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Why I Won’t Put My Baby in a Stroller (Plus, Soul Ring Slings Worldwide Giveaway and Review)

Soul ring Sling

I can still feel the softness of my baby on my body! I’ve just now come and sat at my laptop to write this article – after cozying her into sleep. I nursed her first and then carried her in both my arms with her body close to my chest and my face touching hers. She likes my cheeks against hers. And, I relish her feel. That feeling of holding your baby so close – so very close that you can melt into her warmth and softness, this emotion is beyond the realm of words and expression. Yet, you know what I’m saying…

Some days she likes to sleep by being carried in my arms, other times she just wants me to tuck her into the bed while I sit close or lay near her. There are no rules out here. But, mostly, she loves my touch, the warmth of my voice (“mamma is here” or a song or mantra) as she drifts into sleep.

Having experienced such close contact with my babies – first Pari and now Sufiana, I can’t fathom how babies feel and thrive when they are carried in those container-like things – those basket-like hand-held carriers dangling at knee level. Or, babies snapped into a stroller, almost completely draped with a blanket, being pushed around in isolation. No contact, no touch, no interaction. My heart really shrinks at such sights.

On the other hand, a baby in arms or in a sling/carrier – snuggled with the mother – the mother nursing the baby or talking to him/her, the baby feeling secure due to the touch, the warmth – I resonate with that.

So, this blog post today is unique. Because, this topic is close to my heart. And, there’s something for you and your baby to win. There’s a giveaway! A ring sling for all you mammas and papas (and, would-be parents) from the beautiful mamma of two – Chinmayie of Soul Ring Slings. It’s a worldwide giveaway. So, don’t hesitate to enter – no matter which part of the world you live in.

Carrying my baby – in arms or in the sling is beautiful and beneficial in so many ways – for my baby’s emotional needs, health, learning. We have no stroller or any other carry-device. I think a stroller not only isolates my baby and hinders communication and touch between her and me, it’s also inconvenient and impractical – specially here in Goa with beaches where-ever you go. A stroller can’t be pushed around on sand; one has to end up lifting it from point A to B. Even in crowded streets and places where there are steps or pavements, I feel it’s hard to maneuver the stroller. A ring sling or a baby carrier, in comparison, can be a boon when outdoors.

There are so many benefits to carrying your baby up and close – in arms, in sling or a carrier. I’ve been researching a on this topic and felt like I must share in this blog post, some of the key points.

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The miracle of touch!

A baby who’s in close contact with the mother will be more content, happy and alert; will sleep better and grow well. Of all the senses that infants experience, the sense of touch is the most profound. The warmth of the mother’s skin helps regulate their body temperature, their heart rate, breathing, their overall sense of well-being. So much so that preemies (babies that are not full term) or full term babies who are underweight can gain health and vigour by being round-the-clock with their mother in skin-to-skin contact or Kangaroo Mother Care. There is no separation of the mother and her baby.

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The Next Nine Months!

Babies need and want to be touched, held, snuggled for a long, long time after their birth. It’s said that the nine months that the babies live inside the womb is not long enough for their gestation to be complete. They take birth because they have to – due to the large size of their heads. But, the gestation continues for the next nine months after the baby is born. Their growth and brain development happens if womb-like warmth is provided by keeping in affectionate touch (and loving communication) with the mother for the next nine months.

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Encourages Exclusive Breastfeeding

It’s been seen that mothers who carry their babies in arms, sling or carrier are more likely to nurse them often, interact with them and involve them in their daily activities. When the baby is close at heart – and at eye-level, the mother can take cues to nurse in a timely way. And, the baby doesn’t need to cry it out to be able to communicate. Less gap between feedings will mean more fat content in the breast milk that the baby will get.

Baby-wearing (hmm…odd name!)

You might find it strange, but I didn’t know, until recently, that carrying your baby in a carrier or sling is called Baby-wearing.  Well, yes – the name baby wearing sounds odd to me because it conveys you WEAR your baby on yourself. Infact, I’ve read and heard many mothers talk this way, “I wear my baby…”. Why would you “wear” your baby? Is she/he a piece of clothing, an accessory?

I wear the sling and carry my baby in it. Or, I hold my baby in it. Even, I snuggle my baby in it. I feel, we should use the words properly. For, words can shape our thoughts.

But then, even though the term baby-wearing sounds inappropriate, the intention and science behind carrying the baby in a sling or a carrier is based on sound research and study. (article by Dr. Sears)

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Receiving The Soul Ring Sling

Hence, when Chinmayie of Soul Ring Slings contacted me recently to ask if I’d like a Ring Sling for my baby and then review it, I said yes.

And yet, I took a while to say yes.

For one, I hesitate to review products on my blog – that dilutes my focus and purpose of this blog. I’ve always put my energy and intention into sharing stories and learnings from my life – as an unschooling mother and as a life-long learner.

Secondly, I have a baby carrier from when Sufiana was two months old that she rejected again and again. I never got around to using it because she didn’t want to be carried in it – even though it’s the best that I’ve found here in India. It’s ergonomic, made of soft cotton. But, Sufiana refused to stay in it. And, I retired it to the cupboard after a few trials. Hence, I wasn’t sure if the Soul Ring Sling by Chinmayie would go down well with my baby.

