Monday, October 27, 2008

*Updated w/ winner* Baby sling giveaway!

We had 88 entries total (one by email because she couldn't comment, and the last comment was a few minutes late--sorry!) And the winner is...

Here are your random numbers:

79 

Timestamp: 2008-11-02 13:19:44 UTC

Mrs. Sara! Gosh, a (different) Sara won my last giveaway! Weird. Sara, I will be emailing you in a minute. I'll need you to measure yourself and also send me fabric choice and an address. If Sara doesn't email me within four days I'll pick another winner.

If you didn't win, don't be sad. You can probably learn to make these slings yourself! I love these ida.net directions, and also Jan Andrea's for making reversible slings. Here is my post on making them. If you can thread a sewing machine you can probably make one, and it only takes an hour or two. If you've never used a pouch sling before, it would be best to start by watching an instructional video on how they work in general. Having an understanding of the sling's purpose makes the project much easier.

I will be having a November contest, but I'm not sure what it'll be, so check back soon!

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It's that time again... The Bloggy Giveaways Carnival is here!

I'm giving away one sling which I will make myself. I haven't made it yet because I'm going to let the winner email me measurements and fabric choice. (So it may take a week or so longer than usual to ship, but I'll do my best.) Above is an example of one sling I've made. I am also working on a batch of slings to send over to No Mother Left Behind! It's an organization that hooks families up with slings when they can't buy or make one for themselves. I encourage you to visit their site and consider donating.

Here are the different fabrics I can use to make the sling:

Please note: #3 is a sort of faux suede, and #4 is flannel (the same one I'm wearing above).

I can make a Daddy sling too. Probably the navy or khaki option would be best for a dad.

To win:
1) Please leave a comment telling me your favorite brand or style of carrier. If you don't know yet because you're still pregnant and/or don't have any carriers, tell me that too!
2) If you want you can also tell me the fabric you'd like for your sling, but it isn't required. We can do that later when a winner is chosen.
3) It makes me a bit nervous, but I'm going to go ahead and say I'll ship this sling anywhere :-)
4) You don't have to be a blogger to win, but please leave an email address! You may want to type it as somebody (at) somewhere .com to foil the spambots.
5) The contest will end at 11:59 pm Saturday, November 1st and I will select the winner randomly. I'll email the winner (and post here) and if she has not responded with shipping information within four days I will pick someone else.
6) I have plenty of fabric in most of the choices, but depending upon the winner's measurements one or more of the selections may be precluded. I will request a first and second fabric choice from the winner.

Good luck to everyone, and may we all win something!


More giveaways at the Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival!

88 comments:

Mama10EE said...

Your sling is beautiful! I think the carrier I liked the best for my baby, when she was an infant, was the Snugli. We had the option of both my husband and I wearing it, and it unclipped in the front to allow me to lay her down when she was asleep without waking her. I never had a homemade sling, but it looks awesome!

Gettysburg Mom said...

I don't have a favorite carrier right now, because we outgrew the little kangaroo style carrier. I did make a DIY sling out of a sheet earlier this year while on vacation. It was my favorite at the time! Thanks for offering a great giveaway!

Isil Simsek said...

very sweet,I love no.4.

Sheila said...

I love our Ergo! :o)

I would pick fabric for a Daddy sling, so he can wear his little boy proudly (my pouch sling is kinda girly looking!)

Catherine said...

I think I like #7 or #8 best for the fabric. I haven't ever really used a carrier. I am pregnant now with our third baby and the oldest won't be three until after the new baby is born, so I think having a sling this time around would be REALLY helpful, since I only have two hands! Great giveaway, thank you for the chance to enter!

tami said...

i don't have a fav sling! i have 2 i got from walmart and i hate them so i am looking for another one!

Emily said...

I don't have a favorite sling. My first daughter loved whatever I put her. My second daughter (4 months) is not liking anything. I recently bought a Hotsling from Ebay. It's working ok but she's about too fat for it. Gotta love that breatmilk. Makes for fat little ones. : )

I'm the Mom said...

I love your sling! I can't say I have a fave because I only ever tried a hotsling and I think I got it a size too small because it seemed super tight and awkward. I am really wanting to try again with this baby coming but I am afraid of wasting money on one again.

takingupmycross said...

Love your slings! I LOVE pouch slings but currently only have one that fits. The pouch is what I use most often, but I also have some wraps and an Ergo that I like to use occasionally. But the pouch goes everywhere with me!! I like the dark blue fabric- blue is my favorite color. :)

Baby Kry said...

Your sling is great. I have a six month old and want a sling for either her to use, if not too big or for baby #2. As for slings we have the Jeep carrier, it is okay, my back begins to bug using it. We also have i believe evenflow hipster carrier. A bit better for my build, but not perfect.
kdiulus52 (at)hotmail.com

Kristin said...

