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Video Fun: No Single Ladies Here! Moms Sing 'Put a Sling on 'Em'

01/15/2010 at 10:00 AM ET

Since its debut, Beyoncé‘s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” video has spawned hundreds of imitators as well as a memorable awards show gaffe. And now there’s a super cute moms version that is quickly becoming its own cultural phenomenon, already garnering 107,000 views on Youtube.

Directed by mom of two and artist Leigh Pennebaker, the video was created for Adventures in Babywearing‘s annual Triathlon challenge where seven participants document their lives as babywearing mamas in words, photographs and video to win a luxe, eco sling from Sakura Bloom.

“I am a huge Beyoncé fan,” says Leigh. “And one day I was wearing my baby in a sling while humming the infectious hook to ["Single Ladies"], when suddenly the lyrics ‘if you love ‘em then you should put a sling on ‘em!’ popped in my brain. I then realized that a babywearing-themed spoof would be so fun to create and could even be a strong contender in the competition.”

With the help of her husband and friends, Leigh recorded the track, choreographed the moves and shot the video — check out behind the scenes footage here — in less than two days. After submitting it on Dec. 6, the video went viral and within 24 hours they had 10,000 views.

“The whole experience was great fun,” she says. “Best of all, my irreverent homage to wearing one’s baby in a sling has reached people who may not have been familiar with the art of babywearing — which is an amazing and practical parenting tool.”

Wondering if Leigh won the contest? She tied for first place.

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french gigi on

she did a reaally great job with this! love it!

french gigi on

she did a reaally great job with this! love it!

TC on

That was a HOOT.

Just one question, how in the world did they do that with heels??

TC on

That was a HOOT.

Just one question, how in the world did they do that with heels??

Adventures In Babywearing on

Oh gosh, thank you for featuring this! I am still so in love with Leigh’s video and we sing along to it DAILY!

Steph

Adventures In Babywearing on

Oh gosh, thank you for featuring this! I am still so in love with Leigh’s video and we sing along to it DAILY!

Steph

VenusNYC on

Adorable!

VenusNYC on

Adorable!

Jaren on

Fantastic! What creative mammas :)

Jaren on

Fantastic! What creative mammas :)

susan on

Because of Leigh’s video, my three year old son thinks that Beyonce’s song IS this song. When we went to see the new Alvin and the Chipmunks movie and the Chipettes sang Single Ladies, my son yelled (very loudly), “It’s the baby mamas!!!”

I love both Leigh’s blog and Steph’s (Adventures in Babywearing). They are inspiring mamas and I’m so happy to see them mentioned here!

susan on

Because of Leigh’s video, my three year old son thinks that Beyonce’s song IS this song. When we went to see the new Alvin and the Chipmunks movie and the Chipettes sang Single Ladies, my son yelled (very loudly), “It’s the baby mamas!!!”

I love both Leigh’s blog and Steph’s (Adventures in Babywearing). They are inspiring mamas and I’m so happy to see them mentioned here!

megan on

That was too cute!

megan on

That was too cute!

Shash on

This was cute! A favourite in my household!!

Shash on

This was cute! A favourite in my household!!

Anne on

YES! LOVE it!

Anne on

YES! LOVE it!

Jessi on

I loved that!

Jessi on

I loved that!

cocotheforce on

I WISH I was in this video!!!!!!

cocotheforce on

I WISH I was in this video!!!!!!

Olivia on

I love this video and have been passing it on to all my friends.

Olivia on

I love this video and have been passing it on to all my friends.

sarawara on

It’s about time! I have never understood carrying babies around in 20 lb. cumbersome car seats. Unless you’re at the zoo or on a jogging trail, the rest of the world is unevenly paved, and strollers are a nightmare. Babies thrive on being held close. I have used a moby, maya and ergo, but NONE of my friends did. It baffles me!

sarawara on

It’s about time! I have never understood carrying babies around in 20 lb. cumbersome car seats. Unless you’re at the zoo or on a jogging trail, the rest of the world is unevenly paved, and strollers are a nightmare. Babies thrive on being held close. I have used a moby, maya and ergo, but NONE of my friends did. It baffles me!

Melissa on

Very cute video, but why didn’t the girl on the far right have a real baby in her sling?!?!

Melissa on

Very cute video, but why didn’t the girl on the far right have a real baby in her sling?!?!

leslie on

OMG! LOVE IT~~~~~

leslie on

OMG! LOVE IT~~~~~

Courtney on

Loved it!!!!! Great job mama! :)

Courtney on

Loved it!!!!! Great job mama! :)

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