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Wow! I'm so happy 35 members have joined in less than a day! Why don't we introduce ourselves with what kind of carrier(s) we prefer!



I'm a pouch-sling girl so much that I started making my own and now I sell them. My first sling was a Peanut Shell. LOVED IT.

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Heather - posted on 06/18/2009

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Hi. I have only owned one sling, a Peanut Shell pouch, but I love it. My son is 7 1/2 months old and I don't know what I would do without it. It is so convenient to put him in it when we are out. And usually he will fall asleep in it unlike the carseat. I am open though to other types of slings. Any suggestions?

Lori - posted on 01/14/2009

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Hi!

My baby's 3 months old, and hubby and I both love babywearing!

1. Peanut Shell pouch: this wasn't for me; it's not adjustable, and I think the Medium size that I got was too big for me, so baby hung too low, and made my shoulders/back hurt. It actually fit my husband much better than me, but he never got the hang of getting baby in and out on his own.

2. Beco Butterfly: Love it! We use this one when we go on walks, or trips out and about, shopping, etc. Pretty easy to get in and out of when you're on the go. The only thing is I find it a little awkward to sit in - baby tends to fuss because the stiff fabric pushes up into him. Also, the Beco has a great newborn carrying area built in.

3. Moby "D" Wrap: Love this one too. We use the Moby mostly when we're home, as the soft comfy fabric doesn't bother baby if we sit down. Very cozy. A bit tricky learning how to wrap it (hubby still needs my help getting it on), but when the fabric is spread nicely over the back, I haven't had any back or shoulder pain with it.

I got good deals on both the Beco and Moby wrap at BabySnazz.com.

Erika - posted on 01/14/2009

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hi ladies, i too make my own native slings. my mother and i had bought a pattern from joann's fabric and i did not like it. it was so bulky. my son is 15 months and i still "sling him".



i love my slings!!!

Valerie - posted on 01/13/2009

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I've only used a ring sling which I made from the Maya Wrap pattern.  I really like it but I might dabble in some other types just to see what they're like :)

Jennifer - posted on 01/11/2009

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Hi!  My 1st was the Over the Shoulder Baby Holder, which I got because my doula, who is also a La leche League Leader, suggested it.  I love it and still use it.  Later I made a wrap.  Though I didn't use the best of material, it still serves it's purpose, and I use it when walking long distances.  I later bought a 2nd sling because I lost a lot of weight and the 1st one i bought became too big for me.

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Hello! I first started out with a Hotsling which I love. Then I got a Maya Wrap. I haven't used it much yet. I made a Moby type wrap which is so comfortable. I also just got an Ergo which is my favorite by far!

Shannon - posted on 01/04/2009

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Hi there!! I got my first sling, a Maya wrap, about 5 years ago, my daughter was a little over 6 months when I first used one, so it was an experience for both of us. IT ended up going extremely well. I carried her in it till she was almost 3 since she was a light littl ething... it came in handy when we went to the Jacksonville Zoo, she was 18 months old and slept almost the entire time we were there.

Now, on my second go around with slings with a 4 month old rather large baby, 17.2lbs and 29 inches in length.... I use both a ring and pouch style sling. If we are going somewhere that I need to have a covering when I nurse, I use my new lightly padded Maya, if we are either going to a family or friends home... or just around the house, I use one of my many ouch style ones. I presently have 6 different ones, all hand made by various people!

Jessica - posted on 01/02/2009

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My first daughter would NOT ride in a sling and so I never wore her much. But when my 2nd daughter was born 17 months later, babywearing became a necessity! Now I alternate between my Hotslings carrier (favorite!!) or my mei tai (better for playing outside with DD#1 so that I can bend over). I LOVE it. And I have to say, I feel more "bonded" with my 2nd daughter than my first. Not that I don't love them both but babywearing has made a difference.

Colleen - posted on 12/04/2008

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Hi Ladies! I tried the bjorns and commercial stuff with my first born but they always cut into my neck so I didn't get to wear him much. When I was expecting my second baby I did my research and bought a Gypsy Mama Bali Breeze. It's a 5 yd wrap made from a gauzy material which is essential in Florida. It isn't too hot to wear my lil heater :-)

Zee - posted on 12/02/2008

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I used a ring sling with my oldest and wore her until she was about 3. With my little guy I still use my ring sling. My hubby and I also use an REI backpack if we're going to be walking a long way. I am a true believer in baby wearing. Some days it was the only way I could get anything done and it just feels right.

Jamie - posted on 12/02/2008

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Hello! I started out with a Baby Bjorn with my son but neither of us were big fans of it. He was on the small side and I never felt like he was secure enough in it. My daughter is 2 months old and I'm hooked on the Moby wrap. She's a peanut --- 8lbs 15 oz at her 2 month check up and she loves being in it! No need for a double stroller now!

Rody - posted on 11/21/2008

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Hi! i'm Rody and I have 3 kids 8,5,and 2. I started with my oldest in an OSBH. Loved it, but with my second I found the Etc. Sling and have used that for the two younger ones. It's great because it can be used as a pouch sling, or like the moby but with a lot less material. I couldn't live without my slings.

Tonia - posted on 11/20/2008

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I didn't wear my oldest, but my with my 2nd the Moby has been wonderful. I still wear him to the grocery store and he's 15 mo.

