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only have <b>one</b> sling, just one which would it be? It would have to be relatively low on the price scale so nothing extraordinary. I really need feedback on this and really don't know which way to go. Oh.. please give an explanation why this ONE sling is it.
 

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Do you really mean one sling, or one carrier????<br><br>
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Either or Jessica.. I'd like something to wear the baby. I've never had anything with my three boys except a snugli that lasted all of maybe 2 months. Should I rephrase my OP to say if you could use one thing to wear the baby with what would it be? Slinglings has a sale.. buy 2 get 1 free. hmmm dh likes the camo print.
 

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I only had one sling - a Mayawrap - for dd and it worked very well! I'm still using it for her <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Now I have a couple pouches and a Mei Tai in addition to the MW, but the ring sling was nice and versatile. It worked well when she was tiny and it still works well now that she's big!<br><br>
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Oh Nic! A ring sling would be SUPER easy and cheap to make. I seriously think you would have no problem with what you have said you made (all I remember is a set of wipes...but that is enough sewing knowledge). You would have to order the rings online, but they are cheap. A few of my friends who barely sew made their own ring slings, and they worked for even the 2nd babies. One friend didn't even hem the edges (you really don't have to if you use the whole width), and she <i>just</i> sewed the part that attatches to the ring. If you made your own, you could either save the money or buy a different carrier. Maybe, I need to make my own. I have a bunch of cute fabrics!<br><br><a href="http://www.mayawrap.com/n_sewsling.php" target="_blank">http://www.mayawrap.com/n_sewsling.php</a><br><a href="http://www.mammasmilk.com/pages/makeyourown.php" target="_blank">http://www.mammasmilk.com/pages/makeyourown.php</a><br><br>
Plus, walmart and other stores have a cute pink camo out right now.
 

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Doesn't matter much, you are going to get a different answer from each person (I'd predict) (-: I just wasn't sure if you were narrowing it down to sling because you already had something. Also most people use sling and mean carrier (me included, although I try not to). My dh would joke and call me a 'babywearing snob' about all this (making a distinction between sling and carrier), which is pretty far from the truth compared to the experienced babywearers I've met through NINO (I'm in MA and theres a large babywearing group that I used to go to when I lived closer to the Boston).<br><br><br>
I'd be tempted to say a mai tai because it is easier (imo) to use for the longest period of time. They are far different from the snuggli or bjorns-- I also wasn't able to use the Bjorn very long, and my guy was small. But I've used the mei tai when he was 2 1/2 +. It gives you front, side (when older) and back (when older) positions. And supports on two shoulders which generally gives you better support when the baby gets bigger. However, it requires that an infant be in an upright position, so that might not agree with your baby. I also didn't get one till my son was older, so although I know people who swear by them from birth on, I don't have the experience.<br><br>
If I had to choose one sling, I'd choose one from sleeping baby production... because I know Jan and I have her sling and it is exactly like the maya sling w/o the fuss of getting the shoulder adjusted.<br><a href="http://www.sleepingbaby.net/" target="_blank">http://www.sleepingbaby.net/</a><br><br>
She also has a ton of diy patterns on her website.<br><br>
Truly, I wish I could just get a way with a wrap, but I'm not that coordinated.<br><br>
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I thought you were one that had sewed.... Seriously, check out Jan's About page and DIY links and the scrap fabric bins at a fabric store. I managed to score just enough fabric for a sling in a nice fabric for under $1.50 (although, I'm slender or should say was, lol, and wanted a shorter tail).<br><br>
Of course, I have not made it yet, had to figure out how to use a sewing machine and the first of 2 FreeCycle machines I 'inherited' wasn't working.<br><br>
If I could sew in this situation I'd make myself a pouch and a sling and take the money I saved and buy a mei tai, LOL.<br><br>
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I knew I would get a bunch of different responses.. this is so much like going with cloth because everybody has such differing opinions. Why is that? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I've been somewhat putting this off and dh finally threw his credit card at me and said here dammit buy something. I was really leaning towards a pouch at first because it just seems so easy to use.. then I was thinking a wrap or ring sling would be great but all I hear about is the "learning curve" with them, how some people give up because they are more complicated. I have a maya wrap (actually 2 on my one registry..) if I got one I would be really happy and I've totally considered making something just not sure what would be easiest at this point. Oh.. in terms of cost for 3 pouch slings at slinglings it's 73.89.. I didn't think that was too bad but I'm still very much undecided. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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I'm afraid I'll screw it up somehow if I sew it myself <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">. I can sew alright.. I'm still relatively new to it though. I've looked at the patterns and stuff before but I'm so intimidated by it all. I will have another looksee.
 

