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15/08/2013 at 09:43
Ive started to look at different slings, I know the Connecta ones get rave reviews. Ive checked out the website a few times and there are some great prints, however they always seem to be out of stock. Are there any stoes that sell them?
I also really like the look of wrap slings, the baby looks so secure and snug! (i like the Kari-me ones here http://www.littlepossums.co.uk/slings/wrap-slings.htm#stretchywraps ) however even the "easy to follow steps" make it look quite complicated to put on. Is it? Is it just a case of practice makes perfect? Again, any recomendations of stores that sell them?
Im trying to see if there is a sling library near us. Would you recomend waiting until baby is here to find a sling that suits us both?
If anyone has any tips of recomendations, I would really appreciate!
15/08/2013 at 09:55
I borrowed a wrap from my local sling meet & even though the videos look quite complicated they're quiet easy to put on when you've done them a few times. My issue was that the material was so long that it would trail on the floor which wasn't helpful when I was at the swimming pool with damp floor or doing it when the ground around is wet. Also my hubby wasn't too keen on using it & wouldn't even try. So we got a connecta which we both love. I bought it off a hitcher so it's worth putting a shout out to see if anyone is selling 1. I didn't get 1 until my daughter was 3 months but I wish I'd known about them sooner. I then wouldn't have bothered buying a pram!
15/08/2013 at 11:11
I'd definitely recommend waiting, especially if you can get to a library as you can try before you buy!
I have woven wraps and love them. So versatile! I can have E on my front, back, hip. Snuggled in for sleeping or with her arms out if she's awake. Depending on if its hot or cold I can use a carry with more or less layers/passes to keep her warmer or cooler. I wish I'd wrapped from the start to be honest. I had a mei tai to begin with and although I love it and still use it occasionally, it's the wraps that I reach for now.
It does take a bit of practice, but there are some brilliant tutorials on YouTube. I just started with one carry and then once I felt I'd mastered it moved onto to learn another :)
15/08/2013 at 11:16
Thanks for the feedback ladies. Blackkat, its interesting you ended up with a Connecta!
Stripey, its the fact that they are so versitile that I love! Where did you get yours from?
A bit of a stupid question but Blackkat's comment about it being too long got me thinking, once i know how to wrap them on (and have practiced a lot) could i use a long scalf or pashmina if they are long enough?!
15/08/2013 at 15:38
I found the wrap too fiddly but admit I didn't try for long - there was no time to practise with a newborn! I really like my connecta - it's so easy to put on which is grear as i use it when Sam kicks off in his pram so time is rarely on my side! I also think these types are more likely to be used by Dads too than the wraps, am generalising though of course! I got mine from carrymybaby - they had lots in stock and it was delivered the day after ordering, really good service. Connectas are only available online but manducas which are similar can be bought in kiddicare who sometimes have offers on.
If there isn't a library near you you can hire them to try online and some places will take the hire charge off the one you eventually buy, so you could hire a few and see which baby likes.
15/08/2013 at 16:03
I wouldn't use a scarf as I it wouldn't be strong enough to carry the weight or safety tested, whereas proper woven wraps are are. I started off with a size 6 (4.6 metre) wrap which is generally a good starter size as most people can do all carries with it. I have found as I've got better I'm using less wrap so for the carries which use more wrap I could probably get away with a 5 now. I also have a size 4 (3.6 metre) which is great for rucks on my back and hip carries which don't need as much length.
My 6 I bought new from Love To Be Natural and it's a Storchenwiege Leo, the 4 is a Little Frog Linen Natur which I bought preloved on a selling board on Facebook. Buying preloved is a good idea as the wrap will already be broken in for you!
15/08/2013 at 16:28
I love my Kari Me for a newborn. It is really easy to put on, practice a few times in front of the mirror and then you'll be fine. You can put it on before you go out and then pop baby in and out which is handy when you aren't as confident. I hadn't used one for 4 yrs when I got it back out for Orla and it was like riding a bike, I could do it straight away. Another tip is that if you are putting it on out and about you can use your car door as a mirror which can help at first too. It would always be my recommendation for a newborn, although it isn't going to last you all the way through to toddler days.
I do have a Conneta but really haven't got on well with it with a newborn but then that could be because I am so used to the Kari-Me.
An alternative to the Kari Me is the Close Caboo which is a similar concept, so nice and snuggly, but is pre-tied so it removes any worries about tying it.
Petit Poppet, set up by an ex-hitcher, hires out slings so you can try before you buy if you aren't near a sling library.
15/08/2013 at 17:38
I love wraps for carrying. I'm a bit of a sling junkie and have a few. My favourite size is a 6. I didn't have a stretchy sling, just went straight to woven and a connecta.
They're really quick and easy to put on after some practice - I recommend YouTube and practising with cuddly toy!
As Stripy said, they're so versatile - the same sling (a Kokadi Diorite Stars size 6) can do this -
And this -
15/08/2013 at 17:58
I had a Moby wrap/sling. I watched YouTube videos to learn how to tie it (whilst pregnant) and youtube again to learn how to get baby in. It was easy once I'd practiced! I needed a mirror to get LO in/out of it. You can improvise whilst out&about using car or shop windows as mirrors!
15/08/2013 at 19:11
I have a beautiful kokadi erna wrap, but J hates being wrapped and will only tolerate buckles*, I assume from the speed of ups versus the length of time taken for a novice wrapper to wrap him. (*And only those from 6 months, before then he wouldn't let me sling him at all, little pest.) So my beautiful wrap is sitting unused in the wardrobe waiting for number 2 to get some slingly love.
15/08/2013 at 20:29
I have a Lenny lamb wrap and love it. Definitely visit a sling library if you can. you tube has lots of great videos showing lots of different carries.
15/08/2013 at 20:44
I've had all sorts of slings, including owning a sling library at one point but my go to sling for a newborn will always be a stretchy wrap (moby, Kari-me) but the close caboo is also a good alternative and I might get one as I know my H will like it.
Woven wraps are ace but slightly more of a learning curve. The connecta is ace but might seem a bit big on a newborn.
Look at petit poppet or slumber roo to buy.
16/08/2013 at 07:45
Mrs Bass - if you mention whereabouts you are roughly in the country, someone might be able to direct you to a local sling library? Otherwise try searching facebook!
16/08/2013 at 09:25
Thanks everyone, I will show my H a couple of pics to see how he feels about them! I did show him the Connecta with the guitar print, he'll probably choose that one!!
Ive have a couple of friends who have little ones so I might ask around to see what they used and if they have anything I can play with.
Im in Bristol so I assume there will be a couple around!
i do love how versitile the wraps are and they seem more comfy for newborns!!
16/08/2013 at 10:47
We got a stretchy wrap for when A was born, to take him home from hospital as we didn't have a travel system, just a separate pram and car seat. It was good when he was very small and I would definitely recommend getting one in for a winter baby, as IMO they are much more snuggly than a pram.
Then we visited a sling library and got a Beco Gemini, which does up with buckles. I love it and you can do front carry forward facing, front carry parent facing, back carry and hip carry... so it's very versatile but also very easy to put on, and easily adjustable to different people. I'm glad I went to the sling library as I might have ended up with something totally different and unsuitable otherwise.
17/08/2013 at 05:27
An alternative but very similar to the connecta is a rose and rebellion. They were my short list alongside the beco gemini for my second sling. All very very similar. Rose and rebellions are a work of art too, so pretty.
My first sling which was just amazin for newborn days was the close caboo. A stretchy wrap but the hard work (tying) is done for you via adjustable rings at the back. It really is awesome, and even my H would attempt it, whereas a normal wrap I doubt he would have.
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