Jill used her old baby sling from 1980 as a pattern to make a new one in 2017.
There is no doubt my wife Jill is a clever possum. Over many years she used the cloth baby sling which can be seen supporting Ken in the old photo at left. Indeed she used it safely for all our nine children, and has had it carefully stashed away as a motherly keepsake ever since. It still looks serviceable, but last week Jill used it as a pattern to sew up an identical one to give to our daughter-in-law Claire yesterday. As Jill experienced in 1980, Claire also has a new baby and a toddler to manage. The beauty of the cloth sling is its simplicity, lightness, comfort and washability, plus it can free up mother's hands for doing, dare I say, other domestic chores. Modern slings are much heavier and apparently less convenient to use. Possibly more suitable when roller skating or climbing mountains.
Paul R. Weaver.
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