I received my Beachfront Baby Sling for a review in 2014, but decided to create an updated review, because my first one was lame.
The Beachfront Baby Sling water carrier was the first baby carrier I ever reviewed. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing—not with a sling, not on my blog. I knew the product was brilliant: a carrier that could go in the water? Genius. I had hated using my buckle carrier at the beach and pool in Mexico. Hopefully, I was able to communicate the usefulness of the sling in that first review. But it was winter in Montreal and I didn’t have the opportunity to test it out beyond wearing it around the house. Plus, Cub was at the upper weight limit for the sling, and since he could walk and run and splash, he didn’t want or need to be carried in and around water.
Now that I have a baby and a preschooler, a water carrier is a necessity when we hit the splash park or the pool. Little Miss isn’t walking yet, so she can’t just hold my hand and wade into the water. She tries to follow me by crawling but just gets frustrated with the water in her face. Her big brother is only four and has to be no more than arm’s length away from me when in the water, so I need to be able to follow him into the kiddie pool, even if his sister is nursing or asleep.
The first time I put Little Miss in our Beachfront Baby Sling was her first time in a pool, period. I was at ease using a sling thanks to my Sakura Bloom review, so I found it easy to put on and easy to get her properly seated. (Definitely take the time to practice at home before you hit the water if it’s your first time using a sling.)
She was a bit sleepy and feeling extra snuggly, so she didn’t want to be in my mom’s arms while I went in the pool with my son and my dad. My son hadn’t been in a big, in-ground swimming pool since he was a baby, and he was very nervous and wouldn’t get in unless I did. It was perfect to be able to bring his sister in with us!
The benefit of a water sling versus a wrap (Beachfront makes both) is that a sling makes it easy to pop baby in and out. When I brought our sling to the splash park and it was only me and the kids, I loved being able to scoot baby girl back into the carrier when my son wandered further into the water and I needed to follow him. Otherwise, if we were all splashing around in the shallow water, I just left the carrier slung across me like a sash.
Because the Beachfront Baby Sling is made of polyester mesh, water passes easily through the fabric so it never gets water logged. It also dries super fast. It’s light to pack if you’re going south for vacation or just tossing it in your beach bag. (This summer I have learned just how much STUFF you need to pack when hitting the pool with two kids!)
Nearing the end of the day at the water park, Little Miss nursed and fell asleep all while I was carrying her in our Beachfront Baby Sling, and I was in the water up to my waist, supervising Cub. There was no way I could’ve gotten Cub out of the water to sit up on our blanket while I nursed his sister, nor would I have wanted to leave her alone to nap over on the grass. Wearing her in the water while she snoozed away was the perfect solution.
Why I love our Beachfront Baby Sling:
- I can safely keep track of my preschooler and my baby while we’re at the splash park or pool on our own.
- I can easily pop the baby in and out as needed.
- It’s light and easy to pack.
- It’s perfect for a front carry or hip carry.
- It’s a one-size carrier so any caregiver can wear your little one while they get wet!
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Beachfront Baby Slings are made in Texas by talented work-at-home moms. Melanie at Gentle Nest is proud to carry their slings and wraps made with 100% Repreve® PC polyester, which contains approximately ten plastic water bottles! Each Recycled Sling comes with its own matching drawstring carry bag, which is also made with Repreve.