Someone suggested a post about slings we can have a FAQ. Ask and answer your questions here! We can even have a review on what slings are our fave or our least fave.
OK. I'll jump on board with this one.
I LOVE my New Native right now, as he's very little, and still can't hold his head up. He's going on 11 lbs, though, and getting a bit heavy. I'm sure I can do this for a bit longer, but will want something different (ie two shouldered) for when he's bigger. Any recommendations?
I've been looking at Mei Tai's, but they look kind of complicated. Also looking at the ones that are just one long piece of cloth ( I have no clue what they're called) but they look complicated, too.
sounds like me. Ialso love my new native, but was looking into something else as she's getting bigger (not yet too heavy at almost 15 lbs) but it's getting harder to wear her for extended periods of time.Originally Posted by youngnewmommy
Sienna 11/2/05 Michael 1/11/09
There are a few different ways you can go for a two-shouldered carry. (Someone chime in if I forget any.) For specific brands you may wish to consult reviews/forums at thebabywearer.com.
There are the "Asian back carriers" - mei tai (can be worn front or back), onbuhimo (best on the back), podaegi/podegi. These are a square of pretty fabric with 4 straps (mei tai) or 2 straps (onbu and podaegi) that you tie. They can be folded up pretty small into a diaper bag. Mei tais are the easiest to learn of the "ABCs" IMHO and the most common. There are many people who make & sell them.
There are "soft structured carriers" - the brands I know of are Ergo, Patapum, Sutemi, and bEco. These have buckles (instead of long straps to tie that can drag on the ground), more padding than a mei tai, and look more mainstream. They are way more streamlined than a frame backpack like a big Kelty (and more washable), but because of the padded waist they don't pack down *as* small as a mei tai when not worn. The baby will ride lower on you than in a mei tai and will have to look around you rather than over your shoulder. The bEco offers pretty fabric but the others just have a small number of colors to choose from. I think these tend to be designed for one mode of carry (i.e. front or back) that they are best at, and "can be" used in another (i.e. back or front.. or maybe hip too) that another carrier might be slightly superior in, so think about which way you would plan to use it.
There are "wraps" - a long piece of fabric. They come in two flavors, "stretchy" and "woven". A stretchy wrap is nice for little babies that you wear in front. A woven one needs a bit of give along the diagonal to be comfortable but shouldn't stretch like T-shirt fabric does... for a heavy toddler or for rucksack carries a woven one is my preference. There are a lot of ways to tie a wrap, which is a bit intimidating, but you can get a TON of mileage from knowing even just one way, which only takes about a week of practice for a klutz like me. For a front carry you can tie the wrap without the baby in it and "pop" the baby in and out as you go in and out of stores running errands. A long wrap usually does not pack up as small as a mei tai (if it is a flat gauze like Gypsy Mama brand, it does pack quite small.)
I would say pick whichever of these categories appeals best to you and the way you like to look, unless you have special requirements for yourself (like back trouble) or your child (like a leg cast). I've used carriers in each category to carry up to a 3yo and (*if* well-made) these types are all good, y'know? Read reviews or ask here or at TBW before buying.
If you plan to sew your own carrier, wraps are super easy to make (the only trick is finding the right kinds of fabric) and mei tais are more work but there are several sites with directions. There are a few people who've made their own Ergo-style carrier as well (beyond me I'm afraid!)
Well, I'm looking for versatility. I need to balance being fully available for DS with being able to nurse a newborn (and of course older baby too). However, I really can't afford to buy more than one sling looking for just the right one (which is confusing to begin with because of all the choices)!What kind of sling should I look for - and what is/are the best brand(s)?
DH Bill ~ 10/9/1999
DS Benjamin Joseph ~ 7/17/2003 "All of my sunshine..."
DS Evan William ~ 11/20/2006 "...and all of my joy"
For verstality I would either go with a wrap or ring sling. Once you get the hang of the wrap its quick to use. Its good for both toddler and newborn. Ring sling is good for nursing all ages.
What about pouches? Are they pretty versatile? Not sure if DH will be wearing baby so I'm also looking for something with very little learning curve - pouches seem to fit that bill.
How are they for nursing? Do you have to have a nursing top or can you just pull your shirt up like you normally would? Is that uncomfortable? Also is it better to have a padded sling for hands-free nursing, or does the pouch work OK for that? (It just seems like it is kinda hard to find padded slings that are not *too* padded, KWIM?)
Oh and last thing - someone said pouches are hard to get the sizing right, but the websites I've visited seem like size medium would fit me OK (I'm 5'4" and non-preg about 140lbs). Sound about right?
I nurse in my pouch (a new native) and it works well. I get plenty of privacy. I don't wear nursing tops at all so I just lift up my shirt. You can see a little skin so if you wear a nursing cami you wouldn't have to worry about it. I did have to exchange mine for a smaller size once I lost the pregnancy weight. Luckily they will let you exchange it at ANY time as long as it is in good condition (no stains, rpis, etc). I exchanged mine when she was about 4 months old. I would say a medium might be alright depending on how high you like to carry your baby, you may want to go with a small. I am 5'2" and about 120 and sometimes the small seems to big. Overall, I love mine. Now that she is getting bigger and squirmier, I think I need something that holds her a liitle closer with not so much wiggle room. Hope this helps.
Sienna 11/2/05 Michael 1/11/09
The best way to get the pouch size right is to measure yourself from shoulder to hip. Measure the outside of your shoulder down through your boobs to your hip bone. With just a little slack. The new natives are usually sized big, so I would go down a size if you are considering one of those. I'll be nursing a newborn for the first time in a pouch (if he ever gets here!), so I'll let you know how it goes. Hopefully I'll be getting pics up on my site.
Also if you want a lightly padded ring sling, there is one called Ellaroo lightly padded (ERLP), it has very light padding and many people seem to like it. HTH!
I actually found my wrap not only to be more comfy but easier to use than even my ring sling ~ once you know how to wrap it on your body it's an awsome way to wear a baby.
I bought a water wrap from gypsy mama, it's awsome AND it's a solarviel material said to be better than the solarviel wraps/slings, the other nice thing is that the fabric is nice and silky soft.
There's a CD you can get from mamatoto.com that is really great at helping you see how to carry your baby w/ all the different slings/wraps/shawls/mei tei's that are out there, well worth the money imo