Baby Sling Advise Please

Victoria - posted on 06/24/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I am looking for an excellent baby carrier for my four month old Daughter so I can carry her all day. I am looking for one that is easy to put on, comfortable for both of us, and one where breast feeding is easy. Any suggestions ?

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Victoria - posted on 07/15/2010

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Thank you everyone. We are now the proud owner of an organic ergo, and it is FAB !!!!

Allison - posted on 07/13/2010

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I also loved my Ergo, which I used from about 2 months on. It needs a baby insert ($25 new) for little ones. I also used the Moby until 6 months, but it was tricky to put on in parking lots, etc. because it would sometimes get on the ground. (It's best just to leave it on for the day, I think.) I also had a ring sling (Maya wrap) but did not like it after my guy was ~15 lbs (at 2 months old!), because it hurt my shoulder.



I thought the Moby was best for napping and BFing until 6 months old, but after that the Ergo was the best in every situation - for plane rides, shopping or long walks. I wore him a LOT of the time, even until he was 2 years old, and it was still comfy. It is expensive but highly worth it, in my opinion - totally saved my back, as well. I've also heard the Mei Tei is similar/better than the Ergo, but never got to try one.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/13/2010

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I love my Ergo as well. I didn't buy one until my LO was over a year though so I have never tried it for younger babies. I look forward to trying it with my son when he is born. It was definetly worth the money in my opinion. We used it to walk around Italy for a week, it was wonderful.

Melissa - posted on 07/12/2010

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I absolutley recommend the Ergo Carrier. My daughter tried several different slings and hated most of them. The only other sling she tolerated was the Sleepy Wrap. I finally broke down and bought an Ergo (I'd hesitated due to the cost) and it has saved my back and made my daughter much happier. She'd be content to stay in it all day if I let her. :)

Tricia - posted on 07/10/2010

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I don't recommend a ring sling for long periods of carrying, because with the weight on one shoulder, it gets uncomfortable.

With a little baby and for nursing, I highly recommend a stretchy wrap like a Moby. You can DIY a moby style wrap for much cheaper by going to a fabric store and buying 10 yards of "stretchy knit" fabric. (If you've never been in a fabric store before, don't worry, say the words "stretchy knit" to a sales person, and they'll hook you up.) Cut it in half the long way, and ta-da! You've got two "Moby-style" wraps for less than the price of one real Moby. No sewing or anything. Just one cut.

The advantage of a stretchy wrap over a mei tai is that you don't have to untie and re-tie to put the baby in or out, and you can wear it with the baby lying down.

For toddlers, I do recommend a mei tai (I just got one myself), because it supports more weight more comfortably than stretchy fabric.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/09/2010

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I make ring slings. These are great all size babies up to 30lbs. You can wear her tummy to tummy, on the hip, or laying down. It folds up nicely to carry in the diaper bag.I used to use the tail as a nursing cover in public. I love to make them in mommy-friendly prints.
A ring sling goes over one shoulder to cross to the opposite hip. Once you have the sling set to where you want it you just throw it over a shoulder whenever you want to wear it.
I sell mine for $30, I make them at home with rings made for ring slings and high quality fabric. If you would like to see some pictures just send me a message.

Emily - posted on 06/25/2010

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I recommend a Babyhawk mei tai. Will last you much longer than a stretchy wrap and is pretty easy to learn how to use. I have about a dozen carriers, but if I had to pick just one to keep, I'd probably keep my Babyhawk!

Michele - posted on 06/24/2010

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Check out the Moby wrap (www.mobywrap.com). I got one when my son was born and 6 months later we still use it. I had to get another one to have a spare when one was being laundered. There are several reasons why I picked it when I was researching slings/wraps.

1. I have lower back problems and the wrap distributes the weight across my whole back not just one shoulder.
2. There are no buckles/straps to constantly adjust. There is a learning curve when you first start wrapping it. I tried a few times without Jayson and now I can get it on and him in it in under 2 minutes. Great for those times when he wakes up fussy.
3. It is universal sizing so both my husband (6 ft tall and thin) and I (5'4" and heavy-set) can use it with no issues.
4. It is rated to 35 pounds so it will carry through to toddlerhood.
5. There are many options to the wrap so you can adjust as your child grows. There is a specific wrap for breastfeeding as well as kangaroo care.
6. The best reason of all: Jayson LOVES it! He gets to be with me and hears my heartbeat/voice all day. He will sleep in it longer than in his bed for naps.

There you have it. That is why I picked the Moby and haven't looked back since.

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