Babies love to be held and moms and dads love holding them but baby carriers make it a little bit easier to do. With Baba Slings, parents can choose from five different carrying positions. There's an upright inward-facing position for babies from birth to 2 years, an easy rider position that is good for sleeping and breastfeeding babies from birth to 6 months, a hammock position for sleeping and breastfeeding babies from birth to 2 years, the hipstar position for babies from 4 months to 2 years, and the Joey outward-facing position for babies from 3 months to 6 months.
The sling itself is made of 100-percent cotton and is machine-washable. There's even a pocket on the front and a loop for keeping toys, keys, or other odds and ends handy.
For parent comfort, the sling has a wide and thick shoulder pad and for babies, there are padded side railings to provide extra comfort and support.
The railings can be adjusted using the double strapping system. One strap adjusts the bottom railing to give baby enough room for his bottom to sit in the sling while the other strap adjusts the top railing to ensure the fit is tight enough to hug the baby close to you. The adjustable straps also ensure that Baba Slings can be easily adjusted to fit both mom and dad. Baba Slings also utilize two buckles: a large side-release buckle and a built-in safety buckle strap underneath. Both of these are located on the shoulder pad side.
It's going to take some practice to put the Baba Sling on. Essentially, you're going to fasten both buckles making sure the safety buckle strap is longer than the other straps. Tighten or loosen the two adjustment straps so that one is longer than the other. Then, with the label on the sling facing forward and the longer strap closest to your body, slip one arm through the sling and the sling over your head. The label should sit at your collarbone to ensure that the shoulder strap sits evenly on your shoulder.
Then, it's time to put your baby into the sling. Even though there are five different positions, they all start from the upright position. You're basically holding the child facing you with his chest against your chest, and then slipping the sling over the baby's head and boosting the baby up into position. The bottom of the sling should come up to the baby's knees, and the top of the sling should reach the baby's armpits or the back of his neck. (You can have an older child stand in front of you while you crouch down and put the sling over his head, and boost the child into position as you stand up.)
If you need to tighten the straps, reach behind you and pull on each strap separately.
It's easy to take off Baba Slings without waking up a sleeping baby. Hold the baby around his chest with your non-shoulder pad arm, and swivel the baby and the sling diagonally in the opposite direction of the shoulder pad so you can more easily reach the buckles. Reach back with the shoulder pad hand and unclip both the large and the small buckles.
The Baba Slings Standard design comes in a variety of solid colors including black, navy, chocolate, mocha, gold, lime, turquoise, and pink.
With Baba Slings, you get all the benefits of baby wearing (bonding, hands-free, calming a baby) plus a variety of position options for babies who are alert and looking around, sleeping, or breastfeeding. And you can go from position to position without having to remove the baby, so if you're getting tired or the baby is getting fussy in one position, switch to another one.
This is not the most ergonomic baby carrier, which might be one of the reasons why it's recommended you switch shoulders every 45 minutes when using Baba Slings, but it is adjustable so that it can grow with your baby and easily accommodate whoever is wearing it. That means that mom and dad can both use this. We also like the added pocket and loop for keeping an extra diaper and some wipes, a cell phone, keys, or toys handy without the need for also carrying a purse or diaper bag.
Just keep in mind that it's going to take some practice to figure out how to correctly wear the sling and position the baby in it. And we found it difficult to tighten the straps once we were already wearing the sling, so we think it's going to take some time to break in the straps before they easily move with just a pull.
Baba Slings are adjustable to fit parents of all sizes, and the slings can hold babies from birth–2 years, or with babies from 6.6 pounds–28.66 pounds. However, it's recommended that you consult a doctor for use with babies under 8 pounds.
It's going to take some practice to figure out the correct way to put on a Baba Sling and the correct way to get a baby or toddler into the sling based on the carrying position you want to use. It's recommended that you practice first on a doll, and that when you do try it out with your baby, that it is at a time when both you and your baby are relaxed, well-fed, and calm. There are helpful online instructional videos at www.babaslings.com.
While you don't need to remove the baby to change positions, it's recommended that you change shoulders every 45 minutes, and you will need to remove the baby from the sling to do this. When changing shoulders, also make sure you reverse the length on the adjustment straps. The longer strap should now become the shorter strap and vice versa.
We found it difficult to tighten the straps once we were already wearing the Baba Slings. We're chalking that up to the sling's newness and hope that the straps become a little easier to work with once they have been broken in.
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