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Choosing Between a Muslin Ring Sling and a Mesh Water Ring Sling: Pros and Cons

When it comes to babywearing, choosing the right sling can make all the difference in comfort and convenience for both you and your baby.

Two popular options are the mesh water ring sling and the muslin ring sling. Each has its own set of benefits and downsides, making them suitable for different situations and preferences.

In this blog post, we’ll explore these aspects in detail to help you make an informed decision.

Mesh Water Ring Sling

Benefits

  • Breathability: Mesh water ring slings are made from lightweight, breathable fabric. This makes them ideal for hot weather and for use in and around water, such as at the beach or pool.
  • Quick Drying: The mesh fabric is designed to dry quickly, which is perfect for wet environments. You won’t have to worry about a soggy sling after a swim or a wash.
  • Lightweight: The airy mesh material makes this sling extremely lightweight, making it the perfect choice to chuck in your changing/beach bag.
  • Easy to Clean: Mesh slings are generally easy to clean. They can usually be machine washed and dried, making maintenance straightforward and hassle-free.


Downsides:

  • Less Comfort: While breathable, mesh slings may not be as comfortable for long-term wear compared to softer materials. The texture can be rougher against the skin, both for the parent and the baby. The shoulder can feel a bit more diggy and less cushioned than a cotton sling.
  • More difficult to adjust: the fabric can feel slippy but they are easy to adjust when wet, the polyester fabric is also resistant to chlorine.

Muslin Ring Sling

Benefits:

  • Softness: Muslin is a soft, natural fabric that is gentle on the skin. It provides a comfortable wearing experience for both you and your baby, even during extended periods.
  • Breathability: Muslin is also quite breathable, making it suitable for warm weather, although it might not be as airy as mesh. It balances breathability and comfort well.
  • Versatility: Muslin slings are highly versatile. They can be used in various front carrying positions and are suitable for newborns and older babies alike.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: Muslin slings often come in a variety of colours and patterns, offering a stylish and aesthetically pleasing option for babywearing.

Downsides:

  • Longer Drying Time: Unlike mesh, muslin takes slightly longer to dry.
  • Not suitable for use in water: they are very difficult to adjust when wet and chlorine can cause the delicate fabric to degrade faster.

Comfort

When it comes to comfort, muslin ring slings generally have the edge. The soft, natural fabric is gentle on the skin, making it a better option for prolonged use. Mesh slings, while breathable, can be less comfortable over time due to their rougher texture.

Washability and Drying Time

Mesh slings excel in washability and drying time. They can be tossed in the washing machine and typically air dry very quickly. Muslin slings, on the other hand, require more delicate washing and a longer drying period.

Choosing between a mesh water ring sling and a muslin ring sling ultimately depends on your specific needs and circumstances.

If you need a sling for use in water or hot climates, the mesh sling is an excellent choice due to its quick-drying, lightweight, and breathable nature.

However, if comfort and versatility are your primary concerns, especially for everyday use, the muslin ring sling is likely the better option despite its slightly longer drying time.