WDYT is the best sling
For a newborn
, Jan 27 2013 08:01 PM
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Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:01 PM
Hi, I am wanting to buy a sling for a friend, we are both clueless.
Can you tell me:
Which sling you love and why?
Which slings are hopeless and why?
Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:28 PM
The Caboo Close carrier is fabulous.
Can be used from Newborn upwards without extra inserts like the Ergo needs
Is 'semi-structured' so you don't have to wrap and tie multiple times like the Hugabub
Holds the baby's bum and hips in the recommended position unlike the Baby-bjorn
Baby can face in and face out
Is organic cotton so breathes
Very neutral colours so isn't overly feminine like some slings so Dh loves it too!
Having said all this - I plan on buying a Manduca or Ergo in future so I can keep wearing DS into toddlerhood
Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:34 PM
I love my ergo carrier but I did find it fiddly with a newborn. A friend has a hug a bub and loves it. I think we will be buying one soon.
Era when I say soon I mean for next bub.
Edited by **Anna**, 27 January 2013 - 08:34 PM.
Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:55 PM
Hug a bub, hands down in this house. I got dressed in the morning and always put it on over the top straight away - it went everywhere with me!
We have a Boba (a soft structured carrier) and I didn't use it for long as I found it dug in to me once DS weighed a little more. I wish I had kept using the bug a bub for longer so DS was happy to be in it for longer (if that makes sense
Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:02 PM
Beco or a manduca. They can be used for far longer than the hug a bub and are really comfy front or back. They are awesome.
Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:05 PM
Ergos, Becos and Hugabubs are all great, but they aren't slings.
I really enjoyed using the Bubba Moe sling - was soft and padded in the shoulder and adjustable. DD slept well in it and its still lovely to carry her joey-style at 7 months.
Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:22 PM
I love my Natibaby ring sling - super quick, versatile & easy to take anywhere with me.
For a carrier, I love my AngelPack - it's like an Ergo, soft-structured. Also quite easy to take with me, but a bit more effort to get on.
I had no problems tying the hug-a-bub, but found it a bit warm, as I had 2 winter babies, and was always quite rugged up already.
Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:06 AM
I used a sleepy wrap and DD used to drop off to sleep and sleep comfortably as soon as I put her in there. She was snug, warm and comfortable.
She is, however, a very independant child and hasn't wanted to be in any type of carrier from 4 months onwards. Neither has she allowed me to hold her to feed, hold her bottle, cuddle her to sleep etc - she's just like her big sister so probably a huge exception to the rule.
Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:25 PM
I used a Bubba Moe sling for all my 3 as newborns. Loved it. DD still fits in for short trips at 8 months. http://www.bubbamoe.com.au/
I also have an Ergo (yes, not a sling), but didn't use it until DD was around 5 months. I couldn't get the hang of it with a newborn.
Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:55 PM
I had three - a baby bjorn, a ring sling (Breeze Baby I think) and this
which was hands down the most fabulous and comfortable of the lot! I could not use the ring sling at all - it was really bad for my shoulder and I couldn't get DS comfortable no matter what age he was. The baby bjorn was good for DH to use and I did like that it was pretty easy to get on and off but as DS got heavier it hurt my back more. The fabric wrap sling was amazing - the weight was so evenly distributed I could carry DS long after the baby bjorn became too hard on me. I practised at home getting it on but it only took one go to get it right. When I was first using it and was a bit nervous I would just put it on before leaving the house and it was fine to drive with. Same as when I travelled with DS on a plane. Cannot recommend them highly enough.
Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:10 PM
A stretchy wrap (hug a bub, moby, sleepy wrap etc) or a good open tailed ring sling. I'd steer away from the breeze baby as the material is very slippy which makes it difficult to adjust correctly and they're also not very supportive. Go for something like a Maya lightly padded ring sling, or one made from woven wrap fabric like a Girasol, Natibaby, Didymos etc. My 14 month old is over 12kg and I still use my ring sling for quick in and outs to the shops etc.
Closed tail slings, especially ones with padded rails like the bubba moe can be difficult to position correctly with a very little baby, and hard to adjust into a firmly supportive position.
Make sure with any sling you do use that you can easily position baby to meet TICKS guidelines for safety and comfort.
T: Tight- the baby sling should be tight around your baby
I: In View at all Times- the sling or your clothes should not cover the baby’s face. You wouldn’t put your baby to sleep in a cot with a blanket over their head: you wouldn’t do it in a sling either.
C: Close Enough To Kiss – your baby should be high enough for you to bend your head and kiss his/her head.
K: Keep the Chin off the Chest- your baby should not be slumped down into the carrier with his/her neck bent over on itself.
S: Supported Back- your baby’s spine should be supported in a natural shape.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:45 AM
Wow, thanks Ladies.....off to do some googling
Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:22 AM
Love the Bubba Moe, best sling ever. Used it from birth until DD started walking at 18 months and refused to go in.
Hug a Bub I would have ceromonially burnt if it wasn't for the fact I borrowed it. Most useless thing ever. Annoying to get one and off and DD hated it.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:30 AM
Just wanted to put in a vote for the Breeze Baby ring sling. I've loved mine - lightweight, easy to use, quick drying!
ETA: probably what that tells you is that different people have different experiences. Never a bad idea to try different kinds of slings - in store, borrowing other people's, or maybe through one of the baby-wearing groups?
Edited by s'peachykeen, 31 January 2013 - 08:32 AM.
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