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Anyone have any recommendations? I really want to get a sling that will grow with the baby, that me and dh can use or younger sibling. Or do I have to get two different kinds? Anyone have experience in this. I'm so confused, when I go online there are so many different brands, types etc. not to mention some fancy ones are really pricey. I don't know where to start.
 

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I like to have a minimum of two types of slings. I like the mei tei type of sling for heavy duty (long shopping trips, hiking, touristing) back and front carry and an adjustable sling for every day running around. It is, in my opinion, easier to pop in and out of a ring sling than a mei tei style carrier. I have a solarveil ring sling that I got at <a href="http://www.kangarookorner.com" target="_blank">www.kangarookorner.com</a> and I have an Ergo baby carrier. I had an actual mei tei at one point but I could never get a hang of the adjusting. The ergo you just snap and go.
 

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We used a ring sling with dd until she got heavy, then it started to kill my back and shoulder! So we switched to a mei-tei and dh and I both love it. It disperses the weight evenly across both shoulders and your back, so it's pretty comfy, even for toddlers and heavier babies. I recently invested in a Bali Baby Breeze wrap that I still have yet to figure out how to use. But I think it will be really good for a newborn. I got the gauze kind so it would be cooler in the ultra-hot weather down here. I'm told it's easy to put wraps on and leave them on while you slip the baby in and out. I'm looking forward to trying it. Plus, I think I will like it better than the ring sling for a newborn, because she won't get "squished" down in it. My mei-tei is a Baby Hawk and is really well made and attractive. My ring sling is a Maya Wrap. Ring slings are easy to take on and off.<br>
I really want to try an Ergo!
 

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Thanks for the ideas. I would think that a sling would hurt your shoulder after a while. So something that evenly distributes on your shoulder would work great for shopping, walking etc. Did anyone actually nurse in a sling. Since I have 4 children and will be running around taking them to activiites etc. I'm thinking I need to wear something that I can nurse anywhere I go.
 

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I'm going to get a maya wrap- for the first few months, at least. There are so many ways to position the baby in it, and they aren't too $$. After that, who knows...
 

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What do you consider a while? I have carried sleeping 20 lb babies in them for a couple of hours and been ok. You just have to make sure it is spread properly across your back and not bunched up on your neck. I forgot to mention I had a Nojo that is super padded and that was comfortable for long trips but it was hard to adjust. That was my first sling and I really didn't mind it so much.
 

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The only sling I ever had with DD was a Mayawrap. She was a slow weight gainer, and I think she didn't get to 20 lbs. until she was 2 y.o. So, I used that sling until she was almost 3. Front carry as an infant, great for nursing, hip carry when she got older, and back carry when she was even bigger.<br><br>
It was absolutely wonderful for her. The only, only thing I didn't like about it was the long tail of extra fabric. That's the only reason I'm shopping around for another option. But, have to say, it was incredibly practical.<br><br>
Still, I think I'd like something for the long haul outings like a PP said. Something for hiking and such.
 

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For my DS I had 2 slings, a over the shoulder baby holder (which is all I had with DD and it worked great for her, but she was tiny and only 15lbs at 18 months old when DS was born...I found when DS got heavier than that it became pretty uncomfortable for me), and a fleece wrap sling (it's the one that was made by mother of eden, but I can't for the life of me remember the name of it). My DS LOVED the wrap sling...I mean really loved it, he rode in it quite often all the way up untill I got pregnant in November (he was 2 years 9months at the time and about 28lbs).<br><br>
I've bought a pouch sling thus far for this little guy (still have the other 2 as well) I didn't get the pouch untill March...and so I was already pretty pregnant and my only willing baby was my 4 1/2 year old dd, but it seems like it will work well for the little guy...dd is 27lbs and around 40" or so (give or take an inch)..<br><br>
I plan on buying a water sling of some sort as well...no clue what else I'll buy, we'll see as I go. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I have a New Native sling that I used w/ DS. It's even easier than the ring slings, I found. I just bought a mei tai to use as well. We used the Bjorn w/ DS and I didn't like it much, but I do like the flexibility of carrying the baby on the front or back. So, between the NN and the Mei Tai, I hope we'll be covered!<br><br>
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I love ring slings and used them with my DD but this time around, I think I'm gonna have to buy one of everything. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I love maya wraps, I love how adjustable they are(no padding to get in the way), but for me my babies are usually 20 pounds by 6 months, and my right shoulder just can't handle the weight very long(I think it is an old softball injury flaring up with the weight of the babe), and now I have this awsome mei tai-ish type thing. It has just two straps, and rings at the bottom of the flat piece of material that you thread them into. I hate having stuff around my waist(very plus sized, and they just don't work out well), this ties around your chest, and is awesome for front or back carry. I will have to take pics of it. It is pretty adjustable too. I also really want a pouch carrier this time, and a solarveil one for water. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I did nurse my last 2 nbs in the maya wrap, it is really discreet too, so much so that a man once looked intot he carrier to see the baby before I had a chance to stop him, and he got an eyefull! LOL
 

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i think having either a pouch or ring sling is great for quick trips, errands, etc. i have both a hotsling and a rebozo (used like a ring sling, only you knot it instead of having rings) from ds that i used all the time. i didn't discover mei tais till ds was older, and love it now for back carries. i have a babyhawk, but prefer wrap style straps so am in the process of making one. you can buy mei tais with these kind of straps, both the maya tai and the ball baby overall have them.
 

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i really like an unpadded ring sling for the newborn/ infant stage. a pouch would be easier to use but it would be harder for your dh and you to use because they are specifically sized a two shouldered carrier like a wrap or mei tai is awesome for once baby gets bigger and for toddlers etc.
 

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Oh I LOVE SLINGS! I choose the Over the Shoulder sling 7years ago and still have it. Wow! I do love that sling I enjoy the padding because it helped not leave creeses(SP?) in her legs once she was older and had her legs out. I also wore a medium and had to roll the padding in to fit her secure upright. I could never get the hang of laying her down in the sling because I could not stand her chin to her chest while she was sleeping, it look to uncomfortable.<br><br>
Sizing a sling does help. The "one size fits all" does not work. Over the shoulder come in different sizes. ALSO to save money you can get Over the Shoulder "seconds" and most of the time its a thread issue.<br><br>
I am going to use Moby wrap for the first 6-8 months it fits like a shirt and will hold the babies head more secure upright on my chest better. It looks hard to use but both my friends said its not.... It took a while to adjust the OTSBH too. I did it many times with her in front of the mirror. One secret is to putting it on first then add baby and lift baby up from butt area to tighten.<br><br>
I only nursed in my sling when my second daughter was a toddler and her legs hung out the side.<br><br>
;o) Angela
 

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Although I am far from an expert on slings, I have a Mei Tai and I love it. I didn't even start using it until dd was older so it can grow with u!
 

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so far i have bought a pouch sling (hotslings) and a mei tai (babyhawk)... my husband wants to get an ergo, and once he sees that pattern i got the babyhawk in, he might just do that!
 
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