Sling Review – Daiesu Sakura Mei Tai

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“We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives.”

– Gary Zukav

Every time a new sling tester arrive at my doorstep, I get this tingly electric sensation in the pit of my stomach. Butterflies and squeals of delight abound. Followed by the chasing, bribing and superman-tossing of a wriggly toddler.  For the opportunity to experience, experiment with, cuddle and snuggle different kinds of carriers and brands without having to dip into the Fluffinay household coffer is indeed a gift from the universe that should be treasured and never refused.

I see spring bloom before my eyes the moment I first glimpsed the delicate pink petals of Daiesu’s Sakura Mei Tai. This beautiful visitor came to stay with us for a short while and we were thrilled to finally be able to use a mei tai and carry with Daiesu, a popular sling company from Malaysia.

 

 

Daiesu is a family-run business based in Kuala Lumpur. Daddy Azhar, Mommy Ilyani, and Little Daie boy make #familygoals a breeze as they manage and oversee every aspect of Daiesu’s operation.  From accounting to packaging, wrap design, and marketing, as well as promotion and modelling of their product; the family is completely hands on and committed to their company advocacy of babywearing.

A mei tai is a typically a square shaped piece of fabric with straps on all four corners. It has a long history in Asia where mothers often carry their babies in simple fabric carriers they tie around their bodies.

 

 

At first touch, Sakura Mei Tai feels like a soft and snuggly baby blanket.  Since I am at the bottom of the tester rotation, this beauty came to us fully broken in and floppy. Dainty sakura flowers in an elegant tone of pink drift and laze around a vibrant sea of bright orange.  Now, it may seem garish to combine dazzling shades of pink and orange together but this beautiful mei tai pulls it off quite exquisitely.

 

 

After almost 2 years of wearing Sophia, I will finally get the chance to use a mei tai. I’m excited and giddy to learn something new but at the same time I’m a little wary of the long straps attached to this pretty visitor. (I happen to have an aversion to long wraps, remember. 😉 )

Although I know a lot of babywearers who list mei tais at the top of their carrier list, it did not raise my curiosity to try one.  Not even the relative affordability and accessibility of this carrier type had enough unicorn dust sparkles powerful enough to awaken the budget conscious momma in me.

Or so I thought.

Thus, our first encounter with a mei tai became a huge challenge to my biases against this ancient and traditional carrier type.

 

 

After Sophia’s appointment with her paediatrician, Sakura proves its worth by providing one of the most comfy nap time snuggle experience we’ve had with a sling tester.

 

The cushioned shoulders of the strap feels so nice on my picky shoulders. It’s a heavenly sensation!

I know I always complain about my weight sensitive shoulders and back. (It’s not old age, you know.) But this mei tai make Sophia’s weight feel as light as a feather.  It is so comfortable, I want to wear her in it until she graduates from college.

 

 

One thing that I totally adore about this carrier is how relatively easy and quick it is to back carry a wriggly toddler.

 

 

If you’ve met my almost terrible two year old Sophia Isabelle, then you’re certainly aware of how hyperactive and vivacious she is. A dirty little mommy secret of mine is that I babywear my toddler because I am exhausted and at times exasperated from chasing her around.

And when I do catch her at the height of her exploration of the big wide world, I superman toss her on my back and prepare for the maelstrom of a level 10 toddler meltdown.

With a mei tai, I don’t have to worry of her falling off my back because she has a secure seat tied around my waist and no amount of leg straightening can pop it.

Wickedly awesome!

 

 

This lovely tester packs tons of sleepy dust. It can lull Sophia to cupcake land or Zootopia (she’s a HUGE fan!) in a jiffy.

 

 

When it comes to babywearing, I am the no fuss, straight up, just tie it with a knot kinda girl. I am not fond of fancy finishes. Not at all. They are awesome to look at and can even highlight a curvy mommy’s assets. But complicated looking and showy finishes to a wrap job is something that rank low on my list of must do’s in carrying my baby. (Aside from the fact that I have no asset to show off.)

Since the long straps of Sakura look so elegant and pretty, they inspire me to at least try 2 fancy finishes, a Goddess and a Sweetheart Neckline finish.

