Babywearing International of NYC has 7 Lending Libraries: 2 in Manhattan, 2 in Queens, 2 in Brooklyn and 1 in the Bronx. Together there are over 160 carriers! We are constantly adding more, listening to our members' needs and requests.
Our members love the Lending Libraries, here's what they say:
"We don't borrow necessarily at every meeting, but we love that we can try out new carriers and wraps and really figure out what could work for us before making a purchase.
Last year we borrowed a Baby SaBye mei tai from the Woodside library and fell in love with the ease and comfort of mei tais.
We also borrowed a size 3 Silver Linings Sling wrap. I figured a size 3 would be a perfect size to wrap a front baby in a tandem front back carry, but I never imagined I would enjoy using a short wrap all by itself, specially for quick back carries. Borrowing that wrap was also helpful in starting to find out what attributes I like on my woven wraps (we're still exploring!)."
Benedetta: "Didn't get a.chance to borrow it but had my first onbu experience in Astoria and fell in love. I still dont own one but being able to comfortably carry my almost 2 year old while 9months pregnant was great!"
Melisa: "Argh, no pics to share at the moment! I am, however, a 'borrow-a-new-&-shorter-wrap-at-each-meeting-I-attend' type of member. I cannot express how great it has been to learn more about each kind of wrap and am so glad to have discovered the shorty love! As of now the Didy Pfau from the Astoria lending library is my all time favorite. Can't wait to try out some more."