(Welcome to Karey and Lisa, a two-mom tag team, finalists for an editor position at AT:The Nursery. Comment away.)
I would be lying if I said my favorite thing about the Didymos is that handles like a dream on crooked pavement, subway stairs, on and off the bus and in tiny stores. It does do all of those things. It is also ergonomic, customizable and leaves me with two free hands. It is soft, organic and manufactured in Germany to exacting fair trade standards. I love all of these things about it. But mostly, I love that it keeps my baby happily snuggled up next to me, which is extremely useful for navigating crowded streets and warding off grabby-handed strangers.
The Didymos is a long piece of cloth. That's it. It can be ordered in six pre-set sizes or in custom lengths, and can be used to wear newborns through toddlers on your front, back, or hip. It's available in a wide range of great colorways and modernist-leaning patterns.
You can even make a hammock out of it. The supple, strong cloth is specially woven to offer just enough give to rig yourself up, yet enough structure to provide amazing back support. In NYC, Slings in the City hosts free workshops to help you get slinging. Elsewhere, Nine in, Nine Out chapters can help you get your baby on. Try the Didymos as a beautifully functional textile design, another tool in your kid-wrangling arsenal or as a parenting lifestyle choice. Available in NYC from slingzilla.com and elsewhere at various retailers including didymos.com, attachedtobaby.com and birdiesroom.com. -Karey and Lisa Top and bottom photos: by Karey and Lisa