Sunday, July 11, 2010

Make Your Own Baby Sling!

Baby Z in her baby carriers

Baby Z snoozing contentedly in a ring sling made by her Grandmommy Beryl

I mentioned a while back that in addition to sewing up dozens of cloth diapers, my mother also made us a whole host of baby carriers for wearing little Z. And Masheka and I took an excellent free Babywearing 101 workshop at Metro Minis in Manhattan to learn about five major types of baby carriers (pouches, slings, mei tais, soft structured carriers and wraps) and how to use them safely. The safest position for small infants is an inward-facing front carry, tummy-to-tummy with baby up high enough on the sternum that you can kiss the top of her head. Baby's head is to the side, with plenty of clearance so she isn't chin-to-chest.

The above is one of the ring slings my mother made, my current favorite for around-the-house babywearing. She just used a piece of reversible upholstery fabric she got at Jo-Ann's with some baby-wearing-quality ring slings purchased from also has links to a bunch of sling-making sewing patterns. I'm not sure which one she used, but it has a pleated shoulder and a handy pocket on the tail and she tells me it was a super-easy and quick project (not to mention much less expensive than commercial ring slings).

Baby Z in her baby carriers

Except when we're sleeping, either Masheka and I hold and cuddle Baby Z nearly every minute she's awake (and much of the time she's asleep). She's not fussy or colicky, but it's pretty clear she far prefers lying on our chests to lying in her cosleeper or crib. So without a way to carry her hands-free, I'd be hard-pressed to even make myself a sandwich or make a phone call, and I'd be even farther behind on my email than I already am (which reminds me--apologies if you've emailed me and haven't heard back!).

Baby Z in her baby carriers

Oh, and here's Masheka carrying Baby Z in the neutral gray mei-tai-style baby carrier my mom made in deference to his tastes. This photo was taken barely a week after she was born, so I still look a bit preggo:

Baby Z in her baby carriers

Anyway, if you want more information, I recommend the forums and articles at And I swear that someday there will be a sewing-related post here that isn't about baby stuff... really!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Striped Lace Baby Sock

As you may imagine, not a whole lot of sewing or knitting going on in these first few weeks at home with Baby Z. So far all I've managed to do is finish a single baby sock--a sock I started during my ridiculously long (five days!) labor. I have started knitting the second one but I'm so sleep-deprived I've messed up the picot edging and will have to start over when I get a chance. (When that will be is unclear!)

This is the chevron lace variation of Ann Budd's free "Better Than Booties" Baby Socks pattern--full details here on Ravelry.

As you may recall, I had already knit the ruffle-top variation:

Bordeaux "Better than Bootties" Baby Socks

But even though I used size 0 needles and drastically reduced the number of stitches around (from 44 to 36) neither pair will be fitting Baby Z's petite feet for quite a while.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Baby Z Shows Off Her Dimple

She's not even two weeks old, so I'm told these aren't real smiles, but... my goodness how she's grown already! By seven days old, she was already 9 pounds... which is 10 ounces over her birth weight!

The Baby Z Adventures, Episode 2!

No sewing going on at the moment (still trying to learn to live the sleep-deprived life) but I have been knitting some striped lacy baby socks, photos to be forthcoming. And those nursing/maternity sleep bras I sewed myself a while back have been super-handy.

The Baby Z Adventures, Episode 2!

P.S. Thanks so much for all the congratulations, I was overwhelmed and so happy to get so much love for Baby Z!


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