Here at Purple Lane, we love baby wearing, or more specifically these days preschooler wearing! There are various accessories for a sling or wrap that can be useful when carrying your child.
Prices say ‘from’ because the exact price will depend on the fabric used and where I have been able to source it. The starting price is applicable to in-stock cotton fabrics. Wrap scraps vary a lot in price from the budget wrap companies to high end wraps.
Suck pads – also known as sucky pads, drool pads, dribble pads
These are absorbent pads that snap around the straps of a carrier or wrap. They protect the carrier/wrap from dribble and chewing, meaning the sling itself needs washing less often and won’t get teeth damage. The top layer is made from cotton or wrap scrap, to match or coordinate with the carrier; the backing is a layer of push or fleece (“stay dry” fabrics); and inside is a layer of terry or smooth cotton for extra absorbency. These pads can be made for various soft structured carriers (SSCs) including Tula, Connecta, Ergo, Beco, Madame Googoo & more. I use fabrics from companies that have made available their certificates to show that there are no harmful substances in the dyes.
Straight/square – protect just the straps
- Plain cotton – from £10.50
- Patterned cotton – from £12
- Wrap scrap – from £12.50
Round the corner – protect the straps and the top of the panel
- Plain cotton – from £13
- Patterned cotton – from £14.50
- Wrap scrap – from £15
Ribbons and frills are not standard but are available on request.
These attach to the hood of a carrier and help you reach it when it’s down in order to pull it up onto the child’s head, especially useful when doing a back carry.
- Plain cotton – £3
- Patterned cotton – from £5
- Wrap scrap – from £6
With embellishment (e.g. bow/appliqué)
- Plain cotton – £6
- Patterned cotton – from £9
- Wrap scrap – from £10
Although many carriers come with hoods, sometimes it’s nice to have one that matches the patterned fabric of the carrier instead of a plain one, and sometimes people prefer a hoodie style one instead of a flat style hood. These are currently only available for Tula carriers, but I am looking into ways to attach them to other slings.
- Plain cotton – from £14
- Patterned cotton – from £16
- With embellishment e.g. dino spikes – from £18
- Plain cotton – from £18
- Patterned cotton – from £20
- With embellishment (e.g. ears, bow, frill) – from £24
Tula slip covers
These are a good idea if you fancy a change of Tula design but don’t want to buy a whole new carrier. The cover sits snuggly over the panel of the carrier and fastens at the bottom and at the sides with snaps to keep it in place. You can choose from various fabrics, either two different designs (for even more variety than the Tula canvas), or one design and one plain side.
- One design, one plain side – £24
- Two designs – £27
- One design, one plain side – £29
- Two designs – £32
These are designed to protect the sling when not in use, and make it easier to carry when it’s not doing the carrying. They come in various styles.
Roll up bags
- Baby/standard sized – from £14
- Toddler sized – from £16
- Cotton lined – from £20
- PUL lined (waterproof) – from £22
Draw string bags
- Cotton lined – from £15
- PUL lined (waterproof) – from £17
Babywearing Bags – from £48
This is a large bag – in the example photo you can see it comfortably fits a large wet bag holding a couple of cloth nappies, wipes and a change of clothes, a water bottle, toddler cup, lunch box, purse, phone and keys. Please note that these items are not included in the bag, they are for display purposes only. The dimensions are as follows:
14” / 35.5cm tall, 13” / 33cm wide, 6” / 15cm deep
Not only does the bag hold plenty of items, it also features pockets to help keep everything organised so you can more easily find what you’re looking for when rooting around. There are two slip pockets (one internal and one external), and one zipped pocket (internal) for items such as a phone or keys.
The strap is adjustable with a tie handle, meaning it can extend to approximately 47“ / 120cm when tied at its longest, and much shorter when tied down at the base of the straps. The bag has a flap to bring both sides together at the top, and this fastens with a KAM snap.
The bag is made from 100% cotton fabrics: hardwearing canvas for the sides, base and straps; printed lighter weight cotton for the front and back panels; and plain lining cotton for the inside. I can custom make bags like these using various colours and designs of cotton – please see here for in-stock cotton prints.