Unfortunately for us, the straps of Sakura are too short on my frame for fancy finishes.  I guess its back to the ol’ simple knot around the waist for today.

This may be due to a sizing issue since the tester is Baby sized and Sophia is certainly too big for it.  The hood didn’t quite reach her head so I ended up not using it when Sophia took a nap.

However, despite the sizing issue, we were both quite content and happy as the straps acted as leg extenders for my little one.

 

I hope that we get to experience a toddler size next time because Sakura is certainly toddler worthy.

 

At the end of our adventure with the lovely Sakura Mei Tai, I learned something new about myself.  I realised that I actually like mei tais.  I never gave them a thought before and would often skip through mei tai listings on the buy, sell, and trade boards.  I thought they were just meh, a panel and some straps.  I thought that wraps or SSCs were far better investments. After experiencing the cool and  comfortable cushiness and toddler-worthiness of one, I have chosen to add a mei tai to my trimmed down stash.

Like the spring breathing warmth and vitality to a cold lonely winter, Sakura Mei Tai have inspired life to my reduced and modest carrier stash.  Soon, a delicate shimmery silver-pink mei tai will make back carries a breeze for the Fluffinay mommy and baby.

 

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Toddler: 23months, 11.3kgs

Mommy: Medium Body build

Type of Carrier: Sakura Wrap Conversion Mei Tai (WCMT)

Brand: Daiesu Baby Carriers

Website: http://www.daiesu.com/

Size: Baby Size

Fabric Content: 100% Organic Cotton

Type of weave: Jacquard

Surface Weight: 270gsm (Medium Thin)

Width: 35cm (14inches)

Height: 35cm (14inches)

Suitable for newborns until 2 years old

Machine Washable

Type of carries done: Front & Back Carries 

 

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Sling Review – QB Collection Falling Star Onbu

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Sling Review – QB Collection Falling Star Onbu

If you’ve been stalking babywearing pages and groups on Facebook, then you’re probably aware of how popular Soft Structured Carriers or SSCs are. (See my review of QB Collection’s Rainbow Kulibangbang SSC here.)

When Sophia was but a wee 3 month old baby, I asked her grandpa to buy her a Tula. (It’s an SSC brand, daddies. 😉 ) Every mommy with a baby to carry have had sweet fantasies of strutting around town in this magic SSC.  Since it was mighty pricey, I was overjoyed when he readily agreed to buy us one.

As I slowly gained weight and extra fluff was added to my post-partum frame, I noticed something about SSCs that made me never want to carry with a soft structured carrier again. It was a heartbreaking observation that made me swear off SSCs forever.

      

The waist belt of an SSC gave me massive and hideous muffin-tops.  And they screamed for attention from all angles!

To protect my fragile self confidence, I stored the Tula in the closet and eventually sold it to a home that would give it the love it deserved.

But don’t despair, fluffy mommas!  If you really want buckles with your carrier, there’s hope for us yet.

If you’re after the convenience and comfort of an SSC without your jiggly wigglies shining in the limelight, an onbuhimo (onbu for short) is the perfect carrier for you.

An onbu is a baby carrier that looks like an SSC but doesn’t have a waist belt.  It’s a great alternative for fluffy mommas like me who has some extra padding that bulge out or for pregnant moms who are still able to carry their older babies.

Traditionally from Japan.  It was made with rings and straps like that of a mei tai.  However, most commercially available onbuhimos now have buckles to make it more convenient for babywearers.

Ever since I heard about this waist less wonder, I have always wanted to try one.  But hyperactive Sophia is more interested in walking and running away from mommy nowadays that wearing her has started to become less and less.

When the generous folks at QB Collection agreed to send us an onbu for testing, I was ecstatic to be given the opportunity to experience this carrier.

The onbu that we hosted was standard sized.  It had a panel length of 14 inches and a maximum weight limit of 25 kgs. The complete set came with matching drool pads, hood, and reach straps.

This violet Falling Star onbu was named after its diamond or star pattern.  Its purple colour is gorgeous in real life and lucky me, purple is my favourite colour.

