I’m excited to share my first experience using a sling as a baby carrier! This is the review of the myheartcreative Baby Ring Sling Classic.
I knew before I had Hayden that I would depend on baby carriers a lot more than I did with my first baby. Thankfully, Hayden has been a great sport at always being on the go and riding in the many baby carriers that we have. With my children, I have tried the following baby carriers:
The popular sling that I had heard of before was the Sakura Bloom. My friend Audra uses hers all the time and makes it look so comfortable. I never even considered owning a sling until myheartcreative came to me and offered for me to try one. I was quite excited to give it a try!
The myheartcreative sling is a standard linen sling with an aluminum ring, made in many different colors (color shown here is the Ginger Cream). It comes in a gathered or pleated shoulder. I have the gathered version. I love that it’s easily washable and folds down to be quite compact. I can keep it in my diaper bag to carry Hayden wherever we go!
Hayden seems to like riding in it, too!
Since I had never tried any other sling, I reached out to myheartcreative to ask the differences between their sling and the Sakura Bloom. Here’s how they differ:
The myheartcreative sling comes with a tail shaped end that allows it to be easily threaded through the rings whereas the Sakura Bloom has a square end.
The myheartcreative has a large pocket on every sling and Sakura doesn’t. I’ve found keeping a spare pacifier in the pocket is very handy (as long as it’s in the case…the linen sheds some).
In regards with price point, the myheartcreative runs for $80 whereas the Sakura can be purchased for $88-$240.
Now, here’s what I think of it after trying it for a few weeks:
I tend to lean more towards structured carriers like the Bjorne and the Ergo, but I do like the cuddliness of the myheartcreative sling. I think I enjoy the structured carriers more because it is simple to get them on and off. The sling is just like the structured carriers in that way. However, unlike the structured carries, I feel like I have to have one hand on the baby in the sling at all times (this might be because Hayden is still so little).
The fabric is very breathable, easily washable, compact when folded and I love the pocket.
The two things I don’t like about the sling (and I guess slings, in general) is that your non-dominant hand (the one that has the shoulder covered) is pretty much useless, except to hold the baby, book or phone. Also, it’s hard to keep my shoulders back and have good posture. The way the sling lays on your shoulder makes you want to slouch.
Like all baby carriers, it takes practice for you to get the hang of using it. I’m still trying to get a fast rhythm down when securing Hayden in the sling, making sure he is secure with his feet out of the sling, the sling ring at my heart or higher and making sure he is ‘kissable’. I feel like I don’t trust it or him to stay in the sling without wiggling out. I know TONS of people of wearing slings…I guess I just need some more practice.
I’ll continue to use the sling for that close cuddly time with Hayden. I’ll also make sure it’s not necessarily while needing to be accessible to my toddler, i.e., not while we’re grocery shopping…it’s near impossible to lift the toddler in/out of the cart while wearing the baby in the sling.
Can you believe you can use the sling for babies 8-35 pounds or up to 48 months old? I have yet to try to wear my almost 3 year old. I don’t think Mr. Independent (i.e. Liam) would like that very much.
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So what do you think? What’s your favorite baby carrier? Do you have a sling that you like?
This post was created in partnership with myheartcreative. I received no compensation, but was sent the carrier to try. All opinions are my own. Please read my disclosure policy for further information.