I have a babywearing mama for a long time. I’ve worn my babies since Kyla, who will be twelve on October 2nd of this year. Well, my husband has always loved babywearing too, keeping his little ones close to him, but he has always found the carriers or slings I have were a bit too girly and complicated for him so he’s always stuck to the one that wasn’t. Which is an SSC (soft structured carrier) and not a sling. So, when the opportunity arrived for us to try out the We Made Me Smile Sling which is perfect for Mia I wanted to make sure I got one he could feel comfortable wearing because he has really been wanting to wear her more like he does Hanna so I picked one out with him in mind.I chose the We Made Me Smile Sling in Superstar Grey. It’s got stars on the shoulder, on the top of the carrier and is very gender neutral. My husband isn’t new to babywearing by any means, he’s been wearing Hanna since she was born and he would wear Jackson and Justin on and off over the years but he is brand new to slings. He was very adamant about trying it, getting it right, and doing it himself. He got it how it felt comfortable, and baby was really happy, snug and secure.
It was great to see a dad being able to figure it out because often times when it comes to slings my husband is asking me how to help with it then he gets frustrated and reaches for the SSC he calls his own, but he took charge and got it on! They both really are enjoying their new sling.I was a little hesitant about this carrier because I am used to ring slings when it comes to slings but I was very surprised at how easy the Smile Sling was to put on, adjust and use. It comes with a handy booklet with different carry positions as the Smile Sling is very convenient with 5 different ways to wear a baby.
With Mia being 12lbs we were able to try a few different positions but ultimately she only enjoyed the koala. Which is for 5 months, and at 3 months this girl will only be carried this way. The Smile Sling is suitable for babies from birth to 35lbs (8lbs-35lbs) and aged 0-24 months.
The shoulder strap was another surprise for me. The smile has a patented split shoulder to provide better support and distribute weight appropriately around the shoulder. Something new (and even veteran) wearers can appreciate.
The most important part of the Smile Sling to me is making sure you get the bottom rail right under and in between you and baby snug. My husband is very tall, over 6’2″ so he has broad shoulders and found it took him a little bit to get that rail perfect, and also the top rail as snug as possible for both him and baby to be comfortable and secure.
We Made Me – Smile Sling | The Everyday Sling
- 5 Ways to Wear: The Smile Hammock-style sling supports 5 different carrying positions; two cradled, one parent facing, a world facing and a hip position.
- Smile from birth: Suitable from birth, for babies 0-24 months and weighing 8lbs-35lbs
- Small and Simple: With a great carry pouch included, it is an easy carrier to install on the go and take everywhere with you
- Shaped to your shoulder: Smile has a patented split shoulder to help provide better support and distribute weight appropriately.
Even if you aren’t in the market yourself for a sling keep in mind they are great gifts! For a baby shower or even a birthday, the smile sling would be a great and welcome addition to any babywearers collection!
Smile Sling Lite and Classic retails for $69.99 | Smile Sling Superstar/Organic retails for $79.99