Falling Star was woven in the traditional Cordillera pattern of stripes and design accent.  Made of 100% cotton, the fabric felt soft but sturdy to touch.  The buckle was solid and the stitching well made.

The lack of waist belt made it perfect for hot and humid days and the sides allowed air to freely circulate between me and my wearee.  This would be an amazing go to carrier for summer.  I used to sweat a lot around the tummy and back area when I wore my Tula.

It didn’t take up a lot of space in the diaper bag but it was a bit of a challenge to fold down since there was no waist belt to wrap around the panel and straps.  It would be awesome if it came in its own light storage bag. 😉 (Hi QB! *Wink* * Wink*)

Seeing that onbuhimos were usually used for back carries, toddlers or bigger babies with great neck control were best suited for this carrier.

Since Falling Star was a standard size, the panel was already too small for Sophia.  Perhaps it would be better to have the onbu sizing to start with a standler (in between size) and toddler since it would be easier to back carry bigger or older babies.

In full disclosure, this was my first time to use an onbuhimo. Similar to the QB SSC, the material used for the adjustment panel for the strap was cloth.  I found it difficult to adjust the cloth straps while wearing Sophia and this resulted to my toddler’s skewed position.  One leg or side was sometimes higher than the other. I had to jump and wriggle her to the left or right to adjust and level her seat.  Sadly, I was not aware of her unbalanced position at times since she was on my back.

I also found the straps diggy on my picky shoulders despite attempts to adjust and make it more comfortable for carries longer than 30 minutes.  It would have probably eased the tension on my shoulders if I was able to lower the chest belt closer to my chest (It was near my clavicle).

While taking action shots of the Falling Star onbu, Sophia fell asleep.  I tried to grab a hold of the reach straps so I can secure the hood and prevent Sophia’s head from rolling and bouncing around.  However, I was unable to reach the reach straps that were dangling from my back since I also had to hold my toddlers head while I groped behind with my T-Rex arms.

After a frantic episode of one hand dino arm search, my friend helped me locate the reach straps but I was still unable to secure the hood since it didn’t quite cover Sophia’s head and the attachments for the straps were located at the back.

These may be due to a sizing issue as Sophia was too big for a standard onbu.  I hope we get to try a Toddler sized onbuhimo to confirm. ❤

I would still recommend QB Collection’s Violet Falling Star Onbu as a budget friendly alternative for mommies with toddlers who like to walk and explore but still request for an uppy when they start to get tired or sleepy.  I love this onbu because I get to reign in this hyperactive-bouncing-off-the-wall-toddler of mine who delights in running away from mommy to cause chaos in her cute and adorable way.

This onbuhimo is perfect for mommies (and daddies!) who want a straightforward and uncomplicated carrier.  In 1 snap of a buckle, you’re good to go.  It’s also figure-friendly for people who don’t want to accentuate their waist. 🙂

It’s lighter and more compact than an SSC which made it a convenient carrier to bring on trips.  You can store it in the diaper bag or wear it like a backpack and still avoid looking silly since there’s no chest clip-waist belt combo to ruin your outfit.

If you want to learn more about QB Collection and their products, please visit their website at http://qbwovencrafts.com/

They are also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/QBCollection/

Want to know how to use an onbu? Check out the YouTube video below. 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2VbfEvJ20Y

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Mommy: Medium Built

Toddler: 22 Months 11kgs

Type of Carrier: Buckle Onbuhimo

Brand: QB Collection

Size: Standard

Fabric Content: 100% cotton

Suitable for newborn? Yes 

Type of Carries done: front and back carries

Local Retailers/Distributors: Quality Brand – QB Collection

Website: http://qbwovencrafts.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QBCollection/

Chatter Group: QB Circle of Friends https://www.facebook.com/groups/1193930233980631/

Sling Review – QB Collection Half Conversion Standard SSC

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Sling Review – QB Collection Half Conversion Standard SSC

You’re probably wondering if there are other kind of baby carriers and slings you can use if you feel that wraps and ring slings are not  your cup of tea.  Don’t despair lovely mommas because there are tons of carriers that are available in the market today for you to choose from.  Aside from Wraps and Ring Slings; there are Mei Tais, Pouch Slings, Onbuhimos, and Soft Structured Carriers.