Finally, Sufiana was already into her active crawling and standing stage when Chinmayie wrote to me. And, I was more comfortable carrying her in my arms – when indoors. It gave me the flexibility to pick her and leave her to play and explore independently more frequently and with ease, than a carrier would allow.

But after some thought I went ahead and said yes to Chinmayie. I thought I could try the sling option of carrying Sufiana when outdoors; specially at the beach. I love to take long walks on the beach but carrying her constantly in my arms or Avie’s can be tiring and back-breaking.

I thought, if it would work for Sufiana and for me, reviewing the Soul Sling on my blog would open up options for other mothers and babies, especially in India – where we’ve had no ring slings so far in the market. So, I drew an exception to review this particular product.

Our Soul Ring Sling

As I received this gorgeous yellow ring sling in high quality fabric, I couldn’t wait to carry Sufiana in it. I went through the manual and a video of how to wear it to carry your baby. And, off we headed for a long walk along the fields.

We were in for a joyful surprise.

The very first time Sufiana sat there – wrapped by the Soul Ring sling – taking in the beautiful sights and sounds as I walked briskly, pausing every once a while to show her something or the other, she was comfortable. She never once protested as she had done in the carrier. I walked along for 10 minutes. She was happy. Another 10 minutes passed. I was heading further and further along the fields. It was almost dark by then. But, both she and I were so happy, I couldn’t stop. Good for us that Avie was with us so we could negotiate back home in the dark – the fireflies glowing in the paddy fields. I could walk that whole distance and back home – all by myself, without handing her over to the hubby, which we normally do when we carry her in our arms – I hold her for a while and then he takes over. We take turns.

But, with the ring sling, I could carry Sufiana the whole time with ease, while Avie walked with Pari. Pari was glad for the exclusive company of her father. And, Sufiana was happy in the sling – amused by the dangling fabric on my right side and the ring on my shoulder!

Soul Ring Slings Mommy Labs

After that evening walk by the fields, I’ve carried her in the ring sling when walking on the beach mostly. The soul ring sling has made our beach walks much more relaxing. I must add that, before i put Sufiana in the sling, we spend ample time playing with her in the water. I never put her in the sling right away because that would deprive her from free play in the sand and in water.

At home, I still prefer to carry her in my arms because I feel that gives the freedom to her to move around a lot and come to me to be picked up when she wants. Carrying her in arms means that I can put her back on the floor (for play) more frequently.

Practical and Convenient When Indoors

If your baby is younger, the Soul Ring Sling can be a great help indoors too. You can carry your baby when doing chores; your baby can be a part of your day watching and learning from the real world, at the same time being in close contact with you. Let’s face it, however much a mother may want to be with her baby for as long as possible, there are chores to be finished, meals to be cooked, other kids to attend to and care for. So, the ring sling helps you do both – you can be with your baby while you’re going about your day.

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Independent Play, Quiet Time and Physical Activity is Equally Important

As much as I recommend carrying babies in sling (for intimacy and convenience), I feel one need not (actually, must not) carry the baby for long hours. I feel that when my baby is happy and content, she should be given the freedom to be by herself exploring her environment at her own will and pace. Our babies are far more wise and intelligent and capable than we think them to be. They ought to get their own quiet time to relax, reflect and just be. They don’t need to be continually stimulated by our adult world.

babies need to play

Also, babies need physical activity as much as we do. They need to stretch, curve, roll, raise their arms and feet to gaze at them, put their feet in the mouth. They want to lie down on their back and tummy. All this physical activity is excellent for their growth and development, including brain development. Hence, being strapped or wrapped for long is not ideal. Sufiana, for one, never wants to be carried for long – at home or outdoors. The moment she’s at the beach, she wants to be in water!

Intimacy with Mother is Vital for Babies’ Content

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The fact is – for babies to be content and happy (so they enjoy their own quiet time and play independently), they must have received their intimate and quality time with the mother – her touch, talk, interaction, love, cuddles, nursing. A good ring sling can go a long way in ensuring all of this. And, the Soul Ring Sling, in my opinion and experience, can provide this experience to the mother and the baby.

The Soul Ring Slings come in a range of heart-warming colours. And the fabric they’re made of is soft, breathable cotton linen, which is gentle on the baby’s body. Check out Soul Sling’s Pinterest page.

I’ve experienced that wearing the ring sling right is the key. Wear it wrong and you can end up with strained neck or shoulder and stiff back. So, check out the Soul Slings videos to see how you can wear your ring sling.

how NOTto wear the ring sling

In the picture above, I’m carrying Sufiana in our yard. This was the first time I wore the sling. As some of you have figured out, I’m NOT wearing it right – the fabric on my right shoulder is gathered up rather than being spread out and down. So, though I didn’t realise the strain then, I felt it later.

Now, for the Giveaway

Soul Sling Giveaway Mommy Labs

Chinmayie has offered to give away this mint-coloured cotton sling from her latest Classic Cotton Linen Blend series. It’s soft as cotton is and sturdy as a Linen. It’s good to carry your infant or toddler. The fabric is soft, so you can adjust it easily and wear with ease no matter you’re a beginner wearer or experienced.

