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.
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In the first part of this series, I mentioned a few rules of thumb to simplify gift giving. Our family loosely follows this one:
“Something they want,
Something they need,
Something to wear,
and Something to read”.
At the request of a reader, I’m sharing what gifts we are giving our two boys. As I said, we follow the 4 Gifts rule loosely. We’ve tweaked it to fit our family better – focusing a little more heavily on books and movies this year. We’re focusing on various media because Baby Boy #3 is due shortly after Christmas and books, movies, and music are ways we’ve found to easily connect and spend time with our boys. We’re also seeking to be very intention this year in giving our boys quality Christian materials.
Our boys are both toddlers. Our oldest, Nolan, is 3 1/2 years old (he’ll be 4 in March) and Asher, our youngest is 2 (Practically. His birthday is 10 days after Christmas.). Nolan is our baby philosopher – he can be occupied for house building and studying how things work, enjoys reading and asking dozens of questions per book, and is our deep thinker. Asher is equally bright- but completely opposite of his brother. Asher is always on the move, finding abundant joy in well-planned antics, dancing the moment the beat drops, and running, walking, and climbing.
What We’re Giving Our 3 1/2 Year Old (Nolan’s Gifts) –Lego Duplo Truck & Excavator Building Set – Each boy is getting one toy/toy set. Nolan has really been enjoying Duplos in recent months – and he loves construction vehicles. All Duplo sets are compatible with each other, so we’re adding to his collection with this fun set.
–The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden – One of our greatest delights as parents is teaching our boys God’s Word in a way that is understandable by children – without losing the depth and richness. Since Nolan’s birth the Jesus Storybook Bible has been a family favorite! It’s falling apart – literally – so each boy is getting a new Bible storybook. The Biggest Story is technically a little old for Nolan, but it will give us room for lots of discussion and room to grow into. The way the text is written is enthralling – and will definitely capture the attention of my thinker and wild imagination boy! Plus, the illustrations are colorful and captivating.
–Theo 5 DVD Set – Both boys will receive a movie or movie set. We have found a variety of educational shows that they enjoy on Amazon Prime, so we’re focusing on giving them DVDs this Christmas that are Gospel-rich. The Theo series is perfect…. classic Disney-style animation, beautiful soundtrack, solid theology, hymns, and condensed (but true to the Book) Bible stories, all neatly packed into 10-15 minute episodes that my big boy will be drawn into. This 5 DVD includes over 4 1/2 hours of these episodes.
–The Ology – Nolan especially enjoys listening to music in the van, so we’re giving him this new album from Sovereign Grace Music. The Ology walks through the high points of Christianity track by track, covering the concepts of the sovereignty of God, the reality of sin, the provision of a Savior, the return of Christ and more.
What We’re Giving Our 2 Year Old (Asher’s Gifts)
–Gas ‘n Go Mower – Asher loves helping with household chores and he loves push toys, so this toy was a perfect fit. Complete with gas canister, knobs and pulls, and fun sounds, this will keep him playing happily for a long time. –Big Picture Story Bible – For his “something to read” gift, Asher will receive the Big Picture Story Bible. I like the look of this one – colorful pictures and simple (but yet meaningful) text will hold the attention of my mover and shaker. –Praise Baby: Born to Worship – The Praise Baby series is similar to the now hard-to-find Baby Einstein series. Each DVD features fun colors, shapes, and pictures all set to calm praise and worship music. The DVD gives several playback options for the music: instrumental, children singing, or an adult vocalist.
Something to Wear For this category, we have traditionally given our boys matching Christmas pajamas. They will receive these as wrapped gifts on Christmas Eve. This time, I bought their PJs at Target on a buy-one-get-one sale several weeks ago. This is also a great way to slash the “something they need” category, too, by keeping them set on warm pajamas that fit their ever growing bodies.
Stockings We’re following a similar strategy as the 4 Gifts for the boys’ stockings (although I have no cute rhyme… ha!).
-This year they are both receiving Melissa & Doug Water Wows as their big stocking gift. Nolan’s is car themed and Asher’s features ocean creatures.
-I’m splitting up a special set of socks between the two of them (they are close enough in size that their sock size is the same!).
–Snacks. We’re going smart on this one and going easy on the sugary treats… Did you know that kids find other snacks to be special, too? 😉 The boys will each get some mini Larabar snacks and Apple Go-Go Squeeze pouches.
–Small toys. Asher has a stuffed puppy that has a special place in his heart. We’ve decided to give him the same puppy in another color as a fun stocking surprise. For Nolan, we picked up a couple Thomas Minis Mystery Trains.
We’re excited about the gifts we’re giving our boys… they are chosen intentionally and won’t add a lot of clutter to our home.
Leave a comment below and tell us what carefully chosen gifts you will give your children this year!
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