I am a sling addict. I'd love to have another one! Starting Saturday, I am reviewing a bunch of different slings on my blog. I think my favorite sling is the New Native Carrier. Never tried one until Ben was born so I was kind of surprised I liked it so much. I really like my Hotslings, too, but this pouch is not as deep.

Just Jess said...

Beautiful sling! I've only ever used a padded ring sling but I'd love a style meant to carry an older baby as my lil one is already 8 mons. I love #1 fabric but I'm not picky!

Gale said...

I have never had a sling before but I'm thinking I want one. I have a 6 month old who is about 16 lbs or so...but I've seen some where you can kinda carry older babies sitting on your hip or on your tummy. If you think this would work and I win I'd love one...but if you think it wouldn't be good for an older baby then I'll pass this on to someone else. Thanks!

ecaria at hotmail dot com

the schros said...

I've always wanted to try a sling- we have the snugli and it works but not so good on the back sometimes

Dineen said...

My favorite was a DIY sling I made from an old t-shirt, just a tight tube of knit fabric. It only fit when my daughter was a newborn, but I love how compact it was and how snug it kept her to me. Now we use a ring sling I bought from Dr. Sears website. It has some great features, but it was only one size and I think I could have been more comfortable in a larger sling with more tail.

dineen [dot] ford @ gmail [dot] com

Raine said...

Thanks for having this giveaway. I have always wanted to have a sing but I have no idea what style I would like. We are pregant with our second child and I am already anticipating the need to have a sling to make it through some of the crazier days! All the fabrics are beautiful but I think I would like to have one made of a cotton flannel(im not picky). I would just be so blessed to win! Thanks

Land of Lovings said...

I LOVE baby slings. I have one that I bought with my first daughter (who's now almost 5) and I got it from Rockin' Baby Slings. It was a lifesaver with my past two babies, but I don't know if it will last through my next little one on the way.

Your sling is beautiful and I'd love the chance to enter the giveaway!

SAHW said...

I am pregnant now and very confused by the many types of slings/wraps/carriers!

I like your choice of fabrics and the idea for a daddy sling...this is especially important for us since we're expecting two, so we'll both need to be wearing babies at the same time sometimes!

sabrina999 AT rogers DOT com

Tes283 said...

Do not have a sling. I am blessed with two good arms that are starting to fall off my body, I think.

If you could send a pattern I could make one. Otherwise, if I win, any cotton fabric would be good. Color or solid is fine.

Thank you.

TwoMuths said...

I have a ring sling now, and I like it okay but I am dying to try a pouch sling. This is a great giveaway!

Rachel said...

Your sling is beautiful. I'm kind of bias with my favorite sling because it's the only kind I've ever tried but I love my maya wrap. My baby is 17 months old and I still use it!

mhgood said...

How pretty! My favourite sling to date is my trusty ring sling, given to me by a friend in Singapore. She got it at momsinmind.com

leigh said...

i love the green. i've never used a sling before with DD1 or DD2 but am pregnant with #3 and would love to use a sling this time. thanks

LeAnna said...

I'm pregnant with my 1st, and due in January. I would love to win a sling! I've done a lot of research, and can't decide between the ring slings and the pouch slings, so I may just have to try both!
flowers7886 at yahoo dot com

justme said...

I'm due any day now with number 4 (!) and I've never used a sling. However, my SIL is a strong baby carrying advocate and she uses a hotsling for her 18 month old. It looks a lot like the one you're wearing in the pic. And I went to a baby boutique in the city and tried on a bunch of slings and decided to buy the K'tan for our soon to arrive newborn.

Count me in for your great giveaway! :) annedering at yahoo dot come

Stacy said...

I have a babyhawk but have always wanted to try a sling.

hetz-junk(at)hotmail(dot)com

LadyBug-Kellie said...

I have a hotsling that I like. I am not sure it's the right size though as it's a little uncomfortable. I really like your patterns!

Mrs. Olsen said...

I use a mobe wrap so far, although I think a sling would be nice for quicker transitions for things like going shopping.

Kayleigh (sometimes Robin) said...

Lovely sling. I'd choose fabric 7 if I won. :)
My fav carrier is a MT - but my daughter finds the straps too fidley when trying to wear her daughter so maybe a simple sling would work better for her. I'd love for her to try one.
Thanks for the giveaway!
Robin - cokelush at gmail

Jen said...

I have used a Snugli front/back pack for my 2 kids, but with baby #3 (due in 2 weeks!) I would like to try this type of sling. Was hoping to find a pattern and try making one, but time is running out...
Thanks for the opportunity to win one!
jenevans (at) intergate (dot) com

Katie Stacey said...

