Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Ring sling GIVEAWAY
I am late, as usual, to the party. But I'm glad you stopped by, because I really do like participating in the quarterly Bloggy Giveaway carnival. Good times. :)

I am giving away a brand new, handmade by me, Lullaby Slings ring sling. You can win it for yourself or for a friend. Isn't it pretty? It is made of a sturdy bottomweight 100% cotton fabric. Absolutely guaranteed not to slip in the rings (and especially good for someone new to babywearing.)

(One small note: there is a tiny little mistake in the decorative heart stitching - I ran out of thread in the middle of a stitch and had to start again. It isn't very noticeable, but I did want to mention it.)

One of the reasons I'm giving this away is because I want to bring some attention to the new CPSIA lead testing law that will make it impossible for me to legally do business after February 10th. Don't worry, there isn't any lead in my slings! :) Unfortunately, the new law requires anyone who makes anything for children under age 12 to test EVERY PRODUCT they make for lead, regardless of what it is made of, and since that costs thousands of dollars it functionally puts me out of business. I wrote a detailed post about it all here.

But I can certainly give my slings away, and that is just what I'm going to do! To win, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me

1) if you're a newbie to babywearing or a seasoned expert, and/or
2) who you plan to give the sling to and why.

AND if you want a couple of extra entries, you can do the following:

1) Read my post about laws with unintended consequences. I do ask that you read the whole thing, because it really is important to understand what is going on.

2) Send emails to your senators and representatives. There are links to easy ways of doing that in the post I mentioned.

If you do want the extra entries, please leave SEPARATE comments telling me of each thing you did. You can have up to three entries (comment, read post, and send emails) but you need to leave three comments telling me about it. Make sense? Ok.

Please be sure to leave a way of contacting you - either through your blog or include an email address in your comment.

Also, please read the guidelines before commenting. I will delete all comments of the "enter me" and "pick me" and "you're cool" variety.

I'll leave the contest open until Saturday (1/31) at midnight. Good luck!

posted at 2:54 PM  

At 3:25 PM, Blogger Tania said...

I am on my fourth baby and am new to baby wearing. I have tried one baby front pack once. It was so uncomfortable that I took it back. I would love to try this as I have heard so many moms talk about these!

At 3:27 PM, Blogger one frugal lady said...

I am pregnant with my second, and I wish that I had a sling with my first baby. I think my back still hurts, and I have heard such wonderful things about slings! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

At 3:32 PM, Blogger Leah said...

I'm pregnant with my third, and I tried a few cheap carriers with my other two, but I've never had a nice sling carrier!

At 3:32 PM, Blogger Trace said...

This is a great giveaway! We don't have kids yet, but are hoping to get pregnant this year!! I would love to try babywearing and have heard wonderful things about ring slings. So many benefits for mama and baby. I would love to win!

At 3:34 PM, Blogger Jasmine said...

I am new to baby wearing. I did not have a sling with my first child and now that I'm pregnant with my second child, I think baby wearing would be a huge help. So I would like the sling for myself but I also have several friends that are pregnant too that this would make a great gift for.

At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not new to babywearing, but I am new to ring slings.

At 4:06 PM, Blogger Carrie said...

I wore my son in a Bjorn, but had trouble with that pretty early, as I'm short and he got in my way early on. So I need a new plan for baby #2! This would be for me.

At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Sabrina said...

I'm a newbie b/c my kids aren't here yet! But I hope to be a pro within a few months - I think with two on the way, I'll definitely be wearing one most of the time!

sabrina999 AT rogers DOT com

At 4:21 PM, Blogger Bailey's Leaf said...

My sister is the one currently baking a baby and she is the one that will be babywearing. I think that the sling is beautiful!

Thank you!

At 4:22 PM, Blogger Bailey's Leaf said...

I e-mailed our Congressman, Tim Ryan yesterday. I've written a post about it on my blog that will post tomorrow. Swing by and read. I'm a handcrafting mom and am effected by the CPSIA regulations as well. Ugh.

