Before we had a baby, I’d heard of only one type of baby carrier:  Baby Bjorn.  So, of course we got one.  Then my friend who had a baby a few moths old at the time ours was on her way, told me about the Maya Wrap, an adjustable Ring Sling.  So, of course we needed one of those, too.  Once our baby came, that’s when the real test began.

First off, after having to deliver via emergency c-section after 30.5 hours of labor, I was in for a longer than expected recovery and an additional challenge…no lifting anything heavier than the baby for 8 weeks.  That meant that when she was three weeks old and I wanted to take her to the store with me, I did not have the option to use a stroller or even lift the car seat into the shopping cart.  This meant getting acquainted with baby carriers pretty quickly.

I tried the Baby Bjorn and, for me it was uncomfortable.  My milk had come in, big time and having a baby strapped to my chest was not pleasant.  So I tried the Maya Wrap sling I’d purchased.  The first time I tried putting her in, my baby screamed. For some tips on how to put her in properly, I found some videos on YouTube and got her in comfortable on the second try.  The Maya Wrap(around $60) became my favorite because it gave me the freedom to go out with my baby and I was able to breastfeed anywhere in total secret.

The sling was great, but pricey, and I wanted to have a few because my baby had been spitting up on it constantly.  So…I found another used sling, a Pretty Momma sling (starting around $70, new).  I liked this one better than the original Maya Wrap because there was no folding at the shoulder–just rings simply and securely sewn in at one end.  I liked how this one cupped my shoulder and more or less stayed in place.  It was great, but with as much as my baby was having massive spit-ups and necessitating rewashing the slings, I needed more–but at a better price point.

Then, by a stroke of luck, I found my answer.  Patricia, a stay at home mom, makes a wonderful Ring Sling.  Her site is http://www.slingflingslings.com, though I just tried it and it is down.  She was selling her slings for around $30 and they are top notch.  She uses the smaller rings, but I found I liked the larger rings better and she was able to make my slings with the larger rings.  She also uses pleats at the shoulder, but when I received them and did not like the way the slings fit me with the pleats, she fixed them.

For more on Ring Slings and fit, including the YouTube links I’ve found helpful, tune in to Part 2, in the next couple of days.

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