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It’s our birthday!

 

Oxford Sling Meet is 5 years old this month – it was February 2008 when Peggy and I met each other on the Sling Meet website and arranged a get-together at Rose Hill children’s centre playroom. It was the first time I’d ever met someone on the internet before a real-life encounter, but it turned out we had grown up in the same small part of the world. We didn’t know it yet, but both of us had had the idea to start a sling library. A couple of other babywearing mums came too – one of them was Melanie, who provided the energy and nous we needed to start a proper group. A couple of months later, Catherine had moved to Oxfordshire bringing us IndigoBird’s gorgeous web design and a lot of fluffy enabling. We formed a committee, wrote a constitution, opened a bank account – and the rest is beautiful babywearing history!

Over the years we’ve grown from a small social gathering of happy babywearers to a busy organization running a large sling library, a thriving monthly social meet and regular workshops. We’ve been through various changes as we’ve tried to meet demand and respond to what our members have said they liked and what they wanted us to do differently.  Our aims are still the same as they were five years ago – to provide a space for sharing babywearing skills and to spread the sling love.

Thank you to all our other committee members, past and present – Lou, Emily, Zayna, Meg, Jenny, all the volunteers and everyone else who has helped us over the years. Thank you to our families, for being our live demo models and putting up with bags of slings in the lounge. And thank you to everyone who’s ever come to a meet – there are hundreds of you! You and your little ones are the reason we’re still here.

 

 

 

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A very sociable social meet

We had a busy November meet with lots of beautiful babies and toddlers – the youngest was just 10 days old – respect to that mama!

There was lots of chat, play, apple muffins – and slings!

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Our first workshop!

Well we had a few teething problems and panics what with the venue we had booked deciding this would be the ideal time to resurface their floor, and confusion about what end of Oxford we were in. But we were very happy to be running our first workshop after half a year of pondering different ideas and planning (yes it took us that long.. we are still on baby-time lol).

Today was great for ideas on how to make things run more smoothly next time, and thank you to everyone who gave us such helpful feedback this morning. It was lovely to meet you all and your gorgeous babies!

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We’re back in business for September!

Today was our first meet back after the summer break – the chilled summer holiday vibe was still there… a nice relaxed sociable meet and a sunny garden for the older kids to play in.

BIG thanks to everyone who brought back freshly washed slings – some were so freshly washed they were still damp 🙂

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Washday at Oxford Sling Meet

Ah, the satisfaction of a washing line festooned with slings…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All our slings that aren’t on loan for the summer are taking a well-earned break with a bit of spa treatment 🙂

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The Summer Sling Sale was fab!

Oxford Sling Meet hosted our first sling sale on July 21st. We had stalls from local sling vendors Tumbebe and Bebesnuggles, cloth nappies from The Nappy Fairy, a popular For Sale or Trade stall which saw a lively auction over a bargain Ergo, and a very successful refreshments table which raised lots of money for registered charity La Leche League.

It was a great way to mark our last meet before the summer break, and we hope to make this a regular event!

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