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Difficulty wearing BabySling--Help! November 21, 2004 12:58 PM

Hi all! I have a baby sling--I got it from a friend when I had my first child, but I never figured out how to wear the darn thing--now I have a newborn and I have looked at various sites to try to find instructions on how to wear the sling, and I found a video I downloaded and watched, but it seems that I still can't figure out this thing! The video was for a different style of sling, but not THAT different...the only differences actually were that mine does not have a 'tail' and mine has padding on the sides. It feels strange to me, and it doesn't seem like the baby sits very well inside of it, seems to me her head is down and feet are up, but if I turn her the other way, her head is too mear the rings and it still doesn't seem right. So, anyone have any suggestions on how to wear this thing right--or alternative Baby Wearing techniques?? Thanks for any input on this topic--smiles all around. Ali  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Hi, Ali~ November 22, 2004 12:43 AM

Try http://www.peppermint.com/resources.htm I use a handwoven babysling for infants and up to 3 years old. My neighbor weaves beautiful babyslings, I love it. Try putting the buckle pretty low on your back, and having the shoulder strap stretch from your lower neck till your upper arm. Good luck! Janey  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 November 23, 2004 2:55 PM

we had really good luck with just buying fabric from the fabric store and using that for a sling-- http://www.nandu.hu/English/Practical/babycarrier.htm This link is directions (with pictures) for tying a didymos sling--which is much longer than a regular sling, but has some nice benefits (like MUCH less stress on your shoulders!!) Didymos slings cost a fortune, because of the fabric quality, but in the end they are just a long piece of fabric--we used whatever we liked and was on sale at the store--flannel worked great, as did cotton prints. I think people recommend avoiding fabric that has too much stretch I hope that helps and doesn't cause more confusion!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Baby Wearing November 24, 2004 7:59 AM

After three kids I still haven't figured out how to wear an infant in a sling. I always waited until mine were older (about 6-9 months) before I pulled out my slings. For itty bitty ones I always used a baby bundler (essentially a very long length of knit fabric) to tie the baby onto my chest (facing in when they were very little or outward after a few months). Not very convenient for nursing but great while working around the house, at LLL conferences or out shopping. They are much more comfortable than a sling in my opinion. Didn't make my neck & shoulders sore.... Baby Bundler: http://www.babybundlers.com/frameHome.htm Kimberly  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Making a Bundler November 24, 2004 8:05 AM

You can also make a Bundler fairly easily and much cheaper than buying one. I bought some pretty teal knit on sale at the fabric store for friend of mine who is a redhead (it looked great on her!). I think I bought about 7 yards (give or take a yard). All I did was surge around the edges (but you could use a stretch zig-zag stitch too) and sew a line arcoss the middle (for reference when putting it on) then fold it in half a there you go....  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Making a Bundler November 24, 2004 8:09 AM

The Baby Bundler sounds very similar to what Lauren was talking about.... I ment to mention that you can also make a Bundler fairly easily and much cheaper than buying one. I bought some pretty teal knit on sale at the fabric store for friend of mine who is a redhead (it looked great on her!). I think I bought about 7 yards (give or take a yard). All I did was surge around the edges and stich a line down the center (for reference when putting it on). You wouldn't even have to do that much though. All you'd really have to to is hem the raw edges and you'd be done....  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
OOPS! November 24, 2004 8:10 AM

Sorry about that double post!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Wow! November 25, 2004 4:42 PM

So many responses in so little time! Thank you all for your suggestions, I will look into them asap!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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