“ Brand: Close Parent Ltd / Carrier Type: Sling / Carrier Position: Front / Quality: Organic „
I was looking for a new sling for my new baby girl as she did not like the baby bjorn carrier so i started to shop around and upon recommendation from a lady at playgroup I purchased the caboo sling, I got mine in the jungle colour which is like a light khaki green, it comes in various neutral colours and now a new burgandy colour ( i wanted to get it in the more funky bergundy colour but darling husband said no too feminine for him to wear).
It is a lovely sling very soft and tactile as well as being made from 100% cotton and machine washable. When I first slipped Maya in she instantly fell asleep and it was amazing how warm and cosy she got.
(Be warned you and baby can get too warm so don't overdress baby, your bodyheat is sufficient enough)
At first I got a bit confused on how to put the sling on, it is advisable to watch the videos on how to put it on as this makes it much simpler. Once you get the hang of it it's amazingly simple.
It's great to keep your hands free and to get out and about but....there are a few issues I have although I love this sling, Maya at 5.5 kilos at 5 weeks old will soon be too heavy for me to carry in this way as i am already starting to feel the strain. This maybe because of the way I am positioning the sling which asks you to have the logo at the back of the sling to be positioned at your lower back to offer support but as a bigger lady this is not always possible because as you tighten the sling the logo rises up, which doesn't happen when my slimmer husband wears the sling.
And on that same vein the metal rings which you use to tighten to support the baby began to dig into your sides and this is also happening to my husband.
Caboo have rectified this I think with the more daddy friendly looking version which has clips rather than metal rings used for adjustment but this is much more expensive at £95 and the original sling priced at £49.99 at Babi Pur.
Would I recommend this sling, yes I would but only to a slimmer yummy mummy which doesn't seem to be me :( I will keep using it though but for short trips around the shops or until Maya is too big for it.
The close carrier is a good hybrid sling. It's like a wrap (or simple piece of cloth) but it has rings at the bottom instead that you thread through to fasten and has a separate cumber band with a pocket for extra security that is optional. It has less versatility than a wrap but for a first time baby-wearer it is simple to use and I found it much more comfortable than carriers such as tomy, BB and tippitoes.
I had this one in red, a lovely bright colour and not gender specific as we didn't find out before he was born. I bought this along with a tippitoes carrier on-line, a couple of days before I had my son (the tippitoes arrived first just after he was born).
Comfort - This sling is very comfy, I wouldn't recommend it to the age they say as it is made from 100% organic jersey cotton, which is very stretchy and just has too much 'give' for older babies. I last used this when he was about a year old (around 18 - 20lbs) and I really felt it in my shoulders and my back. It holds baby close you, nice and high on your chest so you can feel them breathing and the pocket comes in handy for your purse without compromising the comfort of baby. It spreads pretty well across your shoulders to help distribute the weight, and if baby falls asleep your can pull up one of the sides (aka passes) to keep their head supported and airway clear. The only thing comfier than this is a woven wrap.
Safety - This is a safe sling, it wraps your baby up in a womb-like environment, keeps the airways clear and rests baby against your heartbeat, helping them to not on regulate their breathing but also their temperature and can even be used for premature babies. It can get a bit warm and sticky in summer, but this is easily resolved by placing a thin muslin cloth on your chest.
Cleaning - You wash this at 60 degrees or lower in a non-bio detergent or eco-wash balls. You don't use softeners such as lenor, as this can make it stiffer and reduce it's lifespan. Then hang it our to dry on the line, or you can tumble dry it on a low heat. preferably again line dry, the dryer will make it a bit softer and snuggly, especially if you use dryer balls, but again it will reduce it's lifespan.
Value for money - When I bought it in '08, it cost me about £55. The price has since gone up to just under £65. It is worth the money if you want something simple and easy to use than isn't a regular mainstream carrier. I sold this on when my son was about 18 months to go towards a new sling and got more than half my money back. I think I got around £30 - £35 back so it's resale value is fairly high as well, although of course you won't get all your money back.
If a friend asked me directly if it was worth getting I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it, however I would probably tell them to buy a pre-loved one depending on their budget. If they asked me which slings/carriers I thought were best however I would probably suggest a different sling with a longer lifespan, so they didn't have to keep repeatedly buying new ones.
