“ Brand: Premaxx / Carrier Type: Sling / Carrier Position: Front „
This sounded like a great idea but in reality, I didn't get much use out of it. The sling is designed to hold the baby in a foetal position, close to your body and the baby will be soothed by your movement and being close to you. Lovely idea but I found it hard to position the baby correctly and to adjust the sling to be comfortable (either for me or for the baby). This could well be because I am small. My partner found it easier to use. When we had it set up correctly, our new born baby did find it calming to be put in there and slept well and it was nice to be able to see him easily by just looking down. However, it was more hassle to use than the benefit we got from it so it was soon replaced by a front carrier which was much more effective. I have also read some negative reports about the safety of baby sling designs which should probably be read before you choose a product.
I got one of these slings after trying out a friend;s for a while... they come up cheap on ebay often, and I figured it was worth a try. My son was six months old and 20lb when I bought it, not a tiny newborn, and likes to be upright, whether he's awake or asleep.
The sling itself is uncomfortable to wear when carrying, but can be made more comfortable by putting a hand under baby's bottom. It's not, for me, a hands free sling at all. However, for short amounts of standing it's quite convenient, and crucially, there are pockets easily available. I bought this sling for a long train journey, and that's exactly what it's good for, as it holds purse and ticket readily available for me but not for thieves!
Apart from being sure to keep baby safe by following the TICK list - a baby in a sling should be tight, in sight, close enough to kiss, and keep their chin up - a sling should not put baby in harm's way from passersby who haven't noticed them. As shown in the picture, a newborn baby can not be held in accordance with safe principles, but also their fragile head is held in just the right place for someone to swing a bag into it without ever even seeing baby.
An older child, however, can easily be held in a sitting position on the parent's hip, or an upright position against the parent's chest. This makes them more visible as well as giving more room for breathing.
Similarly, the sling is easy to use when those principles are remembered, and my son was quite happy in the sling.
It is very easy to wash - another reviewer mentioned it shrinking in the tumble dryer, but I didn't find that problem. A simple wash at 40degC and cool tumble worked fine for me.
The concept of this sling is great, it is similar to the babasling but unfortunately it doesn't feel as safe (and I struggle with the babasling too!). It's definitely not suitable for newborns,due to the position it puts baby in. I wouldn't be happy recommending this until at least one year of age, and only for upright or hip carries.
Comfort - This is a one shouldered carrier and personally I find that ring slings or pouches more comfortable than this, as the material is wider so you can spread them over your shoulder, distributing the weight more evenly. The straps dig into my shoulders, even with an 8lb baby-wearing demo doll (I help to run a sling library, so it gets a lot of use for demonstrations for other parents) which puts unneeded stress on my shoulders. It is fully adjustable but to be honest it doesn't make much difference. Making it very bad value for money.
Cleaning - This is very easy to clean. Just stick it in the wash at 30 or 40 degrees with minimal washing powder in and then once it's done hang it out on the line to dry and viola! However don't tumble dry...even on a low heat it has a tendency to shrink, making it even more uncomfortable!
Safety - Here I will explain the safety issues.
A few years ago the carrier called the 'Infantino sling rider' was recalled. This is almost identical to that carrier but unfortunately this one hasn't been recalled as yet.
This carrier is a bag sling, which creates a pouch to put the baby in a cradled position, it's similar to a pouch, ring-sling or babasling, but instead of being nice and high on your chest (close enough to kiss) baby hangs down by your belly so you can't feel your baby breathing. Not only that the sides are too high, and can actually cover most of the baby meaning that your little one is put in a 'C' position. The problem with this is that it causes the chin to rest on the chest which can obstruct the airway and suffocate the baby meaning it is an extremely dangerous carry. I don't even recommend this carry in ring-slings for long periods of time. Only ever if it's for breastfeeding and then to put them straight back into the upright position, even if they're asleep.
Unfortunately babies died in the Infantino sling rider, which is why it was recalled.
Personally I think it should have applied to ALL bag slings.
When I had my bubba, I was looking for something a bit different - quirky in fact to carry her in and seeing the Premaxx baby sling just made me want it. I did consider the more traditional baby carriers but decided that having a baby straight up right during the day wasn't a natural or comfortable position with their legs poking out of holes. The sling is meant to "hold baby in a more natural position" thus providing more comfort.
I originally hust looked in Mothercare and they only had a couple of designs there, so I decided to buy online to get the design I wanted. I tried the Premaxx sling on in the shop without baby and it seemed to be comfortable enough. I chose the stripey one and it cost about £28. It has different coloured stripes with 3 pockets along the strap which I find are big enough to stick a nappy in, they are great to stick small things in.
When baby arrived, I found it great to use around the house, as baby was comfortable in a natural position, I could see her and she could see me. My baby was quite happy in it, she soon quietened down in it and fell asleep. It was a real help in the early days as it allowed me to carry her around but have my hands free to do the housework and other things. I felt really close to her and I think it helped us to bond.
I did plan on breastfeeding and thought this would make it more discreet in public but I never did. My friend did borrow it for an outing and she found it easier to feed more discreetly.
My only problem was the shoulder strap, as you are putting all their weight on your shoulder, I found it came uncomfortable if you were wearing it for long peroids of time, it would dig into my shoulder. I would recommend wearing something thick to add some padding, however my boyfriend didn't have this problem but then again he has big manly shoulders!
Also, some people have said that baby gets too hot but I think my baby was fine, so I have to say I didn't have that experience.
When baby gets to the sitting up stage, you can turn the sling into like a hip support, it is sort of difficult to describe. I found it easier to carry baby with this and it provided extra support.
