July 16, 2015

Keep Your Baby Close…Even In The Pool!



I was gifted this sling in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.  No other co-hosts were compensated. 

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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!)

Water Sling Giveaway thebestofbaby.com

 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.

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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.

Water Sling Giveaway thebestofbaby.com


Cute Awaking Water Ring Sling


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Iulia is a former educator turned stay-at-home mama of a spunky toddler and a squishy infant. With a touch of sass and a good dose of self-deprecating humor, she has an ever-expanding repertoire of bloopers, insights, stories, and impassioned opinions to share. Iulia likes to think she has this parenting gig figured out, but her littles remind her daily just how far from the truth that is.

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    Reply Takara July 29, 2015 at 1:36 am

    I would choose the purple! 🙂

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    Reply Margaret July 29, 2015 at 1:39 am


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    Reply Alexis July 29, 2015 at 1:52 am

    I would love a purple or pink one!!

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    Reply Cara Markunas July 29, 2015 at 1:53 am

    I think teal is my favorite color.

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    Reply Julie July 29, 2015 at 1:55 am

    I would pick pink! 😉

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    Reply DaneaT July 29, 2015 at 1:58 am

    I would love silver!!

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    Reply Ciera Scown July 29, 2015 at 2:01 am

    If I was lucky enough to win, I would be happy with any color! My little one looks beautiful in teal though! It would be so incredible to have this be my first sling, seeing as my daughter and I absolutely adore the water!!

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    Reply Rebecca July 29, 2015 at 2:21 am

    Royal blue!

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    Reply Samantha Guillen July 29, 2015 at 2:23 am

    Great article. I’d definitely go with pink 🙂

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    Reply Rebecca July 29, 2015 at 2:26 am

    I’d love a pink one!

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    Reply Regan July 29, 2015 at 2:41 am

    That pink is so gorgeous! I’d love it 😉

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    Reply Christie July 29, 2015 at 2:47 am

    Purple or Teal!

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    Reply katherine July 29, 2015 at 2:47 am

    I would love this water sling in teal! It is a beautiful summer color. I would love to win one of these for me and my daughter!

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    Reply Shanelli July 29, 2015 at 2:57 am

    i would love the color black or teal ❤ TÜ crissy 🙌

    • Rshanellimiora@yahoo.com.ph'
      Reply Shanelli July 29, 2015 at 2:59 am

      I would love the color black or teal color ❤ TÜ 🙌😘

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    Reply Emilia July 29, 2015 at 3:01 am

    This looks super awesome! My little girl would love this when she turns one next year or I could use it now and feel more safe knowing she’s held at all times.

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    Reply Tahana Young July 29, 2015 at 3:07 am

    I would choose silver or teal! Love them both!

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    Reply Sarah July 29, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Silver or black! So cute!

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    Reply Kelley White July 29, 2015 at 3:21 am

    I would love to sport my baby girl in the pink water ring sling!!! So pretty! Thank you fourths consideration!

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    Reply Kelley White July 29, 2015 at 3:22 am

    I would love to sport my baby girl in the pink ring sling!! It is so beautiful!! I know all of my friends would want one too! Thank you for the consideration!! 💗

  • pbkristy@yahoo.com'
    Reply Kristy H. July 29, 2015 at 3:24 am

    I would love the teal or silver one.

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    Reply Courtney Lassitter July 29, 2015 at 3:26 am

    If I won I’d choose the teal! It’s so pretty 🙂

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    Reply Gloria Sanchez July 29, 2015 at 3:52 am

    If I won I’d like to have red please:) one of my fav colors but also a bit more gender neutral

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    Reply Alexandria July 29, 2015 at 4:21 am

    I would choose gray. It’s my favorite color.

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    Reply Stacey July 29, 2015 at 4:21 am

    I would love a teal one!

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    Reply Brittni July 29, 2015 at 4:46 am

    If I were lucky enough to win I’d be happy with any color, but I really love white, teal, purple, or pink. It’s so hard to choose because they’re all so beautiful.

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    Reply Alli Cerneka July 29, 2015 at 4:49 am

    By far the cutest water ring sling I’ve seen! I love the teal.

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    Reply Danielle July 29, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Just used a friend’s mesh ring sling the other day…LOVE!!! I would choose royal blue:)

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    Reply Erin massey July 29, 2015 at 4:55 am

    I’d choose one of the gorgeous blue colors.

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    Reply Alison johnson July 29, 2015 at 4:58 am

    I would choose teal or pink!!!

  • Reply Jessie July 29, 2015 at 5:08 am

    Love it! I would choose pink.

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    Reply sue silva July 29, 2015 at 5:19 am

    Even though I have a boy, I would still want one in pink!!

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    Reply amy balliet July 29, 2015 at 5:26 am

    NEED NEED NEED!!! With 7 kids to look after, this would be perfect to hold little one close! I’d go with a blue, green, or red if I could choose as I have a 3 month old boy. 🙂

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    Reply Holly July 29, 2015 at 5:30 am

    I live in south Florida and this would be great for the beach!! I’d pick white or purple!

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    Reply Danielle D July 29, 2015 at 6:08 am

    I would love royal blue

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    Reply Kelly Allison July 29, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I want teal if I win!

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    Reply Natalie July 29, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    I would choose teal mesh! Love it for boys and girls and we do so many water sports it’d be used a ton!

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    Reply Leisha July 29, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    The wraps are so pretty, I would go with either silver or teal.

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    Reply Aimee July 29, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    I would choose pink if I have another girl! Or white would match any of my swim suits!

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    Reply Loren July 30, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    So many wonderful color choices! I’m not sure what I’m having – I’m due in 4 short weeks – but there are 4 colors that I absolutely love! Purple, Navy, Pink, and Teal!!! EEEKKK! It would be a tough decision if I won for sure!

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