At 4:23 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

I've never tried baby wearing before, but my third child is a newborn and I would love to try!

At 4:25 PM, Anonymous Sabrina said...

I read your post about the new CPSIA regulations as you said, whoever wrote it had the best of intentions but the repercussions will be wide swept, and probably not in the way it was intended to be...thanks for helping to raise awareness.

At 4:30 PM, Blogger Tori said...

I would love this sling as opposed to the bulky denim and padded sling that I borrowed from my sister-in-law. I have a baby wrap that I have used off and on, but when she was really little, my daughter would only accept the sling. For the next baby, I will definitely need a better sling so I can have enough hands to take care of more than one child! The hearts are beautiful.

Oh, and I have heard about this law and been really sad about it, but after reading your other post I wrote to my senators and representative.

At 4:32 PM, Blogger Katy said...

Emily your sling is beautiful:). I am a moby user but have wanted to try a ring sling for outtings;) I can't lie I am not sure if I will keep it for me or gift it to a prego hard to decide:). Happy gifting and I am so sorry about those lead laws hpoefully they figure it all out quick...I know OR is working on that now!!

At 5:36 PM, Blogger calabaza said...

I use a mei tai for back carries, but haven't gotten into ring slings but would love to!

At 5:39 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

I have used a front pack with my last 2 babies. My youngest is now too heavy for me to comfortably wear him in that, and I would love to get a sling for him!

At 6:28 PM, Blogger Stacy said...

I have a mei tei but not a sling. I would love to try it out myself.


At 6:33 PM, Blogger always_317537 said...

I would give this to a young lady who is about to have a baby, she could definetly use this.

At 6:35 PM, Blogger Brynna said...

I wouldn't consider myself a newbie but I'm no expert either. I have quite a few carriers of my own, but I love giving slings as baby gifts!

lukeandbryn @

At 6:40 PM, Anonymous Sue said...

i am pregnant with my fourth and am new to baby wearing. I do have a front carrier, but that's not an all the time thing to wear~

thanks for the give away!

At 6:55 PM, Blogger Hélène said...

I used a new native with my daughter for a couple months, but couldn't get it to work when she was a little older. I would love to try out a ring sling with my baby due in August.

At 6:57 PM, Blogger Jessica Morris said...

I have two littles, my youngest being 6 months. I love babywearing, but haven;t yet found "the" method for me yet! I haven't tried a ring sling yet, and would love the opportunity to see if it is THE carrier for me! :)

At 6:57 PM, Anonymous Valeria said...

I am a newbie but have heard so many great things about slings. I would keep it for myself :) Thank you for a giveaway!

Sad to hear about new regulations...


At 6:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't tried a ring sling and would love to. My son loves it when I wear him.

At 7:09 PM, Blogger rccalyn said...

What a great giveaway! I used a Mei Tai carrier when my first daughter was an older baby, but I would LOVE to try a sling with my second, due in 3 weeks!
-Stacy (

At 7:19 PM, Blogger Jeni said...

I'm a newbie! I'm pregnant with #2, and planning to wear him quite a bit!

At 7:19 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

This would be for me. I have 2 slings right now that have not worked out so well. I am in search of the perfect carrier but it is getting expensive!
The one that you are offering is beautiful!

At 7:42 PM, Blogger Heather said...

I am a babywearing expert and am currently wearing my fourth. Your ring sling is beautiful!

At 8:09 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

When I was in the Philippines, I wore the babies in a sling when I took them outside. If I win this one, I will probably take it with me when I return to the Philippines.

At 8:25 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

I am on baby #3 and he has tortocollis (or however you spell it) so now I feel like I have to hold him all the time to avoid flattening the side of his head more! I HATE the sling I have right now. I actually just met some babywearing moms in the area that have a group and am considering joinint them.

At 8:25 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

I already emailed both the congressman and senator of NE. This new law SUCKS!

