Frequently Asked Questions


Finding the right carrier can be a confusing experience! With so many choices out there we want to take the confusion out of your choice!


We're always asked lots of questions - to help you out, here are the some of the most commonly asked questions...

 

I’m totally new to this! What are the different types of carriers?!

When you’re new to the world of babywearing, it can be very overwhelming! In fact, that’s why we were so passionate to start Have Child, Will Carry – to provide information and support to those who were interested in carrying their baby in a sling, carrier or wrap.

It’s also the reason we launched our online shop, www.hireababycarrier.co.uk – to make it as quick and easy as possible to try out different carriers, and find the right one!

What is the best sling for me?

The best sling for you… is the best sling for you!

The reason we started Have Child, Will Carry, and launched this online shop, is for exactly this reason. There is such a variety of slings, carriers and wraps, and we firmly believe that there’s a right carrier for everyone. Sometimes it takes a bit of trial and error to find the right one for you and your baby. We think the easiest way of doing that is to try them before you buy.

What’s the best carrier for a newborn?

There is no one answer to this question! In each type of carrier (stretchy wraps, woven wraps, tie strap carriers, buckled carriers and ring slings) there are carrying options for a newborn, but it’s really about finding the right choice for you.

For a newborn, you really can’t go wrong with a stretchy or hybrid stretchy carrier. They offer wonderful positioning for your new little bundle, and great support for you. It creates an environment very reminiscent of the womb (warm, snug, close to you!), and offers your baby the security and comfort (s)he needs as she adapts to being in the world.

 

Can I wear a premature baby?

It is possible to wear a premature baby and, in many cases, can provide a wonderful opportunity for bonding and attachment. In some hospitals, the use of stretchy wraps is actively encouraged with premature babies, due to the many benefits. Research has shown that premature babies who are touched and held gain weight faster and are healthier than babies who are not; babywearing is a great way to facilitate this.

We advise you to check with your doctor before babywearing a premature baby, and book a consultation if you require one to one support. E-mail us at hello@havechildwillcarry.co.uk for more information.

 

Can I wear a baby with additional physical needs?

This is dependent on your baby’s specific needs, and varies from family to family. Again, we’d advise you to check with your doctor before starting to babywear, and book a consultation if you require one to one support. E-mail us at hello@havechildwillcarry.co.uk for more information.

Can I wear an older child?

Absolutely – our library has options to carry right up to pre-school age. Older children can still benefit from the opportunity to physically connect with you, and even slightly bigger legs are still small enough to get tired easily!

Can I breastfeed in a carrier? Which one is best?

Absolutely, it’s certainly possible to feed in a carrier; in fact, people successfully nurse in all types of carriers (stretchy wraps, woven wraps, tie strap carriers, buckled carriers and ring slings).

However, it isn’t possible for everyone and we really recommend (as with all things!) that you don’t pile too much pressure on yourself.

Master breastfeeding and then, separately, master babywearing. Then, if possible, combine the two together. Remember, if you don’t manage it, you’re still giving your child two wonderful gifts.

I can’t make up my mind! How can I choose?

First and foremost, use your instincts. What naturally appeals to you? That might be the best place to start!

Get in touch! We’re here to provide information and support, and we want to help!

If you’re local, you can come to one of our sling meets, or book a slot at our sling clinic. If you would prefer more one to one time, you could book a private consultation. E-mail us at hello@havechildwillcarry.co.uk for more information.

If you are further afield, e-mail us at the above address for online support and information.

In some cases, we are able to offer sling consultations by Skype. Please contact us for further details, and to see if we can arrange a booking.

 

How can I order my sling?

Simply select a carrier you like the look of and email us at hello@havechildwillcarry.co.uk to check availability. We can then get the loan details organised for you, and your carrier can be sent out the very next day!

Why do I have to pay a deposit?

We take a deposit as a precaution, in the unlikely event of damage being done to the carrier, or the very unlikely event of a carrier not being returned to us.

To make things easier for hirers, we don’t ask for the full retail value of the carrier, and ask instead for a nominal fee.

Please understand that, in the unlikely event of a carrier being damaged or not returned, we may need to retain some or all of your deposit. You may also be required to make further payment to cover the full retail value of the carrier.

 

Tell me about postage!

All our carriers are classified as small parcels now. For carriers with a retail value of under £50, we send First Class Signed For; or those with a retail value of over £50 we send Special Delivery, which guarantees next day delivery. The postage prices for each carrier are displayed with the carrier details in our online shop; we only pass on to you the exact postage amounts, so you don’t have to pay more than you need to.

We ask you to return your carriers using the same postage bracket that was used to send it out to you.

We use these different options to ensure the carrier is covered by Royal Mail’s insurance, should anything go wrong.

Remember that the postage times count within your hire period, so please factor this in if you need the carrier for a specific date, and to ensure the carrier is returned to us on time.

 

Do I need to clean the carrier?

We hire baby carriers, so we expect usual baby stains! Food stains and posset marks are to be expected, and we just ask you to give any light marks a quick spot clean with a damp cloth.

As a rule, we don’t expect carriers to be laundered before return; some carriers have quite specific wash instructions. However, if you think a full clean is necessary, please take the following actions. For stretchy wraps, woven wraps, woven fabric tie-strap carriers and ring slings, wash using a liquid detergent and a washing cycle suitable for delicates. Protect rings by putting a sock or similar over them, held on with an elastic band. If in doubt, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.

For buckled carriers, please avoid putting them in the washing machine. If you really feel it’s unavoidable, please refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.

In either case, please contact us and let us know.

 

How do I return my carrier?

Carriers can be returned at our sling meets and sling clinics. In some circumstances, and if pre-arranged, we can organise it so that you can return your carrier in person in between meets.

Alternatively, you can return your carrier by post to Have Child, Will Carry collective, Bolingbroke, Rye Road, Sandhurst, Kent, TN18 5JE.

 

What happens if I damage the carrier?

If a carrier is damaged it means we’re unable to hire it out; another person may miss out, and the library misses out on hire fees. For this reason, if a carrier is damaged, we may withhold some or all of your deposit, to repair the damage.

For this reason, please be considerate when using the carriers. We expect reasonable wear and tear and, of course, wouldn’t retain any deposit for the usual use of a carrier. But do please keep your hired carrier away from anything that might cause permanent damage e.g oil, paint, pens, scissors, Velcro, keys in your bag, fire etc.

What happens if I’m late in returning the carrier?

We rely on carriers being returned on time, in order to hire them out again to the next person who’s interested. If carriers are returned late, it means the next person is left waiting, and the library misses out on hire fees. For this reason, we reserve the right to charge £2 per day in late fees.

If you think you’re going to be late in returning the carrier, get in touch and let us know – we can always try and arrange something mutually convenient.

I think I need a bit more help? How can I do that?

We offer plenty of choices to ensure you get the support you need. We’re always happy to offer free, comprehensive online support and information to those that are using our postal hire service.

For those based in Kent we have the sling meet, which is a great option for free, informal advice; unfortunately, we aren’t able to promise how much time we can spend with each person, as sling meets can get quite busy.

We also offer appointments at the sling clinic – great if you know what you need help with, and want to get it dealt with!

Finally, we have the one to one consultations. E-mail us at hello@havechildwillcarry.co.uk for more information.

In some cases, we are able to offer sling consultations by Skype. Please contact us for further details, and to see if we can arrange a booking.  

~Kitty and Vicky~