Every parent has been there before. You push your baby inside a stroller along the grocery aisles. But five minutes in, the baby cries and just refuses to stay there. How many times have you pushed an empty stroller as you carry your baby inside the mall? Countless. Right, moms?
This — among other things, say, while doing other chores — makes something that should be as easy as carrying a baby well, a chore. And the thought that they might drop the baby just scares the hell out of parents — especially the first-time mothers like me. That’s why I recommend anyone to invest on a good baby carrier. It makes everything a whole lot easier even if you don’t have a nanny.
With so many styles to choose from, it can get pretty confusing for anyone to decide which one would be the best one to get. There are those that let you wear your baby like backpack, and there are those that let snug them close like a kangaroo. But if you’re planning to exclusively breastfeed your little one, I suggest to get something that’s in between.
Mamaway’s Ring Sling looks like a modernised version of the sarong that our nomadic, maternal ancestors in Southeast Asia used to travel their babies with. With an array of attractive prints, it is made of premium combed cotton, a thick but soft fabric. Absorbent and breathable, this gentle cloth can be adjusted to snug your baby close to the body with the help of N66 Double Rings.
The ring is made from an ultra strong material that is used in parachutes that won’t twist, bend, stretch, or deform. It can’t even conduct heat! According to the brand’s official website, a break test indicates that Mamaway Ring Sling can carry a load weighing as much as 500 kgs. So, the danger of you baby falling off is unlikely.
Because it’s cloth, Mamaway Ring Sling baby carrier can easily be folded or stretched to comfortably hug and support the size of your baby to two positions that substantially benefit his/her natural hip and leg development — the M and Jockey positions.
Save for the compact double rings, Mamaway Ring Sling does not rely on an elaborate system of hooks, snaps, or locks. This makes changing your baby’s position incredibly fast. From from cuddle to koala position or vice versa, it’s a lot easier to position the baby comfortably for when you suddenly need to breastfeed, or carry when he/she is awake or asleep. Believe it or not, it has allowed me to breastfeed while walking in a mall.
Adjusting the tightness or looseness can be done unassisted — anytime, anywhere. Simply pull the cloth around the ring and you’re good to go. Even my husband can use it without having to make any special adjustments to fit his chunkier frame. The design is simply suitable for parents with any body shape or sizes.
It’s so comfortable, too, that I used every night for my skin-to-skin contact session with my newborn son. I’m not worried that my baby is gonna slide off from me even if I accidentally fall asleep because Mamaway Ring Sling keeps him in a secure position.
Mamaway Ring Sling is the lightest baby carrier I’ve put on. It also has a smart, hidden storage pocket feature, which makes it easy to pack away.
Traveling with a baby alters the way you move around. Suddenly, you would need to carry baby necessities with you like nappies, extra clothes, wet wipes, milk bottles, among other things. It makes a lot of more sense, then, to buy baby gears and gadgets that can serve you more than one purpose. So that you won’t have carry a 5-kg baby bag every time you go out
Such is Mamaway’s Ring Sling. Aside from being the easiest baby carrier I’ve tried so far, its extra long sling fabric can also conveniently double as a nursing cover or a blanket to keep your baby from feeling cold, or to protect him from unseen germs whenever I need to put him down on a cafe couch. A couple of times, I’ve used it to cover my baby as he sleeps inside his stroller.
Yes, there might be one thing Mamaway Ring Sling can’t do. It does not allow me to carry my baby with his face forward, which is something that he might like to do for months before he turns one. But it still won’t stop me from preferring this one over other baby carriers out there. Because it’s super lightweight, bringing my baby around in it doesn’t feel like I have it on, really.