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.

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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.

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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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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:.

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Intro to slings workshop dates 2015

We have booked the dates for our Introduction to Slings and Baby Carriers workshops for the remainder of 2015.

Friday 18th September

Friday 23rd November

Tickets are £20 per person, or £35 per family (2x adults/caregivers per child)
See our Eventbrite links for ticket buying
or see our Facebook events pages for this workshop


Venue is St Albans Hall, Charles Street, OX4 3AH


Sling Library on Friday 27 February – 1st year Celebration!


Sling Library on Friday 27th February at the St Alban’s Hall, on the corner of Catherine St and Charles St, East Oxford, OX4 3AH.
Time: 12.15 until 2.30pm… Please be thinking what your sling needs are eg: around the house / out and about / etc..
Entry: £3 – tea & cake and chocolates provided!

Josie has been running the Library for one year! She did her first Sling Library on 28th February 2014 after completing her Slingababy Training.



Barefoot Sling Meet on Wednesday 18 February


Oxford Sling Meet invites you to a *sling social* held within the Storytellers Cafe at Barefoot Books Oxford.
294 Banbury Road, Summertown, North Oxford OX2 7ED
From 10am until 12midday.
This event is free to attend however our hosts ask you to buy something from the delicious menu or bookshop.

Babies up to 12mths can enjoy free Baby and Toddler Tapas when accompanied by an adult ordering a full meal.
Barefoot Books February Calendar

No sling hire/drop off at this event, sorry!

How to Find Barefoot Books

From Oxford town centre, the buses 2 and 2a go towards Kidlington and stop in Summertown on the way. Barefoot Books is opposite Sainsburys Local and next door to Majestic Wine Warehouse, which is also is near to BBC Oxford.

There is a large car park on Ferry Lane connecting with Diamond Place car park and then it’s just about a five minute walk to Barefoot Books from there. Ferry Lane car park has more space and spaces and is only an extra 1-minute walk. We recommend this car park to you as Diamond Place is extremely busy all them time and with narrower spaces.

Parking prices are the same at both car parks:
0-1 hour £1.20,   1-2 hours £1.70,    2-3 hours £3.20,    3-4 hours £5.20

There is a slip road to one side of Banbury Road up the middle of Summertown. Sometimes there are a places to park for free for up to 1-hour. However, I can tell you that once you are inside the Barefoot Books studio and see and hear the colourful delights all around, one hour of parking is not enough!


Our Barefoot Sling Meets are on the 3rd Wednesday every month

Barefoot Books feature many images of babywearing artwork; how many can you find?!


Sling Library on Friday 13 February – from 12.15 until 2.30pm

Sling Library on Friday 13th February at the St Alban’s Hall, on the corner of Catherine St and Charles St, East Oxford, OX4 3AH.
Time: 12.15 until 2.30pm… Please have your sling question ready as we have a lot of people to see!
Entry: £3 – coffee and cake provided and all sorts of herbal tea’s.