February 6, 2009

Baby Wearing

(New Post on the Private Blog)
I have tried several methods of baby wearing:
  1. The Ultimate Baby Wrap: So much hastle to get wrapped properly and then within minutes it is stretched too much to hold the baby well. I also got warm all wrapped up with this on in the summer.
  2. BabyBjorn: My husband loves this, and I do too, now. My problem with this carrier was it was so big and bulky for everyday use, and not perfect for a newborn. That and when our son was around 4 months and facing out, he sucked on it the whole time he was in it. That was the first and last time his vomit was dark green.
  3. Snugli: You would think it would be just like the Bjorn but it was not as comfortable, or as easy to adjust.
  4. Baby Sling: Our friend had one made for us. It ended up being my favorite carrier. Not only is it easy to use, it's comfortable, and cute. I love that there are 3 positions for using it. I also appreciated how small it bundles up. The fact that I could use it without asking for help was a huge bonus.
Hence, when I had a baby shower to attend last night, and no desire to go shopping, I quickly searched for a pattern. Lo and behold, there are a few free patterns to follow, and it was super easy to make.


I used stretch sateen cotton which is supposed to be very comfortable for the baby. I also made it reversible, not just for the two fabric options, but because I think it gave it a more finished and professional look.

So for those of you who sew here's the pattern I followed: Handmade Adeliade's Free Baby Sling Pattern. Be sure to read the instructions on how to sew it all together. I messed up the end stitch

I also gleaned information from Karma Baby's Free Baby Sling Pattern. Her pictures and instructions worked a little bit better for me, but I relied on the other for the reversible instructions.

I'll soon create my own tutorial for all to download. Until then, enjoy the above sites.

2 comments:

nea and rusty said...

it was super cute! you did well. i also have the snugli and used it on occasion (mostly when i mowed the lawn b/c it was a hassle to get connected), but i think this one is similar to the sling that i was mentioning that i have: http://www.target.com/Munchkin-Jelly-Bean-Cargo-Sling/dp/B0012V5QQ4/sr=1-4/qid=1234068110/ref=sr_1_4/177-5347702-1781466?ie=UTF8&index=target&field-browse=1038590&rh=k%3Asling&page=1
i wasn't a fan of it, although i got good use out of it.
so thanks for the idea on a cute, simple, and compact way to carry. i may attempt to make one (or at least solicit my mother's help!).

Brandon & Natalie said...

That looked so good - you should sell it!!! It was so adorable!