The Sling Fairy

by API Blog on July 14, 2008

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I have often wished that I had a plentiful, varied, bottomless stash of soft baby carriers that I could give away to each and every parent or caregiver who wanted and needed one, a sort of a Sling Fairy, if you will. Here is who I would give them to:

  • To the mama at the mall, balancing an infant on her hip, pushing an empty stroller ahead of her and trying to get through the mall double doors.

  • To the playful dad at the park who is clutching a newborn like a football and attempting to run and chase his preschooler.

  • To the overwhelmed mom at the grocery store who keeps shoving a pacifier into the mouth of her increasingly angry, screaming newborn who is buckled into a car seat carrier which is perched on the grocery cart.

  • To the couple hiking through the woods whose child is getting weary of the stroller.

  • To the new grandmother who is handed her tiny grandchild and is wishing for a sure-fire way to comfort her.

  • To the professional who is attending a business conference with her 9 week old nursling in tow.

  • To the family traveling with two children under the age of 2 whose stroller is just broken beyond repair by the airlines.

These are all people I have seen and wished I could have helped, but also, each one of these scenarios was also ME or my family and I did in fact whip out my sling or other soft baby carrier and put it to good use! How about you? Do you have an example of when you were thanking your lucky stars you had brought along your soft baby carrier? Or when you wished you had a sling you could hand over to a parent who obviously needed one?

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justine July 14, 2008 at 7:34 am

Last year, my employer provided funds for me to purchase and make 20 slings for the families that I work with. I have been able to be a ‘sling fairy’ of sorts here in my little neck of the woods! I just received funding for this year and hope to provide many more slings to the busy moms in our program!

My most recent ‘sling fairy’ moment happened a few days ago…the mom I work with is recovering from a surgical birth, has a 3 week old baby who needs snuggles and nursing, a hubby who is shipping off with the army, and an ill grandpa who needs full time care. Mom was trying to choose between all of these seemingly incompatible responsibilities and feeling pretty overwhelmed! We popped the little one into the sling and off she went! I get to follow up with her today and see how her week went.

I really could not live the life that I get to live without my soft carriers. They allow me to wear my baby to work (which is the coolest thing ever)! At home, they are draped all over the place like decorations–but we always have one within reach. No work would get done (either at work or at home) without them!


drmariablois July 14, 2008 at 7:42 am

Oh my goodness. What a lovely story. How fun to get to play Sling Fairy! What a wonderful employer to provide funds for this. Let us know how your new mom friend is faring. Thank you for sharing.


Summer July 14, 2008 at 9:14 am

I would love to be able to play sling fairy and just pass them out right and left. How amazing would that be!


erin July 14, 2008 at 11:19 am

i gave one of mine to a friend so she could comfort her little peanut who is a very HIGH NEED baby.


Christine July 15, 2008 at 6:44 pm

I’ve thought about this so many times since I first started using a sling when my oldest was an infant. I lack a sewing machine. But, I have thought about organizing a donation to needy moms. I really think sometimes when a mom tries one for the first time and sees how much their baby loves it and how much more comfortable they feel wearing it, they easily embrace the idea.


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