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Slings.. information and resources July 13, 2004 7:49 PM

I absolutely love my sling. I got one for DS when he was a baby and while he didn't really like it as an infant we used it later as a toddler. DD LOVED her sling and I ended up making an unpadded sling which was more compact to carry and easier to adjust than my padded sling. This is like the one I have that's padded: http://store.babycenter.com/product/gear/carriers_and_backpacks/4160 Then I found a place that sells the rings: http://www.slingrings.com and made my own unpadded version. There's instructions and what not on the web but it's pretty easy with a few yards of strong fabric and the rings and some sewing machine skills. The Sling Rings site has some links to patterns and various kinds of slings too. There's also Maya Wraps: http://www.mayawrap.com/ I loved the fact that unlike other baby carriers that only take babies up to a few months the slings can support a child from newborn into toddlerhood, only varying the child's position. Most folks say up to about 35 lbs.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Maya wraps! July 13, 2004 8:46 PM

I loved my maya wrap for the first four months and use it still on occassion. My icon has my one atempt so far at the "back carry". I was never good at nursing with it on, but I have used it for a shield in restaurants. I haven't tried the paddded ones, but was warm enough in the maya wrap in summer to just stick with that! -Kirsten  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 July 15, 2004 11:22 AM

I've used the Maya Wrap for about three years. I used it for my ds until he was about 2 1/2. Then I was too pregnant with dd for it to be comfortable. Dd is 10 months now and we use it about every day.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
back pains July 15, 2004 10:34 PM

I bought a sling, and have tried several others of differing types. But I always seem to have back pain when I wear them. My son is a very large boy, and I am a very small woman. No matter how I carry him I ache, but the sling seems to make it worse. I really had hoped to be able to wear one. It just hurts too much.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
In the beginning July 16, 2004 7:16 AM

I remember when I first wore DD I thought I was gonna die the next day. LOL.. I had gone to a local consignment shop for a "bag day sale" and wore her about 2 hours total... I was soooo sore. But I found that once I got used to wearing it I had no more pain... my back grew the right muscles or something. She's over 25 lbs now and very "rootchy" (local word for wiggly and prone to moving a LOT) and I don't use the sling much but use a backpack thing. It works for us and after wearing her so much (she'll be 2 in September) my body's not phased at all... You could try back strengthening exercises and starting out not wearing him much and building that time up. Course if you have back problems follow the advice of a doctor (which I am not) and use your body's pain as a gauge for you personally.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 July 20, 2004 6:01 AM

I love slings with ds1, I had a nojo sling that wasn't too comfy, but worked and let me carry him when my arms gave out. with ds2 I just went to the fabric store and picked out whatever looked cute. I used didymos tying instructions until I found better: http://www.mamatoto.org has *awesome* instructions/advice for babywearing. A few months ago I got an ergo carrier (http://www.ergobabycarrier.com/) and it is great. I can carry ds in front, on my back, or on my hip. It is awkward to nurse in, but we do manage it (usually with lots of laughs involved!) hopefully I can post more later...but I at least wanted to get those two links up  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Suggest a sling? July 21, 2004 9:55 AM

Hi, I just joined; this is my first post. My son weaned himself at around 18 months and he is still cloth-diapered at age 2. I am pregnant again and would really like to have a comfortable sling that is not too bulky this time around. My last one felt like I was wearing a kingsized sheet around me! Any suggestions for a store-bought sling or a good pattern to purchase?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Try an adjustable fleece pouch for fall/winter August 17, 2004 10:16 AM

I like kangaroocorner.com. She has instructions and comparisons of lots of slings. Her adjustable fleece pouch rocks! (I just got back from a week-long camping trip in the rain where my 20 lb 5 1/2-mo-old was snug as a bug). BTW, I am a fairly small 30-something and yet my back was fine the whole time. Nursing in it is easy enough, but you will probably want to adjust the snaps first (meaning taking baby out for a minute or two)  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 August 17, 2004 10:22 AM

If you're into making your own, here's a link that has different patterns, perhaps there's one there that can help.. http://slingrings.com/patterns.php They also sell rings there... I bought rings from them and they were very reasonably priced, came in a wide variety of colors and I had mine in hand within a week of ordering.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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