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"Carrying my DS in my Hug-a-bub and breastfeeding are the…"
Carrying my DS in my Hug-a-bub and breastfeeding are the two things I miss the most now DS is 3.5yo. Both myself and my DP loved used the Hug-a-bub and although I have sold a lot of DS' things on ebay I refuse to part with the carrier.
When I see women wearing their babies I feel a little jealous that I can't do it anymore. I used my hug-a-bub till DS was 18 months I think and it was so comfortable.
It takes a little while to get the hang of it and I used to have to tie it for DP when he wanted to use it, but once we got the knack of it it was easy.
When DS was 7MO I went on an extended holiday to see my family in Brazil and on the flight the hug-a-bub was a lifesaver, I even checked in my stroller at the airport and carried him around instead.
I definetely recommend it. It's worth every penny!Read moreLess
"My friend gave me her hug-a-bub so it looks like…"
My friend gave me her hug-a-bub so it looks like I got a bargain!
I do find the material sags a little after baby's been in it a while (he's 4 months), which could be because it's been used a lot already. I also struggle to get it even so it often feels like one side is supporting him/me slightly better than the other.
Having said that, it does spread the weight around brilliantly. We have another clip/buckle baby carrier and that hurts my shoulders after 10 minutes of carrying, whereas this one doesn't at all and is very comfortable.
When DS decided he didn't like travelling in his pram any more, I went shopping with him in my hug-a-bub, so was carrying him for about 1.5 hours including the walk into town. I was very tired by the end but only from having carried an extra 13lb around.
He doesn't sleep easily so this has been a life-saver for all those times I've had to sway / walk him off to sleep: I would have strained by back long ago just carrying him around in my arms.Read moreLess
2 people found this review helpful.
"Really great starter wrap - transformed the newborn months for…"
Really great starter wrap - transformed the newborn months for me and meant we could just get on with life in comfort.Read moreLess
"I've used a Hug-a-Bub with both my daughters and it…"
I've used a Hug-a-Bub with both my daughters and it has saved my sanity. We didn't have a buggy for the first and the hug-a-bub travelled with us to Mexico for six months as our only mode of transporting her. On the plus side it is light, she loved it, and it is comfortable for mum and baby from birth. On the minus side I found it stretched a little over time (but we did use it a LOT) and it isn't cheap for what it is. The Kari-me does the same thing cheaper I think. However, a fabric sling has been the best thing we bought for a baby and I would recommend it wholeheartedlyRead moreLess
2 people found this review helpful.
"This was great for the first 8 weeks or so,…"
This was great for the first 8 weeks or so, particularly when I needed both hands to deal with the other children at bath time for example, because the baby's head is supported well. However, I found that as the baby got heavier, the fabric stretched so that even if you tied it tightly, they ended up sagging nearer to your thighs. You have to remove the baby to retie it, which is not always convenient. Have gone back to my sling easy.Read moreLess
3 people found this review helpful.
"Love this - it's comfortable for both me and baby,…"
Love this - it's comfortable for both me and baby, easy to pop her in and out, and could even breastfeed in the early days - only wish I'd got it sooner. Once you've got the hang of how to tie it, it's a piece of cake, though it did take a couple of viewings of the DVD to master the technique. My baby loves being snuggled in and often goes to sleep in it, which is very nice for both of us.
I bought mine second hand from another Mumsnetter, which made it good value - it's quite pricey if you buy new, though comparable with other slings/carriers. Last but not least, you can sling it into the washing machine and comes up good as new.Read moreLess
"Excellent. Only just got it home and still pregnant so…"
Excellent. Only just got it home and still pregnant so haven't tried with a baby yet but put 2year old in and it was amazing! Supported his weight really well. (over 15kgs) and was still comfy for me to wear with no hands supporting his weight! High quality material. The inbuilt bag makes it worth while because there is so much fabric it is handy to have somewhere to store it. The video/dvd is great. Looks fidley but if I can get my hefty 2 year old in a baby will be a doddle! (also tried with a teddy bear which didnot fall out despite running up stairs and bending over etc!)
On the negative side this is very expensive. Mine is 2nd hand tho which I would highly recommend. Great product though and would happily spend the full amount on it as it is so unbelievably comfy. You have to try it to know what I mean!Read moreLess
2 people found this review helpful.
"I love the hug-a-bub as it's so comfortable for me…"
I love the hug-a-bub as it's so comfortable for me and I don't have to worry about baby's spine. I can carry baby for hours with no probs. Only problem is that's it's a pain in the neck to put on and take off and can't do it while holding baby. Apart from that, though, every parent who has a baby who wants held a lot, should get one - I know it's expensive but what price your sanity?Read moreLess
1 person found this review helpful.
