Friday, September 30, 2011

Ring to the Sling

So recently I've met a new group of women - the majority of them who are big on 'wearing' their babies:) We had just a simple buckle carrier and I never really thought much of it, we didn't use it too much and I never really felt like it looked very comfy for her even if she did sleep well in it being so close to us.

Well, after meeting these women I was intrigued by all the options, and not too surprised to hear that a lot of the common carriers are in fact bad for the hips of babes - some even recalled.  And since 'wearing' the baby at a young age can encourage a good milk supply, I would be inclined to use it with baby #2 someday when we try to overcome this dumb PCOS thing;)

What I was stunned by was that the cost of some of the name brands were $50 or more depending on the type of carrier.  Well, I found someone who made their own 'moby' online and sold it for 10 sister is testing it out with her newbie right now and I think my girl is probably a bit big for that now anyways...but I do like the looks of ring slings for their ease of use on the go.

So trip to the 2nd hand store, I found a nice strong piece of material for 6 bucks, picked up a couple of harness rings at the hardware store for 4 dollars(can also be bought online at and got to work.  Since my sewing machine is on the fritz I pulled out the iron and some hemming tap, folded the material down the middle and cut it to about 2.5 meters. I'm about 5'6 and that gives me lots of extra material to work with.   And here we go:

We tested it out today at the Farmer's market and loved it!! :)
To all you Canadians, enjoy preparing for Thanksgiving next weekend! I look forward to some great family times!

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Jen @ Canadian Rhapsody said...

I've made a moby, a ring sling and a bunch of normal slings, and you're right, it all depends on the age. These days I mostly use the slings because I just hip carry her in them. When she was a newborn, the moby (wrap carrier) was amazing and I could even nurse in it hands free (while browsing around IKEA...), but because of the stretch material, now that she's bigger it sags over time.

Two things you might want to check out. One, there's a great tutorial for hybrid ring slings:
And two, here's a link to the baby k'tan:
I've been wanting to try out making one of these, but may have to wait til the next baby. They have all the options of moby/wrap carriers but without the tying!

Krista @ Craving Some Creativity said...


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