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19/05/2014 at 10:35
Please pitch in! Any questions, worries, experiences or do's and don't's.
Thank you :)
19/05/2014 at 10:36
Anyone any experience of a BabySense Baby Sling?
I got one really cheap but have no clue if it is a good idea or bad idea!!
19/05/2014 at 12:25
Does anyone have any experience with ergobaby carriers? I've heard good things about them but I'm pretty clueless really. I keep seeing carrier at good prices in other brands/makes but then I worry after reading things on here about hip placement - but then why do places like Mothercare sell carriers baring their name which aren't suitable? So confused!
19/05/2014 at 12:30
PurpleStar - No advice really but I saw on Fake Briton this morning about the ergo baby carriers and they are suffering from a lot of fakes being sold online so just be careful where you get them from. They were ripping and the babies could of fallen out.
19/05/2014 at 12:46
I've seen a few online news stories about ergobaby being one of the most faked carriers as well CC - it's hard though coz to buy them brand new they are over £100 and that's quite pricey but if you go second hand you can't be sure if it's a genuine or a fake! Might have to rule them out and try and find a cheaper alternative or find someone I know with one I can buy x
19/05/2014 at 12:50
Ah glad you know about it too :) Didn't want you buying one without knowing :)! It is hard and I hope you find someone you know who you can buy it off :) x
19/05/2014 at 12:52
Anyone have any experiences with the Close Parent Caboo carrier? We were shown it and a variety of others at our NCT class (I believe they are affiliated with each other) and liked the look of it. Seems to keep babies legs in the 'frog' position and isn't too expensive either.
19/05/2014 at 13:30
We have an ergo we bight when john Lewis were price matching another shop. I'd heard about the fakes as well, so wanted to be sure to buy from a reputable place. I've carried my nephew in his ergo and it was comfy for me. I like the padded shoulder and waist straps, I like that there are buckles as well. The fabric slings scare me a little as I worry about them being secure, but my SIL has given me a baby k'tan, which we will be trying as the ergo and the insert might be a bit too warm for baby if we have a hot summer!
I know there's a huge amount of chatter on the web about crotch danglers and hip placement, but it's actually only an issue if your baby already has hip problems. They won't actually DEVELOPE hip displasia (sic) from a baby bjorn, for example. Though I have heard that BB are less comfortable for the wearer's back due to the position in which baby is held.
19/05/2014 at 13:45
I've got a fabric wrap, I can't remember the name of it now! We tried it out at a baby show with a true to life weighted doll and it was mega comfy. It felt really secure and as though you were hugging the baby, I didn't want to take it off! I can also see why babies like them as they must feel so close to you. It keeps the baby in the knee to knee positron and I think as they grow there are other ways to wear it if that becomes uncomfy or difficult due to their size.
Obviously I've no experience with a real baby , I can only hope that happy feet loves it all that much.
I also want a connecta for when they're a little bit bigger as I suspect the fabric wrap may become more tricky then.
19/05/2014 at 14:42
We've got a moby and an ergo, I'd recommend both, but probably more the ergo if you wanted to use it for a long while. Moby was lovely in new-born days as it was so soft and stretchy, although takes a bit of practice tying it. Ergo is great when we're out and about and I think will last until T is quite big. and I feel confident that it's good positioning wise.
To be fair, T settled well in both and the moby was a lifesaver when he was very colicky and just wanting to be held etc. Try sling libraries etc, too, if you want to give them a go before committing to a lot of money!
19/05/2014 at 14:46
I would just say go to a sling library if you can. I was all set to buy a Connecta or something very similar but it turned out that A absolutely refused to face in to begin with and only would face out. The lovely sling lady showed me a Beco Gemini where you can face the baby out for short periods of time, and that helped get him used to it and gradually I faced him inwards instead which is better for him (he could sleep more easily, legs in better position) and much easier on my back. I can now also use it for back carries, and could use for hip carries if I wasn't pregnant. Although it was nearly £100 it's been well worth it as we can still carry him at 16 months. Most BabyBjorn users I've heard from say their baby is too big at 6 months and it hurts them to use their carrier.
We had a Moby for when he was tiny and although it was good when he was actually in it, I found it very difficult because he would scream the second I lay him down and I found it very stressful trying to tie the thing while he was so distressed. We've got a Close Caboo for no.2 as I'm hoping it'll be a little easier and wanted something soft and stretchy for a newborn.
