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I want to buy a sling, but don't know where to start. I am plus size, so I'm not sure if they come in different sizes. They also look very hot and I'm not sure if the Florida heat would let me tolerate wearing one. They look so comfy for baby though and I would like to try one.<br>
Can anyone give me some advice?
 

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the easiest for a newborn (imo, people disagree with me all the time) is a pouch. they don't squash the baby against you, you can find them in light cotton or mesh, they're as simple as possible. i'm planning on using mine almost 24/7, it's made of solarveil (a science-ey cloth that cuts most uv rays so baby can be in just a dipe in the sun without burning. it's also superlightweight)<br>
for researching your needs i'd check out kangaroo korner (google it) or thebabywearer.com. you need to register there, but they have more info than a mama could ever use.<br><br>
i've used a pouch and a mei tai/ ergo hybrid. the mt is great for wearing for long walks, outings, etc, but it holds baby pressed up against your back or chest. i'm in canada so in winter i put baby in it then put my coat over both of use and it works really well.<br>
the pouch is one-shoulder so it's less comfortable for long-term wearing, although there are ways to minimize the off-balance feeling. an infant can easily breastfeed in it. babies lie down across your chest, older babies can sit up and look around and toddlers can sit on your hip with the fabric around their bum and back.<br>
i love both my carriers and wouldn't want to choose between them, but for a summer baby the pouch is best, i think.<br><br>
i don't know about ring slings so i've omitted them from this book.
 

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i am new to the sling too.... i decided that i would get 2 and see how they go.<br><br>
i went with josybear's recs... i bought a pouch sling (hotslings.com) and a mei tai (babyhawk.com)... i liked the fabric choices on those 2 sites, and i like the idea that the babyhawk is pretty much custom made for you (you get to choose colors and patterns)
 

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I'd recommend the solaveil too - if you buy it new it may be a little scratchy at first, but after a couple of washes it should be fine.<br><br>
Yes, slings do come in different sizes and pouches definately do. I'm not sure what the average legnth is for a sling, maybe someone who knows more than me (wouldn't be hard) can add more, but I'd just say you NEED one. It was my lifesaver with my first.
 

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you might have more responses if you x-post in babywearing. lots of experienced mamas there. and *loads* of info at thebabywearer.com<br><br>
pouches and wraps are nicest for newborns - though a pouch might be cooler in the heat. you can get a gauze wrap from gypsy mama that is very breezy and light-weight too. and a wrap is extremely secure, allowing you to really be hands-free. solarveil or solarweave are also great cool fabrics for the heat, and they work really nicely in the shower too, which is a plus. i made a solarveil MT and i used it in the shower all the time with DS as well as outside and around and about. actually, gypsymama also makes a water wrap - might consider that one as well for that same reason.
 

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I love the adjustable pouch from <a href="http://www.mom-and-me-creations.com" target="_blank">www.mom-and-me-creations.com</a>. It's the easiest to start with. Hers are a hemp fleece which was cosy but not too hot even in a TX summer.
 

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Thanks gals for the responses! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I am off to do some more research now. I'll let you know what I get!
 
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