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Slings or Wraps?

Posted by on Sep. 16, 2012 at 11:41 AM
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Which is better for baby? Or are they for the most part the same?

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by on Sep. 16, 2012 at 11:41 AM
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jellyphish
by Platinum Member on Sep. 16, 2012 at 2:29 PM
It's about your preference. I love a rs for new babies, they're very easy. But I also know moms who prefer a wrap.
RS, while they get uncomfortable on your shoulder after a while, are great for up to 35 lbs. stretchy wraps like moby are only good until something like 16 lbs. woven wraps are good up to 35 lbs and are more versitle than the others. Wraps are also a lot warmer, I didnt get one immediately because Hera was born in April, right before a five month stretch of 110*+ weather.
Now that I've been through all that, I definitely prefer a mei tai. I think I would have preferred for a newb had I had it, because it is much more comfy than either a sling or wrap, is versatile, and isn't too hot.
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LaughterHugs
by on Sep. 16, 2012 at 3:08 PM
1 mom liked this

 

Why carrying a baby facing out (bjorn/snugli/infantino/jeep) is not such a good idea

http://www.bobafamily.com/blog/2011/10/11/nine-reasons-not-to-carry-your-baby-facing-out/

 

All the variety of good slings fall into 3 major categories

One shoulder carriers.

**Recommended site **http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5883368**
This includes pouches or ring slings.

Pros:

  • easy in easy out,
  • gives you upright and horizontal positions,
  • very comfy hip carry.
  • good for nursing.
  • fold up to almost nothing.
  • Ring Sling is adjustable and  can be shared by parents. 

Cons:

  • spread the weight over one shoulder, that will get sore if worn for a long time.
  • Longer learning curve.
  • Back carry is possible but not the most comfortable in the long run.
  • Pouch is not adjustable, if sizing is not correct the pouch will become uncomfortable or impossible to wear.

 

Simple pieces of cloth

**Recommended site**http://www.etsy.com/shop/babyette **
This includes rebozos, short wraps and full-length wraps - the most versatile of the whole bunch. They can be stretchy (knit) or non-stretchy (woven).

Pros:

  • super dee duper versatile - millions of wearing positions.
  • spread weight over both shoulders in most positions.
  • Woven wrap will last you from newborn to toddler to child stage.
  • Knit wraps are very forgiving and will feel comfy even with less than perfect wrapping.

Cons:

  • Longer learning curve.
  • Some wraps may feel too warm in hot climate

   

Asian inspired

**Recommended site http://paxbaby.com/zen/structured-carriers-c-11.html**
Mei-tais, onbuhimos, podageis, ERGO, Boba, Beco, ABC, BHOS.

Pros:

  • spread weight over both shoulders
  • easy learning curve
  • wide selection of pretty panels
  • easy back carry
  • adjustable and most will fit both parents

Cons:

  • hip carry is possible in some but not the most comfortable
  • no horizontal carry
  • not to comfy to breastfeed an infant in, but older babies do fine.

 

SO, what is right for you? I don't know. They are like shoes, you can't have just one pair.  The wrap would be your walking shoe - comfy for longer periods.  Asian inspired carriers are great for back carrying. I'd say it's a fancier walking shoe :) One shoulder carriers would be your flip flop that gives you fast in and out, but you wouldn't wear it to .. Disney, for example.

Hope that helps :)

***Special Thanks to Tanya Taylor at http://www.wearingbabies.com/***

 

also, they each are different for nusing...if you want more info, quote me :)

k_hall1784
by on Sep. 17, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Wow, thanks! So much info at one time. lol. So, how would I start? Buy one of each and see how it works out? Is there a common favorite?

Quoting LaughterHugs:

 

Why carrying a baby facing out (bjorn/snugli/infantino/jeep) is not such a good idea

http://www.bobafamily.com/blog/2011/10/11/nine-reasons-not-to-carry-your-baby-facing-out/


All the variety of good slings fall into 3 major categories

One shoulder carriers.

**Recommended site **http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5883368**
This includes pouches or ring slings.

Pros:

  • easy in easy out,
  • gives you upright and horizontal positions,
  • very comfy hip carry.
  • good for nursing.
  • fold up to almost nothing.
  • Ring Sling is adjustable and  can be shared by parents. 

