Baby carriers with bling

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!

Newborn in hemp silk ring sling

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!

Beaded silk sling

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.

About emmadavidson

An addict who started dealing to support my habit, I have been using baby slings and carriers for a few years now. My children (Sophia, born 2004; Jools, born 2005; Billy, born 2007) are happy to be lugged around town in mei tais, ring slings, soft structured carriers, and occasionally a tablecloth.
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3 Responses to Baby carriers with bling

  1. hobbes says:

    Some great ideas there! I might actually see what I could do with my ever so boring beige stretchy:)

    On a different note: can you recommend any hemp silk sling makers?

  2. Emma says:

    You’ll find lots of sling retailer and maker recommendations – including hemp silk ring slings – on the Baby Carriers Dowunder discussion group on Google. Just follow the Forum link at the top of this page.

  3. Claire says:

    A friend of mine gave me a silk sling for the birth of my third daughter– her theory was “Every mama needs a silk sling!” Bronze colored dupioni silk with a brocade accent panel at the tail– it was gorgeous with a subtle gloss and came in handy for several dressier occasions without being too outrageous for everyday use. Supportive, too and just a treat to wear.

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