Since we’ve been carrying with wraps for the longest time, it was a refreshing change for us to be able to host two great products from one of our favourite local sling manufacturer, QB Collection.

QB or Quality Brand is one of the first wrap maker that we encountered in our babywearing journey. I still remember the giddy excitement I felt when I first heard of QB Collection.  Since my wrap budget was low to nonexistent at that time, I was on the look out for an affordable alternative other than DIY-ing it,

My first QB Collection wrap was an Orange Rainbow in 3.5 yards.  It was our beater wrap and we loved it! Best of all, the shorty wrap only cost me less than 500 pesos! Plus, the owner, Jonalyn was such a sweetheart.  The money I sent via bank transfer was 5 pesos short but she wrote that off and sent my order through without blinking an eyelash!  I’ve been stalking QB’s pages since then and have considered myself a staunch supporter of their business.

There are a lot of things to love about QB and it would probably be a separate blog post if I list all of them here,  So let me just point out one of the things I adore about this company.  They have a great ear for feedback and they always strive to create new products and improve their existing line.

So when Jonalyn agreed to send us two of their buckle carriers, a Soft Structured Carrier or SSC and an Onbu, I was thrilled to be given the privilege of testing their redesigned SSC.

Let us begin with their Rainbow Kulibangbang Half Conversion Soft Structured Carrier.

The fabric used for this SSC is the Rainbow Kulibangbang wrap.  They call it a half conversion because the colorful wrap was used only on the panel (body) of the carrier.  The waist belt and straps were made of a different material. For a full conversion SSC, all parts of the carrier should be wrap material.

This SSC has a bright and happy vibe to it.  The intense colours are so vibrant it would be the first thing that you’ll notice about it. This rainbow is a definite eye catcher!

The name of this beauty comes from the design used in its weave, the “Kulibangbang” or butterfly.  It’s a popular and beautiful design commonly used in Cordillera weaving.  I scanned every inch of this carrier and  was totally impressed with its craftmanship.  It felt solid and sturdy and its stitching was impeccably done.

To make sure that you look great with your carrier when you’re out and about, all QB SSCs come with matching drool pads, hood, and reach straps.  Priced at 2700 pesos, this SSC set is a steal!

We had a lot of opportunities to test this carrier since SSCs are generally easy to use and convenient to bring along most especially if you have a toddler who can’t make up her mind if she wants to walk on her own or have an uppy with mommy.

It was easy to put on even with the cloth straps. Just buckle it up and adjust to your frame.  However, I had some issues in taking it off.  As a right handed person, I usually reach up with my right hand to unbuckle the straps between my shoulders. I noticed that the buckles on this SSC when I wear it is not mid-line.  It was placed an inch or two to the left. So when I reach up and back with my right hand, I end up not reaching the buckles at all. I have to switch hands and use my left instead to unbuckle.

The tester sent to us was a standard size which can be used for babies who are 3 months (with good neck control) until 2 years of age.  With a panel length of 14 inches, Sophia was already too big for this size.  However, she still looked comfy when worn in the SSC.

We used the carrier in the height of summer and as expected when babywearing (with any carrier) it did get a little warm for both Sophia and I.  But a brisk wrist action with a fan and a towel was all that we needed to beat the heat.

 

I am very careful in choosing my carrier most especially when it comes to comfort for both wearer and wearee.  One special consideration that I always look at was how my shoulders and back would fare after an extended period of carrying my heavy toddler.

As someone who has very picky shoulders, I found the shoulder straps of the QB SSC to be on the thin side compared to the other SSCs that I was able to use.  A bit more padding perhaps would make this carrier fabulous!

Overall, the QB Collection Standard Size Half Conversion SSC is a good option for mommies and daddies who are after the comfort and convenience of a soft structured carrier without breaking the bank or becoming lusak.

QB has a great selection of carriers and their customer service is superb.  They are always eager to develop their product and at the same time provide livelihood and training opportunities in their community.

For more information on this amazing company, you can check their Facebook page on www.facebook.com/QBCollection/

They also have a chatter page where you can connect with QB mommas and ask questions and feedback or share your experience with the brand.  You can join the group, QB Circle of Friends by clicking on this link.

