I wish baby slings were popular when my boys were infants – we had front carriers, back carriers, strollers and infant seats, all of them complicated and sometimes expensive. We were warned, thirty years ago, that we shouldn’t hold our babies too much or we would spoil them and they would be mama’s boys. Well, I wish I had spoiled them and that they were mama’s boys to the extent that they would occasionally write or phone their mama thirty years later!
You can’t spoil a baby by loving it. You can’t ruin your child’s life by holding it. For heaven’s sake, humanity has done this for eons and somehow we turned out competent, feminine women and independent, masculine men despite toting our babies around everywhere. And where was neolithic mom going to put her baby? On the ground? People tied the babies and small children to themselves to keep them warm and safe.
So, Sarah Ann, remember that I had this babysling on first, and a little bit of my heart goes to you and our little dear one with it.
The sling is designed by Handmade- Adelaide and as usual I’ve lost the http, but it is easy to find if you google babysling. It’s made from a washable home decor fabric. I now know how to make a proper French seam, too, which is essential for holding the baby safely. It keeps baby close to your body, and at first I thought it was too snug, but baby is not a designer handbag and needs to be stable against your upper torso. Sarah requested a one-piece sling because the adjustable one didn’t work well for her. We are about the same height so I made it to fit me. I assume that my middle-aged weight and the three layers of clothes I wear added a bit to the snugness.
I was unsure of how to make the pattern from the instructions so I made a scale model before commiting my nice fabric to scissors.
I made one to fit Patience’s Caillou doll. He has her little chipmunk doll “Ashley” in the sling.
And for those who are wondering where I found a newborn baby for my sling – it’s a rolled up towel, baby length and width, with a bonnet tied on for its head. Genuine Amish towel baby.