Slings and Carriers - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
Reply
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 48 Old 12-23-2001, 06:12 PM - Thread Starter
 
Heavenly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 4,923
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Hi! I have a Maya Wrap that I've been using since my son was born. He is now 24 lbs. and 11 months old and my back can't handle the Maya Wrap anymore. It digs into my shoulders and strains my back. I don't want to stop wearing him so I need to find a good one. I went to www.kangarookorner.com and they have a bunch but I don't know which one would be best. The OTSBH has padding so that may be better. They also have a fleece pouch that looks good. I don't have a lot of money so I can't get the Didymos although I'd love to. Thanks for any advice!

Shawna, married to Michael, mommy to Elijah 1/18/01, Olivia 11/9/02, and Eliana 1/22/06
Heavenly is offline  
#2 of 48 Old 12-23-2001, 06:59 PM
 
dandelion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 138
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have a SlingEzee from Parenting Concepts. It has padding and is much like the OTSBH. I used it with my son until he was over 30 lbs. and I use it just about daily with 14 month-old dd who's a bit over 20 lbs. It's very comfy (even on long, long walks and doesn't dig into my shoulder at all.
dandelion is offline  
#3 of 48 Old 12-23-2001, 07:38 PM
 
mommybritt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Ottawa
Posts: 1,272
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I think a pouch is the best way to go with a toddler. I have a Maya pouch which is nice and cool for the summer and I just got a Kangaroo Korner adjustable fleece pouch for the winter.

Having said that, the padded ones are good, too - I have a Heart-to-Heart and still use it daily. It's basically the same as a Maya Wrap but with padding. Really, I'm all about having a sling wardrobe

I think I remember seeing that you are in the Ottawa area so my big advice for you is to buy Canadian!! It gets soooo expensive when you order from the States. My fleece pouch (32$US) ended up costing me 80$Cdn with the exchange, shipping and duties. A good pouch - but not worth it.

For Maya pouches, check out the Forever Family web site www.forever-family.com They are a Kingston store that does sell over the web.

For padded slings, go to www.heart2heart.on.ca Again, a Canadian company, excellent slings - very similar to the OTSBH.

Or, if memory serves and you are near Ottawa, check out Boomerang Kids on Bank St for gently used ones, my best friend just picked up a OTSBH for 20$.
mommybritt is offline  
#4 of 48 Old 12-26-2001, 04:05 AM
 
Cindi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Berkeley, California
Posts: 564
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've been preparing to train parents and parents-to-be in sling wearing and have samples of all the major brands on the market, including a custom-made one by EnWrapture which is what I use (I have a 15.5 month old.) I can put you in touch with Sachi (EnWrapture) who makes the custom-made one, but that will be more expensive. Email me.

The pouches do not bring baby's chest close to your body without you holding him against you. I don't think that will be better than what you have now. OTSBH is comfy because of all the padding (feels like a pillow around you), and better for a toddler than a newborn because the newborn can get lost in all that padding, but the open-tail of the Maya Wrap is really great for adjusting the sides independently (and making it fit your form, which is least work for your back--baby closest to your center of gravity.) But padding for the shoulder is nice with a toddler. Sachi and her partner were actually the designers of the sling that was taken on by both NoJo and OTSBH, but all have evolved independently. Sachi now makes an open tail (like Maya Wrap) with padding that tapers off so it can fit through the rings for tightening close to the body, and also shoulder padding. Basically like OTSBH but not as much padding and an open tail. OTSBH has some independent adjustment of the sides, but it is limited. NoJo has none.

If you have other questions contact me. I hope this helps.

Cindi
Cindi is offline  
#5 of 48 Old 12-27-2001, 11:38 AM
 
kathie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: austin, tx
Posts: 31
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
www.bambinoblue.com
i've used sooo many slings and for my one and a half year old this has been my FFFFFAvorite!!!! It has a unique buttoning system that gathers in any excess "pouch".
And really nice fabrics, too.
kathie is offline  
#6 of 48 Old 12-27-2001, 08:59 PM - Thread Starter
 
Heavenly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 4,923
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Thanks for your advice! I decided to go with the heart to heart sling, I ordered a goldenrod tie-dyed sling. I really look forward to getting it, just in time for my son's first birthday!

