When I had my first son, I dabbled in the world of baby wearing. I loved wearing him, and did it often, but I didn’t realize just how necessary it was until my second son was born. If I want to get anything done in the day, I absolutely have to wear Oscar at some point. Bonus? He loves it and I love it. Did you know that baby wearing develops the same muscles as tummy time? This is a very welcome fact, as Oscar hasn’t been a fan of tummy time – ever.
I’ve been using/testing many different carriers in the five months since Oscar’s arrival (and, let’s be honest, in the three years of Harry’s life!) and I’ve discovered my “go-to’s.” My Wildbird ring sling is my must have for baby wearing at home. We started using it when Oscar was about two months old and haven’t stopped – nor do I see us stopping anytime soon.
The Wildbird sling is a ring sling made out of some of the prettiest linen fabrics I’ve seen. The colors are absolutely beautiful and the fabric is perfect. Linen is a natural fabric that is very strong, a quality that lasts a very long time while never losing it’s shape. It’s a “macroclimate” which means that it keeps both you and your baby cool in warm climates, warm in cold climates, and dry because of it’s moisture absorbing qualities. I’ve found the fabric to be stunning.
Most wraps/slings/carriers have a bit of a learning curve when it comes to figuring out how to wear it. The Wildbird couldn’t be easier. You can check out the tutorials on their site, but it’s honestly one of the easiest carriers I’ve used. I’m able to get Oscar into it and be on my way within 10 seconds. And I never feel like anything is too tight or too loose – it’s quite simple to tighten/loosen with Oscar in the sling.
Though I started wearing Oscar in the Wildbird at about two months, it’s adequate to use from birth (8 lbs) and strong and supportive enough to use up until 35 lbs. I’ve found it to be the perfect hold with Oscar; it honestly feels like a hug and he’s the happiest in this sling (vs. other carriers). To me, it feels like I’m carrying him on my hip, as I tend to wear him on my side, but the bonus is that I have both hands free. I don’t think Oscar even realizes that it’s a sling hugging his little bottom and not his mother’s arm. As for the max weight, I did test my three year old in this wrap and it was great. The Wildbird was able to hold him just fine, even if he looked huge to me in that moment!
What else do I love about the Wildbird? It’s not a super long, super complicated wrap. Nothing touches the ground when I’m putting it on, making it great for public places. It’s made in the USA by a family owned company (the cutest little family around – seriously, you need to be following her on Instagram), which I love. Because of the fabric and the color choices, I find this sling fun to wear because it’s seriously beautiful. I almost view it as a fashion accessory and I’m scheming ways to continue wearing it even after my little buddy is out of the baby wearing stage… maybe a scarf?
I typically use my Wildbird sling at home, as it’s the easiest, quickest carrier I have. I wear Oscar in it while I’m cooking, cleaning, playing with my three year old, etc. and it’s a great way to keep him happy when he doesn’t want to be put down. When I put him in the sling, he immediately settles in, stops fussing, and his mood levels out. He’s happy in there for hours, even sleeping. I have used the sling out of the house many times as well – it’s pretty easy to fold up and stuff into a diaper bag (though it’s not the smallest carrier I’ve found in this regard) and as mentioned, it’s super easy to put on, even on the go. I have found that after wearing him for more than an hour in the Wildbird, my shoulder does get a little tired, as most of his weight is on one shoulder. A simple solution is to swap sides, but more often than not, at that point he’s ready to get out and do something else (eat). That would be my one and only complaint – that it can wear on your shoulder/neck after an hour + of continuous use.
My Wildbird is definitely one of my most used baby products at this stage in life and I highly, highly recommend it. It’s a perfect ring sling, it’s beautiful, and it makes baby wearing easy. The hardest decision you’ll have to make is what color to get!