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How do I carry her in a sling on my back when it's cold?

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babybouncer Fri 04-Jan-13 22:46:39

I used to carry dd all the time as a baby in the summer on my front in an Ella roo sling (long woven sling) and loved it as she was close and secure and I was mobile enough to look after DS. She got a bit big and uncomfortable in it and at the moment I'm using a hotsling that I had previously, just to sit her more comfortably on my hip just for short times as its easier than carrying her. I would love to do little walks with her on my back in a rucksack carry, but I don't know how this works in cold weather with all the extra layers we both wear. Will she get too hot ina coat and a sling? Can I tie the sling over my coat? Is an umbrella enough if it rains a bit or can I only use it in good weather?

CitizenOscar Fri 04-Jan-13 22:57:47

You can get babywearing coats, which you can put on over you & your DC, so it's also easy to remove when you go indoors etc.

I don't have one so can't say much more of use but the people I know who use slings a lot all have them. I don't and it's one reason I don't use my sling much at the moment. I pop him on the front for the short walk to nursery, or on my back in mild weather.

Umbrellas are fine, though, if big enough.

babybouncer Fri 04-Jan-13 22:59:06

That coat sounds like genius, but as I'm already known as 'crazy sling lady' that might be a step too far!

CitizenOscar Sat 05-Jan-13 12:33:49

Try popping over to the Natural Mamas forum - they've got lots of advice & also people selling second hand coats. They are pretty genius - with room for your DC and a slit/hood for their head.

I got a fleece all-in-one coat thing from Primark when Dd2 was at that sort of stage. It was great because it was warm but not bulky. I found the bulky snow suit type of things were a pita when wrapping. I used to dress her in layers (vest, t-shirt, top, tights & leggings plus fleece all-in-one and hat & gloves - though she'd pull them off usually) and found she was warm enough. I always found an umbrella sufficient for rain but then I tended to stay indoors other than school runs if it was very wet.

GuylianReindeer Sat 05-Jan-13 20:47:38

Crazy sling lady I am one of those grin!, so I decided that I may as well go the whole hog and get a bay wearing coat, I use it every day for the school run so I could justify it that way (it is waterproof). When it is cold but dry I use a Mai Tai over a thick fleece or jumper and put DS in a coat etc, for some reason using the Mai Tai makes it easier to pull down his coat so that his lower back is kept warm.

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