Hi everyone, I hope you can give me some good tips. I'm due to give birth to child #2 in a month, and this time around I want to use a sling more than I did with the first one. With the first, I sewed a hand-made sling suggested by my midwife, but I chose a kind of stretchy cloth, which was stupid, because the baby ended up hanging down by my hips instead of up close where he needed to be. Ha ha ha. Plus, he fussed, protested, and wiggled every time I tried to put him in a sling, so I eventually just gave up, pretty much.
But this time, I'm determined to do things differently. For starters, I'll just bite the bullet and buy a professionally-made sling; that should help. And use the sling right from birth, so the baby just gets used to it from the start.
My main question, though, is this-- what is the best sling to use for carrying the baby on my back? That's how women from traditional cultures do it all over the world, and I see why. It's just plain hard to get anything done when the baby is in front. Even though your arms are free, you still have to reach over the baby, which is inconvenient when you're trying to cook or clean or type on the computer, and so on ...
So my priorities are #1--comfortable, #2--easy to use, and #3--at least somewhat stylish (sounds vain, I know...)
What brands and styles do you recommend, and what have your experiences been?