Product Type: Close Parent Ltd baby products
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Keep your baby Close
Close Baby Carrier Natural
Member Name: Kelly2719
Close Baby Carrier Natural
Advantages: comfortable, washable, supportive, variety of colours, easy to use
Disadvantages: best suited for under 1 years old, might not be for every one, price
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.
Summary: A brilliant supportive and comfortable sling for the under ones.
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