19/05/2014 at 17:00
Check out your TICKS ladies: www.schoolofbabywearing.com/.../TICKS.pdf
I loved our stretchy (they are all very similar - I have a hugabub which is an Australian brand) when he was little, but he discovered the joys of digging his feet into my hips and hands on my shoulders and pushing back, because there was give in it, so he could. This felt quite insecure so I stopped using it earlier than many people manage. Can#t beat a stretchy for a newborn though IMO - they are so snuggled and its so comfy for both of you.
I thought a ring sling would suit us next, but R decided he'd straighten his legs and pop the seat when we tried at a sling library, so echo Saisi in getting to a library if you can. I now have 2 wovens and a connecta too if anyonec has any questions about either.
Wispa is right that 'crotch danglers' won't cause hip displacia unless prone BUT, as a trained physio, I strongly believe they are bad for spinal and pelvic alignment and would avoid avoid avoid - besides which, there are so many great, safe carriers out there there's no 'need' to put up with the likes of a BB!
19/05/2014 at 17:06
Here's another good leaflet with the basics: www.schoolofbabywearing.com/.../Babywearingleaflet2011.pdf
Reasons not to carry your baby face out (although I appreciate it's not always that black and white, eg Saisi's A! I would consider face out for very short periods in a controlled, familiar environment as a means to getting them used to being carries before changing to a more suitable position). www.boba.com/.../nine-reasons-not-to-carry-your-baby-facing-out
Hip dysplasia institute's views - some excellent diagrams here too: hipdysplasia.org/.../baby-carriers-seats-and-other-equipment
19/05/2014 at 17:08
Oh and a word of warning... it is addictive
19/05/2014 at 17:32
I would certainly recommend a local sling meet and library if you have one. If anyone is in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire or Staffordshire, i know there are sling groups on facebook you could look out for, including libraries. Mine were great and i was able to try a few different types before quite an expensive outlay. I had a tomy carrier for C, but she hated it and it was hardly used. Eventhough she was tiny, by 9 months she was too big for it. This time i have a fabric wrap, a manduca and connecta solarweave. The manduca is my fav by far. I can still carry S in it now and she's the same size her sister was at 2 1/2 yrs. it was a godsend in the early days, school run, having hands free to cope with the toddler etc.
We looked at stretchy wraps, like the moby, but decided we wouldn't get our money's worth with it being our 2nd child. H liked the fabric wrap, but i never got on with tying it. There are a lot of fake ergos, so i'd recommend googling a real one and check the labels etc if buying 2nd hand. There are various sites for selling 2nd hand slings and carriers, personally i'd avoid ebay due to the number of fakes.
19/05/2014 at 22:30
I would also recommend a sling meet/sling library where you can try different carriers & see which you & your baby feel most comfortable. It was also vital to me that my hubby also felt comfortable slinging our daughter too. I borrowed a Moby for a bit (a stretchy wrap) which seemed very tricky initially but actually is surprisingly easy to do with practice but my hubby refused to try it. I then borrowed a Connecta which we & my daughter all loved. We didn't start looking at slings until 2 months & decided on the Connecta at 3 months & is still comfortable to use for the very occasional use now she's 27 months (she fell asleep in it a few weeks ago.) I'm getting a Moby for this new baby but mainly so I can breast feed the baby on the move so I can play with my toddler then use the Connecta when they are older.
19/05/2014 at 23:01
So from reading this thread I'm guessing a carrier/sling is best purchased once baby has arrived so you can take baby with you to a sling library and try as you go?
Thank you ladies!
20/05/2014 at 07:45
Ive got the connecta and love it! I was later buying one so F didnt go in it until around 7 weeks but he loves bring nosey and always falls asleep in it.
20/05/2014 at 11:44
There was a fab site I used when I had C - http://www.petitpoppet.co.uk/ which do a try before you buy (I think they still do).
I had a moby wrap, which was very comfortable but a pain to tie, then progressed to a Connecta. I have awful back problems but used the Connecta from pretty much newborn until C was over one and by back was fine. I only stopped because he got too heavy to carry around all the time, I definitely wouldn't have lasted that long with an inferior carrier. I breastfed C in both carriers and no one ever knew I was doing it. Thumbs up all round.
20/05/2014 at 13:15
My 4 week old loves to be upright and looking around. We've just had our first try of a Moby. Is there a Moby position that works for a nosey baby? She's 4 weeks. Thanks!
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