"soooo comfortable the wide cloth 'straps' across your back really…"
soooo comfortable the wide cloth 'straps' across your back really do distribute the weight so well. not one for quickly taking on and off so it's more for longer carrying periods (although saying that, i did once manage at a train station with about 2 mins to go before my train and without the cloth trailing on the ground) you can easily pop your baby in and out. imo looks like some kind of cloth bondage outfit sans baby though! but i love this sling. mainly due to the comfort but also because it's washable, my baby finds it very comfortable facing inwards or out or when very small in the cradle hold. it easily fits me (i'm fairly small) or my baby's dad who's 6'3. in the black colour and zipped up under his coat i managed to convince him to try it. the pocket's useful too.Read moreLess
1 person found this review helpful.
"I so looked forward to using this but actually found…"
I so looked forward to using this but actually found it a little bit of a disappointment. I am only small so find all the material quite hard to handle but that isnt my main problem with it. I find that being small with a large bust then having dd in front means that I cant lean in to any of the shelves and I cetainly cant bend down or over to pick up anything more than a pack tissues when shopping. I kept bumping dd off shelves not realising just how much she stuck out in it. It is also very very hot for both dd and me although she really loves it for a while. It is comfortable as long as you are careful in putting it on well but I do find it needs readjusting regularly. It saddens me to have to criticise the hug-a-bub but I have to be honest. It is comfortable but I dont find it practical.Read moreLess
1 person found this review helpful.
"Best sling by far. I had back and neck problems…"
Best sling by far. I had back and neck problems after birth and this was a lifesaver. Used other traditional slings which aggravated my condition. This distributes the weight really effectively and my ds loved it especially when colicky. Would buy this for any new mum. Great for tubes/trains if you live in the cityRead moreLess
"brilliant, really comfortable to use and my baby loved it…"
brilliant, really comfortable to use and my baby loved it too (she's still only 4 months so only an opinion for small babies!). she happily goes to sleep in it and stays asleep for ages, a godsend for the baby that would not be put down until the age of 10 weeks!Read moreLess
"I found this much better than the baby bjorn that…"
I found this much better than the baby bjorn that everyone seems to use!!! I suffer from lower back problems and have found this to distribute the weight easily. Baby needs to be in it quite tightly though especially as litte one gets bigger. The only thing is the hassle to put it on especially if you're going for walk in woods. There seems to be no option but for sling to drop on muddy floor whilst putting it on!! However, the comfort and ease of use outweighs the hassle.Read moreLess
"Have tried a number of slings, this is the best…"
Have tried a number of slings, this is the best so far. Have been using this for 3 months since my 2nd baby was born. Great for newborn to now. Wear it all the time shopping and going to the park with my 3yo. Very comfortable and snug for the baby. Baby normally falls asleep and stays that way! Also good for breastfeeding on the run as long as you wear an easy access (from the top) top.Read moreLess
"Brilliant sling - couldn't live without it. We live in…"
Brilliant sling - couldn't live without it. We live in the country and even the hardiest off-road pram couldn't climb styles and hop over ditches. Perfect for dog-walking, with my hug-a-bub I can take my baby with me every day.Read moreLess
"Brilliant! My little girl hates being put down or being…"
Brilliant! My little girl hates being put down or being in her pram, and so slings have given me my life back - have spent a small fortune on them but this is definitely the best for both me and her. Far more comfortable than any of the others I've tried and she settles in it almost straight away even if she's screaming her head off! It's quite easy to use but do feel a bit conspicuous if putting it on in publicRead moreLess
"It looks slightly scary when you get out a length…"
It looks slightly scary when you get out a length of fabric and a video to teach you baby origami, but it is amazing.
Very very secure, the weight is spread out so no back ache.
My only problem with it was when DS was hidden under my jumper, and decided licking my chest was amusing... people gave me VERY odd looks as I giggled walking down the street.Read moreLess
"Great sling. Very versatile because of different ways of tying…"
Great sling. Very versatile because of different ways of tying the sling - baby faces in when little and wanting to sleep, out from 3 months, on back as gets older. Very comfortable. Not difficult to tie - and this comes from someone who has problems with anything dexterous. Advantage of it just being a long piece of material is it doesn't have to be measured for a specific person therefore can be worn by dads as well. This was an expensive one. You can find it chepaer or make your own and there are forums for slingwearing which show many ways of tying which you can experiment with.Read moreLess
"A "great design" and "fabulously comfortable" sling for the wearer:…"
A "great design" and "fabulously comfortable" sling for the wearer: "It seems to distribute the weight evenly", "I carried a two year old in it for two hours and didn't have backache". It's very secure and "you can even tie your shoe laces with it on" and because it's not padded "the baby doesn't get too hot". The only gripe was the price: "expensive for what's essentially a long piece of jersey cotton and a video" but most wouldn't consider swapping: "a godsend". "It lets me tube, train and bus all over London hassle free!"Read moreLess
"It is the most comfortable sling I know, you can…"
It is the most comfortable sling I know, you can carry a baby from premature to at least 2 years of age as you cannot feel their weight (unlike a Baby Bjorn).
