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Posted 26 September 2019 - 09:06 PM
Sorry. Did know what section to post this in..
Please give me your favourite, (most cost effective) baby carrier/sling. Have had 2 baby's and haven't used one but with third baby coming think I might need to invest
Posted 26 September 2019 - 09:17 PM
A ring sling made from good woven cloth (not stretchy) will see you from tiny newborn to toddler. A woven cloth wrap will see you from tiny newborn to pre-schooler, but takes a bit longer to get the hang of. Soft structured carriers have a higher starting weight and you usually have to get a second if you want to keep using for a toddler.
Baby shops are terrible places to go for advice or to buy. Find your local baby wearing meet and go get advice from their lovely volunteers. You can buy second hand, in fact with wraps and ring slings the fabric is softer and more comfy buying second hand.
Posted 26 September 2019 - 09:40 PM
We have the ergo 360, it can be used from newborn to toddler, and no infant insert required.
Posted 27 September 2019 - 04:35 AM
I prefer stretcy wraps for newborns (moby, chekoh hugabub) & a woven wrap for older babes. I dislike ring slings as with a bad back I can’t take the weight on one shoulder constantly once they are bigger.
Structured carriers Tula & ergo seem popular.
There is a great buy swap sell babywearing page on fb if you are happy to get one secondhand to save on cost
Posted 27 September 2019 - 05:20 AM
I also didn't like ring slings. Definitely recommend a stretchy wrap for small babies - they are the most comfortable for them and easy to use. We have a solly baby and love it but any good quality one would do.
For older babies I like structured carriers, but the type is really personal preference. I use a lillebaby. Definitely worth trying a few on to work out what is comfortable and fits your body shape. Babywearing meets or specialist shops can help
Posted 27 September 2019 - 07:05 AM
Stretchy wrap for newborns, the only challenge I found was breastfeeding. Its a bit of effort to get it on so you tend to want to leave it on for the day and just take baby in and out, but it was in the way a bit for breastfeeding.
Ergo was awesome once they are a bit bigger. I also put my newborns in one and it did the job but was nowhere near as cozy and supportive as a stretchy wrap.
Posted 27 September 2019 - 07:57 AM
Agree that a ringsling is most versatile. We had a structured carrier and ringsling and used both all the time. Ringsling fit into your bag easily also.
For our oldest we were still using a structure carrier up to 4 for hiking. The other thing with with a structured carrier is it will need adjusting for each user.
Posted 27 September 2019 - 08:11 AM
Looks like I should put in a good word for ring slings - I love mine (although my almost 2yo has refused to go in it for ages now). When DS was bigger I wore him in a hip carry and it meant that he could look out and see everything, but when he’d had enough he could snuggle in and sleep. Easy to put on (once you’ve learnt, you do need guidance), and they come in lots of beautiful fabrics.
Posted 27 September 2019 - 08:31 AM
I have an ergo performance (had it a few years onto 3rd kid) .
Its great for what I use it for which is school pickup and quick trips to run errands, also for trips to the park, short walks etc.
The good thing is its very quick and easy to put on by myself. It has a pocket for keys/phone and a hood to protect DS head from sun.
DS doesn't like it for long periods of time but Im unsure if he would be any different with a wrap anyway. Hes nearly 5 months. When hes awake he likes to look around.
Posted 27 September 2019 - 09:55 AM
I didn’t really care for stretchy wraps or ring slings. We had a Tula but they have a free to grow style now which can be used from birth without an insert. If it’s a summer babe I’d go the coast mesh style too. You can then up second hand if you’re not fussy about print - gumtree, Facebook marketplace and the Tula Facebook group.
Posted 27 September 2019 - 10:23 AM
It really does come down to personal preference. I’ve got a moby, ring sling & an ergo 360 & use the ring sling the most.
The moby I don’t like, there’s so much of it & it’s complicated to put on & hot to wear.
The ergo is great for when I’m wearing him for long periods of time & need the even weight distribution. Dh likes it the most as he finds it the least complicated to put on.
The ring sling gets used the most because it’s the quickest to put on & most compact. Also the coolest (we live in the tropics). So it gets used for school pick ups, quick trips to the shops etc. it’s always on the front seat of the car ready to go. It does take a bit of practice at first, felt like I was all thumbs, but I used it from when he was a newborn. Watch lots of different YouTube vids for different ways to use it through the ages & stages.
I haven’t purchased any of our carriers from a shop, they were either hand me downs or gumtree. I picked up our ergo in almost new condition for $20!
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