Hippie Baby Design is a Work At Home Mom who sells on Etsy.com. I stumbled across her slings completely on accident, but I was glad to be able to see them in person and to talk to Stefanie. She told me that she’s been making slings to give as baby shower gifts. She has just recently started selling them on Etsy.
Ring Sling Specifics
The ring slings in her store range from 65 inches long to about 71 inches long. The one I bought is on the shorter end of about 65 inches by my measurement and about 21 inches across at the widest point in the body. The rings are 3 and a half inch silver slingrings. The material is cotton. One side of the sing is light blue with blue, white and brown sunburst type design, the other side is brown. There is minky material on the end of the tail that alternates brown and light blue. She sells the slings for $35.
My Ring Sling Experience
When I first put on the ring sling and put my baby in I noticed how easily the fabric moved through the rings. This was great for me, because a previous ring sling I had was really hard to get adjusted, it seemed like the fabric was always getting bunched up in the rings, but not this sling. It was also very easy to lift the ring to loosen the sling to get baby out again. The shoulder style was very comfortable. It was nice and wide so it cups the wearer’s shoulder very nicely from near the neck to a bit down your arm to really spread out the weight of your baby and have very few (if any!) pressure points. Again, I was pleasantly surprised with this because of my other ring sling which I hadn’t quite mastered how to spread the shoulder to be comfortable all the time, but this one was a no brainer! My baby seemed very comfortable in the ring sling as well. Baby comfort in a ring sling is right up there with Mama comfort, because really, why wear your baby if you both are not comfortable? The fabric on the ring sling spread nicely from my baby’s shoulders down to his knees with a little extra. The width of the ring sling is slightly narrower that I would prefer to get a really nice seat, but there is plenty of fabric for my 5 month old in it with a bit of room to grow. In an arms out position the fabric won’t have to go all the way to the shoulders, so even with a larger baby the narrower width will probably be fine since older babies have a bit more body control. The length of the ring sling is on the shorter end, the tail hits me just below the hip, by some ring sling makers sizing it would be about an extra small, or small size. The smaller tail doesn’t bother me though, there is still plenty of ring sling tail if I wanted to use it to cover my baby’s head with it.
Even though Hippie Baby Design Ring Slings are on the shorter and narrower end of other ring slings I’ve seen or tried, my experience with this ring sling has been a positive one. There is still plenty of fabric to properly cover and support my baby while I wear him, with enough ring sling tail left over to compensate his growth and not have the tail be too short. The shoulder design of this sling was very comfortable for me to wear and easy to adjust. The fabric moved smoothly through the rings and didn’t bunch or get caught. The rings are slingrings, the only type that should be used for baby wearing. I enjoyed meeting Stefanie and look forward to many happy hours of baby wearing with one of her Hippie Baby Design Ring Sling.