Be sure to read to the end to learn about our giveaway with True North Ring Slings.
When a new baby joins the family, the pace of life inevitably slows. The priorities shift to feedings, diapers, cuddles, and nap times. One thing that doesn’t go away is the daily routine of meals, errands, laundry, and tidying. Mom’s hands are full and her plate just got fuller.
I remember well how overwhelmed I felt as a first time mom four years ago! Simple tasks like folding laundry suddenly seemed impossible… they needed to be done, but not at the expense of sacrificing time with my baby.
Enter the time-honored, global tradition of babywearing. I loved that I could snuggle my baby and still stay on top of the daily happenings. With my second born, I discovered another plus: it made snuggles easier during those long, hard days of teething. Now, with my third baby, I’m loving that I can still keep up with my toddlers and keep my baby close by.
What carriers have I tried? What are the pros and cons?
Wrap Carriers. My wrap-style carrier (think Moby, Solly, etc.) was my initiation into babywearing. It gave me the courage I needed to go grocery shopping for the very first time alone with the baby.
Pros: Soft and stretchy. Readily available. (Even stores like Target and Walmart offer this style)
Cons: Hot. Difficult to use. (Unless you like feeling like a ninja all while juggling a baby)
Soft Structured Carriers. After becoming frustrated with the complicated wrap carrier, I purchased a soft structured carrier (such as a Boba, Ergo, Lillebaby, etc.). It was a great experience, but lacked a few conveniences I desired.
Pros: Supportive. Great for long carries and bigger babies.
Cons: Bulky (you can’t just toss it your diaper bag). Difficult to safely situate newer babies (who often want to be worn more frequently).
Ring Slings. My third baby has been much more picky about being worn. He’s had some pretty difficult tummy issues and needs a lot of Mommy snuggles, but my wrap and structured carriers were met with very low tolerance. At the suggestion of my midwife, I pulled the trigger and purchased a ring sling. He slept for two hours the very first time I wore him. I’ve tried a few different ring slings for fun since they’ve worked so well for us and can safely say, linen (from a company such as True North Ring Slings) is my favorite. The sling took babywearing from something I did for convenience to something I did because I truly loved wearing my baby.
Pros: Even picky babies seem happy in a sling. Easily adaptable from tiny newborns to toddlers. Quick to adjust (I love having an alternative to lugging around a heavy car seat). Strong supportive fabric that’s still soft enough for delicate babies. Compact (can easily fold and stash in your diaper bag for on-the-go days).
Cons: Slight learning curve (well worth it!). Needs a short breaking in period (there are lots of great short cuts and resources for this!)
I strongly believe that next to a quality car seat, my ring sling is the most worthwhile baby equipment purchase we have made. Hands down.
We are THRILLED to be partnering with Alberta-based True North Ring Slings to bring you a giveaway! I recently purchased a beautiful gray ring sling (with to-die-for rose gold rings) from this amazing company. I’ve been nothing short of impressed by their quality and their customer service. I’ve received almost instant responses from them when I’ve reached out with questions – and they’ve been so personable (even giving me the fun fact that I was their first Texas customer!).
Using high-quality linen sourced from Europe, they offer a wonderful range of colors from classic neutrals to vibrant hues. They are unique in that they offer several lengths to choose from (no worries if you’re tall or broad shouldered! They’ve got you covered!). Their slings meet all safety standards (both mandatory and voluntary), so you can rest easy knowing that your baby is safe. More than anything, I love that is company is mommy-owned!
True North is partnering with us to GIVEAWAY a $50 STORE CREDIT* to one lucky reader and a 10% OFF COUPON CODE to all the rest of you!
To enter the giveaway, head over to Instagram and follow us (@canvasandtable) and then (@truenorthringslings). Tag your friends on our Instagram about this baby wearing blog post (you’ll receive an entry for each tag). For a bonus entry, “regram” our post to your personal Instagram!**
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Do you “wear” your baby? Leave a comment below and tell us.
*$50 store credit is CAD (Canadian dollars) as True North is based in Canada.
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I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of my third full-term pregnancy. Each time I figure out a little bit more of what is practical, what’s worth skipping, and what is worth investing in. It’s worth noting that all of my pregnancies have begun in late spring/early summer and lasted to winter/early spring, so my perspective may be different from the mama who is full term in the heat of August. Also…. I’m not a fashion consultant. These are just some things I’ve figured out by trial an error.
Skip the maternity jeans. Finding the perfect pair of jeans is challenging enough when you’re not pregnant! Add in a a growing belly full of baby and it gets even more complicated. From my experience, finding a cut or length that works for you can be hard — and expensive. On this third go around, I’ve discovered that a simple belly band has been an amazing solution. There is a possibility that you may have to go up a size in your regular jeans as you get well into your third trimester, but I would rather spend money on a pair of jeans that will work well postpartum instead of a pair of maternity jeans that will quickly become too big after having my baby.
Focus on basics. Following a capsule wardrobe can be really helpful when pregnant – focus on staple pieces that mix and match to create dozens of combinations. Tees in solid colors and basic patterns (like stripes), a nice blouse or two, a pair or two of jeans (and/or shorts depending on the season), a good versatile dress, a couple of skirts in varying lengths, a cardigan, blazer, or other outerwear item and you’re well on your way to lots of combinations. The BumpStart line from Motherhood Maternity has some fantastic staples (for instance, the tees have longer lengths and slightly higher necks than the average maternity cuts).
Think beyond maternity pieces. Focus on pieces that you can wear while pregnant, during your postpartum phase, and at your normal size, too. Maxi skirts are some of my favorites in this category! They are stretchy, comfortable, and can be used for just about any season. A lightweight blouse or tank with some cute sandals for summer or a cardigan with a scarf and cute pair of flats for cooler weather. Target and Old Navy both consistently have maxi skirts in both staple solid colors and fun patterns. I think having a solid black and a good striped number are a good start.
Pass on whites and lights. Generally dark colors are more flattering and slimming, while whites and lights aren’t so much. A couple of exceptions to this that you might consider: When you’re in the earlier stages of your pregnancy, you likely won’t be as concerned about finding a slimming cut and if you happen to have a summer pregnancy, you may want to incorporate some lighter colors to keep you cooler during warm months.
Layer, layer, layer. I’ve found layering my pieces to be the best way by far to keep some variety going while pregnant. Simple vests, lightweight jackets, cute cardigans can really change up a look. (This can also help get more life out of your warmer weather clothing once fall and winter set in.)
Don’t stop accessorizing. Many maternity pieces only come in basic colors, so having an array of scarves, necklaces, etc. can really help to spruce it up. I like have a long simple necklace (something like this can go a long way with a simple black tee), a couple statement necklaces (I’ve gotten a ridiculous amount of wear out of my inexpensive bubble necklace that I found on Amazon), and a multicolor patterned scarf or two.
Leave a comment below and tell us YOUR favorite maternity wardrobe tip!
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