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View Poll Results: What is your favorite kind of sling?
Unpadded ring sling (Maya Wrap) 5 83.33%
Padded ring sling (OTSBH, Heart2Heart) 4 66.67%
Tube sling (New Native, KK adjustable fleece) 4 66.67%
Fabric wrap (Didymos, UBW, Baby Bundler) 3 50.00%
Front/back carrier (Bjorn, Trekker, Ergo) 3 50.00%
Hip carrier (Hip Hammock, Hip Baby) 2 33.33%
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Old 02-28-2003, 02:38 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Yay, another Elimination Communication thread

For you that EC, what is your favorite kind of sling? I started out using a Maya Wrap and it worked very well for ds' first three months. Once we started going diaperless, though, I found that it didn't work so well---his favorite position is upright and it didn't hold him as securely without a diaper. I got an Ultimate Baby Wrap and find that it works much better for going diaperless, since the wrap goes in between his legs.

So, what's your favorite? If you have two, you can vote twice!
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I'm curious for the response, because I posted a thread about what style sling to use when EC'ing with all the 'in and out' you have to do with baby.

Thanks Melanie. . . I watch with bated breath! HA! :LOL
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I wrote a reply before and Owen woke up and erased it (what is it about babies and keyboards?).

For sheer comfort I love my bundler I don't know about for EC tho cuz I haven't really tried it that way. I don't use a carrier around the house. I use my Maya while grocery shopping and the BB for long walks. At home he's either crawling around or in my arms.
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Shannon, I too hold Kenny a good portion of the day, rotating him out to his swing right here by the desk when he falls asleep. But it would be nice to have a sling, because of packing boxes, fixing meals, chugging away at the keyboard . . . etc. . .

So, I was thinking a pouch. Ahleemah had mentioned the Maya Pouch - anyone like that one?

P.S. Sorry Melanie . . . didn't mean to steal the thread.
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We have two Maya pouches. One for dh, one for me (size thing). Dh likes the pouch b/c it doesn't have rings, and isn't adjustable. My only problems w/pouch is that it isn't as nursing-friendly out and about as my maya wrap, and you need dif. sizes for dif. ages, unlike the w/rings.

For carrying baby around--and getting them in and out easily---which is a biggie, a pouch is great!!!

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Honestly, DD never really liked our sling very much at all . We tried both our Kissasling (unpadded, but with padded shoulder), and our Baby Bjorn, but when she was a newborn, she (believe it or not) didn't like being confined and held so close and not able to see/look out. I was able to use the sling for all of a few hours spread over a couple days when she tolerated it I'm hoping now that she has better head/neck control that she'll like being carried outward. I also would LOVE to try one of those KK adjustable fleece pouches--they look wonderful! Of course, I guess I can't justify it if DD won't take to either of our other baby wearing options : Unless/until then, she'll remain in arms 90% of the day (did I mention how strong my arms are getting since having a baby? :LOL)
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Sorry...I'm kinda new around here. What is EC and what does it mean? Thanks!:
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EC = Elimination Communication. It's a process whereby parents/caregivers learn their babies' signals for when they need to eliminate (pee/poop) and instead of leaving them in a diaper to go, they take the baby to a toilet, potty, sink, bucket or similar receptacle, make a cueing sound (such as sssss or pssss), and the baby goes. This is a method of dealing with baby's hygiene from a very young age, with or without the use of diapers as a "backup" to catch the misses, and it's practiced all over the world, particularly in more "traditional" societies. That's the very basic nutshell answer. Do a search on elimination communication and you'll find plenty of threads on it with lots of helpful info and links.
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my fav sling is my rebozo. very versitle for positions and the fabric is really breathable and it dries quickly
also it can be tied very snug so dd feels like a feather wieght even though she is already over 15 pounds
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the kk fleece pouch seems great from what everybody says. fleece drys quick too so that's good for the misses.
this is going to be the next sling i buy.
karen... there is a babe who didn't like anyother sling/carrier his mother tried ... until she tried the kk fleece pouch. so that might be promising . good luck finding a sling everyone
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Hey guys, if you give a sling selection . . . would you give a link? Where do I find KK pouches?
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www.kangarookorner.com

and, psst...here is a really cheap one. I emailed the seller to confirm it was KK...the only think is that it is snapped for a *left handed* mom, to go on the left shoulder. But if you're a lefty, this is a great deal!
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I've heard really good things about them too...if this one was for a righty, I would be all over it!
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I'm a righty - my husband is a lefty.

Thanks for the links - I'll check them out today. I decided I'd pull out from some of my return money and get a good sling for around about.

THANK YOU!
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KK Fleece Pouch is PERFECT! It is exactly what I'm looking for! YES! Thank you, thank you for suggesting it . . . now where is that darn deposit in the acct.??

I love that it will fold up easily too.

Oh, and the fleece is perfect for EC'ing too - I'm really excited - hadn't seen this one before. And it will breathe for the GA summer heat!
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Just wanted to say that I'm a righty who prefers slinging over my left shoulder.
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DoDo . . . that is a good point. I was thinking about how I regularly hold him, and I believe normally I cup his head in my left arm . . . and that is our 'favorite' nursing side too.
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Just wanted to say that I'm a righty who prefers slinging over my left shoulder.
Same here. If I carry a baby on my hip without a sling, I carry her on my left hip. If I use a sling, the sling is on my left shoulder and the baby is on my right hip. I only use my right shoulder, when I wear her for a long time and I want to switch shoulders.
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Just wanted to say that I'm a righty who prefers slinging over my left shoulder.
Yep, me too! My right hand/arm are too confined when the sling is over my right shoulder.

