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#1 of 37 Old 05-25-2004, 03:06 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Seriously, I don't think I was meant to sling my baby. I've had 3 people try to help me with my zolo and it's just not working out for me. I just can't get it. If I get her in there and get the positioning right for me, she's not positioned right and then vice versa. I've tried reading the tips and directions, looking at the pictures and have even had 3 people in person try to help me. I've tried rethreading it too, and this last time I rethreaded and got the edges to the edge and as soon as I went to tighten it, it got all freaking bunched up and wouldn't tighten up any further.

I'd rather carry her in the bjorn because at least I know how to work that.

I'm hoping there's a good resale value on zolos. Am I the only sling idiot here?
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Are you anywhere near Memphis? Have I asked you that before? LOL. PM me if you want.

Sometimes certain Moms and certain slings just don't get along. I love the look of Zolos but find them somewhat difficult to adjust and wear comfortably, although I know many Moms who love them. If you can try out different slings, that's always a huge help. Maybe you would like a puch (more simple) or an ABC (more like front pack carriers, but with added versatility). I'm so sorry you can't get it to work, though!
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Try a pouch! They are so versatile. I found that using my pouch helped me understand what the ring sling positions were supposed to look and feel like on *ME*. Then I decided I just wasn't cut out for rings at all! hotslings just re-opened, you may want to give that a try.
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I live in Nashville, so I'm a ways away. However, we'll be going through there about midnight Friday night! :LOL It's really too bad that cloth diapers and slings aren't readily available in more store fronts.

I'm washing the thing right now. Not that I think that's going to help, but I got a little food on it while eating. Maybe it felt dirty? And, that's why it doesn't want to perform.
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I second kofduke's suggestion to try a pouch. I had NO luck slinging ds with my Maya (another ring sling) when he was your daughter's age. If I positioned the rings so that they didn't hurt my shoulder, he didn't sit in it properly. If he sat in it properly, the rings were digging into me.

If I had it to do over, I'd so go with a pouch. A number of my friends use them with their wee ones and it looks SO easy - to get them in there, to nurse in them, everything.

Sorry your Zolo didn't work out. If you don't sell it here, try the yahoo BabywearingSWAP group. My guess is that you'll have no problem unloading it either on this board or on the Trading Post, though.
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I would hang onto it for a while if I were you. I didn't use my OTSBH sling the first few months because it was hard to get the hang of and I found the Baby Bjorn easier. But by the time he was 4-5 months old he was just too heavy to carry comfortably in the Bjorn. Something about the way the weight is distributed makes it really tough after the first few months. So I gave my OTSBH another try and was pleasantly surprised to find we could do a hip carry pretty comfortably at that point. Now I want more slings!
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Ugh. I'm just aprehensive to buy another sling and it not work for us. I'm definitely a hands on kind of person and would rather try them out before purchasing. Not to mention, I don't know why but as much as I hate that damn zolo, I don't want to sell it. I keep on thinking that I'll get it. But, I don't need stuff hanging around the house that is not used, and I don't want to become a collector of slings.

Thanks for the suggestions.
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Not to mention, I don't know why but as much as I hate that damn zolo, I don't want to sell it.
I totally understand, Kaylee!

I just wanted to throw another vote out there for a pouch...I tried the Maya Wrap, and had some *issues* with it. I then decided to try a KKAFP, and I LOVE it! And so does Teagan! I'm just looking at the Hotslings site right now!

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i could never get a handle on the slinging either... i have a maya wrap and it's so pretty i never got rid of it. i always used a baby bjorn too when they were little because it was easier...

i just got a mei tai and it is VERY similar to the baby bjorn, only you tie the straps rather than buckling them. i don't think it would be a problem for you if you are used to the baby bjorn.
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and I don't want to become a collector of slings.
WHAT??? What could be better to collect than diapers and slings?
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Not to mention, I don't know why but as much as I hate that damn zolo, I don't want to sell it. I keep on thinking that I'll get it.
This is how I feel about my girasol. At least you're trying to make it work, the girasol is sitting unused on a side table because I just don't want the frustration that seems to go along with trying to use it. Are you carrying your dd tummy to tummy? Cradle hold never worked with my ds and I didn't get the hang of using a ringsling with him till he was 4 mos old and I figured out I could carry him tummy to tummy.
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Don't feel bad about "failing" at ring slings. I failed too. The easiest position to master in a ring sling is the hip carry, and even that was a struggle for me. Get a pouch. Try to find someone nearby who can let you try on some different varieties. The swap lists are a great resource...find something used, sell it if you don't like it.

