question from a caregiver

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Registered: 05-20-2005
question from a caregiver
Sat, 05-21-2005 - 2:17am


I've been a lurker for awhile- I don't have my own kids, but I'm a nanny for a five year old boy and an eleven month old girl(she'll be one on 6/7- too soon!) and will start caring for another family this summer with three girls- 5, 4, and 2.

As Delaney(11 month old) has gotten bigger and less content to be in her walker while I make meals/wash dishes, etc., I've become interested in slings, and now I don't know how people parent or take care of kids without them, lol.

The first one I tried was a NoJo, and it was okay, but I felt like it was so big and hard to adjust, and I'm not a small person. It never felt very comfortable or secure, and couldn't really do the hip carry, which I think would be the best for her size. So I gave that to a friend who just gave birth, and bought some lengths of cloth and tried to use them as wraps(I found a lot of the info at, but I found those very difficult and akward to use.

So....I read a lot about hotslings and just ordered one(I think I'm the only single twenty one year old with two carseats and various diapers and wipes and bottles in my car, and a growing stockpile of baby-wearing items, lol). My question is, how easy have you found it to do the hip carry with the hotsling? Or, can I still do the kangaroo carry(she's 25 lbs)?

I have problems with neck and back pain, so I'm kind of worried about the strain also. If you've used one, how has it been comfort-wise? I've read about the Ergo, and really want to get one of those in the next few months. I see these as investments in the future, and I plan to take care of many more, and have my own, children(at least, I tell myself to that rationalize spending much of the money I make as a nanny on childcare products, lol).

So...any experiences with wearing a toddler in a hotsling would be appreciated. Thanks! :)

blessed to care for:

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Registered: 06-20-2003
Sat, 05-21-2005 - 11:06am

don't have a hotsling, but I couldn't resist chiming in to say what an awesome nanny you must be!


Talitha 5/7/91 and Charlie 7/19/04

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Registered: 04-13-2004
Fri, 05-27-2005 - 4:53pm

I have a hotsling I use with my almost 6 month old and I really like it for her. My 30 lb toddler hates it though! He'd much rather be in my Kangaroo Korner Fleece Pouch or the Maya Wrap sling. I can barely do the kangaroo carry with my 6 months old now though, so I think Delaney would be too big for that hold. I've also found that the key to being comfortable in the hotsling is making sure you have the right size for the carries you want to do. I'm sure you could email the owner of hotslings and she'd help you figure out the right size for your needs. And while I absolutely LOVE my hotsling, I wouldn't wear it for more than 45 minutes or so at a time. Have you thought of getting a Mei Tai? That way you could do front, back and hip carries (although I haven't done a hip carry yet in a MT, but you're supposed to be able to). I think you'd especially want Delaney on your back if you're cooking or doing dishes for safety reasons.

And I have to second - you must be a GREAT nanny! I hope your families know how lucky they are!

mom to Nick 8-18-02 and
Katie 11-30-04

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Registered: 01-03-2004
Sat, 05-28-2005 - 12:22pm

I have heard lots of good things about the Babytrekker being great with older babies/kids.