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    Combining sling posts:

    Quote Originally Posted by holly22
    All About Slings

    Pouches:

    Small tube like fabric, goes over one shoulder and baby sits in the “pouch” part. Usually not adjustable, there are some that are adjustable: www.mammasmilk.com. Very easy and quick to use, takes up hardly any space in your purse, diaper bag, etc. Great for newborns on up. Cons are getting the sizing right, it is hard to get the sizing right at first, but when you do, it’s so easy!

    www.hotslings.com
    www.goo-ga.com
    www.lanepieslings.com
    www.theslingset.com
    http://www.kangarookorner.com/ -another adjustable pouch

    Ring Slings:

    Long piece of fabric adjustable w/ either nylon or aluminum rings. It goes over one shoulder. There is a little learning curve for these, to get them adjusted right and tight enough and through the rings correctly. A lot like the pouch, but it has the extra fabric and rings. Good for newborns on up. Cons are getting it adjusted right. Lots of pretty fabrics to choose from.

    www.zolowear.com – has great info on how to wear your sling and what you could be doing wrong.
    www.chickenscratchslings.com
    www.sleepingbaby.net
    www.mayawrap.com


    Mei Tai:

    This is a structured carrier, with two long top straps, a body and 2 short bottom straps. These are worn on the front or back. There are lots of variations in body size, angle of straps, etc, but they are all pretty much the same. There is a bit of a learning curve, but pretty easy to do once you put it on once or twice. Can be used with newborns, but usually recommend 2 months on up.

    www.kozycarrier.homestead.com – has great pics on how to wear the MT
    www.babyhawk.com
    http://napsack.laurence.com/index.html
    http://www.ergobabycarrier.com/ - structured mei tai with buckles.

    Wrap:

    These are long pieces of fabric, can be made from just about any fabric. These have a high learning curve. Depending on the size can be used one shoulder, two shouldered, front or back. These are wonderfully comfortable for newborns on up to large toddlers. There are wraps made with specially woven fabric in Germany and other countries that are very comfortable and are top of the line.

    http://www.didymos.de/english/index_e.htm
    http://www.storchenwiege.com/
    http://www.gypsymama.com/ - lightweight summer wraps and water wraps
    http://www.mamatoto.org/default.aspx?tabid=121 – wrapping instructions
    http://www.peppermint.com/girasolcarry.htm -more instructions
    http://www.mobywrap.com/

    Mainstream “store bought” carriers:

    I’m not going to really touch on these, there are lots out there, but most are not comfortable or easy to adjust. The Bjorn and snuggly can be okay for newborns, but are only good until baby reaches 15 lbs or less. They are also not good for the babies’ hip and spine development, as they are basically dangling from the crotch. Also they are not very comfortable for the wearer when the baby hits 10-15 lbs. The Mei Tai is a much better option, as it supports the baby both horizontally and vertically, and has a wide seat at the bottom, which is good for hip and spine development. The heavily padded ring slings such as over-the-shoulder-baby-holder and nojo, are very hard to adjust and get tight enough IMO. They are big and bulky and don’t fit easily in a diaper bag. Backpack carriers are hard to use and can sometimes throw the wearer off balance, as baby is not attached to you. The new native is a mainstream pouch that hasn’t gotten good reviews. It is said that it is hard to get the size right and the baby hangs way too low. With saying all this, there are some parents that swear by these carriers and love them, you may too, its just that the non-mainstream carriers have much better reviews and are better for baby and the wearer.

    Here are some great sites that sell all kinds of carriers:
    www.attachedtobaby.com
    http://store.peppermint.com/index.html
    http://www.naturalfamilyboutique.com/


    Here are some wonderful sites that tell all about baby carriers, different types of carriers, reviews and much, much more:

    www.thebabywearer.com
    http://www.mammasmilk.com/slings/

    Great DVD on how to wear all the types of baby carriers listed above:
    www.tummy2tummy.com

    Great site on how to make your own carriers:

    http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/index.html


    Babywearing is great for you because:

    • You can cook dinner during the "colic crying time" and soothe your
    baby at the same time.
    • Do the gardening, chores, socialize, even dance, while providing a
    stimulating learning environment for your baby.
    • Breastfeed hands-free while on the phone or shopping.
    • Keep your baby close and happy while playing with your toddler.
    • Get some exercise (walking) while your baby sleeps.
    • No need to lug around an awkward, heavy car seat, or battle getting
    a stroller into your car, onto a bus or up stairs.
    • Good for baby’s physical development.
    • Reduces infant crying.
    • Reduces or doesn’t create “flat head” in infants.

