Meet the Team

We are a group of babywearing enthusiasts who love using slings/carriers. Each of us has arrived in the babywearing world via different means and for a variety of reasons. All of us who demonstrate slings have invested in professional training with one of more of the UK and European schools: Slingababy, Trageschule, Born to Carry and Je Porte Mon Bebe. These training schools provide in-depth information regarding technique, safety, types of slings common and unusual, positioning, case studies, real life studies, hours and hours of practise and continuous professional development days. We can show you how to use slings/carriers safely and with confidence. Oxford Sling Library prides itself on being a friendly place where parents and carers can seek practical advice as well as help in using/buying (new or second hand) slings of any type.

We also work closely with professionals in our local community. Josie gives regular talks at Parentcraft, which is a free course for expectant parents. We have run pop up sling clinics at many of the children’s centres in Oxford and also one of our Trageschule consultants taught a course to midwives and healthcare professionals on how to use slings in the hospital setting and beyond. We offer private 1-2-1 consultations in clients homes if that’s preferable. It costs more than the community feel of a sling library however it can be useful to choose a time and day if you have particular needs, other children, school run, health limitations etc. See our consultations page for more info.

Would you like to volunteer with Oxford Sling Library?
We run six sling libraries per month at three locations: Wheatley’s The Maple Tree on Wednesday mornings, West Oxford’s Community Centre on Thursday late mornings and East Oxford’s St Albans Hall on Friday afternoons.

We are always looking for admin volunteers to help welcome families to Oxford Sling Library. With the nature of maternity leave and the differing needs and stages of having children, new volunteers are always needed. If you’re thinking you might like to volunteer, do get in touch here.

We provide admin training, in particular how to use MyTurn. You will, over time, become familiar with all of the slings/types and get a unique insight into what’s available that’s comfy, supportive, easy to use and the various patterns/colourways and styles. Oxford Sling Library is a fairly big sling library with over 200 items available for hire. We have seasonal stock, which means we keep most of our mesh fabric slings at home during the Winter months. Do let us know if you’re going on holiday and need a lightweight carrier and we can bring it.

If you’d like to be certified, there are options of training as a Peer Supporter or do a full Consultancy Training. Both of these options are vastly interesting as you learn so much other relevant info – its not all about slings!

Oxford Sling Library events and Oxford Sling Meet are fully insured by BGI and British Association of Babywearing Instructors BABI.

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