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!**
To save 10% on your order, simple use this code when you check out: canvasandtable. Offer good through April 20th.
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.
**Find complete entry instructions on Instagram post
For some time now, I’m been wanting to make a DIY reed diffuser, using Essential Oils, for the bathroom. Finally, my time had arrived! I had my supplies and I went for it…and utterly failed. Even while following the most popular recipes on the internet, all I got was a strong alcohol smell and little else.
So, for take two, I completely departed from those popular recipes (in which there were comments in the comments sections reflecting similar experiences), and this was my result:
I decided to not use alcohol at all, although many blogs claimed they were an important agent in helping the reed diffusers work properly, and I didn’t try vodka, which was a suggestion of several blogs. There were several recipes without alcohol, including the blog at which I found my inspiration for my toilet spray recipe, so I decided to give that a try. I bought these rattan reeds (which are specifically made to diffuse and known for working better than skewers, in most people’s experiences) to use in this bottle. I used 100% grapeseed oil as the carrier oil (which, once you buy it, should be stored in the refrigerator for best results, or in a cool, dark place- of course, this does not apply to the reed diffuser itself).
Many of the blogs without alcohol were very non-specific about amounts to use, so I played it by ear a bit. Here is the recipe I came up with:
I followed a tip I read on this blog and flipped my reed diffuser ends after an hour to speed up the initial process. My results?
I was very pleased to come home to a bathroom that smelled like it had a reed diffuser in it, and nothing else! The diffuser created a very mild, warm scent, hinting of fall, as I had desired. If you make this recipe, feel free to use whichever Essential Oils you would like, but in the same quantity of drops. Beware that the scent diffused into the air will be nowhere close to as strong as an electronic diffuser, such as this one, but it remains as a great chemical-free option that doesn’t require electricity, and I think it looks pretty. While I prefer using an electronic diffuser in my home (which requires just the Essential Oils and water), I wanted a reed diffuser in the bathroom, and the mild smell is enough to keep the bathroom smelling fresh.
I’ve chosen to flip the reeds daily, or whenever I think about them (this pumps up the scent a bit, whenever you do this), and to change out the mixture out in about a month or so. Lighter oils are known for going rancid faster than heavier oils, but the lightness is needed to properly travel up the rattan reeds. If you notice your mixture not smelling nice, it only means your oils is turning rancid and it’s time for a new batch.
Did you use this recipe? What did you think? Do you have a recipe you simply love? Comment below and let us know!
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