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August 30, 2013

Snuggy Baby Ring Sling

in the Ergo, on our way to
the Watermelon Festival!
When my son was born two years ago, I didn't really consider myself a "baby-wearer."  I mean, I had a Moby Wrap that he was in almost every day, and we had another carrier we used when he was a little older, but we also used our stroller a lot of times.  But after being a mom for a few years, I feel like I can say, "yes, I babywear" and it's true.  I don't think you have to sell your stroller and only wear your baby to be a "baby-wearer".  I don't think you need to wear your baby every single day to babywear.  I think that if you use a carrier and enjoy wearing your baby, you can consider yourself to be a baby-wearing mama.  I will say that wearing my son has made a lot of things a lot easier!!  When he was a newborn, wearing him in our Moby was one of the easiest ways to make him happy.  And when we go to festivals or the zoo, it's often easier to wear him than take a stroller (and sometimes, its easier with the stroller, so we have somewhere to put our things, or if it's 100 degrees outside!).  Just thought I'd explain my thoughts on babywearing a little before I began :)
Myles in his Moby, at around 3 weeks old

My babywearing journey began with a Moby (which I was kind of in love with).  I also had an Infantino carrier than was similar to an Ergo, which was OK, but not my favorite.  And that was it.  But once my son outgrew the Moby, I found the other carrier to be kind of a pain to get him in and out of for quick trips into the store and things.  So, I got a sling....not a ring sling, but one that I had to measure myself and order the correct size.  I loved it.  It was so easy and quick to use!!  I had seen many of my friends with their newborns in beautiful ring slings, but didn't really understand how they worked.... the rings, adjusting them, etc.  So I never tried them.
I found Snuggy Baby on etsy and was drawn in by the beautiful prints they had for their wraps and slings.  And then I found out that it was a WAHM business, and I liked them even more.  Snuggy Baby was started by a mom with two young children.  She loved the look of ring slings, but couldn't find a place to buy them.  So, she decided to make her own.  It took a while to develop a fashionable, comfortable sling, but, in my opinion, she's done exactly that!!

Although I was excited when Snuggy Baby sent me one of their ring slings, I wasn't sure how I was going to like it--would it really be more convenient than the sling I already had?  How do you adjust it?  Isn't it a pain having to adjust the sling every time I put my son in it?  And then I got it.  First of all, it's beautiful.  They sent me their Rainbow Chevron print (I had a really hard time deciding....soooo many beautiful prints!!) and it's absolutely gorgeous!!  The colors are so vibrant and fun!
seriously....gorgeous and fun!!
They also sent along an instructional video.  Thank. Goodness.  This was exactly what I needed.  It explained everything I had been confused about!  It showed exactly how to wear your baby at different stages (newborn, hip-carry, etc.) and how to make it fit!  And guess what.... it works!!   And it's really easy!  You can actually adjust the sling while your child is in it--make them higher or lower, and move them in closer or further away.  I had no idea it was so easy (so, make sure you check out their videos, which are also online, if you have questions on how to use a ring sling!  The videos are really clear and informative).

So, on to how it works.  This sling is really great.  The fabric is quite thick and sturdy; I had no worries about it sagging or anything with my 27 lb. toddler.  And he loves it.  He's really comfortable in it.  In fact, when I first got it, he kept asking for me to take him for a "ride" in it, all over the house.
The quality of this sling is absolutely amazing.  The stitching is perfect, the fabric is lovely (and really, the prints Snuggy Baby has are amazing!!  Be sure to check them out online), the rings are so strong....everything about this sling screams quality.
The rings themselves are nice and solid.  They don't have any seams/welds, so I don't have to worry that they might bend or break.
shoulder padding; nice, strong rings
I also really like that the shoulder of this sling is padded slightly.  It makes it more comfortable for me when wearing my son around for long periods of time.
The length of the fabric is also great--long enough that it will fit many sizes of women, but not too long that it gets in the way.  I also feel like this would be great for breastfeeding, either with the baby in the sling or out of it--you could use the sling tail as a cover for while you're out and about.  It's multi-functional!

at the baseball game!  I think the
rings should be a little higher,
but Myles was comfy!
Overall, I really really love this ring sling and can't wait to use it when our new baby gets here in a few weeks!  I've found that slings are the easiest thing to use when pregnant, and we used our Snuggy Baby sling just last week when we went to a baseball game (and I was 34 weeks pregnant).  It doesn't get in the way of my belly, and unlike the Ergo, I don't need to make anything clip around it.  Now, I'm still trying to get the hang of adjusting everything--sometimes I don't get the fabric quite right through the rings and have a hard time getting everything in the right place.  But I know with more practice (and a lighter baby, not a heavy toddler) it'll get easier and easier.  And now that I've tried ring slings, I'd really like another :)  Snuggy Baby just has so many beautiful colors and fabrics (I know their linen sling would be great for the summer!).

