Babywearing addict tries theBabaSling

When I bought my first baby sling the salesperson recommended it on the basis that I was planning to get into babywearing “seriously”. She neglected to tell me that the thing about slings is this: once you’ve mastered one, you want to try them all.

So, with a stretchy and a woven wrap both securely part of our lives, I was excited to give an altogether different kind of baby carrier a go. Enter theBabaSling – a hammock style carrier and the newest addition to my addiction.

Thinking I’d be blankly flicking through the instruction manual and staring at a few youtube videos by theBabaSling, I begged the technical mind in our household to help me work it out. I needn’t have been so thick. The instructions were clear and once I put it on it was pretty intuitive. I easily worked out how to make my baby secure and comfortable in it and how to make myself comfortable too.

A note on this point, theBabaSling does not distribute the weight evenly, so while I found it comfortable for pottering around the house, it wouldn’t be my carrier of choice for, say, a hike.

To me, its real strength is the ease with which it can be slipped on, adjusted and slipped off. That makes it ideal for wearing Talitha down – that is, sticking her in and easing her off into her cot after having walked her to sleep.

Anyone who’s lived with a screaming baby knows the value of responding quickly. While I wouldn’t use theBabaSling for hours-long wear, it’s been useful for quickly donning and seating a baby crying to be picked up before the world ends.

It’s also brilliant for breastfeeding discreetly if that’s your thing. For me, I’m always moving Talitha around in lots of positions while feeding so it wouldn’t work for me (what’s a bit of nipple between strangers?) but if I was using the traditional hold the whole way through, this sling would be gold.

And get this: when we were in Cornwall this summer, Laurence swears the guy who stopped to talk slings with him was Newton Faulkner and I think it was theBabaSling I saw him carrying around. Pretty cool association? If we’re both right then I think so.

At any rate, trying this sling has only fed my baby carrier obsession. I need to try them all, I tell you. World domination by babywearing.

This is not a paid post but theBabaSling did send me a sling in forest green to sample. Obviously, I’m not anything if not honest.


15 Comments

  1. motherventing
    October 17, 2011 / 9:27 am

    Well Talitha looks happy and I guess that’s important too! Good luck with your world domination… 

  2. October 17, 2011 / 12:42 pm

    Sorry to break this to you but this is the start of a slippery slope of sling-dom

    Fortunately most have good resale value, we’ve had a couple of hotslings, a tricotti double pouch, 2 different stretchy wraps (one on, one in the wash), 3 Connectas, a Beco, 2 different ring slings, and have tried out goodness knows how many more at our sling library

    Am I a sling addict?  Need to have another baby so can try more slings!

    • October 17, 2011 / 7:32 pm

      How have you managed in one post to make me so envious? I have so many to try. This could get expensive…even with the resale! Hope you get to try more on another baby soon. x

  3. Ella
    October 17, 2011 / 1:09 pm

    World domination would definatly be easier with a sling than a buggy. Btw you just reminded me that I could use my pitch sling with Sicily when she’s having a I must be in your arms all day , day. As she appears to be commonly doing at the moment.

    • October 17, 2011 / 7:33 pm

      It’s just be awkward in a buggy. Pitch sling…I must look it up.

  4. Anonymous
    October 17, 2011 / 6:44 pm

    It is a slippery slope indeed. The baba sling was the first I had and didn’t get on that well with it, but I think it would’ve been great as a hip carrier when he was older. I used the peanut shell for that though – have you seen it? Great for sticking in your bag/car. Just another one for you to try 😉

    • October 17, 2011 / 7:33 pm

      Yes I can see it working as a hip carrier. Ooh, peanut shell. Another to look for.

    • October 18, 2011 / 12:55 pm

      The Baba Sling was the first one I tried too, but it wasn’t for us. It was definitely the start of a sling addiction though – I went through two more in the following few months!

  5. Mum2babyinsomniac
    October 17, 2011 / 8:00 pm

    I have finally got around to checking out your blog! I didn’t carry Iyla around at all in a sling and you have really made me wish I had! Next time I will definitely have to give it a go – it must be lovely to have them so close to you. That bottom photo is just amazing by the way! x

    • October 17, 2011 / 8:33 pm

      Welcome! It really is such a lovely way to carry them about. I couldn’t have survived the first three months without slings. 

  6. Kay
    October 18, 2011 / 7:04 pm

    I used to use the exact same style of sling, it is good for short periods of time as you say, but it does put a lot of strain on your shoulder as they get older.  I always found the huge fleecey full on wrap around ones where the baby is positioned right in front of you, was a much snugger, warmer and more comfortable fit tbh.  I’m v envious of you still being able to use a carrier, my two are 6 and 3 yrs old now and I so miss carrying them around.  Enjoy!

    • October 18, 2011 / 10:00 pm

      I just know I’ll blink and she’ll be six. I’ll makes the most of the babywearing while I can. And you remind me it’s so good for the colder weather.

  7. Helen Coupe
    October 18, 2011 / 9:39 pm

    We have a Close one if you would like to try it out without shelling out!  I used it a lot with Jasmine but it has been too hot for me this time round, and now because I haven’t built up my strength slowly she feels so heavy.  Now it’s getting colder I might try some more.  Helen (and Bethany) xXx

    • October 18, 2011 / 9:58 pm

      I’d be well up for giving it a go. Maybe when I come round next. I’m imagining starting to wear Talitha now. She’d feel like a real load. By the way, I love that little Bethany has co-signed this comment!

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