This giveaway is open to all of you around the world – no matter where you live.

Bonus!

Chinmayie is also offering a flat 12% discount on any sling they you buy from her website. To avail the discount offer, use the coupon code ‘MOMMYLABS12‘.

The coupon will be valid starting today (Nov. 19), for a month.

How to Enter the Giveaway:

To enter the giveaway, I request you to leave a comment below sharing why you’d like to win this Soul Ring Sling. That’s it.

But, hey. Wait! You can get a second entry – by sharing a story about your child – a story that highlights the bond between you and your child.

But, this is optional. Share if you’d like a second entry in your name. Share, even if you don’t want to win the sling. Who wouldn’t want to read such lovely stories of mammas and babies. I sure do!

The giveaway ends on November 28 – until midnight – any time zone.

Chinmayie is celebrating her son’s first birthday today. Head over to Soul Slings facebook page to share your greetings and join the celebration.

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Finally, what’s your experience and learning with regard to carrying your baby – indoors and outdoors? Did you use a sling or a carrier or did you prefer any other way? Do share if you feel like. And, enter the giveaway to win for yourself or for a mother/father (because fathers want to carry their babies too) and baby you know, who might find it useful.

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  • Varsha November 18, 2014, 4:34 pm

    Wow awesome review, lovely baby. And nice blog. Its my first visit!
    For the giveaway. Well I have 2 slings, one linen and one cotton. So owning a third one, with best of both is only the next logical step. And nothing like winning one, right?!

    • Rashmie November 19, 2014, 12:12 am

      Varsha, wow, I can see that you love slings. All the best for the third one 🙂
      Thank you for visiting and sharing your comment.

  • Revathi November 18, 2014, 5:10 pm

    Nice article of Baby-Wearing. I actually heard of Soul Ring Slings through Facebook and i browsed for Baby wearing pros & cons. And i am glad that i found the right thing. I even suggested to my Sisters and Sister-In-Laws. I am not a Mother or Expecting-Mother-to-be. But i wanted the right things for my baby. I wanted to give my baby the best things right after the Womb. I am waiting for Expecting-Mother-to-be for ordering the Ring Slings. Would be happy if i get my first one as a Gift from you all.

    • Rashmie November 19, 2014, 12:13 am

      Happy to know you, Revathi. All the best for the giveaway…

  • Syarifah Syazrah November 18, 2014, 6:07 pm

    I’ve always loved babywearing. Now that my two kids are no longer babies (they’re 4 and 3 years old) and i am a single parent, my only chance of babywearing is to wear my two newborn niece and nephew. I just love seeing them fall asleep while i wear them. The calm, contented faces are just too precious and i am glad to be able to share the love of babywearing with my family. If i win this giveaway, I’d pass the ringsling to my siblings so they can babywear their babies too ♡

    Thank you for the opportunity!

    • Rashmie November 19, 2014, 12:15 am

      I hope you win, Syarifah, and be able to pass on the ring sling to your siblings for them to carry their babies. Thank you for the connection here.

  • Kuhoo November 18, 2014, 6:45 pm

    Lovely post as always Rashmie 🙂
    I have read a lot abt baby wearing n its awesome benefits. Have been a member of babywearing fb group also n seen babies so happy content n gorgeous being carried. Its convenient for the mother too. With my baby arriving in the next few months, cant waitto carry him/her :))) and soul slings are gorgeous! I would love to have one in my stash!!!

    • Rashmie November 19, 2014, 12:22 am

      Wow, Kuhoo, what awesome news. 🙂 Hugs to you and best wishes.

  • Parvathi Subramaniam November 18, 2014, 6:58 pm

    For a long time now, I have always wondered why parents “harass” children carrying them in car-seats even when they are out of car or boring strollers where they are very restricted. The first time I saw Soul Slings, I was quite thrilled. I do not have children yet but I have begun shopping 🙂 I cannot wait to wear the sling….

    • Rashmie November 19, 2014, 12:25 am

      Parvathi, you’re right about the car seats and the strollers. And then, there are the cribs and play pens and bouncers…wow – whole lot of devices to ‘contain’ and confine babies away from the mother. I wish we’d go back to traditional wisdom and ways….

      Best wishes to you and hugs for the would-be motherhood…

  • Sharon November 18, 2014, 7:23 pm

    It may sound funny, but one of the main things I miss is my sling and holding my kiddos. They are way to big for that now, as two of them are almost the same height as I am! I loved, loved, loved my sling! I had a very difficult time parting with it. This is a terrific post. I recommend slings to everyone I know who is having a little one. Unfortunately, it is against the “norm” here so they are not very prevalent. I have to agree that it makes me sad when I see babies being pushed around. Thank you for sharing!

    • Rashmie November 19, 2014, 11:20 am

      Wow, glad to know you’re an avid supporter of the sling, Sharon. I didn’t understand the part about “against the norm”? Where do you live?

