Im looking for a good sling not too expensive. Dont want one of those carriers where baby is upright but an actual proper sling just really for the first few months. Any suggestions o wise mumsnetters?
I just love my 'Hotsling', (bought from www.bigmamaslings.co.uk) mainly because it is just one single tube of material (so you do have to measure yourself to make sure you get the right size) and so there are no straps or rings or faffing around. I still use it occasionally (in hip carrier position) for DD now and she is 18 months and v heavy! It's great for when we're walking somewhere and she suddenly decides not to any more, it folds up to nothing and I can always have it with me to pick her up if she decides enough is enough on walking - saves lugging the buggy around.
The selection of Freedom slings (through ebay - just do a search for Freedom slings) are good and very reasonably priced if you don't want to spend too much money. I used a ring sling from birth up to around 20 months and it was great - very simple to put on, adjustable, good for breastfeeding.
The Tri-cotti is also meant to be really good for newborns - again very easy to put on, lovely soft jersey material, great for breastfeeding.
The Baby Wearer website www.thebabywearer.com is a great resource for sling reviews, baby wearing advice etc.
i'd recommend a wrap sling. baby can be cradle carry, upright or however you wish. try a moby, hug-a-bub, kari me if you like the look of stretchy or a calin bleu gauze, strochenweige, didymos if you like woven. if you don't want to ti then look a close carrier, they're virtually the same except they're pre-tied you just adjust with rings, v.v.v. comfy
if you don't want to buy, as you're only going to ise for a few months, i would consider hiring one, many of the sling vendors provide this service or you may find someone local that could be cheaper.
eandz - i've fouund ringslings to be great. i used a maya RS when ds2 was first born. It's now been demoted to my car sling as it's great for popping in and out and places, so quick and easy although i don;t think i could carry him far in it now as it;s all carried on one shoulder. Althogh weight is distributed across back you can still feel the difference after a while. (he is 18months now though)
I'm taking my CB into hospital with me. It;s great for newborns and i can carry ds1 (almost3) on my back in it for an hour if eed be.
The hugabub is the best! Get it in black and it's a trendy option too! It was the most invaluable thing when my little girl was tiny. Every time I put her in she fell asleep and i could do whatever I liked. And the fact it wraps close around you means you and bend down etc without baby getting in the way.