MAIN DROP IN: Mondays 12-3pm

The Actress

90 Crystal Palace Rd

SE22 9EY

Drop In

Open every Monday, except for Bank Holidays, from 12pm until 3pm at The Actress, 90 Crystal Palace Road, SE229EY.

The drop in is free to attend with no booking required, for those intending to hire or purchase. Or we can help with your own sling for a £5 fee (redeemable against a hire or purchase, should you go on to make one).

When you arrive, pop your name on our list and you'll be seen on a roughly first come first served basis, but may be grouped with other parents for demos of the same types of sling. The drop in can get busy, so do come prepared to spend a little time, and feel free to eat, drink, feed your baby and chat to other parents whilst you wait. If you are expecting or have a newborn, you may also prefer to attend our monthly dedicated Newborn Workshop to get a more in depth understanding of the types and safe use of slings in this phase.

To every drop-in, we bring a wide range of slings and carriers in a choice of popular designs available to try out, before hiring your favourites, purchasing from the smaller selection of new slings we have with us, or from the wider online selection to collect from the next day at our nearby out of hours box.


Bookable 30 minute 1:1 appointments are also available for £15 and are recommended if you'd like to:

  • Bring along a sling you already own for some advice

  • Avoid waiting at the drop-in

  • Visit at a quieter time

  • Get some help with a specific skill such as back carrying, hip carrying, or feeding in a sling.

We typically have availability on Tuesday afternoons between 12 and 3pm.

Alternatively, we also offer home consultations.


Our monthly, Saturday morning, newborn workshop is suitable for expectant or new parents of babies 6 weeks and under.

The workshop will give time for you to understand the specific carrying needs of your newborn baby, and the differences between the slings on the market suitable for this stage. You’ll have a chance to try a stretchy wrap (material sling), ring sling and a newborn-suitable buckle carrier of your choice. We’ll explain how to be sure you and your new little one(s) are safe and comfortable, and give hands on help to try our recommended options, or to fit a sling you already own if you bring it along. We will demonstrate how to bottle or breatfeed safely in a sling or carrier, explain how to monitor your little one’s temperature and dress them appropriately, and answer any other questions you might have.

After the workshop, there will be time to hire or purchase any sling that you would like to take home. on the day, or to collect from our local out of hours box from the following day.

Please pre-book to attend. £12 for one adult / £8 for an additional adult. Bring as many babies as you like!


We bring a small selection of our most popular new slings to purchase to every drop in, appointment or workshop, with our full range available in our online shop. If you know what you'd like, you can purchase in advance from our full range online and choose 'click & collect' to pick up your new sling from the pop-up.

Alternatively, if we don't have the sling you'd like with us on the day, you can purchase and collect from our out of hours box, from the following day or receive by post.