With an infant and a rambunctious toddler to chase after, I quickly relearned the value of the sling. Basically, it’s like my hoop earrings –the essential accessory that I never leave home without. But considering I’m trying to keep some semblance of my own style, I’mstill concerned with how it looks almost as much as how well it holds my baby.
There is no shortage of moms writing in to Cool Mom Picks to recommend their favorite infant carriers. But when a new dad takes the time to rave about one, let’s just say we’re anxious to see what the deal is.
I’ve always appreciated the benefits of a baby sling. Although as someone with fluctuating weight combined with a lack of manual dexterity that keeps me from adjusting my own belt properly, let alone a ring on a sling, I have yet to find my perfect match.
Front carriers are great and all until your baby gets big enough to hold his or her head up. And then while you can flip them around, they still precariously danglein what I sometimes fear is not the most comfortable position.
I spent an entire day wracking my brain, trying to determine why we did not own a proper winter jacket for our baby last winter. Then the all-knowing daddy came to the rescue: "Because we had a Popover." D’oh!
If baby #2 is anything like baby #1, you will rarely see me without a tot in my arms. Combine that with the toil of chasing around a three-year-old, and my back just might not be able to hack it without heavy medication.
I met another like-minded mom at this indoor playground the other day. As she packed up to leave, she picked up her one-year-old, popped him into her ring sling, and away they went – her hands free with him comfortably nestled on her hip. Then I thought. I need one of those.
So you’ve seen the thousands of slings out there and basically, they’re pretty much the same. Great in function but style? Not so much. Well, get ready to get lucky. Lucky-baby, that is.