I have wlaked with my 2 year olld in it for over 2 hours and didn't have a back ache ! try that with any other sling!Read moreLess
"so comfortable I sometimes forgot I was carrying the baby.…"
so comfortable I sometimes forgot I was carrying the baby. no shoulder strain.
many happy hours with baby in this sling and baking with my toddler - an absolute godsend and so much more comfortable than baby bjornRead moreLess
"I use it when i don't want to push a…"
I use it when i don't want to push a pram but i don't want to carry my DD more than 5 mins (shes 18 months)Read moreLess
"test from JJ = sorry!…"
test from JJ = sorry!Read moreLess
"Perfect for a newborn - worth the hassle of learning…"
Perfect for a newborn - worth the hassle of learning to tie it on. Especially good for Daddy to take baby out so Mummy can have a nap!Read moreLess
1 person found this review helpful.
"buy it.I have spent a fortune on slings and this…"
buy it.I have spent a fortune on slings and this is the best one.Read moreLess
"easy to use and lovely and comfortable for wearing baby.…"
easy to use and lovely and comfortable for wearing baby. even covers those mother's milk stains!Read moreLess
"It's made from such easy to wear/wash fabric, although some…"
It's made from such easy to wear/wash fabric, although some people may find a lack of padding on the shoulders a problem with very heavy babies.But how close you feel to each other when wearing it is worth it. Baby stays as snug as a bug!Read moreLess
"I have a version of the hug a bub. It's…"
I have a version of the hug a bub. It's wonderful, although my DS doesn't like me sitting down in it as his feet get squished ( I am short though.) It is expensive but you can cheat and go to a haberdashery and buy thick cotton lycra instead. There are a number of website that show you how to put it on...Read moreLess
2 people found this review helpful.
"What I really like about this sling is that it's…"
What I really like about this sling is that it's very compact and it folds up into it's own bag. It's also great for newborns as you can tie it to support the baby's head leaving you totally hands free even if you bend down. I also like way the weight is distributed between the shoulders and the hips. However it can be a bit complicated to tie properly and it is a bit expensive for what is essentially a long bit of cloth.Read moreLess
"Really good for a baby from 3-9 months. A bit…"
Really good for a baby from 3-9 months. A bit of a pain to but on but way more comfortable than traditional slings. You can't really take it off and then put it back on when in public so really only good for walks or short trips.Read moreLess
"It only takes an hour watching the DVD and practicing…"
It only takes an hour watching the DVD and practicing with a teddybear to master the art. Its essentially just a long piece of material with different ways of wrapping / placing baby. Very comfy - distributes weight well accross back and hips - no pulling on shoulders. Baby loves it - she can look round whatever we are doing, and can fall asleep easily. Also comes in a great range of colours. Only snag is the price!Read moreLess
"quite expensive for the product but very comfortable, distributes weight…"
quite expensive for the product but very comfortable, distributes weight well and will last as baby growsRead moreLess
"holds both my twins at the same time in hip-carry…"
holds both my twins at the same time in hip-carry positions so when they're both grumbly I can carry them both with out my arms falling off!!
when the babies were really tiny they LOVED being all snug held in close to my body and I was completely hands free to do anything leaning in any directionRead moreLess
"I love it but it is a bit pricey for…"
I love it but it is a bit pricey for what is essentially a long piece of material. Really glad I bought it though.Read moreLess
"takes a bit of getting used to, but once you're…"
takes a bit of getting used to, but once you're up and running you won't look back, you really won't. My baby has lived in hers from being newborn and snuggled in so securely to being 10 months old and going everywhere her older brother goes. I wish I'd had a hug-a-bub when my son was younger, it would have made such a difference. It's incredibly comfortable, really easy to wash and crucially allows you to bend over without ever feeling the baby will fall out, even when it's facing forward.Read moreLess
"fantastic for a newborn baby, gives mother freedom to get…"
fantastic for a newborn baby, gives mother freedom to get on with tasks and gives the newborn the comfort, support and warmth a baby craves! i think this should be part of all mothers essentials. much more comfortable than other slings/backpacks i've used.Read moreLess
"This sling is worth its weight in gold! It may…"
This sling is worth its weight in gold! It may seem pricey for a length of fabric, but I would happily pay full price for one. It seems fiddly when you first see it (especially when you realise it comes with a video to put it on!!!), but after a few tries it is easy. You can carry a newborn baby securely, it comforts a colicky/poorly/clingy child, gives you two hands to hold other children, and just lets you snuggle your baby. You gain strength as you wear it, so it can last you for a couple of years!Read moreLess
"Although this is expensive for what it is - it…"
Although this is expensive for what it is - it is absolutely worth it !! We have used ours extensively (newborn to 6 months so far) both around town and in the house. Very versatile as baby can be worn on the front facing in or out, and lying down (as shown in the instructional DVD). Can also be used with baby (when able to sit) on the side and on the back if you search the internet for tying instructions. Looks complicated to start with but is actually really easy to use. A little hot for wearer and baby in very warm weather - but I guess we don't get many of those days !!Read moreLess
"Brilliant for newborns, very snuggly and secure and really hepled…"
Brilliant for newborns, very snuggly and secure and really hepled my windy baby! Good for older babies too, distributes weight really evenly over your back. Probably overpriced, but I found it invaluable, particularly in the early days and weeks.Read moreLess
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"It might seem extravagant to pay ?50 for what is…"
It might seem extravagant to pay ?50 for what is essentially a very long strip of t-shirt material, but what you get is an extremely comfy mode of transport for your baby.
