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Sling for plus size

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
I am short and a plus size. I've been looking at lots of slings online and am not sure which would be best for me. I have one, a Slingeeze by Parenting Concepts. It was a shower gift when I was pregnant with dd. But I have gained quite a bit of weight and it's not very comfortable. Very hard on my back (I have back problems). So, anyone out there plus size? What sling do you use? TIA

Serenity
post #2 of 24
I'm plus sized. (5'6", size 18 or so) I find that the stretchier slings tend to be more comfortable, like the KKAFP or - to a lesser extent - the KKACP. With back problems, I would look for something that distributes the weight to both shoulders, like a wrap around carrier, or an asian style carrier. I used the Didymos exclusively for DS' first couple of months, and found that very comfortable. Now I have an Ergo which I'm just on the edge of the size range for. The Sutemi is similar, but comes in two sizes, so that might be a better option for you. We also have a Kozy, which fits well, but has a long wait.

Was that helpful at all?
post #3 of 24
I'm a plus sized moma and thats one of the reasons why I ended up designing my own sling design. I recomend anything with a wide shoulder and nice spread on the back.
post #4 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I will definitly check these out. I have a padded sling, do you think an unpadded one would be best for me?
post #5 of 24
Plus size here too.

I find my stretchy gauze homemade pouch sling to be my fave

http://pic7.picturetrail.com/VOL192/...0/42685077.jpg

It stretches where I need a bit of extra stretch

Hope you find what you're looking for!

I just ordered one of Kristine's slings a week ago and I'll let you know how it works for me

Kimberly
post #6 of 24
I'm a size 26 and I use an OTSBH in size L. It's very comfy and we use it all the time. I've tried a lot of different slings and this one works the best for us. I have tried on the Moby Wrap and liked it a lot, I will probably get one for the next baby. It's the only wrap and tie sling I've used that actually fit me for all the different carries.
post #7 of 24
Thread Starter 
Kimberly where did you get the pattern for your sling? I really like it. I think I could handle making one.
post #8 of 24
I should save this link somewhere!

It's on sleepingbaby.net but it is hard to find. I google "Reverend Jan's sling" and get it... just a sec....

http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/

Then clickon baby crafts

post #9 of 24
Another plus sized mama here too! I'm about a 24 and 5'5". My XL Maya Wrap works well, probably could have gotten away with a L too, I've got plenty of tail left. I also have a kanagroo corner solivarius (I know I'm mispelling this sorry) in large that's good too. I have two moby wraps, I really like them a lot, but I think I'm on the outer edge of the size range there, I *just* have enough to tie the sling. I'm on the waiting list for a kozy I can't wait! She will make the tails (ties? Not sure what to call them) longer for me, so I'm sure it will work out well

Oh yes I've tried on a new native pouch (when I was pregnant)and a large would have worked well for a newborn, but I think an XL would be best for a bigger baby.
post #10 of 24
Here's a link for more baby carrier suggestions for plus size mamas. Pamelamama, could you move this thread from Toddlers to Babywearing, please? tia

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...ight=plus+size
post #11 of 24
post #12 of 24
Thread Starter 
Kimberly, can I do a hip carry in that sling? That's what i'm really looking for. I would like one I can do a craddle carry and a hip carry, although I would settle for just a hip carry right now. I'm odd with sizes. My bottom half is a 26, but my top half is a 24. : So I would go by the top right? Or would it really not make a difference since it's not that much smaller? I don't know anyhting about slings, can ya tell?
post #13 of 24
YEP! I used to have a pic of her on my hip uploaded too... but she does back carry, cradle carry, hip carry, kangaroo and more in it It's very versatile for us

I think the stretchy material is the key... it is a gauzy stuff I got at Walmart, and JoAnn carries it too. They had a pretty lavendar on clearance for $3/yard at Joann right now.. I made dd a nightgown with it

Kimberly
post #14 of 24
Thread Starter 
Ok, Kimberly thanks. Now how on earth do you do the back carry?
post #15 of 24
I was a 16 prepregnancy, and I use a Maya Wrap size M. It still fits me, even though I have put on some preg. pounds.

I think an XL would totally work for you!
post #16 of 24
Serenity....

I just put Libby on in the hip carry and make sure the top of the sling is over her shoulders nice and snug

Then I put my arm OVER her and sort of wiggle her around. It works GREAT And she's VERY secure back there. If I need to make the top tighter I just do the arm flap thing (fold the top of the sling over to double the fabric on teh shoulder).

post #17 of 24
Thread Starter 
Kimberly, thanks. I'm getting so excited now. I can't wait to go get some fabric!!! btw, Libby is so cute. I saw her pic on gentlemothering. I'm waiting for my membership to be approved.
post #18 of 24
Oh cool Serenity! I love that board

Thanks for the complimenton my Libbylou

Kimberly
post #19 of 24
We'll have to have a rule like on diapering on links.

link please for sutemi?
post #20 of 24
Quote:
Originally posted by wannabmommie
We'll have to have a rule like on diapering on links.

link please for sutemi?
Oops! My bad!
http://www.sutemigear.com/
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