I can't even think of what the carrier I have is called. All I know is that my daughter hates it! I have been wanting to try a sling for awhile. I like fabric 8.

Bethany said...

I have a Baby Bjorn. It has worked wonderfully for my infants, but once they reach about 5 months it just doesn't work anymore. The baby is too big. I was just thinking the other day, as I was carrying my 1 year old around the house (she's a clingy one) that a sling would be fantastic! Crossing my fingers!

rebecca said...

I have a ring sling that I made. It's nice, but it was my first effort and is way to long and wide! I would love to win this. Handmade carriers are so nice. I love my sling and if I had one that was less girly (even though mine is plain, it just has a silver thread running through it) my husband would wear it more! Thank you so much for the opportunity.

Erin said...

I love the moby slings,but i could not afford one. I just had my son so i would love one of these. Irish7672@yahoo.com

Amy said...

Your sling looks great. I love my baby bjorn.

amytarnold(at)gmail.com

Tara aka "Mama Koala" said...

I like my baby bjorn...I also like the material #8. Thanks for the chance to win!

Leia said...

We used a Snuggli sometimes with the little man, but I've always wanted something a little easier to get into, but didn't get my hands on the other types of slings until little man was like 8 months old (too old to learn to sling, imo). This time around though we know better what we're doing and know that we'll definitely need to sling the baby with a toddler running around!

The Wade's said...

I used a snugli and I like fabric choice number 7. Thanks!

michelle said...

I am expecting in March, so I have never used a sling, but my sister says they are the greatest. I love the fabric colours, especially the two blue ones.

michelle at northofthe49 dot com

Blessings Abound said...

My favorite so far is the Ergo! Thanks!

akblessingsabound[at]gmail.com

frugallm said...

i don't have a carrier. I would choose the navy fabric.

Lori said...

I have a baby Bjorn. It was great because my mom altered it so that it would work on my 6'6" hubby. Now though, our little man is too big and I pinch him in the clips. This would be perfect!

lkziegler[at]gmail.com

Not the Queen said...

I've only ever used a ring sling before, but I love wearing my babies!

Lisa said...

I'm expecting my second in April. I can't tell you which carrier I liked best, though - the only one we tried with my son was the Baby Bjorn, and he absolutely hated it. So we gave up after that!

Heather said...

I just gave birth to my second about two months ago....so this would be WONDERFUL!! I've always wanted a baby sling! I like them all but I think I like #7 the best! Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what baby carrier I will like best. Yours looks awesome though! I've heard that the Becco Butterfly and the Ergos are great. agermanovich [at] yahoo.com

paula h said...

I've used the New Native Sling for my son since he was tiny. However, now that he's bigger it doesn't feel like it fits right with him in it. I would love a ring style sling so that I can keep carrying him around. I love "baby wearing".

hafner611 {AT} gmail {DOT} com

Sandra said...

I have used a ring sling and an Ergo...as well as a baby bjorn. I loved them all for differnt reasons and purposes but never really liked the Bjorn. The Ergo was great for hiking or travelling, the ring sling great for at home or shopping. My son outgrew the Bjorn when he was about 3 months old...so it never got much use and he never really liked it.
owatz (AT) telus (Dot) net

Kristan said...

i have a snugli and some knock-off snugli...neither of which is great. with twins i didn't attempt a sling, but would love to with my next one.
andrewandkristan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Kristy said...

I would love to win a sling because I don't have one yet!
ksieker(at)hotmail(dot)com

Talina said...

I love #5, I am still pregnant so I have no idea about carriers yet... This is my first. Exciting!

Ebie said...

pregnant w/ a santa baby, due 12/23. w/ DS i had a front carrier, but didn't like it very much. i figured a sling would be more newborn friendly

Reva Skie said...

I am old school with the Snugli. I love fabric number 4.

Heather said...

a Didymos wrap -- I have never tried a pouch though. Are you on TBW message boards??

Hil'Lesha said...

Baby Bjorn

lilacbutterfly [at] earthlink.net

Heidi said...

I never had a lsing or carrier with my first baby, but now that the second is on the way I know that I will be needing something to help keep my hands free.

Becca said...

I love the #3 fabric choice. I have a peanut shell sling I am learning to use! What a treat to win! Thanks! cross_home2001 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Sandy said...

snugli- love the choices would love to win...looks great, please enter me...mrs.mommyyatgmail.com

HeatherLow said...

The only sling I had was a snugli. Your slings look great. I'd love it.

Georgiann said...

Hi there~
I am a sling addict! I love the #4 print you have on...its looks earthy..very granola!

I have 6 kiddos the oldest is 14 and the baby is 1 year.(Oct 4)
I have used Nojo for a long time with my first child. I then switched to a Over thr Shoulder Baby Holder. I loved that one, but sadly miss placed it.

