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« on: February 23, 2008 06:48:09 PM »

I have used the padded ring sling for years... it was purchased from a store, and the fabric was just plain ugly.  I am expecting a new baby girl in ~7 weeks, and wanted to make a fresh, girly one just for her.

I used this fantastic tute:
www.geocities.com/samanthalane/sling/sling.pdf
It opens a pdf file you can download or save for later.
I also used the medium-sized nylon rings from slingrings.com

This pattern has padded "rails" and a padded shoulder:

Detail of padded shoulder:

If I had it to do over again (and I probably will make another one,) I would double-up on the batting used for the padding, and make the tail longer.

Ridiculous action shot... complete with uncooperative 30 lb toddler, balanced upon freakishly large preggo belly:

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2008 07:08:21 PM »

baby slings are all new to me, but i LOVE them!!!!
when i have a baby i'm definitely using a sling,
and i didn't know that you can use it for such a big baby Wink
i love it
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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2008 07:13:04 PM »

awesome! thanks for the link to the tute.
I can see I'm going to have to make a couple of these...

I got a sling from Mama's Milk, and haven't even ahd the chance to use it for my (unborn) baby yet....but I carried my niece around everywhere until my belly got too big to handle it. Now my SIL has it and doesn't want to give it back. I'll make her one of these, as well as a spare for me. I know a few preggo friends who'd probably love one as well Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2008 07:13:55 PM »

lovely work, I love the fabrics that you chose!
Thanks for the links too
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2008 07:26:43 PM »

baby slings are all new to me, but i LOVE them!!!!
when i have a baby i'm definitely using a sling,
and i didn't know that you can use it for such a big baby Wink
i love it
Thanks! Smiley  I think you can use these with toddlers, up to about 25 lbs or so... but not typically with such a big belly as mine.

jezebel, congrats on your new (upcoming) baby!  And these are so easy to make... not a major project at all.

Thanks, Scrappysue! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2008 07:59:38 PM »

So, how comfy does the padding make it? I've never used a padded one, just a ring sling or wrap (which I love, don't get me wrong). Just wondering if you can compare it? I've got another kiddo coming in about 8 months  Grin

I can still carry my kiddo on my back or hip with a wrap (just a long, narrow strip of fabric)-- she's about 26 lbs and totally comfy for short rides  Wink

For those interested, my favorite baby wearing site is www.mamatoto.org
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« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2008 08:09:29 PM »

Congrats on your new baby, too! Cheesy  I have never used a non-padded sling or wrap.  I just tried the padded one first, and loved it, so I never tried another type.  (Well, I did use a Graco front carrier -- once.  What a torture device!)  Anyway, the padded shoulder is very comfy, and doesn't strain your shoulder or neck.  I imagine it would feel like if you wore a regular sling, and placed a thick, soft, folded cloth diaper on your shoulder, between the sling and your shoulder.... it just adds padding for your comfort.

Thanks for posting the baby wearing site!  (bookmarking!)
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« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2008 08:26:29 PM »

very cute! thanks for the link. i'm due in 7 weeks, too! i have to say i'm very impressed you have time/energy to sew! also, your belly doesn't look freakishly large, but i know how you feel.
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« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2008 08:36:25 PM »

Congrats, cheytown!  I'm in full-on nesting mode, I think.  But this pattern is so easy, it was really no big deal to make.  And thank you for the sweet comment on my belly. Wink  I needed that. 
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2008 08:39:52 AM »

baby slings are all new to me, but i LOVE them!!!!
when i have a baby i'm definitely using a sling,
and i didn't know that you can use it for such a big baby Wink
i love it
Thanks! Smiley  I think you can use these with toddlers, up to about 25 lbs or so... but not typically with such a big belly as mine.

jezebel, congrats on your new (upcoming) baby!  And these are so easy to make... not a major project at all.

Thanks, Scrappysue! Smiley

Lokks great,I know a few preggy Mummies who enjoy wearing thier toddlers on the back in a ring sling Smiley
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