** Also posted on ciao under the same name **
I remember the first time I ever saw one of these, I was in a Cafe and a mum walked past with a tiny infant in one, it looked stunning.
I knew I had to have one and promptly added one to my growing selecting of carriers and wraps!
What I love:
The quality of the cotton is lovely, the wraps are beautifully soft. The design is pretty good in that its like a mixture of a structured carrier and a traditional wrap, so its a bit easier for parents to get their heads around than the classic wrap. It goes on easily and I like the wrap around part as you can tie that nice and tight for a snug and secure fit.
The appearance is just stunning, I love the long straps that hang down the back. It just makes the carrier look both stylish and 'earthy' in one somehow!
What I dont love:
As my child got older and heavier, I did find the limition of the Close carrier. Because of the ring design, when a child is heavier it does pull down on these a bit and makes the fit looser so I found I had to keep repeatedly tugging on them to tighten them which was annoying. With a traditional wrap I could actually tie the straps in a knot so they weren't shifting at all, but this design does not allow you to do that.
A great carrier for smaller infants. Organic cotton for the really natural feel next to you and your babies skin. Not so great for heavier/older infants.
I love this sling my baby is now 6months old and she can look outwards and loves even minute of it! I find it so simple to put on and put her in it on my own and it looks stylish too it easy to adjust at the sides which helps as i find other slings you have to take them off to adust which just takes too much time. I have had many slings with my two children but this is far the best.
I bought the Close Baby Carrier in pistachio when I was pregnant with my second son and found it amazing....to begin with.
The carrier consists of 2 separate pieces. One is shaped and sewn together so that it goes over your body and this is the bit that holds the baby. There are metal rings at your hips which you use to adjust the carrier. There is a second piece of material that then wraps around yourself and the baby, to make you feel even more secure.
It was very easy to understand how to put it on and take it off, it felt secure and safe around my baby. The colour was lovely and the material was so soft that I didn't worry about it coming into contact with my baby's skin.
When he was asleep I could just cocoon his head inside the material and he was close to me but still able to breath and didn't get too hot.
The downsides of this carrier are that the rings began to dig into my hips after a while of using is, and as my son got older I found that I had to keep pulling the rings back into their right position to ensure the weight was distributed over my back properly. It began to get very uncomfortable using it so by the time my son was around 4 months old I had to give up carrying him until I found a sling which better suited our needs.
The instructions say you can use this until the toddler years but I would have to disagree with that from my own personal experience. Possibly I'm just the wrong shape for the carrier and the rings wouldn't dig into somebody else like they do me - who knows.
I would definitely say this is ideal for a newborn but that's about it. For this reason I don't think it's worth the money.
I love this carrier. I have used it since my daughter was born. She is now over 6 months old and I still use it, even in a lying down sort of position when she's asleep. I used it this morning to go to a baby group, having parked down the road in a car park. Afterwards, I walked round the coop with her in it. It's fantastic for the supermarket. I see babies crying and complaining in the trolly when my baby is either asleep or just contendedly looking around. When she was newborn, I always carried it under the pram and whenever she was unsettled and wouldn't stop crying, I would pop her in it and she would usually go straight to sleep!
There are several positions you can use. My favourite is the newborn position where the baby lies down, facing up. It's a bit nerve racking the first time but great for baby once you manage it.
The second position is with baby facing you. This is lovely from about 3 months onwards. My daughter rests her head to one side and enjoys being nosey while I peel potatoes or walk round town.
You can have baby facing outwards. I haven't used this much but probably will as she gets more curious.
It's so easy to use, especially in comparison to 'slings' which need to be wrapped around in a particular way and can be complicated. I feel so free when she's in the carrier. I can walk around shops without crashing into everything and don't have to worry about steps and curbs. Yes, she is getting heavy, but really, it's no worse than being pregnant. In fact, when she was newborn, that was one reason why I (and she, I think) loved it. It's very much like being pregnant for mum and like being snuggled up in the womb for baby.
It's aslo great when you're out for the day or on holiday. If you want to walk along cliffs or climb over styles, it's so easy. I went on a 2 hour walk when my daughter was a few weeks old and she didn't even wake up! It enables you to carry on with life while giving your baby more security and comfort than they would bet in a buggy!
