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Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35907
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 09 8:09 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

We were given an ergobaby carrier and I don't really get on with it - although I think I will give it another go now Nenna is a bit bigger. ATM I use a karrimor thingy with a metal frame, which seems to suit my shape better.

I think that the best way to go about it is to try a few on, plus child, to be honest.

Azura Skye



Joined: 14 Jun 2005
Posts: 2199
Location: Carmarthenshire
PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 09 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez wrote:
We were given an ergobaby carrier and I don't really get on with it - although I think I will give it another go now Nenna is a bit bigger. ATM I use a karrimor thingy with a metal frame, which seems to suit my shape better.

I think that the best way to go about it is to try a few on, plus child, to be honest.


Aye, good idea.

The ergo looks okay, but just really bulky it seems to me. But if it's comfy then I suppose it's worth using it.

Don't know where I can go and find some to try on :)
I've heard that some regions hold 'Sling Meets' where babywearing parents gather, and you can rent carriers/wraps etc to try for the day which seems like a really cool idea.
I'd feel a bit silly turning up at one if there were any around here I think, not having a child myself! Of course, If I had my step daughter that wouldn't be a prob, doh : D

toggle



Joined: 30 Dec 2006
Posts: 11622
Location: truro
PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 09 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i use a ring sling with my one,

Sally Too



Joined: 14 Sep 2006
Posts: 2511
Location: N.Ireland
PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 09 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We used a Karrimor type back pack. Not the new fancy ones with rain cape and everything, just the backpack with a padded hip belt. I always took most weight on my hips and OH would set his up to take most weight on the shoulders.

We had two kids 15 months apart then an almost 5 year gap and two more 21 months apart.

Backpacks got extensive use. However after baby four I found my back didn't take it much more. Luckily child 3 was very active and always wanted to keep up with 1&2 so she quickly didn't need carried and I passed no. 4 to OH.

Then we got into cycling with baby seats.......

Youngest is now 13 and they are all taller than me! HOW time flies!


Sally Too



Joined: 14 Sep 2006
Posts: 2511
Location: N.Ireland
PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 09 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oh yes and the other thing.... after years of encouraging them up the hills with promises of picnics and whatever. Suddenly they can all romp up mountains and I have to struggle along bringing up the rear and giving them all the heavy stuff to carry!

WHEN did that HAPPEN!!!!!?

Azura Skye



Joined: 14 Jun 2005
Posts: 2199
Location: Carmarthenshire
PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 09 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What material is used with the Ring Sling toggle?

I suppose the good thing with the backpacks is the child can be taken out of them easier than having to fiddle with rearranging knots all the time with wraps.
hmm!

Helen_A



Joined: 26 Jan 2005
Posts: 1548
Location: MK, Bucks.
PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 09 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wraps are fantastic... so are MeiTais (also known as MT, or ABC (asian baby carrier), ringslings, SSC (soft structured carriers, such as the Ergo, Patapum, and Connecta)... (yep, I have stash, lol, and it gets used )

Um... For ease of use and quick getting used to I'd suggest the Connecta - made here in the UK by a WAHM (work at home mum) so def. downsizer friendly and lots of choice in colours.

There are UK makers of MTs/ABCs as well - I can send links if you'd like them. A couple of them are in Wales if you want to do really local (and I think that at least one is a welsh speaker as well, and knows lots about blanket carries too).

Um,.. other than that, I can suggest the natural mamas forum as a good place to ask questions on carrying. Lots of the sellers post there as well, so you'd discover a fair few places to buy generally.

Oh - whatever you get they are def worth the money. They also have a really good resale value so if you get a 'good' one so if you decide that it isn't for you (and it may well take you trying a few to find the right fit for you, its rather like shoes in that respect - and yep, there are places you can hire them to try out first ) you won't lose money (or not much money) - oh, and there is a FSOT on the natural mamas forum as well, so you can buy 2nd hand to start with too...

Azura Skye



Joined: 14 Jun 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 09 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

ooh thanks for all the info Helen_A!
Because I only have her on the weekends I suppose, well, I'd like to just get it right first time :D

But good to know that they have resale value.
I don't know where to go to Rent them out.
I'll have a look at that forum, thanks for suggesting it.

