I despise strollers. I really do. They are clunky, haphazard, and downright vile contraptions that excel at attempted finger amputation when folding them up. I like to baby wear instead. There are distinct advantages to baby wearing.
- The close contact is comforting and nurturing for both you and the child.
- You can be hands free knowing that your child is always close by.
- Nothing is trying to cut off your fingers.
I recently had the opportunity to try Mamaway Maternity’s Mamaway Ring Sling and found myself to be a fan. Although I couldn’t quite convince Mommy Engine to adopt it, I found that I could carry baby Bonus around the house for hours while both of us remained quite comfortable. There are several things I enjoyed about this sling:
- It’s lightweight and compact – The sling is made of 100% Pima Cotton. It’s soft, velvety, and provides a little stretch for little wiggles. Other, more rigid carriers I have tried have sometimes felt too confining. It also folds up neatly for storage.
- Nylon rings – Strong, durable nylon rings allow for quick adjustments and don’t slide.
- Ergonomic – The sling distributed Bonus’ weight on my back and not on my shoulders, allowing me to carry him in comfort on walks around the block and while performing household chores.
- Easily Adjustable – While the nylon rings allow adjustments in tightness, the fabric itself is easily moved and allowed me to re-position the baby when necessary. Our favorite position was a hip carry, which allowed me to maneuver and work without having the baby blocking my view. If you prefer you can also front carry, back carry, or carry with the baby laying down.
- Hands free – Once Bonus was settled, I could easily walk around hands free. Occasionally he’d wiggle loose and I’d have to reset him, but if he fell asleep I didn’t have to worry at all about him falling out.
- Breast feeding – Now I’m at a disadvantage here, because I am not equipped for breast feeding, but I have read that the Mamaway Ring Sling is great for breastfeeding in comfort, and there is plenty of fabric to cover up if you feel like you and your baby need some privacy.
My only complaint is that there were no instructions included with the sling. I’m relatively new to baby slings so a leaflet that diagrammed different carry positions and initial setup would have been stellar. As it was, I had to go online and look it up. Not a show stopper, but a little inconvenient if you are not familiar with how to use a baby sling.
So, dads.. moms.. ditch the stroller. Save a finger. Jump into the sling and have a blast with the snuggly comfort of a Mamaway Ring Sling. I’ll be using mine until Bonus outgrows it, and then I’ll probably use it to carry a pocket poodle around… because he won’t like strollers either.