“No thanks, I do not want a convenient, comfortable and safe way to carry my baby while doing other things.” —Momus Noexistus (Latin for No Mom Ever)
Unless you have a staff of baby wranglers or a fleet of professional stuff-doers, you’re going to need to hold your baby while performing another task—like prepping a meal, washing bottles or running an errand. This is where a baby carrier comes in. More specifically, this is where the General Public Ring Sling stands out.
First off, let’s talk looks. The Ring Sling came beautifully packaged in a fabric bag and included a little booklet with additional product info and tips. This carrier comes in very simple, classic looks and colors. You won’t find any curious squirrels or colorful owls. Not that those animals don’t have their place, I just think it’s nice to have a stylish and understated carrier. The substantial linen fabric is durable yet lightweight and is not scratchy on me or my son.
This is my first ring sling carrier and I wondered how easy it would be to use. There are instructions in the booklet, but the online tutorials were helpful. Once I figured out the correct adjustments, I was very comfortable holding my son. There was no digging from the fabric and the weight distribution was even. Now that I’m faster at getting the right fit, he falls asleep regularly in the sling, so I know he’s comfy too. My husband also enjoys wearing the baby with this carrier, but I’ll be the first to admit he rarely gets the chance because I use it so much. It holds kids from 5 to 35 pounds, so we look forward to using it for a long time.
I have used other carriers that buckle in awkward, hard-to-reach places or require a choreographed dance with the baby to make it work. The GP Ring Sling has a simpler design and was easier to adjust. The video tutorial also helped me understand the proper, safe fit for my baby.
Aside from comfort, convenience is another reason I love this carrier. I can do all kinds of work around the house and keep the baby close to me. When we’re out and about, I can hop out of the car, throw on the carrier and put the baby in without missing a beat. This is a plus for me and can often be the deciding factor when it comes to running that last quick errand. It’s much easier than using a stroller and I still have my hands free.
The Ring Sling is one less piece of baby gear that you have to make room for in your house and car. Since it’s just a piece of fabric with two rings, it folds nicely and can be tucked in the diaper bag, stashed away in a basket or hung on a hook near the door. There’s a deep pocket that I use all the time at home. Sometimes I’ll want my phone close to me, but not in my hand when I’m moving around. Or I use it to hold a special snack for my preschooler. The carrier also washes well and does not need to be washed alone or on special settings, thank goodness! I can throw it in the machine with the kids’ clothes and get on with life.
General Public has made a winner. The Ring Sling is attractive, convenient and durable. I think other parents will find it just as useful and we have.
To buy: generalpublicgoods.com