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Mothercare Turnabout Front Carrier

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Brand: Mothercare / Carrier Type: Framed / Carrier Position: Front

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      22.10.2002 15:25
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      Mother care turnabout baby carriers are very good. Not only can the mother carry the baby but dads can too. They hold your baby close to you so your baby feels safe and secure but at the same time you have your hands free to do things that you need to do. They have straps that go over and under your arms and have a clip on the back (like the one?s in pushchairs) that fastens securely around your back. They are blue in colour, have a detachable headrest and you can turn it round so your baby is facing forward and also a little detachable bib that can be taken off and washed. When shopping or out and about these are a god send. You can hold your baby securely and use your hands to put the shopping in the trolley or basket. The straps that go over your shoulders are padded so don?t hurt. You do need to use the headrest for newborn babies as they need the support but as your baby gets bigger you can take it off. Reversing the baby carrier shouldn?t be done for newborn babies. When they are able to hold there head on there own then you can put it on so the baby is facing forward and can see everything that is in front of you. It is easy to put on and take off. If it gets dirty you just have to get a damp cloth and wipe it clean. As your baby gets older and heavier you may not want to put your baby in it and you may want to use a pushchair or buggy. When the baby gets to around 10 months then you should start to use a pushchair. Mother care will show you how to use it and out it on when you go to purchase one. If your baby is crying and wants to be held when you are hoovering then you can put your baby in the carrier so your hands are free to do it. They cost around £19.99 and I think they are very good value. You can purchase others that cost more or ones that don?t turn around for less. It is up to you which one you would like.

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        24.09.2000 16:41
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        I bought this just befor I had my 3rd child.To be honest I never fancied one with my other 2 but with them being only 4and 2 I thought it maybe handy as i would have my hands free.I think it was the biggest waste of money I have spent.I choose it really because it was one of the cheapest and I knew i wouldn't use it that many times but thought with it being a mothercare make it would be ok. The first time I went to use it my son was about 2 weeks old but to be honest I just didn't feel safe with him in it-he didn't seem at all supported and I had to still keep my hands on him to stop him falling backwards.So I decided to leave it for a while to see if it was any better when he had a bit better head control. I tried it again when he was 5 mths old,he is by no meens a big baby infact he is only on the 5th contile but he just seem to big for it and the sling sagged backwards againI had to keep hold of him,after that it went in the bin.so much for my hands free theory it was a complete waste of money and I would advise anyone to spend a little extra on one if you are going to use it on a regular basis.

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        07.09.2000 20:02

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        A friend of mine gave me hers before my son was born, so I tried it when he was newborn. Not only was it fiddly to put on,I was trying to get it on for ages and ages,but he was only 8lbs and I had horrendous backache even though I was not out for long.... It also felt very unstable, I had to hold onto it and support my son's head, and it wobbled as I walked.....Also, unlike other slings, you have to wake the baby up to take him out.....as for feeding him while he is in the sling, forget it!! It nearly out me off slings altogether, but on another friend's advice, I bought another sling and what a difference!!!!! This sling is a total waste of money and not worth the cloth it's made from.... It is unstable, uncomfortable for both mother and baby. It is cheap, but even if it was £1, it would not be worth it.... So, mums, this is definitely one to avoid........

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        05.09.2000 01:12
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        I bought the mothercare turnabout baby carrier just before my son was born. the reasons i chose it was because it was a nice cheap price and being a single mum i thought it would save me a bit of money to not buy the more expensive carriers. also it looked good on the box and said it had a sturdy, safe design. When my son came along a month or so later i tried it out and couldnt get the hang of it for the life of me so of i toddled with the pram to town. i waited a few weeks then tried it yet again, i managed to get my son secure in it this time but when he decided to sleep he looked really uncomfy, there are no side supports for babies to sleep safely and comfy enough. i wouldnt recommend this front carrier to anyone and i certainly wish i had spent that few extra pounds on a more sturdier and safer front carrier.

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          02.09.2000 19:04
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          After putting both my children in the mothercare turnabout sling, I have resolved to never put another child in it! Although cheap, it is definatley not cheerful!, it is hard to put on and the back support is terrible, my poor babies heads were lolling around all over the place. The baby is not held close enough to the wearer. It is not just uncomfortable for the baby but also for the wearer, after just a few minutes I got terrible neck, shoulder and backache, on one occasion it made me feel quite faint. Only suitable for occasional use whilst your baby is tiny!

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          30.08.2000 07:53
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          I bought the Mothercare Turnabout carrier baby sling initially because I was strapped for cash, however it was a false economy. Initially it was OK when my son was very small, but I soon found that it was not very good as he got bigger. When I was carrying my son in it, I found that the velcro side staps which are supposed to secure the baby kept coming open which is highly dangerous. Unless I had my arm around my son, he kept leaning away from my body in a dangerous, uncomfortable manner and there was no safety strap round the top to keep the baby held in, only the velcro side straps which kept coming undone. I had to use an additional luggage strap to try to keep my baby in safely which was not very comfortable. Also there was not enough adequate support for his head which was very wobbly and when he fell asleep his head flopped to one side (or even his whole body). I did not feel that this sling was very secure or held the baby well. It was also very basic with very little padding - you get what you pay for! I was so unimpressed by this sling's performance that I had to go and buy a different one. I would definitely advise anyone to pay a bit more money and get something a bit better if you can afford to, it is definitely worth comparing different models and finding something a bit more secure.

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            15.08.2000 03:53

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            When my baby was born, I bought the cheapest baby carrier I could find because we were a bit strapped for cash. I opted for Mothercare’s ‘Turnabout’ front carrier at £14.99, even though I longed for a Baby Bjorn because of the good reviews I’d seen. I’m so glad now that I didn’t splash out because the Turnabout was great. I found it very comfortable, both for me and my daughter, both facing me to start with and facing out later. I have to admit though, that I can’t really compare because I have never tried any of the more expensive carriers on offer. Just two warnings though 1. My husband found the straps a little short to wear facing out, being 6’3" 2. During the (brief) hot weather we did have, we didn’t use it because wearing no sleeves the straps did rub my daughters arms when facing outwards, but by then she had just about outgrown it anyway. I don't know if the more expensive carriers would be any better.

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