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17 May 2010

Babywearing Love

I've been loving the ring sling lately.

When it's really warm out I love being able to wear her with just a simple piece of fabric. It's lightweight, versatile, I can toss it in my bag or simple wear it around my torso while she walks hand in hand.

I've been getting excited about the idea of offering babywearing workshops to my doula clients in the future. I don't profess to be any kind of expert when it comes to babywearing, but I have learned a LOT over this past 15 1/2 months. Wraps, slings, mei tais, soft structured carriers -- I've got them all & I can't wait to share.

What's your favourite way to wear your baby? Is a babywearing workshop something you think you'd take part in? Any input would be really helpful in my planning. You guys are a wealth of information & I'm so grateful for your comments!

Thanks friends!


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Blogger Mary Beth said...

yay babywearing! a workshop is such an awesome idea! Moms new to babywearing can really benefit from having help with the right way to wear baby! and a list of resources of where to buy. I run into so many new moms that see my ring slings and have no idea where to buy them b/c babies-r-us does not carry them. I make my own and I gift one to every new mom I know!
I also prefer ring slings! Until they get around age one then I prefer a structured carrier.

May 18, 2010 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger Desiree Fawn said...

Ooh yes, a list of resources would definite be a great thing to include.
I've also been wanting to learn how to make them -- do you have a pattern to follow?

May 18, 2010 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger apples&honey said...

I loved the ergo, but I haven't worn it in months due to being uncomfortable when pregnant and it just seems too confined and squishy for Poppy to enjoy as she Loves to sit straight up and take it the world in her stroller.
I have been considering the ring sling for the new one as the Ergo didn't work well for her as a newborn...or possibly the insert.
I made a plain sling from Homemade Home, but I have never felt comfortable wearing one (hotslings included) and Poppy HATED them too. She loved the Ergo as soon as her legs could spread wide enough to fit into it.
I think a workshop is a great idea just because they are so expensive and it would be great to try a bunch and see what feels most natural and comfortable for you. I haven't tried many as there are no longer baby stores in Lindsay to try them out first...it is all online!
A ring sling looks great for Poppy too as she still loves to be held and gets heavier every day!
Holy Babble!

May 18, 2010 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger County Cloth Creations said...

The Ergo really helps me get things done, I only like it for back wear though. The ring sling has been my saviour since birth right up till now at (almost) 15 months. The ring sling is so easy and she'll sleep in it too :)

May 18, 2010 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Johanna said...

I've been rediscovering our ergo since the weather has been warmer. And I'm loving it, so is Noah. I actually think it's better now that he's a bit bigger.
I love the idea of a workshop for baby wearing. I've had some challenges along the way and think that if I had take a workshop I would've felt more confident in my technique.
Awesome idea!

May 18, 2010 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Johanna said...

oh and btw- you look gorgeous in these photos

May 18, 2010 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger Christina Edwards said...

i love all my slings for different reason. we hike a lot so my beco & ergo get the most use, though.

a local yoga studio teaches a baby wearing workshop. the have a great turnout! i think it is a fabulous idea.

May 18, 2010 at 1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Babywearing workshop is a very good idea. I have a couple of slings: Bjorn and Dydimos (cloth). However, I do have a hard time wearing them, because I'm short (151-153 cm) and wearing a baby over 5 kilos and 60 cm is quickly tiring for the back and not very comfortable. I had no idea it would be so. But I can't do it over 15-20 minutes.

May 18, 2010 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger Maura said...

Love this!!! I like my ring sling for quick trips and around the house but I like a soft structured carrier or mei tai for long walks and such. I have an Olives and Applesauce ssc that is the most comfy thing ever. I highly recommend it!!

Your pictures are so sweet.

May 19, 2010 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger tippytoe foxtrot said...

Awesome idea! Would you let people try out your slings, etc.? I wish I could have tried out all the different things available. It's such a personal preference. I ended up with a stretchy wrap and a mei tai. I liked them both, but didn't love them. Coral gained weight really fast and was 17lbs by 4 months so I wanted something that was super comfortable. We are expecting another baby in September so I'm still searching for my perfect match.

May 19, 2010 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger Desiree Fawn said...

Oh wow guys! Thanks for all the fantastic feedback -- I can't wait to get started on my planning!

May 19, 2010 at 10:48 PM  
Blogger mommymae said...

my babe has been a bit on the heavy side & i can't wear her any more without hurting myself. of course, that could probably be managed with a different carrier than a new native sling or maya wrap, but new ones cost money i don't care to spend. i do miss having her so close.

May 20, 2010 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Harvesting Honor said...

This go around, I have had a Mei tai and a moby style. I never cared much for the moby style, but the Mei Tai has been nice. I want to try something new though. Honor is 8 months and nearing 17 pounds- any suggestions? Most of my work is puttering around the yard, watering and tending to our animals. I am thinking about maybe trying a ring sling next.

May 20, 2010 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger Desiree Fawn said...

Harvesting Honor: a ring sling might be the answer for you -- super easy to get on and off once you get the hang of it & usually they are the least expensive (esp. if you can find one on Etsy or someone to make one for you!)
A structured carrier is a little more expensive, but often they can be worn on your back which is great for keeping grabby hands away from whatever you're trying to get done!
(feel free to email with any other questions!)

May 20, 2010 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger Lady Thought said...

I've used ring slings for all 3 of my babes up to as old as 3 years (although my kids are little elves, my 5 year old weighs only 34 pounds). I bought my first but come from a family that makes them and when I lost my sling I made a new one, using horse tack rings! Works great and has lasted for 3 kids. I've nursed my weeks old newborns walking around Disneyworld and Disneyland! (I don't recommend making a trip like that less than 2 months postpartum, though!) I've also nursed my month old baby while playing piano at a funeral. Babywearing ROCKS!

A party would be great. I know so many moms who just try 1 kind and it doesn't work and they're done.

July 21, 2010 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger Desiree Fawn said...

Thanks so much for your comment! And it's so true, I think some mamas try out a sling and see that one type doesn't work without realizing how many fabulous options there are -- I want to teach everyone!!

July 21, 2010 at 9:26 PM  

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