|5 weeks old|
In 2002, when my first was about two years old, a friend of mine asked me to make an off white, linen, unpadded sling for a wedding. I couldn't imagine how that would be comfortable at all. But I worked on a prototype (for myself) and then made the wedding sling. It was comfortable and I loved how small it was for packing up in a bag. Word spread about my ability to create this simple sling and I began getting requests. I was figuring out what to charge, making up instructions, and even coming up with a name: Slings By Amy. After some time I decided to create a website and even get insurance. Making slings was just what I did for a long time.
|2 week old|
During that first year of life with my second child, I discovered that they were so many ways to carry a baby. I had a back injury which made me seek out a two shouldered carrier. At first I created a simple woven wrap and then designed a structured front and back carrier. It was a major undertaking and took many hours, some of them when everyone was sleeping and I should have been too.
I was not sure if I could reproduce the structured carrier for anyone else. I certainly got requests, but I just couldn't bring myself to make another. Instead I created a pattern for a Mei Tei or Asian Baby Carrier (ABC). I am a big fan of buckles, so I kept those at the hip. I did make many of them for others.
Having a little girl who LOVES babies gave me the inspiration to make many little slings, pouches, and even a Mei Tei for her.
As my children grew older and I was using less carriers out in the world, I seemed to be getting away from making carriers and reluctantly decided to formally stop selling baby carriers and give up my insurance.
In 2010 I had the pleasure of having baby number three and she was a heavy ten and a half pounds at birth! I used my two shouldered wraps and Mei Teis earlier with her than any other baby. She is 19 months and she is a more average sized toddler now. She can still be seen having a ride on my back or even my front. I even found a little hammock to cradle her head for when she falls asleep. Of course I did reproduce something similar in brown with pink snaps to match my carrier better.
|5.5 month old|