New Chapters for August 2020

We have been a little bit quiet recently; working hard on some behind the scenes topics. Josie is leaving the sling library and handing it on Lucy. OSL is heading into a new chapter of management and amazing idea’s are being implemented. Watch this space!

Events News

9th Birthday for OSL

Oxford Sling Library is 9 Years Old!

Come and join us at St Albans Hall between 12.15 after noon and 2.15pm on Friday 24th February 2017.

Special Guests

Elena Harris will be playing a gentle acoustic guitar soul and blues set as well as children’s songs.

Tanya Vyas will be bringing her handcrafted henna to offer bespoke designs on your skin. See The Henna Boutique for visual ideas.

Plus the usual sling hires & fittings, professional advice, friendly atmosphere and an especially delicious birthday feast!
£5 entry, £3 hire per sling, £50 deposit per sling, £30 deposit per clothing.

Josie took over the running of the sling library in 2014 and in the past 3 years Oxford Sling Library has grown and expanded. We now have approx 155 items for hire: slings and carriers for newborn to preschooler, skin-to-skin tops for carrying premature babies, waterproof sling covers, zip in extenders, fleece layers and hoodies for babywearing.

Oxford Sling Library presently has 12 active volunteers that help our events run smoothly including behind-the-scenes admin stars on rehires, reservations, deposits and payments.

We have 2 fully qualified sling consultants, 6 fully trained peer supporters, 1 peer supporter in training and 2 volunteers looking to do sling consultancy training this year. All of our team are dedicated have invested their time to support you along your babywearing journey.

Earlier this month we saw the launch of Oxfords brand new woven wrap social meet: Crazy Little Sling. See website and Facebook pages for all the details.

Calling all mums on maternity leave!
Would you like to get involved with a highly successful community organisation? Join our team; become an Oxford Sling Library volunteer.
We offer MyTurn training, reduced rates on hires, info on sling training courses and other great perks. Get in touch!

Did you know
Oxford Sling Library is the 2nd ‘oldest’ sling library in the UK. Have a look at this: Well done Oxford residents and beyond for being sling & carrier conscious and choosing this wondrous way to carry your babies. We exist for you.

Events News

Secret Santa Baby Cafe Fundraiser

Oxford Sling Library decided to do a Christmas fundraiser for Baby Cafe in response to most of their funding being cut in 2016.

Baby Cafe aviva pic
Initially we had a Baby Cafe branded money tin out at sling library sessions but found that it hadn’t collected that much. We made the decision to do a secret Santa fundraiser via the sling hires. Usually our slings are £3 to hire for a fortnight (with the usual deposits and T&C’s). The sling library was going to be closed for a month over Christmas so we decided to charge £5 for the month away that included the £2 per hire donation to Baby Cafe. Of course, some hirers needed their Christmas hire to start before the last sling library of the year so we had a staggered start to our collection. In January 2017, we calculated that we had collected £118.50 for Baby Cafe. Well done to all our hirers for hiring in December until January, which meant that our secret Santa donation was so successful! Thank you to everyone involved.

For more information about the Oxford Baby Cafe group, see their website or Facebook page.


December 2016

Read our latest newsletter here: December Sling News

Wow, what a year; thank you Oxford!

There have been 876 hires so far this year! We have just one sling library session remaining this Friday 16th December at St Albans Hall, from 12.15pm until 2.15pm. Do try to pop in as we have a delicious festive feast, fantastic selection of slings, celestial and seasonal tunes from local Celtic harp and flute player: Claire Planquette and some newly trained peer supporters and consultants to help you with your slings.


Josie (Oxford Sling Library HQ) spent 4x days with Je Porte Mon Bebe last week learning about their Original wrap, Basic wrap, short Original wrap, Little Wrap Without a Knot (ring sling) and their Physio Carrier. JPMBB teach breastfeeding in a sling as a crucial element to the training as well as seated sideways and off-centre positioning in the sling. Here’s a fantastic vid for what’s possible using the JPMBB Original wrap.

Admin stars, Lucy and Claire, completed their Babywearing Advocacy/Peer Support practical training day with Emily from Trageschule. Now they are equipped with all sorts of information relevant to the sling library environment including how to teach parents to use a stretchy or woven wrap. If you’d like to join the next training session, details can be found here. The day workshop is in addition to four online training dates in 2017.