Shawna, married to Michael, mommy to Elijah 1/18/01, Olivia 11/9/02, and Eliana 1/22/06
Heavenly is offline  
#7 of 48 Old 12-29-2001, 10:26 PM
 
USAmma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Arizona
Posts: 18,763
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm glad you found one that will hopefully work for you! :-)

I just wanted to put in a plug for OTSBH. It really helps to have the right size. I finally ordered a small after struggling with a medium (which was still better than NoJo) and it made a huge difference! I just walked 3 miles to the store and back with my 20 pound baby and my shoulder is not even achy one bit, or my back. Most of her weight was on my hip. Dh pushed the stroller behind us in case I got tired but I never did!

Darshani

7yo: "Mom,I know which man is on a quarter and which on is on a nickel. They both have ponytails, but one man has a collar and the other man is naked. The naked man was our first president."
 
USAmma is offline  
#8 of 48 Old 12-30-2001, 01:57 PM
 
WeaverAnn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
When my son got too big for his sling I discovered the Cuddle Carrier which is basically a fanny pack on a shoulder strap. I love it!!!! He's now 3 1/2 and weighs around 35 lbs and I can still carry him for short distances (like into the grocery store or in the mall) without doing myself in. It also replaced my purse since all the basics fit in the fanny pack. I've had so many people stop my and ask about it and just be amazed it works! My son loves it and will ask to be "cuddle carried".

Just another option.
WeaverAnn is offline  
#9 of 48 Old 01-01-2002, 03:44 PM - Thread Starter
 
Heavenly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 4,923
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Hi can you give me a link to the cuddle carrier? Thanks!

Shawna, married to Michael, mommy to Elijah 1/18/01, Olivia 11/9/02, and Eliana 1/22/06
Heavenly is offline  
#10 of 48 Old 01-02-2002, 01:01 AM
 
Jish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: in a constant state of chaos
Posts: 5,264
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
USAmma,

I had the same experience with the OTSBH. I am 5'3" and 110lbs so I technically fall into the regular/medium catagory, but it made my back hurt. Luckily there is a girl in my BFing support group who sells them for LLL. She brings them for parents to try, so I tried the small and presto, it was soooo much better. I even carried my three year old (35lbs) off the plane, through the airport, to the baggage claim, collected our baggage and to the street in the sling. Mind you I was pushing a stroller full of baggage and carseats at the time. My six month old (at the time) had to ride in the umbrella stroller, I'm not that talented . While we were in Las Vegas I carried the baby in the sling for roughly six to eight hours a day with very little discomfort. I was the only person we saw with a sling, and you would think that no one had ever seen one before judging from the looks that I got.

A question for those of you that use the Maya Pouch and the like -- how low do they ride if you are short? I am only 5'3" but I have long legs and am very short waisted (my hips and ribs are only a half an inch apart) and I'm afraid that the wrap would hang to my thighs.
Jish is offline  
#11 of 48 Old 01-02-2002, 12:54 PM
 
Cindi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Berkeley, California
Posts: 564
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Beth,
I am the same size as you--both height and weight, AND I'm short waisted too. I've tried the New Native pouches, all sizes...and even the xs hangs too low for my liking, (when turned to the back it hits my sacrum) but this is still unwashed and I will try washing and drying to see if that feels like a better fit. I really like my EnWrapture sling, custom made with my pick of fabric. If anyone would like this contact email me.

Cindi
Cindi is offline  
#12 of 48 Old 01-02-2002, 01:39 PM
 
WeaverAnn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
For anyone interested, the link for the CuddleKarrier is:

http://www.cuddlekarrier.com/

As I said, it works great for us!
WeaverAnn is offline  
#13 of 48 Old 01-02-2002, 04:59 PM
 
Jish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: in a constant state of chaos
Posts: 5,264
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Cindi,

I almost got the New Native Baby carrier before I decided to go with the petite OTSBH, and now I'm glad I didn't.
Jish is offline  
#14 of 48 Old 02-22-2002, 12:36 AM
 
kellyh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: My 1.33 acres of loveliness
Posts: 80
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hi Everyone.
Just a quick question. I desperatley need a sling for Austin. He's 27 months and 30 lbs. He's been going thru this clingy thing , especially while I'm fixing dinner. He just constantly whants me to hold him. I want to but I only have 2 arms!!!
I "slung" him the whole first year and a half, but then he outgrew it, but I LOVED it!!! Can anyone please let me know where to get one?
Also, I don't think the backpack thing will work, cuz I'm alone with him alot of the time, and it might be to difficult to get in and out.
Thanks for your help
Kelly
Austin's mommy (11-23-99)
kellyh is offline  
#15 of 48 Old 02-22-2002, 01:12 AM
 