Emily - posted on 11/20/2008

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I used a bjorn/snuggli style carrier with my first, a ring sling with my second, and now wraps & mei tais have been added to our family along with #3. I've made all my carriers (except for the bjorn) and love wearing my kids. I prefer the wrap for newborns and cold weather - because I can put it on before putting my coat on and leave it on all day. I like slings for older babies and quick errands and warmer weather - when I don't need a coat. And finally, I've found mei tais are the easiest for back carries and older babies/toddlers who are too heavy for stretchy wraps.

My three girls are ranged in ages from three and a half to 11 months, and I still wear all of them at different times. :)

Karen - posted on 11/19/2008

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I can't remember the name of my wrap but it's one hugely long piece of fabric that I can wrap all sorts of ways! I didn't "wear" my first child who is now 7, but did my 2nd because he had torticolis (sp?) and I needed to keep his head off the ground as much as possible the only feasible way to do this was using a wrap. I will never go back! He is so well adjusted in terms of separation anxiety, he craves physical contact which my first avoids unless it's time for school or bed. I know part of it is personality, but I really believe much is due to wearing him. He's 2.5 years old now and mostly prefers to walk, but when he is tired he doesn't object to the sling.

Melissa - posted on 11/17/2008

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I am expecting ym fouth and am ababywearer believer! I have the Moby Wrap, a few ring slings and also a few pouches and I love all of them. By far, for bigger abbies, I find the puch the most convenient for errand running. The Moby Wrap for long days like waling in teh city or park or carnivals/fairs. The ring slings are my favorite for food shopping and home use. If I had to pick ony one, I would pick.....umm....the ring sling. EAsy and fast on/off and usable from borth to 40 pounds!

I am expecting my fourth in January and hoping to make a few pouches myself this time!

Peggy, do you have a website?

Lyndsey - posted on 11/17/2008

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Lindsey, ok I'm dumb when it comes to buying fabric...what should I look for when you say "stretchy"? LOL sorry!

Lindsey - posted on 11/17/2008

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I made all my own slings. I made two seperate Maya Wraps, a Mai Tai and kinda a pouch sling style. Because she is only a few days old, I have only taken her out once in the pouch sling since she can't hold her head up. Since I made all 4 of them, I only spend $50 total. I used two types of fabric, one stretchy and one just a plain cotton.

Lyndsey - posted on 11/17/2008

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Jennifer, what kind of fabric did you use to make your wrap?
I have a sleepy wrap, which is very stretchy. I love it, its easy to use with my son's legs, so I am wanting to make some wraps of my own!

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Hi! My first carrier was a Bijorn and a wrap. The wrap we made with 5 yards of fabric. I loved the wrap because of it's versatility. We used both for about 3-4 months. Now that our son is enormous (24 lbs, 32 inches) at 9 mo we use the Ergo. I wish someone had told me about the Ergo sooner, I believe it would have been my only carrier. You can get them used on Ebay for a reasonable price.

Number 2 is on the way and I'm wondering if anyone has any pouches, slings they recommend for nursing with?

Thanks,

Jennifer

Lalla - posted on 11/15/2008

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id say a mei tai, or other asian baby carrier would be good, or you could try a s.p.o.c the african way (i forget what they call it :-p), or a shawl type, there are many options out there for you!

good luck with your little fella!

Lyndsey - posted on 11/10/2008

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Hi! Just joined today. My baby is 2 1/2 months old and so far I have loved pouch slings (especially hotslings and polkadot papoose) and ring slings. Now I am needing something different, because my baby was born with clubbed feet and just got braces put on his legs and can't fit easily into slings. My sleepy wrap seems to be working well, and a friend is sending me her ABC.

Tracy - posted on 11/09/2008

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I sort of made my own Moby style wrap. It's made out of a meshy fabric because my daughter LOVES the shower. I can wash her right through the fabric. It's wonderful.

Lalla - posted on 11/09/2008

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hi everyone! well, my first and only carrier is a ring sling, i only use my pram on rare occasions when i need to walk a good distance with my bub, as my hips have been buggered ever since i was pregnant.

the main reason i chose a ring sling, was after doing my homework on instinctive parenting, and thought this one suited my needs best as its so versatile. i wouldnt trade it for anything in the world! i looove talking about babywearing, and am so happy we have a group now!

Allie - posted on 11/07/2008

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Hi. my first sling was a Mei Tai which I was given by a friend. I loved it but it was not quite what I wnted so i've adapted the design ti what I want and I now make them for friends and family. I thought about selling them but frankly with a full time job i'd rather play with my son than spend ages on the sewing machine

Jessica - posted on 11/01/2008

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I started with the Moby... my baby insisted on sleeping on me for the first 3.5 months. I've used ring and pouch slings as well. My 7 month old is at least 28 inches and 20 lbs so it's getting harder to wear her... the Ergo will be my next purchase.

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I started out on my first baby with a Maya Wrap 7 years ago, and have stuck with it ever since. My second baby was 11 pounds at birth, making it quite a chore to lug him around with the carseat and all. I found that it was just easier to keep him close to my body than to deal with the ol' carseat/stroller system I thought was so essential the first time. So when we moved last year I ditched the whole thing. My third baby is scheduled to arrive in January, and I am not even bothering to replace the stroller this time.

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