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Ladies, I just had my baby shower and got 2 BB They are so much $$$ and I feel bad taking them back, but I decided to take one back and get diapes and I am worried about the other one, I have heard babies don't like it much and they don't last long in it. I really want to get a sling, and then I would have more money for diapes But I was wondering what is your experiance is with the BB?

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Good news---I know lots of right-handed moms who wear child on left shoulder! I do it, too. This shouldn't be a problem. It's kinda whatever shoulder you get used to---and I just like having my right arm/hand really free.

The kk sounds great!!!

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Angela (crayon), we LOVE our Baby Bjorn carrier and so has Kenny - from the first trip out. He struggled for just a second in it initially, but once I gave him his arms back he was okay. By that, I meant, he didn't like them dangling to his side, but wanted them ALWAYS between him and my chest (tucked up all secure). He wasn't concerned about his legs being out just his arms.

Anyway, it was the best purchase we made - truly. And that is why I'm looking forward to getting a KK fleece pouch and tabitha has hooked me up with a mei tai - or maybe it is called a podegi (now I can't remember - but they are pretty much the same).
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The position the BB puts the baby in is hard on the pelvis which is still developing in the newborn. Any carrier that lets their legs dangle down is not good for developing pelvises and backs. That said, my rather petite dd loves the BB with her Papa, but she is standing on her own now. Also, we limit how long she's in there.
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I'd heard that about the BB (after we bought it of course). At what point is it "safer"? My 4.5 month old stands and hops on my lap--would this suggest she can handle some time in the carrier without risk?
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Yea, I followed the Yahoo Group's information on this one. But Kenny doesn't just 'live' in his BB . . . when he's in it he is happy though!

I'll have 4 different carriers in a matter of a couple of weeks, so he'll get some good 'rotation.'
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A girlfriend of mine has the Hip Hammock and it seems to work great and it is very compact.

I have a NoJo - it's OK, a bit bulky though and not very attractive. We are borrowing a friend's BB. I wasn't comfortable using it when my ds was very small (pelvis structural stuff), but he loved it from about 5mths to now, 10mths. I feel he has just about outgrown it and now it is most comfortable carrying him on my hip. Although I would love to carry him on my back.

We may be going to Mexico later this month and I thought of trying to buy a rebozo while I was there.

Thanks so much for the KK link.... anything with a kangaroo catches my eye and it appears to be a GREAT site!
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A girlfriend of mine has the Hip Hammock and it seems to work great and it is very compact.


That is what we have - one of ours anyway. We bought it when our 2 year old fractured her leg and was in a cast (well, she was one then). Anyway, they do take a lot of the weight off the back and shoulders. I got the purple cordura with black fleece inner. My husband wears it well too!
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hlsanders, that is so interesting that you said that about the broken leg. My girlfriend bought it because her daughter had hip surgery and both legs were in a bodycast.
I may end up splurging on one.
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And the padded sides help to tuck under a baby's bum... they kind of retain their shape when whipping baby in and out. Although I do love my maya too....and my pseudo didy.... ahhhhh sling madness!!!

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Didymos, Didymos, Didymos!

Ok, I might be a bit partial, because I live 30 km away from where they are made. But I love them. Bought my first - size 6, very long - when pregnant with Wolfgang. My second - size 2 - when he was about half a year old, so I could carry him on my hip. Grabbed the excuse of expecting another baby when pregnant with Jutta and bought another one in size 4 and a narrow one for kids to carry dolls, which you can also use for carrying an older baby on your hip (when baby doesn't need that much back support anymore).

Advantages:
*Very versatile, carry on your front, hip and back, and there are various possibilities to tie it in any position.
*Is perfectly adjusted to size of baby and mother every time you put it on, also to if they are wearing a lot or nothing,
*There is a great variety of colours available, so there is something for everybody. My longest is basically blue, the middle one different shades of red and the shortest is a dark yellow and off-white.
*The baby is tied very tighly and securely to your body, which distributes the weight well and makes keeping your balance easy

Advantages especially for ec-ing
*Positions like the cross carry, double cross carry and hip carry allow for getting baby out and back in quickly and without any untying and re-tying
*As it is basically just a piece of cloth it dries quickly
*If baby should wet it while on the go, you can always choose another way to tie it and baby will be away from the wet spot.
*In a fix you can use the loose ends to wipe some drops of pee from baby's bottom.

The only real disadvantage to me is the prize - it's not as expensive in Germany as it is in the States though. And I always bought ones that where a bit cheaper because they where supposed to have little flaws - which I never found with any of them.

Disadvantage for ec-moms: Watch out for the long ends - they tend to hang into the bowl when using a toilet with your baby
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FOR NOW, I got a Kangaroo Korner Fleece Pouch. I'm so excited and praying it arrives before I leave on my trip to Texas on the 19th. I really wanted something that was affordable, breathable for our hot summers and easy in and out for us while working during the day. Plus, I think it'll be perfect for when he just wants to sleep, but mommy needs to work at the computer. He gets uncomfortable when I switch him around too much and I can't type very well with one hand!

I have eyed those Didymos's over and over - they ARE beautiful. Maybe I need to start a change jar for one (maybe by next baby at that rate - right?)
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