We have been fundraising and therefore we welcome these recent additions (see full listings on myturn):
Beco Gemini, in dragonfly (SSC78)

Boba stretchy wrap, sangria red (SW22).
Bondolini, light, in Timbuktu pattern (MT17)
Caboo DX-Go in Plum (H14) and also Khaki (H15), suitable from 6-months
Caboo Cocoon Weather Protector (8)
Ergobaby Rain Cover (9)
Hanababy stretchy wrap in peacock green (SW21)
-Preschool size, Rose and Rebellion, colourful hearts (SSC83)
Tuppence & Crumble, pink, 0-4 months, fleecey star wrap (10)
Zoli, Kid Hood, purple with pale blue lining, (11) with reflective star pixie hood, perfect for babywearing and keeping their head/neck snug in the carrier
and lastly,
2x child slings for your little one to carry their teddy or doll in:
Boba Mini, in tweet pattern (CS01) and –Mini mei tai, stars (CS02)

If there is a sling or carrier that you would like to buy either brand new or where to find the best second-hand bargains, please get in touch. Oxford Sling Library holds accounts with many authorised retailers of brands and we certainly do know the best places to buy slings from!

The small print
-Sling hires between 16 December 2016 and 13 January 2017 are £5 per item,
which includes a one-off £2 Christmas donation to Baby Cafe. (£50 deposit per sling as standard).
-Clothing hires e.g. waterproof sling covers, tandem-carrying waterproof poncho, hoodies for babywearing and baby fleeces/hats are £2 per item with £30 deposit.
-Child slings are £1 each to hire with a £10 deposit.

The slightly larger print
If you have any comments or feedback about your experience with Oxford Sling Library, with slings in general, or you have any recommendations that you’d like to share with us, please contact us here.
Do we still have your attention print.
Oxford Sling Library may be closed over Christmas/early January but private consultations are still available (subject to diary availability). Contact Josie to book a session and see OSL website for prices and information.

Please Note: There is NO SLING LIBRARY on 30th December.
>>> The next sling library will be on Friday 13th January 2017 <<<

We wish you all a calm and fabulous Christmas and New Year!


PS If you get snow wherever you are, please post pics of your babywearing snowcharacters! x



OSL Recruiting / Training / Triathalon / Isara

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Holiday Slings

Did you know that we stock a huge range of slings suitable for hotter temperatures?

These slings/carriers are made of various fabrics such as mesh, bamboo, fast drying non-drip fabric (water slings) and thin cotton/linen/muslin material.

Please note that SUNCREAM CAN STAIN SLINGS and other fabrics so please be vigilant when applying on your and your child’s skin.

  • Soft structured carriers: JPMBB Physio Carrier, Lillebaby (Airflow/All Seasons/Cotton Prints), Connecta (Solarweave/Cotton), Pognae, Emeibaby, Boba Air, Kinderpack
  • Mei tai: Didytai, Babyhawk, Hoptye
  • Ring sling: Wrapamore muslin, BaraBarn, Soul Sling, EllaRoo
  • Woven wrap: Calin Bleu, Beachbaby wrap, Wrapsody Hybrid
  • Stretchy Wrap: Happy Wrap, HanaBaby Wrap
  • Hybrid slings: Hippy Chick hip seat, Suppori hip carrier
  • Water slings: Beachbaby Slings

Please ask us if you’d like to reserve a sling for your holiday.

All sling hires are subject to the usual T&C’s, including an extra £50 deposit, per sling, to cover the sling going abroad.

Have a read of this fantastic article about Summer Slings and Keeping Safe in the Sun.

Events News

Trageschule Babywearing Advocacy/Peer Support training

Would you like to support your local sling library and support other families to carry their baby?

Now you can formalise your passion for enabling safe, confident sling use with this online (x 4 sessions) and in person course at Cholsey Great Hall, Oxfordshire in July! ONLINE BOOKING IS NOW AVAILABLE, all details are available here: The deadline is tight, you have until the 18 May to make your booking.

Please spread the word far and wide, we need 10 participants for this to go ahead. Anyone that completed the expression of interest form have also been sent an email (though it may have disappeared into your junk folder).

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Events News

New workshops

Introduction to Babywearing & Back Carrying – workshops are now taking bookings!

Jacki Flower, our Abingdon based sling consultant, will be presenting a series of workshops on behalf of Oxford Sling Library. The first event is an Introduction to Babywearing, which will be on Friday 15th April 2016.
This workshop is suitable for those who are pregnant and considering the options ahead, or are a new parent(s), or those who are interested in babywearing.
Jacki will run through the different types of slings, safety and positioning. Plus, there’s a chance to try/hire slings on at the end.

The workshop(s) will be 2 hours and tickets are £20 per person. Tickets can be purchased here and if you’d like additional information contact Jacki directly.

Sling hire, provided by Oxford Sling Library, will be an additional £3 for a sling however attendees will get an extra weeks free hire as this event is between sling libraries. All hires subject to our usual deposit and T&C’s.

We are awaiting confirmation of the date for the next event which will be a Back Carrying workshop. Please register your interest here:.