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 >>

Alternative Wednesdays in Wheatley
at The Maple Tree Children’s Centre
>> Wednesday 14th and 28th November,
>> Wednesday 12th December 2018.
9.30am-11am (last entry 10.45am)
free entry.

3rd Thursday of the month in West Oxford
at West Oxford Community Centre.
Oxford Sling Library featuring woven wrap workshop with Crazy Little Sling.
>> Thursday 15th November.
>> Thursday 20th December.
10.30am-12.30 (last entry 11.45am)
£3 entry.

Alternate Fridays in East Oxford
This is our main venue: St Albans Hall. With biggest collection of hireable items and the most sling fitters per session.
>> Friday 09th and 23rd November,
>> Friday 07th and 21st December.
>> Friday 11th and 25th January 2019
>> Friday 08th and 22nd February 2019
>> Friday 08th March 2019.
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.