Any recommendations for an easy-to-use newborn baby sling (not a carrier as I have one of these). MUST be easy to use, as last time I had the Close Kaboo - I’m only small and the amount of fabric and hoops basically just ended up winding me up! 😊 Anyone tried the K-Tan perhaps? Thanks
I had exactly the same experience, loved the caboo once it was on but was never 100% confident getting DD in and out of it on my own. I picked up a 2nd hand baby Bjorn for a tenner from Facebook local and it is fab. Really easy to get baby in and out on your own.
My only criticism would be if I was going to use it for long distance I would prefer a carrier that had a strap that carries some of the weight at the waist. The Bjorn is all on the shoulders
I used a lille baby for my two. Takes the weight around the hips which makes it much more comfy when they get bigger - you can also use it on your back, side, inward and outward facing. The only thing I don't like is the pouch at the front comes.loose sometimes and is bit annoying but apart from that a great sling- easy to use especially for my two heffalumps.
Ergo baby 360, yes quite expensive and I was apprehensive incase I spent the money but then never used it but it really has been so good and ok to put on single handily with enough practice (and even with a bolter of a toddler to keep safe while fixing in the baby.) I wanted one approved by the hip dysphasia uk website, one that wasn’t a wrap I.e had clips and also both front and rear facing - ticked all the boxes!
I used a Hana bamboo wrap first, and then an Ergobaby Adapt. I also liked the Izmi. However in both cases I tried various types at a sling library as I could have bought something completely unsuitable otherwise, it needs to work for you and baby, and what works for someone else may not be the best option for you. Do you have a sling library near you?
I would go to a sling meet if you can. I personally wouldn't use a Bjorn. You can read for yourself on google why they aren't advised and the problems they can cause. Personally, I prefer a proper stretchy wrap. I think the Close Caboo is a bit weird and they've actually made a really simple thing more complicated than it needs to be. I have a moby wrap that we used with our first (a K'tan is basically the same, just different brand, there are loads of them out there, they're all basically the same). I find it really easy to wrap. It just takes a bit of practice. Go to a sling meet before baby is born or hire/buy one and practice at home first. I used to wrap up my dd's toys and wear them to get the hang of it. I think it's so much easier than a Caboo because you have complete control over it. There aren't weird pre-stitched loops to contend with. It's just a matter of learning how to put it on and adjust it, which took a few times of practice, but then was easy. You may also like a mei tai, but a stretchy wrap is by far the most comfortable early on.