There’s absolutely nothing, from a mother’s perspective, quite like popping a baby into a piece of cloth strapped to your body and quieten the little screamer by simultaneously breastfeeding, holding a cookbook, and mixing cake batter. I never thought that would be possible, until I discovered baby wearing. In the introduction to my Babywearing Basics Series, I covered exactly that – the basics of baby wearing. Now, we’re going to dive into each different type of baby carrier!
First up, we’re swinging our little ones around in slings!
Slings are actually very, very secure. I doubted the comfort and security of a sling so much that I didn’t even bother trying them until Ninja was a year old! I wish I had used one when he was an newborn – the ease of breastfeeding in one of these babies is astounding!
So, here’s how a sling works: You put the sling over your head and put the ring on one shoulder while the sling itself is on the opposite hip – kind of like you would a hand bag with a really long strap. Then you simply put the baby in the sling, hold him/her in place, and pull on the tail of the sling, through the ring, until it tightens to the comfort of you and your baby. Voila! Done!
If you decide to try a sling and google ‘Sling Carriers’, you will quickly learn that there are dozens if not hundreds of different brands. Personally, I bought the Maya Wrap Ring Sling in ‘Bright Stripes’ for no other reason than I love the print. I don’t suggest you buy for the same reason! Read reviews, ask around on babywearing boards, and do your research first! Some of that research, I’ve done for you – here are some pics and reviews from my babywearing group:
Babywearer Heather also claims that her ‘go-to for quick trips is my wrap conversion ring sling because its so easy to use.’