It’s no secret that babies like to be held. They like to hear your heart beat, smell your familiar scent, and be cuddled against your warm body. And it’s also no secret that you have lots of things you’d like to do…like drink your tea, check email, straighten up the house. The big news is that both of you can be satisfied and happy! Baby-wearing is a one-size-fits-all answer. So, the question is what wrap/sling/carrier will work best for you?
The Moby Wrap — While the moby wrap can be considered complicated (it consists of a single piece of fabric that wraps around your body in various ways), it is also quite versatile. It’s my preferred sling for nursing mamas because you can easily and discreetly put baby to breast and cover up fully. It’s oh-so-cozy for mama and baby!
The Mayan Wrap — The mayan wrap is a ring sling — adjustable to fit varying body types and sizes. Breastfeeding mamas can use the tail of the sling for privacy when nursing. There are different sizes (which will affect the length of the tail), but each is adjustable for a comfortable and secure hold.
The Hotsling – Although it may be the easiest of the slings as there is no tying, wrapping, or adjusting to be done, it is also the least versatile. Hotslings need to be ordered according to your size (measurements are taken from one shoulder going diagonally across the back to your waist on the opposite side), so it’s unlikely to fit both mama and papa as will the moby and mayan wraps.
If slings and wraps seem confusing, fear not! There are other baby carriers designed to keep baby safe and close while allowing you freedom of movement and the use of your hands! Stay tuned for the next column, ”The Sling Is Not My Thing,” for info on other carriers!
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Kristen Kardos, MA Ed., and Kathy McGuigan, MSW, the co-founders of RI New Moms Connection, provide affordable, accessible pregnancy and new mom groups throughout Rhode Island. In “Tips for New Moms” they share their knowledge, resources, and helpful ideas for moms just beginning their journey into parenthood or moms who may need a little refresher.