  • Meag Olson November 18, 2014, 7:42 pm

    What a beautiful post! I love carrying my babies instead of pushing them in a contraption. I’ve only ever used a carrier but never a sling and now that my 7 month old is getting heavier and I know I need to try a sling. My mom bought me a double stroller and although I am grateful for her generosity all I want to do is trade it in for a really beautiful sling. Hopefully I can win a sling instead 😉

    • Rashmie November 19, 2014, 12:30 am

      Yes, Meag, now is the time to have a ring sling. I hope you win 🙂

    • Rashmie December 2, 2014, 9:43 pm

      So, yes, YOU are the winner, Meag! Your entry (# 8) came up in the random.org lottery that I did. Congratulations!
      Sending you a mail too so you can write back to me with your postal address, which I’ll send to Chinmayie of Soul Ring Slings. She’ll ship it to you.

      Much love…
      Rashmie

  • Meag Olson November 18, 2014, 7:57 pm

    When I had my first baby, Lily, I fell head over heels in love with her the moment I saw her. We were inseparable from the moment she was born. Lily and I went through my husbands deployment together and our bond only intensified. When my husband came home we knew we wanted to expand our little family. I was terrified. Could I love another child like I love Lily? I contemplated only having my one baby for a long time. God had other plans. I was immediately pregnant. My heart was so overjoyed yet broke at the same time. Lily wouldn’t have me to herself. I thought I would have to love her less to love this new one. Then Evie Mae was born. She was perfect. My heart, my love, my world…GREW! Lily is now a big sister and an amazing one at that. Evie and I are now inseparable. She sleeps cuddled up in the crook of my body while my big girl snuggles up along side my back. My girls are gifts from God. I did not know love until I met them. Thanks for letting me share my love for my girls.

    • Rashmie November 19, 2014, 12:29 am

      Wow, what a beautiful, heart-melting story of bond and love with your two daughters. And, your writing touched the chords of my heart. Thank you, for sharing, Meag. Much love to you and best wishes so you win…

  • Rutba Bhatia November 18, 2014, 8:01 pm

    Rashmie….i started following your blog and there is destiny behind it. I am a chartered accountant and busy altogether in my professional life. Then comes this news that i am expecting…the most loving news. On account of medical reasons, i have to take bed rest for full term of my pregnancy. And there i need constant guidance and support which i got from your writings. I not only reading your current writings but also previous ones.

    I would definitely tried upon your opinions when baby arrives. Thank you for sharing post which gives way to connect to babies. 🙂

    • Rashmie November 19, 2014, 12:36 am

      Rutba, first off – congratulations for your soon to arrive baby. Sorry that you have to be in bed for the entire period. it must not be easy but then if this is what is required, so be it. Make the most of your time resting. I feel honoured that you consider my articles as guidance. That means a lot to me. Really. It’s response from people like you that encourages me to keep sharing my lessons learned and experiences.
      So, thanks a ton – from my heart.
      wishing you the very best for yourself and for your baby. Love…

  • Madhu November 18, 2014, 8:46 pm

    Rashmie, I agree with you, its a wonderful feeling, this being carried around. Mine baby (no more a baby) is now 3 years old and even now I love carrying her (and she loves being carried around).
    When it came to stroller, it was a God send for me in the initial few months. My hubby was working most days and when I take her for a walk (as early as when she was 4 weeks old), it felt safer to leave her in the stroller (facing me) than me holding her in her heavy winter gear and my additional layers, her diaper bag, my water/keys etc. Luckily for us, all the roads are paved sidewalks which make it safer. But over all, you are right about the special bond which comes from being in close contact with babies.

    • Rashmie November 19, 2014, 11:18 am

      Madhu, I totally understand the part about carrying your baby in all that bulky winter clothing. When we went from Goa to Delhi (2 weeks after Sufi’s birth), it was bone chilling cold in Delhi. The homes there are not centrally heated. The marble floors feel like ice. Gosh, it’s terrible. I tried to carry Sufiana in a carrier for my evening walks but as I mentioned in the article above – she didn’t like being in it. So, I had no choice but to carry her in my arms. Stroller wasn’t going to work for us. I felt she would be safe and warm in my arms. But, I’m not rejecting the stroller altogether. It may have its place in certain situations; and a mother can still consciously keep communicating every now and then by halting and sitting down by the stroller. The isolation of the baby can be reduced.

  • donna hodgson November 19, 2014, 4:04 am

    I love the idea of keeping the baby so close to you, as I have a new grandson that I will be sharing experiences with when his Mummy goes back to work, and the Soul Ring Sling looks so natural and supportive, I would LOVE to win one .

    • Rashmie November 19, 2014, 11:23 am

      Donna, I haven’t seen a grandma wearing a sling to carry the grandchild. It would be a lovely moment in itself. I hope you win. 🙂

  • leena chawla November 19, 2014, 6:04 pm

    #MuchAwaitedGiveaway Because Deetya’s Papa would love being a Mommy Kangaroo all the time & I’d love to experience this unique Baby Wearing Method.

  • Miquela November 20, 2014, 1:03 am

    The ring sling sounds lovely, and I love the pictures where you and Sufi are looking at each other. Such love in your gazes.

    I have a homemade carrier that I’ve used with both of my children. One day, while out walking with Soëlie snuggled against me in her carrier, I passed a group of elderly men. One of them grumped to the others, “I just hate seeing babies carried around like that!” I didn’t engage with him, but I thought, “How odd that someone would be so vehemently opposed to something so natural.”

