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08/08/2013 at 17:34
I bought a lovely Connecta 2 months ago and so far i have only used it out once and a few times round the house to get her to sleep. I always take my buggy as what do you do ifbaby decides she's had enough of being in there and you then have nowhere to put them?? Also how do you transport the huge array of baby essentials which would normally be in my massive changing bag hanging on my buggy??
Really not getting my money's worth out of it at the moment and want to use it more but not sure when??
08/08/2013 at 17:42
I didn't really use or need a carrier with my 1st as I'm not a walker, don't have a dog to walk and needed to carry a huge bag containing everything except the kitchen sink! This time i've used it a lot more, particularly when walking the eldest back and for the nursery as there's a lot of steps to navigate. I also use it when i need my hands free to deal with my eldest and there's no-where suitable to put the baby down, i.e. the toilet! I've also realised that i do not usually need to take quite so much stuff with me, so have down sized the bag I take for these shorter outings or take the car and keep extra bottles and things there to refill if necessary. It is also quicker to pop her in a carrier than it is to faff about with the pram. You may not use it much this time around, but you will prob find you get more than your money's worth if you have more children.
08/08/2013 at 17:54
I used mine for supermarket shopping, walks both off road and round the village, shopping where I wanted both hands free (particularly around Christmas when the shops were busy), and whenever I fancied a change or felt they would benefit from a cuddle rather than being in the pushchair.
08/08/2013 at 17:58
For periods when my son was younger I didn't even own a pram. I never needed to take that much with me, and used a rucksack style changing bag. He never got fed up of being in the sling, would usually feed and go back in then off to sleep. If I was doing shopping I'd use a shopping trolley and pull it behind me.
I used it everywhere, great for just getting around places when a pram is often a nightmare. I know I'll use it loads for the school run when I need to help my son.
08/08/2013 at 18:08
When LO was tiny, it was used when I needed to achieve something like preparing dinner, or eating dinner, or go the loo. To nip to local shop for milk or whatever. In supermarket. More recently to walk to local playgroups - would just pop a nappy in a canvas bag over my shoulder. More serious walks (meeting friends at local woods etc) I had a rucksack with nappy, wipes, etc.
I also used just a sling and my backpack for a recent trip to Austria by train. There was no way I was gonna wrestle a pushchair on/off various European trains/tubes and the Eurostar!
Basi ally I used mine everytime you might use a pushchair, bar shopping trips to local market - as I felt like a pack horse carrying veg and a child!
08/08/2013 at 18:09
Maybe i just need to get into the habit of using it more!!
I didn't use mine massively with the girls, mostly on walks or quick dash to the shops. This time i will use it on the school run otherwise i will have to leave the baby outside whilst i take the girls in. Don't fancy doing that. We have a normal rucksack as our change bag, H felt happier carrying it and ideal for when slinging as it balances the weight of the baby.
08/08/2013 at 19:13
I'm still using mine how. Basically anywhere that I'm going to be quickly transporting her so today I used her to carry into baby group so I had my hands free for the doors and to sign in. Then I used it in the doctors waiting room save putting the car into the pram. Back out at the chemist two seconds away. Used it for a walk round the supermarket lots, into the village and across the Beck where pram wouldn't work. Used it at soft play with my nephew, when I needed to push my niece in her pram, when I need to wash up and she's clingy. My H tends to use it more for longer trips like days out.
E gets restless easy but as yet never needed to be put down. We also find it invaluable if visiting say MILs workplace where people are likely to grab or walk off with a baby laying in a carrycot as they won't take them out a sling haha.
08/08/2013 at 19:16
Re bags I use a backpack. Sold my yummy mummy change bag for this purpose. Too big/bulky and can fit the same into a much smaller handbag. For a short trip I've a nappy purse which holds the basics.. nappy, wipes, dummy muslin and a handle I can clip the bottle insulated bag to if needed. It's by honey and ginger.
08/08/2013 at 19:40
I mostly use a sling.
