Post # 1
I just read an article that claimed that baby wraps/ slings were the number one most regretted purchase among new mothers, with many buying then never using it. I just bought one (prior to reading that article) and with still 10 weeks to go until my due date and no baby to try it with, I am wondering, if you bought one, do you regret it? If you bought one and never used it, why not? Or just the opposite, do you love it and use it all the time?
Post # 2
I got a Seven sling for free (just s&h), and I used it a couple of times. I wouldn’t say I regret it. I have an ergobaby carrier now that I LOVE. If I could go back in time, I would have purchased the ergo sooner and bought an infant insert for it.
Post # 3
Why do you prefer the ergobaby? In what way is it better?
Post # 4
I bought a SollyBaby Wrap and an Ergo. I loved the wrap for the first few months, but now that DS is 20+ lbs, the Ergo is more comfortable for longer periods of time. I will say, though, that the wrap is infinitely cooler (temp-wise) than the Ergo. When I take the Ergo off, both of us are sweaty. That being said, I don’t regret buying either of them, but the Ergo is probably a little more versatile – you can buy the newborn insert for when they’re tiny, and there are several different carry posiitons you can do. I think the new one even does forward-facing.
Post # 5
I also got a free sling from seven slings and I love it! We still use it at 12 months. I have a structured beco for longer walks but I keep my sling in the diaper bag as an extra backup carrier, so if we are ever out and I want to wear her for a short time period (running quick errands around a store, her daycare tour, an unanticipated stop at the mall etc.) it’s available so I won’t have to hold her in my arms the whole time. I especially loved it when she was a newborn because she was curled up more naturally against me. She would always fall asleep immediately in that position.
Post # 6
alliefly: That makes sense that something more sturdy is needed as baby grows.
lilbear: This is very cheering, my sling wasn’t very expensive, but I’d still like not to have wasted the money.
Post # 7
Tibbs: The ergo is much easier on my back, and it just feels safer to me. I always felt like I still needed to hold on to her when she was in the sling, but I don’t with the ergo. Also, DD used to get really smushed up in the sling. It’s easier to use now that she’s older and I can do a hip carry with the sling.
Post # 8
I have a Boba wrap that I used a lot when my son was born until about 3 months. At that age, he became a little squirmy in it. I’ve now been using a Snugli carrier – that I really love. I will most likely use the Boba again when DS is older and the weather where I live is cooler. All in all, I totally love wraps and carriers and would highly recommend them. I found them to be one of my best buys.
Post # 9
Tibbs: What kind did you get? They are not all created equal. A lot of the cheaper ones aren’t very comfortable so moms stop using them. I had a super easy newborn so I rarely used it. I didn’t need to wear her to get things done. I’m expecting #2 though and expect to wear the new baby a lot more bc I’ll have a toddler to chase around.
We also love the Ergo!! We used it more when my DD was over 6 months when we were out places like apple picking, zoo etc that were annoying to take a stroller. I plan to buy the infant insert for the new baby.
Post # 10
The only thing we had was the babybjorn carrier that got from my baby shower we used it quite a bit but it is not good for the baby really and it is hot and not that comfortable. My SIL gave me a sling that never used that she had used. I could never figure out how to use it
Post # 11
Tibbs: Not at all. We actually had three (one for very small babies, then moved up to one that was better for bigger babies, and my husband and I each had our own because he is much taller than me) and they were awesome. We used them constantly for several years.
Post # 12
Tibbs: Here’s a good website to get you started, it covers safety and the many kinds of carriers there are available: http://babywearinginternational.org/
I started with a Moby wrap when DD was a newborn. I loved it around the house- it’s the only way I got anything done! She would snooze away while I vacuumed. After a few YouTube tutorials, I was comfortable enough to wear her out in public. It was wonderful in the grocery store as she was warm & cozy while I shopped.
Once she got a bit bigger & squirmy I started using my SevenSling. It was quick, easy, simple, but as she got heavier it hurt my back to use for long periods of time.
I now have a Boba soft-structured buckle carrier. I LOVE IT! It does get warm but it’s easier than a wrap and it goes on both shoulders so it doesn’t hurt my back. Now that I’m pregnant again, I wear her on my back so she isn’t sitting on my bump. It’s great for shopping trips or going out places where a stroller would be cumbersome. I found the Boba used through my local BWI (babywearing internat’l) chapter so it was about half the price of a new one.
Beware of carriers that let the baby’s legs dangle straight down. If used often or for long periods, it can put a lot of stress on the baby’s pelvis and can lead to hip displasia. Though, if you already have a Bjorn (or other dangly-leg carrier) it’s easy enough to use a scarf to help support baby’s legs- I’m sure there are tutorials all over google to show you how.
Post # 13
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Tibbs: I think it depends on what type of sling you try out. You may need to try out a few different styles before finding one you like. I think a lot of people register for the Baby Bjorn and then never use it. A lot of the moms I see using slings regularly are using the soft wraps and slings.
Post # 14
I bought my sister a $100+ one, and she loves it. She was a little hesitant at first that it wouldn’t be safe, but we watched a video that came with it, watched some other YouTube videos, and played around with it for a little while. The same day she first tried it (the baby was 1 month old) she used it for a trip to Target. She had some challenge figuring out how to use it and breastfeed, but now she uses it all the time. The baby is so cute in there!
Post # 15
I bought a Babasling but could never really figure out how to use it, even after watching all the YouTube videos. I much prefer the Baby Bjorn carrier.