Thursday, 21 August 2014

Competition: Rockin' Baby Slings and Pouches

 My children are growing and growing and here I am, being offered to review not one, no, two slings. I quickly did a weight check and tick, my smaller than average almost 4 year old (what????) is still within the range. The range of being carried in a sling. Would you believe it.

So we had a bit of fun tonight, for the first time ever I tried out a ring sling. It worked although I'm not sure I want to be carrying 15 kg worth of child any length of time even with the prettiest of ring slings. And neither does she, it was fun for 10 minutes and that was that.

It made me look back though at her baby days, when slinging her was a daily occurrence, it was the quickest and most convenient way of getting about, esp. with a preschooler in tow. I didn't carry Cubling half as much (she didn't like it, not that she liked the pram either but forward facing, the devil of all baby transport modes, was her clear favourite and who am I to argue), but Snowflake ... it was just practical, cuddly, warm and all good.

I'm also rather partial to nice fabrics and if sling manufacturers are good at something, it's definitely choosing fab fabrics.

Which brings me to the slings currently in my box. The Rockin' Baby slings and pouches look a bit different to anything I've used so far, so I was curious. They are handmade in the US and reversible and they are now entering the UK market through a deal with Mothercare who will be stocking them.

The company also has a charitable initiative going, with a strong partnership with mothers in Haiti, a country still very much suffering from the consequences of the earthquake. Every Rockin' Baby sling bought will mean a free sling for a mum in Haiti, to make everyday life a little bit easier, while reducing high infant mortality rates through kangaroo care.

The ring sling is one size with 4 different ways of positioning baby, while the pouches come in different sizes. They also allow 4 different ways of positioning baby, so there's not really much in the two, it's a matter of preference. There's quite a range of fabric prints, all really pretty. Yes, you've guessed it, I wish I had a baby to carry in one of them!

I won't need slings anymore (sob) so one lucky will have the chance to win either the sling or the pouch (size S-M which should fit most mums, you can check on the Rockin Baby website) - your choice, while the second one will be donated to the local sling library. Both sling and pouch are as pictured here with the bold black and white print which is definitely one of my favourites.

To enter the competition to win either the sling or the pouch, please leave a comment below. UK entries only (I'm paying postage myself, and can't really afford to send overseas unless you want chip in the postage through paypal, in which case I'm happy to accept non-UK entries). For an extra entry, share this post on twitter, adding @cartside, so I can see it. You can also share on facebook for an extra entry, please tag @NatureKidsGlasgow.

Of course feel free to follow Rockin' Babies on Facebook. If you don't win, Rockin Baby slings and pouches are available from Mothercare.

Competition closes midnight 31st August 2014. Draw will be by random number generator. Good luck!!!

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Disclosure: I received a pouch and a sling to review, one of which will be given to the lucky competition winner and the other one will be given to the Glasgow sling library.
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3rd Sept: I finally managed to draw the lucky winner, by random number generator. There were 39 entries and I counted them as well as I could chronologically. The random number 18 came up which on my list is Lorna Templeton. Congratulations! The other sling will go to the Glasgow sling library, so people can try it out at sling meets across Glasgow.

37 comments:

leane fabrizio said...

I love babycarrying my 8 month old, its so much easier than having to deal with a pram and an active 2 year old. When carrying it seems to attract some attention "aww he looks cosy in there" etc.
id lobe to try out this new sling and give my other ring sling a rest.

Roisin McNeill said...

Love your blog and would love the sling! Roisin McNeill

Laura Arnott said...

Oohh would love a go but finances mean I can't normally

Georgina Allen said...

I Would love this sling for my baby daughter. I breastfeed too so I love skin on skin bonding with my baby, thus will bring that closer binding when carrying her around which is amazing! Love your blog and hope I win!
Georgina

Leanne Davis said...

I'm new to baby wearing but would love to try this sling I think my wee boy would love it being close to mummy and it looks so pretty so I definitely won't mind wearing it either. Leanne

Hannah ONeill said...

