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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
What do you recommend for slings? How much would one cost me?

I do have a baby bijorn but my kid is getting quite heavy, and well I hear that the slings are better.

A.
post #2 of 21
Slings are good-but if you are looking for something to relieve your pain I wouldnt go the sling route. The sling started making my shoulder hurt and my hand numb when Harvest was about 3 months old. I cant use it for longer than 10 minutes at this point.
The mei tai is REALLY nice and the Ergo is my favorite carrier. Harvest no longer kills my shoulders and back when I use the ergo.
post #3 of 21
I really like the mayawrap for my little ones. That particular style ring sling can be brought across the shoulder and nicely balances all the weight of the baby. I have used it for both babies, one was 20 lbs at 4 months and my second is 17+lbs at 6 months.
post #4 of 21
I like www.hotslings.com.

They cost around $40.
post #5 of 21
I love my mai tai. We hike in it for hours. DS is 14lbs. I got mine at www.babyhawk.com they are expensive but super cute.
post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by Max'sMama View Post
I really like the mayawrap for my little ones. That particular style ring sling can be brought across the shoulder and nicely balances all the weight of the baby. I have used it for both babies, one was 20 lbs at 4 months and my second is 17+lbs at 6 months.
I have the mayawrap sling-it kills my shoulder and I am wearing it right.

I made my mei tai by the way-if you can sew they are very easy to make!
post #7 of 21
If your LO has gotten used to being upright in the Baby Bjorn, I'd go with a mei tai. I love mine, and I wear it for several hours each day.
However, the most comfortable carrier has to be a wrap. You can get the hang of it after only a few uses, and it is so incredibly comfortable you can barely feel the baby's weight at all. Can you tell I love wraps?
post #8 of 21
I would check out thebabywearer.com for lots of info about different carrier options. What works for one person may not work as well for someone else. And you may find that you start with one carrier that you love and then move on. We started with a stretchy wrap, moved on to a mei tai, and have been experimenting with slings and woven wraps more recently even though our mei tais are definitely used the most still. Oh, and our ds is 8 months old and 20lbs.
post #9 of 21
Also check out the latest issue of Mothering. A large chunk of it is dedicated to babywearing!
post #10 of 21
Thread Starter 
What stores would have the hotslings?

Thanks.

A.
post #11 of 21
Wraps like this:

www.didymos.com

or mei teis

www.kozycarrier.com

are going to be the most comfortable long term. I still use a hotsling occasionally with my 33 pounder BUT I am strong and tall and it still hurts my shoulders and then knees after a while.

Definitely go to www.thebabywearer.com it is probably the best place to explore carriers. Also you might have a local baby wearer group where you could go and try everyone's stuff and even get a used carrier for a bit less.

http://www.nineinnineout.org/localgroups.htm
post #12 of 21
If you wnt a great, comfy sling, try a kangaroo korner fleece pouch

www.kangarookorner.com

truly awesome. we started with the bjorn, went with a babyhawk mei tei (also love) and finally fell in LOVE with the kangaroo sling. dd loves it, too.
post #13 of 21
Another vote for a mei tai! There are several wrap-style shouldered mei tais out there, but I can't recall specifics right off hand. I second the pp who directed you to thebabywearer.com

Good luck!!
post #14 of 21
I love my ergo baby carrier
post #15 of 21
Moving to babywearing
post #16 of 21
i love MT's.

but when out, i love my Ergo.

then i love wraps.

those are in order of preference.

pouches are cool too.
post #17 of 21
If you live in an area that has thrifts shops be sure to check them out.

I just went so one today and while digging around in the baby stuff found two pouches one a Maya ($9.00)and the other New Native ($10.00)

Never know what you will find.

I am looking for a Didymos or a Moby : A girl can wish cant she :
post #18 of 21
I love wearing my DS, though he's now 21lbs at 6 months... my pouch sling is killing me. What do you recommend for most comfort?
post #19 of 21
I've got ring slings, wraps, pouches and a mei tai, and I've made them all myself. I'm not real fond of the wraps, but just because they take too long for me to tie comfortably. i love the mei tai, and my fleece pouch because although she's heavy, it has a bit of give to it so it's more comfortable.

Price, since I make my own, range from about 10 for my no-sew wrap, to probably 30 for the mei tai. I also use leftovers for other projects and from other projects so that saves me money. My DD at the moment has a jacket and hat that match one of our fleece pouches.
post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by rumismom View Post
I love wearing my DS, though he's now 21lbs at 6 months... my pouch sling is killing me. What do you recommend for most comfort?

Look into getting a wrao or mei tei. They are equally comfy so it is just personal preference. Some really love a wrap, some love a mei tei. I am a wrap girl, I think they are more versatile, quicker to tie, easier to store (no padded straps, etc.). I posted links for each, as well as a babywearing forum, above. It is very possible to make your own or get something used if cost is an issue.
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