I bought a baby sling when Ian was about 4 or 5 months old. It took me a real long time to learn how to use it correctly.
I have to admit that I’ve never got the hang of using a baby sling on Ian. I suffered with the karpal tunnel syndrome for many months. Had difficulties even to adjust the stripes or to put Ian inside the sling. Most of the time, I had to rely on others to carry him.
I also had to train him to walk by himself, and I do feel very guilty for not able to hold him a lot, especially now comparing the amount of time I carry Isabel!
With Isabel, my wrists didn’t get the karpal tunnel syndrome until these 2 months. Isabel is also lighter, easier for me to practice using a baby carrier. I have been using my baby sling on Isabel all the time, until I am so used to it.
The only issue I have now is to breastfeed with Isabel inside the sling. I haven’t mastered this, mostly because I’ve never got the chance to practice. Most of the time, I feed her lying down.
From my experience of using a sling, and seeing what my friends using, I have something to tell the new mothers out there…
Baby sling, like what is shown here is very light and comfortable. It can be used for many different positions for the baby - front facing, rear facing, reclining position, piggy back position, etc. Very flexible. Breastfeeding moms can also feed the baby inside the pouch, without being noticed! The issue with this type of carrier is that, one have to practice, especially with new borns.
Before buying sarong sling, I was eyeing on the Babybjorn carrier. It was too expensive for me - branded stuff!
Buying those kind of baby carrier, it is important to select a good one, with wide shoulder strap that comes with thick padding. My friend suffers everytime she uses the carrier, as the baby’s weight makes the strap cuts into the shoulder flesh - very painful, not sustainable.
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