Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Slings

For those of you who know me at all, you will know that I love my sling (or slings really). I have two Maya Wraps (someone gave me one and I bought one 8 years ago when my oldest was a baby) and I have a pouch as well. I use the sling all the time when the little ones are babies and continue to use it at least sometimes until they know how to hold my hand in parking lots. My sling was a lifesaver in London when I had to carry my 17 month old, a purse, a stroller and hold the hand of a three year old whilst going up steep escalators. We never would have made it without one. Of course, it depends partly on the weight and wiggliness of the particular child (and I was glad my son is rather small), but in general, I get at least 18 months of use per child out of my slings.

Therefore, I was rather surprised to see an article in Fit Pregnancy (I was flipping through it after I got tired of reading the good book I took during the hour wait at the doctor's office -- I'll never be fit enough to qualify) saying that although newborns love slings, they'll outgrow them in a few months.

What kind of sling are they using and who are they talking to? Or do most people not lug their kidlets around for large chunks of their babyhoods?

4 comments:

Sarah G. said...

A few months!? That's crazy talk. I too would get about 18 months per child with a sharp drop off in use at about a year. I loved my sling, it was so versatile and easy to use.

Jennifer said...

I'm glad to hear that from you. I've read the same sort of thing elsewhere. No one I know IRL has done the sling thing, but I think it sounds brilliant.
Thanks for visiting too. :)

kristen said...

Anything super mass produced like a snugli or a nojo or infantino sling is uncomfortable once you hit 18 lbs.
BTW, I think you'd be a great candidate for a mei tai or a soft structured carrier to distribute the weight over both shoulders if you use your sling a lot. :)

Melissa said...

I loved using the Ellaroo Mei Tai with my daughter. As she got older I'd put her on my back. We always had fun and it was easier than a stroller with her. But she soon figured out walking and running was much better than being stuck on mom. I know a few moms who never use slings or carriers and I always wonder why not. They are the best.

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