How to choose a sling: tips
If the family is expected to add, you certainly are trying to prepare beforehand so that a small person who has come to a new world should feel comfortable and cozy. Unfortunately, many modern parents choose good strollers, cribs, rocking centers and many more different kinds of children's dowry, but do not even look in the direction of slings. And completely in vain! This accessory can greatly facilitate the life of parents. And the kid probably will be delighted with him.
If you still do not know what it is, be sure to read the contents of this article. In it you will find descriptions of the most popular fabrics, styles, you will see many photos. In addition, practical advice will be given, suggesting how to choose a sling. The experience of many parents testifies that this accessory is not just an unusual addition and certainly not a toy. In fact, it can be a great alternative to a stroller. But the most valuable find is for special children. As well as for special moms.
The high pace of modern life dictates its conditions. Not every woman agrees to the role of housewife after the birth of the baby. Some continue to work, travel, do things they love and improve themselves. And what could be better than free hands and the ubiquitous opportunity to feed the baby? Perhaps, there is no need to dream about more.
It is such a perspective that opens up the sling for parents. It allows you not to take up your hands by wearing a child, and the baby is much more comfortable in it. Noticing that the small passenger is hungry, the mother can feed him unnoticed. Of course, if her clothes do not impede access to the chest. The fabric will securely cover the most intimate from prying eyes. Before choosing a sling for a child, think about whether this function is relevant for you.
And what do the doctors say?
Prevention of dysplasia of the hip joints, excellent support for a flaccid little back, calming the sound of my mother's heart, native smell and accessibility of breast milk - the role of all of the above is difficult to overestimate. Pediatricians from all over the world strongly recommend this baby carry. On the questions of pregnant women about how to choose a sling, doctors respond with great pleasure. In many large cities women's clinics, maternity clinics and children's polyclinics have established support centers for breastfeeding and breastfeeding, where experienced counselors work with young mothers. Of course, with their help it is easy to choose the most suitable option. However, if there is no such possibility, it is necessary to understand all the subtleties yourself.
They are solidary with pediatricians and doctors for adults. All mothers know that to bear and give birth to a healthy child is not a simple task. And to pay for your happiness sometimes you have problems with joints and exacerbation of many chronic diseases. Many young mothers often complain of pain in the lower back and back. Therefore, surgeons cheerfully welcome fashion for slinging. The fact is that the tissue evenly distributes the load between the shoulders, back, waist and hips. Each of these parts has very little weight. This is incredibly better than just wearing a baby in your arms. Surgeons believe that if you choose the right sling, you can get rid of many diseases of the musculoskeletal system without any medications.
About how not to.
Many young parents had time to learn about what slings for newborns. How to choose the best one? Unfortunately, incompetent advice and bright advertising sometimes play us a cruel joke. Even in respectable children's magazines and in the best children's goods stores, we often see something that children can not be strictly tolerated. The main signs of the wrong sling:
- Presence of a lining, foam inserts.
- Fabric with a perpendicular arrangement of the share and weft yarn.
- Synthetic materials.
- Rings made of bent wire.
- Stretch knitwear, knitted fabric.
Why is this all wrong and harmful? The answers are simple. Molded rings will withstand a rather impressive weight, and open ones can be damaged, and the baby will simply slip out. Foam pillows soar, but there is simply no practical use for them. Well, if you sew a sling from an unsuitable fabric for this purpose, then it simply will not be able to perform its functions.
Separately, we should talk about kangaroos. Perhaps this is the worst thing that can be done for a child. He is in an abnormal position for his physiology, he is uncomfortable, and sometimes scary. The kid seems to be suspended for panties. And the parent's shoulders have an exorbitant load. Studies on this topic have been held for more than a year, the more surprising is the availability of such transfers among the assortment of the best manufacturers of children's products, such as Chikko, Maserkea, Aprica and many others. Well, gullible users are tempted by the tempting word ERGO, which is written on the packaging of a completely non-ergonomic backpack-kangaroo. Should I believe in advertising? Perhaps, it is better to abandon the idea of such dubious accessories and think about how to choose the right sling.
