May 27, 2008

The Sling Stash

It's time to share your stash or favorite carriers! An awesome benefit to having several different kinds of slings is that I've really found what works best for me and it's also nice to loan them out to friends...

Pictured below is what I currently have on hand here at home:

top: one of the first Nest slings ever, my first sling- a ring sling from KimzKreations, Peanut Shell pouch, Sprout Pouch.

middle: Gypsy Mama Bali Baby Stretch Wrap, Sleepy Wrap, MetroMamma Wrap, Baby Bisou carrier


front: Podonbutai & Free Hand Baby mei tai.

One sling I must have for baby is a mesh water ring sling. I have given both of mine away and must get one for the new baby! I used it almost daily in the shower when Gray was a baby!

If you are to own only one sling, I always say you need a ring sling. It's such a great carrier for newborn to toddler. Perfect for quick trips and nursing. I'm really excited to try out my wraps for the new baby. I've always thought they were more for the smaller baby stages, and it will be fun to become a pro at wrapping. Pouches- you either love them or hate them! I started out not a huge fan of the pouch but when I found the right fit- it makes all the difference! Mine are both not adjustable, but if you can swing it, I've been a fan of Rockin' Baby's adjustable pouch! Another carrier that quickly became my favorite is my mei tai. I love traditional carriers. My Free Hand is a traditional mei tai and the Baby Bisou has the appearance of a traditional carrier but has buckles- great for anyone that might not like all the straps and tying. I still use my mei tai and it probably gets as much use as the ring sling with my babies. I have found it to be the perfect way to have them nurse and nap when we're pretty much anywhere! It is also my favorite for a good back carry. The Podonbutai is a three-in-one carrier that my friend Jenn created at All Natural Mommies (she's since sold her store) but this carrier is innovative and comfy! I prefer to use it like a podaegi, but you can also wear it as a mei tai or onbuhimo.

So, what don't I have? I still wouldn't mind to try a silk sling maybe from Sakura Bloom, Oopa or one of the expensive but glorious P-slings. And it might be neat to have another podaegi.

Where to get them? The Internet is a wonderful place to shop for carriers! But some local boutiques sell slings and it's great if you can try them out before you buy. Or check out a Mom's group or La Leche League near you and hopefully you'll find some attachment-minded parents to share their sling collection with you. If you are tight on cash but really want to get a new carrier, I got my Free Hand Baby mei tai through a Mama Swap online- and you should also check out the For Sale Or Trade forum on TheBabywearer.com for any and every type of baby carrier!


Now show me yours! I'd love to see your sling stash or favorite carriers. If you post about this, please link your post only (not your main blog page) in the Linky below. And be sure to link back here so others can share as well!




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36 comments:

  1. I'll have to play along with this one! That nest sling is SO awful!!!! I think I need to make you a new one! New baby, new sling right?! Not that you NEED one with that stash!

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  2. WOW - that is a lot of carriers!
    My favorite are wraps - esp when Olivia was younger. As a newborn, the wrap was her favorite place in the world!!!!

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  3. I'll have to round up all my carriers when I get home. Have you tried a Moby Wrap yet? I thought wraps were better for small babies too, but my daughter will be a year old Saturday and I just bought mine 3 or 4 weeks ago. We love it! It's super-cuddly, affordable at $40, and comes in lots of different colors (mine is lavender, my favorite)! I can put it on before I leave the house and leave it on for the duration of a shopping/errand trip. No need to mess with long strips of fabric in a parking lot, just slide the baby in and you're off. Plus, it is conducive to napping for the baby.

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  4. Done! I just chose to highlight my fave! I loved seeing my husband wear it too.

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  5. Hey! I love your selection of wraps! I really want to try a Mei Tai style for back babywearing. Oh, and sorry I am on your list twice-please erase the second one; for some reason my works for me Wednesdays info got automatically put in and I didn't realize it until I had posted the link. Sorry!

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  6. Oh, fun!!
    My stash is pretty big because I'm seling wraps and mei tais right now, but I will get some shots of the carriers I use and post them. I love yours!!

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  7. oh I love your stash...almost as much as my own!

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  8. you certainly have a lot of slings!

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  9. i must say, this is quite a collection! i am a big fan of my ring slings, i have 2 of them. and a pouch. the ring sling was one of the best investments! it's solarveil and nice and cool.

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  10. Gotta love the ring slings! I have my sling post up, check it out!

