Welcome to my first post on babywearing 🙂 And a review of the ring sling from Soul Slings. I must admit in the very beginning that I did not try babywearing in the early days after having Ayu. The need to babywearing arose when he was about seven months old and wanted to be carried most of the time. I had back issues due to this, so I started my research on baby wearing. I read a lot about Soul Slings and fell in love with their beautiful ergonomic baby slings carriers at the first sight.
About the brand
Soul is a Bangalore based, family-run baby carrier company. The Founder Chinmayie is a mother to two wonderful kids and I can relate to her parenting style a lot. She with the help of her husband, has now spread lovely slings and carriers all over the world. Every Soul carrier is handcrafted in-house by their skilled employees and this is what I loved about them. For more information, check out their official website.
Anchor Ring Sling
This is a blue linen single layer ring sling. The sling is 28 inches wide and 83 inches long and can carry weight of upto 15kgs( 33lb). I learnt how to use this sling after watching a Youtube video and I took sometime to figure out how. For the first few times I took my husband’s help. And soon Ayu and I startd our babywearing adventures. Linen requires some breaking in with the brand new material but gradually after a wash it softens and becomes easy to use.
The first thing that I noticed about this lovely sling is its light weight. I can easily fold it and carry it along in the baby’s diaper bag and use it whenever the need be. The material of the sling is so breathable that we can easily go out on sunny days in Mumbai. Not to forget the lovely blue colour 🙂 This neutral blue colour makes it a good option for babywearing dads too. The beauty of ring slings is that they give the baby a 360 degree view of the surroundings. I did not experience any back pain once I started using this ring sling.
Now this ring sling helps me wear Ayu in car rides, mall hopping or just casual walks in the park. The sling is amazing at quick ups and downs. Being new to baby wearing and ring slings, it took sometime for me to figure out the threading technique. The baby should not feel too tight around his legs and at the same time his weight should be equally distributed around your body. Initially the fabric would slip a little because Ayu used to wriggle, but eventually I learnt how to carefully wear him. I recommend a wash and a steam iron before using it as it softens the material (also recommended by the company). You will take sometime to be learn the right technique of wearing a ring sling. So do not give up the first time and keep trying.
Can be ordered online from their website.
Overall, I am quite happy with this sling and as I said it is a part of our everyday adventures now. I can comfortably wear him for longer hours without any hassles and I love these snuggled up times. If you are looking for a good summer sling which is easy on pocket, this one is surely for you !