Snuggy Baby also makes some other carriers y'all should check out!  They have some beautiful, knit wraps that are similar to something like the Moby, but not as stretchy, so you can use it longer without it sagging from the weight of a heavier child.  They also make Mei Teis.  The other thing that I really love, is they make child's doll slings!!  They're absolutely adorable, and how fun for a little one to get to have their own sling to wear their dolls or stuffed animals in!!  I'm thinking about getting one for my son and all his stuffed animals!
The other thing they make is wet bags.  Now, I didn't get a chance to try one out, but based on the quality of this ring sling, I'm going to assume that the wet bags are great.  The prints they have are just so cute!  And they have sooo many to choose from--various sizes, prints, etc.  Next time we're on the market for a new wet bag, I'm definitely going to check here first!

And lucky for all of you, Snuggy Baby has offered a giveaway of a $75 e-gift-certificate to one of our readers!  So you'll get to choose what product you want to try--wrap, ring sling, doll carrier, etc.  Be sure to enter below!!
Snuggy Baby has also offered a 10% off coupon code for their website, until Sept. 23rd:  use code ADDICTION at checkout.


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90 comments:

Kimpiewimpie said...

I love slings for their portability! They easily slip into the diaperbag and are so light weight. And they are comfy!

an unexpected turn said...

I love the blue chevron linen ring sling.

Rebecca009 said...

I would choose their extra large diaper pail/laundry bag and their Chirp Wet Bag

Anonymous said...

I would choose a sparrow baby wrap and a matching doll sling for my big girl. Thanks for the chance!!
Lacey J

Mary McCarty said...

What great prints! If I won the giveaway I would definitely order the camo MT! Thanks for the chance!
~Mary

caedmen said...

I would get an orange fizz prestige ring sling

(Rachel N)

Danielle D said...

Black baby wrap!

Katie Fender said...

Blue Chevron Linen Banded Ring Sling

selenke said...

one of the ring slings!

All Natural Katie said...

Madras Linen Banded Ring Sling

Joyful said...

I think I like the Carribean Stripe baby wrap the best - so many cute options!

Brianna Sherman said...

The Midnight Surf Baby Wrap

Erin Cleary said...

I'd get the botanical garden wrap

Amanda said...

I think I'd use it towards the Sparrow Light Prestige Ring Sling.

aperry said...

I like the slate grey ring sling

Jes said...

I would get the Sparrow Baby Wrap!

Maggie Fout said...

I like the Espresso Blossom Baby Wrap.

Valerie said...

I love the rainbow chevron wrap!! So cute.

Emily C said...

I would choose this:

http://www.snuggybaby.com/sunshop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=498

es1237 at gmail dot com

matope said...

i'd choose the camo mei tai and maybe the chocolate baby wrap!

Katie Skifstad said...

I would choose a wrap.

Ashley-Raye said...

I would get a baby doll sling for my daughter (though she would probably use it to carry her stuffed fox!) and I would get a couple wetbags.

Sandra A said...

the Fabulous Foliage Linen Banded Ring Sling caught my eye!

jennifer bellon said...

I would choose the Blue Chevron Linen Banded Ring Sling Baby Carrier. It's so pretty!

Lovely Mrs. Long said...

I would pick
Camouflage Mei Tai

Anonymous said...

If there is a mei tai left then maybe that one or I would be interested in a wrap. They look so pretty hard to chose just one:)

Melissa Harris

Jocelyn said...

Would love to try a ring sling - I would get the Blue Chevron Linen Banded Ring Sling.

Julia said...

I would a get a Botanical Garden Baby Wrap and a wet bag.

Charlotte said...

I would love to buy one of their ring slings. Love all the colors.

abedabun dawn said...

I would probably buy the Botanical Garden Baby Wrap

Christine said...

Love it, thanks Katie!! All of the fabrics are gorgeous too.

carissa joslyn said...

Camouflage Hanging Diaper Pail Laundry Bag! i need another one. i only have a small wetbag

Christine said...

I'm torn between Stained Glass Prestige Ring Sling and Tweet Tweet Prestige Ring Sling

Erin B. said...

I would get the Blue Chevron Linen Banded Ring Sling Baby Carrier!

Brandi Swanson said...

A baby Wrap

Talia said...

I'd choose the Spa Fizz Baby Wrap!

Kelly Urban said...

Probably a ring sling

Lisa Gonzalez said...

Madras prestige ring sling

Jeannette Mills said...

I would get the blue chevron ring sling! So cute!

frecklefacecakes said...


Plum Purple Solid Prestige Ring Sling

Erin said...

Probably some kind of wrap but I would probably ask them first what is good for an older baby.

Beth Ann said...

I love tweet tweet!

elbarnes said...

I would pick a wetbag!

Maegan D said...

id choose the Fantasy Garden Baby Wrap

luvmyboys said...

I would choose a wet bag and a baby wrap.

Lisa H said...

I love the Daisy Daze Large Wet Bag.

Stephanie O said...

Probably mezmorized wrap or a couple wet bags. I really need wet bags.

Michaele Howard said...

I would probably pick the botanical garden linen sling!

Krissy Killette said...

A wet bag and/or ring sling!

Krissy Killette said...

A wet bag and/or ring sling!

Breanne said...

Woodland Owls Large Wet Bag

Rachelle T. said...

I am very new to the whole idea of babywearing, but I love it! My first child arrives next month and i am definitely going to have her on me a lot.

Aimee P. said...

The blue chevron linen ring sling

Beefer said...

The Carribean stripe wrap is so pretty! I would get one of those.

Nicole Gutermann said...

I like Midnight surf

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