    A change of subject, and perhaps out of line, but I can’t post on Pari’s blog and wanted her to know that I’ve been trying. (Actually, I just had a problem trying to post here, so this might bounce back or get double posted. )This is my latest message, if you wouldn’t mind passing it on to her:

    Hello, Pari. I hope you don’t think I haven’t been interested in your blog posts. For some reason, my comments are not going through. To answer your question from your previous post, yes I believe God exists.

    And from this one, yes, I’ve kept dead critters before, and so does Soëlie. Some months ago, we went to the beach and while her papa learned to kite surf, she played all day with a dead jellyfish that she named “Sandy.” I didn’t let her take Sandy home, though. 😛

    • Rashmie December 1, 2014, 8:28 pm

      Dear Miquela,
      Sorry for the late reply. I’ve had a lot going on in the past week. Beautiful that you use a home-made carrier. I presume you sewed it yourself? you’re so creative and talented anyways. And, wow, that was so prejudiced of those men to comment in that way…
      I think you may have stopped by to educate them and help them understand why how you’re holding your baby is not harsh but loving and caring.

      I let pari know what you wrote about her blog post. I hope you’ll be able to comment on her blog posts in the future. let me know if you’re not able to. For, we’ll look into it/ pari loves to read your thoughts.
      Much love to Soëlie.

  • Linda F November 20, 2014, 4:33 am

    inwould love to win this. I currently have a snuggle that I wear my almost 7 month old in but the seat is not wide enough and her legs just sort of dangle which I have been told is not the best thing for their hips. I love wearing my baby. She and I have such a bond that she just loves to be with me. She sleeps so well when being worn close to me. It is the main way she lets her daddy hold her. Nursing her and wearing her are the two best things for her and help make my life a bit easier. She is the clingiest of my 3 kids, mainly because she was born with a hearing loss so in the early stages after she was born it was the only way for me to give my arms a break was by putting her in the carrier. Now it is the only essential I have outside of the diaper bag….

    • Rashmie December 1, 2014, 8:33 pm

      Dear Linda – thank you for the connection here and for sharing some pieces from your story with your baby. I admire you….
      Love to you and three kids…

  • Julia Konon November 20, 2014, 5:25 am

    Rashmie, your article is awesome and was really helpful for me! Thanks a lot! Our little Mishel doesn’t like stroller at all. And I was really upset about it, because other mothers manage to walk with their babies in strollers for hours. I can’t, it was 20 min maximum. After your article I feel happy and calm, coz I think I do the same thing. So I always carry her in babycarrier or hipsit. Hipsit is uncozy for me, and babycarrier now is uncomfortable for Mishel she is 12 kilos now. So I started looking for ring sling week ago . And was happy to find your article with this bonus 🙂 That would be rreally funny if we win:) and Christmas present will come from warm India to cold Belarus 🙂 kiss and hugs from Konon family 🙂

    • Rashmie December 2, 2014, 11:15 pm

      Dear Julia – sorry for the late reply.
      I was delighted when I read your comment and got to know about MIshel.
      Mishel is very attached to you – no doubt and hence she won’t stay in the stroller.

      Sorry that you didn’t win the sling. (I posted sometime back about who the winner is). Bu then, you can go ahead and buy the sling from the Soul ring Slings site and use the coupon code to get a discount. You’re right – it’s a synchronicity that the Christmas present will go from warm India to cold Belarus.
      Kisses and hugs from all of us here.

  • Pradeep Chawla November 20, 2014, 3:03 pm

    As a Daddy of a Princess that I only Dreamt of, I wish to be a dedicated Father, who could love his Daughter as much as a mother does & make her feel the sense of much profound touch. I wish to win the soul ring sling so that I can curl up My Lil Girl i my arms like the most comfortable place in the world to be…

  • chethana surpur November 21, 2014, 8:47 pm

    The first thing I bought when I came to know that I was pregnant was a stroller, coz I thought it wsd easy to use. Never realized it was not easy on the baby. When I started using it I felt I was missing something when ever o went out. Soon realised I am no mother without my baby on me. That is when I realized I need to baby wear for my baby’s comfort and my sanity. So I reviewed soul slin and thought my baby is too figity amd might slip from it. This until I met chinmaye at a meet and showed me how safe and easy it is to use. Since then I have been craving to own a ring sling. So I hope I do win.

  • Christalynne Rodrigues November 21, 2014, 9:30 pm

    Well im a first timer mom to be….I honestly would love to win a ring sling cause its not just that its something fasionable but is truly by sight a comfortable looking aid tht helps carry my baby and hold him or her close , is very easy to strap on and the extended cloth helps in easy breast feeding while out in public…I live in dubai and honestly havnt come across anyone who uses it here….my husband loves the whole idea of a ring sling and doesnt mind getting colors tht he can wear as well……I love love love d ring sling n really wish to win….gonna be a mom in a couple of months n excited to be holdin my little pumpkin in my arms……make me an extremely happy mama to be:)

  • chethana surpur November 21, 2014, 10:59 pm

    I would like to share something about my baby as well. I have had 2 miscarriages before I gave up on having a baby all together. Drove myself crazy into work. Then started falling ill very often and even broke my leg. So one such visit to the doctor I came to know that I am 5months pregnant!!!. I have done everything taken antibiotic, got drunk , taken x-ray everything what I was not supposed to do. But still my boi was strongly snuggled inside me. Dats when I realized I have a strong one inside me. When he was born I think me and hubby cried louder than the baby did 😉

    • Rashmie December 6, 2014, 10:38 pm

      Replying late to your comment, Chethana. But, wow, I was blown away by the spiritual and bodily strength of your baby in your womb. He’s a miracle. All babies are…we only need to see them such rather than mere extensions of our own selves.

