Originally Posted by Velvet005
I want to get a sling but I do not know what is best to buy. I really want something that will not put too much strain on my back. Does anyone have any idea?
Tish, I have been through a ton of slings. I'll give you the rundown on my opinions. Like MamaBee, I just bought a Wise Woman sling, too, and I think I will love it. It's in stretch twill and as she mentioned, it has a little pocket to make you feel a bit more secure about baby being tucked in there. Mine is a sunset/tropical floral, just gorgeous and I cannot wait to use it!
Here are the others we have used:
1. New Native: this only worked for me when DS was a newborn. Once he was a couple of months old he didn't like being crunched up in in. But he was a big baby who grew fast. He also liked to be held upright due to his reflux, and this wasn't so good for that. By the time he was big enough to sit up in it, the sling was no longer comfortable for me due to his weight. It cut into my shoulders and cut into his thighs or wherever his legs pressed into the rather rough fabric.
2. Maya wrap--never got the hang of it...I hated the excess material but I know lots of folks love them.
3. Baby Bjorn: this worked well while DS was still tiny as it kept him upright. But he outgrew it very quickly. It only has a 20 lb. weight limit, and plus his legs were so fat they didn't fit in the holes for very long! A waste of money for us but I resold it on eBay.
4. OTSBH--hated the padding and it just felt so hot and heavy. Sold it.
5. Infantino Cozy Rider--this is sort of a cheapo version of the Baby Bjorn. I didn't like it, but for some reason DH found it comfortable and he always used it to carry DS. So I kept it for him. It is a bit tricky getting baby in by yourself, IMO.
6. Hip Hugger--my VERY VERY FAVORITE sling of all! Even though I couldn't use it til DS was able to sit upright. It was perfect. Baby slides right in and sits on your hip. The design is so simple and easy. There is no fussing or fiddling with anything. You just buckle it on, only 2 buckles, and slide baby in. I used this for quick trips into the store or post office, for example. I could use it by myself, no problem at all! And my son seemed to find it very comfy. No rough edges or bindings that cut into his legs. Highly recommend it.
HTH some. Slings are such an individual purchase it all depends on you and your baby. I hope you find one that you like! I do think it helps to have a couple for different types of outings and purposes. And it's nice to have a spare because esp.in the beginning, of course, they do get dirty easily.