Sling rec?

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Sling rec?
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Wed, 06-30-2010 - 10:52pm

Hi Ladies!

So I'm considering adding another sling/wrap/carrier/whathaveyou to my growing collection (I'm kind of addicted, lol). Here's the deal: We use the Ergo almost exclusively right now, but it's not handy for around the house when I need to get things done and Eliza is feeling extra needy (which she has been lately - it's all about MAMA right now). It's getting harder to cook dinner without holding her (it's right at THAT time of day when she's getting tired and wants to be held), which, at 21 pounds is difficult to do, especially while trying to cook! I tried wearing her in the Ergo (front carry) while I was chopping/making dinner, and it just didn't work. I know I could probably do it if she was on my back, but I cannot for the LIFE OF ME get her into the Ergo on my back by myself, I need DH's help.

I was thinking of a sling, maybe something that is super quick and easy to get on/off? Anyone have any recommendations? Some type that would allow me to carry her either on my hip or some other carry that allows my hands to be somewhat/mostly free...

Thanks!




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In reply to: berry81
Fri, 07-02-2010 - 3:13am

I have a butterfly and putting it into a back carry is incredibly easy but I can understand not wanting to shell out the cash to have both an ergo and a beco. I also have a maya wrap but I have to re-try that as I haven't used it since he screamed in it at a few weeks old.He unfortunately still doesn't really like being worn too much but I am hoping as he gets bigger he likes it more.

Can you tell me what store you go to for CD's? We'll be in MN in September and I want to do a lot of shopping:D

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Thu, 07-01-2010 - 8:34pm

Ella -

I think just about any sling will work. I think the peanut shells have a padded edge to make hip carries more comfy for baby. If you get a pouch style instead of a ring sling, go smaller - Barrett takes up a lot less room in a side carry than he did as a newborn in a cradle hold.

And I use an armchair (well padded, nowhere for Barrett to go) to get Barrett into the back carry in the ergo- I do exactly what Grace said - put all of it on except one side, slide him onto my back, and finish putting the ergo on. Unfortunately Barrett was/is a huge hair puller, so I did not get to wear him on my back very much :( We're still working on it...

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Thu, 07-01-2010 - 3:44pm

Sarah - I'll have to check out the Beco Butterfly. They have it at my local baby-wearing/CD store and I'd like to give it a try-out. The price tag is the only thing that is hard to swallow about that one... but I would try to find one used if I like it. They are sooo pretty and I'm kind of a sucker for pretty patterns :)

Grace - I never thought of making my own ring sling, what a great idea. That is kind of what I was thinking of getting, a sling where I could have her on my hip or back, just to take the weight off of my arms and free up my hands. I don't need it to be really comfortable long-term, I just need it for around the house. And you're right, I really need to practice getting her into the Ergo by myself. I'm going to go look for some You Tube videos right now... I didn't think of that!

Thanks for the help, girls!




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Thu, 07-01-2010 - 11:38am

My first/cheapest thought is that you should figure out how to put her on your back in the ergo. It's really easy once you get the hang of it. You could practice over a bed or a couch until you feel comfortable. Have you watched youtube videos on how to do it? Basically I put the whole thing on except for one of the arm straps, then slide baby around your back until they're mostly in, hold them with one arm, and pull the second strap up with the other arm. It seems like they're not completely in at first, but they are, and they settle down into it. I believe the ergo also has a side carry option, have you tried that?

When James was that age I would either put him on my back in the ergo, or I would wear him on my hip in a ring or pocket sling. I really like my ring sling actually. It's a really simple one with no padding that someone made for me. You could probably make one of those pretty cheap. I find it most comfortable to wear mine on my hip with him, but if he's getting grabby at something, you can slide them around to the back, I wouldn't go running with him back there or anything (it doesn't feel as secure as the hip carry) but for around the kitchen it works pretty well.

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Thu, 07-01-2010 - 8:20am

Ella, what about something like a Beco Butterfly? You can do a back carry in it, it is similar to a Ergo, but it has a buckled in area to put the baby in and then you can just swing them onto your back like a backpack. I found it really nice when I was just starting to do back carries solo, since it let me feel comfortable getting Desmond up on my back solo.

It worked really well for us and it comes in fun and pretty patterns which is nice. I actually use my Olives and Applesauce SSC a lot more now, you could actually get one of those as well since it has an inner buckle area as well, but unlike the Butterfly can be used without it when you feel more comfortable with it. I really appreciated the inner buckle area when first doing back carries since it made me feel comfortable getting baby onto my back. We actually also love our Calyx (by Mama By Design) which has an internal harness as well, but it doesn't come up as high on the baby as the other two carriers, though we do love it enough that we have two.

I found that once Desmond hit 20/21 pounds back carries were so much nicer then front carries, so having a carrier that I felt comfortable getting him up on my back solo with was really nice.












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