At 8:30 PM, Blogger ML said...

I'm not new to babywearing, but I'm not seasoned. I used my sling a lot with my third baby, until she was six months old and then I couldn't figure out what to do with her. I didn't know anyone else who used slings. Now I'm on baby #5 and I use the sling to help me hold her when she wants to be held, but the sling I have isn't working well for her in this position with her at this larger size. I would like to try this kind of ring sling. I think it would work better for our purposes.
baron4ml at

At 8:32 PM, Blogger ML said...

I read your entry about the new law. It is so awful and I emailed the CPSC. I will be contacting representatives this week to continue to try and have this law changed.
baron4ml at

At 9:13 PM, Blogger MelissaW said...

Well, I don't know that I'm "seasoned" in baby wearing, but I do enjoy it, though haven't done as much of it as I'd hoped to.

If I won, I would give the sling to one of my co-workers who is due with #1 on St Patrick's Day.

Thanks for the chance to win! Come check out my giveaway, too.

At 9:13 PM, Blogger MelissaW said...

I read your post.

At 10:30 PM, Blogger An iMperfect wIfe said...

I'm a newbie and I'd keep it for my baby later this year!


At 10:33 PM, Blogger An iMperfect wIfe said...

Also, I read your post about unintended consequences! I've signed an online petition!


At 10:46 PM, Blogger Emily said...

Beautiful sling. I'm a newbie to babywearing!

Thanks for offering it!

princesslimey (at) gmail (dot) com

At 11:05 PM, Blogger MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

new to slings..they are beautiful

At 5:14 AM, Blogger Reeva said...

i've signed petitions about this!

i'm a newbie to babywearing and I'd be using this with my son if i won.

I'm having so much fun making friends and blog-hopping again this year.

Thanks for such a generous giveaway! I hope I'm chosen as the lucky winner!!!

At 6:53 AM, Blogger Mama Hen said...

I have four children and wore a sling with the last one. It was not adjustable though and was not very comfortable as he grew. We are adoping a baby girl and would love to win this.

At 7:08 AM, Blogger wildflower00 said...

I think this is such a dumb law I have signed the petition and hope that they decide to change it. I often buy from second hand shops and ebay etc. y child would not be able to dress so cute if this law goes into effect.

Thank you for being part of the Bloggy giveaway.

At 9:48 AM, OpenID xapis said...

I'm pregnant with my first and have always wanted to try baby wearing ever since I saw friends doing it years ago (the good kind of peer pressure, I guess!).

At 11:44 AM, Anonymous wealhtheow said...

I've been using a Mobywrap for the last year, but would love to move into a ring sling now that we're in the "pick me up put me down" phase. Babywearing saved my life in the first few months with my little guy.

At 11:52 AM, Anonymous wealhtheow said...

Also read the post about the new regulations--hope the new administration will see the light on this one!

At 11:52 AM, Anonymous wealhtheow said...

Also e-mailed my reps and senator

At 1:07 PM, Blogger demmi said...

I plan on giving it to my niece who is having her first baby con5459(at)gmai(dot)com

At 1:25 PM, Blogger Not the Queen said...

I am a "seasoned expert." I started wearing my first baby soon after her birth, and have continued with wearing my second and now third babies. I'd like this ring sling for my sister-in-law who is due with her first this summer. It's a beautiful sling!

At 1:36 PM, Blogger lace said...

I'm not new to babywearing but I'm not a pro by any means. I have several family members having babies soon and would love to gift them with the sling. (or maybe keep it not sure yet)

At 3:32 PM, Blogger Hoping for a Miracle~~ said...

I am a newbie, we are in the process of adopting and I have heard great things about the baby slings and will be trying it, so if I would win I would keep if for myself.

Thanks for the great giveaway!

At 3:35 PM, Blogger Hoping for a Miracle~~ said...

I read your post on the unintended consequences. I was already familiar with this from other friends who will also be affect by it and have I have also signed petitions to our Congressman.