I now use a Sling Ezee. I realy love it and would order another one but money is tight.

I still breast feed and use the sling in church and at the store, (my baby will not stay seated even if I strap her in the buggy.)It is great to cover up with during nursing.
I hope I win the new sling!

Peace in Christ,
Georgiann
littlepeasinmypodforgod(at)gmail (dot) com

Qtpies7 said...

My favorite product is a Sleepy Wrap baby wrap. But I love slings, too. I would love to win this for my sister in law whose baby is due in December.

karen and co. said...

We hated every carrier we tried. My sister made me a wrap (just a REALLY long piece of fabric) and it worked great for us when our little one was a baby. The best carriers are homemade, in my opinion.

Alaina said...

I love the sleepy wrap but I've never had a sling! Our two month loves to be worn and this would be great!

alainamj AT yahoo DOT com

piece of me said...

I have a Peanut Shell but it's not that comfortable.
livlifelov at yahoo dot com

noreen said...

I like the ktan but the one I have is too big

Chantelle said...

I love the ring slings! Awesome Giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win :)

crystal said...

I like fabric #7. Thanks!
ericbrooks75(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lydia said...

I have an ERGO baby carrier, but it doesn't work that well if the baby is under 6 months.

Sign me up!

lydia.bower @ gmail.com

Katrina said...

I don't know yet! =) I like the khaki material. I would love to win! Thanks for the giveaway!

Pam's Pride said...

I used a Snugli but it was so akward to get on and off! I love #3!! Your sling looks so comfy!! I would love to have it for my new baby coming in Feb!

Brandy said...

I have never used a sling. I do have a Biore (not sure how to spell it) carrier, and love it.
joyfulnoise4him@yahoo.com

Jenna said...

My favorite sling so far has been the Rockin' Baby Sling!

jenna@loveofbabyonline DOT com

micaela6955 said...

I have never used a sling when my kids were little, but I would love to be able to gift one to my stepdaughter-I really like the design and fabric you have in your photo, and that would be my pick!

micaela6955 at msn dot com

Jodi said...

I don't have a favorite, I used a Graco backpack with my oldest (it was awful) and a Snugli with my youngest. I wish I would have had such a great sling.

If I win I would give this to my neice her baby is 2 months old.

purehrt555(at)yahoo(dot)com

itsahumanzoo said...

I am pregnant, and don't have a carrier yet, but I have been checking out all different types of slings. I am most interested in a Moby Wrap, but not sure how it would work for me. I wish more mainstream stores sold slings so that people could try before buying! Thanks for the giveaway!
Angela
itsahumanzoo(at)gmail(dot)com
P.S. I’m giving away a subscription to Parents Magazine on my blog, so if you or someone you know might be interested, stop on by! :)

Sweetpeas said...

I didn't discover wrapping till my twins were toddlers, but I can't wait to use my hot mama stretchy hemp wrap for our new baby!

Donielle said...

I only tried 2 with my first. A snugli which I hated and used twice and then a pouch style sling that I used in a hip carry that I loved. I'm due again in April and can't wait to wear a newborn in a sling!

kamewh said...

I love the Moby Wrap! My favorite fabric is #2 :)

Thank you for the great giveaway!

kerin0874 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Mrs. Sara said...

I don't have any slings yet, as I'm due with my first baby in a month, but I've heard that ring slings are good for infants!

Thanks for the giveaway!

saharagreen at gmail dot com

Saly said...

I have and love my Karma Baby sling!

Yours are beautiful!

Karen said...

Hi, I've never owned a sling but have been dying to try one!
My sweetie is 4 months old. Boy, would it be great to snuggle with my hands free.
Count me in!
nkoadams (at) sbcglobal (dot) com

Nicole said...

I like the peanut sling. My favorite fabric is #4.

lindabelle said...

My daughter is pregnant with her first baby and has talked about slings but she isn't sure which style she likes the best. Her sister didn't have a sling when Lil Man was born so this is all new to us.

ML said...

I've used a sling and a wrap and I love them both. The #6 fabric is so cute for a little girl, and the #3 looks so lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Bettina said...

I've had a Maya wrap, a Hotsling and right now, I'm totally into the Snugli. My almost 7 month old loves looking out at everybody!

I'd pick #8-I think!!! Tough decision!

Jen said...

I love fabric number 7! I have one sling but its no good my back is killing me but I really want to wear my boy!
Great giveaway!
Thanks,
mountaingoats at hotmail dot com

DieselMonkey said...

so far i've only used Peanut Shell slings. they work well. I'm looking for a sling for Daddy to use so the navy would be best. thanks!

Codi said...

Your slings are beautiful, i'm so sad i missed this by 35 minutes, I love the one you have the picture tho.