One of the baby-related items I have used the most over the last six and a half years was actually a gift from my doula after the birth of my first baby. At the time, I naively thought that a Baby Bjorn was the only hands-free baby device anyone would ever want or need, but I am so thankful that Megan introduced me to the simplicity of the pouch sling, especially the Minnesota-mama-made ones by BlueBerriest. I have used these, with different carries, for tiny babies within their first week of life as well as for toddlers (up to about 25 pounds) who still consented to being worn. This photo shows me carrying 7-week-old Margaret in the Cherry Blossom sling; she was going on 3 1/2 hours of napping when this was taken, and she woke up calm and smiling! (Magical sleep-sustaining power of sling is not guaranteed.)
What I like best about the Blueberriest pouch slings is that the fabric and the construction of the sling are both very durable. I really appreciate the little bit of give that the small amount of Lycra in the fabric affords. I feel that this helps both baby and me be more comfortable and secure while using the sling, and I have not found this with other pouch slings that I have tried. The first sling that my doula gave me is still in excellent shape for me to continue using it with my fourth child, and it’s not showing any signs of wear despite many, many hours of use. These slings are also very compact, so they are simple to stash in a diaper bag, purse, or even a pocket when not being used.
BlueBerriest slings are machine washable and come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. I dare you to choose just one!