What would you recommend for a sling or wrap? I have had many over the years, but am wondering what you all love these days? I have a new native from 8 years ago, I borrowed a Moby from my doula for DD2, but never got completely comfortable with it...I would like to get one for this one, as when I did get it right it was amazing and baby just felt part of me again. Just struggled with all of the miles of material! Love using slings...once borrowed a ring sling and loved that feel, too...so feeling overwhelmed about what to get...would love to hear what you love! : )
Best Wrap or Sling?
I am a wrapper and love my woven wraps for long caries but also love using the stretchy wraps for the newborn stage as I can tie it on and pop baby in and out of it. I also love my woven wrap ring sling conversion, it is one of my fav and most used carriers especially as babe gets bigger as I use it for quick ins and outs of the car etc.
My favorite newborn carrier is a ring sling. I sew up my own carriers so I can't help with brands, but look for something unpadded with a wide shoulder and strong but soft materials. My DH loves using a mei tai because it is quick and easy to get on and off and positioning a tiny baby isn't as much of a hassle as using a ring sling, which you need to adjust and readjust to support baby's head. Personally, I think ring slings are quicker than a mei tai. I love my woven wrap, too, but more for older babies with better balance because it takes a little bit to tie up the right way. I've been carrying my toddler in my Girasol wrap for my entire pregnancy and haven't had any back issues from it.
I make my own wraps, 5yds of fabric 23in wide. I can't do anything that is just on one shoulder because of a neck injury and wraps are really great at spreading the weight and getting the baby in a natural position. I tie my wrap before putting the baby in (before leaving if we are going out) and have found it pretty foolproof and easy.
I make my own too- but I make hot sling type pouches. I have had a stretchy moby and hated it. I have also had a ring sling and did not love that. But the pouch- totally awesome! I have several and my favorite is the one I made of a stretch twill lined with minkee. So cozy and yet structured enough to stay put. One of my friends gave me a sling that is just a light layer of some slightly stretchy fabric- not sure if I will like it- but maybe a better choice for summer.
Once out of the little baby stage it is my Ergo all the way.
My wraps are all homemade, I have some stretchy and some not and I love them all. I bought a Maya Wrap padded (on the should part) ring sling at a rummage for $10 and I really, really like it. Better than the other random ring slings I bought here and there and I don't know the brands. I do like pouches, but you have to make sure they fit just right. I mostly use mine once my baby is much older and very strudy. I use it for quick hip carries while running in and out of stores. I don't think I'd be comfortable using a pouch for a newborn.
I have a Hotslings one from 3.5 years ago that worked great for me...and I used it into the 2nd year for quick runs into a store when I wanted her contained. There is a padded edge that helps keep it from cutting into a toddler's legs too much. We have an Ergo that we use for more "outdoorsy" hiking, walking, etc. but I know people who wear them all the time indoors. I made my own Moby out of a thin stretchy fabric and when I got it on comfortably, I really liked it. I am thinking I might use that one more this time since it will be June and warmer out...which reminds me, I need to go online and remind myself how to tie it! :)
I have a K'tan for the early weeks, and then I've just gotten an Ergo for afterwards (had a great stretch of luck and found an excellent-condition for a good price on Kijiji).
My DH didn't like any carriers except for the K'tan, but he was already getting too big for it (it was really stretchy) so unfortunately we didn't use it for long. I think it says something, if my son actually didn't scream in it the whole time and even fell asleep in it! (I've also still got my BabyHawk, which is still in excellent condition because of my DH hating it so much, and I'm hanging onto it to see if this baby will like it-- though, everybody seems to prefer the Ergo to the BabyHawk... I guess Baby will decide which one he/she likes the most, and then I'll sell the other one).