Friday, June 12, 2009

My Babywearing 'Stash'

Okay, my stash is NOT that impressive. :) But, as Steph said, how many carriers do you really NEED? :)

I won this ring sling from Kim's Kreations, and I love it - I haven't been using it a lot lately, I don't know, since I've been pregnant I just haven't felt like using it - I've been preferring my other carriers instead. (I haven't felt like hot wings lately, either, which is really wierd.) ANYWAY...here is the ring sling:


I also have a dark blue Patapum, which is at work, because that's where I typically use it, so I have no picture of it. It really needs to be washed, too, because the last time my son was in it, in a back carry, I needed to get some things done in the camp kitchen, and I fed him several cookies so he would stay happy until I was done (at 18 months, being stuck in a carrier is NOT his favorite thing - although he likes the front carry better, but that's not possible in the kitchen). So I was a little relieved not to have to take a picture of it. :)

My newest babywearing addition, which so far I have been VERY happy with, is my stretchy wrap! I made it myself! With no sewing! I just bought 7 yards of stretchy jersey knit fabric from Joann's (on sale for $2 a yard, no less), and cut it in half lengthwise (so I guess I actually have two of these). It's like a Moby, but MUCH cheaper, and it's so comfortable for Z & I - and I can't wait to use it with the new baby in December! I haven't got the hang of a back carry in it yet, though, which is a bummer. I will have to keep practicing!


The one carrier I would still like to get is some kind of water carrier - a mesh pouch or sling, because I know next summer my 2-year-old Z will want to go to the camp pond & swim, and I'll need to wear baby. I've been researching them, so I may order one before too long. :) Any recommendations?

I also wanted to give a shoutout to my favorite Babywearing forum - on www.babywearing.com - if you're ever looking for advice or videos or have any questions about babywearing, this is the place to go! I have learned SO much about babywearing through their forum - everyone is so sweet and helpful!

If you want to share your babywearing stash, or see everybody else's, head over to Steph's place for her babywearing link-up today! :)

11 comments:

Rissa said...

Your wrap is impressive! Love it! I have a Moby and yours looks like it works exactly the same - so why bother with buying the real thing?? :) Great idea!! I think you'll love using your wrap with a newborn! It's heavenly!

Alli said...

I've thought about making my own carrier. I have a Moby (no Joann's here, bummer) but might make a Mei Tai or something. Love your wrap!

Valerie aka Mamalovelock said...

Love your wrap!! I wish I had thought about doing it myself before I bought it!! Great job!! Your son is just a little older than my son, I am glad to see another long guy in a wrap!! And I loved my Moby when he was little little!!

Amber said...

I've made some of my own carriers, too. There's a real satisfaction that comes with producing something, and you can't beat the price!

Equidae said...

liked your wrap

Marcela Beatty said...

What a great idea!!! I have joanes right down the street! I might email you to find out more!

You look great babywearing!

Upstatemomof3 said...

I have a Moby that I love. And my MIL bought it so it was even free :) I like yours though. What a really pretty color. That back carry is the thing my daughter and I are working on right now. We have not mastered it yet either. If you get it send me some pointers, okay? :)

Adventures In Babywearing said...

I have a solarveil sling that I would use for water but admit I like a good mesh one better- less harsh on the skin. And I am definitely on a huge stretchy wrap whim lately!

Steph

Amy's Blah, Blah, Blogging said...

I have been totally wanting to make one of those stretchy holders but I'm still a bit confused. I know nothing about fabric so when you say cut lengthwise, that means if it's 8 foot long, you'd cut it down the middle and you'd have two 8 foot long carriers? I need to go to JoAnn's and buy some. Maybe that will be a good carrier for Ms. Anna.

J said...

I would love to get a mesh sling as well! I hadn't heard of the Patapum before...it looks interesting and has a high weight limit (40lbs.) although I'm not sure I would be the one carrying a 40 pounder but maybe my husband.

Mrs Lemon said...

Steph @ adventures in babywearing recently posted that nonnieandboo.com is going out of business, and I saw on there a mesh water sling. Maybe it's still available? Anyways, thanks for the pic and the info on making a "moby" - I know that I will want different colors of a wrap carrier but don't want the expense. Maybe I'll just buy one great color and do JoAnn's for my accessory type wraps :)