Style File | Wear Babies, Change Lives

Wear Babies, Change Lives.
That’s the motto of Umi Sling, a small business started by one of my dear friends.
Now, before you scroll down please take a moment to read this post for the history behind Project Baby Bilum. Project Baby Bilum inspired Umi Sling’s mission and understanding this project will help put many pieces together.
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This is the little intermission while you’re reading about sweet Umi and life in Papua New Guinea. This is where your jaw literally drops as you realize how fortunate we are. This is where you say, “count me in”.
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So, Umi Sling, the amazing shop that was born out of Megan’s desire to put hands and feet to Project Bilum. For every ring sling purchased, one is set aside for the mama’s of Bamio. In late February, Megan will be shipping a package of Umi Slings to Adriel and then in March, Adriel will be traveling back to Papua New Guinea to equip Bamio’s mamas with ring slings that will literally save lives.
For $55 …
you can purchase an Umi Sling for yourself and as a “get one, give one” deal a second sling will be mailed on your behalf to Australia and then delivered to a mama baby duo in Bamio through Project Baby Bilum
For $25 …
you can fund a sling that will follow the same path as above: Portland —> Australia —> Bamio, Papua New Guinea —> Baby Umi (and her mama) and many others like her
A little shout out for ring slings in general. Ring slings are one of the most versatile babywearing pieces. Wouldn’t you agree? I absolutely adore mine. They adjust from person to person/baby to baby and the “tail” offers a perfect wrap of warmth or a handy nursing cover. Ring slings are my preferred babywearing option around the house because they are easy to pop baby in, snug up one without help and buzz about my day. Then again, ring slings are great for out and about too because they are lightweight and can be easily rolled or folded. Extra perk specific to Umi Slings is that they are made from 100% organic cotton and have a gorgeous accent chevron or this pretty print on the “tail”.
Curious how to wear a ring sling on? Watch this video
And now, a little style file of Max and I rockin’ our Umi Sling!
Max was all smiles as we strolled downtown the other week. After a marathon visit to Jemma’s favorite toy store he even laid his head down on my shoulder for a little cat nap. Love that boy!
A downtown stroll … Max’s hat, homemade by a friend | tank & scarf, Target | button-up, Urban Outfitters | leggings, Hue from Nordstrom | rain boots, Hunter from Nordstrom | ring sling, c/o Umi Sling

Yes, it’s true, by the last photo I had pulled my hair into a messy bun. Max has reached the “grab and pull” stage and I have lost one too many clumps of hair recently. He has got quite the grip! Which will make his grandfather quite proud as I hear a solid grip is essential to a good golf game.
Megan doesn’t want Max and I to be the only Umi Sling duo out there, so she’s giving an Umi Sling to one of you lovelies! Happy day! To enter the giveaway, please leave your email address in the comments and we’ll add you to the Umi Sling newsletter list. Enter by 2/8!
Last but not least, take a moment to visit Megan’s sweet blog – she has twin darlings! – and share about Umi Sling and Project Baby Bilum on Facebook or Twitter. You can even use #umisling and #projectbabybilum on Twitter and Instagram! Together we can fill a corner of that ship from Australia to Papua New Guinea with ring slings and make an enormous difference in the lives of mamas across the Pacific. Are you in?
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  1. Amy Mitchell says

    I was actually just about to revisit your Instagram picture to figure out which sling you had! I made a ring sling but it doesn't slide well and hurts my back. So I'd love a new one!

  2. Stef says

    I would love to win a ring sling! Can never have to many carriers!

  3. Jordan says

    Would love to try this sling! Yous is so cute :)

  4. Lauren says

    I first saw ring slings with the Sakura blooms, theses look so cute too! Maybe if I win I can try when baby #2 comes along!

  5. says

    Loved this post! And I've been wanting a ring sling for awhile now :). Would be so neat to win! Yours is beautiful!

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  7. Nessa Bixler says

    I wanted to buy the BOGO sling, but I have a sling that works okay… it has some bleach stains but works just fine. So instead I bought two slings to go to PNG from Megan. I would still love to have one of my own!!

  8. ThatMamaGretchen says

    You are so sweet! Thank you :)

  9. Mallory says

    Love this and am so proud to be your friend!

  10. Aimee says

    Love the story and giving heart behind Umi Sling! I would love to win one! (and if I don't, I'll just have to buy one!) aimeesbell (at) gmail (dot) com

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  12. says

    When we told my parents we're expecting my mom bought us a baby carrier… not sure it's still called a sling when it's the frontal backpack kind, but that. =]I'm so excited to try it out! I think my husband looks adorable with it, even if there's no baby in there yet!

  13. Anna says

    Your Umi Sling is so fun! Love the colors you chose, Gretchen. And what a great idea to send slings to Papua. That is awesome. I would LOVE a chance to try one, especially come this next August…. :) (and please let us know next time you're down this way…would love to see you guys!)

  14. natasha says

    Ooooh! Love me some babywearing!N.hanson at

  15. says

    I've been really wanting to try a ring sling…well I've been wanting to try EVERY carrier I come across actually :)Thanks!

  16. Lyndsy says

    yay slings! lynzoda (at) yahoo (dot) com

  17. Dionna @ Code Name: says

    i've passed on both of my ring slings, so i'd love to get a new one!!dionna @ codenamemama . com

  18. Ariadne says

    Oh these are lovely! We are nearly done baby wearing since the youngest is almost 2 but I'll share on my facebook page :)

  19. Ariadne says

    ooops, I meant 3 years old!

  20. Megan / Umi Sling says

    Thank you so much, Nessa!! :)

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