Hello ladies, I'm giving up... Trying to research online and it takes way too long. At nearly 30 weeks I find sitting in front of a computer incredibly uncomfortable :-) First hand experience advice is needed. 1. Buggy/pushchair. Suitable from birth, with forward and backward facing options, preferably travel system, good for jogging with (not the hard-core, off-road kind of jogging). 2. A sling. Haven't used one with the first child, complete newbe to the subject. 3 Baby carrier. I was given a mothercare one, seems a bit large to me, but it's supposed to be OK from birth. Any experience?
Needless to mention I'd rather not spend a trylion golden coins on all that, will probably try my luck on gumtree and e-bay. But I need to know what to look for first.
Sling - cheapest would be a stretchie, check the Facebook group "affordable baby slings for sale" you should be able to get one for about £20. I like ring slings myself, less faffing but a steeper learning curve. A bit more pricey, about the £50 mark. But they can last into toddlerhood whereas a stretchie is only suitable up to six months or so.
Are you meaning 2 & 3 to be the same thing? Close Caboo from birth, the NCT version is about £45 new or you can get them second hand about £20. Once about 6 months, try a Tula, Ergo or Manduca - all great, easy to use and supportive. Please avoid anything by Mothercare, babybjorn or cosatto as these are "narrow based carriers" and bad for Baby's hips (& your back!) Try searching for your local sling library, you can hire if you're not sure about buying, or you can hire from here