my DS is 4 weeks old and I have been looking at wrap slings for him as I have a chicco carrier but as I am quite tall (6ft) find it quite uncomfortable to wear. I have been looking at slings and talked to some of the mums at my NCT bumps and babes group and have decided that I would like a wrap sling
Now I need some recommendations. I like the look of the Kari Me and have seen a couple on ebay. But I am confused by the stretchy/non stretchy thing
Stretchy is good for a tiny baby and easier to learn (a Kari Me is stretchy)
Woven will last you longer but takes a little bit more care to learn. I learnt on a stretchy but sure you could manage a woven from birth.
I'm guessing as you're tall that your baby is likely to be big and a fast grower, in which case you'll find he grows out of a stretchy wrap before six months of age.
I really like the Gypsy Mama Bali Baby Breeze woven wraps. They're very cool, pack small and lots of different pretty patterns. I can still carry hefty 2.9 yo DS in mine (not all day but then you don't need to do that with a toddler)
So that would be my recommendation. If you do lots of babywearing you might want one (or more) other wrap(s) but that would be a good starter one IMHO.
Or try to borrow a stretchy to get you started. Alternatively 5 or so metres of stretch cotton jersey, cut down the middle and put in a centre marker. Pretty cheap way of trying out a wrap.
If you want to try out, bealcain on this thread was offering to rent out a moby (v.similar to kari me) & others. Or UK babywearing swap on Yahoo is great for buying 2nd hand slings - you see the gypsy mama, didi's and kari me's on there a lot.
Agree that a stretchy wrap won't last you long. DD was too heavy for anything longer than 15 minutes in the moby when she was 16lbs, at about 4 months. Have bought a mei tai now which is good but definitely preferred a wrap and will be buying a woven one when money allows. Good luck choosing, I couldn't believe how many different types there are!
thanks for all your answers, am now googling jersey fabric but mrsgboring why would you cut it down the middle. All the websites I have been on have given lengths of around 5m, so if I cut 5m down the middle would I not end up with 10m which is longer than my garden!!
If you are near London and don't have much planned for the weekend, then deffo get to the Summerslingshow.
If you are after buying your own jersey cotton, go to a good market or a an Asian Fabric store. They tend to have this stuff in stock but you have to ask for it. It will work or quite cheap - cheaper than the 'net.