Sling, carrier or wrap. Which one do prefer?Brand?

Maren - posted on 10/29/2008 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I have a sling made by Hotslings and purchased it online at Target for 30 w/ free ship. I love it and so does my baby girl Circe. She falls asleep everytime :) I really want to try the Ergo looks like it supports your back. She is 11 lbs right now but as she gets bigger I think I want something like that.

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Mari - posted on 11/25/2008

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Hey there, I have tried ring slings, a hotsling, a moby and my hubby has an ergo. My dd loved both the ring and hotsling, so I never tried the Moby. When my ds was born he HATED both, so I had to use the Moby. Now he only likes that and the hotsling. I have no idea what it is about the ring sling, but he will not stand for it. So, I guess it depends on your little ones preference too. Oh my hubby LOVES the ergo for our dd who is now 14 months old. She rides on his back all the time and he is so proud to carry her like that. All were great investments though, Good Luck!!

Lorry - posted on 11/22/2008

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I have a Taylor Made sling that I love. My husband prefers our old-school Snugli (the one my mother carried me in… not like Snuglis sold today). Dagmar is happy to be in either. I have a homemade fleece wrap but she wasn't keen on it last time I tried. I'd like to try again soon though. She's 10 weeks old.

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I just bought 5 yards of jersey and cut it down the middle, so I got two wraps for 30 bucks. I tie it like the moby wrap and I love it:)... I also have a carrier, but now that I have this wrap I really don't use it anymore. The wrap is way better on my back than the carrier I have... I feel like the carrier pulls on my shoulders more. I also used a homemade sling out of a bed sheet and generally just didn't like it... maybe that will change. I think I have a real sling around here somewhere, lol. Oh and I'm a FTM and my daughter is 6 weeks old:)

Kristi - posted on 11/18/2008

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I have an Over the Shoulder Baby Holder (ring sling) - I tried both and I really love the ring slings as I feel you can adjust it tighter to better hold the babe. I used my sling non-stop until my babe was about 6 mo then I started using the Ergo and Mei Tei and now still use those regularly (although I do still use my ring sling to carry my 15 mo. old on my hip). LOVE MY ERGO!!! I do love my sling but I think next time I will get a different brand ring sling. Although my sling is super comfortable it has a tapered end and I would rather have non-tapered end as those can be manipulated differently for a snugger fit. Look around in your community for an AP group. Most have sling libraries and you can check them out for a month at a time to get a feel for what you like!

Lalla - posted on 11/16/2008

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did you make sure the sling is cupping your shoulder instead of sitting on the collarbone? and spred out ove the back? i find this makes a huuuge difference now that my little girl is almost 1, and getting very heavy!

Candice - posted on 11/16/2008

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I have two handmade carrier (that i made myself) a Lug a bug hip carrier and a Hopp wrap. The jug a bug only worked for me when my youngest was lighter.. all that weight on one shoulder.. UGH no thanks! The two carriers that i made are a Pod and a Mei Tai.. both are frankensteins and look horrible, but do well for us! I use the Mei Tai mostly.. i like the two shoulder thing! I use a wrap when the youngest is super fussy.. I pretty much pinn her to me and she is usually out in a few minutes. but Jessica Winter is correct.. They are harder to remove the child if they are sleeping.. especially when they are strapped to your back and to be honest.. that is the only place for a 35 lbs girl!



I had a Jelly Bean Marsupial Sling for when my youngest was a new born.. it says it's good for up to 35 lbs.. i think that's crap! No one shoulder carrier can hold my 35 lbs almost 3 year old thank you very much.. My back would break first!



I don't wear much any more.. dd2 would rather do it on her own.. but i loved the years i had with her in a carrier.. Babywearing ROCKS! I'm totally wearing again for whenever we have a new baby!

Lalla - posted on 11/13/2008

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and the last is



www.bigmamaslings.co.uk



is another great site! good luck choosing, coz i definately cant! lol

Lalla - posted on 11/13/2008

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www.chickadeebaby.com.au

is another good one (in australia too!) where i got mine from so i can vouch for their quality...

Lalla - posted on 11/13/2008

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i have a ring sling and am making a mei tai very soon,

with a ring sling, a good site for a how to is www.chickadeebaby.com.au , thats where i bought mine from! make sure its cupping your shoulder and down onto your arm a bit, not where your collarbone is, it will cause you no end of pain!

btw, baby carriers can be made yourself for about $30, instead of payiing $50-100! ppl have for centuries, try http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/ind... or http://www.wearyourbaby.com/ for ideas, the best thing is you get the colour/fabric you, and you can custom fit it for no extra cost :-p lol not to mention how satisfying it feels to make it too!

Krista - posted on 11/11/2008

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I have a Beco and LOVE it! I love being able to wear him on my back or front, and it's very comfortable!

Lyndsey - posted on 11/10/2008

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I'm so addicted to babywearing...LOL...I'm a first-time mama and my son is 2 1/2 months old...I have 6 carriers so far!
I love my hotsling and polkadot papoose sling. I also have a Dr. Sears balboa baby and a Nojo, both ring slings. Love all of them!
I was given an infantino carrier as a gift, but haven't figured out how to use it yet.
I just got a sleepy wrap and LOVE it.
I used my slings exclusively until about a week ago...my son has to have braces on his feet to correct clubbed feet, so he can't fit easily into slings anymore. He was in casts before and could "fold up" and get into a sling ok, but with the braces can't do that. I'm on the lookout for new carriers that will work for him. The sleepy wrap is working, I'm also looking into getting either an angelpack, ergo, or beco butterfly.
What can I say..I'm hooked on all baby carriers!

