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Old 01-03-2005, 12:15 PM - Thread Starter
 
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What 2 slings would you buy?

I'm in the process of picking out slings for my second child. My first came much earlier than expected so I hadn't bought a sling yet. Turns out it was a good thing since she hated any kind of confinement what-so-ever. And I didn't mind holding her all the time. I'm not going to have that kind of luxury with this baby since my dd is barely 2 and requires so much hands on time. I love toddlerhood, BTW.

I was thinking of picking up a hotsling now, but well, my vanity is getting in the way. No offense to anyone, but I don't think they are very pretty. That
is just my personal taste. Although I hear that she is adding silk brocade. Does anyone know when that might happen or how much they would cost?

I have been drooling over the Zolo silk slings. They are just my style! I would just buy one of those and get it over with, however, I have heard they are not good in hot climates, and since we are moving to the deep South (and I mean deep :LOL ) I'm worried it will not be very practical.

I was thinking about buying both, so I have a practical everyday sling, and a pretty sling for cooler days. Are they both equally comfortable? I have scoliosis very bad and my back hurts me most days. Also, because of the curvature I will only be able to wear the sling on my "high" shoulder, so it needs to be very comfy. I cannot wear a back-carry, so I'm hoping a sling will help me out.

One last question can you throw a diaper bag over your shoulder and wear a sling? I'm having a hard time picturing that...

Thanks for all of your wisdom.
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Old 01-03-2005, 12:46 PM
 
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Hmmm.... I'm going to try and answer all your questions :LOL
If money were NO object, I'd buy a Kozy ( I love my Kozy!!!) and an Oopa Baby Sling BEAUTIFUL!!!

First off, would using a ring sling or pouch that puts all the weight on one shoulder be better than using a 2 shoulder carry (like a wrap or ABC)?

As far as the warmer weather, I would suggest a lighter fabric, like gauze or even Solarveil. Check out Taylor Made Slings if you do want a ring sling.

If you end up wanting to use a 2 shoulder carrier, you can make your own wrap out of gauze, there are directions at www.mamatoto.org

I hope I've been of some help Good luck finding what you're looking for

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If it were me, I'd get a stretch hotsling and a kozy. The hotsling mama often has new fabrics up - maybe soon you'll find one you like better!
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If it were me, I'd get a Hug a Bub and a Zolo for a newborn then a Hotsling and a Kozy for a bit later (like 4 months +)

And, yes, I know that's 4 slings
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i would for sure get an oopa baby. i have one and totally love it. the silk is just lovely and they are very lightweight. perfect for those hot southern summers. i'm in georgia so i can relate.

if you can do a 2 shoulder carry, then i'd go with the kozy or an abc. the front carries are very comfy. if the 2 shoulder carry is not possible, then, like the others, i'd go for a hotsling. they are incredibly easy and great to use for a quick pop-in. and you can't go wrong with a solid color. black, tan, etc. personally, i love some of the hotsling fabrics. that poppy print is totally calling my name.

given this, one of my favorite carriers is a pea in the pod fleece pouch. i totally adore it and it is wonderfully comfy. it is great in the winter. my guess is that it might be a bit warm for a southern summer but, then again, sometimes it gets so hot that we end up in air-conditioned climates so it might work afterall.

the kozy, hotslings and piap pouches have great resale so you can always try one and sell it if it doesn't work out.
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If I could get two slings, money no object, I would probably get an unpadded ring sling (oopa, Zolo, take your pick. I have 2 TMT and I love them but I have to say if money were no object I would have a silk stash ) and a Kozy.

And then a Didy, and then a Hotsling, and then a PIP...

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I live in the deep south ( if Louisiana is deep enough for you :LOL ) and I have both hotslings and zolos. I love them both. I have the silk zolo ( gorgeous and fine climate wise as long as you stay indoors) a cotton zolo( lighter weight than the silk and very comfortable), and a cotton stretch hotsling ( awesome, but overall not as comfortable as the zolo because of the adjustability).

I have a kozy too, and since my baby was really hot natured, I almost sweat to death with him in it when it is hot outside. :LOL I don't wear DS outdoors much, mostly because it is too dern hot and humid to do anything outside most of the year. That being said, I think you need ALL nof them.

I'm not much help am i?
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I just got a cotton Zolo in the plum cotton and it's AWESOME. The fabric is smooth and a great color. I wore Quinn down tonight in it. I was able to snug him right up to me. Easy to use. Great pocket. HIGHLY recommend.
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Honestly, it would be a WRAP and a water carrier. I have a Didymos but still prefer my lightweight cotton wraps of various gauzy materials, and if money were no object I would buy a cotton sari like these: http://www.sarisafari.com/Merchant2/...ory_Code=coimj. At least one. In fact, that might be both my choices. For comfort and versatility I would never trade a wrap --

But for non-wrap beauty, I love the oopababy.com slings.