At 5:47 PM, Blogger Sheila said...

I wore my first baby some, but I am finding that wearing the second is very necessary since my 19 month old still needs so much help from mommy!

I would keep it! (Does that make me selfish?) I have wanted to try a ring sling and just have no money for buying new slings now!

At 6:05 PM, Blogger Chantelle said...

i am hoping to wear my baby when she is born. Im due May 3rd. What a great prize! Thanks for sharing.
chantellesabino at mac dot com

At 6:16 PM, Blogger Ticopi said...

I have never "worn a baby"! so..I guess I am a newbie, i guess? This would be for my friend who is expecting her first child in April. thanks!

At 7:19 PM, Blogger Karen said...

I have one baby and I tried two different slings with her. She didn't like either, but I'm still searching!

At 7:39 PM, Blogger Candace said...

I'm due with my 4th in April, and have tried slings in the past, but it must've been a cheap kind. Neither the baby nor myself liked it! :)

Needless to say, my hands are full, so a sling would be a very convenient way to carry this new little one.

Thank you for being a Christian witness on your blog! I really feel for you with the whole CSPIA, it's hurting me too. :(

FYI - Aren't cotton materials being exempted? You'd just have to leave off the metal rings and use untreated wood. I think this would clear you??

At 9:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to give us a try with my baby.

At 9:54 PM, Blogger Sonya said...

I'm reasonably new to baby wearing because I'm heavyset and haven't found anything comfortable yet!

At 10:13 PM, Blogger BrineS said...

I plan to send the sling to my SIL...due in to baby wearing.

Deborah @ Comfort Joy Designs

At 11:59 PM, Blogger Cowen Family said...

I am so excited I cannot tell you! With Ana's reflux, she has become more of a mommy-worn baby:) I have a baby bjorn for errands that I LOVE but other than holding her hours on end, have yet to find the easy solution for day to day here at home. I would love to learn. I have tried a few other styles of slings and felt like she was going to fall out. I love the stitching! Beautiful!

At 12:03 AM, Blogger Cowen Family said...

I did not comment on your post regarding changing law when you wrote it, but it certainly did affect me. I make baby blankets and burp cloths and boy oh boy this hit home. (In fact a gift for baby #3 will appear in your mail hopefully...well soon:) My hobby became a small business and now just a hobby that blesses people by the gifts. With the law, sure makes me wonder where it stemmed from...I will write a letter hopefully tomorrow...Hannah

At 4:16 AM, Blogger Mindy said...

I'm new to sling-wearing, and I really wish I would have used one with my daughter. I'm thinking of having a second child, and I'd love a sling for him/her!


At 6:51 AM, Blogger Leigh said...

I guess I am a "seasoned" baby-wearer - both my "babies" are to old to be worn anymore! I'd love to give this to my SIL, who is expecting in the spring.

At 6:53 AM, Blogger Leigh said...

I meant to say this in my last comment - I read your post, and I'm affected by this, too. Just as I was starting up my own handmade toys business, I started reading about this legislation. I'm praying hard that it gets changed!

At 7:06 AM, Blogger ShaunJoy said...

I'm a newbie, and it would be for myself. With baby #1 I didn't feel a sling was necessary. However, with baby #2 on the way, I'm thinking it would be a great idea so I have some extra hands!

At 7:32 AM, Blogger jessie said...

I just had my 4th,, and final, child. I've never used a ring sling but always wanted to try. Plus, always happy to support a fellow crafter!

At 7:54 AM, Blogger Katie Jones said...

I have not found a sling that will work for Luke and I. He does not like anything but the baby bjorn, but he does like to be held a lot. I have seen how versatile the sling is for Josiah and would like to try it out! Thanks!

At 8:18 AM, Blogger rebecca said...

I have been wearing my baby since he was a month old. I only have a sling that I threw together, but it works well. He's ten months now and I still won't go out without it! I'd love to have a new, different one that was well made by someone who knew what they were doing!

gitrecca (at) gmail (dot) com

At 9:47 AM, Blogger Margie S. said...

