Too late for sling?

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Rtfairy Sun 22-Jun-14 20:39:04

My dd is almost 7 months and is quite a clingy baby meaning I often end up carrying her round the house trying to get on with things with one arm. This is getting a bit difficult though and I often feel the strain on my arm/wrist. Would it be possible to introduce a sling/moby wrap now? I really don't know why I didn't use one from birth it would have been ideal.

AndHarry Sun 22-Jun-14 20:47:34

Too late for a Moby wrap - they work best on newborns. I'd go for either a ring sling so you can wear her like you would be carrying her on your hip but with arms free or a good soft structured carrier like a Connecta.

MsBug Sun 22-Jun-14 20:47:39

DD didn't really like being in the sling till she was about that age so go for it. Get a sling which is designed to carry bigger babies (eg an ergo) and it should be fine.

if you have a local sling library then you can borrow one and see how you get on before you buy.

Kerryp Sun 22-Jun-14 20:49:24

By 7 months too late for a sling. Don't want to sound like a bitch but have you tried saying no?

Sillylass79 Sun 22-Jun-14 20:53:08

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Rtfairy Sun 22-Jun-14 20:53:27

Thanks very much will research an ergo. Haha how do you say no to a baby? Would they even understand properly? Should I just leave her to scream then, doesn't really sit very easy with me I'm afraid.

HedgehogHairbrush Sun 22-Jun-14 20:56:17

My dd is nearly 3 and still spends a lot of time on my back on our Rose and Rebellion carrier - she was there permanently at 7 months so not too late at all.

Worth contacting a local sling library and trying some out before you buy.

TheJourney22 Sun 22-Jun-14 20:56:35

I carry my Velcro Baby around all day in a Stokke Carrier, apparently ergo is a good one.

There is no way in a million years I could put my Velcro baby down!! At least with a sling/carrier I can crack on with everything I need to!

He too is 7 Months!

Go for it .... best thing ever gringringrin

Kerryp Sun 22-Jun-14 20:56:38

No they prob wouldn't understand properly but your making a road for your own back by setting no boundaries. Will she not go to anyone else til you get anything done?

callamia Sun 22-Jun-14 20:57:35

Ergos are brilliant and simple, but you might prefer something softer for around the house (and during the summer). I use a mei tai - same idea, but softer and tied instead of buckles (also about third of price).

PictureFrames Sun 22-Jun-14 20:57:53

I love my boba 3g, good for 7m (or earlier) up to 20kg so you'd still get lots of use out of it!

Sillylass79 Sun 22-Jun-14 20:58:09

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bayrans Sun 22-Jun-14 20:59:12

I use my sling more now than i did when she was smaller - she's 11 months and can be incredibly clingy! It helps me to get things done and hopefully gives her the closeness she obviously needs.
I have a manduca, it's very comfy.
I'm hoping to master a back carry soon!

cookiefiend Sun 22-Jun-14 21:00:10

I love my lillebaby complete- my nine month old spends half here life in it and loves it. Like an ergobaby but I felt it had better back support.

Rtfairy Sun 22-Jun-14 21:00:39

Course she will but with dp working 12 hour days and being out of the house for 14 I don't always get that chance!

mouselittle Sun 22-Jun-14 21:00:59

I started using the babasling for my DD at 7 months. she loved it.

Sillylass79 Sun 22-Jun-14 21:02:49

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Rtfairy Sun 22-Jun-14 21:03:08

Thanks so much for all your advice, glad I'm not the only one with a velcro baby, wouldn't change her though.

Daveface Sun 22-Jun-14 21:03:48

We have a connecta and love it! Both my babies needed to be carried a lot. I don't believe that I created a "rod for my back", I did what my babies needed & what make my life easiest!

Kerryp Sun 22-Jun-14 21:07:59

That's not so bad, sounded like you never got a minute. sorry if I'm coming across bitchy just trying to be helpful smile x

Rtfairy Sun 22-Jun-14 21:14:55

Have been looking and quite like the look of a ring sling, anyone got any experience with these?

I don't get easily offended kerryp just get very confused by the making a rod for your own back comments. When my baby cries I pick her up always have. The midwife in the postnatal ward actually said I was making a rod for my own back when I picked up my crying newborn a few hours old so maybe it's true confused

MsBug Sun 22-Jun-14 21:19:54

Dd wanted to be carried constantly at that age but six months later she settled into nursery really easily and now isn't clingy at all, so Iwouldn't wouldn't worry too much about that. I think if you let them be close to you when they want to be then they develop the confidence to go off and explore on theirown own.

Sillylass79 Sun 22-Jun-14 21:24:00

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Kerryp Sun 22-Jun-14 21:24:54

Can't believe a midwife said that I thought they were all for this skin to skin and close bonding. Goodness. No I carried mine a lot but often put them down when sore and tried distracting them with something else. Have you got a high hair? Good way to keep baby close when tidying while still giving you own space x

Namelessonsie Sun 22-Jun-14 21:30:37

You could also try a non stretchy woven wrap. I have several and will carry my 3 year old and my 7 month old in them. Dp uses a mei tai for the 3 year old as well

Try to find your local sling meet or sling library, google sling meet and you should find the website with all the listings in the uk, or just search Facebook. Slings are very personal and what fits you might not fit someone else etc due to different cut and padding. Sling meets you can eat cake and try out lots of different slings for free. And eat cake. Did I mention the cake? grin

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