Review: Moms in Mind Ring Sling
|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