See you there Fluffinay friends and stay tuned for my next review on the lovely QB Collection Onbu. ❤

 

Type of Carrier: Half Conversion SSC 

Brand: Quality Brand

Size: Standard

Fabric Content: 100% cotton

Suitable for newborn? Yes (toddler size also available)

Type of Carries done: front and back carries

Local Retailers/Distributors: Quality Brand – QB Collection

Sling Review – Soul Slings Prism Surprise

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I am one lucky momma to be able to host not one but three Soul Slings carriers this year. Soul Slings is a family run company from India popular for their line of beautiful and affordable ergonomic baby carriers.  Their Celadon and Sapphire ring slings came to visit the Fluffinay household for a week and we had so much fun playing with them.

This time around, we were delighted to  be given the privilege to host a Soul Slings wrap – the Soul Slings Prism Surprise in twill weave.

The Soul Slings Prism Surprise is an all cotton rainbow wrap in subdued shades of purple, blue, yellow, and green.  If you’re looking for a striped wrap with understated elegance, then this wrap’s colour palette would be perfect for you.

As it was our first time to wrap with a twill weave, we definitely looked forward for our turn to test this baby.

The first thing I noticed about this lovely wrap was its weight. It felt heavy in my arms but I found its heft delightful.  I was certain it would provide ample support to carry my growing bub.  Unfortunately, the thickness and length of Prism Surprise meant that my baby and I won’t be able to stroll around the city in the sweltering heat of summer.

To beat the heat, we decided to do what most Filipinos do. Go to the mall!

I heard about Prism Surprise being beastly and rough but it was something I willingly overlooked for its wonderful grip and support.  I carried my wriggly toddler in Prism while window shopping and strolling around the roof deck park and it did not budge. It was a win for team mommy for successfully keeping  rowdy toddler in check.

If you plan to invest on one wrap for the entire duration of your babywearing journey, Soul Slings Prism Surprise is a great option to consider.  Once fully broken in, this wrap would be ah-ma-zing! I imagine it would be buttery soft and mould like a bandage.  Since it’s 100% cotton, it would be easy to care for and it would quickly become an everyday favourite or beater wrap. The low key rainbow tones of Prism would be perfect to help persuade babywearing daddies to try wrapping too!

I would recommend Soul Slings Prism Surprise for beginner and seasoned babywearers. To achieve that well loved blanket feel and have it wrap like a bandage, patience is required to break in this beauty.  Wearing with Prism in humid weather may be a bit challenging as its density and thickness make it suitable for places with airconditioning or cooler climate. Overall, this is another awesome product from Soul Slings.

For more information on this amazing company, you can check out their website at www.soulslings.com

 

Soul Slings Prism Surprise

 

Toddler: 18 months, 10.5 kg

Wearer: Medium

Type of Carrier: Woven Wrap

Brand: Soul Slings

Size: 6

Fabric Content: 100% Cotton

Suitable for both newborn and toddler

Sling Review – Marikit Woven Wrap

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I have always considered myself a girly girl.  I love to surround myself in shades of pink, coral, pastel, and candy colours.  So when I found out that there was a newcomer to the local baby wrap market, I was thrilled to find out that their name was “Marikit” and their first release was an ultra feminine pink and blue striped divine wrap; perfect for a girly girl like me.

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Marikit Logo. Isn’t it awesome?

 

This delicious wrap was thin and airy making it the perfect carrier for humid Philippines. Created in plain weave, it’s composed of 90% cotton and 10% polyester.  The colours are vibrant and lively and would complement even the simplest mommy outfit. The alternating narrow bands of pink and blue was pleasing to the eye and presents extremely well on pictures.

 

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Marikit in a Shepherd’s Carry

This tester came in at a size 6 and was slightly broken in when it arrived at our doorsteps.  If you have seen my previous sling reviews, you may be aware that I am a ‘shorty’ momma.  I have a mild aversion to using wraps that are longer than a size 4 (3.8 meteres) since long wraps tend to overwhelm me with the amount of fabric that I need to wrangle around myself and my very wriggly and sometimes uncooperative toddler.  However, for Marikit, I was more than happy to overlook the length of the tester as this wrap was very thin.  I was concerned that a single pass may not be enough to comfortably support the weight of a heavy baby, thus, multiple passes were necessary for extended periods of babywearing.

