Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tonga Baby Sling


I was window shopping at the Mommy Mundo Expo Kid, not really sure of what to buy. We don't exactly have a lot of extra moolah to go on a wide shopping spree, so I want to make sure that whatever I choose to buy was going to be worth it. But days before attending Kid Expo, I already kind of knew what I needed to get. I wanted to get a new baby carrier. I loved my Idigo Baby's Baby Pouch but it doesn't fit me and Rain anymore (its because she's growing okay??? Hahaha deffensive) and also because since I can be a scatter-brain sometimes, I can't seem to find it anywhere. I might have left it at my in-laws house or its probably somewhere at home underneath a pile of whatever.

So anyway, after window shopping on all the booths of Expo Kid, I came across R-Trevi Concepts. Like all the others, its a delightful little booth with interesting baby items. But the item that really caught my attention was this colorful hammock-looking sash. And the display photo beside it showed that it was actually a baby carrier.


Ding! Ding! Ding!

Aha! A new baby carrier that looks like nothing I've seen before! Target locked!






Trying on the Tonga sling for the first time 
This baby sling reminds me of a hammock. It's basically a big sash but the bottom part where the baby would sit streches wide (exactly as a hammock does). And I was especially happy when I saw that they had a rainbow colored one. Perfect! A rainbow sling for the little Rainbow! So the more I wanted to get it! Until I found out it was P1,580. Bubble burster. I was only planning to get something around a thousand. I was still thinking about it but to my surprise my wonderful husband told me to get it because I hardly ask for anything. Such a sweetheart!

A Rainbow sling for the little Rainbow!

It's made in Paris, made of 100% cotton, and the color is non-toxic. I was able to use this already last week for a little family lunch at Burgos Circle. It was a hot day so it was perfect for little Rain to keep her cool. In fact, she was cooler in the Tonga sling than in her stroller. (Confession: We usually just bring the stroller now for our bags and use it as a push cart hehehehe. With a heavy diaper bag, Rain's toy bag, the camera bag, and my bag, can you really blame us? tee hee)

Rain doing her "close-open"


Okay so what do I think of it so far? The truth is I'm not really sure yet. So let me list the pros and cons:

Pros:
1. The hammock-like material is a brilliant idea because it makes the baby's "ride" 100% more breezy. Perfect fr our hot climate here in the Philippines. No thick cloth wrapped around your baby's body.
2. Compact. Just roll it or fold it. It won't take up a lot of space on your purse (yes you can put it on your purse or even your husband's back pocket. It's that compact)
3. Easy to wear. No complicated straps here and there.


Cons:
1. There's not much back support. In all the times I've worn this, I have always felt the need to support Rain's back with my hand. Especially at Rain's age where she would just suddenly bend backward. So basically instead of having 2 free hands, I have one free hand and my other hand lightly supporting Rain's back to make sure she doesn't bend backwards.
2. Expensive. For me anyways.

Kinds of defeats the purpose? Not really for me. Because no matter what, it still supports the weight of your baby. Makes roaming around so much easier rather than carrying your baby's full weight with one arm. And come to think of it, it has more pros than cons. So I guess it's not all that bad! The important thing right now is that I'm sure Rain is comfortable and cool in it whenever she hitches a ride with me :-)

19 comments:

  1. Ang cute ng sling!

    dropping by to let you know, I linked you up on my mommy blog.

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    1. Thank you Mommy Peach!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

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  2. Love the sling but it's so mahal!

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    1. Yes i agree :( mahal nga :( but when your husband insists, grab agad! Hahaha!:-) but honestly if it looked like a common baby carrier, i wouldnt get it. Especially for that price. Its the presko feature talaga that really got me interested :)

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  3. Waaaa you got that! It's so adorable, no? I wanted to get one as well (I must admit the colors and design got me :P) as baby k'tan is too thick and mainit, kaso it's made for older babies :(

    It was so nice meeting you at Expo Kid! Hope to see you guys again on the 6th! Added you on my blogroll, by the way. Wooo, go, rookie moms! :D

    Follow my adventures at http://happymommyadventures.blogspot.com/

    ♥Jeanne/Happy Mommy Adventures

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    1. Hi Jeanne! Yes I'm surprised too that Richie told me to get it bwahahah! :-) Yes ok sya kasi kakaiba. And super presko! So happy to have met you too!!! :-) yay! thank you for adding me to your blog roll! And I added you too! (Just learned how a few days ago hehehe blog virgin! tee hee!)

      By the way what's on the 6th? Is it the Mom Expo? :-)

      Super thanks again Jeanne! <3

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    2. Yes, Expo Mom at Rockwell.
      Hahaha thanks for adding me too :D

      Ooooh must get tonga when my boy is older na.
      Yeee, looking forward to reading more from you.

      Good night :)

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    3. Yes ill definitely go! See you!!!!:-)

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  5. Hello Rina,

    Magandang Gabi po, im from Jakarta,Indonesia. Im so interest to have one, but in here it's so hard to find TONGA Brand, and i found you shared this cute baby sling.

    if you dont mind, would you like to tell me, where to buy that's stuff in Manila and how much is that? Is there any worldwide shipping?

    Sorry too many asking :D

    Maraming Salamat :)

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    1. Hi deeasoka!:-) here's the facebook page of the seller where i bought it from!:)

      https://www.facebook.com/rtrevi.concepts

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  6. hi sis. ive been searching for a hip carrier as my 15 month old daughter doesnt like her stroller. i saw your review and i want to get one but i'm a bit worried that it isn't adjustable. i'm a plus size mom and i wonder if this will be suitable for me. thanks in advance!!!

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    1. Hi Kate! It's not adjustable eh :-( but they have different sizes. I suggest you fit it to really find out if may lukso ng dugo hehe :-) if not there are tons of other baby slings you can try!:-) check out Next 9 and Indigo Baby :-) they have really good ones too!

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  7. Hi Rina! I've been looking for a carrier for my 10 month old. I saw the tonga at the mommy mundo bazaar and was intrigued. After using the tonga for a few months, how would you rate it?

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    1. Hi Izza! Hmmm... I was only able to try 3 slings so compared to the other 2, this would be last simply because you still need to put your arm around your baby to really support her back in case she decides to do a surprise back-flip hehehe. But I would rate it very high in "presko"-ness. I feel this sling is really for babies who can sit up right na. Definitely not for infants. Hope this helps!

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  8. hi rina! i just want to know what's the size of Tonga you bought for Rain. thanks in advance!

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    1. Hi Tey! My Tonga rainbow sling is medium :-) Still fits Rain and I and I think I'll still be able to use it for a few more months because there's still space :-) It's not that super snug yet :-)

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  9. I am so tempted to get one! Im going back and forth between the suppori baby carrier, mesh type also.. i wonder, how is the shoulder support on the tonga? Does it slide of the ball of your shoulder when baby is malikot? Suppori's shoulder area is wider and cups the shoulder ball more.. but this has more colors and is cheaper :-)

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  10. Hi, i just saw your post while googling on baby sling carrier and i am wondering if TONGA and/or SUPPORI give the same kind of support to us moms? and i am actually confused as to what size to get. My baby is not really big so even if i can find the measurements, it's still not that convincing unless i can really try one. i can't find one here in cebu, or if meron man, i really dont know where. some sales ladies dont even know what that is. from where you have purchased it, lucky sayo coz mahal na masyado ngayon.. 2,370 pesos na cya.. grabe! i have a budget of 2,000 and masakit na yan sa bulsa. was hoping to find at least 1,000 lang sana. anyway, i hope you can tell us more about it and how to really choose the right size? thank you

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