So I went to a used clothing & equipment sale that my former MOM's club hosts each spring, and I was hoping to find a carrier. I found a ring sling, which is what I was really looking for, but it was a size medium, and I figure I'll need a L or XL, so I didn't buy it. But I did find an Eddie Bauer sling that came with a newborn insert - I paid $5 for it, so I figured that it was at least worth a try. Has anyone here tried this particular carrier? I can't really find much online - but I suspect it's this: http://www.thebabyplanetonline.com/52894.html, or something similar. It's got a lot of padding, and it appears to adjust similar to ring slings - it has a square adjuster with a strap that hangs down.
Anyway, since I have no babies, atm, to try it on, I'm just looking for anyone that has any experience with it. And I'm kind of wondering why a sling would need a newborn insert??
Well, just looking at those pictures I can tell that it's really more of a pouch style than a sling. Even though you can adjust the strap length, you can't adjust the depth of the pouch, so the insert is to keep the newborn from falling too deep inside and smothering (like those Infantio pouch slings that got recalled a couple of years ago). I would definitely wait to use it until baby is a bit older, with more head control--would not trust a floppy newborn in one of those things. It's far too hard to get and maintain proper positioning.
It does remind me of those bag slings that were recalled. The positioner is probably to keep the baby from being swallowed up by the fabric and to help keep the baby in a better position. These slings haven't been recalled though from what I can find.
I was going to tell you to not use it with a baby laying in the cradle hold in it. And then I found this: http://www.imperfectparent.com/topic...in-baby-sling/
So I would only use it as a hip carrier when the baby is older. Best baby wearing practices is to keep newborns upright and not in the cradle position. When in a cradle position you don't want the baby's chin touching the chest at all and in fact want the chin to be at least an inch if not more away from the chest. It's extremely hard to do with a sling that isn't adjustable like a ring sling.
Thanks, ladies. I'll keep it and try it out as a hip carrier later on. So I will go forth with my plan to get a ring sling...