Hi all- I am an AP mommy.
your dd is abt 10mos right? well, i started slinging my dd (now almost 3.5yo) pretty late too, she was at least 6-7mos i think (my memory fails me). i used the hip carry position most with her. she cld see the world like that. have you tried that position?
now with ds (11mo), he was in there fr 1mo so he's known nothing else. i used the snuggle hold with him first then we graduated to hip carry as he got older. i pop him in whenever we go out, when i'm alone at home with the 2 kiddies, when i need to rock and nurse him to sleep. so he's pretty comfy and used to it.
imo, slings are simple, versatile and great for short trips and nip (great coverage) and napping (baby gets to lie down and be snug and secure but then they're dead weight, argh!) but potentially back breaking if you have a large baby or baby grows too fast (like my ds). with dd she never got too heavy for me to carry before she started walking and didn't want to be carried much. ds otoh is now abt 20lbs and not abt to walk soon so my back is taking the brunt of it. i still love my slings but i'm now looking for a locally made mei tai for those occasions when i need to carry ds for longer periods.
so consider your needs, if you want to carry baby for pretty long hours and be doing stuff, a mei tai or ergo is probably better on your back and will give you better hands free movement. but if you want something simple, versatile, for short spells (no more than 1 hr in my case), nothing beats the sling, imo.
p.s. if you're interested, the slings i have are fr www.momsinmind.com.sg. as you can see, i'm not fr the US : ) btw, you're a lawyer? so am i.
Talitha 5/7/91 and Charlie 7/19/04
I got a ring sling (Maya Wrap) when DD was a little over a year old. My plan was to use it with my new baby since I was 6 months pg, but I ended up using it for my toddler, too. She didn't like it the very first time I tried to put her in it, and she cried a bit while I was trying to get her adjusted, but once she was in and I was walking around, she loved it. She rode in it quite a bit on trips to the mall or just walking around when she'd want to be up and down a lot. I always used the hip carry with her.
Now I also have a mesh pouch sling, and I use it and the ring sling with my almost 8-month-old. She generally only likes the hip carry, and that works well for us. I have even carried my 30-pound 2-year-old on my hip in the pouch sling a couple times!
Hope that helps!Stephanie w/ Megan (6/6/03) and Annie (11/10/04)
We started slinging a bit late (3.5 months) and Noah has never really liked the cradle hold. He has to be completely asleep and exhausted to be willing to go in in that position.
However, we did have success with a lot of other positions. He is 10 months old now and the best position by far is the hip position. I use two types of slings with him - a tube sling (hotsling) and a ring sling (mama kangaroo).
I find the tube sling is really great if I want to hold him in fairly tight and up high in the sling (good for a brisk walk for example). I can have the fabric come up to just above his waist if I want to give him the freedom to move around a bit or I can lift it right up just above his shoulders, which gives him enough support to even sleep in that position if he wants to. There are a bunch of positions you can try from the wearing instructions on the hotslings web site at http://www.hotslings.com/pages/techniquesandtricks.php.
I find the ring sling really great if we are just going to be hanging out somewhere or if I need to nurse him in a sling (here's a link to another thread where I posted a pic of me nursing him in the ring sling - http://messageboards.ivillage.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=iv-ppattachment&msg=18252.1&ctx=0). I wore him in this sling all day and evening at a wedding on the weekend and it was great. Here's some great wearing instructions for the ring sling: http://www.mamankangourou.com/en/slingin.htm.
I found the tube sling really great when he was younger and find I am using the ring sling more and more now that he is older because it is adjustable and I can let it out a bit or pull it in to have him nice and snug.
Good luck and let us know if you get her into the sling!
ANNIE Attached to trilingual co-sleeping nursling Noah