March 12, 2015

The Cure For a Fussy Baby

UPDATE: Congratulations Julie for winning the Li’l Peeper Keeper Ring Sling Giveaway (winner was randomly selected using the Gleam contest app)!  I will be contacting you immediately through your provided email.  (note:  I prefer to only give out the first name of prize winners, so if your name is Julie, please check your email to see if you’re “the” Julie that won!) You will have 48 hours to respond before I choose another winner.

For those of you that didn’t win, Rebecca from Li’l Peeper Keepers is offering all Best of Baby readers free shipping on any domestic orders using the code “ShippingSpecial”.  If you no longer see a sling that was previously listed, contact Rebecca and she’ll try and work with you…she’s super sweet like that 🙂

And if you’re itching for another giveaway to enter, check out my new one for an adorable baby bonnet! 


When Jay was a baby, he was the fussiest baby alive.  No really, I surveyed all other moms and the results were conclusive – he was the fussiest.  We suspect he had some colic issues that made him really uncomfortable, so I understand his discontentment, but boy was it challenging having a baby that always cried and could never be put down.  I think the little guy was held probably 90% of daylight hours (naps included).

You know what my saving grace was?  Babywearing.  Seriously y’all, if you have a baby who needs to be held a lot, do yourself a favor and get a good baby carrier!  I personally own ten.  You read that right…10 baby carriers.  When you hold your baby as much as I did, you get a little a lot obsessed with finding the perfect baby carrier.  I’ve basically tried every style — wraps, slings, mei tai, structured carriers, etc., so I feel completely justified in calling myself a self-proclaimed baby-wearing expert.

Lil Peeper Keeper Ring Sling

And one of my all-time favorite carriers?  Ring slings! Rings slings are pretty much the easiest carriers around.  All you have to do is pop your baby in and tighten…and when you have a baby as fussy as Jay was, quick and easy was a must!  That boy had no time to deal with complicated wraps, buckles or ties. 

And in true Iulia style, I did lots and lots of research before finding an amazing AND affordable line of ring slings…Li’l Peeper Keepers.  Li’l Peeper Keepers is run by Rebecca, a redeemed follower of Jesus, who has been making beautiful baby carriers for many years.  As a mother of 8 (WOW), she’s well experienced in the art of babywearing and carefully handcrafts each item with the knowledge that it will surely bless a momma and baby.  She uses top quality materials that are both natural and sturdy and goes to great lengths to ensure the sling is created to be both safe and strong.

And she has soooo many beautiful colors, fabrics, and designs.  I personally chose the Linen Ring Sling in pewter.  I went with linen, because it’s lighter fabric (but still very strong) for our hot southern summers.  And it’s incredibly soft and comfortable!


Isn’t the detail on that lovely?  The stitching borders the whole sling.  It was one of the features that caught my eye…pretty, without being flashy! I feel like I can wear the ring sling with any outfit and not worry about it clashing. And that pleating? Specially designed to ensure comfort and adequate support.  The more “fanned” out the sling stays over your shoulder, the more comfortable it is to wear as it evenly distributes weight.

Our little Ella Bella isn’t as fussy as Jay was, but girlfriend still loves to be carried a lot.  My Li’l Peeper Keeper sling is a life-saver as far as actually getting stuff done around the house.  It frees up my hands while still keeping the dollie happy.  And did I mention how easy it is to get her in and out?

I also love the portability of my Li’l Peeper Keeper ring sling.  I have some other carriers that work well, but are just too cumbersome to take anywhere.  Not the case with the ring sling…it’s so easy to roll up that it has a permanent compartment in my diaper bag!


Don’t you want one now?  The answer is no.  You NEED one.  And you’re in luck!  Li’l Peeper Keeper is offering one Best of Baby reader their choice of a solid colored Linen Ring Sling (up to $59 value) or one of their new Wrap Conversion Ring Slings (up to $65 value).  And for those of you who don’t win, but realize how much you still NEED one of these, you’re also in luck!  Rebecca is offering free shipping through the end of March with any order using the code “ShippingSpecial”

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I was not compensated for this post.  I purchased my ring sling several years ago and loved it so much that I offered to review it for Li’l Peeper Keepers.  All opinions are my own.

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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 Sheila Muldoon March 24, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    These are beautiful! Baby number 4 on the way and the first I’ll wear.