 

 

A double hammock(DH) carry have always been one of my babywearing waterloos.  The impressive length of this tester made me want to try and see if I can execute a double hammock (DH) carry.  I was quite pleased that I was able to rock one successfully!

Double Hammock in the morning.

Double Hammock in the morning.

Little Miss Kulit was quite willing to patiently wait for mommy to tighten the rails one by one.  With Marikit’s density and weave, making sure there was no slack was necessary for a comfortable carry.

Unfortunately for our next double hammock forays, time constraints and a tight crowded space resulted to a very sloppy wrap job.

Marikit has long tapered tails that look so lovely as it gently sway as you walk.  Couple that with small tight knots and this beautiful wrap becomes a stunning accessory for fashionable mommas.

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After 30 minutes of gallivanting around Venice Piazza, it started to get a bit diggy and a little uncomfortable around my shoulders.  I had a little break from carrying my toddler and allowed her to run crazy around the place.

I have always believed in the potential of our local weaving industry and I am confident that our local products can be at par or even exceed international standards.  We should support and encourage our fellow mothers who want to share their passion for babywearing by creating their own line of baby carriers.

Marikit is one of these brands that we should keep an eye out for.  I’m hoping for more fabric blends, weave patterns, and definitely more candy colours in the future.

For more information, you can visit their Facebook page by clicking on this link.

 

Marikit Woven Wrap

Toddler: 18 months, 10.5 kg
Wearer: Fluffy mommy

Type of Carrier: Woven Wrap
Brand: Marikit
Size: 6
Fabric Content: 90% Cotton, 10% Polyester
Suitable for both newborn and toddler

 

Sling Review – Soul Slings Sapphire Ring Sling

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When babywearing in warm or humid weather, experienced wearers would always recommend using a linen sling in single layer carries. Linen is light and airy as it allows air to flow through the fabric easily and lets the skin breathe in the heat.

I consider myself one lucky momma for being able to host two carriers from Soul Slings; the cotton Celadon and the 100% linen, Sapphire ringsling.

At first touch, Sapphire felt incredibly thin and floppy. I knew that linen is an amazingly supportive fabric but I was still worried that it wouldn’t be able to provide the right amount of support for my heavy wriggly toddler.

The rich solid navy blue color of Sapphire is very versatile. You don’t have to worry about coordinating your clothes with your carrier because it can match any outfit. Babywearing dads would also enjoy wearing their little bubs with Sapphire for its masculine vibe.

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Against the light, you can see how wonderful this sling is in hot weather. It’s so thin you can see right through it.

It is also compact, it would be easy to store in your diaper bag as it doesn’t take a lot of space. If you have a toddler who likes to be in and out of a carrier, just pop Sapphire in your bag and use it for short carries.

While we were gallivanting around the Venice Piazza canal and mall, I noticed that I had to make adjustments every now and then by tightening the rails and pulling up the seat.

The thin linen kept on slipping from the large rings and I also had to regularly fix Sophia’s position to ensure our comfort.  She was asleep throughout our walk and I don’t know how we would have fared if she was awake since she would be wriggling around and trying to pop her seat.

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Sapphire would be the perfect sling for newborns and babies who are on the lighter side. The thin fabric will not overheat your squish and it will not overwhelm those tiny legs.

I advise it to be used by an experienced babywearer or someone who is not daunted by ringslings.  The wearer should be able to carefully thread and tighten the rails well and spread it evenly at the back to avoid discomfort while wearing.

After snapping some photos, Sophia woke up from her nap and we had to change back to Celadon (see my review here) as it was more comfortable for us.

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This 100% linen ringsling is affordable at $65 or Php 3100.86 (as of currency conversion at publish date).  You can reach out to our local retailers, MommAmazing and King and Mum-n-Bub for more information.