The colours are all lovely. I have the charcoal colour and find that it compliments many of my clothes. the fabric is soft and easy to chuck in the washing machine. I think it looks as good as it performs.
Overall, I would recommend this carrier for so many different reasons. I could bore you all day with them!
I was really excited when i bought this sling in the red colour. It came with excellent instructions on DVD, so it was really clear to follow the different ways of wearing baby with this sling, and be confident that it was being done correctly! The material was lovely and soft, washes well and fits comfortably. I loved to wear my newborn in this sling as he could lay in it in a hammock like position, which felt very natural and supportive for him, and i felt really helped him to go to sleep as he was close to my heartbeat.
However, after about 12 weeks he did not feel well supported in the sling, the stretchiness of the fabric meant that it always felt as thouggh he were slipping down, and the sling would need tightening every 15 minutes or so or the fabric would stretch out, with baby getting lowere and lower down my body. At this point we had to move on to a different type oof sling as it just did not support him in the front facing position.
My husband also felt it was too feminine for him to wear, as it has a lot of fabric and lengths hanging down form the waste.
It had such great potential, and was really good for the newborn stage, i was just dissapointed that it didn't live up to my expectations
After searching and searching I decided to go for the Close Baby Carrier. I'd read really good reviews on it and thought it met all of mine and my babies needs the most. I have to say I was somewhat disappointed with it to be honest. It is quite a faff to get on, but admittedly this is fine once you've got the hang of it, but I found I had a lot of excess material hanging and banging around my legs once the baby was in and it was securely fastened. Also, when my husband wore it, the rings were in the wrong place and he found it quite uncomfortable and also our baby was in the wrong place. He's 6ft tall and I'm 5'7 - so it seems you either have a lot of spare material hanging around or it's uncomfortable and in the wrong place! My other concern was that becaust of the way the material crosses on your front where the baby sits, this then places the legs very far apart and this worried me, as it seemed an unnatural position for the baby to be in. Also, there is so much fabric it's hard to keep it tidy once you've finished with it. On the plus side the cotton is very soft and has a nice feel to it.
When I got pregnant with my second child I knew that I wanted a sling that would support my baby really well as I would be chasing a very active toddler. I looked into a few different wrap-type slings and settled on the Close carrier for several reasons. Mainly it was because it didn't really require wrapping to put on- the sewn cross on the back and the rings for adjusting the fit make this an easy yet supportive sling that is perfect for those who want the closeness of a wrap but are intimidated by all that is involved with tying one. I have not been disappointed since using it. My son loves being in here, and looks so safe and snug I get many comments when wearing him. It is very supportive of his head, which was what I wanted, though he doesn't always like having his head confined when he's awake. The material is lovely and soft and it's washable which is essential with a baby... I look forward to trying out more carrying positions when he is older, but so far I am pleased with my purchase and would recommend it to others.
I have a few slings as i love to 'wear' my baby. The Close sling is easily my favourite and has been well loved by my baby and me!
The close sling is basically a premade wrap sling. It is made of extremely soft organic 100% cotton and is available in charcoal, chocolate, natural, olive, pistachio and rouge. I have it in charcoal which is a dark grey but i think all the colours are great. It is machine washable so a light colour is not a problem. Even after washing it is extremely soft and very comfortable for mum to wear. It is a piece of fabric which crosses over your front and back and basically wraps around your baby. It has a ring on ethier side which the fabric loops through. These are used to tighten up the sling to hold your baby more securely. It comes in one size which fits a size 8 up to a size 20. The fabric spread out over your shoulders so the babys weight is evenly distributed so is great if you have any back problems. Unlike convential baby carriers which are actually dangerous for babies as they can cause damage the close carrier supports babys whole body and dosent put any pressure on their spine.
The sling is so easy to put on as it just fits over the head with holes for your arms, it is easy to put baby in too as you just put them on your chest with their legs in the holes and pull the fabric up over their back. The fabric can be pulled at the sides through the rings to tighten it all up. It feels extremely secure and safe and my daughter always looked so snuggly in it.
It is suitable from 5lb up until 32lb and can be used in 5 different positions. The chest to chest postion is suitable from birth and they can face outwards from 4/5 months or when they have good head support. I found my baby preferred to face me but all babies are different! If your baby is awake then the fabric can be pulled down slightly so they can look around but if they fall asleep or for a newborn the fabric can be pulled up over one side of their head to support it. It does come with an extra piece of fabric to wrap around for extra support but i never used this. This could be used as a shawl or blanket though.
