Originally Posted by kater07
I am a huge fan of ring slings b/c they allow you to adjust baby as close to you as needed.
I have 2 ring slings I
adore - Over the Shoulder Baby Holder
(very padded, some say too bulky) and unpadded Maya Wrap sling
Originally Posted by kater07
I love my ring sling, and I HATED the Over the Shoulder Baby Holder b/c there was WAY too much padding for me and DS. I couldnt' get him tight enough in it. DH had a better time with it, but I sold it for my unpadded sling.
some people really hate the padding. Me, I love
it and my baby is super cozy in it.
So that's my recommendation to you. Both can be used from newborn to 35lbs. (almost 3 years!) and I nursed my son (18 months!) in both slings easily.
Though it's do-able, I never got the hang of the Maya Wrap with a newborn (I'm not alone) but I'll definitely use it now.
If you are into "babywearing", I think having more than 1 type of carrier is essential.
With my first baby, I had the OTSBH (but no video
whatever you get, if there is a video, you really need it!) but I kept putting my baby way deep inside (I didn't know how to use it) and my baby turned shades of red in anger. He hated
: it! I went to a local LLL meeting begging for sling help. Once they showed me
I loved it! Though that whole drama could have been avoided if the seller just lent me the damn video.
There are some moms at my son's preschool - I had them try on the OTSBH. One bought it when her babe was 6 months old and loves it (she has 6 kids, and never had a sling before!) SHe had a Bjorn and that gets old really quick. Two other moms really liked how it felt when they tried it on. They will probably buy one.
When I give the OTSBH as a gift, I make sure to include the instructional video. I gave one to a friend and her DH was weaing his newborn in it 3 days old, totally comfy.
Wish that was me the first time!
I go back and forth with my MW and OTSBH. Some days I want ZERO padding (Maya Wrap) and some days I want lots of padding (OTSBH).
I also just bought a Kozy Carrier
. This particular Mei Tai - Chinese Asian Baby Carrier, i.e., ABC is particularly popular right now (there are other WAHMs who make them) and there is a 3 month waiting list. I ordered 2.
I'm hoping to wear my DD on my back, but she hates it! I'll keep trying.
I also bought a gauze wrap 2 months ago, but haven't made the time to really use it.
And now I don't even want the gauze (she's not a newborn anymore and I don't want it to "fall apart.")
I'm hosting a "Babywearing Party" Monday (friends bring over their various types of carriers) to try on. One has a German wrap and I'm eager to try that.
Middlemama, call OTSBHhttp://www.babyholder.com/
give them your zip code and others in your immediate area to see if there are distributors near you. Then call them and ask if you could get sling help.
also has a distributor list online you could check out (call and ask them if they could help you.)