I was gifted this sling in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. No other co-hosts were compensated.
I’ve never been much of a water person. I love our pool membership and I really enjoy hanging out by the pool (at least in the shade…because I’m also not much of a UV person), but I’m not one to cannon ball in as soon as we get there. To use my sweet mother-in-law’s term, I’m a “sensory sensitive” person. I dislike being wet and hate being cold, so generally me and pools don’t get along too well.
But then the southern heat wave hit.
Let me tell you, if you’re at a pool, and your option is 100+ degrees out of the water, or perfectly pleasant temperature in the water…well that’s an easy choice. So in I went…and now all of a sudden I’m LOVING the water.
We’re at the pool several days a week, and this week, I even worked up the courage to take two kids by myself.. The toddler does pretty well on his own (well, with floaties), but the baby? She obviously needs to be held the entire time. Enter my secret weapon — my water sling. (THESE are my fay-vor-it!)
Y’all know that I love baby wearing...it keeps babies happy and gives mom a good measure of hands-free freedom. So when we got a pool membership, I knew I wanted to get my hands on a water sling…because everybody needs an 11th baby carrier, right? (That’s right, I now own 11 carriers – hashtag obsessed)
But really, I just thought it was a want and not a need…something to indulge my baby wearing obsession. Because I mean, I could just hold her right? Or get one of those baby floating things.
AHEM…as I found out when I took her in the water without a sling, big. fat. NO. These are definitely a need. (or at least a first world one).
Reasons Why A Water Sling is a MUST
1) She loves it. The chubby little monkey absolutely loves being the water sling. She’s close to mama (which she also loves), but gets to splash to her hearts content.
2) I love it, I do. Free (and weightless) baby snuggles.
3) It keeps her restrained. Without the sling, girlfriend just wants to lunge face first at the water. She’s 8 months old, so that doesn’t work out too well for her, and neither of us really enjoy wrestling too much.
4) I can use the tail as a wrap to keep the sun off of her or my shoulders.
5) HANDS FREE! Wearing her allows me to be hands free…so that I can use my hands to hold on to my toddler. Ok, it’s a start.
I searched up an down for the perfect water sling, but most were either too expensive, or looked like those fishnet stockings you wore in college (oh wait, you didn’t wear those? me neither. nope.)
Enter these beautiful slings by Cute Awaking.
Tasha is a mother of 4. She’s a crafter at heart, so in 2012 she put her creative talents in action and opened Cute Awaking. At first, it started out as mostly crochet projects, but when her youngest was born in 2014, she was introduced to babywearing and fell in love! She started making her own wraps and slings, and when she realized that people really loved her work, she became completely CPSIA compliant. She follows all current safety standards and is a member of BCIA.
Her work is beautiful, well made, and affordable!
And she’s generously offering one Best of Baby reader the chance to win a water ring sling of their choice.