The close sling comes in its own little carry pouch in matching colour which is great when taking it out and about. It also comes with an instructional DVD which shows the different carrying positions and written instructions too with easy to follow pictures.
The close carrier is very expensive but is one of the best carriers around and will last for many children and holds its value. It is available from the closebabycarrier official website for £57.50 plus £3.95 delivery and from Mothercare for £49.49 plus £4.95 for delivery if buying online and from Amazon for £47.94 plus free delivery. It has won a Mother and Baby silver award for the best sling/carrier too.
The only negative thing i have to say is i didnt find it very supportive after a year old. It is a strechy fabric and as your baby gets heavier a woven fabric may be better. For under ones though it is the best sling i have found. There are so many types of sling available though and the most important thing is finding the one that suits you and your baby.
I had a couple of carriers from my first child including one which is just a long piece of fabric you wrap around yourself. I found that one very good to use but a bind to get in and out of and himself was reluctant to use it as it was a faff compared to the premaxx bag sling we also have plus when you aren't used to it there is a feeling of it not being very secure while you are trying to get the child in it. So when I saw the Close sling being demoed at the Baby show at the NEC it seemed a great compromise.
As we had our newest addition with us we were able to try it out with him though they also had a doll to use for anyone shopping without a small person in tow. The Close sling is basically a wrap sling that has been sewn together where it crosses at the back then split at the waist each side and re-connected with rings using the same principle a ring sling does for adjustment. This means putting it on is a simple matter of slipping it over your head with your arms through the right bits then once you have it in place you can adjust the tightness by pulling on the ends which go through the rings. Once the child is in the sling and it is as snug as you wish you tie the ends round your waist though the rings hold things secure enough you can leave them untied for short periods which makes the whole thing very easy to wear and very secure feeling if you are not used to such things. There was none of the worries it would come undone or was too loose while putting the child in that the basic wrap can suffer from and so it suits someone wanting to get into using a front carrying wrap but not feeling confident enough to just wrap a piece of fabric round themselves in an origami manner!
There is also a second strip of fabric you can tie round once the main sling is on which acts as extra support and also has a pocket for bits and pieces, this also doubles as a bag to store the sling in.
The sling is made from organic cotton and is machine washable plus it comes in several nice but generic colours which means you can pick one that will generally go with most things you wear. I got the red one, from experience I have found slings cover a lot of your body and so picking a colour that suits you is a good plan, my first wrap was a mustard colour which makes me look ill though I like the colour on others!. It also comes with a DVD which takes you through how to wear it though if like me you had a quick demo of someone it is pretty self explanatory. There are small variations as the child gets bigger but it really is easy to use.
It is suitable for newborn babies up to 32 lbs, we use ours from a few weeks old and it was very supportive. Because the straps are very wide and soft you can pull then right over a tiny baby which means they are supported from bottom right up to their head and I'd barely have walked out of the house before he was asleep with his head on my chest in most cases so he certainly felt comfortable.
Once they are bigger you can chose to put them in facing outwards so they can see everything you see and at a much more interactive height than in a pushchair. Having had family members in wheelchairs I know how much they miss out being lower down so I figure the same is true for babies and being up at my height means he is learning more and he is certainly happier for longer than when I use a pushchair. Also I find it easier to move around in shops etc without a pushchair particularly the little local shops I like to support when possible.
The Close sling was designed by Claire Scott who you may have seen on the Bringing up Baby TV program, she was the youngest expert who was backing the Continuum Concept. I think she has done a great job of making a good, comfortable and perhaps most importantly easy to use version of the wrap sling.
If you want a sling that carries the child centre front then this is a good one to go for. I like centre front for most things as it distributes the weight evenly on both shoulders where as most side carry ones like ring slings he most of the weight on one shoulder and that throws my back out. Also having had SPD in my last pregnancy I am very aware of keeping my joints aligned properly. Centre front is not suitable for doing things like cooking as you have the child in front of you but for most other things it works fine.
A stylish one piece organic soft cotton to cradle baby gives you the freedom to move around and complete your daily tasks.