I love all kinds of babywearing, obviously! There are benefits to all the different kinds of carriers, be it a wrap, or a structured carrier, or the millions of other options available. One of my favorite types of carrier is called a “ring sling”. Ring slings are perfect for “quick ups”, and they are made from beautiful fabrics. Making them my go to option when I want something to compliment my outfit beautifully (as well as snuggle my baby close)!
Ring slings are great for babies and toddlers, because you can wear the baby on your front or your toddler on your hip. You can even wear a baby on your back for a short period of time (only try this once you have lots of experience!). Back carrying in a ring sling is not my *favorite* way to do things, but it is nice to be able to flip the baby around for a few seconds if I need full range of motion for a minute or two.
Sakura Bloom has been my go-to ring sling of choice. In fact, my very first ring sling was a Sakura Bloom Pure Wheat! They offer tons of beautiful colors and fabrics to suit your needs. All of their options are both comfortable and beautiful at the same time. What more could you ask for?
Currently Sakura Bloom offers:
Classic Linen: the classic linen sling is made from a single layer of Belgian linen. The Classic linen has replaced the older “Pure Linen” (See Below). Classic linen is surprisingly supportive for a single layer of linen. It is very comfortable and molds to you and baby’s shape very easily. As far as ease of use and “breaking in” the single layer linen is your best bet. This is a great sling for a new babywearer with a younger baby. Although, I still carry my toddler in a Classic Linen sling occasionally, for short periods of time. Also, because they are thinner the Classic Linen is much cooler in warmer weather. Making this a great summer choice! However, it’s also warm enough for pumpkin pickin’ in the fall! Check out Classic Cedar!
Chambray Double Layer Linen: Chambray is a double layer of linen. The two layers of Chambray Linen are made from two different cross woven colors. This gives it that very unique “chambray” look. They are very beautiful, and incredibly soft right out of the box! They don’t really take a ton of breaking in to get them to be easy to adjust and snuggly soft. The two layers of linen make this sling more supportive than the Classic, but also slightly warmer. However, in general, ring slings are not particularly hot just due to the nature of having to wear less fabric. So, if you love Chambray, go for it! Below is J and I sporting our Marin Chambray!
Simple and Essential Silk: Silk is probably my all-time favorite fabric to wear in a ring sling. Not only is silk stunningly beautiful, it is also soft, cool in warmer weather, and easy to work with once your sling is properly broken in. Silk just molds to your shape, making it perfectly comfortable and incredibly supportive of any size baby. Silk is definitely the MOST supportive option (IMO – some argue that the older Simple Linen slings are equally supportive). Simple silk is just two layers of dupioni silk in the same color. Essential silk is two layers of dupioni silk in TWO colors. Making your sling slightly more versatile when you turn it inside out. They are the same as far as support and comfort. The downside to silk is when you purchase them new they tend to be “tough” and they require a decent amount of breaking in to get them to their soft, easy to adjust, soft to the touch state. This can be a difficult task for the new wearer, but not impossible! Honestly, for me, breaking in a new sling is half the fun!
More Simple Silk from Carry Me Away!
More Essential Silk from Carry Me Away!
You might also find a few other kinds of Sakura Bloom slings on the buy/sell/trade market either used or new:
Pure Linen: No longer sold directly from SB or retailers, but can be found used pretty frequently online. The Pure Linen slings were replaced by the current “Classic”. The pure is made from a single layer of Irish linen, versus the current Belgian Linen. Rumor has it that the current “Classic Linen” is slightly thicker and more supportive than the “Pure Linen”, but the jury is out. I’ve not ever owned a Classic, so I don’t have much to compare. I did love my “Pure Wheat”!
Simple and Essential Linen: Simple and Essential Linen (just like simple and essential silk) are both double layer slings, made of Irish Linen. The only difference between the simple and the essential is that the essential is two colors, the simple is one. The amazing thing about double layer linen is how soft and supportive they can become after A TON of work breaking them in. These slings are not for the faint of heart. Be prepared to put in a ton of “breaking in” work to get them to their perfect state. It sounds daunting, but it is totally worth it in the end. Generally, you can only find simple and essential linen slings used (since they have been replaced by the current Classic and Chambray), so you might get lucky and find one that is already broken in for you! If you do, snatch it up!
I’ve gone through a ton of different types of Sakura Bloom ring slings, and I have found that each and every one of them has their benefits. I think it would be really tough to pick a favorite! Which sling you choose is up to you. Linen is highly underrated. It is light and comfortable, easy to adjust and super easy to care for. Silk is stunningly beautiful, supportive, and can make any baby feel light as a feather!
Which is your favorite?
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