Geee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 31
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sorry, I don't know of a "toddler" sling.
However, I use the OTSBH still with my 30 lb.-15 mo DS!
I must say it is *challenging* for my body to do this, and I'm trying not to carry him as much, so I would also LOVE to hear about a toddler sling that somehow made it easier to hold a solid baby!
Deanna
Geee is offline  
#16 of 48 Old 02-22-2002, 02:13 AM
 
Zoepie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: colorado springs
Posts: 12
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
What about the baby trekker.
Read about it at www.babytrekker.com

It is supposed to work for toddlers up to 40 pounds. I bought one for my dd just resently for hiking and going out and stuff. It is really comfortable for me and for her. The sling just got too un comfortable for me. And it is really easy to put on and take off on my own even on my back.
Michelle
Zoepie is offline  
#17 of 48 Old 02-22-2002, 11:52 AM
 
Mallory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Wesley, AR
Posts: 2,576
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Mine ds is 2 1/2 and I still use my maya wrap he doesn't fit in a sling with padding very well, but we still use the wrap. I especially like to use it on my back- I never could with the nojo or over the shoulder.
Mallory is offline  
#18 of 48 Old 02-25-2002, 12:12 AM
 
bebe luna's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Twin Cities, MN
Posts: 2,266
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My son is a very long, 22 lb boy. I love my Kangaroo Korner Adjustable Fleece Pouch!! ( www.kangarookorner.com)
It is so easy to put on and take off, my shoulders/neck/back never get sore!!!
I also would like to get a Hip Hammock or similar style carrier (such as a Hip Baby, Saras Ride, etc). I hear they are great for older/heavier kids.
bebe luna is offline  
#19 of 48 Old 02-25-2002, 12:22 AM
 
T. Elena's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 267
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My baby is the same age/weight, and I have periodically wondered if a "hip carrier" would be a great product for me (kid sits much like she does in a sling, but a waist belt ensures your hips take at least half the weight). If you're interested, here's one brand: http://www.hiphammock.com/.

But if you already have a backpack, give it another shot. I set mine up on the floor, but the kiddo in it, and then sit down in front of it to slide the shoulder belts on.

My toddler won't always consent to a ride in the backpack -- he has to be in the mood -- but when he does, he gets a good view of the cooking activity yet cannot reach the hot stuff, knives, etc.
T. Elena is offline  
#20 of 48 Old 02-26-2002, 06:32 PM
 
mamasiobhan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 81
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i second the notion on the Hip Hammock (buy it at http://www.hiphammock.com/ or http://www.mamamoon.com/).

i've been using it since my daughter was 8 months (when she grew out of the New Native Baby Carrier, also avail. at mamamoon.com), and now she's 18 months. there's no kidding anyone that she's definitely heavy (23 lbs) but the hip hammock distributes the weight, and it's great to have her close to me... she can see everything i'm doing and i can kiss her all i want!

mamasiobhan is offline  
#21 of 48 Old 04-21-2002, 08:33 AM
 
zac'smom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: pennsylvania
Posts: 186
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Zac is 19 months , 23 lbs, 32 in, right now and we are looking for a comfortable backpack carrier to take him on a few hiking trips this summer, short ones, we are not really hikers, but strollers in the woods.
looking for advice on comfort, safety features, where to go for a good deal,
what have you used, what works well
thanks for the advice
zac'smom is offline  
#22 of 48 Old 04-21-2002, 01:23 PM
 
BusyMommy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 9,943
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Love the Kelty.
We went overboard and bought the most expensive one, though. But, the bug/wind/sunscreen comes in handy.

It's comfortable to wear and easy to adjust.

You could do an extensive multi-day hike in it, BUT it's also easy just for a quick outing in the woods.
BusyMommy is offline  
#23 of 48 Old 04-21-2002, 03:37 PM
 
USAmma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Arizona
Posts: 18,763
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
We went the cheap route and got an Infantino backpack carrier from Wal-Mart for about $35. We don't hike that often, but I did use it at the zoo a few times, on walks, etc. A few months ago we took it to India and I hiked a very steep 10K mountain path with Abi on my back and was comfortable the whole time.

