Ideally, I'd like to be able to use the sling starting during the newborn period up through toddlerhood. I also know that I want to be able to breastfed using the sling - if that's possible with a large chest. My dh would wear it also if it worked for him.
Any recomendations you have would be great! So far I was looking at the kissasling, the maya wrap, and the new native, but am open to suggestions.
|Maya Wrap Baby Sling Sizes
Small Below 5'2" (158cm) and slender
Medium 5'2" (158 cm) - 5'9" (176 cm)
Large Above 5'9" (176 cm)
X Large Large Frame
The only difference between Sling sizes is the length. This means the only difference you will notice is the length of the tail.
A medium Sling will fit most people, both moms and dads. Even if dad is larger, he won't need the longer tail for breast feeding coverage.
Petite users can make the Sling as short as they like because it is not padded. But they may prefer a smaller size--especially if not breast feeding--to have a shorter tail.
Tall or large users may not find the tail to be long enough to cover up when breast feeding. Most people who are not breast feeding don't need a large.
We also have a Hip Hammock which is really adjustable. I got it because we had a couple-week period where neither of us liked the sling. It's more comfy than I thought, though I think I still like my sling best.
anyhow...just go across your body diagonally (play with it and see how tight/loose you like it) and tie a knot in it. Slide the knot around to your back (keep it away from your neck--that hurts!) and then slide the babe in
Totally 100% adjustable =)
I'm 5'3" and umm...chunky. Dh is 6'1 and more overweight than me... we wanted to find something we could both use that wouldn't cost a fortune.
We got extra yardage so that we could do all the various positions--including the awesome back-saver, the cross carry. You need lots of fabric for this one, but man is it a back/neck/shoulder saver.
has TONS of info
I have recently bought two wraps because I wanted her on my back securely while I do chores, cook, etc, and dd is only 5 months. Plus I was starting to have back aches, etc. So, I bought an ultimate baby wrap, but still found it a tad too short, but I was able to wrap it a different way and use it successfully. I have an extra large Ella Roo on special order and can't wait for this! I ordered them from peppermint.com. They have an excellent info and comparrison page, they also tell you which one is best for your usage.
As far as size, I have a medium and have found the tail to be plenty long. Do you have any friends locally with Maya Wraps, or an LLL meeting? Our LLL sells them, and you can try them on for size.
I would definitely go with the Maya Wrap for versatility. I haven't tried the Kissasling. I would not recommend the New Native, which is a pouch, and therefore not adjustable. I know pouch users love theirs, but I sold mine because after the first couple of weeks when I could just squish him in there he didn't like it and I found it really uncomfortable.
If you want a pouch, you might look into a fleece pouch from Kangaroo Korner. It has snaps, so you can adjust it between sizes, and it has a lot of stretch and give to it, unlike the New Native.
Both Kangaroo Korner (www.kangarookorner.com) and Peppermint (www.peppermint.com) have good charts comparing different kinds of slings/carriers.
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I got my sling from www.piggyslings.com and I think it's probably the size of an XL Maya.
I'd rather have extra fabric. It just hangs, anyway...it's not like I'm wearing the tail...and the long tail is great for DD to hang onto when we're walking.
AND, if you get one that is too long and you are bothered by it, it's easy to fix (cut and hem). It's more of a problem if the sling is too short.
breastfeeding, babywearing, homeschooling Heathen parent to my little Wanderer, 7 1/2 , and baby Elf-stone, 3/11!
It sounds like we're the same size! I'm 5'8", but 270. I have a mesh sling and it slips alot, I think it may be the material, cuz I also have a denim material sling and it doesn't slip at all(size L) It's a maya sling. I prefer to still use my hand/arm to help me out with it, but I am able to walk around and bf while dd is in the sling. For walking around though, I love my ultimate baby carrier and ella roo from peppermint.com I am quickly becoming a wrap/carrier addict as easily as I became a cloth diapering hyena, lol!
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