However, I usually wear my baby when out and about. Strollers just don’t do it for me, and bare-arming leaves a little one too exposed to well-meaning but germy, touchy, kissy people (“I’ll just GIVE ME THAT BABY RIGHT NOW while you go and fill your plate. . .”). I appreciate the protection and security of a sling, but I have yet to find a product that lives up to its promises.
My search has evolved over the years, thus:
After 15 minutes in the pack, mom and baby are ready to eat one another
With my second, I tried the Nojo—a big step up from the front pack. Yet, the Nojo was a lot of fabric and padding for one person to heft, especially come summer time. And it placed all of the baby’s weight on one lone trapezius; after about hour of wear I couldn’t use the corresponding fingers and my face would go numb from the jaw clenching. Very embarrassing.
At -25 degrees, mom is thrilled to be wearing a crib mattress
So with my third, I looked for a nicer fit and less fabric. I found a little cargo sling and liked it more than the Nojo. If I can’t find anything better before this next baby is (DV) born I’ll likely default to this guy. Still, the cargo sling is really only good for the first couple of months, and it, too, ends up being pretty painful after about an hour.
She makes it look so easy . . .
Advise me girls. This is my hour of need. :D
After browsing about a bit, I found two possible improvements: Sleepy Wrap and Babyhawk. The Sleepy Wrap looks so sensible and is reasonably priced. I like the idea of being able to spread the fabric out over both shoulders to distribute the baby’s weight, and I like the option of switching between different holds. But I’m skeevy about all that fabric; it gets pretty hot around these here parts. And as I need to wear the baby to church I want something less conspicuous.
As for the Babyhawk, it just looks cool. ;) I’ve also had people tell me it’s terribly comfortable, easy to handle, easy to nurse in, and whatnot. Its biggest plus factor is its size. Its biggest downer is its price.
What do you think? Have any recommendations? Please?
I’ll even offer up a prize: if I take your recommendation, I’ll send you a full-color, autographed picture of someone else wearing her own baby in that particular product. Yeah? Oh, yeah.