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Overall, Soul Slings Sapphire linen ringsling is a great summer sling for its light and airy fabric. It is perfect for newborns as it’s not too bulky for tiny legs. Since linen can be slippery, careful threading and tightening of the rails is necessary to ensure proper positioning and comfort for both wearer and baby. Furthermore, I would recommend Sapphire for someone who has experience in using ringslings. The solid color and fabric may be confusing for newbies and people who are ringsling-challenged.

Soul Slings Sapphire RS
Toddler: 17 months, 10.5 kgs
Wearer: Plus Sized Momma

Type of Carrier: Machine Woven Ring Sling

Brand: Soul Slings

Website: www.soulslings.com

Fabric Content: 100% natural linen

Size: 27 inches wide and 83 Inches long.

Ring Size/Type: large, aluminum

Shoulder Style: gathered

Wash&care: both machine and hand wash

Local Distributor: MommAmazing and King and Mum-N-Bub

 

 

XOXO

 

Anne

Sling Review – Soul Slings Celadon Ring Sling

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I have a precocious hyperactive firecracker of a toddler who loves to run and play hide and seek with mommy and the doggies. The only way I can calm her down is to superman toss her on my back and wrap her as quickly as I can before she can start to wriggle her way back down on the floor to resume her crazy antics.  There are times when wrapping a mini Houdini can become a futile exercise in patience.  So what can this frazzled fluffy mommy do? Reach for her trusty ringsling for a quick and effortless uppy, of course.

When I first heard that I would be hosting Soul Slings Celadon ringsling, I was quite delighted to have another ringsling in my anti-grouchy baby arsenal.  I have heard great things about this new brand and I wanted to know if their slings are as marvelous as the numerous feedback that I have read.

Soul Slings is a family run baby carrier company based in Bangalore, India.  Managed by the husband and wife team, Ravindra and  Chinmayie, they are spreading the babywearing love by creating comfortable, fashionable and affordable baby slings and carriers.

Us, Filipino moms would definitely feel an affinity with Ravindra and  Chinmayie. They are a homeschooling, breastfeeding, cloth-diapering, attachment-parenting, co-sleeping, and of course, babywearing family of four. It’s wonderful to know that we are supporting a business whose makers share the same advocacies as we do.

The color of the Soul Slings Celadon ringsling reminds me of a beautiful green beryl gemstone.  It is cool and relaxing to the eyes and the gender neutral shade makes a good opportunity for babywearing daddies to show off their skills with a sling.  The white vertical stripes along the rails are also a good visual guide for newbie wrappers or for those who consider ringslings as their waterloo.

The handwoven fabric felt sturdy but soft and it molds well as it has been lovingly broken in by the previous testers.  The large rings ensured that the fabric is easily threaded through and the thickness of the sling prevents it from slipping.

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On our family day out, I brought the Souls Slings ringsling with us as we strolled along the beautiful canals of Venice Piazza at MckKinley Hill. Since the little bub was napping during our walk, I carried her in Celadon and was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t experience any back pain or shoulder strain. The gathered shoulder of the sling was likewise comfortable as it capped the shoulder well and helped distribute baby’s weight across my back.

This lovely sling is made of 100% cotton and despite it’s medium weight thickness, it still felt airy and light.  It’s the perfect sling when you’re out and about under the sun with your little one.

True to its brand vision of making Soul Slings pocket-friendly, this beautiful and elegant carrier is affordable at $65 or Php 3116.95 (as of publish date’s conversion rate).  Isn’t it awesome! An international brand with a great price point.

 

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If you are looking for a practical, elegant, compact and infant/toddler worthy sling, I recommend Soul Slings Celadon ringsling for its support and airiness, elegant design and color, and of course its amazing price.

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Family groufie ❤

 

 

Toddler: 17 months, 11kgs
Wearer: Plus size momma

Type of Carrier: Hand Woven Ring Sling
Website: www.soulslings.com

Local Retailer: MommAmazing and King
Fabric Content: Cotton
Size: 28 inches wide, 83 inches long
Ring Size/Type: large, aluminum
Shoulder Style: gathered
Suitable for newborn? Toddler? : newborn & toddler
Machine Wash or Handwash: handwash

 

 

XOXO

 

Anne