    • Reply Bestofbaby March 27, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      Sheila, you will love baby wearing!!

    Reply Nicole Reed March 24, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    I would pic a gray ring sling. Able to match anything and cooler in the summer months.

    Reply DeeAnna March 25, 2015 at 12:07 am

    quick ups are vital when it comes to surviving a meltdown, be it baby or mommy! a ring sling is a must-have for any caretaker!

    Reply Janet March 25, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Babywearing has saved my sanity

    Reply Nicole Dively March 25, 2015 at 12:11 am

    This would my first ring sling ever!!! I would want the wrap conversion one.

    Reply Stephanie March 25, 2015 at 12:19 am

    This sling is so cute! I was looking for one for my baby due in three weeks!

    Reply Erin Spurlock March 25, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Would be so thankful to win this!

    Reply Julie March 25, 2015 at 12:31 am

    I’m about to have my 4th baby and I’ve never tried wearing them before. This is my first time being interested in it all–and it’s very confusing trying to figure out what type of carrier to choose! That being said, I’ve really been looking into ring slings, I’d love to win one. Good luck to everyone who enters! 🙂

    • Reply Bestofbaby March 27, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      Julia I think you will absolutely love babywearing…especially with a ring sling!

    Reply Tiffany March 25, 2015 at 12:31 am

    I have always wanted a ring sling and this one looks amazing!!! They seriously look so much easier to use for on the go. The coral color is beautiful and would be so perfect for my little girl.

    Reply megan vaughan March 25, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Lovely sling! I’d love to win something like this. My little guy is super high maintenance. Not colicky, just needs your attention 24/7. He’s not a fan of naps either. It can get tiring.

    • Reply Bestofbaby March 27, 2015 at 5:54 pm

      Megan, I totally get it, and it’s absolutely exhausting!

    Reply Jessica J March 25, 2015 at 12:33 am

    the Little Frog in Echo Forest is such a glorious green! my fave color 😀

    Reply Rebecca March 25, 2015 at 12:41 am

    I have only used an ergo with our 2 year old and didn’t really care for it. I would love to try a ring sling with our new squish coming this summer! 🙂

    Reply Karina Herrera March 25, 2015 at 12:51 am

    The Morning Violet linen ring sling is absolutely beautiful! It would be an amazing first ring sling for my 3 month old, and even my 2 year old!

    Reply Christian Michelle March 25, 2015 at 1:00 am

    I hope I win! I’ve been wanting a ring sling for a while but have a hard time finding something I like that my husband would wear too.

    Reply Kristy E. March 25, 2015 at 1:05 am

    I have an Ergo and Beco Gemini, but would love to try out a ring sling!

    Reply Heather F March 25, 2015 at 1:08 am

    We started out in a rs, but made our way to a basic bjorn and then ergo. I would love to get back to a beautiful rs!

    Reply Amanda G March 25, 2015 at 1:14 am

    Been wanting to try a ring sling!! Tried the Ergo & K’tan…..didn’t like either. Ring sling is next on my list 🙂

    Reply Teresacharlotte March 25, 2015 at 1:22 am

    I have such a fussy baby! He has to be held ALL day, even for naps too! We are just starting our baby wearing journey but so far he’s not liking it for long periods of time. I’m hoping to win a ring sling as my husband doesn’t want me to buy another carrier any time soon. If we win we would really like the morning violet or the little frog.

    Reply Marjorie Keuangloundara March 25, 2015 at 1:32 am

    I would love to win a Leaf Green Ring Sling! I love Baby wearing my 8mo lil man and are actually thinking of getting a ring Sling since all I’ve been using is a moby wrap. I hope I get lucky and win!

    Reply Ashleigh March 25, 2015 at 1:59 am

    I am in love with azure echo

    Reply Tabita March 25, 2015 at 6:51 am

    I want to win so badly. It would m p be my first rs. Need this!

    Reply Madeline March 25, 2015 at 9:21 am

    I have been looking for a ring sling! This would be perfect.

    Reply Laura Munteanu March 25, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    I like the sling very much.

