I guess over the past few years, I have truly discovered that most of the baby items that people (myself included) register for, just aren't needed. I'm ashamed to admit that several items that I received from my very first baby shower when I was pregnant with Leeland, went to the consignment store the next year unused. For real. The baby supply market is littered with all kinds of gadgets that are just plain unnecessary! Let's be real, all you need for a baby is a few onesies, some cloth diapers and a lactating boob.... and just to make life a little bit easier, a baby carrier of some sort.
So back to the ring sling. I first fell in love with babywearing when Leeland was a wee little guy, and I had a custom mei tai made. It was SO cute and so fun to wear and I got loads of compliments on it everywhere we went.
SO, shortly after Hayden was born, we graduated up to a Boba 3g, which is a soft structured carrier, or buckle style carrier.
Triad Tot Toters meetings and fell in love with woven wraps. And got one for Christmas (woop! woop!).
I made my first ring sling last year, for myself. And still use it!
I've made several since this one, and hope the Mommies that I've made them for have been able to use and love them. The pattern I use to make ring slings can be found here, and it's super easy to follow. The slings that I make are always linen or linen/cotton blends. Linen is super supportive and also very breathable, which has been perfect for our very hot natured Hayden.
Here's a few photos of the most recent one that I made for a childhood friend.
What's your "go to" baby gift for a baby shower? Not gonna lie, when it's a friend having a little girl, a close 2nd is buying them little girly clothes, since you know, I don't get to buy girly things. ;)