    I am also surprised you don't have a Moby!? They're pretty popular here in Seattle.

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  11. What a great stash! I still haven't decided which one to get for this new baby. I only have a pouch....which I bought when Ly' was 18 month! :)

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  12. I never really understood my baby carrier thing so I never used it with Lilla. Hopefully with this next one I can get a new sling that maybe works better for me. They are really expensive though so we'll have to see! :)

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  13. I had some pics from Sunday of us leading worship with Ladybug in the sling - but they disappeared somehow! I'll have to get more taken, even if for my own enjoyment.

    Great stash! I'm looking forward to expanding past our ring sling soon.

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  14. Lance was very particular about what kind of sling he would allow me to carry him! I finally found a brand that I LOVED-- hotsling- and ended up only using that one!

    Will try again with baby #2, whenever he/she comes. I was given a ring sling by a friend, but he didn't care for it and it was tough on my back.

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  15. I gave all mine away to a neighbor with a non-sleeper newborn. I still have my babyhawk though. It's the cool.

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  16. I love this post. I'm going to have to mark it for future reference. Hopefully. ;)
    I think the internet is my only source for getting my hands on a wrap or pouch since we don't have any funky stores in the area that sell good ones. I'm nervous about ordering the right size though. We'll see.
    Thanks for all the great info!

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  17. I will hav to get pics of my stash -- once it's finishedf - I have 4 wraps and 2 more slings in the works (I am SUCH a DIY-er) I would HIGHLY reccomend a Sakura Bloom sling - the shoulder is DIVINE and the linen are soft and hugable.

    My bestest friend just got a Didy wrap and I SUPER love it. I can't wait to wrap this baby!

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  18. Oh I love the colour of the Podonbutai! I'm a big MT and ringsling fan, and I've put my post up to show them now :)

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  19. Your Nest slings look gorgeous. One day I'd like to try a 'name-brand' sling.

    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to share!

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  20. Finished! (Baby napped so I blogged.)

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  21. I won't do such a long post as this because well, I only have one sling and it's from slinglings.com. I had two, in two different patterns but I sent one to my friend after her baby was born. I still use it on occasion to hip carry my one-year-old. It's been VERY handy!

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  22. fun stuff! I posted my "stash" which consists of 2 of the same kind:-)

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  23. Thanks! This has been awesome.

    I'm fairly certain I'll be using a Moby Wrap whenever the next little one comes along.

    :)

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  24. i finally have my babywearing post up :) this was so fun!

    i love all of your baby carriers~ very pretty! i have that same starry night print from your free hand MT on one side of my babyhawk onbu!

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  25. You know, the only sling I never understood was the ring sling. I just couldn't get a hold of how to really use it well. Maybe I need to spend some more time learning it.

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  26. I am jealous! Now I need to go and get some more fun carriers. Great post idea.

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  27. This was fun! It must be exciting to know you will get to start all over again with a new baby. Experience is nice!

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  28. Oh I'm jelous. I wish I had some moms close by to swap with, I only have one and it's a ring sling but we love it!

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  29. Oh STEPHANIE.
    *drool drool drool*

    I am so jealous. What a LOVELY stash.

    My trusty camera is winging its way to me from a repair shop (in Chicagoland, in fact) so I can't play along at this time. I do love the show-your-stash game though. Fun!

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  30. I'm so jealous of your stash (and Drea's too). I wish I had so many options. I'll try to post something about babywearing tomorrow. I already had a post ready to go for today.

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  31. Oh this was such a great idea, Stephanie!!!

    I Love slings!!! Its fun to see others stashes and favorites.

    Thanks for hosting!

    Blessings~ Heather at
    http://growing-in-rejoicing.blogspot.com/

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  32. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  33. Nice stash! We don't do much babywearing these days, mainly just when we're going for a hike. I'm down to just a MyPouch (my favorite carrier) and an Ellaroo MeiHip that I use occasionally.

    Mei tais and their spinoffs are my favorites. :)

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  34. I'm jealous of that stash. I have two. =( Someday - slowly I'll get more.

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  35. Alas, I have only two slings. I made a ring sling, and then I bought a pouch sling -- a very chic Hotsling. The next baby I have, I am going to start with the sling in the hospital!

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  36. Sorry I forgot to direct link. Here's the address. Sorry I am slow. I did take the pictures the day you wanted them just took forever to post. Does that count.

    http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/PrairieLadyCraft/545697/

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