Overall, I really like the sling, it can be used from birth through to about one and a half years, they retail for about £35. They are really stylish and a bit different, many times people thought I was just carrying a bag around with me and then looked at me with a mixture of horror and shock when I had a baby in it. I found it reallt useful and it allowed bubba the movement and the comfort from the closeness that she needed.
When I had done all the main shopping for my forthcoming baby, I was left thinking 'what else can I buy that I might possibly need'? This is when I came upon the idea of a baby sling. I considered other more traditional style baby carriers, but thought that a sling might be easier since I was planning to breastfeed. Also the sling is purported to 'hold baby in a more natural position', & provide comfort since they are more cocooned & in a foetal position. This was a big plus point to me since it's not good for baby's spine to be sat in a more upright position.
I did my research & really liked the sound of the Premaxx baby sling. Probably mainly because I'm a sucker for European design & the Premaxx sling does look really funky! I chose the 'Sporty' version - I think perhaps it's now discontinued - the only place I could find it was on Amazon through a private seller. It's a really bright turquoise, with 3 zip pockets dotted along the strap, which I thought would be really useful for storage (small items such as keys, phone).
When baby arrived, I tested it out around the house. Even with just an 8lb baby in it, the strap dug in my shoulder. I found it best to wear something thick underneath, such as a dressing gown or jumper. Perhaps my husband would have found it easier, but he's never actually tried it. My son did seem quite happy & content in the sling - he was soon fast asleep, which is a blessing in those early weeks!
When baby gets to the sitting stage, the sling can be turned around with baby sat up in it, balanced on your hip. (You'll have to find some pics for this - I can't describe it very well!). We're not at that stage yet, so I can't comment on how well it works in this way.
Overall, the sling looks fab and is lovely & soft & comfy. It was very useful in the very early weeks as I could carry baby round the house while I did a bit of tidying up etc. I never have used it outside of the house, so never have tested it in respect to breastfeeding with it, but I can imagine it would make feeding much more discreet.
(Also published on Ciao under the same name).
When i had my 3rd i had seen all these new slings you could get that would also benefit you if you breastfed, so on a mission to have one of these slings i took me and my baby to mothercare to see what they had.
The Premaxx was all they had and i tried it in store with baby in it, on impulse i bought it.
When putting her in it, it took a bit of getting use to as she seemed to move down.
When you do have it on it looks like your carrying a bag round the front of you, and what i found funny was when people realised there was a baby inside and looked shocked.
It was lovely having her snuggled up next to me, but it did become un comfy to wear and hurt my shoulder, also baby got hot in side and her head would be soaked from sweating so i would end up releasing a bit of the pull cord to let air in.
The way this is designed i didn't find it easy to breastfeed as i still would have to pull her out of it a bit, so this is why i didn't really use it and it is still like new boxed up.
when i first saw the premaxx slings i just knew i had to have one! unlike most other baby carries that i knew of you carry the baby sideways in a natural comfortable newborn position.
i think £39.99 (i think however they have just lowered in price) was a little on the expensive side and decided to buy one seccond hand.
There is a wide choice of colours to chose from, brighter colours or more neutral.
A few weeks later (my baby was by this time nearly 3 months old) i had my premaxx sling!
The first time i used it i attually found i quite uncomfortable, in the newborn/small baby position it sits side ways across tummy kind of level and you have to turn the shoulder strap over which is the bit i found so uncomfortable- and 30 minutes later i had to take it off to rest my hurting shoulder.
i put it down to maybe having the sling in the wrong position but everytime i used it again i was having the same trouble, id be forever stopping and re tightening and moving the baby a bit more up - then down trying to make her at least look comortable, id find that her arm nearest to me was not happy sitting being squashed even in the position that the sling puts them in.
Also after attempting to use various times my daughter was growing and it was starting to get really heavy! so by the time she was 4.5 months old i decided to sell it on while it was still worth £25 seccond hand price!
needless to say i got my money back quickly as they were in high demand.
its sad to say that i didnt get on with this, i really like the idea and would have loved to have used it often.
im not sure wether its the design of the carrier or the fact that im short in the body, but i get on so much better with the sit up ones.
We got one of the Premaxx babybags for our first (now nearly five) and it was a life saver as I had a c-section and found carrying him very hard. Because the sling hangs from the shoulder it was much easier to wear than something that had a strap round the waist.
It is a fantastic sling for small babies, both ours settled well in it liking the fact they were close to someone and supported as if they were being carried in arms. We liked it as it leaves both hands free to do things. Often when they were small people wouldn't notice there was a baby in the bag until they had been talking to you for a while which was quite funny.
However because it hangs off one shoulder when they get bigger it starts to get very heavy for more than short carries. By the time ours were a few months old we transferred to a wrap sling for most of the time. However you can also use it as a hip sling once they are able to sit on your hip ie use it to support them while carrying them on your hip and as such it can be used till they are quite big but you might have a period of time between those two stages where it is less ideal.
I think it is a fantastic first sling to get used to carrying a baby because it is so easy, basically it really is a bag you put them in and everyone knows how to wear a bag. It is a great hit with the men in our household who were less keen to try wrap slings or even ring slings. It is a lot more accessible and understandable to people who are not totally convince by the more 'hippy' looking ones.
My sister borrowed it for her son but she found it was too hot in mid summer however I didn't find that with my one who was born a similar time of year so I think that depends on the baby but it is quite well padded which is an advantage if people don't notice it isn't just a bag and brush past you.
There a very useful pocket which I found big enough to carry a change of nappies etc so for short outings there was no need for an extra changing bag.
All in all a very good sling for small babies.
Carry baby in the optimal position for long periods of time with minimal back strain. Age range from birth - 2 years.