I love having Laurel close to me. Do you know how yummy she smells? How soft her cheeks are? It is so intoxicating. Even better, I know how much she likes being near me. I think it comforts us both to be close. From the time she was very small we have enjoyed babywearing. The benefits to us both are endless. I have free hands (free in the sense that I can grab onto my other 2 daughters in busy parking lots), NO STROLLERS, no germ laden shopping carts, cozy naps in the middle of noisy family weddings, discrete nursing, no lugging that 50 lb. infant car seat into the Dr's. office, and finally- my pony tail makes a great toy! I am constantly telling my mamas-to-be that a sling or baby carrier in one form or another, is my #1 must have baby item. I don't know how I would live without mine.
I made a new pouch last night following this pattern. It took less than 1 hour to stitch it together! In the past I have sewn and used ring slings which worked well when Laurel was a bit smaller. I was worried about this pouch feeling as secure and tight without the adjust-ability of the rings. With careful measuring (distance from your shoulder to hip determines the size of the pouch), this was equally secure. Currently, we use a beco backpack. I like having her on my back at this age. She can see out, and I feel like I have a lot more freedom of movement. However, with the "bulky coat" season upon us, the waist buckle has been weird. Because she is on my back, I have to wear her over my coat and depending on what thickness of coat I am wearing that day, we are always re-adjusting. With this snazzy little pouch I could still wear her on my front (she will NEVER be too big, I won't let it happen- I totally think that I could carry her down the isle at graduation- don't you?) allowing my coat to go over the top of both of us. Also, it is easier for Laurel to get in and out of this pouch without having to loosen the rings on a regular sling. We do that a lot (in and out).
Making your own baby carrier is totally safe, and a lot less expensive. If you can sew a straight line, you can do it! Plus, there is the benefit of choosing your own fabric. Believe me, I have one in every color now- and you should too! If you decide to make one let me know how it turns out!