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I'm buying a friend a sling as a baby gift and I'm not sure what the best one would be. She's sort of mainstream and I know she has a Bjorn but I wanted to get her something that would give her a good intro to baby wearing. It's her first baby and I was thinking an OTSBH but, after reading some negative reviews here, I'm sorta doubting my choice. Any other ideas? I've only used that type of sling and it worked pretty well for me. I did just buy a MT though--- just haven't received it yet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I recently bought a wise woman sling for my step-sister (and another for myself LOL...because you can't have just one!) because I think it is very user friendly and I thought it would be the easiest for her to figure out.<br><br>
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i have a new native baby carrier. my dh and i bought it when she was born and we are still using it now that she's 14 months. it's one piece of material - no straps or buckles and you can put the babe in a couple of ways. it's really great, so easy to fold up and take everywhere and you can put the baby in super quickly and easily. you can tell your mainstream friend that cindy crawford uses one, too!
 

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I think a pouch would be great but you have to be sure you get the right size-that will make or break her using it! Have her measure her back from shoulder to opposite hip since she has a tummy in the way and that should give her the right measurement for size.<br>
A pouch really is foolproof once you look at a few pics of how to wear it-no newborn should be without one! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
Good luck<br>
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I agree that pouches are a good mainstream-looking, low learning curve choice. Soft, stretchy fabrics or cute prints can add appeal to new babywearers.
 

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I wanted to follow up with your choice of a OTSBH-the main problem with these is that the have a padded rail which makes it harder to adjust-that's the main problem I've had. They also can seem pretty overwhelming to a newbie since there is a lot of fabric to work with. Lastly-they come is sizes s,m,l but many don't realize this and since mostly Mediums are out there they get this and it's often the wrong size-this happened to me and I should have had a small-it was impossible to get it tight enough just because it was too long. Just an FYI and another reason to get a pouch <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
BUT-An unpadded sling is another great option! They are easier to adjust and the tail can provide for a nice cover up when nursing.
 

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I never did figure out how to use a ring sling without it hurting me. I'd say a pouch if you can get her measurements. Anybody know how hard an ABC is? I've never used one but they look the most Main stream to me
 

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I got a pouch sling when my daughter was first born and 11 months later I'm still using it almost every day. I got it from<br><br><span>hotslings.com</span><br><br>
The best on the market IMO. You do need to measure to be sure to get the right size but you can also get a gift certificate.<br><br>
BTW, my sister in law recently got a hotsling too and just LOVES it. Take a look at the website. The owner is so nice and helpful!
 

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<a href="http://www.kangarookorner.com" target="_blank">www.kangarookorner.com</a><br><br>
I love the pouvhrd are adjustable as I am still losing baby weight and they will fit members of my family that want to babywear too. I have both the cotton and the fleece.
 
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