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What type sling would you recommend?

Poll Results: Which sling is the best?

 
  • 48% (24)
    Maya wrap
  • 14% (7)
    Over the shoulder baby holder
  • 16% (8)
    New Native
  • 22% (11)
    Other
50 Total Votes  
post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
I am thinking about getting a sling so i can hip carry my 13 month old ds. We had used the baby bjorn up till now (and i loved it). so although i would like a sling i can use with an older child, i would also like one that i could use from infancy with the next baby. any suggestions and why?
post #2 of 25
ahhh, the quest for the perfect sling attracts another seeker....

you should check out www.kangarookorner.com and www.peppermint.com for some helpful comparison charts on various slings.

i think my maya wrap is most versatile but boy does it start killing my shoulder when ds is in it for a long time.
post #3 of 25
I voted maya wrap, its perfect!

I useed to get shoulder or back issues with it but it was because I wasn't using it properly.. it took about 3 months and a lot of practice to get it all comfy!
post #4 of 25
I really like my Over the Shoulder Baby Holder. I got it when ds was about 7 months old. He liked it until he started walking. The hip carry is the only was I've carried him in it. I had a NoJo (a No Go!) and didn't like it AT ALL. The rings lock too tightly, and adjustments are impossible.

The only thing that I don't like about the OSBH is that the padding sometimes slides down when I adjust the rings. Then it's not as comfortable.

That said, I'm getting a Maya wrap for the next baby! I think I'll probably use the OSBH in the newborn phase, and then the Maya for the hip carry. I've tried one and liked the "padding-free" feel.
post #5 of 25
I love our Maya wrap, but the OTSBH is great too. We have a New Native Carrier, and she hates it (she doesn't like the cradle position at all!)
post #6 of 25
www.heart2heart.on.ca

They are the best ones I've ever tried!
post #7 of 25
I love the Maya, but it's the only one I've tried. I've heard great things about the Baby Trekker too.
post #8 of 25
I am going against the Maya Wrap love fest here and recommending something else! My very favorite sling is the Didymos, I know it is pricey, but the Girasol or EllaRoo are excellent and somewhat cheaper alternatives. Why? Because they a just so versatile. Yes, they have a longer learning curve but once you get the hang of it, which takes you all of a couple of attempts, they are so worth it. You have the options of the cradle, wrap n cross carry when newborn, the cross carry, wrap n cross carry, kangaroo carry, hip carry and several ways to tie the sling in a back carry once they get older. I love how it distributes weight on both shoulders which makes wearing them in a sling for longer periods way more comfortable.

The issue I have with the Maya Wrap is to get the sling comfortable, many people can't get the rings postioned properly, ie coursage position, They often end up too low on the wearers breast. or even lower. The OTSBH is okay, but way too padded for my liking.

I have't tried a KK fleece sling, but I still think the Didymos/Girasol/EllaRoo are more practical in the long run because of their versatility.

As a complete sling addict, I have to say that the perfect sling doesn't exist it really depends on many factors: you, your baby, how and how long you wear your baby, what you like to do while wearing your baby and how much time and effort you want to put into it.

Deborah
post #9 of 25
I have tried the OTSBH and the New Native. Had a hard time with both. my ds fussed more than not when I put him in. Maybe I just never figured them out I will try the New Native again when ds ready for hip rides.

Also tried baby bjorn, kelty front pack - nice but not very versitile. Kelty hurt my neck.

Found The Baby Bundle and swear by it. ds loves it, I love it and even dh loves it and will wear it (would not wear slings). It is very easy to figure out, versitile, no sizes to worry about and easy to care for! It distrubutes weight amazingly well. Have not had any back aches even after walking around for two hours. Ds who weighs 16 lbs feels like 5 lbs. Love it and would recommend to all
post #10 of 25
My two favorite carriers right now are my hemp pouch for hip carrying and quick trips, and my baby trekker for longer adventures.

I love the pouch because it is sooo comfortable and folds up really small. It has no bulky padding so I feel comfortable waering it even if ds decides to walk. And he looks so cute in it!

I love the trekker because it is very soft and padded in the right places to make it comfy. I love how versitale it is and I like that ds can be carried comfortably for hours and can even nurse in it. I wouldn't have it as my only carrier, but I wouldn't do without it either.
post #11 of 25
I used "Andrea's Baby Pack" for all four of my children.

I even copied it in a smaller version for my dear daughter when she was four years old. She carried her dolls in it as I carried my dear #2 son in Andrea's Baby Pack.

It was advertised in Mothering Magazine in 1980 and was out of Eugene, OR.
post #12 of 25
I voted for the New Native because that was my first sling, but I also will tout the wonders of the Didymos style sling.

Honestly, I don't have a Didymos (I'm NOT shelling out that kind of cash), but I have a 4 yard long by 25" wide strip of cheesecloth fabric that we use and I ADORE it.

I also use a reversible pouch style sling that I made myself - something fun on one side, a nice solid color on the other side . . .
post #13 of 25
I second the Heart2HEart....although I've never tried any other ones....My mil is making me a Mayawrap type sling for babe #2....and she bought me a Polliwog sling cause she thought it looked nice for when babe was smaller.
I didn't get the sling until dd was 5 months old...

Jen
post #14 of 25
I still use my Maya Wrap several times a day. It is a great way to ease my son to sleep. It is the best baby purchase I made Familiar people and strangers often talk about how comfortable my son looks in his Maya wrap.
post #15 of 25
These wraps and backpacks were the brainchild of a young woman who had joined the Peace Corps in the 1960's. She noticed how the babies were carried constantly and were very comfortable being near their mothers, so the young woman came home and developed her own, for the American market.

She went there to teach the native peoples something, and she learned something important herself.

Life is like that sometimes.
post #16 of 25
I was given a maya wrap and could never seem to get it adjusted right so it didn't hurt my shoulder. So I gave up. With the next baby I got an OTSBH because I thought the padding would help -- and it did. I love it. Still using it with my 30-lber!
post #17 of 25
These wraps and backpacks were the brainchild of a young woman who had joined the Peace Corps in the 1960's. She noticed how the babies were carried constantly and were very comfortable being near their mothers, so the young woman came home and developed her own, for the American market.

She went there to teach the native peoples something, and she learned something important herself.

Life is like that sometimes.
post #18 of 25
I have tried so many different slings and hated most of them.
Ring slings don't work for me because I find them a pain in the a$$ to manipulate and adjust right.
The New Native has absolutely no give and I found it only worked comfortably up to about 15lbs.
I had the Ultimate Baby Wrap, but it drove me crazy that I couldn't really take it on and off easily.

Finally I found the Kangaroo Korner Fleece Pouch and fell in love, as did my ds. He loves it so much that now he wants to cuddle it when he sleeps too.

I am eyeing the a similar adjustable pouch made out of hemp fleece that mom-and-me-creations makes.
post #19 of 25
I picked other. I'm a huge fan of my Kangaroo Korner sling and pouch. I have a custom made sling and an adjustable fleece pouch. I really love both.
post #20 of 25
I voted Maya Wrap. I used it constantly from day one. Then, around 5 months DD started to like the hip carry and I got a Hip Hammock for Xmas. It was just easier to put on and adjust than the Maya, so I used that exclusively until a couple months ago when I got a stroller. Now, I'm back to using my Maya b/c DD is old enough and big enough for the backpack carry. I've been experimenting with it around the house while doing vaccuuming and stuff. She loves it and I like having the front of my body free. So the Maya has definitely been the most versatile of the two. It does take practice, and may not be comfortable for certain builds.

I would like to try a Didymos some time, and also heard good things about the Ultimate Baby Wrap.
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