I seriously debated between red, orange, and the khaki embroidered. Ultimately, price, my mom, and Maggie at Toots n’ Tots helped me to finally decide and go big and bold with red. I’m usually quite decisive, but the Baba Sling was a major purchase and something I hope to wear around on a regular basis once baby arrives. With 6 different carrying positions and size adjustments that make it something both Dad and Mom can use, this sling should fit our needs into toddlerhood.
I first heard about the Aussie made Baba when Maggie posted a video on her blog (note to self – grab awesome new Maxwell Designs button!) demonstrating all that this sling had to offer. I was fascinated, especially by the features that make it easy to discreetly breastfeed in the sling and to simply unclip it to remove it from your body while baby, so you don’t have to unwrap, take baby out, or awkwardly pull it over your head. I do have to say that one of my favorite parts of the video is how the man walking you through the different sling positions casually demonstrates the nursing pose. When I showed the video to my mom during her Christmas time visit, she was equally impressed and encouraged me to purchase it so I could meet my goal of babywearing baby #3.
Toots n’ Tots offered a terrific discount during their Boxing Day sale and I realized that I’d earned $100 earning points through a survey site, so I decided to go ahead and order the Baba. When it finally arrived, I was not disappointed. The sling has a bit of a learning curve (I have definitely not mastered it yet), but comes with step by step instructions. Baba Slings also offers very helpful video instructions for getting started and trying out different poses. I found the Baba to be comfortable, relatively easy to adjust, and generous enough in size for my 2 year-old to fit inside.
My son is a very independent toddler and I was certain he would balk at the idea of being put in a sling. I caught him in a good mood, however, and he got a kick out of the hipstar and side positions. Once I gain a bit more confidence, I plan to try him in a back position. Ezra is a hearty guy and I felt that I could carry him comfortably in the Baba for expeditions, although I plan to primarily use it with our new son beginning in infancy.
Once baby #3 arrives, I will definitely share more of my experiences with the Baba (and other slings), but wanted to share a bit of my excitement over my first big purchase for our newest little guy! I’m also planning a fun event called The Third Time Around featuring reviews and giveaways you won’t want to miss this Spring! If you want to learn more about Baba for yourself or see where you can affordably purchase one in North America, visit