On the Go: Frugal DIY Baby Sling Carrier

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | 0 comments
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Image: On the Go: Inexpensive Baby Sling CarrierSince the beginning of time...
babies have been cradled inside a sling, next to their mother's breast. Babies feel mother's constant warmth and protection, next to her heart.

The most natural way to carry your little one is snuggled close to your heart, in cotton baby sling. Carry your baby in a large variety of positions, it is so simple to use.

Unique fold creates hammock effect to cradle newborn, nursing infant or sleeping child. Baby can lie down and sleep, or nurse in privacy with head and neck supported.

This is a very simple, yet economical, sling carrier. No buckles, straps, extra padding or adjustments to make. Strap doesn't dig in, cushions entire shoulder for comfort. Weight distributed on your shoulder, hip and across your back to reduce back fatigue and lessen sway back.

You'll need 45" wide fabric, with finished edges. Cut about 56" long for short, 60" for medium and 64" for tall parents. Place cut ends, right side together, and stitch at least 1" from the raw edge. Turn fabric over, and top-stitch on right-side 2 or 3 rows through all layers, for strength.

Fold sling in half length-wise once, and then again. You should end up with a sling roughly 10" x 26" (28")(30"). One long side will have a single fold, the other will have one fold and two finished edges. About one inch down from the seam, sew a 1" x 3" rectangle to hold the folds in place.

To use: Place sling over one shoulder and on opposite hip. Baby can ride on your hip inside two layers of sling, or you can open up the seat part to cover baby completely. If sling is too loose at baby's back, tighten fabric to hold baby upright and use a diaper pin to mark. Remove sling and sew up a dart at place marked with diaper pin.

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Photo credit: Catherine McDiarmid-Watt of BorntoLove.com
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Image: Cuddle Baby Sling - carry positions

Photo credit: Catherine McDiarmid-Watt of BorntoLove.com
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About Catherine: I have been writing my Frugal Baby Tips since 1982, when I was a young divorced mom of two - for my baby product company, Born to Love. I am now mom to three grown up sons, and a grandma - and happily married to a wonderful man. We have rescued two little dogs, Denny and Dexter - and a rescue cat, Bella.

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