It's a very basic pack, nothing fancy. One thing I liked about it though, was that it broke in half for storage or easy packing, and has an adjustable seat with secure padded straps for the baby. I had to re-sew the belt portion to fit my thin waist. I'm very petite and the belt was never tight enough to rest most of the weight on my hips like it should have. After that adjustment it worked just fine. It should fit average people with no problems.

Darshani

7yo: "Mom,I know which man is on a quarter and which on is on a nickel. They both have ponytails, but one man has a collar and the other man is naked. The naked man was our first president."
 
USAmma is offline  
#24 of 48 Old 04-21-2002, 04:41 PM
 
Hera's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: boca del infierno
Posts: 3,409
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I love my Kelty Elite. It is adjustable to fit 5'6'' me and 6'2'' dh. My diaper bag zips on for long trips. I use it hiking, in the store, working at the co-op....anywhere I need dd to be on me so I can do my thing and still talk to her. It will hold up to 40 pounds of kid, the fancier ones hold up to 60 lbs. Whatever you get, get something that can be adjusted to fit you well or you will never use it because your back will hurt like crazy, not to mention the chiropractic and massage bills.......
Hera is offline  
#25 of 48 Old 04-21-2002, 05:24 PM
 
scribblerkate's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Twin Cities
Posts: 293
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Our pack is from REI's kids only line, it's the "piggyback" version. We really like it, although I must say it's DH who uses the pack, and I'm the one who carries the pack of water and supplies.

We got it on sale, and chose it over the Kelty packs because it seemed more sensible. It probably falls between the Kelty packs and the Walmart pack mentioned above.
scribblerkate is offline  
#26 of 48 Old 04-21-2002, 09:07 PM
 
Parthenia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Western Mass
Posts: 1,729
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
We have the Kelty Elite (or Trek) with the sun/rain hood. We use it hiking and around town. We got it when dd was 6 mos old. She's almost 3 now, about 33lbs, and very tall (38"? or taller). I've been able to lug her up very steep hills with relative ease. She still loves to ride in the backpack. It's very adjustable and comfortable. I'm 5' 10", dh is 6' 2". Some of our shorter friends have used it, too, and found it comfortable. We tried a few different ones, and the Kelty was the most comfortable and easily adjustable for tall folks.
I'm going to be very sad when she's too big for it.
It was a gift, so I don't know how much it cost.
Parthenia is offline  
#27 of 48 Old 04-22-2002, 01:43 AM
 
Snickerdoodle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: North Bend, WA
Posts: 56
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have the Kelty Explorer (we're pretty serious hikers) and I love it. We got our Kelty on eBay for $170 (new in box).

A friend of our has the "Stallion" carrier by Tough Traveler. She says it rocks! It's light and has a nice sun/rain hood. Check that out if you get a chance.

But, the important thing is to try them on! The Kelty is almost too big for my torso and in reality I probably should be in a smaller pack. Make sure it's comfortable for you or else that 23lbs will feel like 50.
Snickerdoodle is offline  
#28 of 48 Old 04-22-2002, 02:38 AM
 
christina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: emerald city
Posts: 292
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
kelty elite works for us!
we got it online cheaper than in stores.
one thing though, it puts a certain amount of strain on your back regardless of how tall or strong you are.
christina is offline  
#29 of 48 Old 04-22-2002, 03:18 PM
KFH
 
KFH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: NC
Posts: 262
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
We have the REI model, as well. Love it. We've had it since our dd was 4.5 mos. and used it to portage her in the Boundary Waters on our annual canoe trip then, and will do so again this summer (we skipped that trip last year, as she was "a car without a driver", and couldn't envision her around all that water --ack!) She's 2, and 27 lbs. now and we use it at least once a week. It has all kinds of straps to adjust it to about anyone's body. I think I remember it being suitable for up to a 45 lb. kid. We have the $100 model, without the extra storage pouch, though it still has a pocket that fits a decent amount of stuff, diapers, drinks and the like.
KFH is offline  
#30 of 48 Old 04-23-2002, 05:20 PM
 
mamaMAMAma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: home, where my heart is
Posts: 1,382
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
We also love our Kelty Elite. The sun hood works great. The only thing is you really need to take the time to adjust it to fit your body. It was a bit complicated, but once its set up, it really takes the weight off your shoulders and upper back.
mamaMAMAma is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off