You can find this lightweight ring sling on our site or at independent Wrapsody Retail Partners.
Two years ago, Wrapsody teamed up with Jan Heirtzler, owner of Sleeping Baby Productions, to design a lightweight ring sling. Together we set our expectations high. It had to be soft. It had to be supportive, even with heavy toddlers. It had to be lightweight and cool. It had to be strong. It had to be beautiful. And it had to be different than what was already on the market.
By all reports from our testers and early customers — we’ve done it, and we’re in love with the final product. We suspect that if you have any affection at all for ring slings, you will be, too.
Dierdre Fante, one of our Brand Ambassadors, summarized her thoughts beautifully, and I’ll share them with you in full.
The fabric is super lightweight which initially made me nervous, but it’s extremely comfy. Also, brand new I found the material a bit stiff and I expected it to be beastly to use, but I was pleasantly surprised. It softens really easily.
I’m not a fan of pleated shoulders (I almost didn’t try it based on this detail alone) — however, using the Wrapsody sling has converted me. I no longer hate them, something i NEVER thought would be possible. I was a little tentative about the smaller rings, as well, but again, it worked perfectly with the fabric to ensure a good grip and no slippage.
I have to admit, first impressions when I took the sling out of the package, I was extremely nervous — but this has quickly turned into one of my most reached for, favorite ring slings. And I have 10 or 11 slings in my stash, so that says something.
The nuts and bolts — or fibers and metals — of our lightweight ring sling
We spent a great deal of time passing fabrics between our office and Jan during the initial stages of the sling. Linen, cotton, Tencel, rayon, blends … We went back and forth, discarding those that were too stiff, too nubby, too thick, too fragile. We found one fabric — 100% linen — that seemed promising, but when we sent it for testing, it turned out that our testers found it only average. We kept looking, and finally, we came upon the Wrapsody Ring Sling Holy Grail of Fabrics in a cotton/linen blend.
This ring sling fabric was magical.
It washed beautifully, softening like flannel after only a few uses. It was cool on the body, leaving our testers delighted with the way it felt almost as light as wearing no carrier at all. It was thin, sliding easily through size medium sling rings.
It had the perfect grippiness. In spite of being easily adjustable, it clings to the rings, staying exactly where you want it to be.
Paired with Jan’s trademark pleated shoulder, it sits perfectly on the body, comfortably supporting the weight of even a larger child.
It combines the softness and durability of cotton with the strength and airiness of linen.
And of course, it showcases the art of traditional batik with the beauty and elegance you’ve come to expect from Wrapsody.
Adding Sling Rings ™ — the safest rings on the planet.
The Price family’s SlingRings.com made our ring choice easy. Each of their rings is individually tested for integrity, crafted in the United States, and made in a rainbow of beautiful colors. As an added bonus, they are compliant with all US children’s product regulations and the company owners are fellow Founding Members of the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance. In fact, Rochelle Price was instrumental in crafting the ASTM Sling Standard with the micro-manufacturer in mind, helping to ensure the right balance between ensuring infants continue to be impeccably safe in baby slings and also ensuring that businesses of all sizes could reasonably comply with the complex standard.
We — and our testers — were delighted to find that the medium size were perfect for our fabric. Particularly for petite wearers, large rings can sometimes be cumbersome, digging into the breasts or shoulders in unexpected ways. However, the medium rings seat themselves perfectly in the sweet spot — “corsage position” — so the wearer hardly notices they’re there.
Although many brands are cutting costs by purchasing their rings from other ring companies (some of whom also now use the “Sling Rings” moniker), Wrapsody is very proud to source our slings from a US company that holds integrity and infant safety as its top priorities. If you look closely, you’ll notice a special tracking code marked discreetly on each beautifully colored ring as a mark of quality, assuring you that the rings in YOUR sling have each been individually pull tested to 250 pounds.
The iconic shoulder style from Sleeping Baby Productions
In 2001, Jan began selling slings online — long before the massive “industry explosion” we have today. Over the years, she has perfected the pleated shoulder. Although others have since tried to emulate her beautiful craftswomanship, the truth is, nobody has Jan’s special knack for pairing a just-right pleat size with the fabric at hand. We feel exceptionally and tremendously grateful that Jan has trusted us to license her original design along with her expertise in the craft of crafting ring slings.
Our particular pleated shoulder/fabric combination ensures that the shoulder comfortably supports the baby on the carrier’s body, regardless of whether the adult caregiver is petite, broad-shouldered, tall, plus-sized, male, female, or any combination or other variation. The pleats hold the shoulder exactly where it ought to be and yet allow the fabric to easily open along the caregiver’s back so that the baby’s weight is carried across the back and hip rather than being borne too heavily by the shoulder.
Each overlapping pleat creates an individual comfort support channel. Each channel plays a nearly equal part in supporting your child’s weight, creating individual bands of support that hug your shoulder girdle, your lateral muscles, and your latissimus dorsal muscles along with your baby. This holds your baby in line with your optimal center of gravity, so that your “corset muscles” — the muscles that keep you strong and upright — can pass your baby’s weight to your pelvis, glutes, and hips, keeping the baby’s weight as close to your strongest center as possible. This uses ergonomics to allow your largest muscle groups to support your child, enabling you to carry your child for long periods of time without muscle fatigue.
The perfect lightweight ring sling
To summarize, the pleated shoulder creates unique “Comfort Channels” that carry your child’s weight in a just-right way. The shoulder is cushy but not thick. The fabric is lovely. The sling is neither hot nor bulky.
AND, the prints of Wrapsody’s Bali batiks bring this ring sling to life in the most beautiful, unique way, showcasing the artistry of our Balinese artisans in beautiful colors.
Put it all together and …. the perfect lightweight ring sling! Have you tried it? Tell us what you think in the comments!
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