    Reply Heather H March 25, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    I also had/have a very high energy, fussy baby… she loved being held (still does) but tends to hate being in a carrier. I’ve tried wraps, baby k’tan, and an ergo. She bucks and screams to get out but is content when I just hold her in my arms (which is killer now that she is getting close to a year old). I’ve been wanting to try a sling to see if she’d like something that gives her a bit of mobility, while also keeping her “up” and close to me. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    • Reply Bestofbaby March 27, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      Heather, another good option to try would be a Scootababy hip carrier. I don’t think they make them any more, but I found a used one on ebay and my son loved!

    Reply Heather W March 26, 2015 at 12:07 am

    Seaglass ring sling is a gorgeous color and the Fuschia Agate is so cheery

    Reply Laura Sandru March 26, 2015 at 4:11 am

    I like the sling very much.

    Reply Sarah Hayes March 26, 2015 at 10:02 am

    I like meadow or the furs his agate conversion. It so tough to choose

    Reply Shelby S March 26, 2015 at 10:18 am

    I can fully relate to this!! My little guy is 6 weeks old tomorrow and is one colicky little dude!! Praising the Lord for my woven! It’s definitely the only way I can manage laundry or dinner without him screaming until he’s red and purple in the face. I’m saving up to try out a ring sling next. I didn’t use to understand why some mommas have so many wraps and carriers until now! Praying I don’t get this thing dirty or he doesn’t spit up on it until I’m able to get another wrap or sling in this house!! Your blog is wonderful!! So nice to hear such similar things going on with others!! 🙂

    • Reply Bestofbaby March 27, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      Yes babywearing is such a necessity with colicky babies! I do hope you’re able to get a ring sling or another wrap soon. If you have any in your area, I highly recommend checking out consignment sales…I found about half of my baby carriers at consignment sales for a fraction of the price!

    Reply Fiona N March 26, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I would love to have this beautiful Linen Ring Sling Baby Sling Carrier in Meadow for my baby
    Thank You for the chance

    Reply Lici Lee March 26, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I would love to win the Ring Sling in the Sea Glass Colour.

    Reply Dawn S. March 26, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    My favorite is the Baby Sling Ring Sling Baby Carrier – 100% LINEN in Sea Glass – what a gorgeous color!

  • Reply Anonymous March 26, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I LOVE this one!!!
    I have never used a ring sling! I have always used a wrap, but I would love to try one with the new baby coming soon!

    Reply Jennifer Shelton March 26, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I LOVE this one!!!
    I have never used a ring sling! I have always used a wrap, but I would love to try one with the new baby coming soon!

    Reply deanna March 26, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I like the Linen in Pewter sling.

    Reply Emma Rogers March 26, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I recently purchased a ring sling..about a month ago, so it came in the mail, I used it once…left it on the table in public and it was gone. I don’t have the funds to purchase another, and frankly feel so stupid for losing (having it stolen) my first one. I have 2 girls, 3 years old and 6 months old, my littlest is high needs and requires LOTS of holding if I want to get anything done for my older one. Bottom line, we would be happy with ANY color of ring sling. Thanks and have a good day!

    • Reply Bestofbaby March 27, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      Oh what a bummer about your ring sling! I hope you’re able to get a new one soon…

    Reply Jenn H March 26, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    I would love one of the rainbow little frog conversion ring slings! my littlest is exactly like yours. she has been worn every single day since she was born. a screamer of epic proportions (or volumes!) 🙂 i think my toddler would actually love this. he loves to be held and worn in his toddler ssc but a ring sling would be marvelous for quick ups!

    Reply Jessica Martinez March 26, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    I really like the purple striped conversion sling!!!

    Reply Stephanie March 27, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Ring slings scare me just a bit. I feel like my little squirmy worm is going to maneuver out of it while I am unloading the dishwasher or something. We use the Baby K’tan and LOVE it. It is really easy to put in my diaper bag. We don’t go anywhere without on the off chance he may start getting fussy. Baby wearing is the one sure fire trick that calms him down every single time.
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    • Reply Bestofbaby March 27, 2015 at 6:19 pm

      Hi Stephanie! We have a K’tan too and it was great for the newborn stage! My soon took some sweet naps in there and you’re right, it’s quite easy and convenient! Unfortunately, I think I got the wrong size because after a while, the fit just didn’t work at all any more.

    Reply Sharon Rowe March 29, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Wish I had found these when mine were little it would have made life so much easier! Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness link party! Hope to see you next week 🙂

    Reply Sandra October 27, 2015 at 2:24 am

    This is so cute. Where can I get this one? I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

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