Baby Wearing

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Baby Wearing

Is anyone planning to baby wear? If so, what are you thinking? I have been lurking in the baby wearing thread; but, I'm finding it really overwhelming and ending up not being useful! I'd like whatever tips, etc. anyone here has - it would be easier for me to keep track! haha

Melissa, I know you are thinking about ring slings... Do you have any opinions on fabrics, etc.? I really am totally clueless and trying to gather as much information as I can. So far, I've figured out that ring slings seem to be better than moby wraps! That's it! haha

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I use/used a ring sling with my son and it worked out wonderfully! We love it. I still wear him now! My sister made my slings. She also made a mesh pocket sling that I used to wear my son in while he was small.

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The fabric is important for ring slings. I believe 100% cotton is what is used, but maybe Sarahsunshine will pop in here and give us the scoop. She and her DH BOTH make these as gifts. Her DH is a walking advertisement for baby wearing! They use them in several ways depending on the age of the child.

DSIL wearing Leo last August when we all went camping. (holiday beard!)

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I use ring slings, mei tais, and wraps. I find they each serve different purposes depending on the situation and the stage the child is in. I used mostly wraps for my first, but for my second I used ring slings and mei tais more often simply because they were faster. I like mei tais or wraps for the two-shouldered support if I'm going to be wearing them for a long stretch of time; ring slings, on the other hand, are great if I expect frequent up-and-downs or if I'm only going to be wearing them for a short time.

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I should point out that I'll be flying home with the baby when he's 3-4 months old. I want something that's easy to put on and take off and will be comfortable for a maximum of 12 hours in planes, airports, etc.

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I'm really interested in baby wearing too. At this point this is really the only thing I have left to buy - like you though I'm a little lost. Blum 3

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So, I'm even more confused now! I went to a local store that carries various baby carriers and cloth diapers. I had mentioned to the sales woman that many people had suggested a ring sling for travel on the plane (when the baby is 3-4 months old). She disagreed with the reasoning that the increased weight of the baby won't be supported well enough (same reasoning for a moby wrap). She mentioned a number of others and I'm just curious as to whether any of you have had experience with these and if you agree or not: She recommended a baby hawk, a bali stretch (I think this is what she called it) or a woven wrap. Does anyone have any opinions on these? I really don't think the bali stretch or woven wrap will work well because it takes a lot to don them. I really want to make sure I'm getting something that's easy to get baby into and out of and easy for me to put on and take off for travel.

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I used the ring sling 40 years ago....and DD and DSIL use them now. (among other things) The increased weight was no problem. Baby can face in different directions, can sit in a sling, lie horizontally and sleep....and all sorts of alternatives. It just takes a while to practice. I liked it because I could use it when going places on the Toronto subway and still manage to have my hands free when needed. And they cost next to nothing.

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:lurk: I still wear my 19 month old in a ring sling, admitedly not for huge amounts of time these days, but a lot of that is he is a fidgit. At 3-4 months baby would still be very comfortable in one I would say. If you ask Jackie (alwayssmile) on the BWing thread she can direct you to a friend of hers who is a ring sling fan and wears her daughter (about 5 months now I think) in one all the time

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wears her daughter (about 5 months now I think) in one all the time

Yes, DSIL has often been seen vacuuming with baby in the sling.... Smile

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I have been using the same ring sling since DS was newborn and I still wear him now (almost 20mo).
I'm not sure I know what you mean by "increased weight"?? My ringsling weighs significantly less than my baby hawk.

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Sorry... I should have been clearer! She's referring to the fact that, as the baby gains weight over the months, the material of the ring sling won't hold well enough and it starts to sag (thus, baby is not supported well). Does that make sense?

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That's why there are rings...so that you can adjust the sling by letting out the fabric or tightening it.

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"B-BABY" wrote:

Sorry... I should have been clearer! She's referring to the fact that, as the baby gains weight over the months, the material of the ring sling won't hold well enough and it starts to sag (thus, baby is not supported well). Does that make sense?