This would be amazing for my new nephew!

Georgie Riches said...

I would love the sling, it's gorgeous! I love wearing my 10 month old but due to pennies, only have a SSC. Would love a sling but can't afford one just now so here's keeping everything crossed!

Lorraine Tinsley said...

Beautiful looking sling, brilliant giveaway. This would be lovely for my daughter.

Sarah G said...

I would love to win this sling! It would be put to good use :)

Fiona Taylor said...

We often use a sling for our 6 month old daughter, she's always a lot calmer when she's close to us. Our current sling is tatty now as it was secondhand when we bought it, so a new one would be a real treat.

Laura Asplin said...

Would love to win this!

Anonymous said...

Would love to win :) @bexallum on twitter

littlemisstrivia said...

Would come in very handy with a second on the way as will leave my hands free to keep number one son under control!!

Koralimba said...

Would love to win as I have a new baby due in November. Always enjoy reading your blog posts!

Laura Asplin said...

I love the idea of a sling to carry my baby closely to me

Lorna Templeton said...

Yes please! I'm due in a few months and would love to try babywearing properly!

Mary Mills said...

This looks like a fab sling that would make carrying my youngest more of a pleasure. Especially with all the running round after her brothers I have to do.

katrina walsh said...

Its rare to see one of these that looks as comfortable for Mummy as it does baby - this looks just the deal!

Juliana said...

I'm due in a couple of months with my first and love the idea of a sling (especially when using public transport!)

Vicki Leaver said...

Oooh have complete sling envy! Would love to win

Emily Phipps said...

Wonderful product :) they're so pretty! Great idea, particularly when you have an older child too - lovely prize!

Laura Ashton said...

Would love to win this so that I can try and then recommend

Anonymous said...

I loved reading about these newer type slings ( I had the traditional sling when my 3 were babies) and this would be a perfect addition for my daughter-in-law and my granddaughter due in January, it would give them super bonding time and bring them closer in a more comfortable position. (I can't wait, 1st time gran). Thanks for the chance. @mrstracyjs on twitter

Steph Lovatt said...

I love carrying my little boy, it would be nice to try a sling as we are only used to taditional carriers at the moment.

jodie harvey said...

oh yes please would love one for my daughter <3

Lauren said...

Fab prize, id love to in one for my sister whos baby is due in november x

Kristy Brown said...

This is a fantastic prize, thank you for the opportunity

Katy McLeod said...

I got rid of my ring sling and now wish I hadn't! Have to carry lo into nursery every day and he is getting far too heavy to carry that far but don't have time to wrap.

Ciara Buckley said...

Due to my sons airway issues a short trip in the pram would lead to him screaming and crying over the inability to regulate his breathing. Babywearing gave us our confidence and freedom back <3

jen said...

amazing giveaway! my wee boy & i love our sling, quite often it's the only thing that settles him. it would be lovely to try a second sling! tweeted about this too!

JKR said...

Would love to win this for my 6 month old son. Have become hooked on babywearing since his premature birth meant lots of kangaroo care.

Sarah Lewis said...

New to baby wearing, I have a 6 week old squish so we're trying to find what works for us.

Linda said...

I really loved the look of this sling. I am expecting second child very soon. I had first son almost 16 years ago and baby wearing was not seen much back then

Lyndsay Farrelly said...

My 8wk old in desperate need of a sling x

Marri McCarville said...

Love a ring sling for sheer ease of getting wee one in and out. Great for when they're fussing to get down to walk or needing fed frequently in the early days. Used RS predominantly with my now 3 year old, and starting again with my 9 week old.

Loving the look of the sling :)

Mishimonster said...

Am due 2nd little boy in 1 week! Loved baby-wearing the first time round but never tried a ring sling, would really like to :-)

Anita said...

I think there is no point to carry an 4 years kid in a sling. They should learn independence for that time.

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