Welcome to Nuzzle Baby, formerly Baby Capes! Feel free to browse the blog for pictures and information about my slings.

I am Jessica, wife to Tony and mom to Gage and Evie. I am an occupational therapist turn stay-at-home mommy. I began wearing Gage as soon as he came home from the hospital and I can't imagine life without a sling. As an OT, I appreciate the developmental benefits for baby. As a mom, I appreciate the convenience of having my baby close and my hands free.

When Gage was little I wore him everywhere in an area where baby wearing is not very common. Now I am wearing Evie, and nearly every time I go out, people ask me about the sling and if I sell them. Now I can say yes! I look forward to helping other moms and dads discover baby wearing!

I tried several other shoulder patterns in slings and none of them were as comfortable and beautiful as the style that I am using for my slings. It fans nicely across the shoulder, distributing baby's weight and making it easier on mom.

I only use aluminum rings from SlingRings.com, which are specifically made for baby carriers. My fabrics are ones I would use to carry my own kids and meet my requirements for beauty and comfort for both mom and baby.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

pink and purple diamond batick

This is a sling I just finished. It was an order from someone who just happened across my website.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

New Fabric

I just got home from the fabric store, and I have some new fabric to show you! I really just can't stay away from Batik fabrics. I just love them. So I bought some more. I'm also tired of making up weird names for fabric. I tried to remember what it's actually called on the bolt, but of course, I forgot, so here is my not-so-original naming system:

Pink and purple diamonds batik- $35

Blue and yellow paisley batik- $35Royal Purple dots- those color variations are not shadows! $35
Pink swirl that I am fairly certain I can get more of. $30

Orange, pink and blue shirt stripe- this fabric is a little bit stretchy- $30

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Recalls and Warnings

All of the recent recalls and warnings have really been disturbing for baby wearers. The recalled and warned slings that have been at the forefront of this are VASTLY different from my slings. They are bag slings and you can see one pictured in the link above. They are basically a bag with a strap attached. Babies were suffocating because their chins were forced to their chest. It's the reason we keep tiny new babies at a 45 degree angle in the car for the first several months- chin to chest cuts off a baby's air way.

That said, yesterday I read about a recall (voluntary, I think) of a home-made ring sling that looked a lot like mine. From what I read, the problem was the same as the bag sling- chin to chest or fabric over the mouth and nose causing suffocation.

With that I issue this warning/recommendation: DO NOT CARRY YOUR BABY CRADLED DOWN IN YOUR SLING. Your baby's chin should not fall to his chest. I highly recommend you use the tummy-to-tummy carry when using your sling with your newborn. If you look at the pictures at the top of the page, NONE of them are being carried in a cradled position. You use a sling as a "second set of arms." You carry your baby in it just as you would if you were holding him with your arms. This link does a WONDERFUL job of showing the difference between a safe carry and an unsafe one. I encourage you do do your research and really practice using your sling. Use some of my resources on the right side of the page to learn. There are tons of videos and tutorials out there at your disposal. Your baby's safety is your responsibility.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Wearing Evie

Here is a pic of my family on our recent mini-vacation to Branson. This is in Bass Pro Shops in Springfield.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

New Fabric

I'm back at it! I am going to use this post to show all of the fabric I have in stock. If I have already sold a sling from that same fabric, I am posting a pic of the finished sling instead of just the fabric swatch. Remember, if you don't see something you like, please let me know and I'll work with you to get you what you want!

Denim Blue Gauze- $25
(best used for smaller babies)

light coming through gauze fabric

Blue tie die-$20
flat gauze (slightly used)

Tangerine- $25
flat gauze

Hawaiian shirt- $35
cotton batik

Black and White Check- $30

Strawberry Lemonade- $35
cotton batik

Blueberry- $30
cotton batik

Butterflies and Flowers- $35
(tail will be lined since it has a "wrong" side)
close-up showing texture of fabric

Bubblegum Plaid- $30

Friday, January 1, 2010

Baby girl on the way!

I'm due to give birth to baby Evie at any time now! I plan to get back to sewing as soon as I can after her arrival, but for now, I'm taking a break. If you want to get started selecting your fabric and working out the details, please, go ahead and email me!! Just know that you won't get your sling next week :).

Monday, July 20, 2009

Finished sling examples

Some have asked to see some more examples of my slings. You can see the ones in the pic at the top in use, but here are some more that I took before sending them on their way.

I have enough for 3 more of these:

decorative stitching at hem and around pocket:

I love this pink paisley fabric. I know I can get more of it and the polkadots above.