As a mom of 2 boys who are 18 months apart I have done my share of babywearing. I have to admit though that I was quite limited in my confidence and willingness to try new types of carriers. I had two carriers – a stretchy wrap (for the newborn/infant stage) and a Meh Dai (for my heavier toddler). Trying any other type of carrier was out of my comfort zone for whatever reason (let’s not even talk about how overwhelming all the buckles were to me on a structured carrier)!
One option that overwhelmed me right from the start was the Ring Sling. I just couldn’t wrap my brain around this one piece of fabric and the ring – how? I wish I knew then what I know now:
Ring slings are the cat’s meow!
You may be wondering how I came to this conclusion (or you might not be, but stick with me here).
As a Postpartum & Infant Care Doula I spend A LOT of time with families during those first few days, weeks, and months with their new baby. With almost every family a conversation about Babywearing would come up. Now, if the family had a Stretchy Wrap, I was super comfortable with talking about it and doing a demonstration for them, but with any other type I would find myself fumbling and getting nervous.
Our clients expect professional service and great advice from us. I quickly realized that I needed to be educated on Babywearing!
In February of 2018 I completed my Babywearing Educator Level I Training through the Canadian Babywearing School. This coursed covered everything from the historical and cultural aspects of babywearing, to the physiology of babies, safety, the benefits of wearing your baby and so much more. The best part, for me, was the hands on time we spent with every type of carrier. Whether it was a ring sling, stretchy wrap, buckle carrier, meh dai or woven wrap, we spent hours learning about each. We tried them on, compared them, and learned how to help someone assess which carrier best suited their needs and lifestyle.
It was at this point in the training that I reluctantly tried on a ring sling (I already knew I wouldn’t like it). But then it happened. I put the weighted doll into the carrier and, well….
I fell in love with the ring sling!
Sure, the woven wraps are versatile, the buckle wraps are all the rage (who doesn’t know someone with a Baby Bjorn), and the stretchy wraps are available everywhere (literally). But the ring sling appealed to me in a very different way. I can’t even put my finger on why I love them so much, but the moment I began tightening the fabric through the rings the experience felt organic and I connected with this carrier more than the others.
Enter Junior Fox Ring Slings
I had met Milli Fox at our ProDoula Postpartum & Infant Care Training back in 2016 and thought she was a pretty cool human being. I started following her on Instagram and was very impressed when in 2017 she launched her own line of high quality (and made in Toronto, Canada might I add) 100% linen ring slings. So although I paid attention, I didn’t REALLY pay attention because, remember – at this point, I had no interest in ring slings! But fast forward to the weekend after my class and I was ooohing and awwing as I scrolled the Junior Foxes super colourful Instagram feed!
Our clients always ask us for recommendations…
I loved that when I would recommend Junior Foxes Ring Slings to our clients that I was supporting a local entrepreneur (mompreneur actually), that the product was high quality, and that it was, well: fashionable, practical and badass (have you seen those prints – they are to die for)!
But I wanted to do more than just recommend these slings, and now that our online boutique is up and running – we can!
DRUM ROLL PLEASE….
We are thrilled to announce that we are Now “carrying”
(see what I did there?)
Junior Foxes Ring Slings
through our online boutique!
Whether you’re looking to make a statement with a bold print or hoping to find a versatile pattern that works with every outfit, we’ve got the perfect ring sling for you and we couldn’t be more excited!
Enjoy the babywearing experience!
Carol Anne is the co-owner of Lifetime of Love Doula Services, is a grand-daughter, daughter, niece, aunt, godmother and wife. She is also called “mama” by two incredible, energetic and inquisitive boys. It was during her first pregnancy that she learned about the benefits of having a doula and knew in her heart that this was a career and passion she wanted to pursue.