Ring slings sound like a favorite... and they do look easy and comfy for a newborn. My concern is about them being one-shouldered. Can I really wear it for a long time? Like walking around a museum for a couple hours or while standing and watching a kids soccer game? At what weight do they get awkward at? Definitely yes for little babies! 20 pounds is when I was getting bothered more quickly with Aiden in a single layer linen ring sling (was only using for short wears at that point), but I then bought a wrap conversion ring sling and if adjusted and worn correctly I can wear him for an hour now (he's inching up on 25 pounds). A two shoulder carry is more ideal for 20lbs + kiddo for longer amounts of time, but ring slings do still serve a very useful purpose (quick trip into a store, cuddle time, and such).
Also, I'm leaning toward something hands free. I've got a good pouch sling, but with that I always feel like I need to keep a hand on it. Will I need to do that with the ring sling too? Suggestions for good brands? I love Sakura Bloom's youtube videos. They show proper positioning (tummy to tummy) and how to achieve that and be hands free. I won't lie and say you'll love a ring sling at first wear, but most people within a few uses and watching a few videos will know how to properly wear it and adjust it and will be very comfortable. When I got mine, I used it for 3 days straight and had it down like a pro by then. Small learning curve, which is normal for any baby carrier!
Ring sling brands - my favorite as said is Sleeping Baby Productions. There is also Sekura Bloom, Comfy Joey, Maya, P Sling, Zolowear, and more. Differences between them are material and style of shoulder.
Mei teis... Are they the same as a BabyHawk?... They look great! Easy to use and long lasting. Are they good for brand new babes too? BabyHawk is a brand of mei tai. I've gotten to use one once when Aiden was 20 pounds. I found it perfect for him at that point. That same day I tried it on with a kid that was about the size of an average 3 month old and I did NOT like it for him. It's a good sized mei tai and the poor kid was swallowed by the head rest still (I did use a ribbon to cinch the body size small width wise and had rolled the waist a couple of times to try and make the body shorter). It was very stiff new too. But like I said, it was GREAT for DS I just wouldn't use it with a newborn.
Mei Tai Baby is a smaller bodied mei tai than BabyHawk and doesn't have the headrest. As others have said not great for newborns, but work well still in the infant stage so just a couple of months wait.
Oh and I don't think bfing in any carrier will work for me. I'm large chested and it is pretty much a two handed affair to keep baby latched and not smothered Although the tail of the ring sling would be nice for privacy. It might still be very possible for you to BF in a ring sling. I was an E when DS was little bitty and I was easily able to figure out nursing in a ring sling. I just loosened it and let him down to be low enough to where my nipple drooped. I can still nurse in a ring sling. Honestly while I was able to nurse in a mei tai, it wasn't easy. I have yet to figure out how to comfortably nurse in any other carrier (and I've tried a few lol).
Last edited by alwayssmile; 03-16-2012 at 10:26 PM.
My DD hit about 20 lbs at 3 months (I know, freak baby) and that's when my ring sling became intolerable. My ring sling is single layer linen and has small rings, which I feel make it harder to adjust and thus less comfy faster. I started using a Mei Tai pretty much exclusively at 3 months up until DD exceeded about 23 lbs at a year at which point I broke down and got an Ergo. I didn't have my Mei Tai prior to DD turning 3 months so I don't have any experience using one with a NB but I feel like I wouldn't feel comfortable doing so. I certainly wouldn't be able to use my Ergo with a NB but I also don't have a NB insert, which I think is available for the Ergo. Still, I wouldn't use it because BFing wouldn't be nearly as easy as in the ring sling. I was able to wear DD hands free in the ring sling after about a week of practice. I actually NIP in the ring sling the very first time I tried it on!
Kris my newborns LIVED in their mei tai (which happened to be a babyhawk). Totally fine. Never had an issue with head or whatnot. They are all froggied up inside it. I can send you photos if you want I definitely disagree that mei tais are not great for newborns. They have two different ties specifically for newborns. http://www.babyhawk.com/Instructions/ worked great for us. Again, I used the Moby a lot in the winter or indoors, but having a May 27th baby it was just way too hot for us in the summertime.
Last edited by Potter75; 03-18-2012 at 07:19 AM.