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which sling?

Posted by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 9:30 PM
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My friend had a baby 9wks ago 9wks early. She is very fussy and has colic. I talked to mom this weekend and she doesnt have a sling so I thought it would be good to get her one. Which kind would you recommend? I have a moby that I loved but it is too complicated for her so I want something easy yet very comfortable. What would you recommend?









by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 9:30 PM
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by Member on Jan. 3, 2010 at 9:34 PM

I have a New Native baby sling that I have used for 2 of my kids and I love it.

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by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 9:43 PM
I have a ring sling from The Sleeping ( Her prices are awesome. Her fabric is beautiful. I got mine about 3 days after I ordered it. I love the way the ring is sewn on. It's nice and wide where it fans and it's super comfey on my shoulder.
by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 9:48 PM

here's a breakdown of the different types of slings

my recc's for a sling that will last more then 18-20lbs is a woven (aka not a moby which is stretchy) wrap, or if that is too hard, get a ring sling, easy, or a podaegi, medium level. all of those three will last form birth through toddlerhood carrying :)

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All the variety of slings fall into 3 major categories

One shoulder carriers.

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This includes pouches or ring slings.


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


  • 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

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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).


  • 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.


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


Asian inspired

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Mei-tais, onbuhimos, podageis. I would also include back pack style carriers in here. They are just fancy with their buckles :)


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


  • 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 :)

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by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 9:56 PM

 i LOVED the slingezee.  i have one listed here:

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by Member on Jan. 4, 2010 at 12:20 AM

I also have a SlingEzee and I LOVE it - as does my 2 month old (he's been in it since birth) and my 2 year old - of course not at the same time. lol 

It's fairly easy to use. Mine came with a DVD which really helped to learn how to use it for the different positions.

by on Jan. 4, 2010 at 3:04 AM

Here is one that I like.  It's not a sling but a cover.  Promo code for a FREE Udder Covers nursing cover! Use promo code "onefree" and it brings the price from $32 to $0!

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by on Jan. 4, 2010 at 5:57 PM

I use a pouch and a ring sling. Love em!

by on Jan. 4, 2010 at 6:30 PM

I use a Peanut Shell Sling and I LOVE IT. They have MANY different positions to use it in and I couldn't be any happier with the sytle, the comfort AND the sizing.

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Jeffrey Jr. - November 12, 2009
7lbs. 7oz & 21" long

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