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|
|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:
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.
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 :-)