|View Poll Results: What's your favorite type of carrier?|
|Sling - no padding||42||100.00%|
|Sling - shoulder padding||6||66.67%|
|Sling - rail padding||0||0%|
|Sling - shoulder and rail padding||11||100.00%|
|Sling - knot tying kind||7||77.78%|
|Baby Bjorn/Baby Trekker type||22||100.00%|
|Frame back pack||5||55.56%|
|Other (I know you'll tell me about more! =) )||11||100.00%|
|Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 9. You may not vote on this poll|
mom to dd-99, dd-01, dd-born still@40w 7/04, ds-05, dd-08, dd-10, dd-13
love and light
Once they get older, 7 or 8 months when they are really mobile and like to explore a bit on their own, I think it is easier to carry them on your hip because they like to be in and out. I also didn't find the Didymos as comfortable as a regular sling with the hip carry, so I would go for a ring sling that has a slight about of padding. I found the OTSBH a littled too padded for me though. I also liked to carry them on my back for when I need two hands free and for naps. So then I could recommend a backcarrier like the Ergo or the Packababy. It holds them close to your back and keeps the secure and I find them way more comfortable than a frame style backpack. My youngest is now three but I still carry him on my back now and then.
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
14yo ds 11yo dd 9yo ds and 7yo ds and 2yo ds
If I had another, tho', I have to admit I'd look into some other slings, just like I'd look into other diapers...the New Native looks cool to me!
the kabuki carrier is a trad. japanese design, a long peice of fabric with a padded center that wraps in a criss-cross fashion over the soulders. you can wear it at least 4 different ways and works from birth through toddler. it's very stylish too, mine is a red batik print.
I found mine at a website called peppermint.com (not sure of the exact url) which also has other rad carriers from around the world.
we also have a mayawrap, prolly my favorite sling.
That peppermint site is cool, I'm checking it out right now.
Back on topic, I love my Khanga sling. It has a padded shoulder and rails in a cool fabric. I think I'll like it this summer because the fabric is thin. I got mine NIP on eBay for $16 BIN, they retail for $43.50.
I'm interested in a Maya wrap and some of the tie ones too. I also have a New Native Baby Carrier, but prefer it for the toddler because it's not adjustable and my newborn is so tiny.
Angela: Mum to 3 & wife to the man in the funny suit.
I have my NoJo, DH uses is mostly. I have a Kissasling, love it. I used the Bjorn for a while when DS was lighter and loved it too. I've now got a Maya pouch on it's way. I can't wait! And I want a Packababy, and I'd love to try the Baby Trekker, and the Ultimate baby wrap looks really cool... *sigh* So many carriers, I'm gonna hafta have more kids! =)
2. OTSBH (padded, rings)
First year - just MW sling
2nd year - switched back and forth between the two. I usually favored Maya Wrap.
Photos of us using the sling (me in sunglasses)
I can't wait to sling another baby!
5.5 - girl
We now use a Tough Traveler frame pack for Sam. He is 3 1/2 and likes that he can see everything. I love the Tough Traveler. Very well made and they have two sizes , so if you are under 5'6" there is one that fits well.
You can use the NN past the newborn stage. It is just that the pouch is not adjustable, so it may not suit a baby at every age. I plan to use my NN more again when my DD is older and wants to sit on my hip. I think she is too loose when I try to face her out. I am having to keep one hand on her at all times. She only likes the cradle hold when she is sleepy and wants to nurse. Maybe other mamas don't have this problem... I can only speak from my experience. It is still my favorite sling.
seems like asheville and chapel hill are the crunchy cities here! maybe I should check out chapel hill, I might be able to find some local stuff!
because it is cross-functional and comfortable in every position - front carry, back carry, hip carry. the only thing it can't do is sling and w/her just turning 7 mos, i don't slinging much anymore anyway.
WOHM married to SAHD, living the dream w/our: 3 girls (14,12,10) and 3 boys (7,5,3) and tie-breaker due Jan 2014
(I have a huge collection and teach classes in sling wearing, so feel free to pm with questions about different kinds.)
I at *least* have decided I might be a no rings girl and leaning towards a pouch.....not having tried....just by looking at them.
Slings are great! Your baby can ride in one from the day s/he is born to when s/he is 35-50lbs depending on the sling. You can wear your baby in many different positions and can even discretely nurse while the baby is in the sling. Wearing your baby is a great way to spend time with your little one and allows him/her to see what is going on. It gives you an extra pair of hands so you can get stuff done too! It is highly recommended by advocates of Attachment Parenting (a style that promotes meeting the needs of your baby to help him/her become a strong, caring adult) such as Dr. William Sears.
The differences I have found in slings are based on these features:
* Padding: Some have padding on the shoulder and railing; others on one or the other; even others have none. Padding may (or may not!) be more comfortable for the wearer. It also adds bulk, makes it hotter, and can be more difficult to get the sling as snug as you like.
* Ring: Some have a nylon ring (harder to loosen which is good for not slipping, but more difficult getting the baby out), others have metal.
* Tail: Some are sewn together (no flapping in the wind), others are loose (great for covering while nursing; also allows for a more specific fit since you can tighten the top/bottom/middle of the sling independent of the rest of it).
You can find NoJo slings (padding on the railing and shoulder, nylon ring, sewn tail) at Johnsons for Children. I have not seen another type available in stores, I have had to purchase mine online.
Some web sites that sell slings are:
* www.peppermint.com (large variety!)
* www.naturalbabies.com (where I have purchased mine, great customer service here and inexpensive shipping!)
Other non-sling type carriers
I realize how biased I am. Can you guess what type of padding I like? =) And I love NaturalBabies even though they sell more diapers than slings, I thought I'd give 'em a plug. =) I should start making a commission! =) Or, I need to start sewing my own slings and selling them! DS is the greatest model. =)