When my baby was about 6 weeks old, he developed colic and became really clingy like most newborns. I was finding it impossible to get even the most basic things done, so through pure desperation I searched online for a baby carrier. I was hoping it would help to settle him by being close to his mum, and if it helped me to keep on top of the washing and bottle sterilising, that would be a bonus. The BabaSling was on offer at the time, priced at around 20 GBP instead of the RRP of 40 GBP.
The sling is available in lots of different colours and patterns, which makes it ideal if both parents want to use it. I chose a fairly neutral black and white one for this reason. The straps are adjustable, which also makes it versatile for different family members to use, but only in theory because in reality I found it really difficult to adjust the straps once baby was in position.
The instructions were really clear and extensive, with the addition of video clips on the website, to ensure you are using the sling correctly and safely. The first issue for me was that they recommend placing baby into the sling when they are happy and calm, which is almost impossible when you have a colicky baby. However, I gave it a go when he was reasonably calm, and found it less stressful than I expected to get him in it. The problem was that you are supposed to be able to adjust the straps once the baby is in, but I just didn't have enough hands to do this.
There are five different positions in which you can carry baby, but these are dependent on age due to them being able to hold their own head, so as a newborn there are only two positions you can use. There are also a couple of positions designed to aid discreet breastfeeding, but we didn't use these as I couldn't breastfeed unfortunately.
I tried the hammock style position initially, and then when he was a little older we tried one where he was sitting on my hips with his legs either side. However, whichever position we tried, I just didn't find it comfortable. I was quite surprised at how well the sling spread the baby's weight, but was convinced he wasn't comfortable and couldn't get used to walking round with him attached to me. I was paranoid he was going to fall out, despite the sling appearing quite secure. This resulted in me walking around holding him from underneath, which kind of defeated the point of buying it in the first place.
I was really gutted that I didn't get on with this sling, as I loved the idea of having baby near me all the time and was hoping it would make him less colicky. In the end we just waited for his colic to pass, and the sling sits in the cupboard!
I brought this when i was expecting my first child. It was reduced to £15 seemed like a bargain however once my daughter was here i was very dissapointed. I just couldn't get her in with out the fabric covering her face. She also felt loose and would swing away from my body which made doing anything almost impossible. She did always fall asleep in there so thats a plus a guess.It is machine washable so great if anything gets spilt on it. I did however only try and use it when she was a little baby so it might work better for older babys as there are a few different postions you can use it for. It just wasnt for us and i went on to find a more suitable sling for us. I would recommened trying some sling out before you buy one a sling libary is good as they can advise one which is best for you and show you how to use it properly.
When my first born was due, my partner and I both spoke about getting some sort of carrier as we lived in a top floor flat with only four flights of stairs and were wondering if one of us were alone, how would we manage carrying bags, pushchair, and baby all in one go.
After scouring all of the baby shops we finally set our heart on the 'Baba Sling' which claimed it could be used up to the age of 2, perfect! We also took into consideration the price which was £39.99 from Mothercare, and most other carriers were around £75+ so this was perfect for the pocket too. As we knew we were expecting a little girl we chose to go for a more girly colour but also something subtle enough that my partner could be seen wearing too, so we chose 'Lavender' which to me was more of a lilac purple but a very nice colour. The baba sling had quite a big range of colours including, black, grey, brown, pink, blue, green, red etc.
When I got the sling home, I opened the box which also contained a carry bag and instructions (with pictures which is always important for me as until I can see it with my eyes I get very easily frustrated!) of how to us the sling. So on it went to test it out.. The sling seemed reasonably easy to understand. It had to clips the main one quite large, which would put your mind at ease when it's holding the weight of a baby and a smaller one just incase the first one was to fail. I was quite surprised at how spacious the sling seemed and really couldn't wait to give it a go when our baby arrived.
So our baby arrived weighing a whopping 8lbs 5oz and after a few days of resting I was ready to do my first trip out on my own with baby in tow. First of all I needed to get the pushchair down four flights of stairs to the car, so on went the sling, which seemed a little tighter then before possibly due to my milk coming in, but never the less I then tried to get the baby in and positioned ready for the (bumpy) ride. Within the instructions it tells you to put the sling on, put the baby in and then loosen the straps to fit you, however, whoever designed the sling quite clearly didn't realise my arms don't bend backwards near my shoulder blade and no matter how many positions I tried to get in to undo those flaming straps, it was virtually impossible!
So out came the baby's then the sling so I could adjust the straps to fit around us both. After about 25 minutes of faffing around I finally managed to get the sling to be where I wanted it to be, however, I then had to sort the problem of making my baby comfortable, which somehow she just didn't look and her head seemed so buried into my chest that I was scared I was going to suffocate her when I finally managed to stand up.
