Category Archives: Ring Slings

Review: Comfy Joey Toddler Width Ring Sling

By SS

 

I wore my 24# 15 mo in this carrier for several up/down trips and one longer nursing session. I like the extra width on the carrier for a tall toddler (like my guy). He loves to bounce himself in carriers, so with ring slings I always make a VERY deep seat for him (like, the bottom rail comes up to his bellybutton deep). With the extra width on this carrier, I can do that with no problem and still have plenty of fabric for a snuggly nap, if that ever happens.

 

I love the black and white look of the fabric. It’s very classy, while still making a fashion statement. For men with an aversion to anything slightly girly, this is a great option!

 

I was surprised to find out the fabric is silk! It’s thin and strong, with little to no stretch or bounce, but with some cush. The texture is a little rough to the touch (not silky, by any means), but not at all irritating.

 

The shoulder is a simple gathered shoulder. Shoulder style is always a personal preference kind of thing. The advantage to a gathered shoulder is being able to cup the fabric onto the outside of your shoulder. This spreads the fabric (and baby’s weight) out more.

Babywearing on the Cheap: Saturday August 17th 2013 Meeting Topic

Our group meets the first Monday and the third Saturday of every month. The Monday meetings are open help times to try on carriers and get help with carriers you may already own. The Saturday meetings usually have a topic presented by one of our VBE’s or a guest speaker for the first 30 minutes of the meeting. Our latest topic was “Babywearing on the Cheap”. Once the topic is presented the meeting opens up to open help. There is a VBE at each “carrier station” to help you try on carriers.

Our VBE Courtney started us off this past Saturday’s meeting talking about how you can babywear within a budget you are comfortable with. The comparison of cars was presented as in some people drive porches and others drive a more affordable car. Baby carriers are the same way, there are offerings at just about any price point. At the bottom is the handout that was given out at the meeting. Carriers with an asterisk are available in our lending library.

If you are in the market for a soft structure carrier (SSC) on a budget The Boba Air which is one of lending library’s most recent carriers is of the most affordable SSC on the market, available new for under $75. For under $100 the Action Baby Carrier, Pognae, Moby Go and Connecta are available. Most of these are available in our lending library. Our lending library also offers the Boba 3G, Ergo, Onya, Scootababy, and Tula all for under $150. Other carriers available for that under $150 are the Beco, Catbird Baby Pikkolo, Angelpack and BabyHawk.

Mei Tais are another option you can find at affordable prices. For under $100 Kozy and Catbird Baby are avaiable to try in our library and the BabyHawk is another option. For under $150 our lending library hosts a Chimparoo Mei Tai.

Ring Slings are available for under $75 such as a Sleeping Baby Productions (SBP) or the Maya Wrap Ring Sling. Our library has an SBP carrier. For under $100 there are ring slings offered by Sakura Bloom, Snuggly Baby, Comfy Joey, BBSling all available in our library. Chimparoo also offers a ring sling fo under $100.

Woven Wraps are avaiable at many different price points, there are many that are available on a budget. For under $75 there is Walter’s Organic and The Wrap Nap Fairy. Our Library has a Wrapsody Bali Breeze, Colimacon et Cie (C & C) and a Chimparoo woven wrap all available new for under $100. Also available under $100 are Amazonas. Under $150 offers many more options. Our library has a Doncino, Hoppediz, Girasol, BBSleen and Didymos that could all be found for $150. Also available for $150 would be Storchenwiege, Easy Care and Little Frog.

All of the above are available for new at the prices mentioned but you might be able to find many of them at a similar or even lower price second hand. Although you should keep in mind that babycarriers do hold their market value. For buying used carriers some great resources include the “Babywearing Swap” group on Facebook as well as the “Babywearing on a Budget” another Facebook Group. Thebabywearer.com has forums for buying, selling and trading as well.

Many people often wonder if they could just make something or Do-it-Yourself (DIY). There are many DIY options that our VBE Kirsteen discussed at the meeting. A stretchy wrap is an easy DIY project as no sewing skills are required, as they can be made from Stretchy Jersey fabric that does not fray. A DIY wrap can also be made but does require sewing as it would need to be made from medium or bottom weight Linen, Cotton or Osenburg are the most commonly used. These fabric would need to be hemmed. Another DIY project that requires just a big more skill is the DIY Ring Sling. The same fabrics that can used for a woven wrap could also be used to make a ringsling. The key to making a DIY ringsling is quality materials like the use of gutermann thread. The rings for a DIY ring sling should be purchased from slingrings.com, which are tested for babywearing the rings should NOT be welded rings. Mei Tais and SSC could also be a DIY project but would need to only be attempted by someone with a relatively good experience with sewing. DIY Mei Tai’s can even be constructed from a table cloth as long as their is only a diagonal stretch not a horizontal or vertical stretch tot he fabric. http://www.sleepingbaby.net/ is a great resource for more in-depth DIY infomation and patterns.

