"Closer to Mama, Happier the Baby."
The first week of March, I introduced you to Rebecca of Li'l Peeper Keepers, you can go back and read that here if you missed it. Getting to know Rebecca over the course of time in preparation for this series has been a blessing, even other Etsy sellers have told me how delightful it is to do business around her. The past few days I have introduced you to several different slings that I have had the pleasure to enjoy such as Rockin' Baby Sling, BabyEtte Boutique Super Wide Ring Slings, Comfy Joey Ring Sling, and will spotlight HAVA Slings tomorrow, but today is my absolute treasure. Of all the slings that I have experienced, none surpass my Li'l Peeper Keepers Tencel Ring Sling. Rebecca was an absolute doll and sent me a Deliciously Soft Cranberry Tencel Twill Ring Sling for review with an instructional DVD.
When it arrived, I was feeling a little down, because I was having difficulty truly adjusting the shoulders and being comfortable in a certain other sling (although the Enginerd assured me it was just me as the sling worked for him just fine). I opened my package to find the sling deliciously wrapped with a bow and was absolutely stunned with how beautiful the shade of cranberry is in the fabric. I popped in the DVD and figured that this might be a different experience.
Everyone that I talked to had raved over ring slings and loved them. And up to this point I was skeptical that they were for me. I watched the video and within minutes we were carrying around the house like a pro. AppleBlossom loved it! I love it! It is so soft and the embroidery stitching is so pretty and elegant. This is the sling and with the video is how I really started to see what I was doing incorrectly before. Because of Li'l Peeper Keepers I can wear my other slings with comfort as well. But I still love my Li'l Peeper Keepers Sling the best.
ABOUT LI'L PEEPER KEEPER CARRIERS: Great care has been taken to make sure that these carriers are sewn with quality and safety in mind. Pouches are sewn with a reinforced seam, known as a French seam, to shape the carrier. Ring sling fabrics are chosen with care as to style and strength, and each sling is carefully reinforced at the rings.
Babywearing is both a joy and a responsibility. Although Babywearing is simple, it will take practice and precautions, just like anything else. Don’t expect you or your baby to “sling like a pro” the very first time. Keep at it – it’s worth the effort!
Most of the review products were arriving shortly before my flight to Atlanta was planned (to go help out after my mom's surgery). I was desperate to figure out what would be best. I was thinking that I wanted to do a wrap, because then AppleBlossom would be fully covered and less surface area for do-good "I wanna touch the baby" strangers... but I read that you might have to take it off at the security depending on the staff and procedures. And I was not about to have to balance a baby on my lap and attempt to tie a wrap. So then I was trying to decide on the soft structured carriers. Again, with a Mei Tai or Carrier I would have to put her down or balance her to get it right. But the sling... well the sling I could just pop over my shoulder then maneuver her into it... that could work! Well let me tell you, it did work. It worked like a charm!
When we arrived at the airport, in the check in line, I put AppleBlossom in the sling. She cuddled up to me and we were set. She fell asleep during take off, woke up a little into the flight (probably at full altitude) and sang at the top of her lungs lightly wrapped in the sling during the flight, she nursed twice in the sling and we had full coverage, then I wrapped her up, snugged her down on to my lap (on her back) and she slept through the landing and continued to sleep while I diembarked, made my way through the airport to baggage claim and did not stir until I loaded her into the car seat in my dad's car. Now that screams comfort! I was comfortable and so glad that I had her right with me and did not have to worry about any technicalities or discomfort of untying or wrapping or carrying the car seat. We did have to take it off through security, but I just held her, placed the sling through the machine, grabbed it back on, situated and we were off. It was so simple, peaceful and honestly a delight.
It was the only carrier I took with me to Georgia and it was all I needed. I used it around the house while helping my mom and then when I went out on errands. It was so simple and so beautiful (it makes me feel beautiful *wink*). Through out my trip I had (no kidding) more than four people ask me about it and where I got it. (Which of course sent me off on a tanget about babywearing). One woman even tried to buy it off my back. (Well if I was not in so much love, and had not just boarded the airplane... I could always buy another.)
Speaking of buying another!! I'm already planning a part of our tax rebate to buy me another one... perhaps a purple or green shade (have you seen my blog *wink*)... but only the Tencel for me thanks! The fabric is dreamy. It is so soft and really elegant. I would not hesitate to wear it to a fancy event as well as every day. The Tencel Twill is available from Li'l Peeper Keepers in a handful of colors and they are all lovely.
Why choose a print that you have to consider "matching" your outfits to? Here is a solid sling that is certainly not "plain." The beautiful, natural fabric drapes with a softness that is complimented with the contrast decorative stitching, our LPK trademark.
A good basic for any beginning or advanced baby wearer, a tencel twill ring sling combines durability with softness. This fabric has a good heft to it as well as a beautiful drape and a rich color. Tencel is a natural fiber, made from the cellulose in trees. The twill weave adds even more strength to this natural fiber. This luscious cranberry color has slight variations of color in it. A versatile solid, you won't need to be particularly concerned about "matching," either. Yet, with the contrast tan stiching, this sling certainly is not "plain."
This is a great sling to begin your baby wearing experience with or else add as a basic addition to your sling collection. Because of its neutral color and accompanying DVD, it would also make a great gift for a baby shower. Easy care: machine wash cool; tumble dry low. MADE IN USA!
Each carrier comes with a DVD telling/showing step by step how to carry a child in numerous positions. Useable from infant through 35 pounds. The rings we use are designed to be used for babywearing. The rings used nonwelded aluminum rings from the US company slingrings.com.
I just love the shoulder and it truly is the most comfortable for me. Like BabyEtte Boutique, Li'l Peeper Keepers also has a fancy embellishment stitch on the shoulder and hem, but LPK has it all the way around the sling and I really love it. (Good grief, you'd think I could come up with something more to say that just repeating I love it!)
Tencel Twill Ring Slings are not the only thing that Li'l Peeper Keeper carries, in fact she also has lots to offer in the way of Dupioni Silk Ring Slings, Linen and Tencel Slings, Cotton Ring Slings, Pouch Slings, Baby Wraps, and Toy Pouch Slings as well as other baby necessities. (Keep watching my babywearing series to hear more about her pouches and wraps!) Now hmm... if only I could combine the Super Wide of BabyEtte with the Tencel Twill and contrast decorative stitching all around of Li'l Peeper Keepers...
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