I will be a newbie with the arrival of my first in April and am very excited to be a babywearer! Your sling looks beautiful and comfortable, and I appreciate the chance! (And this whole CPSIA thing is insane!)

At 10:55 AM, Blogger Julie said...

I am a newbie and would love to keep this for myself with #2!

At 11:05 AM, Blogger LeeAnn said...

I'm a newbie...expecting my first in June and am excited about trying out a sling!

At 11:06 AM, Blogger LeeAnn said...

I read your article - so much out there about how much of an impact this is going to have - so frustrating!

At 11:06 AM, Blogger LeeAnn said...

I've also emailed my representatives about this issue.

At 11:23 AM, Anonymous Tara said...

I new to both babies and babywearing -- due in March. Not sure how my back will hold up over too much time, but otherwise I think everything about babywearing sounds ideal! Thanks for the giveaway. twowishesblog at gmail dot com

At 11:30 AM, Anonymous Tara said...

And I just read your post about the CPSIA. Have written on it a few times myself, though mostly on the secondhand issue and that seems to have been SEMI-resolved....

I am so sorry for all of the small businesses that have been affected and hold out some small hope that the avalanche of unhappy constituents will make the reexamine the rules and offer small sellers some relief. (Though it's a SMALL hope -- I realize the wording of the law itself doesn't leave much wiggle room.)

Unfortunately, I don't have any representatives of my own to contact because I live in the District of Columbia -- home of "taxation without representation".

At 11:56 AM, Blogger Maggie said...

I am pregnant with my second. I'm new to and very excited about babywearing. Thanks for the giveaway!

At 12:53 PM, Anonymous Amanda said...

I am new to babywearing. My husband has fought cancer 2 times and we can't have biological children so we are adopting. We are waiting for the big call. I can't wait to become a proud baby wearer.

At 1:23 PM, Blogger krista said...

Your slings look amazing! I would save it for me, for the next baby!! Not pregnant yet, but plan on having another some day :) I wished I had had a good sling with my first and never did.

At 1:30 PM, Blogger krista said...

I read your post...seriously awful. It frustrates me SO badly...

At 2:10 PM, Blogger Rachel C. said...

I'm a newbie...pregnant with my first and so excited to give babywearing a try!! SO, if I were lucky enough to win I'd keep the sling for myself :) And I'm expecting a boy, so the blue would be just perfect! Your slings are really beautiful - so sorry about the new law. It really stinks. But...Thanks so much for the giveaway!!


At 3:35 PM, Blogger Nicole said...

I am new to babywearing and really enjoy it. I would keep this sling. Thanks!

At 3:57 PM, Blogger Amanda said...

I'm a newbie to baby wearing, but I think it's such a wonderful idea. I'd love to give this to my son for his baby.


At 4:22 PM, Blogger Katrina said...

I am expecting in july and will be a newbie to baby wearing. =)

At 6:20 PM, Anonymous Lindley said...

I did not use a sling with my son, but now that I am having baby #2, I think it would be very beneficial to have my hands free- thanks!
linjenals at yahoo dot com

At 7:02 PM, Blogger grams said...

I'm a grandmother who loves to wear my grandchildren. It makes life much easier. I wish I had one when my babies were babies. LOL I would either keep it or give as a gift to a new mom.

At 7:58 PM, Blogger the schros said...

I would give this to myself b/c I'm a second-time mom and a first time baby wearer (wannabe)
katelynthames at yahoo dot com

At 9:12 AM, Blogger Tracy @ our Journey said...

I would give it to my niece...she has a newborn and a 2 yr old and a 5 yr old whom she homeschools. I know she would love to have a free hand lol

At 5:46 PM, Blogger becca said...

My lovely neighbor is having her fourth baby soon. She'd love to have a beautiful new sling for Sam. :)


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