Another one of my go-to baby shower presents is a unpadded ring sling. I LOVE baby carriers. My husband thinks I’m crazy for having so many different kinds, but they are the tools of my trade. I have made two of these slings for myself, two for my sisters who are now mothers, and now another for a cousin who will be welcoming her first child in just a month. It is not a difficult project – just a long hemmed rectangle attached to a pair of rings, but it is the most useful gift you could give a mother (especially if she has more than one child!).
I make them out of cotton stretch sateen. It is a “bottom weight” and therefore strong enough to hold even a toddler, but still cool for summer months. There is a slight width-wise stretch which makes it all the more comfy for mom and baby. The rings are purchased from SlingRings.com and Jan Andrea’s instructions for a pleated shoulder are so comfortable that I have never missed having padding.
Here is my “baby” sister, now a mother herself, snuggling my nephew in the sling I made her. Isn’t she beautiful?