Brand: Sakura Bloom
Where to buy: Sakura Bloom
When I found out I was pregnant with Adele, I instantly knew the first baby item I wanted to buy.
A Sakura Bloom silk ring sling.
I had been eyeing them for a while, but since my youngest at the time was three years old, I figured it wasn’t really a necessity until we knew we were having another. As soon as I knew I was pregnant, I ordered my sling. When it arrived (quickly, I should add), I opened the cute bamboo printed box, and eagerly, but carefully, pulled out my new sling. I felt the fabric,turned it this way and that so I was able to admire the colors, tried it on, and eventually put my three year old in it to test it out. I wasn’t the least bit disappointed. The sling is every bit as beautiful in person as it appears in photos. The colors are gorgeous, the silk is soft but surprisingly sturdy, and it holds up well. After wearing CeCe for a little while around the house, I packed it up to wait until Adele arrived and I had a real (meaning smaller) reason to wear it. I did, however, pull it out about once a week just for a look (how could I not?!).
Once Adele was born, I was anxious to finally be able to wear her in the sling. I put her in it for the first time when she was just a day old, at home, so I could walk around the house a little bit. (Okay, I may have walked outside just a little tiny bit, but don’t tell my midwife.) She snuggled in, and I enjoyed holding her hands-free. Our love for our Sakura Bloom sling has just gotten better and better as the months have passed. I think it is the easiest carrier to use, and one of the most versatile. I love that ring slings fold up compactly enough to fit in my purse, which means I always have a carrier with me. I love that I can nurse extremely easily in it, which means if Adele is hungry while we are on a walk or in the store, I don’t have to find somewhere to sit. I love that if she falls asleep, I can snuggle her close, and even cover her head with the tail to block out the sun or just a little noise.
I have used my Sakura Bloom ring sling through each stage of Adele’s first year. I find it just as comfortable today, with a 13 month old, as I did with a one-day-old baby. And she loves it, too. She is able to feel as though I’m packing her around on my hip (her favorite thing), which means she is happy, and I am able to accomplish a few tasks at the same time, which keeps me happy.
A few specs:
Fabric: Two layers of Dupioni Silk, which is breathable as well as nubby, so it doesn’t slip.
Fit: The sling is fully adjustable, so it will fit anyone from a petite woman to a tall man. Or vice versa.
Care: The sling is machine washable, in cold water. It washes well, and feels a bit softer after washing.
Acceptable age range: Designed to use with children from birth to age 3.
I’ve used this sling at home to do dishes, to vacuum, to go for a walk, to grocery shop, at the zoo, when hiking — you name it, I’ve probably worn my sling. Like I said before, because it is so lightweight and compact, it is the easiest to always have with me, so when I forget one of my other carriers or wraps, I always have my sling to fall back on. But most of the time it is honestly my first choice, in which case that wouldn’t necessarily apply.
I think it’s fairly obvious that I clearly recommend the Sakura Bloom Essential Silk ring sling. It is beautiful, well made, super comfortable, very easy to use, versatile, and so much more. I wish it were possible to convey in words just how much I love this sling.
If you have a Sakura Bloom ring sling, which one do you have? Do you love it?
*Please excuse the poor quality of the pictures, as they were all taken with my iPhone.