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23/01/2014 at 12:56
We don't currently have a sling but I'm contemplating getting one to give me two hands back when O is really unsettled and will only sleep upright lying on my or H on his tummy. I know absolutely nothing about slings if anyone can offer advice? O will be 7 weeks tomorrow and last week weighed about 9lb. Ideally I'd like something that would last us a while so I'm not wasting money on it?
Ive seen a lot of different ones mentioned on here but as I say I dont have a clue so no idea where to start or what to focus on!
23/01/2014 at 13:11
We bought a Connecta first and I find that it really makes me ache! I've now got a woven wrap which I love, there's different carrying positions and I find it more comfortable as the weight is spread across your body. This is the one I have www.lovetobenatural.co.uk/storchenwiege-inka.html it's really good quality and pretty easy after a bit of practice xx
23/01/2014 at 13:14
Do you have a sling library near you where you could try one out? (Eg - I thought based on advice from here I'd be getting a connecta, but whilst I liked connectas, there were others I liked more.)
If you want longevity avoid a stretchy, they're amazing for newborn-around 6 months, but can't really be used much past that.
Woven wraps are very flexible and can be used for all age ranges but have a steep learning curve as they're just a huge bit of cloth.
SSC (soft structured carriers) include makes such as Connectas, Ergos, Becos, Bobas Manducas and Tulas. All those I've mentioned are good makes, and will last birth-around 18mo/2yrs depending on the size and weight of the child. Ideally you want knee to knee, so the fabric in the base of the carrier goes from the knee pit to knee pit. They can be used past the age range I've just given, but probably won't be knee to knee any more, and if you're still very regularly using and loving one at that stage upgrading to a toddler version would be a good plan.
Mei tais are something in between a woven and a ssc, they have panel for the seat and back of the carrier, but wrap straps for the waist and shoulders. I've not tried one J likes the speed of a ssc!
High street carriers are generally the ones that allow the baby to face forwards, such as baby bjorns. Lots of people like them, but generally only for when the baby is younger as they're not hugely supportive and can give you backache after a while. They're also not knee to knee, which isn't supposed to be as good for the baby's hip development. *
*Some discussion exists around this statement, but given that they're not so comfy avoiding is a good plan, in my opinion!
23/01/2014 at 16:23
I don't think I can add anything to the advice sg has given but we have a close caboo. S won't really tolerate it now but when his reflux was at it's worst he could sleep instantly in it and even when I untied it, he would stay asleep as long as he was still upright on me. I think it's because it held him so close to me, and snugly, it was like being swaddled for him. It also blocked out all the distractions. I loved it. It saved my sanity more than once! I think I saw it on offer in kiddicare the other day.
23/01/2014 at 17:13
The connecta has been fab for us. Still comfortably slinging my very nearly 2 year old but it's definietely worth going along to a sling library to see what feels most comfortable for you & your partner & your baby
24/01/2014 at 00:50
We have the NCT version of the close caboo which I bought for using indoors and it's been worth every penny. It really calms baby down and it means I can get jobs done round the house in the day and in the evenings we usually have sling time with daddy! For some reason he settles so well in it and it gives us a bit of peace although it can be a bit traumatic getting him in it (just if he's in a screaming fit) and we take it with us when we go out and have used it in a restaurant and round friends' houses when we've been for dinner.
We also have an ergo which I bought when I was pregnant as H wanted more of a structured carrier and we tend to use this when we go on dog walks. I've only used it myself once as H usually has the sling on and to be honest I thought it hurt my back a bit but that may be because I used it to walk too far too soon after my c section.
If you have a sling library (we don't) locally then this sounds like a great option but if you're after something to settle a baby with a poorly stomach/bowels like we were then I'd def recommend the close caboo although I don't know how practical it will be once baby H gets bigger and I think we'll end up using the ergo more although by that stage I don't know how much we'd want to be slinging him round the house anyway. I'm not sure if I'd be worried about baby getting too hot in the ergo indoors as we have to use it with the newborn insert but our house is very warm. Personally I find the close caboo easier to put on by myself but my poor H still needs help every time!!
24/01/2014 at 03:15
We have bought a papoozle this time. Hubby tried it with Phoebe the other night and was impressed. Its a mix between a buckle and a tie sling.
24/01/2014 at 04:30
Thankyou everyone, I've got a note of all the suggestions and have had a quick google. I do like the close caboo, not sure I would want just a wrap sling, is prefer something that had more 'structured' fastening and didn't just rely on me putting it on and tying it correctly!
Those with the caboo, did anyone look at the dx? I quite like that it has the fastenings, is that the only difference between the two?
24/01/2014 at 09:09
Just to add, I said avoid a stretchy if you wanted long lasting, but I've got a close caboo for the early days and it's fabulous. There's no tying involved, you pop it over your head like a tshirt then tighten by pulling in the side bits through the rings. Dead easy, and a fab option for the first few months. I've not seen a dx in the flesh so I'm not sure what the differences are.
24/01/2014 at 10:48
I just watched the YouTube video of the guy putting the dx on. It's very similar to the other close caboo's apart from instead of tying the loose ends of fabric in a knot, it has proper plastic clips. The part that you attach once baby's in to support their back looks slightly more structured but they seem to be the only difference although I've not actually seen one in the flesh. Try to watch the YouTube clips of people putting them on as this may illustrate what I'm trying to say. If you'd feel happier having something that feels a bit more structured then go for it but if you go for the original then don't worry about it being too complicated. I couldn't have used something you had to tie yourself and my H certainly couldn't!
24/01/2014 at 19:43
Thanks ladies. Shep I looked up the video (not sure why I didn't think of that!) and I live the dx. I like the fact it has clasps rather than ties, I think I might feel a bit more secure with that and I also like the more structured sort of pod carrier I've ordered one today so will see what it's like when it arrives. I think it's he sort of thing I'm looking for!x
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