“I was expecting my third child when the opportunity to try out a Hotslings baby sling arose. I was curious about this particular sling since a friend had raved to me about hers, but I had my doubts. I had tried a pouch-style sling when my first and second children were newborns, and never quite got the hang of it. Perhaps I simply lacked confidence, but I also worried about whether a sling could offer a fragile newborn enough neck support or even breathing room.
Still, everywhere I looked other mothers seemed at ease wearing their babies in slings or wraps, so I was determined to give it another go. Turns out, the third time’s a charm!
I tried carrying my new baby in the Hotsling when he was only a few weeks old. It took a bit of practice, but once I was comfortable getting the little guy in and out of the sling, it was easy to use and felt great to wear! I appreciated the Hotsling’s uncomplicated, strapless design (though part of me wished it could somehow be adjustable so that my husband could share the experience - and the load!), and I was pleasantly surprised that the weight of the baby did not pull on my shoulder or back. The baby's body felt snug against my torso and safely cradled inside the sling. I was reassured to see that his neck was well supported and there wasn’t a lot of excess material covering his face.
The best part is that my little guy loves the Hotsling! In fact, if all else fails to comfort, I can count on the Hotsling to settle him. The other night, we were at a restaurant with friends with the baby fast asleep in his car seat. Just as dinner was being served, he woke and there was no room to use the car seat to rock him back to sleep. The prospect of enjoying a hands-free meal appeared lost and then I remembered the Hotsling in my diaper bag. I popped him in the sling and in a few minutes we were both happy – he had fallen back to sleep, and I was able to enjoy a sit down dinner amongst friends.
Even on a daily basis, I have found it freeing to use the Hotsling – especially since I have a four-year-old and two-year-old running around. When necessary, I have been able to cook, prepare meals, feed the kids, wash dishes, write emails, hoist my two-year-old out of her crib, even use the bathroom (seriously!) – all with the baby sleeping blissfully unaware in the sling.
Last but not least, I love that the Hotsling is not only convenient to pack and take on-the-go, but comes in stylish patterns and prints (I have a reversible sling so I can opt for patterned or solid depending on my mood). In fact, I’ve received so many compliments on my Hotsling that I actually feel like I'm wearing a pretty accessory – even if I’m just strolling down a grocery aisle. And for a mother of a newborn, that in itself makes the Hotsling worth its weight in gold.”
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED
Congrats to winner Bethany!
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*One lucky winner (selected at random using random.org) will receive a Hotslings baby sling in their size and style of choice (subject to stock availability, and excluding the haute sling collection).
Editor’s Note: One more bit of news regarding Hotslings: Hotslings is co-hosting a competition; they are looking for 30 moms of babies (3 months and under) to share their tales of motherhood via micro-blog. All selected moms will receive baby swag to use and the mom who wins the competition will receive a boatload of goodies. To learn more, check out Sling & Swaddle Journey.