Cons:

  • spread the weight over one shoulder, that will get sore if worn for a long time.
  • Longer learning curve.
  • Back carry is possible but not the most comfortable in the long run.
  • Pouch is not adjustable, if sizing is not correct the pouch will become uncomfortable or impossible to wear.

 

Simple pieces of cloth

**Recommended site**http://www.etsy.com/shop/babyette **
This includes rebozos, short wraps and full-length wraps - the most versatile of the whole bunch. They can be stretchy (knit) or non-stretchy (woven).

Pros:

  • super dee duper versatile - millions of wearing positions.
  • spread weight over both shoulders in most positions.
  • Woven wrap will last you from newborn to toddler to child stage.
  • Knit wraps are very forgiving and will feel comfy even with less than perfect wrapping.

Cons:

  • Longer learning curve.
  • Some wraps may feel too warm in hot climate

   

Asian inspired

**Recommended site http://paxbaby.com/zen/structured-carriers-c-11.html**
Mei-tais, onbuhimos, podageis, ERGO, Boba, Beco, ABC, BHOS.

Pros:

  • spread weight over both shoulders
  • easy learning curve
  • wide selection of pretty panels
  • easy back carry
  • adjustable and most will fit both parents

Cons:

  • hip carry is possible in some but not the most comfortable
  • no horizontal carry
  • not to comfy to breastfeed an infant in, but older babies do fine.

 

SO, what is right for you? I don't know. They are like shoes, you can't have just one pair.  The wrap would be your walking shoe - comfy for longer periods.  Asian inspired carriers are great for back carrying. I'd say it's a fancier walking shoe :) One shoulder carriers would be your flip flop that gives you fast in and out, but you wouldn't wear it to .. Disney, for example.

Hope that helps :)

***Special Thanks to Tanya Taylor at http://www.wearingbabies.com/***


also, they each are different for nusing...if you want more info, quote me :)


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LaughterHugs
by on Sep. 17, 2012 at 10:59 AM

 different slings for different things :)

i'd start with a ring sling, b/c they are the most user-friendly and last from birth til toddlerhood, wraps take a bit more learning to use properly and not b frstrated by. SSC/asian inspired are awesome for 6+ months and daddies, lol...something more manly about buckling than tying :P

kcrogue
by on Sep. 17, 2012 at 1:10 PM

I got a sling and hated it, hurt my should so much. I have a friend with the same problem so I lent her my Moby wrap. She loved it. I love it! Used it on my youngest at a tiny baby I could keep him on my chest right were he wanted to be and still be mobile. I wore it for an hour at a time without problems. No pressure points on me or him. We still use it when out of the house and he's almost 2 so it was well worth the money. Take a little practice but I can wrap myself up in 10 secs now, probability less. 

Sarah725
by Group Mod - Sarah on Sep. 17, 2012 at 1:56 PM

 My baby hated being held in a sling, but he loved a wrap being more upward positioned like in a moby.  What ever works you never know.

tabi_cat1023
by Group Mod - Tabitha on Sep. 17, 2012 at 2:51 PM

We have a local Babywearing Internation group that has a lending library, for $30 a year you can borrow different carriers for 2 weeks at a time.  The instructors show you how to use the wraps. slings, boba, ergos, etc etc properly and  its worth the $30.

Once you find one that works for you then you know what to invest in.

I love Boba, Hip Hammock, Shiny Stars slings/pods, Sleeping baby production slings.  I am not much for wrapping though I own a Moby(good til 15lbs), I also own a mai tei, hubs loves it but I dont use it much, I also own an Ergo but I am considering selling it because its an older version and not as comfy as the Boba to me

PEEK05
by on Sep. 17, 2012 at 2:52 PM

I am using a sling for the first couple of months before baby is big enough to go in the Ergo without an infant insert.

k_hall1784
by on Sep. 17, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Sounds like you all have it figured out. lol. There are just so many types out there! @ tabi_cat: Is this group available everywhere?

EthansMomma2010
by on Sep. 17, 2012 at 3:24 PM
I just posted something on wraps. I have not gotten to wear an infant but for 6 months to 2 I love the Mei Tai with super padded straps
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