Lending Library Policies

Carrier Lending Library Policies

 Babywearing International of Central New Jersey has a library of baby carriers and babywearing educational materials that paid members may borrow for free and non-members may borrow for $10 for a one-month period.  The following policies apply:

1.Your Responsibility. You assume responsibility for safely using all carriers and for inspecting the stitching and fabric on all carriers to satisfy yourself that the carrier is sound and suitable for use with your child, and you assume the risk of using a carrier.  It is your responsibility to read and follow the manufacturer instructions for any baby carrier you use. Baby carriers may include but are NOT limited to any ring sling, wrap, pouch, mei tai or soft structured carrier. Each time you borrow a carrier, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Babywearing International of Central New Jersey, its’ leaders and members (the “Releasees”), for any harm that may result to you or your child from the use of the carrier, including but not limited to harm allegedly resulting from the Releasees’ instruction or alleged failure to instruct.

2.Tobacco Smoke, Pet Hair, Perfume.  Do not expose a carrier to tobacco smoke or tobacco smoke residue, nor to perfume, cologne, or similar heavily scented personal products.  Do not use a carrier where people are smoking, and do not store a carrier in a place where there is tobacco smoke residue, such as in a car where someone smokes. If you use the carrier around animals, please take care to remove any pet hair before you return it.

3.Duration of Checkout.  Checkout period is one month only. If you cannot return the item at the next month’s meeting, please return it to a leader before the next meeting in person or by mail (make sure to mail it in time for it to be received before the next meeting).  You can make arrangements to return an item by mail or in person to the leader nearest you by e-mailing centralnj@babywearinginternational.org.  To return a carrier by mail, please use Priority Mail with delivery confirmation.

4.Non-member borrowing. During the second half of the meeting, if there are available carriers, non-members may borrow carriers. Priority will always be given to members. A $10 non-refundable fee will be collected prior to borrowing (sent by paypal online). If your month loan period falls during the same quarter (January – March, April – June, July– September, October – December) you may choose to become a member of Babywearing International of Central New Jersey and your $10 fee may be applied to your membership dues. If your month loan period falls outside of the same quarter and you choose to become a member, you will owe the entire $30 member fee.

5.Late Fee.  There will be a $5 late fee charge plus $1per day for late return of carriers. Please return your carrier within the first 30 minutes of the meeting.

6.One at a Time.  One carrier may be borrowed at a time.  A carrier may be returned to ANY meeting location at any time, though it MUST be returned at or before the next month’s meeting at the location from which it was borrowed. If there is no scheduled meeting at the location you borrowed the carrier, the carrier is due at the meeting closest to a month away (will be specified at checkout).  Once a carrier has been returned in good condition, the member may borrow another.

7.Condition on Return. Please return all carriers in such condition that they are ready for the next person to checkout.  This means that the carrier should be reasonably clean and neatly folded.  This does not mean you necessarily have to wash the carrier. If it is not dirty, you do not have to wash it. Do not wash it if it has only sustained normal wear and tear (such as a small amount of baby drool). Minimal washing will keep the carriers looking newer longer. If it is dirty (has been through a diaper blowout or straps dropped in mud, etc.), please wash it as gently as possible (see paragraph 8). If a carrier is obviously dirty, or is wadded up and generally not in ready-for-checkout condition, you will be charged a $3cleaning fee.

8.Cleaning.  Cleaning. Each carrier has specific washing instructions so please contact us (centralnj@babywearinginternational.org) before washing so we can give you the directions specific to the carrier you borrowed. Many detergents are not safe for carriers, so please contact us for a list of approved detergents.

9.Harm to Carriers.  Please treat the carriers with respect.  If you ruin a carrier, you are responsible for paying the actual replacement cost of the carrier, including shipping.  Using fabric softener, bleach, or laundering in a manner other than directed will constitute a ruined carrier.  The leaders, at their sole discretion, will determine whether a carrier is ruined.

10.Termination of Privileges.  Violation of these policies may result in termination of a member’s borrowing privileges. Dues are non-refundable.