How is the slingo-cloth?
The most popular material for sling - a fabric with a diagonal weave, a bit similar in structure to the denim. Its fibers are coiled, smooth, freely sliding. This allows the fabric to stretch a bit, taking the shape of the body of the carrier and the passenger. Due to this feature, folds of the sling are not pressed, do not leave marks on the skin, they do not squeeze limbs.
The composition of the canvas is very different. It is difficult to list everything that exists in today's market. But those who do not know which sling to choose, it is worth paying attention to the fact that the composition of the canvas is a variety of additives. They give the slings special qualities:
- Cotton. The most common material suitable for any season.
- Bamboo - breathable cool material. Ideal for "truck" in which the heavy passenger rides.
- Flax is an excellent load-lifting fabric, which is nice to wear even in summer.
- Silk is a very beautiful material, cool to the touch. Suitable for toddlers with low weight.
- Wool is a soft fabric, excellent for winter, but with a small load capacity.
Of course, this is not all. If you try hard, you can find a super strong material with nettle fibers and even hemp. Very popular are knitted slings. But they are suitable only for toddlers of the first weeks of life. Yes, and to carry the child in knitwear requires experience. Usually it is purchased by mothers who have a second or third baby.
Perhaps this is the most common form. It is a piece of fabric with a length of 5-7 meters, width from 50 to 80 cm. Some manufacturers make non-standard scarves. But this can rather be explained not by practical use, but by the desire to stand out.
The scarf can be worn in many ways. If you decide to learn, you will have to memorize the following terms: CNC, PDA, CNS. Do not worry, as soon as you find out what they mean, you'll understand everything right away. These are just the names of the most popular windings: "cross on your pocket," "cross under your pocket," and "cross on your back." The first two can be used from birth crumbs. And to change on the back better months at 7, when stare at the sides for a walk baby will be more interesting than dozing on my mother's breast.
How to choose a sling-scarf? Trust the well-known manufacturers, pay attention to the seams, carefully inspect the fabric for puffs and stains. External shortcomings do not affect TTX, but they should be found before buying, not after it.
For those who do not like to bother with winding, this option is perfect. You can put a newborn in it and make a six-month-old baby sit. But wearing a one-year-old crumb is unlikely to be comfortable.
Before choosing a sling with rings, remember that there are no foam inserts on the quality and convenient. It is a piece of cloth in size from 2.5 to 3.5 meters, to one end of which two rings are sewn. Pay attention to the quality of the seam and the fact that the rings must necessarily be large and cast. It is enough to pass a free tail into one of them, bend and release from the second, as the case will be done. Of course, it is worth considering that when using a sling with rings, the entire load will fall on the back and one shoulder. Before buying, consider whether this option will suit you.
For confident riders: May-sling and ergo-backpack
When the baby turns 6 months old, you can start wearing it in May-sling or an ergonomic backpack. Do not confuse this wonderful carry with kangaroos! They are made in completely different ways. In the backpack or in May the baby is pulled to the parent body, his ass is planted, as if in a hammock, there are no loads on the spine and the pelvis. Wearing in these shifts is safe.
They are very similar to each other. Only the backpack is held on straps with fastekas, and May-sling - on the ties, sewn from sling fabric with braiding at an angle. Choose a sling-backpack is not so easy. Remember the main rules:
- Stiff back - the main sign of a bad backpack.
- It is advisable to give preference to natural fabric.
- Be sure to pay attention to FASTEX. They must be strong.
- A wide belt is a guarantee of comfortable and long wearing.
A few words about the "shorty"
Above we considered the three most popular and common types of correct child carry. Also have understood, how correctly to choose a sling for the newborn. But there are so many interesting things in the world! Many parents who appreciated all the benefits of this accessory are so sorry to part with their colorful pets.
