My Baby Carriers!
Slings, Pouches, Wraps, Mai Tais, Front Carriers, Hip Carriers, Back Carriers. There are so many different names and styles, but all of them are designed with the same thing in mind: keeping baby nearby and close to mama's heart, while allowing mama to have her hands-free.
I wore my daughter all of the time up until about 11 months - she loved to be snuggled close and I loved the freedom and ease of having my hands-free, while still being able to pick up on her hunger cues and needs. We were inseparable that first year.
Of course, we also had one of those carry-along infant car seats, but those are over-rated in my opinion. They're bulky and heavy and "impersonal." Sure, it did come in handy, but more-often-than-not I opted to slide my Little Beauty into a carrier rather than bruise up my knees from the cumbersome seat. Besides, I think my daughter much preferred the warmth and closeness of the carrier. Babywearing made both of us happy.
A PR agency recently sent me the Jelly Bean Reversible Sling by Munchkin. Here's the description from the Munchkin website: "You can wear the sling in 5 different positions and there are no buckles or rings to attach. There are built-in pockets on both sides to hold your essentials. And the special sling design makes it easy and discreet to breastfeed baby."
I never tried the breastfeeding-in-carrier thing with my daughter (I think I was overwhelmed by being a first time mama), but I plan to give it a shot when we get pregnant with and have baby #2. It seems like a great option for discreet feeding in public.
I tried on the Jelly Bean Reversible Sling when it arrived with my 20-pound toddler in it and it was comfortable (the sling is designed for newborns up to 35 lbs). The material was nice and had a decent amount of stretch. I also liked the ease factor - no rings, snaps, or buttons to contend with. Although I won't be using this sling with my daughter (even though she's well under the 35-pound limit, she's way past the sling stage. She's running and climbing and extremely independent), I do anticipate using it quite a bit when #2 eventually comes along.
Retailing between $30 and $35, this sling is significantly more affordable than many others on-the-market and is definitely worth looking into.
WIN IT! One winner will receive a Jelly Bean Reversible Sling by Munchkin. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post prior to Sunday, May 11 at midnight (don’t forget to follow the rules). The winner will be announced and contacted on Monday, May 12. * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
*UPDATE* The winner is #4 Melinda. Congratulations!