  • Mini November 22, 2014, 9:10 am

    I am no longer a young mother. I raised two incredible boys to manhood. One married an older woman who had already had half-grown children. My other one died at age 25 after battling leukemia for nearly 7 years. I will never have a grandchild.
    My boys were born at a time when breastfeeding was taboo but I loved it because I loved that closeness. I could not get enough of holding my child. Every night I sang to them and rocked them to sleep until I could no longer hold them comfortably in my lap. My boys taught me about a love that is indescribable!
    While I carried and held my babies as much as I could, I look back now after losing my son and wish that I had held him a little longer and a little closer; wish that I had sung him more songs, wish that I had spent more time listening, wish that I had been more patient, wish that I had appreciated his unique personality more intensely. But my greatest wish is that young mothers today will understand that time doesn’t stand still and that tiny babies become young adults right before their eyes. I wish that they would realize that nothing is worth missing out on so much of their tiny child’s life. I wish more mothers would hold their babies more often.
    While most people our age are paying off their mortgage and preparing for retirement, we are starting over after reeling from the medical bills. But I would never trade any financial hardship for one moment of the time spent with my sons and I would give all I had to hold my oldest just one more time and feel him lay his head on my shoulder and say, “You’re the bestest mom in the world”.
    I don’t necessarily need a sling as I will most likely never carry a baby very often again. I would however, pass it on to a young mother who may desire one and may not be able to afford one..

    • Rashmie December 6, 2014, 10:50 pm

      Dear Mini – writing back late but just wanted to tell you that I’ve thought about you often ever since I read what you shared. The first time I read, I had a lump in my throat. Sending you hugs and a piece of my heart-felt love.
      You are indeed, “the bestest mom in the world’ my dear. The love you have showered on your boys have made their childhood special.
      And, thank you for the reminder that, “time doesn’t stand still and that tiny babies become young adults right before their eyes.” I look at my baby and consider myself so fortunate to be able to mother a little one after I had my first one nine years back.

  • Nikita Jain November 23, 2014, 11:58 pm

    What a beautiful and honest review, and what a beautiful mother daughter duo. I am a new mother and I am not sure why but I always believed in carrying babies, I have strong faith in mothers touch, probably because my mothers touch calms me down even now. My baby is 4 mo old now and even when he was just few days old he used to crave for my lap or anybody lap for that matter, I have spend numerous hours together just holding him and keeping him in my lap despite everybody around asking me not to do that because he will get habitual of it. And suddenly one day he graduated to bed happily, I love the fact that I am raising a happy kid, I know how holding him contributed in making him emotionally secure.

    Since the time I have learnt about Chinmaye’s soul ring slings, I am eyeing on them and it’s about time I get one because after delivery first time I am travelling to our home, where I won’t be getting the family support to keep a check on my baby when I do the daily chores, also now is the time to take him outdoors, he is big enough and we will be needing the daily dose of Sun in Delhi’s harsh winters.

    I have been asking around in various mommy groups for a preloved Soul ring sling which is lying unused for any reason, I will probably also end up buying from their just to get a feel n check my baby’s comfort level. But it would be just great if I win a fresh piece in this giveaway :). I will be really happy and so I feel my baby :).

    P.S Rashmie I am so glad I landed on your blog through this contest, you write beautifully and so so honestly.

    Also I have also few posts sharing my feelings post motherhood, but I blog anonymously, not sure I should share the link here,

  • Tara E November 24, 2014, 2:39 am

    would love this to carry my 16 mo old and my new baby in Feb.

  • Tara E November 24, 2014, 2:41 am

    i’m not sure what kind of story to tell about the bond between my child and me… i do love though that when she is sick, sometimes all the comfort she needs is her mommy. 🙂

  • Tara E November 24, 2014, 2:50 am

    oh yeah, i shared too!

  • Haripriya November 24, 2014, 12:03 pm

    Looking at the wonderful pictures and the bonding between you and Sufi that emerges visually from them, I would like to try using a Soul Sling too. My daughter is 9 months old now and my life has changed a lot since she was born. I made some decisions, some right and some important ones that went wrong midway. I decided to join full-time work when she was 5 months old and after these four months, I have decided to quit full-time and get back to my princess at home. All this because: my bond with her wasn’t growing strong and weaning her off during the day at 5 months meant her weight gain going slow. As I went off to work, she would prefer being in the arms of other people at home than me even when I was around. This has added to my depression mentally and now I am determined to bring her back close to me and strengthen our bond. As you have written, keeping her close to me in the sling would also help in her weight gain. I want to give her that warmth which I deprived off for her in these four months of going to work. I want to reclaim myself as being a responsible and caring mother for my daughter. And that is why I would like to win a soul-sling for myself 🙂

  • Dharani November 24, 2014, 3:30 pm

    I love baby wearing. Having bought a sling from Chinmayee already – i should say i initially had my qualms whether my son would adjust to it – but oh how he loves it! And what’s amazing is my husband also equally enjoys it.. we did buy a mothercare sling but have not used it at all.. we prefer this sling as it’s light and comfy for our little guy as well.