If money were truly no object, at all, I'd have a swank custom woven sari. :LOL
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I absolutely love my 2 Hotslings so would have to vote for one of those-you know you can pick your own fabric and send it to her? Her fit, service and worksmanship just can't be beat!
Also a Mei tei but not sure which one yet-not a Kozy I'm afraid but that's just me-great carrier-just not for me so far. I just ordered 3 ABCs so I'll let you know which I like best...
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Have you thought about making your own? I was able to make a really pretty one out of silk brocade using the Maya wrap instructions for less than $15 for all materials including fabric, rings and thread.
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If it were ME, I'd probably get a Storchenweige or an Ellaroo, and a Freehand Celtic Knot Mei Tei, or a Freehand Hmong (?? I think - the newest one they are making) in patchwork. BEAUTIFUL!

If I were YOU (thinking climate, scoliosis, taste for silk brocade), I'd probably still get a Freehand carrier of some sort, and a custom appliqued dragonfly gauze wrap from www.gypsymama.com.

Oh no wait! I went back to me... hmmm... I don't know your climate well... I'm in Canada, imagining what it's like here in July and figuring you must suffer something like that. :LOL What about a Maya? I have one and LOVE it, and the fabric is beautiful and cool, woven in Guatamala.

FYI: MDC Trading Post is a good place to buy carriers second hand, as is www.thebabywearer.com, forums, there is a for sale or trade forum.

Congrats on your babe! Happy shopping!
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"you know you can pick your own fabric and send it to her? Her fit, service and worksmanship just can't be beat" Couldn't have sid it better myself~!

Kristen is awesome to deal with and her fabric selection is awesome! I love the pink pixies! It sounds like you want a silk sling and need the okay--- I am sure everyone at this board says - get a Zolo! They are beautiful and Darien even has a little blurb about them in Parents "Baby" magazine! Good luck and congrats!
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Thank you everyone. Sometimes it's nice to read other's reviews that don't take cost into consideration. You seem to get a more unbiased view of the product. And it's fun to dream, right?

Binxmom, you had a good point about the a/c, I actually thought about that this morning. Some days when you are running a lot of errands and spending the day in stores a "warmer" sling is probably a good idea. Stores seem to keep the temperature so cold in the summer.

I have a Bjorn and a frame Kelty backpack. The Kelty I can wear for probably a good three miles (we hike), but the Bjorn was torture on my shoulders even after just a few minutes. I'm hoping a sling will spread the weight out across my back more.

Unfortunately I do not have the talent for making things. I have tried, but it's just not something that I am able to do. I am more than happy to support other moms, too.

I may look into sending my own fabric for the hotsling. I'll talk to the woman who makes them and see if there is anything about fabric that I should know. For now, I think I will buy one of those, and then save up for the Zolo. That way if this little one comes early like the last I will be prepared, and if it comes on time I'll probably have both.
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Pick only two???? That seems impossible! Well, I have 3 ring slings (one padded closed tail, one unpadded closed tail, and one unpadded open tail), waiting for my Sachi to arrive, on the waiting list for a Kozy and am in the process of making a pouch sling.
All that said, I would love to try two wraps, a moby or ultimate for a stretchey or a woven fabric wrap, ellaroo or storch. So the wraps are next on my list. Ooh, and I forgot about that Mai sling, have you seen those? I forgot where, but great idea!
I know that is way more than 2, but I get so carried away!
Quick question, though, about the wraps, my son is 20 lbs at 4 months, do you all think a stretchy wrap or a woven woudl be better for us? And what length? I am about 155 and 5'6".
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Ah, what fun I'd get a stretch hotsling and a kozy. I have a stretch hotsling and it's perfect for those quick trips- running into the store to get two things.... I have an abc (not kozy though...) that is great for anything longer. I mostly wear my dd on my front, though when she's just fussy and I need to get stuff done around the house it works great with her on my back. VERY comfortable. Doesn't make my back or shoulders tired at all.

Have fun choosing!

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Old 01-06-2005, 06:43 PM
 
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medaroge --

I have a personal preference toward woven wraps. If you plan on doing any back carrying at all, I'd suggest a non-stretchy wrap. Non-stretch wraps offer the most versatility in a wrap, whether a brand name like Storchweige or a WAHM wrap, IMO.
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