H.F. asks from Cincinnati, OH on November 08, 2008
What Is the Best Baby Sling?
Does anyone love their baby sling? I am pregnant with my 4th child and have a "snuggli" which none of my kids or me have liked. I see some of the newer slings out and they look so much more comfortable, I wondered if some are better than others and if anyone just loved theirs.
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A.P. answers from Toledo on November 10, 2008
This is a late response, but I have both a sling and a Mei Tai. I love the Mei Tai best hands down. It balances the weight on both shoulders and is very adjustable. I was able to roll the bottom up and make it shorter for my newborn and now I am starting to be able to unroll it to adjust her height. I can snuggle my daughter facing me or even carry her facing out so she can see everything. I have yet to tackle carrying her on the back but I think I will be able to do that as she gets older. The tying is scary at first and my husband had to help, but now it is very easy and quick. I actually think it is quicker and easier than any of the buckle carriers. I went to www.meitaibaby.com to learn about the carries.
P.S. My friend makes slings and her website is www.lanepieslings.com. They are very good too.
J.T. answers from Cincinnati on November 10, 2008
Just had baby number three just over three months ago and finally got a sling. I got the Maya sling and I LOVE IT. I can't imagine how I did without it before. My son loves it and when he was a newborn would sleep in it forever. It was especially helpful when we travelled (keeping germs away from him in the airport). It's super easy to use and he loves to be in it. Hope this helps and good luck.
M.C. answers from Indianapolis on November 09, 2008
Hi H.. We adopted our then 10 month old daughter from China over a year ago, and because of wanting to foster bonding/attachment with her we used a baby sling that was recommended by another adoptive mom that had travelled the year before to pick up her little girl. It worked great! The surprising part is that it was homemade. It is very easy to make, and if you can do basic sewing on a sewing machine you shouldn't have much trouble. Here's directions on how to make that were sent to me: http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/FrankenKozy.htm
The really fun part about this sling is that you can choose your own fabric! And it's very economical. My sister-in-law made mine for about $15!!!! Lots cheaper than what you can purchase. There are also many other styles on the link right above that at: http://www.thebabywearer.com/lists/Sewing.htm
Hope this helps, and congratulations on your 4th baby. How exciging!
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R.C. answers from Lafayette on November 10, 2008
After much research on the subject I decided to buy the maya lightly padded wrap recently for my 2 month old. It takes some getting used to getting it on and adjusted. We are still working on that. I think once I master that, it will be great. The times I have used it around the house with him, he fell asleep in it right away and really seemed to enjoy it. I have also heard good things about the over the shoulder baby holder but haven't used this one myself. Hope that helps!
S.H. answers from Cincinnati on November 09, 2008
I can't say enough good things about my Mei Tai carrier. I have one made by another mom, and I made a couple by following some instructions on the web.
I carried my son in front against my chest when he was a newborn, and I have carried my kids up to age 4 on my back. The tying of the straps can seem intimidating at first, but it's not bad at all. And I love how secure it feels.
Here are a couple sites that sell them so you can see what they look like. I have not purchased from any of these, so I cannot vouch for their service or quality.
You can also google "how to make a mei tai baby carrier" and get lots of instructions if you or someone you know knows how to sew.
S.D. answers from Indianapolis on November 09, 2008
Is the snugli a carrier or a sling? The carriers that hang them on their crotch really aren't good for their hips anyhow. If you are looking for a basic sling, either a pouch sling like the Hotsling or Wallababy (made by a SAHM here in Indy) are great. Wallababy also has ring slings that are easy to use and adjust. If you want a more comfortable carrier, I'd get an Ergo, I love mine. Other versions are the MaiTai and the BabyHawk. PM me if you want more info like where to get them.
K.L. answers from Cincinnati on November 09, 2008
I really liked my hotsling! They are mostly available online (hotsling.com, I think?) You can call their helpline and they will help you pick the correct size!
E.C. answers from Canton on November 09, 2008
For little babies my favorite is the Moby Wrap. It sits on both shoulders and on the hips so it is very supportive. They are about $40 at www.mobywrap.com. If price is an issue make your own using 5-6 yards of a stretchable cotton (that curls up when cut, instead of fraying) that is 20 inches wide (got that? 5-6 yards by 20inches). Look on the web on how to tie it.
For babies 4 months and older my absolute favorite is the Ergo baby carrier. Check out www.ergobabycarrier.com. I can hike with my family for hours with the baby in my ergo. It is so comfortable to both mom and baby. You can carry the baby 3 ways: front, side and back. It's worth the investment!
S.C. answers from Dayton on November 09, 2008
I love mine, it's made by After Birth Baby Gear, and she sells them from her home. Her name is Heather and her number is ###-###-####. I think she has a website as well.
E.M. answers from Indianapolis on November 09, 2008
I have a Snugli and found that I only liked it if I was going to be on my feet for a while, such as taking a 20-30 minute walk or going to the grocery store.
What I used most was the NoJo Original Baby Sling. It goes over one shoulder and is padded to be more comfortable for both mom and baby. I used it for several hours a day during the first several months of my daughter's life, then less often until she was around a year old.