Question 1: I am looking for a carrier for a new born. Which ones are suitable?
Answer: Any of the baby slings that are available at Baby Slings and Carriers are suitable from newborn. Generally ring slings are the preferred choice for younger babies, as their spine is not strong enough for them to be carried in upright carriers.
Question 2: I'm buying for a newborn but want something that can last till my baby is older and heavier. What do you suggest?
Answer: Baby ring slings are a good bet for carrying a newborn up to toddler-hood. For younger babies, the best positions are the snuggle-hold and the cradle-hold. For older babies or toddlers, you will find it easier to carry them on your hips with the use of the baby sling to keep them secure. However, if you prefer more support or if you have backaches, we will advise you to consider the Patapum Baby Carrier instead once the baby can sit well and has good neck support.
Question 3: What type of carriers are good for breastfeeding in?
Answer: Generally, all baby ring slings are comfortable to breastfeed in without exposing yourself. When you become more proficient with the ring slings, you can even breastfeed baby on the go - while walking, shopping, eating or even playing with your older children, without anyone ever knowing. While in the cradle position, you just need to adjust the sling a little and let baby latch on, then adjust again for a tight fit so that you can breastfeed discreetly and on the go. The Moms In Mind baby sling is excellent in this aspect since it has no thick padding to interfere with adjusting your ring sling to the perfect fit. Nursing tops (especially those with the nursing opening just below the chest area), as well as low necklines can be an asset for discreet breastfeeding while baby nurses in the baby sling.
Question 4: Should I buy a baby sling or a baby carrier if I have a heavy baby?
Answer: A baby ring sling is a good choice for babies less than 5 months old. Your baby will normally feel heavier if you carry him or her for longer periods without the use of any baby carriers as a baby sling or baby carrier will help distribute the baby's weight on stronger parts of your body (eg. shoulder or hips) compared to your bare arms. However, especially for baby slings, you may like to be aware that the fabric itself also plays a big role. For example, the cotton ones or the silk ones tend to be better choices for a heavier baby since the fabric is not as "slippery" as the cotton sateen ones.
If you are buying for a baby of more than 5 months, the Patapum Baby Carrier will definitely be your preferred choice. It is extremely comfortable as it distributes the weight evenly across both shoulders and onto your hips (the natural carrying position). It can also be used on your back once your baby is older and you are more proficient with using the carrier.
Question 5: Which baby sling or carrier would you recommend for an older baby or toddler?
Answer: All the baby slings available at Baby Slings and Carriers are suitable for use for older babies and toddlers. If you are specifically looking for something for a toddler (around 18 months) or bigger sized babies, then the The Patapum Toddler Carrier is the preferred choice as it works well even for pre-school children of around 4 or 5 years old.
Baby slings can still be very handy with older babies and toddlers. Although they don't distribute the weight quite as evenly as the structured types of baby carriers like the Patapum Baby and Toddler Carriers or the Ellaroo Mei Hip and Mei Tai Carriers, as long as they spread well over your shoulder and across your back they can still be comfortable with an older baby for short periods of time.
Question 6: I don't want to spend too much time learning how to use a baby carrier. What do you suggest?
Answer: Most people find ring slings very quick and easy to use, after just a little practice. For those who are looking for something even simplier to use, you should take a look at the Ellaroo Mei Hip & Mei Tai Carriers. For older babies, the Patapum Baby & Toddler Carriers are also a cinch to put on using the front-carry position. The back-carry position takes just a little bit of getting used to and when you learn how to use it, it becomes very easy. Check out can our instructions to find out how to use baby slings.
Question 7: My baby is already a few months old. Should I still get a baby sling or baby carrier?
Answer: Definitely! Lots of mothers with older babies and toddlers use their baby slings or carriers nearly every day. Even when a child learns how to walk, there will be instances when he or she feels tired and wants to be carried. Also when you are out for longer, your child may also want to sleep. The Patapum Baby Carrier will be your best bet when you find yourself in such a situation (if your baby is above 5 months old and can sit unassisted) since it is so easy to bring around. Once you've got a good baby sling or carrier, you'll wonder how on earth you ever managed without one.
Question 8: I'll like my husband to help carry our baby sometimes but he doesn't like to look like a Mommy. What do you suggest?
Answer: Some fathers dislike being seen in a baby sling. You may like to opt for the Patapum Baby Carrier if your baby is older. It is functional yet stylish with its simple design. They are especially popular with fathers who prefer a baby carrier that is simple and functional, yet comes in a solid colour.
Question 9: I am convinced that babywearing is for me. How can I choose the right baby sling or baby carrier for my baby?
Answer: Congratulations on making a wise choice. Choosing from such a wide range of baby slings and baby carriers in the market can be mind-boggling. At Baby Slings & Carriers, we help you take the guesswork out by giving you some suggestions. You may wish to take a look at our Baby Carrier Selection Guide for the key considerations before choosing a baby sling or baby carrier to get a better idea how to choose your carrier.
Question 10: There are many hard type baby carriers in the market and I think they are more comfortable since the baby is not close to your body and they won't get warm. You don't seem to have such baby carriers. Is there a reason?
Answer: You are not alone when you ask this question. As a babywearing specialist, we pride ourselves in recommending only baby carriers that is comfortable for you and your baby and made with the health and safety of both parent and child in mind.
Baby carriers made of soft breathable materials are superior to hard type baby carriers, since they do not compromise on the snugness factor, thus protecting you and your baby's spinal health. Hard type baby carriers do tend to cause baby's body to "bob around" within the baby carrier which can result in injuries that cannot be seen with the naked eye. This is not unlike us banging our bodies against a hard surface. Ouch!
Soft cotton or cotton blend baby carriers wrap better around the baby's spine, protecting and supporting the fragile spine. This helps promote a more healthy spinal development in the child and the resulting snugness factor in turn helps lower the center of gravity and promote a more effective and efficient weight distribution for the wearer.