FTM can anyone suggest a sling or wrap for baby carrying?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We have a k’tan! Our baby likes being close and cuddly, so it’s been great. He’s getting a little big for it, but we don’t use it too often so it hasn’t really stretched too much.

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I have a Maya ring sling and love it!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

There are loads of good ones on the market. What kind are you looking for in a carrier? Longevity? Ease? Versatility? Portability? Do you want a soft structured carrier (easier to use but less versatile) or a wrap (takes skill and time to use but can be used in a number of positions)?

As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to avoid narrow-seated carriers like the baby bjorn as these are not good for the baby’s posture or their hips. They are called ‘crotch danglers’ by some as all the baby’s weight is borne by their crotch… definitely not comfortable, and there is talk of association of these narrow seats with hip displaysia. When looking for an ergonomically correct carrier, the baby’s bum should be supported all the way out to their knees so that their leg-knee-bum-knee-leg line creates an ‘m’ shape with knees above the bum. 

Usually, a stretchy wrap or carrier is best for a brand new little squish. The kari-me, close caboo, moby, and k’tan are all great, and ones like the k’tan are easy to use as they don’t have to be wrapped. The thing about stretchies is that they do tend to sag after a while and can’t be used into later babyhood because they’re not meant to support that weight. You can get woven wraps instead of stretches that can be used from birth, but these are very expensive (£120 plus). 

I’m personally a fan of the soft structured buckle carrier–they’re easy to use, quick to put on (both things DH is a big fan of), ergonomic for baby, comfy for you, and cheaper than the wraps. If you’re looking for something that can be used from birth, carriers like the manduca, ergo, beco, and connecta are all good candidates that can be adjusted for a newborn but then comfortably used up to a year and sometimes into toddlerhood (I think manduca is one of the best on the market for this kind of versatility). Personally, I LOVE my connecta carriers–I tandem-wear my twins all the time and it’s super comfy. The straps can either criss-cross or be used in a rucksack position, the carrier itself is light and small enough that I can cart it everywhere in the diaper bag, and because it’s so unstructured it came recommended to us at the best soft structured carrier to use from birth. 

Sorry… maybe a bit longer than you were looking for! The upshot is that I’d  recommend a Connecta or a Manduca. 🙂 Ergo, which dominates the buckle ssc market, is also meant to be good but is definitely not the only buckle ssc on the market (I actually prefer other carriers). If you are interested in one of those, though, do be cautious as the market is flooded with forgeries, some of which may be faulty and dangerous. 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 9 months ago by  Twiglets.
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I have a Seven Sling and Hot Sling and both are great.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I have a Moby– it works well for us. The key, I’ve found, is making sure the fabric on your shoulders is neatly folded. It’s comfortable for me and my daughter. I almost never use her stroller. I just wear her. As noted earlier, newborns can’t (shouldn’t) be carried in the more rigid carriers (bjorn, etc), so the wrap is perfect for us. 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 9 months ago by  Mrs. Gremmlin.
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