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for a mom who has never used one?
I have a lot of friends having babies and want to get them all slings- I just bought a wise woman sling for one of them. It seems like a great sling, but I am still looking - any suggestions?
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a pouch sling

they are simple & easy to use...the fleece adjustable pouch is my favorite, I still carry my 3 yo dd in one, started at 9 months, still love it

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A stretch Hotsling for summer, a KKAFP for winter.
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I think an adjustable pouch sling would be nice. I know when I was a newbie, the ring slings were really intimidating, although my wise woman sling was one of the easiest ring slings to use. I did not think it was too difficult, but my neighbor liked mine, so got one as well, and she thought she would know how to use it, but ended up needing me to come over and give her a tutorial. It's nice that the wise woman one doesn't have a big tail... so there is not all that extra cloth to deal with (and intimidate ppl with). A MT would be nice too, but I could never get the hang of my MT, even as a pretty experienced sling mama. I sold mine and now ordered a different one thinking I'll give it another try.
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Thanks for all of the suggestions-
The problem I have with the KKFP and Hotslings is the sizing- I do not have the proper measurements of some of my friends to order those.
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Thanks for all of the suggestions-
The problem I have with the KKFP and Hotslings is the sizing- I do not have the proper measurements of some of my friends to order those.
Go with the KKAFP then. It has a wider range of sizing.

I think Hotslings are the easiest to use though.

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Both places (Hotslings and Kangaroo Korner) have good return policies, so the mom could exchange it for a different size, if necessary. KK also sells ring slings, so if they want to exchange it for one of those, they can.

I would be wary of giving a ring sling as a gift. "Mainstream" moms, in my experience, do not care for them.
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Excellent advice! Thanks!
You are so right about "mainstream" moms not liking ring slings. I guess it would be a waste if it never got used.
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Haven't heard much about these, but here are some adjustable cotton pouches:
http://www.rosecitycloth.com/catalog.php?category=6

Don't know where the frontpage has gone, but there was a code for 10% off first order:
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I'm giving a New Native (pouch) to my 'mainstream' cousin. I think a pouch would be best..
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I vote gift certificate.

Check this place out....http://store.attachedtobaby.com/
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I vote gift certificate.

Check this place out....http://store.attachedtobaby.com/
Lot's to chose from there

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Hotslings will also do g/c's, which I've done a few times.
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Hotslings will also do g/c's, which I've done a few times.
Ooh! That's good to know. I wanted to get a Hotsling for my aunt, but still wanted her to be able to choose the pattern. I'll definately look into that soon! Thanks!
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I am gonna secong Gretchen! A gift certicate is a great choice because getting a properly fitted carrier is so hard to do. But if I had to choose a carrier anyone could use I would choose a mei tai. There is a very little learning curve with one of those and they give a great 2 shoulder support carrier so baby feels very light weight!
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I also like the look of the heavenly bundle pouches.
www.heavenlybundle.com
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wow, those heavenly bundle pouches are NICE!

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I have a Pea in a Pod from www.mommy-and-me-creations.com They are hard to come by, but great!
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Wow-
Those all look awesome! Thank you for all of the suggestions. I am so tempted to buy another one for myself....
One reason I decided not to do a gift cert. is because I am afraid a new mom or a more "mainstream" mom might be intimidated and overwhelmed by all of the choices- I have been babywearing for all of my 22mo dd's life and tried many types, yet I am still looking for suggestions and feeling overwhelmed! Also, my friends all live other places. I am going to visit one of them next month, so I want to bring her carrier with me to demonstrate. She will be 7 months preg. then, but I want her to be ready when the baby comes. Her first was "colicky" and I really believed a sling or carrier would have helped, but it is hard to sell mainstream mama's on slings and tell them to ditch the bjorn on the phone...
Anyhow, sorry for the long winded message, I guess I am just looking for a simple sling to get her started , something that is not necessarily size dependent. I do not think that she is ready for the MT yet.
Thanks agian for all of the suggestions and letting me drag on!
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I have 2 KK boutique lightly padded slings and they are by far the most beautifuly made, comfy and well fitting I have ever come across!!
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I posted here when I was looking for my first sling. Overwhelming majority recommended hotslings. Boy, am I thrilled with the choice. I have a stretch cotton with one padded rail. DD is now 6 mos old and we use it ALL the time including two long airplane trips (no stroller at the airport is much easier). Why not ask friend for measurments without telling why, the gift will still be a surprise.

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I started with a KKAFP, sadly the size I ordered was a bit big for me, they really do stretch out a lot when you get your little bundle in them. But they are very very easy for a beginner to use! It took me awhile to get the hang of ring slings.
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I posted here when I was looking for my first sling. Overwhelming majority recommended hotslings. Boy, am I thrilled with the choice. I have a stretch cotton with one padded rail. DD is now 6 mos old and we use it ALL the time including two long airplane trips (no stroller at the airport is much easier). Why not ask friend for measurments without telling why, the gift will still be a surprise.
Exactly what I was thinking. Granted I am biased because I am madly, deeply in love with our hotslings.... But I have seldom met a mama that tried it and didn't like it.
My two cents.
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Thanks again-
I have been wanting a hotsling myself... so perhaps I should get myself one and let her see how it works and then get one for her later...
any excuse to get a new hotsling...
I appreciate all of your feedback! It is so fun to "talk" about this stuff
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I vote for an adjustable pouch like the Maya Wrap Adjustable Pouch. Most fit a medium so you would be safe.
Also, you can get a solid color for the mainstream crowd.
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