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26/04/2014 at 15:13
So being as I will be the proud owner of a toddler and a newborn in a few months I thought I'd buy a sling. With N I was given a baby Bjorn but hated it as it hurt my shoulders so didn't use it.
Which sling is best for carrying a newborn? I want it to be soft and comfortable and be able to walk with a two year old. We've got a buggy board too.
26/04/2014 at 15:26
Ah congrats LLL, I didn't know you were pregnant again :) I am no sling guru, but have a connector which I used from 6wo (it's fine from newborn, I just didn't buy it until then). Very comfy and supportive on my back and really simple to use. If you have a google there might be a sling library where you can try it. There's somewhere online where you can hire one for a week and if you buy one afterwards, they deduct the hire cost from the purchase I think.
26/04/2014 at 16:06
I used my Connecta from newborn with mine but I also had a Moby this time round which I loved, it's perfect for carrying a tiny newborn, it's a wrap sling so takes a little bit of practice to get right but so quick and easy once you get the hang of it. Usually lots around second hand too, and there are lots of other brands which are similar, or the Caboo which is a pretied version.
26/04/2014 at 16:07
26/04/2014 at 18:35
Good question LLL. H and I both like the idea of slings so ill check these ones out. Thanks all.
26/04/2014 at 22:51
Agree connecta is great for lasting, I had the moby wrap for newborn but if we have another think I may sell my moby and get a caboo as I found the tying of the moby a faff especially when out and about
26/04/2014 at 23:13
I used my Connecta from 3 months (as that's when I bought it!) & still use it now with Isobelle if we're out on long walks. I intend to use it with the new one from early on but I'm also buying Margot's Moby (I will sort that out at some point soon x) but the aim is to use the Moby to hopefully breast feed & give me hands free to play with my toddler. I would recommend going to a sling library & trying different ones as the high street ones are usually not great. Also important to get a partners point of view as my hubby refused to even try the Moby but he also loves the Connecta. Good luck with your search.
27/04/2014 at 09:57
Hi LLL how are you doing? We both like the look of the Caboo so will be trying that for starters.
27/04/2014 at 13:41
27/04/2014 at 23:10
I have an Amazonas wrap, which H liked but I never got on with, a Manduca which was great from birth and still used occasionally now she's 18 months and a solarweave connecta for the summer, which was less supportive as it's so lightweight. Stretchy wraps, such as the moby are great for the first few months, but the stretchy element does mean that they have a limited life span of 5 to 6 months before baby will be too heavy or lean out of it. Buckle carriers often have new born inserts and can be used to around 35 to 40 lbs, so you'll get much more use from one. I could pop S into the Manduca in a matter of minutes for the school run. I personally just didn't get on with the tying element of wrapping and felt more confident with the correct knee to knee and kissing head position with the carrier. I went to a local sling group for advice and they were great. It may be an idea to look into one in your area, some also have sling libraries where you can hire some to try out before paying out. Ergos also have a good reputation (but loads of fakes out there). They have good re-sale value too. I don't know how I'd have managed without the carrier in the early days and for the nursery run.
Mrs Bass it's not good for baby's hips to be forward facing in any carrier and is one of the reasons why carriers such as the baby bjorns are so criticised by the baby wearing community. I just checked the NCT instructions for the caboo, and while it shows how to put the baby front facing (which surprised me), they also say not to do so for more than 30 mins. I saw a baby in France forward facing in a wrap and it looked terrible - the baby was swinging in it and it seemed to be putting a lot of pressure on the wearer's shoulders. Have you tried a hip carry or back carry first? I found that S could look out just fine facing me on the front and on my back. It's more comfortable for you both.
28/04/2014 at 07:51
28/04/2014 at 10:11
Caboo was great for us during the newborn days. It's so cosy for them. Once he got chunkier at about 12 weeks I couldn't get it comfy though and he hated being in it. I got a connecta which is working well so far.
There is an online hire site called It's A Sling Thing if, like me, there aren't any libraries near you. I hired a connecta when I was considering it but cancelled ans bought one instead! I can't comment on the actual hire as we never got that far but the customer service I did experience was really good. Hth.
30/04/2014 at 22:45
Just came across this article that has some useful advice regarding sling choice
17/06/2014 at 14:50
Apologies for starting this thread and never coming back.
I have bought a Caboo sling, they are currently half price in Kiddicare at £30 if anyone is interested!
H and I spent a comedy half hour in the shop trying it on.
Barefoot how are you? How are you feeling? I'm 32 weeks now, it's going all a bit too quickly!
17/06/2014 at 20:43
18/06/2014 at 22:11
I love my Moby and it took 2 practice runs and after that it was pretty easy to get on. Hubby won't use it though, doesn't feel safe. Wants more of a 'baby rucksack' to carry her in :)
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