Welcome to Oxford Sling Library



Welcome to Oxford Sling Library. We are a not-for-profit community group who encourage safe and correct use of slings for carrying babies and children. We support parents and carers choices in finding a sling for their needs. Everyone is different and there are many different options available to hire to account for the variety of life.

There are so many benefits to carrying babies, from the convenience (and comfort) of having hands free while keeping your child with you, to physiological benefits for both parents and babies. Our aim is to help people on this journey, whether you are a pregnant mum, have a newborn baby, are adopting a baby, are first time parent, already have children, are a grandparent or carer of a child, we have slings that can help make your life a little bit easier.

Oxford Sling Library is completely run by volunteers and we aim to make our sessions and hires affordable for everyone.
Many of us have invested in proper training courses to ensure that we give safe, accurate and up-to-date information.

All of our slings are chosen because they:

  • support baby in a spread squat position for optimum hip and back development
  • provide support and comfort for the wearer
  • provide support and comfort for the baby
  • are of sturdy quality and safety tested
H = Hands free. You should have both hands and arms free when using a baby carrier. If you feel the need to use your hands to support baby, then double check it is fastened correctly and safely.
A = Airway. Always, once you have fastened baby into the baby carrier, check their airway is clear and unrestricted.
N = Knee to Knee. Check the fabric is knee to knee supporting baby, but that baby can still move their knees and lower legs freely.
D = Deep seat. Run your hand along their bum and check it is a nice deep seat position, with a nice gentle ‘j’ curve running from bottom of the bum up the back.
S =  Supported. Ensure your baby is supported, with a nice tight carry and the chin is off the chest. I get parents to gently lean forward and ensure baby does not ‘move’, any movement then double check your tension and retighten.