AnnaD



Joined: 12 Jun 2007
Posts: 2777
Location: Edinburgh
PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 09 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I use a mei tai and it's brilliant. They are expensive but well worth it. I've been using mine since Hazel was born and am still using it 7 months later.

Azura Skye



Joined: 14 Jun 2005
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Location: Carmarthenshire
PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 09 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

AnnaD wrote:
I use a mei tai and it's brilliant. They are expensive but well worth it. I've been using mine since Hazel was born and am still using it 7 months later.


Yeah I like them too, (well from the looks of them) seems like they can fold up small, but are easy to use.
I've seen lots of photos of handmade ones, so I could give them a go as they don't require 'special' material like that Storchenwiege.

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35907
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 09 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Do you want one in a hurry, AS? And are you going to the welsh midwinter meet? I can bring my ergo for you to try and a toddler to demonstrate with, if you would like?

Azura Skye



Joined: 14 Jun 2005
Posts: 2199
Location: Carmarthenshire
PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 09 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez wrote:
Do you want one in a hurry, AS? And are you going to the welsh midwinter meet? I can bring my ergo for you to try and a toddler to demonstrate with, if you would like? :)


Ooh that's a very kind offer :) I don't know if I'm coming to the meet, but if I am, I'd love to take you up on that and try an Ergo.

Otherwise, yes, I'd like to find something soon, because we've been going for so many rambles this month and twice we had to carry the pram!
This week is the first week for a while that my back hasn't hurt from carrying her, because last time I carried her on my back with my arms wrapped around her bottom so that was much better. I try not to carry her on my hip at all because she's heavy.

If I manage to go to Swansea anytime soon I'll try and find material. There's no material shops around here, crazy!

Plus, I get to babysit my little nephew who's 12 weeks old now and again and I'd like to have a sling to carry him around too :)

Clara



Joined: 12 Feb 2007
Posts: 268
Location: the green green grass of wales
PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 09 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Azura Skye wrote:
Chez wrote:
We were given an ergobaby carrier and I don't really get on with it - although I think I will give it another go now Nenna is a bit bigger. ATM I use a karrimor thingy with a metal frame, which seems to suit my shape better.

I think that the best way to go about it is to try a few on, plus child, to be honest.


Aye, good idea.

The ergo looks okay, but just really bulky it seems to me. But if it's comfy then I suppose it's worth using it.



I have an Ergo, Im 5ft2, its not at all bulky. We live a mile from where we can park our car so Ive done a lot of miles with it with both my kids, Ive also been up 2500m peaks with it, its just as comfortable as a rucksack, but I cant wear one of those because Im so short. I was using it for no 1 on my back until she was 20 months (and then only stopped because I was too pregnant to wear it).

Though since I bought my Ergo, there is a now a European equivalent called a Manduca which has a couple of minor details in the design which I think are improvements. If you go to Big Mama Slings they have a returns policy.

toggle



Joined: 30 Dec 2006
Posts: 11622
Location: truro
PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 09 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Azura Skye wrote:
What material is used with the Ring Sling toggle?

I suppose the good thing with the backpacks is the child can be taken out of them easier than having to fiddle with rearranging knots all the time with wraps.
hmm!


it's cotton, about as thick as curtain fabric, with padded edges

Helen_A



Joined: 26 Jan 2005
Posts: 1548
Location: MK, Bucks.
PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 09 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you are buying to make a wrap to carry a 2y.o. you'll need a furniture grade fabric - linen or cotton pref - that measures c. 90cm selvage to selvage, and has very little stretch down the length (a little on the bias or the width is fine). The av. size 12 female who is five foot 6" or less will need around 5m to do the most supportive carries (this allows for some shrinkage in the wash, and a hot wash is rec. to do this and tighten the fabric a little) and because you won't have the 'tails' (a woven in taper) that made-to-be-wraps have.

For the cost of the cloth you may want to think about buying a Calin Bleu wrap instead ( http://www.calinbleu.com/index.php ) as she has some slings in the sale for under 30 atm.

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