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#1 of 5 Old 04-18-2004, 01:17 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hey Mamas,
I want to sling, but tried with my DD and put my problematic back out right away . That was with some generic sling, tho. Any tips?

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I would go with one you could really spread out on your back or perhaps a wrap so you could sling on both shoulders. Or even 2 mamababies for double shoulder slinging. I think maybe a Asian carrier would work too in the back position. Lots of choices! The big thing is to get something that will distribute the weight well.

Oh one more thing! If the sling is too low it would cause back problems too. Try bringing it up higher, you dont want the lowest point to be any lower than your belly button. Goodluck!

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ITA with Kristine! I would go for an ABC with wide straps (like, can you make a FrankenKozy? http://webpages.charter.net/dshiel0742/FrankenKozy.htm ) or a wrap. I personally don't like all the fabric involved in wraps, but I hear they are very comfortable. And I have an ABC that I made and when I wear a baby I can barely tell - even with my bad back. But wide straps are the key here...
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Thanks for your advice, Mamas. Just wanted to tell you both that I tried a Maya sling and loved it, and have found one second hand. I am really excited to start slinging my DS - he's our last child and I am sad that I didn't sling with my DD .

Thanks again for responding!
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the ergo and sutemi (see both at www.peppermint.com) have straps for both shoulders and waist straps to distribute part of the weight to your hips. you might want to check those and similar ones out.

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