D.L. asks from Las Vegas, NV on April 02, 2008
I am looking for a good sling, i have the Hotsling but it doesn't really work. My baby is growing fast and he is not comfortable in it (me neither). Anyone recommends a different one? I am also larger on top, so need something that will "give" as he grows. He is now 15 lbs and 4 months old. Thanks so much.
S.F. answers from Los Angeles on April 02, 2008
There's a GREAT article here about baby slings: http://www.kellymom.com/parenting/sling.html
I used both the Nojo sling and the Maya Wrap. I like the Nojo better when they were younger, because it has padded edges that serve as rails. But I really liked both of them when they were older.
When they got much older, I found a back pack that I LOVE. It can be used front OR back, and my 4.5 year old still fits and loves it (great for walking around a store or Disneyland [grin]). I saw on the site that they have an attachment for really young ones -- I wish I'd found this one earlier!!! The thing I love most about it is that it's not putting all the baby's weight on one shoulder, but on both. It's much better for my back. Anyway, it's made by "Ergo Baby" and it's wonderful. http://www.ergobabycarrier.com/
R.M. answers from Los Angeles on April 22, 2008
Hi!! I love wearing my baby! Don't get a bjorn! They are so uncomfortable and baby feels like they are an object stuck on you rather than a "part of you". I would reccomend a mei tai carrier. They are the most versatile, comfortable and best for bonding as well. For starters you should check out BabyHawk.com, they are affordable, totally cool and comfy for you and baby, and you can customize fabrics. Also check out TheBabyWearer.com for reviews on every carrier you can imagine. Good luck mama!
L.F. answers from Los Angeles on April 02, 2008
There is a phenomenal BABYWEARING group here in L.A. called KOALA L.A. led by the very AMAZING Traci Cummings. Her monthly meetings are incredible, and she offers a BABYWEARING LENDING LIBRARY where you can borrow slings/ wraps to try for yourself. Her # is: (213) 300~8275. She is truly a BABYWEARING ADVOCATE and all her help is free!!! : ))) I highly recommend calling her with your request! : )))
L. (Mama to 6 month old old Dylan Orion) : )))
M.S. answers from Los Angeles on April 02, 2008
It's not a sling but I highly recommend an Ergo. http://www.ergobabycarrier.com/ Worth every penny and you'll never need another carrier. You can carry baby in the front now and hip or back when he has more head control. It is easy on your back and you can carry baby until...? the weight limit is high!
S.H. answers from Los Angeles on April 02, 2008
HI D. L (BTW, are you DR.D.??? If so, you're my daughter's dentist!) If not, disregard :)
I tried and tried to put my BIG son into a sling... could not do it. He hated it. After much research, I finally settled on the Ergo carrier. I love it! It's easy to use and he likes it too. It's a little pricey... about $100 or so. BUt, worth every penny! My hubby even used it on my 2 1/2 year old daughter.
K.H. answers from Los Angeles on April 08, 2008
My ultimate favorite is the moby wrap. My daughter is now 4 years old, but I used that sling from about 4 months until 18 mos. It was soooo useful and I'd always get comments in stores from moms or grandmothers. My daughter was always very happy in it - she could be close to me in the stores, she would be away from the dirty carts and away from people's prying hands wanting to touch my baby. And the best part - she could see what was going on around her, to let her little mind take it all in. This wrap is a little intimidating to learn to put on, but oh what a pay off!
I also had the Maya Pouch sling (which is discontinued now) - I used this one for breastfeeding often. Every time my daughter saw it she wanted to nurse. I know many moms who use the Maya sling and it is great too.
There's so many good ones out there, and slings are the best for soooo many reasons.
S.R. answers from Los Angeles on April 02, 2008
my personal favorite is the Maya Wrap, http://www.mayawrap.com/
it is adjustable, tricky to start out using but i got used to it very quickly. and you can keep using it up until your baby is a toddler (or as long you can keep carrying your child!!) im on my second baby with my maya wrap and it is still good as new. it comes with an instructional video too, so that will make it even easier to get the hang of.
if you think it is too expensive, i think there are all sorts of adjustable slings you can find and buy. plus theres always http://orangecounty.craigslist.com
J.C. answers from San Diego on April 02, 2008
I would recommend the Baby Bjorn. It has adjustable straps. Try looking for one on craigslist first that way you're not spending the full $80 if it doesn't work out for you. I found mine for $10 on there.