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Ugh. I'm just aprehensive to buy another sling and it not work for us. I'm definitely a hands on kind of person and would rather try them out before purchasing. Not to mention, I don't know why but as much as I hate that damn zolo, I don't want to sell it. I keep on thinking that I'll get it. But, I don't need stuff hanging around the house that is not used, and I don't want to become a collector of slings.

Thanks for the suggestions.
Maybe you could check out the yahoogroup and the Trading Post here and see if someone might want to trade a pouch of similar value (maybe a KKACP - I've heard they're very nice) for your Zolo? That way you'd only be out the shipping if it didn't work out, and you'd still be able to sell it?
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I just feel like I'm in a predicament because I can't buy another unless I sell. (I'm having this very same issue with cloth diapers too).

Kate - I only know of two friends who sling and live close by and they both own ring slings (one owns a maya and the other a zolo).

Solstice - I wish you knew how much I think about that damn sling. Everyday, at night before I go to bed. Yea, I'm trying but unfortunately it's not good enough. There have been times when it's laid in my floor board of my car for a week because I just don't feel like going the same frustration again.

KofDuke - No way! Baby *needs* diapers....baby does not *need* lots of slings! :LOL

Lovemylittles - Ok, I'm glad that someone else has had problems too.

Truska - I looked at the KK pouches when I was looking at the zolos...didn't want a fleece because of the region we live in, but I know they have cottons. But, it's adjustable as well which the hotslings aren't right? I don't know how well I'd even do with an adjustable pouch. I probably couldn't figure out what setting it would need to be on!

This babywearing business can be compared to breastfeeding: didn't know something so natural could be difficult to learn!
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Oh yea: Truska - Jenn: y: Just noticed who you were!
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Hi Dragonfly: I'm pretty sure the zolo is worth more than the KK, but I could be wrong.

Well, I've rethreaded it again tried it and still no luck. I have a pretty good idea that this sling will be on tp very soon. I'm just pissed, you know. I mean is it silly to be that angry over the sling? :
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I wasn't able to use my sling the first 3 months either - I used either the bjorn or a pouch sling that I had....but at around 4-5 months the ring sling just started working! I was so happy and I still use it with dd to this day! I would hang on to it and try it again in a few weeks.....

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I must second the recomendation for a pouch. I just got a Hotsling a couple of weeks ago and I am totally in love! It is soooo easy and Kristin will help you make sure you get a good fit. Very economical too. Don't give up just yet!
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Kaylee,
I'm just curious what kind of fabric your Zolo is? FWIW, I had a really lightweight cotton zolo that adjusted like a dream. And then I had a really heavy, chino-like cotton zolo that just didn't want to cooperate - sold it. And currently, my silk zolo is just right.
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Awwww Kaylee - I had no idea your Zolo was causing you so much frustration.
If you want, I can bring mine over on Thursday and maybe go over things again. Maybe we can figure out what's going on? I love my Zolo so much, I'm sorry yours isn't working out for you.
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Looking at your sig, she's only 2-3 months old (forgive my tired math)..

If you're trying to get her into a laying down postion you could try this:

I wear my sling with the rings on my right shoulder, and will give you directions from there.. its' easiest *laugh* You may need assistance the first couple times for this, but it really did help me with *wee littles* This often works well sitting the first couple of times..

with your sling off, cradle your daughter in your left arm, with her head in the nook of your elbow, at about breast level. Place the sling on over your head, so that the rings lie on your right shoulder hollow(ish). With your right hand, create a bit of a pouch around your daugher, and snug it up around the arm that's holding her. Now.. with your right arm, reach out and hold her in the position you've just created while slipping your arm out slowly.. pulling the pouch you've created back into place as you go, and then slide the left arm back under her, and tighten the fabric with your right hand.. adjusting around her face until she's comfortable, and start moving.. I often do this rocking/standing, and it can be done holding the infant in a football hold as well (so that the head is near the rings.)

It really looks more complicated written than it actually is.

That said.. if you're really convinced you want to get rid of it for something new, I know some WAHM sling companies to a "test drive" program. Is there a WAHM near you? Try googling your city +"Baby Sling" you may be suprised.