I've used it when cooking, cleaning, hanging washing out, walking, shopping, everything really. (Even going to the loo! Much easier when using a public loo as then you can use any rather than one that fits the pram in too).
For a changing bag I used a backpack when she was smaller and needed more stuff. Now she's bigger and usually on my back, I just use a normal handbag - one with a cross body strap.
I think it is just getting into the habit really. I've never found she's had enough and wants to get out and she'll happily nap in there.
08/08/2013 at 19:42
I've also learnt to pack light - only the bare essentials as I can't be bothered to lug more around!
08/08/2013 at 19:43
What margot said, also while he was little I used in the house alot as he liked to be upright and rarely napped in the daytime unless on us so it was the only way to get things done plus meant I could eat lunch / breakfast with 2 hands. out and about I just carried the change bag (had a small free one from boots) usually if out with sling just needed 2 nappies wipes and a muslin so wasn't to full.
08/08/2013 at 20:57
I use mine whenever I go to the supermarket, for the type of trips where you are in and out of the car, school run, trips on public transport etc. For long days out then I do take the pram but always have a sling with me too, with Zoe I could often be seen pushing an empty pram with Zoe in the sling. I also use it around the house so if I need to get the dinner ready, this was particularly good when Zoe was older and I could put her in a back carry and she could see what I was doing. Also once she got older and started walking much more we could go out without the pushchair but have the sling in my bag so if she got tired i could pop her on my back.
As for carrying stuff, I specifically chose a changing bag that can be worn as a normal shoulder bag or a rucksack style.
08/08/2013 at 21:46
I go out in the pram but bring mine in the change bag for when he gets grizzly and wants to be held, or after feeding when I need to keep him upright. It's so handy to have there in case and takes the stress out of going out! I was out today with smarties and her LO and we both paraded down the road slinging our babies who were fast asleep in minutes! I also used it yesterday on a long walk and picnic with friends. He was fine in his pram during the walk but got a bit fed up during the picnic and after a feed I popped him in it while I had an ice cream and chatted. Again, he was asleep after a few minutes of jigging!
i really like the pram and won't ever sling the majority of the time as he doesn't adore it or anything, plus is cooler in the pram but having it as back up works really well for us and I use it at some point most of the days we are out. I also reckon we will use a lot on holiday, slinging him on the beach etc. rather than dragging the pram about!
08/08/2013 at 21:48
I hardly ever use it tbh. I use it when I take him swimming and I don't have our car, or if we go to church. Sometimes use it shopping or if we go for a walk. It is good when walking the dog as I have my hands free but that's usually H's job. Get a little rucksack to put your stuff in.
08/08/2013 at 21:49
I have used my pram about 5 times since getting my Connecta when my daughter was 3 months old & she's now 18 months! I take it wherever I go with her. It's great as you can fold it up & put it in your bag when you don't need it which is so handy when out & about. I have a large change bag & put stuff in there. I suppose, as I've never really used a pushchair, I get everything I need in my bag! It's amazing for going on holiday too & going to London etc
08/08/2013 at 22:11
I've just ordered a Lenny lamb and I can't wait for it to arrive so I can try it out. I had a moby when A was smaller and loved carrying her. I used it for the school run, nipping to the shop, going to the supermarket. I used it on bonfire night last year to keep her wrapped up and snug.
08/08/2013 at 22:16
I usually sling L if I have to go to the shops, for walks or to baby group. I use it to carry O round when L is in the small buggy.
09/08/2013 at 00:18
All the time! I use the buggy maybe two or three times a month if that and I'm always out. I've never found she's gotten unhappy being carried, I actually find the opposite with the pushchair as she gets sick of being in it very quickly. I have a change bag which has backpack straps and a messenger strap so I can switch depending on if she is on my front or my back. I wouldn't be without my slings :)
09/08/2013 at 07:45
I need to start using mine more but he's so heavy!! The sling does a good job of distributing the weight but I'm a weakling lol. I also need to get more confident with getting him on my back - any tips? I'm in and out of the car quite a bit some days and it would be handy.
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