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25/11/2013 at 18:14
Hi everyone. C is only 12 weeks old but I'm finding my arms keep giving out when carrying her (long standing issue with my arms). My friend recently purchased a carrier, can you recommend any to me at all? Thanks lovelies hope everyone is well! xxx
25/11/2013 at 18:20
There are lots which are usually recommended on here. The Moby is a wrap which is great until probably about 6 months when baby will most likely be a bit heavy - the Caboo and Kari Me are very similar.
I have a Connecta which I would thoroughly recommend - good value, comfortable for mum and baby, easy to use and lots of pretty patterns. They hold their value well for resale too. I used mine with Jacob from 4 days old right up to 2.5 and am using it again now. There are others which are good too - Boba, Ergo (but beware of fakes on Ebay) and Manduca are well thought of.
Beware of the Tomy/Baby Bjorn style carriers which are not really recommended. They put a lot of strain on your back once baby gets a bit bigger and they don't hold baby in the optimum knee to knee position which is best for their posture. The longevity of a sling makes it far better value as well.
25/11/2013 at 18:28
Thanks Margot! I always worried I would tie a sling incorrectly lol. I've seen a tipptoes one I like but I've not heard of the make before.
25/11/2013 at 18:32
The Connecta and the others that are similar are mostly slings with buckles which makes it easier to get it on right - it takes a bit of practice but you'll soon get the hang of it, I can get mine on in a matter of seconds now.
Just looking at the Tippitoes one and I would probably avoid it in favour of something different - having baby forward facing is not good for their spines as it puts them in an unnatural shape and it also puts a strain on your back as it throws the weight forwards and away from you. I'd try to find something which can be used on your back as well as front as this means you'll get more use out of it as baby gets older.
25/11/2013 at 18:44
Here's a couple of pics of my Connecta which hopefully show the knee to knee position as well as the versatility of it (and just because I love any excuse for a photo share!)
This was N in the Connecta a few weeks ago, so about 10 weeks old.
And this was Jacob in it at probably around 18 months - he was smiling, honest!
25/11/2013 at 18:48
hehehe that looks fab, if it has buckles that makes me feel tons better at least I can't do it up wrong that way xxx
25/11/2013 at 18:49
25/11/2013 at 18:54
Ive found this one which is just gorgeous.....may have to beg husband hen he gets home lol
25/11/2013 at 18:57
That's gorgeous Luna, hope H goes for it! My H was a bit aghast at the cost when I bought ours but now he agrees it's been one of our best buys.
25/11/2013 at 19:03
He will definitely be baffled by the price, but if it helps me carry C more comfortably (not necessarily outdoors) then I'm sure I can make him go for it. May have to resort to withdrawing food and/or sex but I'll break him down hahahaha x
25/11/2013 at 20:27
Just tell him that Connecta are one of the cheaper good quality brands. Most of the other slings are around £100.
25/11/2013 at 20:31
We have a connecta and love it. I won't be getting rid of it until we're all done with babies, it's a real essential here. So comfortable and easy with weight well distributed.
I love my connecta too, It is so easy to use, I had a close caboo wrap for the new born days but at 12 weeks the connecta will be fine.
25/11/2013 at 20:46
Luna, make sure to tell him about the resale value - a good condition Connecta can go for at least £40 second hand!
25/11/2013 at 22:02
I love my Connecta too, I use it for both of my kids and they don't complain about being in it.
25/11/2013 at 22:03
Also that a Connecta lasts for ages. I still sling my 21 month old & have never really needed a buggy. Hope you get yours
25/11/2013 at 23:10
I love my connecta too! Had a moby wrap for the newborn days and it was great but I found it to be a bit of a faff to do up, especially when out and about and also quite hot to wear. The connecta is so easy to put on, really comfy and pretty too! :-)
26/11/2013 at 07:19
Payday can't come quick enough, its going to be my christmas present to me lol x
26/11/2013 at 07:36
I have a manduca (similar to a connecta) and it has outlasted the pushchair - LO (now 2yr4m) refuses to get in pushchair full stop - she loves walking - but will if she is tired get in the sling. They are defo worth the money
26/11/2013 at 09:57
Just to echo the resale value of the connecta, I've joined a few fb sling groups in hope of a bargain and they go easily for 40-45 there. Wish I hadn't sold mine! Really didn't think we'd ever have no 2...
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