Our VBE’s are avaiable at the meetings to answer or offer suggestions for any questions you may have. Attending a meeting is really best way to find out what carrier works for you. As our VBE Beth likes to say, Carriers are like jeans, what might fit me will probably not fit you. Babywearing can be an expensive hobby but there are many ways in which you can keep your baby close and still stay within your personal budget.

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Tip Tuesday- Ring Position

By CS

Tips and Tricks – Ring Position

We previously talked about theading and sizing your ring slings (http://bwiofpeoria.org/2012/03/13/tip-tuesday-3/) but for a long time I always ended up with my rings too low so I wanted to talk about ring positioning.  The ring sling that I am using is the BWI of Peoria Library BB Sling in Papaya.  It was donated by Nova Natural.  It is actually made from a wrap so is a nice and sturdy ring sling.  

As you can see, I am first sizing my ring sling by adjusting it to the distance between my shoulder and hips.  

I like to carry on my left hip, so I put my left arm and head through the sling.

I want to end up with my rings in a high corsage position.  To do this, I am actually going to line up the seam of the ring sling with the seam of my shirt. If you are new to ring slings, you may actually want to start with it a little behind the seam of your shirt.

Then you place your baby in the carrier.  This is 14 month old T.  As always, make sure you get a good seat.

To tighten the carrier, pull the top rail horizontal instead of down

If you need to tighten the bottom rail, you can pull it down.

Then spread the fabric wide over you back and over your shoulder as comfortable.

As you can see, my rings ended up in the high corsage position and my baby is secured nice, tight and close enough to kiss.

Tip and Tricks: No Sew Ring Sling

By CS

As my collection of wraps have grown, I have acquired some that I really love.  I wear them often but sometimes I want the convenience of a ring sling.  A No Sew Sling Ring is a way to have the best of both worlds.  You can wear a beautiful wrap but you can have the ease of the ring slings.

The first thing you need is a wrap.  I am using the BWI of Peoria’s size 2 Girasol.  A No Sew Ring Sling is best with shorter wrap.  You also need a pair of rings.  They need to be rings specifically made for use in a ring sling.  You want to make sure they are of sufficient cross-section and diameter.  In addition, there should be no gaps or welds.  They also need to be qualified at a weight in excess of that of your baby.  The best thing to do is order from www.slingrings.com because then you know you are getting the right rings.
Starting with the wrong side of the wrap facing you.  Thread the wrap through both rings.
Now pull a section of the wrap through and thread it over the top ring and under the bottom.  This is the same way you would normally fasten a ring sling
Pull the rest of the section through and pull it tight being careful not to twist the fabric.
This part is going to be the back, inner part of the ring sling.  You can now flip your wrap over and bring the other end up and thread it normally by coming up through both rings from the bottom.
And then back over the top ring and under the bottom.  Your rings may be a little offset so make sure you are threading it correctly.
Then put on your No Sew Ring Sling as you normally would.
After you get your child placed, you may need to tuck in the tail when you spread the ring sling across your back.
When you have finished, you should able to use your wrap just as you would a ring sling.
You shouldn’t need to adjust the rings and more than normal.  If you do find your child to be slipping slightly you can try pulling a longer section through in the beginning.  If you are trying this with a really thick wrap, you might try pulling a longer section through to start but only pulling it through both rings and not doing the over the top ring and under the bottom ring.  This will leave the rings more like a true ring sling but then the only thing keeping it there is the weight of the baby and friction of the fabric.  If you are doing this method, you need to be sure to start with a long enough section pulled through.
I hope you enjoy this way of using your wraps.

Comfy Joey Water Ring Sling Review and Comparison

By B

 

I recently had the opportunity to try the Comfy Joey Water Ring Sling out with my family at an indoor water park. I talk here about how babywearing really helped out on that trip. I’ve owned a water ring sling since my older child was just a few months old. It got a lot of use here as a shower sling. I figured the CJ sling would be the same thing. I was so pleasantly surprised to find that the Comfy Joey water sling is a million times better!

I thought that the major advantage of the Comfy Joey sling was the wide range of cute colors they are available in. Other water slings I’d see are available in black, white and blue. The Comfy Joey ones come in 6 beautiful colors, the better to match to your swim suit.