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It is like cloth diapers. It is just so individual. Most babywearers will recommend a sling or pouch for newborn and a wrap or mei tai for later... with the wrap being so versatile you can use it as a sling initially (if you get the learning curve). And you probably would keep the sling in the car/backpack wherever for those 'just in case' instances (like when your 30 lb toddler falls asleep at the end of a very busy day and needs to be carried back to the car or somethign).<br><br>
However, unlike diapers, as long as you have a good carrier on correctly and the baby positioned correctly, you should both have a safe and comfortable carry for a long time-- in other words.. no blowouts! Yes, you can improve on it and find your specific preferences, but as long as you have a fairly reputable carrier you should have success.<br><br>
I'd say if you coudl get 2 people to go in w/ you on the slinglings pouches (or have people in mind for gifts) I'd get the slinglings.... but I'm just not sure why you'd want 3 of one type.... till you were sure you loved it?<br><br>
FWIW, I think pouches get a little harder as the baby grows and gets heavier- and that's when I switched to a back carry with a mei tai. But they are easier initially.<br><br>
If you start off with just one, the winter holiday would be a perfect time to request a new carrier.....<br><br>
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Honey, don't be intimidated!!! The maya instructions are super easy to follow. Believe me, if my friend could do it, you can, too. There are also a ton of great instructions as to how to use them out there.<br><br>
I don't know about having 3 pouches though. That seems like an awful lot of the same thing, but who knows. I used a Bjorn with Benji actually for a long time, we have a backpack somewhere in the garage, I now have a pouch for the new baby, and I think I might just make a ring sling. I guess I will see later if we need anything else.
 

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I cast another vote for a mei tei (I'm excited about my babyhawk!) as the solution for which you'll get the most mileage over the years...
 

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Kids who are 30 lbs actaully fall asleep out in public??? Mine will sleep in the stroller if we are out all day (like at the zoo or something like that), but he has never been a fall asleep in the grocery cart kind of kid. Wow!
 

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I carried.. like held in my arms all of my boys, there were many of times that they fell asleep out in public in my arms. I had some really buff arms after Jakobi. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I still pick Aidan up and carry him at least once a day.<br><br>
Mel.. you telling me not to be intimidated is funny. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> You are an amazing sewer (I suppose that looks really wrong.. seamstress is a better fit)*ahem* seamstress. I've made a couple of things but nothing like what you have going. I suppose one can only try and I checked out that Jan Andrea site. She has patterns for each carrier type.<br><br>
Bee.. I heard lots of great things about the babyhawk but sheesh they are a bit steep in price. I feel like such a cheapy but seriously I would feel immensely guilty (given our money situation right now) spending that much.<br><br><br>
Jessica.. yeah 3 of the same thing does seem redundant. Unfortunately my family never asks me what I want for holidays, my birthday, etc... and my subtle and not-so-subtle hints are never taken seriously. I think I will try and make a pouch at least to start with. I appreciate all of your feedback, you can tell your dh that being a "babywearing snob" help some poor woman in Illinois out of a crazy bind. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> JK you are far from coming off as snobby.. and I truly appreciate the advice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I have had a bunch of different carriers and I always go back to the Maya. Versatile, good for all different ages/sizes, and not too complicated. I do like wraps, I used my Didy a lot when dd was very young to put her on my back (yay, hands free for gardening!), and I liked the pouch when she was older and am excited to try it with a newborn, but as far as long lasting, good for lots of different situations.....the Maya has been the best hands down. I have used it through 3 children over 6 years. In fact, I often used it to carry my 30+lb toddler for hours of walking while 8 months pg with ds2. And I used 2 of them to sling a toddler and a newborn at the same time. Plus the fabric is great, just enough stretch (but not too much so it gets stretched out of shape), and great breathability for the hot weather.
 

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You're right he just gets tired and cranky and just insists on being carried- hence the need for the carrier as it's him plus whatever stuff I have with me.<br>
But, it has been along time since he's fallen asleep like that!<br><br>
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Nic, have you ever checked the babywearer for sale or trade section??<br><a href="http://www.thebabywearer.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=63" target="_blank">http://www.thebabywearer.com/forum/f...splay.php?f=63</a><br><br>
I've bought several slings and a wrap from there, and if you keep a lookout regularly you can find a really good deal (I just recently got a gently used Maya Wrap for my SIL for $22!). The ladies there are all really nice if you have questions about how to use the carriers. Don't be turned off by some of the high priced slings they are selling... some people over there are really crazy about babywearing (I mean, REALLY crazy-- like a $200 sling! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!">), but there are lots of other people who are selling the basics, usually with postage included. Good luck! BTW, I love my hotsling and my Ergo-- between the two of them I was always ready to go anywhere with DS. This time around I'm trying out a wrap (last time I was too intimidated!). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I bought a Moby wrap for long carrying (and so I can sew & wear baby at the same time) and a Hotsling pouch for quick trips. I have a hemp ring sling that I made for dd when she was little. I guess I won't know which one I like best until I've tried them all with an infant.<br><br>
I have an extra ring sling that I won't be using if you don't mind light padding on the shoulder & funky tie-dye. I've seen your belly shots, it should fit you fine if you want it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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You're not supposed to use a carrier that puts the weight on the crotch of the baby until they can sit up, so I would imagine that a Mei Tai wouldn't be of much use until around 6 months... though they are awesome once the babe is sitting and can hold up his/her head <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
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DS and I loved my home-made mei tei early on, I just tucked his feet in before he could spread his legs.<br><br>
I'm going to say buy an Ergo and make a pouch or ring sling for early months. I pretty much have used my Ergo exclusively since ds was about 8 months and it is so comfy with a big kid so I think is useful for a long, long time. I'm a big walker/hiker and wouldn't be able to use a sling for longer periods of wearing. I don't think I'd do the infant insert thing, so a pouch or sling would be nice for first 5-6 months.
 
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