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Baby Slings, Attachment Parenting and Flexible Routine

It’s been interesting to analyse the change in my parenting style over the course of raising four children.  I often think about my poor first born as bearing the brunt of much learning on my behalf.  With my first child, I adhered to a strict routine, yet during my experiene in caring for every subsequent child, I’ve become more relaxed and flexible, to the point I’m in danger of becoming an flexible-routine-baby-carrying-room-sharing advocate.  I never would have imagined myself being where I am today; however, here I am, four children later, on the opposite side to the fence to which I started. I’ll do a more detailed post on this topic soon because my evolved parenting style doesn’t quite fit with attachment parenting or Babywise style parenting.

What has all that have to do with baby slings?  I’m a huge fan of baby-carrying; that is something that has been constant over my years of parenting. Baby-carrying is a wonderful way to bond with a baby. Snuggling close to mother can be comforting to a young child, especially when they are uncomfortable, in pain or sad. I see a baby sling as an extra arm, and what Mum doesn’t need one of those?

There are a lot of baby carrier/slings on the market. Personally, I’ve used Baby BjornFisherPrice and recently a Jazslings with my niece.  I met Wendy, designer of Jazslings, at the 2010 Connect2Mums AusMumpreneur Conference. After the conference, we met at 3 Little Monkeys and Wendy demonstrated the product.  I was impressed and knew right away this product was worth sharing.

(Pictured: Wendy at the AusMumpreneur conference)

What I love about Jazslings

The design

* Jazslings is designed by an experience mother of four. I love that.

* The designed-for-a-mum-by-a-mum factor is obvious when it comes to usability and function.

* The one-piece design means there are no clips and no fuss.

* The sling can be easily machine washed.

Even support

When I wore the sling with my one-year-old niece, I noticed the weight was evenly distributed from the outer shoulder (Deltoid) and across the back. The broad strap distributes the weight across the back and torso so there’s no direct pressure on the top of the shoulder (Trapezius) like many other carriers. This makes a lot of sense as the deltoid muscle is the strongest muscle in the arm.

Fun colours and fabric choices

I’m a sucker when it comes to trendy designs. Flower Power (2) if a favourite of mine.

Cotton Collection

1. Dreaming 2. Flower Power 3. Natural 4. Night Garden 5. Poppy 6. Vintage 

7. Cherry 8. Jade 9. Licorice 10. Turquoise 11. Popscile 12. Tutti-Frutti 13. Tribal

Organic option

The sling also comes in this deliciously soft bamboo cotton.

Wild Nettle

Versatile carrying positions

The versatile carrying positions facilitate the needs of the carer and cater for the growth of the child. If you look carefully at each position, it’s apparent the sling is acting as you would naturally hold a child in your arms.

The girl in the purple top is my gorgeous sister pictured with her second child (1) and one on the way (bun in the oven).  She will soon have 3 children under three years of age so she’s going to need the sling for sure.

Note: There are different sling sizes according to body type.

Breastfeeding

An absolute favourite feature is the ability for the mother to easily and discretely breasfeed while the baby remains in the sling.  

Longevity

The sling can be used until a child is 3 (or 20kg)

Safety

There have been concerns in terms of baby carriers and child safety. Wendy has written a comprehensive article covering these issues and you can read it here.

Dolly Sling

I think this is absolutely adorable.  You can buy a dolly sling in these bright colours.

Dolly Sling

Testimonials

I’ve been researching Jazslings, and slings in general, and this is some of the feedback I’ve received:

“My youngest is now 8 months and I still use it for him and I used it for his big sister too so they certainly last the distance (big sis is nearly 4). This is a product I highly recommend.”

 — Mel (Mother of 2)

“This is fabulous, especially on those trips into the shops when you know you are going to get a trolley, but can’t carry no.3 & hold no. 1 & no. 2’s hands and a bag all at once without it.”

— Kathryn (Mother of 3)

“It feels even.”

— Emma (Mother of 3)

 

More

Jazslings Baby Sling Safety

Jazslings

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Kathryn Rodda
    September 1, 2010 at 7:25 am

    I was just going to say I agree with the testimony of the Mum of 3 and going to get a trolley, when I read the name and remembered we were talking about this the other day!
    I also love the little dolly one – so cute!

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    Wendy Webber
    September 1, 2010 at 7:44 am

    This is wonderful Kelly, thank you so much

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    BookChook
    September 1, 2010 at 7:54 am

    It really does look and sound versatile, yet comfortable. I love the colours, patterns and I especially like the bamboo cotton. I have a shirt made from it and it is so soft and yummy!

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      September 1, 2010 at 8:01 am

      I’ve only recently discovered bamboo cotton and you are right, it is gorgeous! I will have to look for a shirt I think.

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    Sharron Peacock
    September 1, 2010 at 8:18 am

    It looks VERY comfortable!!!

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    Peta Wright
    September 1, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Hi Kelly.
    I am rather chubby and have a lot of “bigger” friends. The problems that we have with the carriers that have straps and fasteners is that they often don’t fit around us! I was stuck carrying my first born everywhere or had to put her in a pram because I couldn’t wear the carrier and I was rather envious of my husband who could wear it and enjoyed the closeness with our firstborn which they still have a strong bond with one another now and she’s 5. I was just wondering, does the design of the jazsling accommodate for those who are on the larger size???
    Thanks.
    Peta

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    katepickle
    September 1, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I use a similar pouch sling and I agree.. they are fabulous! Simple and easy to use and small enough to just chuck in the car or under the pram just in case. I wore our 8 week old to a wedding the other weekend and most people didn’t even know he was there!

    Oh and I’m looking forward to reading your post on how your parenting evolved! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      September 1, 2010 at 10:59 am

      Ah, yes, I like that: just throw it in the car. And you can wash it too. I’m looking forward to that post too. Even though I have an idea of what I’m going to write, I’m not exactly sure how it will come out until I sit down and do so.

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    Caitlin
    November 16, 2014 at 2:58 am

    Hi Kelly,
    I’m soo thrilled to have found your baby sling! I’m a new mom & my daughter is almost 12 weeks old. I always say that an extra arm would be fantastic, yet all the slings I’ve found aren’t quite right. I certainly love to keep my babygirl close to me, but I really have been looking for a sling that will make breastfeeding in public a bit easier! Currently I just use a blanket to cover my exposed breast, but it’s constantly falling down, and it’s difficult to hold it up and nurse her at the same time! Please tell me where I can get one of your baby slings!!! The lightweight cotton composition is perfect for us. Where do I find this sling??

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    Mia ABCKids
    July 19, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    This is awesome! Thank you for this very easy and wonderful tutorial. I’ve been searching for a perfect carrier to gift my sister and I think jazsling is a perfect match for her

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