Ring slings are long fabrics with two rings on one end through which the fabrics from the tail end are threaded in. They are becoming increasingly popular in the baby-wearing world due to the ease of use and maintenance. They really do not take any space and can be a permanent inhabitant of your diaper bag. They are designed for use until baby is 3 years old or 35lbs.
Review – Meissa Silk Ring Sling
Fabric – Single layer of 100% Dupioni silk.
Length – 77 inch
Width – 26 inch
Ring – Aluminium ring, certified by International Baby Carrier Safety Regulations and Standards
Name – Sadaf, meaning ‘seashells’.
The Meissa ring slings are soft and can be threaded easily once broken in. They are lightweight and can be folded easily to fit in even a tiny handbag. They have the nubs, grits, ridges in the weave of their fabric – a feature of pure dupioni silk. It gives it the ‘grippy’ character- meaning the fabric does not slide through the ring even if you are carrying your toddler. It stays as is!
They are breathable and remains cool even in warmer climates. As the weather is getting hotter, I do not know how it will fare during the peak of Doha heat. They have a pocket on the tail end of the ring sling perfect for keeping small keys and odds and bits!
If the rings are placed in the right position and fabric is spread evenly on the back, these ring slings are great for shopping trips, when the baby is cranky and needs a snuggle or when you need a hands-free minute (or ten!) The silk moulds to the baby’s shape and they do not dig into the shoulder or stretch/sag. They are comfortable for carrying a newborn and at the same time, supportive enough for carrying a toddler too.
The Meissa silk ring slings are gorgeous with their sheen and shimmer. They add colour to your normal everyday wear or can be even worn with a pretty party wear. It is difficult to capture this actual colour on camera.
Another fun fact – They have unique names in Arabic like Nafees (expensive/rare), Nada (morning dew), Kaheel (Arabic eyeliner) etc.
- Easy to use and wear.
- Beautiful colours.
- Easy to breastfeed.
- Great for colicky newborn days.
- Front carry and hip carry. If you are an expert, a back carry too.
- Great for toddlers who want to look around.
- Single shoulder. Hence cannot be worn for long walks or hikes.
- An initial learning curve.
The only improvement I would want is it to be double layered for a more cushioning effect on the shoulders while carrying a toddler. (Meissa Market does this on demand)
Spot washing for minor stains/marks/blemishes/. Hand washing in cold water with silk appropriate/mild detergent.
Hang dry. Do not use the dryer.
I was quite hesitant about trying ring slings since they looked daunting to wrap around. But after using the Meissa ring sling for a while now, I only wish I knew about them during the initial colicky days. It really would have been a help to me during all those sleepless days and nights! If you are an expectant mom or even an experienced mom to a toddler, I recommend the Meissa ring slings. There is nothing like a carrier that makes the mothering days a little easier. Snuggles all the way.
About Meissa Market.
It is run by a lovely Doha-based mom who is passionate about baby wearing and is doing her part to spread the love of ring slings around. All their fabrics are sourced directly from its sellers in India etc. Meissa market also have ring slings in Linen and Cotton. They can be contacted on Instagram and their online shop can be found here.
(This product was sent for review. All opinions and views are my own )
A few tips and tricks while using a ring sling