Wednesday, November 9, 2011

***BabyEtte Ring Sling Review***

As time has passed and I have "moved up in the world" when it comes to baby wearing I have realized just how many options there are out there to choose from. Back when I first had Monkey three years ago I didn't have a clue about baby carriers and just got one of the cheapo ones from WalMart (oh how I regretted that!). I soon learned that it was painful and not enjoyable at all to use so I just gave up completely on baby wearing. When I got pregnant with D I was determined to find a good quality and COMFORTABLE baby carrier that would work for me in every situation.

Up until recently I had mainly just used my BOBA and ERGO carriers. I absolutely love them but sometimes you just need something quick and easy to slip over your shoulder and run into the store or something that you can always keep in the diaper bag for if you ever need it. When Monkey was about a year and a half old I tried another brand of ring sling with him. It was ok but the thing that I hated was that it was SUPER skinny. There was never enough width to keep him secure and have the fabric all of the way up his back. I always had to worry about him falling out.If I pulled the fabric up to his shoulders it would slip out from under his bottom.
Up until a few months ago I was never able to fine a high quality sling that was super wide that I really liked.  And let me tell you what.......BabyEtte's slings are HIGH QUALITY. You can definitely tell the thought, time, and care that is put into each of her slings. The craftsmanship and quality is impeccable. BabyEtte is a family owned company that is run by Beth and her husband. Beth has been making slings almost as long as she has been baby wearing so she knows all that needs to go into them to make them safe and secure. All of their slings are made super-wide so that they are versatile and can be used with any sized baby. A super-wide sling is ESSENTIAL if you have a baby like mine. D loves to try to basically throw himself out of my arms because he thinks its fun. With my BabyEtte sling I am able to get the fabric up over his shoulders and have him to where I don't have to worry about him trying to throw himself back.
My sling arrived with perfect timing right before me and the boys were going out of town on vacation. We went down to visit the grandparents so it got lots of use going to the zoo and shopping around town. The thing that I love the most about the look of all of the slings that Beth makes it the pleated shoulder. You can tell that love and care is put into each seam when the slings are sewn. The pleats are very even and professional looking, the stitching is straight, and the ring is sewn in very securely so that you never have to worry about it falling apart.
Oh how I love this about gorgeous!!!
Ease of Use:  As with every baby carrier there is a learning curve. The first time that you put it on it will be a little confusing, but every time after that it will get easier and easier. I can tell when I am wearing my sling right because it is very comfortable and doesnt hurt my back. Also when I am wearing it right D is comfortable snug against my chest and the fabric is up at his shoulders so that he can't escape.  I can also tell when I am wearing the sling wrong because it is not quite as comfortable. Just loosen it up and get yourself adjusted then you are good to go!  Beth also includes very detailed instructions with all her slings with color pictures of how to get your sling on correctly and directions on what to do.

Fabric: This sling is made out of Batik Cotton and has aluminum rings. The fabric is 44 inches wide so that it is very versatile. There are also MANY different other fabric options to choose from.

Fabric Care: The awesome thing about these slings is that they are made knowing that they will be puked on :) The fabric is machine washable and you can dry it in the dryer. In fact, with the Batik slings the more use and washing that you do the softer it gets!
D snugglin' with Grammi
The fabric is oh-so-soft and very gentle on my little man's skin. The thing that I love about this fabric is that it is a high quality thick fabric, but not so thick that in the summer my little man will overheat in it. It is breathable so that he doesn't get sweaty but not so thin that the air just goes through it and he gets chilled when its cooler.

Measurements: The sling is 44" wide and 78" long. If you are petite, taller, or plus sized all that you have to do is let Beth know and she can customize it to your needs

Price: $58.00 Visit here to get your own!

Overall, I am highly impressed by this sling and Beth's work. It is oh so comfortable and so easy to use. If I needed another sling for some reason I would go back to BabyEtte in an instant. I would very highly recommend any of BabyEttes slings (or anything else that they carry) to every parent, grandparent, or even just for a baby gift. A good baby carrier is a MUST have thing!
 I bought this sling with my own money but Beth was awesome and gave me a discount for doing a review. All opinions expressed are my own.


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