Anyway I managed to position her so that she could breathe, I am still yet to be convinced that she was comfortable as her headway wedged somewhere near the top part of the sling, so I could get the pushchair down those four flights of stairs. About another half an hour later, we were down and back again, at this point my back and neck in absolute agony where the sling was pulling at them both. Now I know 8lbs 5oz is reasonably big for a newborn, but how on earth could anybody manage the weight of a 2 year old is beyond me! I did find that the padded edges came in handy especially as I was lifting something quite heavy, it reassured me that it would protect her if I had to hold the item close to us when lifting.
After another few tries I completely gave up with the sling and put it in the spare room until she was ready to sit up unaided in the sling which I thought would help when we were using it. When that time came the sling came out for around 10 minutes and back in the cupboard it went. I found that I was feeling the need to constantly hold her, which defeated the object of a 'carrier'. To cut a long story short, the sling was just absolutely useless for us.
Although on paper the sling is a fantastic idea, neither of us could get the hang of using it. If I could give anyone any advice, it's worth paying that little bit extra for a proper baby carrier and make sure you read the reviews before buying it- I wish I had!
I had this sling when my daughter was born and used it from birth - around 15 months.
I got it because it was in the sale at TK Maxx. It usually retails at around £35 (pricey I know) but it was only £20 at the time. I had looked up a few reviews about it and also compared it to other slings and it seemed the best one for us. It is an across your body sling which has adjustable straps and can be used in 5 carrying positions and 2 breast feeding positions. It comes in a range of colours and is machine washable.
The reasons why I loved this sling are:
- I found it so comfy and so did she, the sling is made out of a thick material and baby sits inside it and for baby it is a lot like a hammock. For mum/dad it sits against your chest and people think it looks like a bag! (So many times ppl would ask me where my baby was!) my daughter loved sleeping in it. I believe this is because it is so warm and cosy, as well as being so close to me.
- which leads me to my next point. I loved having my daughter so close to me all the time! I know not all people do but for me it was lovely being so close to her.
- it is so useful having my hands free. I would use the sling even around the house so while she was asleep in it I would be able to wash up, do a few chores, read, be on the phone etc. I used this sling instead of getting a pushchair for my baby's first 3 months and after that I still used the sling the majority of the time.
- I was able to breast feed discreetly because of the sling. I found this really useful and it meant I didn't have to take a scarf/drape everywhere with me.
- as my daughter grew I was able to change positions in the sling so that she would be able to face forward/be on my back/on my hip etc. it's such a versatile sling.
- being machine washable is vital as you can imagine with a newborn!
Bad points about the babasling:
- it is fiddly to start with and takes some getting used to. You need to get the strap lengths just right for you and decide on which position you would like to carry baby in. I used the videos on their website and lots of help from my husband to get it right but it does take a bit of patience and perseverance. I have helped friends of mine who have bought the sling to show them how I used it and they found that useful.
- it is expensive. If it wasn't on offer I'm not sure I would have got it. With hindsight I can see it is worth the money but when you are buying a sling without having tried it then it seems a pricey risk. Ask if you can try it in store and also see if the shop assistant can give you a demo.
Overall I think it is a great sling, however I think that you need to try it out first to see if it suits you.
I tried baby carriers when I first had Cameron 4 years ago, I never really found a carrier I totally got on with, and after trying a couple I gave up and didn't try again. When I then had Lexi I decided I'd try again seeing I would have a newborn and an 18 month old I thought a carrier/sling would be useful.
I looked a lot online and decided to sway more towards a sling then a carrier and went ahead and bought the BabaSling.
It was definitely the right choice.
The BabaSling classic is designed to carry babies and toddlers from birth to two years (2 kg to 15 kg). It has 5 different positions including two which are perfect for breastfeeding discreetly.
The BabaSling is fully adjustable and has safety buckles for extra peace of mind. The strap is very comfortable as it is fully padded, and with the breathable fabric it doesn't make you feel hot and bothered.
I did find it a bit awkward to get the right adjustments and fit at first, also difficult to get the baby in and for him to be comfortable. However once you're use to it, it isn't a problem and by far the best carrier/sling I have used. The only thing I found I couldn't do without the help of someone was adjust the sling from the child "sitting in the sling" to "lying in the sling" as the adjusters are on your back. So it is easier to have someone help or to adjust before putting on.
I would say look on YouTube at videos of the how to use and fit the different positions its a great deal of help and a lot easier to follow than the instructions given with the sling. Also the BabaSling website has a lot of useful tips and guides on how to get the best and most comfortable position.
The BabaSling comes in various colors and is widely available in various places/online.
