Monthly workshops 10.30-11.30am

The Actress

90 Crystal Palace Rd

SE22 9EY

Mondays 12-3pm

or appointments 10am-12pm

‘Takes a Village’ at Aneto Cafe

58-60 E Dulwich Rd,

SE22 9AX


Drop In

Every Monday, except for Bank Holidays, from 12pm until 3pm. 

The drop in is free to attend with no booking required, for those intending to hire or purchase, or for a brief safety check of a sling you are wearing.

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. Come prepared to spend a little time, and feel free to eat, drink, feed your baby and chat to other parents whilst you wait.

We offer expert advice and support in how to choose and use your sling or carrier. 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 the next day.

Takes a Village also has lots of other services on offer, such as parenting support, weaning advice and social events, pilates and much more.


Bookable 30 minute 1:1 appointments are available from 10am-12pm 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 earlier in the day

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

Alternatively, we also offer home consultations.


Our monthly Saturday morning workshop is suitable for expectant, new or experienced parents alike. Perfect for working parents or parents-to-be, our workshop will give a focused time for you to understand the differences between the slings on the market and guide you towards the right sling for your needs. We will explain how to be sure you and your little one are safe and comfortable and give hands on help to try one or two of our recommended options, or to fit a sling you already own. After the workshop, there will be time to hire or purchase any sling that you would like to take home.

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

This workshop also takes place on a weekday evening in Herne Hill.


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.