Sling Library Terms and Conditions

We want all caregivers to get the chance to use and enjoy our carriers safely so for all loans we’ll ask that you read and agree to our Terms and Conditions which you will receive an emailed copy of.

If you need any further explanation or help, please just ask by emailing: somersetslings@yahoo.com

The Somerset Slings Library Terms and Conditions:

  1. Loan Form

    • A Loan Form must be completed for each carrier you borrow with your full name, address and contact details, loan charges, return method and due date. Please provide current, accurate contact information. A copy of these Terms and Conditions, including details of your hire will be emailed to you and a printed copy will be available on request.

    • Your personal details will be kept in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and will only be used to contact you in relation to your loan and occasional Sling Library events or promotions.

  2. Loan Cost and Duration

    • All carriers are lent subject to availability, condition and suitability.

    • The standard loan period is 4 weeks. The loan charge will be specified on the library loan form. The minimum charge for any sling or carrier loan is £5.

    • At our discretion you may pre-arrange to borrow a carrier for a shorter or longer period. For additional days, beyond the usual agreed 4 week term, we charge £0.50 per day up to an additional week and past that we charge £3 per week.

  3. Damages or Loss

    • The replacement of any lost carriers, accessories or instructions will be paid for by you. Charges for any missing instructions will be between £2 (for photocopied instructions) to £12 (for the most comprehensive booklets) if applicable. Charges for lost components will be equal to replacement cost (including any postage costs). Charges for items damaged beyond normal wear and tear will be judged on a case- by-case basis.

  4. Payment Methods

    •  Loan costs are payable by cash, PayPal payment, Squareup or bank transfer.

  5. Late Returns and Loan Extensions

    • It is often possible to renew your loan for an additional 2 week period (unless the carrier is in high demand), with payment made by PayPal or bank transfer. Please email somersetslings@yahoo.com or ring Rachel on 07929079572 to arrange a loan extension.

    • If you return your carrier after the due date without prior mutually arrangement you will be charged £1 per day late fees for every day past the agreed returns due date until the date that you contact us and agree a resolution.

    • Under adverse or unforeseen circumstances we may reduce or waive fines for late returns as long as the late period is less than 7 days and has been agreed by us before the end of the pre arranged loan period.

    • If you are unable to return your carrier by the agreed date due to Library staff illness or holidays, we will extend your loan period for free and agree a new returns due date with you.

  6. Returning Carriers

    • Returns can be made during Somerset Sling Walks sessions, Somerset slings meets

      or by prior arrangement at a mutually convenient time and location or via post

    • We advise that if you are sending the carrier back by post that you send it tracked and insured to its market value​

    • Please ensure that the carrier, instructions and any accessories are returned together.

    • Any return postal costs will be your responsibility as will the sling/carrier/wrap up until it is successfully received by Somerset Slings.​

  7. Condition of the Carrier

    • It is the borrower’s responsibility to check over the carrier before every use. Check all buckles, hems and seams ensuring that there are no tears, breaks, cracks or holes. If any damage is discovered, please stop using the carrier immediately and contact us.

    • All carriers are checked before lending to ensure that they are in good condition and working order. The borrower may check the condition of the carrier prior to the start of the loan and must confirm on the loan form that it is in working order.

  8. Safe Use of Carriers

    • ALL CARRIERS ARE EXTREMELY SAFE WHEN USED PROPERLY, HOWEVER MISUSE CAN CAUSE INJURY TO YOURSELF OR YOUR CHILD. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARE USING THE CARRIER CORRECTLY AND THAT YOUR BABY OR CHILD IS SAFE AT ALL TIMES WHEN USING THE CARRIER. Somerset Slings cannot be held responsible for any accident that results in injury or death whilst the carrier isin your care.​
    • All carriers are provided with actual, or link to, instructions for safe use. If, for any reason they are not supplied, it is the borrower’s responsibility to ask for a copy of the instructions. On occasion, we may only be able to provide you with an online link to manufacturer’s instructions.
    • The borrower must read all safety, use and care instructions provided prior to using the carrier. Carriers must only be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, though where there is a choice we may recommend particular carrying methods or positions.
    • We suggest that after familiarising yourself with the instructions given you then practice using the carrier with a doll/teddy or cushion/pillow so that you get used to the tying/fastening/adjusting methods.
    • Always ensure that you seat your child correctly in the carrier and check any knots regularly as children do not stay still and straps and wrap passes can move or become loosened.
    • If you feel any pain while using the carrier, change the carrying position or remove the carrier and contact us for advice.
    • If you are unsure about anything you read in the instructions, are not sure what you’re doing or are at all concerned, please ask us. We can point you in the direction of lots of helpful sites to give you tips to make sure you’re getting the best out of the carrier and using it safely.
  9. Care of Carriers
    • Under no circumstances is smoking permitted whilst wearing or holding the carrier. Please inform us if you are a smoker, or if there is a smoker in your home as we will need to carefully launder the carrier after it is returned. Smoking is known to increase the risk of cot death for babies, and these risks have been linked to babies being in close contact with clothing or objects contaminated with smoke particles.
    • We cannot guarantee that there are no marks or hairs on the carriers we lend. Carriers are spot-cleaned and only laundered if necessary as freshly washed carriers will not be as soft or flexible as those that are not. If you would prefer to use a freshly laundered carrier please request this before you borrow.
    • Please therefore avoid washing the carrier, though do spot clean any marks when they occur with water. If you feel it is necessary that the carrier is cleaned while on loan to you, please contact us first for advice.
    • We cannot guarantee that there are no animal hairs on our carriers, but we ask that all carriers are kept away from pets to mimimise this possibility. If you are very allergic to animal hairs, please request that the carrier be laundered before you borrow it to help reduce any potential reaction.
    • Food and posset marks are expected when carrying children, but please keep the sling away from anything that may stain more permanently (oil, paint, pens, etc.), or anything that might damage it (scissors, Velcro, keys in your bag, fire, etc.). The cost of damage beyond normal wear and tear may be removed from your deposit.
  10. All slings, carriers, instructions and accessories remain the property Rachel Parry/Somerset Slings at all times, and all loans are subject to availability and our discretion.

Written by Somerset Slings. 160721