I do want to finish the “Birth Art” series, though maybe now it should be labeled “Baby Art.” Rio got so many cool creative gifts, and there’s so many fun things you can make to welcome a new little one. I made this baby ring sling myself, and you can make one for the fraction of what one costs, and only about an hour of time, if you’re already a proficient sewer. It’s a great baby shower gift.
We’ve done a lot of baby-wearing with Rio. Right from the start, he loved being snuggled close to mommy, and mommy had to get some work done other than baby-snuggling. Even now, if he’s fed and dry and still fussy, putting him in a front pack of some sort is almost always the answer. We also wear him at the garden, which is quite a workout! We have several different ones. While I wouldn’t recommend a 10 mile hike in the ring sling, it’s great for around the house because it’s so easy on and easy off, and you can take it off and lay him down without waking him up, which isn’t so true of some of the more comfortable but more complicated carriers.
Now that he’s bigger, I’m in search of the perfect backpack, preferably one that’s easy for one person to put him into. Suggestions?
I got the instructions for making this at the Maya Wrap website. I don’t know why they give instructions on how to make their product at home, but they work pretty well. There are also thorough instructions on there on how to wear your baby in the sling.
It’s best to order the rings online at slingrings.com. I prefer the largest size. You can also purchase something similar at horse supply stores, I think they use them as part of the bridle on horses, but they tend to be heavier. It’s best to select a medium-weight woven fabric that looks the same on front and back, since you’ll be able to see both sides of the fabric.
Other variations I’ve seen are to add a pocket to the extra fabric in front, and to stuff a hem along the edge of the carrier to make a long narrow pillow to support baby’s head.