What is a Baby Sling?
So, what is a baby sling? A baby sling it is a piece of cloth that supports, an infant or toddler on the body
of the carrier. There are several designs; all fabrics support a baby or young child differently. Some, of the options you can choose from, are pouch slings, wraps, or ring slings.
They all serve the same purpose but are different in design. In this review, I like to focus on the ring sling as I have over three years of experience with this product. Even though I am happy with my sling, It doesn’t mean it would be the right choice for you.
Picking the right carrier for your specific needs can be challenging as there are lots of things to consider. The strength of your body, your baby, design preference, previous experience and the activities you like to do while using the sling will be essential to make the right decision.
Other than slings, there are various modern baby carriers to choose from as well. I have met a few mums who mentioned that their baby didn’t enjoy a baby carrier, potentially it could be the design and baby missing out of their view. But overall, I think most babies love being carried and being close to mums or dads heartbeat, the safest and favourite place to feel comforted and secure.
Please read along with me while I talk you through my four years of experience using the Hug and Bub Organic Mesh Ring Sling
Why do I like to carry my babies?
For me, one of the most significant benefits of using a baby sling is having your hands free. My first daughter hated a pram with a passion, and she didn’t spend much time in it at all. I have to say, I am not a pram person myself, and our purchased pram was left pretty much unused for a long time.
However, four years later, with my second baby, I occasionally do use my pram as my back start hurting if I am carrying my baby for too long. (She is almost ten months and nearly 10 kilos)
Other reasons I like to carry my babies are avoiding the hassle of getting prams in and out of cars. Also having my baby very close is something I enjoy muchly. It is just the best feeling to have your baby so close, and you can keep a close eye on bub. When tired, baby only has to close eyes and fall asleep easily feeling safe and secure so close to you.
In my experience, the choices for slings and baby carriers can be quite overwhelming, and, without the background, you just don’t know what you or your baby are going to like. More than likely, many of us parents end up buying baby products we end up never using.
What are baby slings?
Slings you can find in different designs, such as pouch slings, a Podaegi, which is an Asian style carrier, wraps and ring slings. All these slings and wraps are created of a unique material to wrap around you and the baby. Always make sure that the babywearing outfit you choose is age-appropriate for your infant, baby or toddler. You still have to keep a close eye on the baby and make sure you read manufacturing instructions.
Other than baby slings and wraps, there are structured baby carriers. The material used is pre-formed and stiff. However I am not a big fan as they feel quite bulky for me, I know they are quite popular though, and I can imagine they can be quite ideal for a big hike. Some even have sun shades on them.
Babywearing is quite popular in today’s time and day, and there are many carrier options available. It can be quite overwhelming. The main thing probably is that you think ahead of where and when you want to use your baby carrier. Also, consider your physical fitness condition. Different carriers are requiring the support of different parts of the body of the carrier.
Why I choose the Hug a bub mesh carrier?
I wanted an item what felt as natural as possible. Not something with screaming colours and not something to organised or bulky if you know what I mean. When I saw the cream coloured mesh ring sling five years ago, I fell in love straight away, and I never looked back, and we are still going strong.
The benefits for me are the mesh material, as we live in the tropics, it is just perfect for keeping baby cool. I loved that this sling was available in a cream colour. Many baby wear items are jam-packed in colours, and I wanted something that would be complementary with al outfits I would wear. A bonus as well is that the sling is Organic.
A more sustainable lifestyle is a trend we can see in our society, and Organic products were becoming more popular. Many parents have a preference to buy organic baby products and clothing for their babies.
“Seriously, I couldn’t tell you how many times over the years people have come to me how they liked my sling and requesting how I liked it and where I purchased the sling from. I referred many people to buy a hug a bug over the years“.
Other things I like about de hug and bub organic ring sling it is the simplicity. Even though you have to practice to get baby in and out of the sling, if you get the hang of it, it is reasonably quick to transfer baby and to get up and running, and that just suits my personality.
As a con, I could say that it is probably not the best option if you have a bad back as the weight will be spread more evenly with a carrier positioned over both shoulder and hips.
Safety in babywearing
Babywearing is great but like with everything, of course, there are risks in incorrect using the product, safety comes first.
- Always make yourself familiar with the manual of the product for correct use and safety information before you start using the product, this is extremely important.
- Always check your baby’s carrier or sling, making sure all material is in good condition, and no seams and fabric have any damage.
- Make sure nothing obstructs babies nose or mouth while in the sling and check baby’s breathing in regular intervals. Baby slings are not fire-resistant and should not be worn by an open fire. Incorrect use of sling can result in fatal consequences.
- Always make sure there is enough airflow for baby and baby don’t get overheated.
‘Please refer to the manual instructions of your specific baby wear product for specific and complete information to secure babies safety’!
A final thought on baby slings and carriers
Baby slings and carriers are very trendy. There are many choices for a variety of activities available. Consider the climate you life in, your physical health and your expected user’s activities. Also, decide on the budget, as you can spend your whole bank account if you like on baby products.
Baby slings and carriers are great to have your hands free for activities but ensure the use correctly at all times. Make sure you get the right sling for the right event. If you like hiking, there are different baby carriers on the market for such purposes.
I own a Hug a Bub Organic mesh sling which I use over three years now and is still in good condition and often used with my second daughter.
Your unique baby can definitely also make a specific carrier suitable or not. My first daughter always loved the sling, and we used it close to the 1-year mark. I started carrying her on my hip as demonstrated on the image at the beginning of this article.
Carrying my first daughter never has given many issues for me. I feel like she had a good body control and while carrying her I never experienced much strain to my baby.
My second daughter is different, she ‘hangs’ in the sling as a dead weight, this puts a different pressure on my neck and back. She is now almost 10 kilo, and I have a hard time carrying her in the sling.
With my second daughter almost turning one, I consider looking for a suitable back carrier for her as I think that will work well for her, but then again, she may not like that, I have no experience carrying her on my back just jet.
I enjoy carrying my babies muchly, carrying your baby is great and very pleasurable, just make sure to do it safely. And remember, with some slings, like the ring sling, give your self some time to learn the skill of adjusting and transporting baby in and out the sling, you will get there, practice makes perfect.
If you have any questions about the Hug a Bub Organic mesh sling, I am more than happy to answer them. Please leave a comment below or use the contact form in the main menu.
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