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Joovy theBabaSling {Review}

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

Remember how I told you there would be an upcoming review from Joovy?  Well, well, well.  Now is the time.  First I have to take you back to the beginning of May…  If you follow us at all on Facebook then you will remember that we were vacationing in WDW at that time.  (Yes, we busted Banjo out of school to hit Disney before the crowds got crazy.)  Joovy sent us theBabaSling before we left on our trip.

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I’ve always liked to do the whole baby wearing thing, so was ecstatic to take it with us on our pre summer vacation.  Plus, theBabaSling is uber chic looking, so I’d be styling.  But then I got to thinking that I wouldn’t use it all that much, because we were after all taking our Joovy Caboose stroller.  Cache would just sleep in the main seat of the stroller, Ruby would sit/stand on the platform, and Banjo would walk.  That was the plan.  And all went according to plan…

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For about half of our first day in the magical world of mouse.

At first all was right in the world.  Baby Cache just road along sleeping, Ruby was more entertained by jumping off of her seat on the “train” and running around before getting back “all aboard”, and Banjo was quite content to walk along with his cousins.  Then EVERYTHING deviated from the plan!

Ruby became a hot mess and didn’t want to ride on the platform any longer.

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She wanted to SLEEP.

Need I remind you that this was our very first day in the most magical kingdom on earth?  And Banjo?  Well, he grew tired of walking.  He grew tired very fast.

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What happened?  Where did we go wrong?  Well, for starters we should have purchased a Joovy Big Caboose Triple stroller before heading Orlando.  That would have been the solution.  However already being in Florida when we made this discovery… We didn’t have that option.  We will definitely know for next time.  But since I had the handy, dandy BabaSling all was right again in the world!

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The hammock style of the sling was perfect for carrying tiny Cache and the  comfort padding… perfect for my bum shoulder.  The shoulder I’ve had surgery on twice and I’m now a candidate for a total shoulder replacement.  What?  I’ve never told you about that before?  Yeah.  Remind me to tell you sometime all about my shoulder problem.  😉

This sling carried Cache all over the parks.

He was able to meet all the characters just like the big kids.

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Can you believe that Stitch actually sports a Dandy Giveaway logo???  😉

TheBabaSling comes in sooooo many beautiful and vibrant colors.

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As you can see from our vacation photos we have it in Scarlet Red.  I can’t tell you how many compliments I received on it while at WDW.  Too many to count.  One stranger just came up to me to say, “That’s a nice looking sling!”  Why, yes.  Yes it is.  🙂

Since Disney I’ve been using the BabaSling all over the place.  Particularly on the 4th of July at the lake.

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It was a long day.  The BabaSling put Cache right to sleep.

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It’s my hero.

*This posting and review are sponsored by Joovy, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Hotslings Adjustable Pouch Carrier {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

The other day at the commissary (on-base grocery store), I was getting the boys into the special rocket cart that has seatbelts and steering wheels for two kids, and I started thinking about how this routine would have to change in the next several weeks when Baby Boy #3 arrives.  My four-year-old has been dying to use one of the carts that has room for four children and stretches out  about 12 feet, but I absolutely refuse to attempt pushing that massive thing through the store — in all honesty, I’m not exactly sure that I even could push that massive thing through the store. 

In thinking of how I could still use this special rocket cart (which also has an upper basket part and a lower basket part — my favorite for keeping produce and bread from being smashed by cereal boxes and meat!), I determined that I’d have to break down and get some sort of carrier or sling to wear the baby on me.  I’ve tried a couple over the past few years, but I always feel like I’m not wearing it correctly or like I have way too much fabric wrapped around my body. 

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I discovered the Hotslings website after quite a bit of searching through all the options available, and I figured that it had all the makings for a successful baby-wearing experience for me: not too much fabric, the ability to adjust sizes, and choices for wearing the baby in different positions.  And, the bonus?  Super classy and stylish designs! 

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My initial thought was how much I loved the compact size of the Hotslings Adjustable Pouch Carrier — the entire carrier fit snugly inside a cute case that can also be used to hold a wipe container and 1-2 diapers.  I received the Silhouette design, and I like the versatility of the pattern along with the practicality of not showing every single stain or mark that may get on the fabric.  It was easy to adjust and easy to shift into new positions.  I love it!

Semi-Reclined / Cradle Carry (8 lbs to 4 months)

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Front Carry (2 to 8 months)

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Hip Carry (6 to 8 months and up)

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Hotslings can be found on Zulily this week, and you can enter below to win a Hotslings Adjustable Pouch Carrier in your choice of design!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Saturday, August 3rd, and emailed within 24 hours.   If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Hotslings, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

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