Road Tripping with Rockin’ Baby Hero Sling
Rockin’ Baby is a wonderful company started just a few years ago by Kathryn Wiley, and located in my great state of Virginia. They sent me a beautiful Hero Ring Sling in exchange for a review with my honest thoughts and opinions. Whenever someone purchases a sling, Rockin’ Baby donates a sling to a mother in need. This means when you buy a Rockin’ Baby sling, you’re also helping another mother wear her baby! I didn’t think I could feel better about babywearing, but knowing I am helping another Mom makes me feel even better. Rockin’ Baby calls this Mother to Mother and I think it’s awesome. I love supporting companies who give back.
I decided the best way to test my new Hero ring sling out would be to take it on a road trip. I took two carriers – a SSC and my Rockin’ Baby. After unsuccessfully using the SSC (Sunshine was not having it), I figured it was the perfect time to switch to the Rockin’ Baby. She was immediately calmer and more comfortable. This brings me to one of my favorite things about the Rockin’ Baby: it folds up small and is easy to carry in your diaper bag or even a purse.
It was very hot outside but we did not overheat while wearing the sling. I am hot-natured so this is important to me. The orange Hero Sling is a heavy duty cotton material that kind of reminds me of a pair of slacks. It is soft but not cushy at first. It feels a bit less dressy than Rockin’ Baby’s more expensive slings with prints. The orange Hero Sling is approximately $70, and the more expensive prints are approximately $100. That being said, the orange colored fabric with red rings is a very pretty combination and I’ve received multiple compliments on my Hero sling. The color is bold, but not too bright which is nice. Also, this is the exact sling that Rockin’ Baby gives to Mothers in Haiti through the Mother to Mother program, how cool is that? It’s nice to know that Moms are receiving a great sling.
Eventually, I also decided to ditch my diaper bag and try to make it with only the sling. It has a pretty large zip pocket. I put a diaper, a onesie (in case of a blowout), a little ziplock bag of wipes, my keys, and my debit card in the pocket. We were able to spend the rest of our time hanging out with an old friend without worrying about the diaper bag. It was awesome and freeing. I am in love with the zip pocket. For some people maybe this isn’t a big feature, but for me it’s becoming a must on a carrier. I couldn’t believe how much I fit in the pocket, but the carrier did not feel weighed down or uncomfortable. The only disclaimer I will add is that I was using disposable diapers at the time, so a cloth diaper may not fit as easily.
Why I love it . . .
- The Mother to Mother program – I love knowing that another Mom out there is going to be able to wear her baby when someone buys a Rockin’ Baby Sling
- Very affordable, one of the best priced slings on the market (approximately $70)
- Feels well made and is holding up well
- Fabric is heavy enough to support baby, but still breathes pretty well since it’s cotton
- The pocket! Every baby carrier should have a pocket, seriously
- Rockin’ Baby has a great instruction booklet which includes instructions for how to thread your sling, and how to do multiple kinds of carries. I love this especially for Moms just getting started with babywearing
- Fits most body types because it’s adjustable
- Folds up small, and easy to take with you wherever you go
- Made in the USA
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