    Please always be careful when wearing your baby. Check the seams of your slings for wear and tear. If baby is looks “smooshed” in the carrier and is not complaining, then he probably likes it! Babies are used to being smooshed in the womb. I have personally tried all of the type of carriers listed above, even a Bjorn and over-the-shoulder-baby-holder! I love wearing my baby and still wear my 2 yr old.

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    I'm looking into a new sling for a newborn as my DD will be 22 months when the new baby comes. I have a Peanut Shell, which I like but I'm looking for something to hold the baby more securely upright. Right now it looks like Moby Wrap vs. Hug-a-Bub. Does anyone have any experience with either of these? They're both so expensive, I'd like to buy one that I know I'll use.

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    My DD absolutely lived in her Hug-a-Bub for the first 5 months. We always did an upright carry - though you can do a cradle when they're tiny which we did once or twice, but she had reflux so upright was far better for her. I absolutely loved it. My DH used it as well. It's really versatile. I got an instruction video with mine which was really good to illustrate how to use it. I can certainly recommend it with no reservations. If you have any other specific questions, or if you get one and have any trouble with it, feel free to PM me.

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    i just bought (and then sold!) my Moby Wrap. i actually really loved the feel of it, but ds (2.5 mo and almost 18lbs!) is just too heavy and sagged after a few minutes no matter how tight i got it! i considered trading it in for a MobyD but decided that for ease of use and portability, a mei tai is more for me! HTH!
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    I wrote this as a response on another board but thought it might be helpful here too!

    I did a lot of research on carriers while I was pregnant and decided on a Moby Wrap. When I did my research, I looked specifically at which carriers were a good fit for plus-sized women and this is the one that most plus-sized women recommended. I've LOVED it!!! At first I was a bit intimidated with the whole wrapping concept but it wasn't nearly as complicated as I thought it would be. And once you learn the basic wrap, there are many different front carries you can do in it, according to the age of your baby. There's a back carry, but I think it's only when you have someone else to help wrap - I've never used it. Then there's one more wrap you can do to help carry your toddler on your hip.

    Pros -
    1. Very comfy! I could wear Ethan for very long periods of time with the basic carries. The weight is distributed over both your shoulders unlike a sling. Even in a hip carry wrap which in 1 shoulder, I can carry him for a long time without getting the least bit sore.
    2. Ethan LOVES it! DH started wearing him when he was only a few days old and he still likes being in it at 19 months
    3. One size fits all! It fit me with no problem (I'm a size 26), and even my friend who's bigger than me had no problems with it. The same size fit DH and me, unlike some of the others I was looking at that were "sized."
    4. It's easily portable! I keep one in the car and it takes up very little space. I still bring it to Walmart and stick it in the cart. Ethan starts off in the child seat but if he gets fussy he calms down quickly in the Moby.
    5. Machine wash and dry! Need I say more
    6. It fits preemies through toddlers comfortably.
    7. It's available in a LOT of colors!

    Cons -
    The only one I can think of is that you have to rewrap it every time you take the baby out. But it only takes about 30 seconds to wrap.

    Another carrier that came highly recommended to me is the Ergo. That wasn't an option for me though because my waist is too big. The maximum waist size for it is on their website. It's also more expensive than the Moby Wrap. Someone said there is a waist extension available for it so that's worth checking out if need be. I think I'd still prefer my Moby though!

    If you have any questions about the Moby, I'd be happy to help! I'm even willing to do a short video for you on how to wrap it so you can see if you'd be comfortable doing it.
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