Me and baby Susan, 2008

 About JAH

I made ring slings starting when my first son was born in 2000, and he and his two younger siblings (born in 2003 and 2007) all spent the first few years of their lives in a sling. While I stopped sewing ring slings in January 2022 (due to overwhelming market pressures -- microbusinesses are just not feasible without extensive time spent in marketing, and I just didn't have that in me anymore), I still love making things, and so now I'm focusing on accessories that make every day delightful.

My past in ring slings:

My degree in biology was instrumental in shaping my parenting philosophy. Learning about how evolution has shaped our development suggested that we should be parenting the same way our ancestors did: keeping our babies close, and responding to their needs as often as possible. Because, while our world has changed a great deal in the last few thousand years, our babies are still wired for human contact and lots of it, not for isolation from us. And yet, with all the demands of modern society, we still have only two hands... which is where baby carriers come in.

My first homemade ring sling helped me bring my son to work for his first year, and then helped me start a business from home. Subsequent slings and other carriers allowed me to play with him and meet his needs when his new sibling was born and needed to be held; and then to run errands and my business when our third baby came along.

While our lives have changed a lot in the almost two decades since our first baby arrived, I've never forgotten how empowering it was for me to be able to make my own baby sling, and so I've continued to host free sewing directions for ring slings and many other carriers on my personal website. It's important for me personally to help everyone wear their babies, especially now that I'm no longer sewing.

Contact me

If you have a question not covered on my website or in the frequently asked questions, please feel free to contact me!


Email is the best way to contact me! I'm not always online, but I do my best to reply within 24 hours on business days.


I appreciate calls only during normal business hours (9-5 Eastern time), and only if you are unable to resolve your issue via email. I don't answer the phone while driving or otherwise engaged.

Postal mail

If you need to send me something, my address is:

Jan Andrea Handmade
Jan Heirtzler 
12 Davis Ave.
Durham, NH 03824-1940

Facebook page

You can send a message via my Facebook page if you prefer it to email.

Please note

My previous business was not affiliated with Sleeping Baby Inc, manufacturer of the Zipadee Zip sleep sack. If you need to contact them regarding questions or orders, please go to their website and fill out their contact form. Phone calls and emails to me will not reach them.

The fine print

I hate spam. Spam drives me crazy. I assume that it drives everyone else crazy, too, so I would never even consider for one second selling your information to anyone else, or giving it to them, or letting them have even a glimpse of it. The shopping cart uses a temporary cookie (a bit of code in your browser) to track what you've added to your cart, but that doesn't stick around after the transaction is completed. Your order does create a record of your name, address, email address, and IP, which I would use in the future solely in the unlikely event of a product recall. If you would prefer to have your information removed from the database after your purchase, you can email me and I'll delete it. All PayPal® transactions are subject to the PayPal Privacy Policy.

By clicking one of the links in the "shopping" navigation pull-down, you will be taken to my shopping cart system. You can use PayPal, if you have an account; or you can pay with a credit or debit card. If you choose PayPal, you'll be sent to their site for the payment processing; and if you choose a credit or debit card, you can pay right on my site. In either case, I never see your credit card information, and both methods are secure.

Amazon Pay is also an option; if you choose this method, you will bypass a number of steps in the cart, which is speedy, but it also takes away your ability to specify a shipping address separate from billing, or to leave a clarifying note to me about your order. Also, orders via Amazon Pay seem to fail more frequently than those via PayPal, so I may need to send an invoice through PayPal if that happens.

I also accept Venmo. If you choose this method, you'll need to send payment separately and will not receive an order confirmation until I process it separately, as it's not integrated with the cart.

In order to keep my prices low, my packaging is simple. I don't wrap items in tissue paper, include hang-tags, ribbons, boxes, or any of the other little details that, while they have initial visual appeal, are quickly tossed in the trash, and only add to the cost of the sling. It's definitely not fancy, but it means I can ship to you at cost, instead of adding $2-4 for extra packaging that will only end up in the recycling anyway. I ship via the United States Postal Service Priority Mail. Shipping in the United States is a flat $5 for orders under $50, and free for orders over $50. Please take a minute to be sure the address you fill in on the order form is correct, as it is difficult for me to find the correct address if you have not typed it right!

I ship within two business days of your order, barring extenuating circumstances. Often I'm able to ship the same day, or within one day. USPS takes between 1-3 business days, depending on how far you are from New Hampshire. You will receive a shipping notification when I create the label, and a status update will also be sent by my shopping cart, though occasionally those are blocked as spam. 

International Shipping: If you don't see your country on the list when you order, please send me an email and I'll add it for you.


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