baby-slings-msg - 12/10/16
Making and using a period baby sling to carry your baby.
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From: mugjf at uxa.ecn.bgu.edu (Gwyndlyn J Ferguson)
Subject: Re: Babies at War...info on care??
Date: 29 Apr 1995 18:30:48 GMT
Organization: Educational Computing Network
: : plan on having some type of "period" stroller--a wooden wagon,
: : maybe--with a canope. Will that do?
: I used a sling and carried Amber, when Daddy didn't have her.
Those slings, if in a non-"pastel baby nightmare" design look mighty like
the picture I have here in front of me. First half thirteenth century,
by Mathew Paris, St Christopher carrying the infant Christ (actually
looks more like the toddler christ) in a shoulder sling. I danced for
joy when I saw that, because it's period to the persona of my friend who
will also be bringing a small baby to War this year.
BTW, she plans on using a "pack-n-play" playpen for a camping crib, with
plenty of blankets in the bottom. It's hidden in the tent, so who cares
how it looks, there's no fear of rolling over on the baby, and no worry
about him falling out of bed either.
*Gwyn Ferguson***Western Illinois University
*SCA: Lady Gwyndlyn Caer Vyrddin***Lochmorrow-Midrealm
*Internet: mugjf at bgu.edu
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 96 19:46:22 GMT
From: SPIS & NZ Science Monthly <nzsm at spis.co.nz>
Subject: Baby slings -- construction
For those of you who would like to construct a baby sling for transportation
of newborns-3-yr-olds, here are the instructions. I'm posting this following
various requests from a comment on useful things for new parents:
Baby slings are not the same as medical slings!
Baby slings are readily available here from chemists (er..drugstores in
your vocab I think) and craft outlets -- you could check out your
variant of Plunket (do you guys have a national agency responsible
for helping out new parents, antenatal and postnatal? hmm, maybe
not). Try baby sewing books at the library (you do still have
Lessee, the slings are made out of any closely woven fabric. Cotton
is fine (period style colours and patterns make it useful for SCA
events -- fluoro pink looks OK but won't go down well in enchanted
ground!). Something that's strong enough to bear weight without
ripping, but soft enough to drape reasonably well.
The slings are basically a rectangle: about one metre wide and 2
metres long. Cut two and sew together for extra strength, hem. One end
is pleated and sewn flat (pleats about 5cm wide; sew it down in a
square shape at the end so it's sturdy). The other end is looped
through two rings (the ones I have are large wooden curtain rings
(internal diameter 5cm) and pulled about 30 cm. It's then laid out
flat on the main piece and sewn across.
To make things more comfortable and to help keep the rings at the
end, you can put a rectangle/ellipse of light foam inside the space
between the two layers of fabric (the fabric will bunch up around
the rings, but there's usually room to manoeuvre).
To use the sling, the pleated end is passed through, under and over
the rings. That should be enough to hold it. You then sling it
across your shoulder. Adjusting the tightness affects how much
cavity you have in front of you to fit your baby in. I've found that
it's most comfortable when you fan the material across your back so
that your whole back and shoulder are sharing the load -- letting the
material bunch up into a slide piece is a bit hard on the collarbone
after a while. Experiment.
You can carry a newborn or even a three-year-old in this. The newborn
will lie tucked right up inside, keeps them warm and makes it easy to
breastfeed with no-one the wiser; a 12-month-old will enjoy sitting up
facing away from you with their feet tucked in; a 3-year-old can have
his/her bottom supported by the sling with their legs outside it.
People really do a double-take when they see a sling, but they can
see how comfy the baby is and how convenient it is to have both hands
katherine kerr from the far-off southern reaches of Caid
Vicki Hyde, South Pacific Information Services Ltd, Christchurch, NZ
From: Margaret Griffith <peggieg at u.washington.edu>
Subject: Re: Baby slings -- construction
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 1996 10:40:49 -0800
Organization: University of Washington
On Wed, 20 Mar 1996, SPIS & NZ Science Monthly wrote:
> For those of you who would like to construct a baby sling for transportation
> of newborns-3-yr-olds, here are the instructions. I'm posting this following
> various requests from a comment on useful things for new parents:
Just one word of warning on an otherwise excellent post - don't wait
until you get to an SCA event to try out the sling for the first time.
