Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I Heart My Ring Sling!

A couple of months ago, I was the winner of a Bloggy Giveaway over at Steph’s place. I was totally surprised, since I usually don’t win anything! I have heard all kinds of comments about how well ring slings work for wearing newborn babies, and how excellent they are for nursing discreetly, so I knew I wanted to buy one when I had another newborn. So when I found out that I had won a ring sling from Kim's Kreations , I was ecstatic!

I knew that ring slings could be used with toddlers, but I didn't really think I would use it with Z very much...I have some back/shoulder pain at times, and figured Z's 25 pounds would be too much weight on my shoulder. Throughout the process of ordering my sling, Kim sent me several emails with information and resources on sizing, different materials, and suggestions about spreading the fabric to spread baby's weight across my back. She was so helpful and patient through the whole process! My sling was sewn and shipped quickly, and arrived days earlier than I expected it!

And it is beautiful. See?

I love this gorgeous fabric, and the sling is very well-sewn.

Surprisingly (to me, at least), I use my ring sling a TON. It is so easy to pop Z into it for a quick vacuuming jaunt through the house (he hates the vacuum & cries unless I wear him while vacuuming). I love the hip carry, having him literally 'attached at the hip' for when I'm sweeping the floors- he loves to 'help' by pushing his mini-broom into the middle of my pile of dirt and flinging it around...which is not always super-helpful. :)

I went to pick Hubby up at the airport last week, and was able to quickly pop Z into the sling, run into the airport, wait for Daddy, pop Z out to hug Daddy, pop him back in for the walk to the car... and it was definitely MUCH faster than adjusting and situating him in a structured carrier like my Patapum.

Our weather this month hasn't really lent itself to very many outdoor walks- lots of snow, cold days, and when it has been warm, we've had ICE- not good for babywearing walks! Yikes! But earlier this month, we were able to take one walk up to camp with Z in the sling, facing me in the tummy-to-tummy carry. It was SO much fun to be able interact with him on our walk!! One day, I also wore him in the sling for a 20-minute walk up and down the house, since we were both getting a little antsy. :) The fabric does spread out across my back, distributing the weight MUCH more evenly than I could've imagined, and I wasn't uncomfortable even after a 25-minute walk!

In short, I love my ring sling! It has become my 'go-to' carrier at home! Check out Kim's website- again, www.kimzkreations.com/ -her slings are custom-made to the length that YOU want, with the fabric & rings that YOU want, and she will even help you figure out what sling might work best for you!!! She does great work! :)


Shanilie said...

It is gorgeous! I love the colors. I can't wait till I get mine from Stacey from "Fun with the friesens" who is making me one. I haven't ever tried one before. Isn't it so fun winning something?

Erin said...

What a blessing.

Anonymous said...

I love the fabric you chose; so Rasta! I never tried a carrier with my babies but I'm wishing I had thought to do so!

ExploreColorado said...

I have one to those. They're great. I'm sure you will really enjoy having one.