings and babywearing in an informal setting” – Mags, Laois Sling Meet facilitator

Sling Meets are a place where you:

  • can chat and learn about slings and babywearing
  • can get information about safe babywearing
  • can see a demonstration of all of the basic sling types
  • can hear other people’s and share your own experience about using slings
  • can ask questions you may have about day-to-day life with slings
  • can get assistance in trying on slings
  • can rent slings for a small fee
  • can get to meet other parents who live in your area

Slings meets are held on a regular basis in several locations.
PLease always check the Facebook page for most up to date meet details!

Cavan


BWI Cavan Sling Library 

Hall in grounds of the Church of Ireland 

Virginia, Co. Cavan

cavanslinglibrary@gmail.com

Usually meets 2nd Monday of the month.

Clare

Clare BWI Sling Meet

Woodstock Hotel

Shanaway Rd, Ballylannidy, Ennis, Co. Clare, V95 TR25

bwi.clare@gmail.com

Usually meets the 1st Friday of the month

Cork

BWI Ballincollig Sling Meet

Ballincollig Rugby Club

Classis Lake, Ballincollig, Co Cork

Bwiballincollig@gmail.com

Usually meets 4th Thursday of the month

Dublin

Fingal Babywearing Ireland Sling Meet

Malahide Parish Centre

Main Street, Malahide, Co Dublin

fingalbwi@gmail.com

Usually meets last Monday of each month

 

BWI Dublin North Inner City

Barbara Ward Community Centre 

(former Croke Park Community Centre), Dublin 3

bwi.dublinnorthcentral@gmail.com

Usually meets last Tuesday of the month

 

BWI Kilnamanagh

Kilnamanagh Resource Centre

St Kevin’s Girls School

Treepark Dr, Tymon North, Dublin, 24

tallaghtbwislingmeet@gmail.com

Monthly meet – Please see FB page or message for dates. Meet is held once a month on a Friday

 

BWI South Dublin Sling Meet

Naomh Olaf GAA club (check Facebook)

Naomh Olaf GAA club, Holly Ave, Blackthorn, Dublin

southdublinslingmeet@gmail.com

Meet date varies from month to month, usually once every four-six weeks, published as an event on the Facebook page.

 

BWI Dublin West Sling Meet

Jill O’Neill School of Dance, Dance Studio, Junction 6.

Castleknock, Abbotstown, Dublin

babywearingirelandirelanddublinwest@gmail.com

Usually meets 3rd Tuesday of the month

 

Galway

 

Galway Slings BWI

Knocknacarra Community Rooms (above Joyces)

Shangort Rd, Knocknacarra, Galway, H91 Y72R

galwayslings@gmail.com

Usually meets 2nd Saturday of most months (please check Facebook page)

 

Kerry

BWI Kerry Sling Library

Manor West Hotel, Tralee

Ratass, Tralee, Co. Kerry

Bwikerryslinglibrary@gmail.com

Usually meets last Saturday of the month

 

Kildare

BWI Clane Sling Library

Parish of Clane & Rathcoffey Centre

Beside Church of St Patrick & St Brigit, Main St, Clane

Babywearingclane@gmail.com

Usually meets 2nd Wednesday of the month (term time only)

 

BWI Monasterevin Sling Library

Monasterevin Community Centre

W34 FH24

bwimonasterevinmeet@gmail.com

Usually meets 1st Saturday every month

 

Kilkenny

BWI Kilkenny Sling Library

Jellietots Playcentre

Loughboy Industrial Estate

bwi.kilkenny@gmail.com

Usually meets 3rd Thursday of the month

 

Laois

BWI Laois Sling Meet

The Heath Hall

The Heath, Laois

bwi.laoislibrary@gmail.com

Usually meets 1st Wednesday of the month

 

Limerick

BWI Limerick Sling Meet

To Be Confirmed January 2020

bwi.limerick@gmail.com

Please Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for details

 

Longford

BWI Longford Sling Meet And Library

COFFEEHOUSE45, Dublin Street, Longford. N39 E196

Bwilongford@gmail.com

Usually meets 3rd Monday of each month

 

Louth

BWI North East (Dundalk) Sling Meet

Community Room Tesco Extra

Townparks, Dublin Road, Dundalk Co.Louth

bwi.northeast@gmail.com

Usually meets the 2nd Saturday of the month

 

Meath

BWI East Meath Drogheda

Drogheda Presbyterian Church

Colp East, Drogheda, Co. Meath

eastmeathbwi@gmail.com

Usually meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month

 

BWI Navan Sling Library

Solstice Navan

Solstice Art Centre  Railway St, Dillonsland, Navan, Co. Meath

navanslingmeet@gmail.com

Usually meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month

 

Offaly

BWI Offaly Sling Library

King Oak Tullamore

Cloncollig Industrial Estate, Tullamore R35 H5K7

bwi.tullamore@gmail.com

Usually meets the 2nd Wednesday of the Month

 

Sligo

Sligo Slingers BWI Meet and Library

Costa, Carraroe

Carraroe Retail Park, Sligo

Sligobwi.slinglibrary@gmail.com

Usually meets alternating second Tuesday/ second Saturday each month

 

Tipperary

Nenagh Sling Library

Abbey Court Hotel,

Dublin Road, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, E45 KA99

Nenaghbwi.slinglibrary@gmail.com

TBD January 2020 – Please check the Facebook page

 

Westmeath

BWI Mullingar Sling Meet & Library

Jungle Joe’s/ Rock N’ Bowl

Lynn Road, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

bwimullingar@gmail.com

Usually meets the 1st Thursday of each month

 

Wexford

BWI Wexford Sling Library

The Church Institute, Enniscorthy

The Church Institute, Church Street, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

Bwi.wexford@gmail.com

Usually meets 1st Wednesday of every month

 

Waterford

BWI Waterford Sling Meets and Library

Ardkeen Library Waterford

Ardkeen Library Ardkeen Shopping Centre, Dunmore Rd, Waterford 

bwiwaterford@gmail.com

Usually meets the 4th Saturday of the month

 

Wicklow

BWI Wicklow

Kilcoole Community Hall

14 Village Gate, Kilcoole, A63 V663, Ireland

wicklowslinglibrary@gmail.com

Usually meets on the fourth Sunday of the month