Also, if you intend to use a sling for your toddler, start when he/she is
a baby - otherwise the child may very well rebel against this unfamiliar
form of transportation.
From: Wayne Anderson <wander at hooked.net>
Subject: Re: Period Toys (Re: babies and smalls at events)
Date: 15 May 1996 02:31:01 GMT
For parents of small babies, the best piece of equipment is a sling
type carrier. You can buy one at a baby store for about $40, or, as
I did, go to the store, try one on, see how it's made and go home and
make one in SCA appropriate fabric.
A sling has a more period feel to it than a back pack, and is
more comfortable for parents and babies. It's also very easy to nurse
discreetly in the sling, at least with a very small baby. One baby
book claims that a sling is useful till the child is three, but
they haven't met my 40 pound two-year-old.
Maudelyn of Bryn Aur
From: savaskan <savaskan at sd.znet.com>
Subject: Re: Garb suggestions for nursing mother (long response)
Date: Fri, 05 Jun 1998 21:57:23 -0800
Organization: Savaskan Anatolians
koala at bright.net wrote:
> A Very Highly Recommended item which I found immensely useful, whether I was
> breastfeeding at the moment or not, is a sling. Find one in a not-too-modern
> fabric and it serves very nicely as baby carrier and breastfeeding cover-up.
I made one out of a sheer cotton gauze. I just knotted the ends of the
fabric to size and it worked great on hot days. Most of the commercial
slings are too many layers of material for hot summer days, IMHO.
Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2000 07:59:07 +0100
From: "Melanie Wilson" <MelanieWilson at bigfoot.com>
To: <sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu>
Subject: Re: baby sling/holder
I used a large piece of cloth which when the babies were small I put one end
over my shoulder , the other round my waist tied at the back, this held
them until they could hold their heads up. Then I changed it so they sat on
my bum tied the cloth under their bum & round my waist then either over or
under my bust, used up to 4 years old so far
From the fb "SCA Garb" group:
Ahmie Polak Yeung
Don't forget, slings are period and extremely handy for breastfeeding but take some practice. I make my own summer slings out of 2.5 yards of half-width gauze (too much width gets in the way when trying to get baby to breast quickly & discretely in my experience). I use metal rings from the curtain rings that have the little clips held on with a bit of wire (just bend the wire and it comes off with the clip), they sell them at Target and Walmart, don't by the "easy glide" ones just go for straight metal. With gauze even the smallest metal O-rings I could find at the local hardware stores and chains were so big that they were providing too much slipage, and I didn't trust macrame rings. I've used the same set of rings through four kids, wearing them in the same gauze pretty much daily from birth through about 5 months when they get too heavy for my spine to tolerate the weight being lopsided like that (even with the fabric well spread on my shoulder and back). Tail works well for a cover. Also very handy because babies should not be wearing sunscreen before they're 6mo, so you can cover the baby with the tail of a lightweight fabric sling while having sun exposure to prevent sunburn.
For older babies, I'm nearly positive the "Asian-Style Baby Carriers" aka Mei Tai (I think that's how some folks spell it) that were the inspiration for carriers like Ergo Baby Carrier were in use in period - just tied on instead of buckled most likely. Those are also breastfeeding friendly (and also more daddy-friendly since they're not so dependent on boobs for positioning baby upright if you wind up with a little one who tends to spit up after a feed - keeping them as vertical as possible after feeds by supporting them in a firm & tight sling immediately after helps keeps stuff traveling in a downward direction), but work better when baby is past the wanting-to-be-squished-up-as-if-still-in-womb phase.
I believe there are publicly viewable videos on my profile of my demonstrating how to make a no-sew ring sling and then how to wear it with a small baby - I made them years ago (before I needed the wheelchair quite so much, so I was standing in the video) and I think the friend's baby that I was borrowing for the video was around 6 weeks old.