Product Type: BabaSling baby products
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TheBabaSling 5-Position Sling
Member Name: Bolly81
TheBabaSling 5-Position Sling
Disadvantages: Uncomfortable, hards to ajust without helf
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.
Summary: Very disappointing