When I was pregnant with Rose I knew I wanted to have an alternative to a pram. I’ve always liked the idea of baby slings and baby carriers as they allow you to carry your baby close whilst out and about…plus letting you be hands free!
During my pregnancy I was kindly gifted a black and white cloth sling by Rockin’ Baby and I was also given the BabyBjorn Miracle by a friend who had only used it a few times with their baby. Over the past month I’ve actively used both the sling and the carrier with Rose, who is now almost nine weeks old. I thought I’d share my experiences and give you a review of the sling and carrier, complete with the pros and cons of each.
Baby Sling Review
Make & Model: Rockin’ Baby, ring sling
From the outset, I thought I would favour a baby sling over a baby carrier (which I considered to be complicated and restrictive to use). When I’ve seen other people use a sling, it always looked so effortless and comfortable. I also thought the sling would be the best choice for a small baby.
The ring sling is made up of one long piece of material, which is folded and fed through a metal ring to secure it. It is then placed over one shoulder and worn like a sash. I’d watched the Rockin’Baby Youtube guidance video and read the instructions that came with the sling. Despite being well-equipped, I found it very difficult to position Rose in a comfortable hold. I knew her head and neck needed to be well supported but I could not achieve this, nor could I get her legs placed in what seemed like a comfortable position. The ring sling involves lots of material minipulation (tightening and pulling the fabric through the ring) to ensure your baby’s body is supported. Rose was crying as I was trying to adjust her in the sling and eventually I gave up. However, I was determined to try it again as I was convinced I could master the ring sling and get Rose comfortable and secure. After a few more attempts I finally felt confident enough to leave the house with Rose in the sling. Her head and neck were supported but during walks I found that I kept my hand on her head for extra support.
There are many different ring slings on the market and I would consider the Rockin’ Baby slings to be the most bold when it comes to colour and pattern. This is great if you want to make a real statement with your sling, but not so good if you want a neutral coloured sling to go with different outfits. Plus, I doubt many men would be at ease using an elaborate looking sling.
The sling is 100% cotton and is incredibly thick and sturdy which means it can be hard to minipulate when trying to get the baby comfortable and secure. But it does mean the material is unlikely to be weakened over time. When carrying a newborn, you will be left with a large amount of material hanging down by your side. Obviously as your baby grows and gets bigger, more material will be used to go around the baby.
The ring sling is ideal for the person who wants to make a style statement when out and about with their baby. It takes time to get the sling position to work for you and your baby (a bit fiddly!). It is unlikely that you will feel comfortable enough to carry your baby in a sling for a long period of time.
Baby Carrier Review
Make & Model: BabyBjorn, Miracle
The BabyBjorn is probably the most widely recognised baby carrier on the market. I thought this would be an ideal carrier for when Rose was older but it can be used from newborn and I have been pleasantly surprised as to how much I’ve enjoyed using it with little Rose.
Upon initial inspection I thought the BabyBjorn would be difficult to use and place Rose in. There seemed to be a lot of features and fastenings in comparison to the sling. However, I was surprised to find it was really straightforward to setup, despite not having a step-by-step guide! Again, I made sure to watch the BabyBjorn Youtube video to ensure I was using the carrier properly. Adjusting the back and waist straps was quick and easy. When it came to placing Rose in the carrier (inward facing position) it was very easy to do and she seemed comfortable from the get-go. Rose falls straight to sleep once I start walking with her in the carrier. Her head is pressed very close to my chest and the back of her head is fully supported by the carrier. When I first started using the carrier, I found that I frequently looked down to check the baby was ok as you can’t fully see their face, but I soon relaxed and learnt that she was completely fine and content.
Baby carriers are very structured in style and are not the most stylish. The BabyBjorn is supremely practical and well made and you will certainly feel like your baby is well supported. The fabric is thick and breathable. Plus you will feel comfortable and well supported too thanks to easily adjusted straps for upper and lower back. My Miracle carrier is black but BabyBjorn have different colours available – like this silver mesh carrier.
A fantastic investment piece that will fit you, your partner, and your baby as they grow. It is ideal for active families who like outdoor activities but not so good if you are style conscious and want the carrier to look good with outfits. It’s a very practical and comfortable carrier and so perfect for using with your baby for long periods of time. This carrier can be used from birth to approximately fifteen months of age, with inward and outward carrying options.
There are pros and cons to using both the sling and the carrier but my preference is the BabyBjorn carrier. For me, the carrier is more straightforward and easy to use with a newborn than the sling. I can wear the BabyBjorn with complete confidence and ease and Rose seems to love her time in the carrier.
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