I began using ring slings in January of 2006 after my second son was born. I ordered one from a lady online and used it a lot for a few months until it started to fall apart. I decided to try to make my own. I played with different ideas until I finally found my own preferences for sewing the ring sling. I ended up with several slings in different colors... you know, to match the occasion or even an outfit! I received compliments wherever we went and people began asking me to make slings for them. I cannot remember who I sold my very first sling to. I wish I could but after making hundreds of them, I simply cannot remember!
SweetPeaRingSling.com first hit the Internet in September of 2006. I went to college for Internet and Multimedia Technology and was able to marry the two interests easily. Initially my Website was focused on my graphic design business but SweetPea quickly took over!
During all of the years that I have been making ring slings, a lot of new companies have popped up. Some foreign markets have tried to cash in on the American babywearing business. Some companies are based in the USA but outsource the sewing to China, Mexico, etc. This takes money from American companies, makes it easier to bypass safety regulation laws and is putting American carrier makers out of business. Please check to see where your carriers are made.
I live in Indiana with my husband and five sons, one daughter and I work
from home. I sew around my husband's work schedule and he does a great
job of keeping the kids busy when he is home so that I can sew. My youngest still hang out in ring slings.
I have a passion for breastfeeding education and attachment parenting methods. All six of our children are/were breastfed without any supplementing. Our third son was born 6 weeks early and with a cleft. Despite being told by doctors that I would not be able to breastfeed him, he was exclusively nursed at the breast until seven months and then continued continued to breastfeed until the age of two. I am always here to help with any breastfeeding issues, colic issues or cleft-related issues. Please email me if you have any questions or need help.
My fourth child was a planned homebirth. However, my water broke at 33 weeks and 6 days. At that point, I no longer felt comfortable birthing at home- for his sake. My third son was born via a csection birth and I did not want to go through that experience again. So, to avoid another csection, I refused any induction methods or vaginal examines (to diminish the risk of infection). I remained in the hospital for 11 days, with my water ruptured, until I finally went into labor on my own! I was able to have a 100% natural, VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), with my husband, oldest son (7yo) and my doula in the hospital. It was hard birthing this way in the hospital. We had to argue with doctors, constantly look things up and even sign waivers but in the end we ended up with exactly what we wanted- a healthy baby and a healthy mom! The baby and I left the hospital 48 hours later, both doing great. The recovery from my VBAC was amazing compared to my csection birth. We trusted out guts, my body and God and ended up with a beautiful, healthy baby boy. If you need information on VBAC's o rPROM feel free to email me.
Our fifth and sixth children were twins! They were born early at 29 weeks. I went into labor on my own and they doctors were able to stop it once but not the second time. Despite their best efforts, I still dilated to 10cm. They were 2lbs 10oz and 2lbs 13 ozs and spent 10 weeks in the NICU. Very hard time for us! But they are now doing great, are catching up in size and are exclusively breastfeeding. They are now over two years old, completely caught up gestationally and still breastfeeding! :) .
All SweetPea Ring Slings are made by me in my sewing room. The design has been tried and tested and I take pride in the quality of my slings.
Thank you for your interest in my slings. I love knowing that I am helping to keep babies close to their caregivers. Hold them while you can.