I bought my BabaSling from Mothercare at £39.99 and its definitely been worth the cost, just being able to have 2 hands free and while comforting a newborn (all the way through to a 23 month old attached comfortably rather than screaming at your ankle :p)
Would definitely recommend to people looking for a sling :)
I wish I had read the previous review before buying this sling but it was a bit of an impulse buy in Boots. I fancied a change from the Baby Bjorn carrier we bought with our first baby as I find it a bit awkward to wear as I have a large chest and the babasling seemed to account better for this issue.
The picture is a bit misleading as you wear the sling diagonally over your body and there are five ways the baby can sit in it but each suits a different size of child so really there are limited positions according to the child's age.
After reading the instructions I gave it a go. I only wanted this for wearing in the house really as the baby is a bit clingy and I also have a two year old that needs looking after so I hoped to do both with the help of this sling! The first step is to put the sling together and this means clicking two straps together, there is a main fastening and a safety fastening and you can adjust the straps to suit your size. You have to wear the sling before inserting the baby and I found it easiest to put the baby in bum first and adjust her feet and head afterwards. There is a surprising amount of room in the sling, with the folds accomodating plenty of space for baby.
It always feels quite awkward on and a bit tight, although I am sure the baby won't fall out I feel like supporting her weight with my hands to ease the weight on my neck and back. What worries me about this is that she only weighs one stone at the moment and this sling is supposed to last until two years. It really won't if she grows as fast as her sister has, most people mistake my two year old for a 4-5 year old! I have tried breastfeeding wearing the sling and it is really uncomfortable for me and the baby, I feel like I am squashing her head and making it hard for her to breathe in this position. The padded edge is good as it makes it feel a bit more secure and not damaging if the baby is pressing against the rail a bit. I would also add that I find this impossible to adjust once wearing the sling and you are supposed to be able to tighten or loosen it in situ.
This cost me £40 in Boots, in the colour black, which I now think is a bit on the dear side having tried it. If I could, I would take it back!
I really can't recommend this for comfort. Whilst I believe it to be safe, neither myself or my baby enjoy wearing this and it should be a nice experience for both parties. I bought this to replace the baby bjorn one we have but would rather wear the BB one than the Babasling. I have persevered in using this sling but am getting to the point where I am close to giving up.
I bought when my youngest daughter was born at the end of July. I was looking something that would be suitable from birth and would allow me to carry my baby with me as I got on with the things I had to do. I did some research online and came across this on the Mothercare website.
It was priced at £39.99 which I thought was reasonable since it supposedly does up until the child is 2 years old. The description says that the sling has 5 different carrying positions some of which were suitable for breastfeeding. It was also machine washable which was perfect in case of any little accident . So I reserved online and collected from the local store a couple of days later.
The sling itself is made from heavyweight cotton, it has padding around the part that sits on your shoulder and it also has padding along the edges, presumably for extra support and safety. The sling also has a built in pocket, which is useful for sticking things like your mobile phone in or a bottle if you are not breastfeeding. There are two adjustable straps which sit to the back, both of which close using a plastic clip, (much like the ones you find on buggies) the larger of the two is the main clip and the second is a security clip in case the first one fails. The sling comes with a handy little storage bag and a booklet of instructions telling how to use it and adjust for each carrying position.
After reading the instructions I put the sling on as directed, and tried to get my baby into it, with great difficulty. I then adjusted the straps and tried again. Eventually I got my little one into the sling but still had some adjustments to make, but because the straps were on the back and I am not a contortionist I had to call on the assistance of my husband. It was either that or take baby out, adjust, put baby back and continue in this way until I got it right.
Finally we got it into a position were baby looked comfortable and it felt not too bad across my shoulder and back. It took us about half an hour between us. Now my daughter wasn't exactly a huge baby coming in at 6lb 10 but after about 15 minutes I felt like I was carrying a ton weight. I managed to persevere for about 30 minutes before I had to give in and take it off. Thinking that maybe I just needed to get used to it I kept trying, but as she gained weight it became increasingly uncomfortable. So the sling was discarded to the back of a cupboard with no intention of using it again. That is until my little princess started teething, whenever I sat her down she became very upset meaning I had to carry her everywhere and could get not a thing done. I decided maybe it was time to try the sling again so I dug it out, adjusted as per the instructions into the new position for my bigger baby (which means you should be able to carry them around on your hip hands free) and gave it a go. Again the weight was too much for me, maybe I'm just a weakling but not only that I did not feel that it was very secure. I was sure that my baby was going to tumble backwards out of the sling unless I held onto her, meaning my hands were in use and I still couldn't get anything done. Off came the sling and back to the cupboard it went.
All in all I was really disappointed in this sling, it promised a lot but failed to deliver. I didn't find it very secure, I thought it was very uncomfortable to wear and I can't see for the life of me how you will get a 2 year old into this, unless they are teeny tiny.
I don't think I would recommend this to anyone.
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