  • reena November 24, 2014, 3:58 pm

    What a lovely definition of bond between a mother and her child.when I had my first baby, I knew very less about how to comfort myself in introducing him to this beautiful world. I used to sit hours taking him in my lap as he loved to be with me always. Being in a nuclear family, l realised how important it is to be a multitasking mother.now I am mother to my second boy who’s 3 months and guess what I got to know about the beautiful way of being with your baby using Soul Rings. I loved the way it keeps the baby safely with you. No doubt zillions of baby carriers are available in market.. But they finally leave a back pain with the mother.
    I would love to have a Soul Ring as my companion in strengthening my bond with my baby. Thanks for creating this new idea for moms.

  • meenakshi November 24, 2014, 4:02 pm

    I already have a linen soul sling… and getting another one would be a great add on for my carrier stash. Plus who doesn’t want a free offer n tat too a soul slings. Fingers crossed….

  • Koshali Dalvi November 24, 2014, 4:42 pm

    I love babywearing… I own a cotton ring sling and love the ease of putting my baby in and out of it… I’m in love with this mint coloured sling and would be fab to win one!!

  • Aprajita Trivedi November 24, 2014, 6:06 pm

    wow such a nice review and very useful product must say . after reading this review m so keen to win it as very soon m going to be blessed with a baby it’s my 5th month and eagerly waiting 4 my angle and have stared to prepare 4 his/her welcome and if this one will be in my closet i feel the li’l soul will also feel so connected and happy with the comfort.

  • Hannah November 24, 2014, 6:23 pm

    I am new to baby wearing but absolutely in love with it. My daughter loves being close and snuggled and this allows us to bond but I am still able to get things done!

  • Beth November 24, 2014, 6:29 pm

    I’d love to win this to carry my sweet little one. We’ve shared a bond since I found out she was growing inside of me. Wearing her keeps us so close, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Deepika November 24, 2014, 7:16 pm

    I think it’s so wonderful that this concept is catching on and the more I read the more I’m convinced that this is the best way to bond with one’s child 🙂 I think nothing replaces the closeness created by a parent carrying a child. Apart from the moms, I think it’s a wonderful way to ease the fathers into carrying their children without too much of an apprehension (some guys I have) .I entered all the other giveaways and wasn’t lucky enough. Hoping this is my lucky chance!

  • Amanda Anderson November 24, 2014, 7:48 pm

    Baby wearing has been a blessing. It gives me an opportunity to bond with my baby while shopping or getting chores done around the house. I’ve never tried a ring sling l, but I would love to!

  • megha gupta November 24, 2014, 9:28 pm

    Nothing special than a baby .. d little kisses and hugs .. d touch f d baby to our cheeks and smile which welcomes momma wid open arms..
    Nothing is so pure and divine
    nothing is more peaceful and relaxing
    nothing is comparable than being close to ur baby
    nothing is more special than being a MOM

    All this n many more thoughts ..

    M a lucky mom f a happy baby who loves to br carrued out and roam and his momma does d maximum possible .. but she still afraid of going out alone wid dearest son in pram ..
    don’t want to separate him from me specially when out..
    I wonder will this sling make my way easier and wil be able to enjoy mlre wid my babu bacha :-* :-*

  • ruchisarin November 24, 2014, 11:18 pm

    Hi ….I would love to win the soul sling asit looks very comfortable and convenient way to hold my baby..and by your photos Rashmee it looks like you and your daughter have a unspoken bond ,which I would love to have with my son …please pray that I win..

  • Marie Uher November 25, 2014, 4:37 am

    Hi, I really enjoyed reading this. I would like to win a soul sling as it looks very comfy for momma and baby, plus I LOVE the bonding and closeness and mmmmm babys natural smell! I have used a Moby Wrap with 2 of my 4 girls. We both loved the bond it created. It was soo nice to be able to do things around my house and even be able to take care of my other girls all at one time! I wish I had learned about babywearing with my first two girls. Now I am expecting our 5th baby girl in March and I I would LOVE to win a soul sling to add to my Moby Wrap and Ergo baby carrier! Thank you soo much for spreading the word about baby wearing! It is the way that I learned about baby wearing!!

  • Sue November 25, 2014, 11:37 am

    We carried our older son in a sling years ago when there were no other carriers around us and now the new baby is being carried in both the old carrier and his new ring sling. I’m a huge fan of the Soul sling we do have and would love to win another to gift a close friend who’s expecting a baby next year.

