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am I right in thinking that slings end up costing more than buggies in the end?

(31 Posts)
lackingNameChangeInspiration Mon 17-Sep-12 22:20:53

I gave up on em last time but didn't have great ones and was hoping to use a sling a bit more with DC2

thing is, seems that the people who get along very well with slings but several of them, they don't seem to have last very long with a new style required every few months?

how much does it ACTUALLY cost to be a proper baby wearer who uses slings all the time? how many different slings do you REALLY from birth to toddler?

lackingNameChangeInspiration Mon 17-Sep-12 22:21:23

BUY several of them, not but several

LadyMargolotta Mon 17-Sep-12 22:23:32

No, not in my experience. Many people buy more then one buggy - a pram for a baby, then a pushchair.

I swapped slings and get them second hand. The only one I bought new was the ergo.

lackingNameChangeInspiration Mon 17-Sep-12 22:25:19

How many slings have you had LM?

BadBuddha Mon 17-Sep-12 22:32:13

One! A Kari Me, bought second hand on eBay - absolutely fab.

LadyMargolotta Mon 17-Sep-12 22:34:53

For three babies:

A Wrap sling (second hand)
two piece wrap sling tricot I think it's called (free from family)
Ring sling (second hand)
ergo (new)
and another baby carrier which was second hand and I never used.

But I started back in 2004 when there wasn't much choice.

lackingNameChangeInspiration Mon 17-Sep-12 22:36:47

badbuddha how long did you use the kari me for?

BadBuddha Mon 17-Sep-12 22:45:33

From about two months (when a friend recommended it) to nearly two yrs old. By that point DS was mostly walking everywhere, but I do now have a VERY cheap Tesco buggy for the longer distances when he's tired.

BadBuddha Mon 17-Sep-12 22:51:18

Oh, and if you buy one on eBay, when you're finished with it, you can sell it for as much as you bought it for! I did anyway, to a very happy buyer grin

lackingNameChangeInspiration Mon 17-Sep-12 22:54:56

lots of the reviews on amazon etc warn about forgeries and ripping, which is worrying when it is holding your wee baby, they are as expensive as buggies new though!

[remembering now why I gave up all together on slings last time..]

elfycat Mon 17-Sep-12 22:56:22

I have the kari-me as my only sling. DH got the chicco but I didn't get on with it and he was just as comfy in the kari-me. Had both DDs up to 18 months or so in it.

Am thinking of trying it backwards as a piggy-back support, now 3.5 as per the instructions.

I have a Wrapsody Bali Breeze woven wrap sling. DS has been in it nearly every day since he was 3 weeks old, he's 8.5 months now. I have several friends with woven slings who occasionally carry their toddlers in them, they last forever.

Oh and it cost me around £55 new. smile

lackingNameChangeInspiration Mon 17-Sep-12 22:59:45

so two votes for kari me as an only sling.. thats good
[glimmer of hope for slings re-ignited..]
they are bloomin ugly faffy things though! borrowed one to try with DS and hated it
Would an ergo do as an ONLY sling?

lackingNameChangeInspiration Mon 17-Sep-12 23:02:25

right, looking out for a non-batik wrapsodys then (do they exist?)

Not sure what you mean by batik but this is mine.

lackingNameChangeInspiration Mon 17-Sep-12 23:09:50

batik is the ugly patterns on the material on most of them that I've managed to find on google (wax poured on the fabric between dyes to creat the effect)

there's no excuse for batik outside yr7 art/textiles!

Rubirosa Mon 17-Sep-12 23:12:31

If you want an only sling I would get something like an Ergo or a Beco (that's what I had) - they'll go from newborn til 2+ whereas the soft stretchy wraps will only last 6 months.

I bought a second hand Close carrier for the first 6 months (cost £30)
A second hand Beco Butterfly (cost £50)
A second hand ring sling (don't remember how much this cost - maybe £50)

I could have done with just the Beco though. Buggies I had a travel system (£350!), and two umbrella strollers at £50 each so slings are definitely cheaper!

OhBuggerandArse Mon 17-Sep-12 23:16:22

They get very expensive if you find byootiful ones and turn into a crazed acquisitive obsessive like the people here.

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Mon 17-Sep-12 23:16:53

You can use the ergo from birth but you need to buy the infant insert

lackingNameChangeInspiration Mon 17-Sep-12 23:16:59

had a look and the beco I can cope with, fabrics not too... anyway!,
I can't see the difference between the beco and the ergo, are they much the same?
is there a newborn insert for becos like there is for ergos?

lackingNameChangeInspiration Mon 17-Sep-12 23:17:43

ohbuggarandarse I'm having trouble finding the least ugly ones TBH confused

CaseyShraeger Mon 17-Sep-12 23:19:51

I only actually USE two - a stretchy wrap for the newborn stage (and I made my own out of T-shirt fabric so cost was low) and a mei tai style (in my case a Connecta) after that (I could probably make that one too, if it came to it, but I haven't). I did go through a couple of others while figuring that out with DC1, but fortunately there's a thriving second-hand market in slings and if you buy second-hand in the first place you can sell on for the same amount that you paid.

pootlebug Tue 18-Sep-12 10:13:22

I wouldn't go with a Kari Me as an only sling. You can't back carry with it safely and most kids hit a point where they are easier to carry on your back at least some of the time. And whilst some people use them for a long time I see a lot of people at the sling library I run who have 4-8 month olds and feel they are getting heavy, and find a different sling comfier.

