When my daughter was born in 2005, I made a ring sling with homespun cotton fabric that I bought at a local fabric store. I was so proud of that ring sling. I had made it myself and it worked great! It was plaid burgundy and had burgundy rings. I used it every single day to carry my little girl in. I simply loved it. I even made one for a friend because she liked the idea of carrying her baby girl too. There are so many wonderful memories attached to that ring sling.
About 6 months later, I heard of something called a pouch and decided to splurge and get myself one. I remember thinking at the time how luxurious of me it was to have TWO baby carriers. I laugh at that now, since I have so many. I reviewed pouches on thebabywearer.com and then based on the reviews, bought a Hotsling. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. It was so pretty and fit so well. I still have it actually. I used it with my daughter and then later with my second and now third baby.
Well, then I learned about something called a mei tai and made my own from fleece. It was so not comfortable! But, it was enough to peak my interest in mei tais. I later bought a Kozy, which I loved from the first time I wore it. After my mei tai, I started to get curious about woven wraps, so I made my own from gauze fabric and wow…it was amazing to be able to use a piece of fabric to wrap my little one. I was soon trying all kinds of woven wraps and it’s been such a fun journey ever since.
But, I’ve never forgotten that first homemade ring sling. I loved it so. I soon had “brand” ring slings and my homemade one was put away. Somewhere between our move from California to Illinois and from having babies and the busyness of life, I lost that ring sling. The other day we were looking at old photos and I remembered it. My heart was sad because it had meant so much to me, but I don’t have it anymore. I am so thankful for the online pattern that I used to make it (I can’t remember which one it was) and for the many memories I was able to have because of that ring sling. I wish I still have it, but I continue to make even more memories every single day with the other beloved baby carriers I have.