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: Cowley, Botley 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 >>

ST ALBAN’S HALL, next to the church
*Open from 12.30pm, last entry is 1.45pm.*
On arrival
: £5 (per adult) / £7 (family) – you will be shown how to use a sling/baby carrier by a qualified professional. It also covers our room hire and refreshments.
Hiring: £4 per item for a two week hire.
All hires require you to have read and agree to our latest Terms & Conditions, Hire Agreement & Privacy Policy.
Deposit: We take your card details to be stored securely on Stripe.com.
Fortnightly meet.

West Oxford Community Centre, Botley (*currently no more events happening for foreseeable future*)
Open from 10am, last entry 11.45am

On arrival: £3 (per adult)
Hiring: £6 per woven wrap hire for one month
Deposit: your card details held on Stripe
Monthly meet.

THE MAPLE TREE,Wheatley Childrens Centre
*Open from 9.30am, last entry 10.45am.*

On arrival: £2
Hiring: £4 per two weeks, £8 per four weeks, £12 per six weeks
Deposit: your card details held on Stripe
Monthly meet.

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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.