Tips on Buying a Baby Sling Carrier
By: totanaliz on: Tue 22 of May, 2007 [08:41 UTC] (3694 reads)
Baby slings are popular baby carriers. The fact that babies like to listen to a mother´s heartbeat and be held close is well documented. Soothing, calming and restful, the act of carrying your baby close to your chest also has other advantages. Use these steps to select the right baby sling.
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Benefits of Baby Sling Carriers
- your baby is held close and will be soothed by the sound of your heart and your scent
- you can do your chores “hands free”
- you can shop without the need for a stroller or pram
- forms a bond between parent and baby ( and dads generally happy to wear junior across their chest!)
- many models allow discreet nursing when out and about
The Downsides of Baby Sling Carriers
- some slings have a learning curve and are more difficult to get the hang of than others.Practice and patience needed to get the position right
- if you are small the weight of the baby can put strain on the back and shoulders as they grow
- difficult for parents with back or neck problems
But there are so many makes and models of baby carrier available now. How do you make sure that you choose the right one for your needs? If you make the right choice your carrier can last from 0 to 18 months.
Things to Consider When Buying a Baby Sling
- How easy is it to understand the instructions and use it? Do friends have carriers or slings that you can “try before you buy?”
- Do you need a feeding flap to allow public feeding? Some models have this and it is much easier to nurse without removing the baby from the sling.
- Do you need to wear it for long periods? If yes, look for broad and well padded shoulder straps.
- How versatile is it for changing positions as baby grows? Can it be worn on both front and back, and can the child be both front facing and snuggling into you?
- What will the main purpose be? A carrier designed for comfort on a long hike may not be ideal for wearing in the house.
- Can you put it on if you are alone in the house, or does it really require two people to get a baby in?
- How portable is it? It it light and compact enough to take on holiday?
If you take all the factors that are important to you, and think about your choice carefully, I´m sure both you and baby will be content.
I personally used a Wilkinet Baby Carrier.
It was ideal for me, light but durable cord material, portable, comfortable and adjustable. Shop around, good luck and enjoy carrying your baby around – who said it was only for 9 months?!!