  • priya November 25, 2014, 8:57 pm

    I use a baby carrier now! But a sling feels more natural!before our baby we had been to go tontrips with some friend’s who brought their toddler’s with them! We used to do baby sitting and give parents little break.seeing my hubby who used to carry the los with his strong arms I feel he would help when my turn comes!reading this blog am feeling I have a chance to carry my lo in such terms though my arms are not strong enough

  • priya November 25, 2014, 9:01 pm

    My lo is2.5 months now!! Waiting for my turn to carry him around

  • Shalvish Jyothi November 25, 2014, 10:18 pm

    My baby had sleeping problem right from birth in the sense he wants to be carried and roamed to sleep. It was really very difficult for me to come over that habit so started feeding him to sleep and that had been practised he never sleeps or takes nap without bfing him. I bought a mee mee carrier to be very frank I wasted my money on that and not even interested in selling then to anyone cause I don’t wanttto encourage people on something which suffered. I had difficulty carrying my baby we are frequent travellers family is always out on week end and we really wanted something which is be easy for me and baby. That’s wen I got introduced to slings after too many research I finally decided this is what you was waiting for. I must say you was the perfectggift to me baby next to breastfeeding. Next to food the imp thing for my baby is the sling I hav posted this on a public forum and telling it here as well it’s every mom’smmust have. I already know people who started buying slings after me. I. M proud of it. To be very frank if I knew this material which is a give away I would have opted u for that. I wish I get this blendedone as giveas give away. Too much travelling too much wear and tear so another one will be ready very useful give

  • Shalvish Jyoth November 25, 2014, 10:24 pm

    I. M not lucky enough to win anything till date so just trying to write up and give it a try. Sling is important part of my life now wen plan comes it to step out of the house next to food Wat I carry is the slings. I. M impressed the way it has been decided and it is so comfortable for me and my baby. Wer ever I go people come if asking were I got thes.. I. M so proud yto be centre of attractions. I thank Chinmayie for making baby carry so easy and stressless. I really wish I get these blended once it’s tempting me so much

  • Shruti Kapoor November 27, 2014, 10:46 am

    Dear Soul-Sling rings,
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway, Soul Ring Sling is something I never heard of ever before. This is a must have for every mom-to-be. As I’m in eight month of my second pregnancy, I cannot image a better thing to have than this sling. I have a five year old son and each moment spent with him is a fresh memory. I remember when we used to take him out in a stroller and always found him uneasy. He always tried to climb up the back of stroller and his innocent eyes used to tell me that how much he yearned to be in my arms and not being isolated in that stroller. But due to my post-pregnancy health issues, I could not always carry him in my arms. I very well understand that there is nothing as soothing and calming as mother’s touch for a baby. I never knew of such a wonder product that time or else I’d have never made my son suffer. But as they say ‘better late than never’, I’d love to have one for my second baby who is all set to arrive in January which is peak winter time and warmth will be essential for my baby. This sling will have multi-benefits for us (me and my baby) – love, warmth, touch, joy, fun and what not? Can’t wait to spend a lot of cozy cuddly moments with my soon to be born baby.
    It was wonderful sharing my experience with you dear Rashmie. Wish to get lucky and own this lovely Soul Ring Sling soon 🙂 <3

  • sandhya November 27, 2014, 7:12 pm

    Very good review. This is my first visit here and I am sure to come back to read more. I am a regular reader of chinmayie’s blog and have been reading about slings for a while. I have a 50 days old daughter and a 4 year old daughter who is still a high demanding kid which means having a sling may help me balance between the two. I am looking forward to winning this beautiful sling.

  • Manidipa Mandal November 27, 2014, 9:40 pm

    mmm… Mint! The only shade of green I wear fearlessly. And my tot loves green leafy things, like mint! Reason enough?

    By the way, my 1.5-year-old has been keen on drinking tea lately. I take it without milk. So now he has tea made of steeped mint leaves! It turns yellow… And did you know chilled mint tea makes fab lemonade? For some reason, the mint turns the tangy lime juice sweet… No sugar needed!

  • Rochelle Mavay November 28, 2014, 9:21 pm

    I would love to win the Soul sling as a little piece of home for my boys. I am an Anglo Indian living in Australia and this would be really special to use. I’m so glad I stumble across your blog and this giveaway.

    I have a little tale to tell from today actually. I was unwell and my 3yo came in to my room with a flower he had picked from the garden and an apple he had grabbed from the kitchen on the way past. He the proceeded to give me his special stuffed toy and told me to “rest up mama, you will be better soon” before kissing my head and going to play with his little brother. It was unprovoked and a truly magical moment. I am very blessed to have such a bond with my son

  • Susi November 28, 2014, 10:19 pm

    Would love to try one. Looks very loving !

  • Maria November 29, 2014, 3:41 am

    I do really feel for you Mini, but I must tell you that you’ve probably been a wonderful mother to your two sons. You may never have grand children but maybe someone is just waiting, hoping for a helping hand which you could give. I do hope children will somehow fill up your life. Love @Mini

  • yamini rathi November 29, 2014, 3:22 pm

    I would like to have the soul ring slings for my 10 month old son as i am parenting to my two sons and my husband away on his onsite duty. I would love to carry the elder one and younger both everywhere easily and i have thought of swinging with the younger one while my elder boy playing other games in the park

  • Mini December 1, 2014, 5:55 am

    @Maria – Maria, You have no idea how your words have touched my heart. It brought tears to my eyes to hear comfort, encouragement and hope. Thank you.

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