Lindsey - posted on 11/09/2008

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This is a tough one! I have a hotsling and I really like the convenience of throwing it in my purse..I however discovered the moby wrap when my little girl was well over a year and wised I had it when she was a baby! Your little babe can be really close to you and you can wear them in front and on your back, which is great when they older...I love them so much and as a midwife I reccommend them to all of the moms I work with..

Amy - posted on 11/07/2008

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I've used the bjorn--good for when they are smaller, but my guy grew out fast b/c he's so long. The sleepy wrap is AWESOME. It's just like the moby but made of a little stretchier material so you tie it as tight as is comfy and then it stretches so baby can get in. Once you take baby out, it stretches back tight again. the moby didn't do this with me. The best thing about these kind of wraps is that it distributes the weight evenly so no sore back or in my case, shoulder. my 20 lb boy sleeps in the sleepy wrap during the day as he's at work with me and my back feels great!

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first off, before you buy a Snugli or a Bjorn, read this: www.continuum-concept.org/reading/spinal...

with that in mind, if you still want something like a Bjorn, but safe, try the Ergo (you'll have to google it) baby carrier.

However, I prefer Pouch slings. I prefer them so much that I can't imagine life without mine and needed pockets and stuff on one but couldn't find the right design, so I made my own and now I sell them at www.dreamslingshop.com

My kids are 14 months apart, so similar (but closer) to your spacing. I can still carry my 2 y/o in it if I have to, but usually just put my 15 mo/old in it. Both of my kids have loved the slings their whole lives. You can see pics of kids of all sizes happily in DreamSlings on my website.

you also might consider joining the community "Baby wearers" on here to pick the brains of a more targeted group.

Thebabywearer.com is a GREAT resource for anything you could want to know about baby carriers.

of course, I'd love to tell you that the DreamSling is the best thing ever and you have to have one, but everyone out there has a different favorite and it all depends on you and your kid and your likes and dislikes. The DreamSling is for moms who want to be truly hands-free, without the need to lug a kid (or two) plus a purse or diaper bag. it eliminates both of those. Some women can't live without their purses!

not sure if you live in a big city or small town, but lots of big cities have babywearing clubs that you can go to and try on a few different kinds before you buy. Some cities even have babywearing stores where you can do the same. www.thebabywearer.com has lists of those groups, I think.

Good Luck!

Erin - posted on 11/06/2008

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I have gone carrier ga-ga. And with a new baby I have a couple of thoughts: A maya(sling) carrier is great for when they're little and want to sleep. Especially for around the house. But it holds all the weight on one shoulder so be sure to alternate. We were gifted a baby bjorn which is nice for me but because of the design, it splays baby's hips. The Moby D is really comfortable and great for keeping them really close & secure(and seems like it will be good when they're bigger too). Only challenge with the Moby D is all the fabric can be a bit much for on-the-go. I have recently splurged and purchased an Ergo with an infant insert and am really excited. It feels good, sturdy and is incredibly comfortable. It also offers variations for as the baby gets older & bigger(back & hip). It's design is best for distributing the weight and baby's body. I'm thinking that the Ergo(although it is an investment)is going to be our favorite.

Lindsey - posted on 11/02/2008

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I have a ton of different carriers and honestly I use them for different things. I loved the sling when my kids were under 20 pounds and little babies for tummy to tummy snuggle carries. I also use it in church for easy up and down. I like podaegis for fast back carries while pregnant so there is nothing tying around my waist. I love my mei tais like babyhawk for back and front carries, especially long carries. My Beco and Alpino soft structure carriers are great for the days when I need to have as much of his weight as possible centered on my hips instead of pulling on my shoulders.

For the Ergo, take into consideration if your baby is tall or not. They are a very short bodied soft structured carrier. Some that are taller and just as supportive are the jetpack, Beco, APLX, and Olives & Applesauce carriers. You can find a ton about them at www.thebabywearer.com in the forums as well as to check reviews of sellers and brands on the site. :)

Melissa - posted on 11/01/2008

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I second the Moby wraps. You can do just about anything with them!!! And they're affordable. We get a lot of use out of our Baby Bjorn (bought it on Ebay cuz they're so expensive otherwise!) and our Baby Hawk. I do like ring slings, but Marley only like sitting in them for a short amount of time.

Jessica - posted on 11/01/2008

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I've used all! I love the wrap for when they are tiny and they stay sleeping in it, but I couldn't take my little girl out without waking her so slings are better for that. I have had good experience with pouch and ring slings. The ergo is nice for bigger babies, you can get them used by calling the company in Hawaii for 55-75 instead of new for 105.



For wrap brands, the moby is a classic here in WA. I have also used the Sleepy Wrap which is nice for littler babies, but I prefer the moby for my little girl now that she's bigger.



Our bread and butter really is the Moby and the Dr Sears Sling.

Colette - posted on 10/31/2008

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I have over the shoulder baby holder slings and I love them. I used them with all 3 of my kids until they were around 3 years old.

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