Once Upon A Sling is a babywearing shop in our actual area! It’s located in Bloomington-Normal. They have carriers in stock and you can make an appointment to go try them on. You can try out some carriers and walk out the door with one that you love! This is super exciting to me!
Once Upon a Sling was started to bring babywearing education and products to the area after The Sling Connection in Lincoln closed. Their mission is to provide quality carriers that promote the parent-child bond while allowing the parent to maintain an active lifestyle. They started small, but their selection has really grown in the past year and a half. They have a great selection of brands, all of which I really approve of! There are two Ring Slings (Maya and Zolowear), three Mei Tais (Catbird Baby, BabyHawk and Maya Tie), seven Soft-Structured Carriers (Action Baby, Beco Butterfly 2, Beco Gemini, Boba, Oh-Snap (BabyHawk), Olives & Applesauce, and the Pikkolo (Catbird Baby) ), and five wraps (Bali Breeze, Bali Stretch, Moby, Dolcino and Wrapsody Water Wraps). They have three exclusive carriers – two Catbird Baby MT’s (Citron Birdies and Owls Owls) and arriving any day now, a BabyHawk with Illini fabric. They generously donated a Citron Birds CatBird to our lending library! Review coming soon. They also have great babywearing accessories: Winter Covers (by Catbird), Beco Drool Pads, Catbird Support Belts, Tummy 2 Tummy DVD, and Lassig nursing covers.
They have classes, generally once a month. One is an intro to babywearing class, the other is an intro to wrapping. If you can’t make it to the monthly BWI meeting, to get hands on help from one of our VBEs, this would be a great option for you. You can also schedule a consultation. I think it is so exciting that there is somewhere local where you can try on carriers and walk out with the one you want!
Anna, the owner, has 4 kids and has been wearing since the oldest was a few months old. We really appreciate her support!