One of my good friends and her sister were having a joint baby shower so I checked the registry to see what they wanted. On one of the registries I saw baby sling ($80). I thought, "I can make that" and started searching craftster.org and a few other sites. The most helpful one I found was http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/index.html
After much research on rings, I went to my local "Family Farm and Home" store (Grand Rapids,MI) and bought two 3" heavy duty rings. They don't weigh that much and are made to hold farm animals, so I figured a baby was safe. I might order nylon ones next time I make a sling, but due to time constraints I chose to buy these locally. Next I went to BEd Bath and BEyond and got this really nice twin sheet. It was 500 thread count, flat, chocolate brown (because we all know its going to get puke and poop on it at some point
) and only $13. I cut it in half and then made it to the size that the online pattern called for. I bought 1/4 yard colorful fabric for each and added a hidden pocket/pouch with velcro closure on each. I think both came out great. I think it would be fun to make another one with an adult print instead (something Amy Butler-ish).
Each sling cost less than $13, but that was because I used 1 sheet for 2 slings.
Thanks for looking
Upclose picture of second Fabric
Upclose picture of first fabric
Hidden Pocket on sling 2
Backside of sling 2 with zippered pocket
Here is a list of helpful videos/instructions I enclosed with the gift.
Watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOOp09IdlE8&feature=related
Make sure that the rings are high (like you are wearing a broach). Also, it is very important that it spread across your back and makes a cape across your shoulder. Place baby in sling, tighten up and go on your way J
Threading the sling ring:http://www.sleepingbaby.net/wearing/threading.phphttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoxZ2ahcBKM&feature=PlayList&p=AF438547F414AA22&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=10
Chest to Chest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x87UWk_iKxA&feature=related
Bigger Baby Positions:
Hug and Carry Holdhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGWkMLhdXSg&feature=PlayList&p=7B0D6BF1E8DEEB17&index=5
Kangaroo Carry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd_wgV3TDJo&NR=1
Hip Carry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3tCR_eFOpM&feature=related
Back Carry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ufq_QLjHbFk&feature=related
Nursing in Sling http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkocmgaaXJQ
Other Helpful Videoshttp://slingyourbaby.blogspot.com/2007/07/how-to-thread-your-ring-sling.htmlhttp://zolowear.com/Wearing.aspx