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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

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


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

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....


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

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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

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

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

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

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

link please for sutemi?
Oops! My bad!
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