I seriously do not know how people manage to raise babies without slings! My Maya Wrap is like my right hand these days. Not only is it incredibly helpful at home and about town while shopping, etc, it is the best travel tool I have ever known. We just took TWO long distance flights in a row (NYC last weekend, New Orleans this weekend--and for that one I was solo with her) and she was a perfect angel for every minute of the traveling and all of the events. And I credit it largely to the sling. She just curls up and sleeps in that thing--HOURS more than she would otherwise--and I am hands-free the entire time. I even ran through two airports nursing hands free, covered up, and pulling baggage at the same time and didn't lose a minute. Plus I get compliments on how pretty it is all the time--it almost just looks like an accessory.
For any new mom, it would be my Number One suggestion, hands down. Ring sling!! The other wraps are nice for when they're older, but being cradled in the ring sling is so womb-like, it's basically like having the ease of just being pregnant back again for both of you. With the bonus of being able to let others carry the weight sometimes, and being able to kiss on the baby
At a wedding last weekend...dad power!
You guys look great!
I have had Drew in my ring sling the past couple of days, as well. I put him in tummy to tummy and we are good to go (even if it's just so Mama can get a snack). I love the adjustability of the ring sling. I never got the hang of nursing hands-free with DS1, but I am hoping to with this little guy!
I love our ring slings - and we (DH and I) make one for everyone we know who's having a baby.
We take a piece of fabric 2.25m long, and approximately 20" wide.
2 - 3.5" horse rings.
A sewing machine
thread an appropriate colour
1. put the fabric in the washer and dryer.
2. iron the long edges of the fabric - folded over twice to make a clean edge.
3. sew both long edges straight
4. (the hardest part) Lightly iron in half just to find the middle. Fold both sides so that the sides touch the middle of the fabric. Do the same again until the fabric if about 6-8" wide. Iron it.
5. Fold the end over once and iron.
6. Put the rings around the folded fabric, fold over the fabric about 10" with the rough edge inside. Sew three seams in any pattern you like.
7. Put the sling together and cut it the length you want it. DH and I find it usually the correct length if we start out at 2.25m of cloth.
8. Iron the bottom seam folded over twice, and sew.
I'll try to get some photos up to help visualize...
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Erin, I prefer the ring sling at this age due to the ease of cradle-hold carrying (she gets crabby when I try to put her in an upright hold unless she is wide awake, and HATED it for the first month regardless). I made a bunch of other carriers but went out and bought this one (used) after I realized none of them would work yet. And I'm really glad, too, because the CD that came with it was super helpful in getting comfy with it. I had been starting to despair of being able to figure out babywearing, and it was so important to me! We're starting to be able to use the Moby some now but the sling is still our first choice most of the time. I also like how super quick and easy it is to take her in and out, put it on and take it off, etc.--I can even transfer her to another person without taking her out of the sling! And I have NO idea how you'd nurse in any other style of sling, but you can do it pretty easily in this, and even flip the tail up for a cover. AND mine has a pocket in the tail so I can throw my wallet and phone in there and not even need a purse...rave rave rave rave rave
Sarah, that's great, thanks for sharing!! I want to make some now. Do you have any particulars on how you choose the fabric? I know if it's too thick it won't pass through the rings easily, and I guess you'd want some stretch but not too much...anything else to keep in mind that you've found?
I have not used a ring sling, but I want one. I made a pouch sling when DD was about 5 months old or so, but the way it turned out, it is good for hip carries, but not cradles. I love my wrap, and DS tends to prefer tio be upright unless he is eating (he is always needing to burp) I occasionally use my wrap for nursing when we are out, but it doesn't work very well for that--there doesn't seem to be a way to make it not awkward. I will probably get a ring sling for baby #3.
Your sling is beautiful, Leigh!
Since we're talking about carriers, I just thought I'd include a link about positioning newborns properly so they can breathe. I hope it's helpful
Love the pic of you guys Leigh!
I totally agree about the sling (and carriers in general). I just got out my good old friend that I had made for me with DS, love it so much. I carried him in that thing until he was like 18 months old!
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)