When purchasing a Sakura Bloom back in 2015, I knew I wanted something that didn’t break the bank & that wouldn’t leave me and baby a sweaty mess during wearing. Due to linen being one of my very favorite fabrics since it’s moisture wicking and very cool/lightweight, I landed on the Classic. It comes in some gorgeous colors, but I opted for a subtle (gender neutral) grey and I have been in love with it ever since. It has become so soft over time. It also washes very well & air dries quickly, so no need to fret about newborn blowouts. I highly recommend this carrier for parents on a budget looking to make a long term investment.
As baby girl has grown, I’ve been lucky enough to try a variety of carriers**, but I typically come back to our linen ring sling time & time again. Looking forward, I want to learn to wear baby girl & maybe even the toddler on my back using the ring sling, so I’m planning on making another investment in one built for larger children. Sakura Bloom has a number of options, and Laurel, the owner of Carry Me Away was kind enough to send over four such options for me to try out!
Theory Bamboo in Sonoma: Going just by touch, I thought for sure this would be my undisputed favorite. It is by far the softest. However, it is very thick and if you’re in a frequently hot location, this might not be the one for you. If you’re in a colder climate, I think this ring sling is amazing! I very much enjoyed wearing it on that one 40° day Texas sent my way.
Cons (for hot climates):
- Thicker Fabric
- Rings are slightly harder to adjust quickly due to extra bulk
Simple Linen in White Oak: So, just going by touch, I was a tad wary of this one, but it turned out to be my favorite, which makes sense as it is considered the upgraded version of our Classic Linen. I could really feel the extra support through my back and it was light/airy. Baby girl enjoyed being wrapped in this material, too.
- Rings are easily adjusted
- Perfect for hot climates
- Stiffer fabric (Linen takes some wear & wash to become soft, but once it does, it’s amazing!)
Chambray Linen in Black Currant: This sling ended up being my second favorite and it was an unbelievably close race between the Simple Linen. I wore it to the rodeo and I was on my feet for hours, but this sling was super supportive and very cool. Even on a sunny, warmer day, baby girl didn’t get sweaty at all. While I should pick the Simple Linen, I find myself drawn to the Spearmint color and this sling may be the one I buy.
- Easily adjusted
- Stiffer fabric initially
- Won’t provide much warmth in a cooler climate.
Simple Silk in Marcona: While the silk is pretty, this was my least favorite. It was very hot on and caused me to sweat almost immediately. Although not as bulky as the Bamboo Theory, it was still thicker than linen and just not my personal preference. I also didn’t care for the texture of the fabric. Though to be fair, if it is like linen, it may soften up with use.
- Great for cold climates
- Beautiful Fabric
- Medium Weight
- Rougher Texture
I hope this helps give you an idea of which carrier might be right for you. If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Carry Me Away team! They are a wealth of Knowledge!
* Classic linen is the one I own. I bought it pre baby girl being born and I have used it almost everyday of her life.