Luck!
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Kaylee,
I'm just curious what kind of fabric your Zolo is? FWIW, I had a really lightweight cotton zolo that adjusted like a dream. And then I had a really heavy, chino-like cotton zolo that just didn't want to cooperate - sold it. And currently, my silk zolo is just right.
Uh, ok I must be a slinging dummy. You guys aren't making me feel any better. I have the lightweight cotton zolo. And, for me it adjusts like a nightmare.

Mia: I like the 'again' part. Like, Oh goodness here we go 'again'. It's no big deal, I really just don't get it. I told myself I wouldn't sell or trade till you come over Thursday. Don't forget the tv/vcr like you told me to remind you about.

Soirenoir: Thanks so much for typing out that lengthy description. I got about two sentences deep into it and went "What the...." :LOL

I've given up on the cradle hold, and am just trying to get tummy to tummy. I've tried so many times tonight it's not even funny and the more I try or practice, I kid you not the worse it gets. You should even see me hiking my leg up on something to support Audrey just so I can have two free hands to adjust it while she's in it. It's quite a site really. Maybe tomorrow night I'll have my husband take pics of the spectacle.

Thanks ladies I really appreciate the input and advice. I really am considering a hotsling based on the fact that it has no rings and it's not adjustable. And, it 'looks' easy. Less is more right?
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Also, do you know I can't even use this in my signature till I get it: :bf I mean sure that little smilie is bf'ing but she's also wearing a freaking sling. I'd be such a hypocrit to have that in my signature.
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Mia: I like the 'again' part. Like, Oh goodness here we go 'again'. It's no big deal, I really just don't get it. I told myself I wouldn't sell or trade till you come over Thursday. Don't forget the tv/vcr like you told me to remind you about.
:LOL I promise I didn't mean anything by the "again" part! Believe me, I had LOTS of trouble trying to use a sling with Harrison. I had a Maya and tried for weeks and weeks to get it to work, but both of us were uncomfortable and unhappy. With Isabella I had trouble at first getting the sling to work for us, but one day it was like a lightbulb went on and I was like "OH - so that's how it works!"

And yes, KEEP REMINDING ME about the TV! :LOL
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Also, do you know I can't even use this in my signature till I get it: :bf I mean sure that little smilie is bf'ing but she's also wearing a freaking sling. I'd be such a hypocrit to have that in my signature.
OMG!
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I'm so sorry you're having such a hard time! I wish I could help, really. The only thing that comes to mind is that it sounds like maybe you are starting with the pouch too low? I'm sure that's been addressed already, though. hmmm...
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Oh it's been about everywhere...here and there. I will admit that it's definitely harder to maneuver when it's low! What sucks is that we're going to AR this weekend, and we're not taking the stroller....yes, I'm proud to say I own a stroller, so being out and about to sling the baby and having both hands free for Genevieve is a must! But, I have the bjorn that I can take so that will suffice I guess. But, with all the family around, I'm sure that I won't have too much time where I'll even be alone with both of them at the same time!

I know you'd help if you could. It's really no big deal...other than I'm ticked because I can't use that cute smilie. Where's the bjorn wearing smilie?
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I wish I'd had a Moby Wrap from the second my kid popped out. I did get the hang of my sling, but it wasn't entirely comfortable until baby was a good four months old, I think. Maybe older.

Now I have a Moby and want to borrow tiny babies just so I can wear them. Anybody got a newbie they want to loan me for a weekend? PLEEEEEEEEEASE?!

I'd try a wrap. You can wear baby in a bjorn-like position and it's got to be more comfortable.

Good luck.
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About the smilie - babywearing is babywearing is babywearing. Also, my dd saw that smilie and associated it with breastfeeding, not slinging.

Use the smilie, woman.
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If you can't afford a Moby, then you could make your own wrap from $3-$5 of cotton gauze from the dollar table at Wal-Mart. (I know. I know! Moby's are reallly affordable, but what's affordable to some is not afordable to others.)

for torso carries (African style/older baby) you only need 2 yards

for one shouldered carries (Mayan style, http://www.rebozoway.org/articles/easy123/newborn.htm), you need at least 3 yards

for two shouldered carries, you need at least 4 yards (if you are a skinny little thing), 5 yards (if you are larger than a size 10 ladies)

If you want to do the front wrap cross, just buy 5 yards. Believe me, you want to do the front wrap cross. )

I carried my 2nd and 3rd babies from birth in a simple cotton gauze wrap, very comfortbale, very versatile. I had an OTSBH until my first baby was nine months. It totally sucked in comparison to a simple piece of cloth.
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