I’ve always been keen on the idea of baby wearing so buying the right sling/carrier was up there on my top priorities list. Some people don’t like the idea of wearing their baby too much as they believe it makes them clingy but personally I’ve seen lots of clingy children who were never in slings as babies & vice versa.
Every baby is different and not all of them will like to be in slings but I found with Dexter, the older he’s got the more he likes me to carry him around. It’s only recently that I’m really having to make sure I have the right sling/carrier for him because at first he wasn’t that keen on any of them unless I put him in it already asleep.
During the early days I struggled to get things done but if I tried to wear him when he was tired and already crying, the crying just escalated and I felt like I was hurting him with the slings! In actual fact, he was just tired and fighting sleep and probably would have eventually nodded off if I had persevered. I started with slings and have now moved onto carriers so here are some of the ones I have tried so far.
I bought this sling before Dexter was born, mainly because I loved the look of it and thought it was super trendy. LOL. Actually this sling is really hard to use and I’m yet to master it. I’ve seen and heard really good things about them though and want to give it another go when Dexter is able to hold his head up properly and is sitting up unaided. I think the ring sling can and will be useful once I get the hang of it and it’s the best one for folding up into your nappy changing bag due to the fabric being quite thin. And I still think it’s the most instagramable sling out there!
I bought this off someone on Facebook and basically it’s a really long piece of stretchy fabric that you have to wrap around yourself in a certain way (video on YouTube is a must see for this sling!) and then you tuck your baby into it. Again, the first time I tried this alone I failed miserably. I just could not get the hang of it. The way I finally mastered it was just by practicing. I would make sure I already had it on so that when Dexter fell asleep on me, I could just tuck him into it without waking him. The first time we succeeded, he slept for 1.5 hours and I thought my life was complete. I used this sling for a few sling dance classes but I quickly found I could never get it tight enough to hold Dexter in place properly. I noticed others in the class used this same sling and theirs seemed to work really well so maybe the one I got was just too stretchy. Who knows. I also only just found out at the time of writing this that you can also wear your baby forward facing in this wrap too.
I love this little carrier. It was the first one I tried after deciding to switch from a sling to a carrier and I can still just about use it. This sling can be used forward facing too which is handy at Dexter’s age but the only problem with it is it doesn’t expand with your baby. So the waist size doesn’t grow as your baby grows so if you have a particularly big or chubby baby, this sling wouldn’t be suitable. It’s a shame as everything else about it is perfect for what I want. I feel like he’s in the right position height wise in this carrier too but I just don’t know why they didn’t make it so that it expands in width. Massive fail.
My friend Jade has kindly lent me this carrier to replace the BabyBjorn one. This carrier is good because it has a lower back support whereas the BabyBjorn doesn’t and I found it really hurt my back when I was out walking the other day. But more to the point, this carrier grows with your baby so I won’t have to worry about him outgrowing it anytime in the near future. The biggest pro about this carrier is how free your baby’s arms are when they are forward facing. This is good for Dexter as he loves to have a good old chew on his hands every second of the day so yay for free hands. The downside, in my opinion is how low your baby sits. I feel like eventually it will be fine as he will get bigger but at the moment he sits quite low in it and I don’t feel like he is as supported as he should. There is no way to adjust the height of the baby and again, this is a shame. Also, this carrier is quite fiddly to put on as there are two parts to it (same as the BabyBjorn one) so I really have to do it sitting down if I’m alone.
ErgoBaby OMNI 360 Carrier (currently reduced in Mamas & Papas)
OK so I’m yet to try this carrier but I had to include it as everyone raves about how good it is and I really want one! The only reason I haven’t bought one is down to funds and the fact my friend has lent me one for free. This all singing, all dancing carrier looks amazing and offers four different carrying positions for your baby. It also claims to enable parents to quickly and easily switch baby from one position to the next whilst on the move. This is something I think we can all agree is a massive selling point. I did have one comment from a friend on instagram who said the only thing she would change is how free her baby’s arms are when forward facing as they are a little bit restricted. This carrier also comes with pouches and compartments, which again is such a good feature.
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