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Slings/Carriers for newborn?

(62 Posts)
Arkkorox Sun 02-Nov-14 14:58:18

Whats the best to use?

TeaandHobnobs Sun 02-Nov-14 15:07:36

I would say a stretchy wrap - moby, boba, Hana, Victoria sling lady...
Is there a sling library near you? (have a google) Then you can be shown in person how to use it smile

addictedtosugar Sun 02-Nov-14 15:21:24

Another vote for a stretchy wrap.

bonzo77 Sun 02-Nov-14 15:24:54

Stretchy wrap here too. Was perfect for when ds2 was very new and is under 5lb

wingcommandergallic Sun 02-Nov-14 15:25:29

Moby is fab but practise tying it.

5madthings Sun 02-Nov-14 15:27:41

Another recommendation for the Moby wrap.

PenguinsIsSleepDeprived Sun 02-Nov-14 15:28:28

Moby or Kari me stretchy wrap.

DanyStormborn Sun 02-Nov-14 15:47:15

I've bought a Moby wrap. Practised with my big fat heavy cats and they feel supported and light in it and the weight is well distributed over my back.

5madthings Sun 02-Nov-14 16:05:02

Pmsl at practising with cats! Did they not mind danystorm ? When my sister and I were little we dressed our cat up in baby clothes and bonnet etc and took it for walks in a dolls pram! Never had a sling as a child though,

Would love to see a pic of a cat in a wrap!

TeaandHobnobs Sun 02-Nov-14 16:35:08

Ooops forgot the kari me blush

Can't believe your cats let you do that Dany, they must be the most tolerant cats ever! grin

Thelovecats Sun 02-Nov-14 16:47:07

Be aware some are thicker than others, so moby good for winter baby for example, but too hot for summer.

5madthings Sun 02-Nov-14 16:49:43

Yes a Moby wrap is too warm for a summer baby, you need a cotton wrap, you can get some lightweight ones. Though in UK at least it tends not to get too hot. But baby will need minimal layers in warm weather In a sling, even just a vest and a nappy.

PacificWerewolf Sun 02-Nov-14 16:51:19

Stretchy wrap of any brand IMO - oh, has that been managed already?! wink

I had a Mobi wrap for spring born babies and it fine in terms of heat - I had to dress them accordingly in the summer but is was fine.

eurochick Sun 02-Nov-14 16:54:55

We have a hana wrap. It's. Bit of a pain to bind it around yourself but very comfy once on and she loves being in it.

5madthings Sun 02-Nov-14 16:55:27

Yes I have a march baby I used a Moby wrap for and used it in the summer bit dressed baby accordingly. i found I got a bit hot and sweaty, partly my large norkage I think!

RevoltingPeasant Sun 02-Nov-14 16:59:04

We were given a baby Bjorn and I hadn't been thinking of buying another sling - or if I did, I was going to get an ErgoBaby Carrier as they last for up to a couple of years.

But will those be okay for the baby's hips? I have read somewhere that slings that allow the baby's legs to droop down are worse for their hips when tiny - is that right?

silverine Sun 02-Nov-14 17:02:23

Aren't wraps too complicated to tie up? Any fans of traditional slings?

Thelovecats Sun 02-Nov-14 17:12:29

Revolting, it's not going to hurt your baby to use a baby bjorn or similar (unless baby already has hip issues), but there are lots of slings that are better for baby positioning and support, and more comfortable for you too.

PacificWerewolf Sun 02-Nov-14 17:24:07

Yy to sweatiness due to size of norkage grin

Baby Bjorn is fine for short periods of time - they are not idea for boys and not great for hips if baby is carried for extended periods of time. For some reasons men seem to like them - I always found ours rather uncomfortable.

Tying a wrap is really easy and I could do it in my sleep - put in on first thing in the morning, popped baby in and out as needed, took it off at bed time.

Just one word of caution: not every baby loves being carried. I had 2 who loved it, 1 who was ok in it and 1 who would only tolerate it if I walked with him, so great for the school run, but not much if you want to do some housework or sit down.

PenguinsIsSleepDeprived Sun 02-Nov-14 17:41:41

What do you think of as traditional Silverine? Do you mean a ring sling?

PotteringAlong Sun 02-Nov-14 17:43:20

If you google sling library and where you live you will be able to go and try them on before you buy and hire one if you want to.

silverine Sun 02-Nov-14 17:58:42

penguin I mean the ones with buckles, like rucksacks, like Baby bjorn... Are they bad for having baby's legs dangle?..

GuybrushThreepwoodMP Sun 02-Nov-14 18:02:05

Baby Bjorn is bad for baby hips and horrific for distributing the weight badly for the wearer.
I didn't really like Moby as it made my shoulders hurt and you can't do a back carry with it. I'm going for a Beco next time.

Booboostoo Sun 02-Nov-14 18:02:43

I had a ring sling for DD but she was positioned so that her chin touched her chest which is not safe. I have a wrap for DS and it is much better. The only problem is that bf was great with a ring but almost impossible with a wrap, at least for me.

I suggest you try different one out, they fir different people differently. And always be aware of TICKS - we had no clue about safe positioning with DD.

PenguinsIsSleepDeprived Sun 02-Nov-14 18:04:22

Well, people get very (negatively) excited about baby bjorn. They aren't great for baby's hips, but a bigger issue is likely to be that they are often very hard on your own back. Also, people seem determined to face even teeny tiny babies outwards - which is bad for a number of reasons, including extra hip strain. They aren't awful, there's just better on the market.

If you want a clippy sling, there are loads out there. Ergo, Manduca, Boba, etc. They vary in how good they are for a newborn. One of the reasons people recommend wraps for a tiny (or a Close Caboo if you want to avoid knots) is that it is so snuggly and soft and lots of newborns respond well to that.

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