And it's not worth hurrying at all! For example, kanga can help out even those parents whose child turned 2-2.5 years old, and sometimes even more. This sling shawl is small in size, its two ends are connected on the shoulder, and the other two are on the thigh. Such a transfer is not a find of civilization, it was used by many ancient peoples. And some tribes living in the deaf regions of South America and Asia wear babies in kanga today.
Another popular "shorty" is a rebuzo. This is a subset of the scarf, only its length is quite small - 2.5-3.5 meters. It can also be reeled in many different ways. It is believed that it is possible to wear the baby in a rifozo from birth, but most of all, such a sling is among the parents of grown-up children, who already sit confidently, run around, climbing on their mother's hands only for a short rest. Then the question arises as to how to choose the size of the sling-scarf. It is best to seek an answer by measuring different accessories. If you do not have such an opportunity, try making different windings with a piece of plain cloth. Do not be scared if it is sewn from several pieces. Although, of course, the most effective will be fitting branded scarves.
Today the market presents a variety of slings for newborns. How to choose something that will satisfy all your requirements? It is not out of place to get acquainted with the products of the most famous manufacturers. The following table will help you navigate before choosing a sling.
Ideal for the first scarf, beautiful design, good quality
Some manufacturers produce unique collections of similar accessories. It is unlikely that they will be interested in a young mother who just wondered about how to choose a sling. But those who are in the subject, perfectly understand how you can pay $ 1000 for a piece of cloth, or even more. The thing is that the series with a stunning design is produced in a limited edition. These are the so-called limits.
But it also happens otherwise. A vivid example is the sling "Pamir" from the famous manufacturer "Vatanai". They are made by hand on a loom. Makes their grandmother somewhere in the wilderness of the Balkans. Due to age and unprecedented thoroughness, the craftsman has time to create only 3-4 sling per year. Therefore, they are few. Consequently, the price of one of them can reach several thousand euros.
This scarf is presented in the photo above. Perhaps he is really worth the money. Or maybe the whole story is nothing more than a competent marketing.
Accessories in style
For many mothers, the problem is not just which sling to choose, but also in what to wear it with. Therefore, a lot of popular use slingo-bags, backpacks and many other accessories, sewn from the same fabric as the carrying itself, or connected from yarn to tone.
Do you want to create an unforgettable and vivid image? Supplement the scarf with mittens, earrings, shoes. And on the crumb you can try on leggings or a knitted beret of the same color as the scarf. For a cold season, a special slingo jacket can be an excellent choice. From ordinary clothes it differs in that it has a special insert that covers the baby. The most profitable option - to buy a jacket even during pregnancy. After all, the growing tummy in it is also perfectly fit.
Stars are also in the subject
For several years, the face of the company "Elleville" was the singer Natalia O'Shea. Her cheerful, stylish images with her daughter Nina in the sling inspire moms around the world. The baby is already big enough and has long been able to move independently, but Natalia continues to share her experience with young mothers. She is happy to give advice on how to choose a sling for babies.
Evelyn's son Blondans Semyon, who was born a special child, also spent the first months of his life in bright striped sling. The admirers of the accessory are also Anfisa Chekhova and Maria Kozhevnikova. Not indifferent to him and foreign celebrities: Brad Pitt and his wife Angelina Jolly, Julia Roberts, Gwen Stefani and many others.
Sling carrier community
Active people who love traveling, devote time to their hobbies. They do not slow down even after the birth of babies, often choosing a sling. If you decide to follow suit, be sure to get acquainted with the slings carriers that live in your city. Many of them hold regular meetings for communication and exchange of experience. Those who have already received enough practice, help to get comfortable and beginners. They can help to wind the sling, choose the size, determine its quality and design.
Well, if there is no similar club in your locality yet, perhaps it is you who will rise at its sources? After all, slinggia is not without reason called a contagious disease, which does not leave anyone indifferent, who at least once tried to walk, carrying his precious child in a cozy scarf.