Sleeping Baby Productions SBP | 100% Linen Ring Sling | Grey | Review

 

This carrier is:

  • Sleeping Baby Productions (SBP) brand.
  • Ring sling.
  • 100% linen.
  • Single layer of fabric.
  • Sold in several sizes.
  • Storm Grey is the name SBP  has given this particular colorway.

Words I would use to describe this carrier:

  • sturdy
  • strong
  • airy
  • breathable
  • light

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Last summer I went on a linen ring sling round up. I tried several different brands, looking for a color and shoulder style that suited me.

Linen as a fiber, is strong and sturdy, without stretch, “give” or “bounce.” This solid feeling of it could create a feeling a pressure on the shoulder, especially considering that a ring sling puts all of baby’s weight onto one shoulder. They can be quite supportive of a child’s weight and useful for many ages of children. I have used many brands of linen ring slings, and find them versatile and comfortable for short periods of time (less than one hour of wearing). Linen has grip to the fabric, which helps it stay put in the rings. It is strong, supportive, and sturdy.

The stitching where the fabric attaches to the rings is called the shoulder style. There are several manufacturers with pleated shoulder styles, gathered shoulder styles, or hybrid shoulder styles (some unique combination of pleats and gathers).

Sleeping Baby Productions ring slings are typically made with her pleated shoulder style. She can make them with the Eesti hybrid shoulder style, upon request.

A standard pleated shoulder can be easier to learn to use than a gathered shoulder, since the pleats hold the fabric in place over the wearer’s shoulder cap. Personally, I prefer a gathered or hybrid shoulder style, but this is most certainly a preference according to each wearer.

The linen feels smooth to the touch, with typical linen numbs and texture. Pure linen tends to be rough when new, and require breaking in to become soft. I found this true of the linen used by SBP – it was rough when new. After a wash and iron, it was slightly softer, but would need more use to get truly soft.

The color was a pale, cool grey, versatile and classic.

Sleeping Baby Productions makes linen ring slings upon request, with various colors of linen fabric, sling rings, shoulder stitching, and lengths ranging from XS to XL. The stitching on the shoulder has  beautiful intricate design across the center. When a contrasting ring color is chosen (say turquoise rings with this grey linen fabric), SBP will match the thread color to the rings. This is quite pretty if colored rings are preferred by the wearer.

The size of a ring sling corresponds to the length of the fabric. Most wearers can use several sizes of ring slings comfortably. The smaller the wearer and the smaller the baby, the shorter a sling can be used. The larger the wearer and the larger the baby, the longer a sling may be needed to comfortably wrap around both people. Since ring slings are quite adjustable, the size is also flexible. I wear an S shirt size, and can wear a ring sling in size XS to M. A large sling is too long on me, as it comes to my ankle. My husband wears a size XXL shirt size, and can wear a size M to XL ring sling.

The single-layer of linen made was airy and cool to wear in hot weather. A linen ring sling is one of my must-haves for summer, with almost any age baby. Ring slings are fantastic for nursing in, and useful for “quick ups” (a child wanting up and down frequently, or to be up for just a short time). Ring slings are also helpful for the age when a child fusses at your ankles and wants to be held, but won’t go in a different carrier since it restricts their movement. A ring sling simulates the child’s sensation of being in your arms, held on your hip, but gives the wearer free hands!

We would be thrilled if you would add YOUR OWN review of this carrier! Reader reviews located at the end of the post near the comments section.

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