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Post by Shae » Wed Sep 06, 2006 8:27 pm

Hi there,
I am waiting for number 2 baby, and am really keen to get a sling for carrying, feeding etc. I've been watching trademe and the various types on there. I think I'm after a pouch type sling but want it to be comfortable and close fitting.
Does anyone have any suggestions or experience with the various brands out there?
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Post by ClothConvert » Wed Sep 06, 2006 10:13 pm

A pouch type sling is pretty generic, ie very little difference between the various brands. I think the main distinction is basically the prints that are available. Where are you in the country? sphanges here in Auckland has just started making some, so maybe you'd like to email/PM her? You could get her to make it in a fabric of your choice.

Otherwise, I can vouch for Dulce & Zoet, and I have also tried on a Siddha stuff.

Pouch slings are very comfortable, but I think the trick is to get it very close fitting. When you put it on without baby, it should feel very snug, almost like it is too small.

My 10 month old loves being in it, here's a pic:

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Post by ClothConvert » Wed Sep 06, 2006 10:16 pm

Just thought it would have been better to show you a pic with a newborn, I have some, but it is very obvious that the sling was too big for me, therefore not ideal, so hopefully someone else can help there?

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Post by embejo » Thu Sep 07, 2006 10:07 am

Hi Shae :smt039
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Post by lifes2short » Fri Sep 08, 2006 7:03 pm

Hi! I didnt end up using a sling but did try a couple so i can tell you a few not to buy!

I had a natures sway sling and found this dug into my shoulder and i could only put up with it for about 10minutes.

I have friends who have the hug-a-bub which is quite costly for what it is and they never use them due to the level of difficulty in getting them on!!

I do however have a friend who has an ergo and its like shes still pregnant... her baby boy is always in there so it must be a great sling!! :lol:

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Post by Ali » Fri Sep 08, 2006 7:13 pm

I too had a nature's sway and found the shoulder uncomfortable. DD also didnt like it much. We are now using a pouch sling - beautifully made by Sphanges :D :D and both dd and I love it!
I will get dh to take a pic when he gets home and put it up so you can see.
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Post by starflower » Sun Sep 10, 2006 7:19 am

I still carry miss 3 in my ring sling, i also tried many brands before buying the pattern from Maya wrap in america, I have been making them for a living for 3 yrs now, and love baby slings.
i am so happy to share the benifits of how great they are, so if you have any questions, i am only too happy to help,
the problem with the natures sway one is that it needs to cap the shoulder and really needs more fabric to do this, when the fabric caps the shoulder it spreads the weight evenly across the back to oppersite hip, so halves the childs weight, so you can carry for 3yrs or 17kgs.
i love my rings slings made with nylon, as they are heat resistant rings, and AIRPORT FRIENDLY, AS GOING THROUGH METEL DECTORS A BREEZE.
The benifits of a pouch or maya type sling is they both cap the shoulder, so the best ones on the market.

If you want to know more you are welcome to e-mail me. info@starflowerblankets.com
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Post by Shae » Wed Sep 13, 2006 12:09 pm

Thank you so much for all the feedback. I got a pair of sling rings from Greenbeans and used the pattern from sleepingbaby.net to make a ring sling. I think I'd still like to get a pouch sling though. Sphanges is taking a maternity break from making them, so I'll keep an eye on the traders on trademe. I've heard good things about Nelly Baby slings.

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Post by starflower » Wed Sep 13, 2006 12:16 pm

I sell the next size up of sling rings if you find the green bean ones too small, Mine are 6cm inner diameter, we both get them from the same supplier, but i buy up all the larger size bought into NZ as i specially order them.
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Post by Claire » Wed Sep 13, 2006 5:40 pm

I see you have already made your decisions.. but I thought that I would just quickly add mtcw incase it helps someone else:
I 'made' a stretchy wrap like a hug-a-bub (by made I mean I overlocked around the edges and added an unnecessary bit on the front!) but it really didnt require any sewing...
It is GREAT for my newborn. He loves it and it is verrrryy comfortable! I spent about $20 on the fabric but it could have been cheaper and I could have got 2 from the same piece if I had been a bit more onto it with the cutting out :wink:
I expected it to be harder to get on than it is and all the instructions are on the videos at http://www.mamatoto.org/
I just took a photo (sorry, its not a very good one)
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eta.. if you have a summer bub it might be best to go for a gauze type material or it might be too hot...

AND .. still LOVE my ergo best for back carry. Carried James (2years old 12ish kg) right through pregnancy
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Post by Mrs Floyd » Wed Sep 13, 2006 5:54 pm

Just to be different...my nature's sway is my favourite sling! I like it because it is comfortable for me and it fits very snugly.

I'm currently looking at a meitai carrier. I have two slings (one ring sling as well), a Kathmandu backpack that I never use (more for my husband) and a front pack. Gotta try them all! I need something at the moment for a back and side carry for my two year old that can cope with a preggie belly, and this is my current frontrunner.

I think it's really good to try a variety of carriers if at all possible. But baby carriers are a great investment, there are just so many advantages.
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Post by ClothConvert » Wed Sep 13, 2006 11:14 pm

Mrs Floyd wrote:Gotta try them all! I need something at the moment for a back and side carry for my two year old that can cope with a preggie belly, and this is my current frontrunner.


And Ergo is not in your consideration??????
BTW, I'm interested to see if one can successfully side carry(assuming you mean hip carry) a toddler when hosting a preggie belly.

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Post by sphanges » Thu Sep 14, 2006 8:02 am

I attempted a hip carry with my pouch with Ben (almost 3, 15 kg) the other day at 34 weeks pregnant, and yes, it did work! He was very not keen as he was trying to play when I tried him on, and I must say I don't think I could have gone too far because I don't have any hips anymore.. but it did work at least :)

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Post by kiwikawboy » Thu Sep 14, 2006 3:21 pm

i found my ring sling was just right for carrying my toddler on my back while keeping my big bump untouched

personally for a newborn i'm rather bias towards a meitai :wink:
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Post by k8ylou » Thu Sep 14, 2006 3:54 pm

Wow Claire! that looks so cosy with Fynn in there. And styley material too. May have to have a go at something like that. But what 'gauze type' materials are stretchy?

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