On the ring sling that I have, the material is like a football jersey, with larger holes. When dry, it is somewhat slippy, not dangerous, just needs to be readjusted often. Once it gets wet, it becomes grippy. I expected the same from the Comfy Joey, but that isn’t the case at all. The CJ is rock solid. I put baby girl in, got her settled and headed to the pool. I didn’t need to adjust the sling one time during the 90 minutes she was in it. The CJ material is grippy from the get go. This is a big advantage when you are wearing your baby around, say, a water park, where you will be in and out of the water. I was really surprised at how supportive and comfortable this ring sling was. I could definitely see wearing it for a day at the pool. I think the smaller holes in the Comfy Joey would make for better sun protection as well, though neither sling is made to be a substitute for sunscreen.

Close up photos of the fabrics:

Comfy Joey is the green one.

Another difference is the shoulder style. Really, it’s a matter of personal preference. I really like the “CJ Hybrid” shoulder, as it’s called. Some info from the site:  “Fans of gathered shoulders will find that this design allows the sling fabric to be spread wide to hug your shoulder similar to a gathered shoulder style, virtually eliminating pressure points. However, our design also allows the shoulder fabric to be worn narrowly, or scrunched up, maximizing the freedom of movement for the ring-side arm with less bulk than you’d expect.” This means that you can wear the shoulder either spread out, to distribute the weight better, or bunched up, to have full range of arm motion. Honestly, they are both super comfortable on this.

CJ shoulder, spread

And bunched

The other, spread as much as I could

And bunched

The rings on the Comfy Joey are smaller, too, which helps it to be less slippy. It’s just as easy to adjust, though.

 

 

 

Tip Tuesday- Getting a Good Seat

By KSC

This week we will talk about getting a good seat.  Whether you use a wrap, a ringsling, a Mei Tai or a soft structured carrier we often use the term getting a good seat in the carrier.  It means making sure that your child has the bum lower than knees position and ideally has the carrier covering and supporting knee to knee.  I will be using our lending library’s SBP’s wrap conversion ringsling, our Wrapsoday hybrid stretch wrap and our Action Baby Carrier soft structured carrier.

 

With the ring sling I make sure the bottom half of the material is knee to knee and well tucked up between me and my child’s body.  You can see that the top half of the fabric is flat and not bunched around his back.

You can see the bum lower than knee position here again.

Here shows how the fabric is tucked up between his legs and my stomach/side.

In a wrap I will pull the bottom of the wrap straight down and then pull from between his legs and up between us.

I make sure that I pull that material up along my back and knee to knee on his body.

Here you can see the bum lower than knee position that I end up with when I use this method.

In a soft structured carrier I make sure the waist band is flat against my back without any gaps.  I then bring the fabric up and over this bottom so that he sits about half way over the waist band.

I would do the same with a Mei Tai as I do with a soft structured carrier.  As a final check with any carrier that I am using is to make sure his position is correct by lifting up on his heels which pushed his bottom into that nice deep seat.

BB Sling Review

By HD

 

Carrier: BB Sling (generously donated to us by Nova Natural)

Reviewed with children age: 12 months

This is a ring sling carrier made from the same material as a woven wrap.  The material gives extra support and you can carry a heavy child comfortably.  I used this carrier primarily with my 12 month old, but I did try my 3 year old and he also fit.

I am not a typical ring sling user, but this sling was easier than a lot of ring slings I have tried.  The fabric makes it easier to pull through and adjust the fabric to size.  The shoulder is especially comfy and spreads easily.  I also thought the fabric added sturdiness, I even slid my son to my back a few times and I normally don’t do this with a ring sling, but he was safe and secure.

For me, ring slings are great in and out carriers and I like to use them for quick trips into stores.  They are easy to fold up and stick in a large purse or diaper bag.  I also really liked this carrier for getting ready for work in the morning.  My little guy enjoyed being carried as I rushed around to find all of my things and get myself ready!

What Can You Do While Babywearing? Go swimming!

By HD

Getting into a pool, ocean or lake can be very intimidating for a little person.  To help my little one feel more secure, I like to use a sling made for the water.  This helps baby feel safe when experiencing something new.  I also feel safer holding baby (especially in a murky water situation like the lake pictured).

 

The pictures are my little guy at around 3 months enjoying a cool off in the lake.  This was his first water experience and he loved it!

I am using a solarveil ring sling (solarveil helps protect from the sun and dries quickly).  BWI has a few water slings in our library if you think water wearing is something you want to try!