Sling Hire Service & Fittings

 

Welcome to Oxford Sling Library

We are a community group, who encourage safe and correct use of slings for carrying babies and children. We run events from 3 locations in Oxford: East Oxford, West Oxford and Wheatley where you can hire a sling from us or get help with a sling you already own.

Pop in to see us for a baby carrier/sling fitting and/or hire for home use, out and about or your upcoming holiday. See specific event details in Upcoming Events >>

1st Friday of the month (Oct & Nov 2018 only)
Oxford Sling Library at West Oxford Community Centre
Friday 07th September,
Friday 05th October,
Friday 02nd November.
Open: 10am-12noon (last entry 11.45am)
£3 entry.

3rd Thursday of the month (Sept, Oct & Nov 2018 only)
Pop-Up West Oxford Sling Library &Crazy Little Sling
Thursday 20th September,
Thursday 18th October,
Thursday 15th November.
10am-12noon (last entry 11.45am)
£3 entry.

2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month
Wheatley Sling Library at The Maple Tree Children’s Centre
Wednesday 12th and 26th September,
Wednesday 10th and 24th October,
Wednesday 14th and 28th November,
Wednesday 12th December 2018.
9.30am-11am (last entry 10.45am)
£2 entry.

2nd & 4th Fridays of the month (Oct, Nov 2018) not including December
Baby Carriers, Cowley
Oxford Sling Librarys main venue at St Albans Hall, East Oxford
Friday 14th and 28th September,
Friday 12th and 26th October,
Friday 09th and 23rd November,
1st Friday of the month: Friday 07th December. TBC.
12.30-2.30pm (last entry 2pm)
£5 entry.

Maximum hire period, per item, is 6 weeks in a row.

 

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There are many benefits to using slings, primarily:

Babies love to be held.
Children love the feeling of absolute security that being carried brings.
Slings help with emotional, mental and physical development. A child has their primal needs met.

Attachment – creating a wonderful bond between you and your child.
Breastfeeding – learn how to use slings as a breastfeeding aid.
Cuddles/Comfort – carrying your baby or toddler gives you both extra snuggle time. Slings are very comfortable to wear and distribute the weight of your child evenly on your own body.
Doing – get lots of things done! Baby experiences the world from your viewpoint and has the chance to observe facial expressions and interactions.
Effortless – once you learn how to use a sling, it can mean that you can quickly turn around a stressful situation into one of calmness for you and baby.
Freedom – using a sling can mean that you can go anywhere that your legs will take you including previous obstacles e.g. up/down a flight of stairs, trek along a muddy path or navigate a crowded high street/shop/festival. Slings take up much less space than a buggy and are smaller to pack for journeys.
Gives your older child some 1-2-1 time if newer sibling is settled in the sling.
Hands free. Hurrah, you have the use of both your arms! Who knew that cradling baby in arms is actually quite tiring?

Slings are your ultimate multitasker: snug and soothing for baby/child, closeness gained in togetherness and familiar proximity, slings assist with spinal alignment, encourage optimal hip position, help avoid flathead syndrome, slings promote neural pathway development and optimise regular breathing.

Whether you are a pregnant mum, have a newborn baby/multiples, are adopting a baby; perhaps you are a grandparent or carer of a child, or you would like to carry your toddler or preschooler, Oxford Sling Library has options for you.