And she didn't recommend a ring sling??
The ring sling is the only carrier that I've been comfortable using from newborn until now. My baby hawk has been able to carry from newborn until now, but I don't find it as comfortable (or convenient) as the sling. The sling is so quick and easy. I can pop baby in and out quickly, I can nurse in the sling, DS is able to sit in different positions (on my front, on my hip, on my back, facing me, facing out...). I find it is the most versatile carrier I've tried. (clearly, I love it! hahahaha!)

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Obviously I don't have the experience that a lot of these ladies have, but in talking to the ladies on the BW board for the last 3 or 4 months, I've definitely learned a lot, and I really think that the ring sling is the way to go, especially if you are talking air travel. A mai tai or a woven wrap are both going to be much less convenient in terms of getting baby in and out - and when you are going through security, it would be worthless - you'd have to take it off and rewrap and it wouldn't do you any good.

And I've recently met a lot of people who wear their children in a RS well into toddlerhood - as long as you are not using some stretchy kind of material, there is no reason a RS won't work as the baby gets bigger. That's the whole concept of a RS - it can continually be adjusted to be as supportive as you need it to be - heck, if the fabric stretches, you could pull the fabric tighter through the rings. And there are a bunch of different ways to wear with a RS, so you can adjust as baby gets older. I got my new RS a couple of weeks ago, and the fabric is fantastic - I can't see stretching being an issue. I ordered mine in French Twill which is 100% cotton and is supposed to be breathable and cool.

By the time you are traveling, your baby isn't going to be so huge that the RS is going to be too heavy for wearing for long periods - heck, you'll still practically have a newborn!

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Oh, and btw, it's not like a RS is expensive enough that you can't buy one and try it out to make sure it works for you! I got my RS from Sleeping Baby Productions for $35! Other fabrics are more expensive, but the French Twill was very reasonable. Smile I think it's definitely worth a try for you...

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Thanks for the reassurance! I think I will still go with the ring sling! $35... Wow! The ones in the store I was in were like $100! haha

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Popping in quickly from the sweat sho....err work. I fully agree with the ring sling. I have a solarveil one that a friend gave me and we still use it. DS2 is 14 months old. I'm glad you decided to go with that. Now the downfall of baby wearing is the addiction to every sling, wrap and carrier out there LOL. Start a savings account.

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"B-BABY" wrote:

Thanks for the reassurance! I think I will still go with the ring sling! $35... Wow! The ones in the store I was in were like $100! haha

I ordered the RS one morning and she sewed and shipped it the SAME DAY. Shipping was, I think, an additional $6. That was awesome. lol
http://www.sleepingbaby.net/products.php?cat=34&pg=2

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I'm not really sure how to maneuver that website... Tips?

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You click on the fabric that you are interested in, then it brings you to a page where you can pick the fabric color, ring color, size, etc. If you want some decoration on it, you can go to one of the fabric accents, or ribbon accent and add that to your order.

If you have any issues or can't figure it out, I'm sure that you could contact her for help: http://www.sleepingbaby.net/contact.php
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What about www.sevenslings.com ? Has anyone ever used them? I always get an e-mail for a free sling for them, just pay shipping, which is like $12.00. I think that's a wrap sling??? Not a ring sling but if you wanted to give others a try I guess it might be a good price. If anyone is interested I'll try to dig up one of the codes.

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Those seven slings are not the same thing - they're not adjustable like a ring sling, and are def. not something you want to use for a newborn because of safety reasons (or so I'm understanding!). They're much more useful for an older baby or toddler...

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Thanks for the help! Smile

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I just got my ring sling ordered from SBP! I'm so excited. She has gone back to a "slot system" which might be why you're having problems with it B-Baby. You have to basically catch her when she opens up slots for ordering. She gets so many orders (because she's so popular!) that she can only do so many and doesn't want to be backlogged so she only opens up as many slots as she can sew in a certain amount of time. If you get to the sling you want to order and it says "Notify when Back in Stock" then you'll need to click that and put in your e-mail address and she'll e-mail you when slots open up. I had good luck today by "liking" her page on facebook and get slot updates that way. I sat by the computer when she said she would be opening up slots and was ready to pounce when it opened Smile I've always been a wrap or mei tai girl but I've always wanted a ring sling so I thought ahhh, what the heck, I'll get one for the last baby!