|November 10, 2010||Posted by Mabel under Babywearing, Reviews|
This wasn’t the first baby carrier that I used – that “honour” goes to the Baby Bjorn. In fact, one of the reasons why I purchased this was because I was looking for a carrier that was more versatile that the Baby Bjorn in terms of carry positions and one that didn’t press down against my chest (big thing for nursing mummies) whenever Eva was in it. I must admit that prior to this, I didn’t know much about baby carriers, only from what I read in The Baby book by the Sears which talked about ring slings mostly.
After asking around, I found out about a locally made company called Moms in Mind. The company is a small business run by mothers although I can’t say for sure if the items like the sling and pouches are still sewn by the ladies there. The slings are made with sturdy nylon rings and either basic cotton, cotton sateen or Thai silk fabric. Their slings have the following features:
- Pockets with a secure zip-closure
- Lightly padded at shoulders & edges for baby & mommy’s comfort
- Wide shoulder band wraps
- Fully machine washable
The ring sling I purchased is the one made with cotton sateen and retails for SGD45 (it comes with an instruction pamphlet as well as a CD). Mine is preloved so I paid less but of course, as with all preloved items particularly carriers, I inspected it and found it to be in good shape prior to the first use. I started babywearing Eva in the Moms in Mind ring sling at around 2 months or so with a semi-cradle position. While it was a bit of a challenge at first, our subsequent attempts were much easier and before I knew it, I was placing her in the pouch in a under a minute (or two). She dozed off quite easily but the unfortunate thing was that sometimes it got a little hot and stuffy.
As she got older, we moved from the semi-cradle to the kangaroo and then the hip carry position. It was still easy for her to doze off but at least this time, it was cooler and more airy because her head would no longer be resting “in” the sling. I also found a way to maintain the same size without having to readjust the sling as a hip carry means that there is no need for me to tighten the tail. The pocket did come in handy, especially with housing my wallet, keys and a mobile phone, plus the ring made it easier for me to loop in her teeth – super for those horrible teething periods!
One big downside is that the weight distribution is just on one shoulder and therefore it can be a pain – literally – for people with toddlers or heavier babies. At slightly over 9 kg, I can no longer wear Eva in a ring sling for hours on end like I used to when I first started. So after over a year of excellent service, I’m sad to say that I’m retiring this carrier. I wouldn’t say that this is a sling that is for everyone but it was great for me and I wouldn’t switch to anything else, especially during those hip carry days!
Toys or teethers can be looped on the rings
Doubles as a shade, blanket or changing mat!
Can be used for babies, infants, young toddlers
Wide choice of fabrics – linen, cotton, silk, solarveil
Possible DIY (need to source for good sturdy rings)
Versatile – cradle, semi-cradle, back, hip, kangaroo carry
Excess cloth may be a turn off
Can be quite warm (depending on position & fabric)
Weight distribution on one shoulder
Can be challenging to put on/use
|December 15, 2009||Posted by Mabel under Babywearing|
I have been toying with the idea of moving forward from the cradle position to the kangaroo carry style while babywearing her for a while; well, actually since she hit 4 months old about three weeks ago. Unlike the cradle carry, this style requires infants to be able to support their own head but one big benefit is that it allows the baby to see and consequently interact more with their environment.
I tried this for a short while this morning as I headed out to the morning market to get some lunch supplies. The position is such that she is basically sitting in the pouch Buddha style with the option of waving her arms around should she desire. She took to it quite well; of course it took a couple of tries to get things right but as well, she is ever patient and waiting, knowing fully well that a pouch means outside time for her (and myself).
Midway during one of my grocery shopping perusals at the store, I caught her tracking my hands as I reached for objects higher up on the shelves. It was clear – she was very interested in the things I was looking at and even reaching out for; something which I suspect will motivate her to learn grasping and picking up objects when she’s older.
Now that I’ve tried this with the pouch, I should get around to the ring sling – it’s been a while since I last used it. Soon, soon.
|September 9, 2009||Posted by Mabel under Babywearing|
Babywearing is not a new concept for us – I first read about it in The Baby Book by the Sears and while Mum had purchased a carrier for us, Eva was then still too big for it. Still, I was tempted to try it out because of the benefits and one major thing – babywearing allows the user to be more independent and hands-free.
Since arriving in Singapore, we’ve made strides in terms of babywearing our little one. We moved from the carrier Mum bought us – it didn’t fit Nil all that while – to a Baby Bjorn Air which is excellent for him (and me as well honestly). But I wanted something that was a little more breastfeeding-friendly as the Bjorn is only for carrier. In order to breastfeed Eva, I’d have to remove her from the carrier and so forth. I remembered reading up on ring slings – it was one of those carriers that came recommended by the Sears – and decided to get a preloved one just to try it out. New ones can be quite costly and initially I was tempted to make my own but I chanced upon a Singaporean who was selling hers for an affordable price so why not?
This is a Moms In Mind ring sling made of cotton sateen and while it’s great for portability and nursing, I still find the material less airy that I had anticipated. It’s great if we’re heading to somewhere cool like the mall or am using public transport but if it’s for the great outdoors, this fabric is still not quite there yet. I might play around with linen for my own DIY ring sling (and if possible, make one for a gift for a friend who’s expecting). I think baby carriers like this, the mei tais and pouch make excellent baby gifts!
That aside, Eva doesn’t mind being in it at all. She did find it bizarre in the beginning – all this lilac fabric around her nose but after a few minutes of me walking around the house with her in it, she settled in by falling asleep and almost instantly too. I, on the hand, need to practice getting the hang on threading the fabric, tightening it and so forth. You could say that I’m paranoid about maintaining the safety standards for ring slings (things like baby’s chin should not touch their chest, etc, etc) so I’m always checking to see if Eva is still okay. Otherwise, to be honest, I prefer the ring sling over the Bjorn, namely because I can always breastfeed her and well, it’s comfy too. That and the fact that the sling doesn’t give her away whereas the Bjorn, well, her face and limbs are exposed AND people here can be quite nosy at times.
Perhaps I’ll change my tune when she’s older AND heavier!
Since we adopted babywearing – yes, Nil and myself although I’ve worn her more often than he has – we, or rather I, notice a change in Eva’s behaviour. She fusses and cries less, and is more secure as the days goes by. Sometimes she surprises me by choosing to doze off in her crib without having to fall asleep on my chest (in the burp position) first. She is also more “patient”, allowing me some precious few minutes to prepare things like her bath, run off to the toilet and stuff before feeding. I guess she knows that I’m not exactly going to run out on her any time soon but that could just be me.
I’m actually thinking of wearing her when I do my housechores but will put that on hold until she can hold her head up on her own. Probably in another month’s time…or two. We’ll see how it goes. In the meantime, if you have yet to try babywearing with your little one, I suggest you give it a go. It does wonders…especially if you have a “high demand” baby.