You get a dvd with the sling which explains how to tie it. If I (Mrs Butterfingers) can manage to do it with relative (and increasing) ease then anyone can!
The baby is held close to the body in a way that reminds me of being pregnant. DS almost always falls asleep while he's in it. His head is supported, and feels secure even when I bend over. I've found it really comfy to wear for hours, and it's been essential equipment for looking after a toddler and a newborn.
The dvd shows how you can adapt it for a growing baby/child. It even shows a breastfeeding position, but I didn't master this (DS is a HUGE baby, and I couldn't align him with my boobs). We've also used it with DD (21 months) and it's comfy with her too.
On a frivolous note, it also comes in lovely colours :-)Read moreLess
"Loved it! When my daughter was 1-2 months, it was…"
Loved it! When my daughter was 1-2 months, it was very hard to get her to sleep in the pram during day time. The Hug-a-Bub did the job nicely, and I managed to have my hands really free. The weight is very nicely distributed, and my baby was really happy in it. I loved it for my summer walks (in London), and when travelling.Read moreLess
"By far the best thing I bought before my daughter…"
By far the best thing I bought before my daughter was born. It is quite expensive for what is, essentially, a long piece of cotton, but worth it just for the amount of use it gets. Love the range of colours too - far wider than similar slings on the market. Tying does take quite a bit of practice but the instructional dvd is well thought out and helpful.Read moreLess
"I bought this sling after falling in love with it…"
I bought this sling after falling in love with it on the internet - the only downside I could see on the website was the fact there was a huge choice of colours! My husband (who still is unaware of the full price of it!) suggested a neutral one, so I of course opted for the lovely rose and cream
I opened it straight away when it arrived, and put the dvd(!) on, and it was surprisingly simply to achieve the first position (a tummy to tummy one, perfect for my newborn). I've attempted all the other positions successfully too, bar the breastfeeding one which I just haven't needed to.
It's incredibly comfortable, I had slightly aching shoulders after carrying my daughter for a whole day. She's content in it too, the only reason I haven't rated it higher for her is because it is a tiny bit restricting, as all slings are, and sometimes she'd like to stretch a bit more.
I think it's great value for money, but I do think it's expensive at around ?50 (for a long bit of cloth and a dvd! ) Hubby too thinks its expensive and he has no idea of the real cost lol. I consider it good value for money as it does everything I wanted it to.
A brilliant buy.Read moreLess
"I bought this for use with my son when he…"
I bought this for use with my son when he was around a year and a half old, but in all honesty I don't like it. He was a year when I got it, but rather heavy, and because of the height/weight ratio it never sat comfortably on my hip. I had trouble supporting him, and every time he moved it felt like he'd come off it.
He didn't seem overly comfortable either, and fidgeted more than normal. I've taken this out on a few trips but given that you still also have to have your arm around your child I honestly don't see the point.Read moreLess
"the most comfortable sling I have used - you can…"
the most comfortable sling I have used - you can buy similar ones which are cheaper though.Read moreLess
"takes a few minutes to get on but once on…"
takes a few minutes to get on but once on and the babies in its very comfortable as weight is spread evenly across both shoulders, looks great tooRead moreLess
"Very comfortable as long as you put it on correctly…"
Very comfortable as long as you put it on correctly - better for smaller babies, up to six months I've found. Your partner can also wear it. A friend fell over wearing one and the baby was perfectly safe.Read moreLess
"Loved this once I got the hang of putting it…"
Loved this once I got the hang of putting it on! Best carrier and I've been through quite a few!!!!Read moreLess
"Fantastic distribution of baby's weight makes it very comfortable to…"
Fantastic distribution of baby's weight makes it very comfortable to wear. Baby is very secure and you don't need to hold on to the baby to do anything. Looks good too!Read moreLess