As I’ve said before on this blog and pretty anywhere else I talk about baby carriers (which is a lot of places!), I love a bit of glam in my babywearing stash. Once the baby’s tied on, nobody can see what I’m wearing – so I may as well make a fashion statement with my sling. But how much bling is too much?
You see, I have this fabulous electric blue sequinned disco jacket. It’s so 80’s nightclub trash that I want to puke glitter just thinking about it. It’s one of the joys of my dreary grey Canberra winter existence (even the election campaign hasn’t been enough to perk me up this winter). I would have LOVED a mei tai with a feature panel in that blue sequinned fabric when I had newborns, for those days when I just wanted to sit and cry on the couch with sleep deprivation. Putting on something sparkly really does help – it’s a bit “fake it til you make it”, but it works for me.
In the meantime, I’ve gotten away with just a bit of a sheen rather than in-your-face shine. After all, I don’t want to blind people!
Hemp silk is one of my favourite fabrics for a sling. Breathable, but with a lovely soft sheen on the silk side of the fabric. I’ve also seen some stunning 100% silk slings that would feel ever so soft on sensitive newborn skin. My excuse is that silk has natural healing properties that are particularly good for babies with rashes 😉
Mei tais are also absolutely fabulous with a bit of bling. I used to have one with a gorgeous brocade feature panel in purples and silvers. Even better, mei tais can be worn reversed if daddy isn’t metrosexual enough to get away with shiny-side-out.
I’ve also seen some very pretty stretchy wraps with a pocket panel in brocade fabric. I bet it would be easy to just sew a panel like this over the existing pocket panel in your old stretchy, if you feel the need for a facelift. You could even match it to your favourite jacket or bag – ooh bling and matchy-matchy! My two favourite ways to wear babies!
If you already have a plain sling, you can dress it up with a bit of hand beading along the rails. Similar things work on straps – a bit of embroidery with silver thread on the straps, and hey presto! Bling sling!
Just one word of warning on coordinating the look… bling slings are best worn with a plain outfit, and go easy on the metallic lip gloss. Otherwise you’ll spontaneously combust as soon as you step into sunlight.
I’d love to hear from anyone else with a bling sling obsession, even if just so I don’t feel like the odd one out who considers baby carriers an extension of the jewellery box.