A woven wrap will do birth to whenever you like (my sister carried my then nearly-12-year-old step son on my back in one for a laugh). Because it isn't fitted at all, and is weight tested to very high weight , it can cope with the widest age range. It's also lovely and snuggly for a tiny baby. You do need to learn to tie it though.

If you want buckles a Manduca is my favourite for newborn to toddler/preschooler at a push. Prefer to the Ergo as find the Ergo infant insert a bit rubbish and too hot. Prefer to the Beco as it is wider and so supports legs for longer and prefer to the Connecta as more structured which I find adds support.

But I'd go to a sling library and see what fits you / suits you / appeals to you, if you can.

Rubirosa Tue 18-Sep-12 10:24:06

The Beco has an infant insert bit for a newborn - it just lifts them up a bit rather than a big snuggly thing like the Ergo though. The main difference between the Beco and other buckled carriers is it has an internal harness that the baby straps into, so back carries with a baby are really easy as you can strap the baby in first then put it on your back - we also found it really useful when ds was a baby in front carries as you can swap the carrier from me to DP without taking the baby out/waking him up.

McKayz Tue 18-Sep-12 10:27:22

I wouldn't use a Kari Me either for older babies. I would get a woven wrap. I am now getting an Ellaroo for DD.

MousyMouse Tue 18-Sep-12 10:29:20

no, we spent about 100£ on a carrier (ergo) and another 100 on a pushchair.
pretty cheap I think compared to an expensive travelsystem.

MamaGeekChic Tue 18-Sep-12 10:41:43

I had a stretchy wrap sling that I got from a friend for free (was £17 new I believe) which I used from 6weeks to 6mo (would have used from younger if i'd had it) then a more stuctured carrier which was £30 until just over a year. DD is 16mo and we are considering getting a bigger more expensive carrier for her now but looking on ebay etc and still undecided. We do have a pram as well but I loved having a sling when she was little and i'll definitely use one with DC2. Worth bearing in mind that there is a good market for selling them on to recoup some/all of the cost.

BertieBotts Tue 18-Sep-12 10:50:29

I only ever used two smile One other one which got used occasionally, bought it for a christening as it was a dressy one.

Stretchy wrap, home made, £15 for two (one for the wash, but totally unnecessary, ended up giving to a friend who never returned it)
Toddler Patapum, £45, used for front and then back carries once baby grew out of wrap sling.
Ring sling, £30, made of silk for Christening/weddings, used occasionally round house but never really got into.

So total = £90 (£60 essential)

I spent £220 on the first pushchair we bought and then £70 on an umbrella fold, and £40 on a different umbrella fold after I split up with XP and he took the first one for access visits.

IME they end up costing more because people get addicted to them grin and "need" to have more. You don't actually need more than two. You can get away with one if you use a woven wrap from birth, but they're for hardcore babywearers!

I'd recommend a stretchy wrap for babies and a structured carrier of some kind for 9 months + if you want to keep costs and complications down. A one shoulder one is handy for the pick up/put down constantly stage, and they're pretty cheap, if you want an extra one.

Indith Tue 18-Sep-12 11:01:57

It is just like cloth nappies really. Some people get hooked and love all the lovely fabrics etc out there and end up with loads of nappies. Some just use them as something to soak up wee and shit.

With slings there are loads of different brands and with wraps in particular there are som ebeautiful fabrics and weaves around that cost a fortune. Some people like to have a big stash, others use one for a while then trade it in for something else. With teh highly prized ones they sell for the same as you paid so people can quite easily trade their slings in on a regular basis and never lose and money.

But plenty of us just have a couple of slings they use all the time. I have mostly kept the same slings all the time. Started with a woven wrap. When dd was born I got a cheap pouch too. Then I bought my one extravagance off a friend which was a lovely didymos wrap. I used that a lot, it was fabulous. I sold it back to her recently to fund buying a BabyHawk as ds2 wriggles and leg straightens so much he constantly pops his seat in a wrap and I can't be arsed to do the more faffy carries to stop that, I prefer just being able to shove him up in 30 seconds.

So I now have a MT, a pouch and a wrap.

Mind you they do cost more than my pushchair all together as my pushchair cost £20 second hand grin.

lackingNameChangeInspiration Tue 18-Sep-12 16:10:29

thanks for all the info, the ergo newborn insert being hot shouldn't be too much of a problem as it'll be a winter baby

cloth nappies are v expensive even if you aren't into them, I stopped using them when DS totally changed shape so would have needed a whole new set! plus its a ball ache to constantly replenish - kinda undos the whole point of cloth vs disposables! so if slings are going to be like that count me out!

but sounds like I can get some that will do a good job without becoming redundant every few weeks/months?

I absolutely HATE the flappy fabric ones that hang half way down yer leg and look like something that had a few colours run in the wash so I doubt I'll get "addicted" as I think most slings absolutely ming

Indith Tue 18-Sep-12 16:51:25

Sounds like a connecta would stand you in good stead. Use fro newborn, no flappy bits smile

I don't understand this constantly replenishing nappies lark. Flat terry squares, change the fold as the child changes shape. Still doing well on child number 3. Saved me a fortune!

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