Choosing the right baby sling for your little one can be a challenging decision and cause you to lose the plot at times. After countless hours of searching and the occasional dummy spit, you still can’t find the baby sling that is right for you. Using a papoose can offer a very convenient method of transportation in comparison to a pram, as it allows you to have your hands completely free while still having your young one close to you. Doing tasks around the house and preparing meals can be easily done while your baby rests comfortably against your body undisturbed.
How To Choose The Right Baby Sling
There are many elements that go into making a good baby sling and it needs to cover all the bits ‘n bobs in terms of safety, comfort, flexibility, durability, size, material, and style. Most importantly, it needs to cater to the fact that your baby is very young and it still has a very soft body structure and a rounded spine. Here are some brilliant points that you should consider when you are choosing a baby sling.
This should be your number one priority when choosing a baby sling. It needs to have a tight fit so that your baby is supported in addition to being able to keep your little ones face in your view at all times. They should be distanced from you at a length where you are still able to kiss their head and the back should be supported to avoid slumping or restriction of airways.
As time passes and you’re using a baby sling, your baby is also going to get heavier. It’s important to cater for this and choose a sling that can handle an increase in weight over time. Try to find a baby sling which has wide, well-padded straps on it and also a waistband while still allowing you get the eating irons out when it’s feeding time.
How long do you want to use a sling for?
Do you want to get a few months usage out of your new sling or use it for longer than a year? A Mei Tai is the perfect type of baby sling for you if you’re looking for a long-term solution.
It can be quite complicated to use various slings with all the snaps, zippers, straps, pouches, and buckles and they can also involve a bit of a learning curve too. You need to test how a sling functions before you decide to buy one and practice operating every aspect of it, especially if your grizzle decides to throw a paddy that could potentially move them out of place and become unsettled.
Is your baby heavy?
Heavier babies will require a more durable sling that can accommodate for heavier-set babies. Some types of baby slings can sag with extended use and make it harder to carry a little one.
Now that we have the idiosyncrasies covered, let’s take a look at the different types of baby slings you can choose from. There are four categories of baby slings in the UK.
These are the most traditional and the simplest of slings available. You can use them to carry an infant, toddler, or child in a range of positions from the front to the hip, and the back. Wraps can start to sag over time and can make a heavier baby harder to carry so keep this in mind if your little nipper is on the plumper side.
Pronounced “May Tie”, this is an Asian style baby carrier than contains a panel of fabric with two short straps around the waist and two longer straps which go over the shoulders. They can also be worn on the front, back, and hip and are ideal for older babies and toddlers.
Ring Slings and Pouches
These styles of baby slings are made with a piece of fabric that is threaded through rings to adjust to the wearer’s body. A ring sling is adjustable while a pouch will be fixed. It is recommended that you don’t use this style for heavier babies as all their weight will be applying pressure on one shoulder while you are carrying them.
Soft Structured Carriers (SSCs)
A soft structured carrier can offer a mix of convenience, comfort, and accessibility and they often feature a thick waistband and shoulder straps. They are also very similar to a backpack but still maintain a close proximity between you and your baby. You may need to get a special insert for infants who are below a certain size and weight.