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We want every member of the family to be comfortable and protected. And because we're fair, we'll start with the little ones.

These long scarves work for you to hold your baby close to you safely, while you can use your hands to carry other objects or do other activities, and he will stay comfortable as a baby sitter. He will stay comfortable like a baby kangaroo. Do you want to know more about them? Surely after reading this you will want to go for one of them fast.




Summary

  • If you have wondered whether it is really advisable to use slings, where you can find one or how complicated it can be to put them on, we will clarify each of these doubts so that you can get the best out of them.
  • Although the variety of slings is really extensive, we can divide them into 2 groups when it comes to flexibility: rigid and elastic. Each of them will give you certain characteristics in terms of support, material, knots and baby's position.
  • It is important that before purchasing a sling you take into account the age of your child or children who will use it, the material it is made of, the method of fastening and some additional elements you may find.

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Buying guide: what you need to know about slings

We know that our children stay comfortable in them and that they allow us to carry out activities in a more practical way when using them. But there's really a lot more to say about them and here we'll answer your most frequently asked questions.

Slings can suit both mothers and fathers, to keep their children close. (Photo: Jozef Polc / 123rf)

Are slings good or recommended?

Yes! Many health and child specialists recommend the use of slings for various reasons. Unlike other accessories for carrying your baby wherever you go, the sling is completely lightweight, so you will only feel the weight of your baby and it will be well distributed on your back and shoulders.

It's an easy and safe way to carry your child, who will benefit from your body temperature to stay comfortable. It is important to avoid backpacks that suggest this function, so that your child's legs are not left dangling. Although it can be tricky to use for the first time, you're sure to love this product.

Advantages
  • Safety and ease of transport
  • Good temperature for the baby
  • Equal weight distribution
  • Allows hands free
  • Ergonomic posture for the baby
Disadvantages
  • Can be confused with non-recommended backpacks
  • Useful until before the age of 3 years
  • Can be complicated to put on

Rigid or stretchy slings - what should you look out for?

There are many materials from which slings can be made, but they can be divided into rigid and elastic, depending on their feel and support. Here we tell you a little bit about each of them.

Rigid. This type of sling allows you to use it from the baby's early ages until it reaches approximately 18 kilograms. The fabrics used in this type of sling tend to be very varied, such as twill, jaquard, wool and others.

You can use it from the baby's early age

On the downside, you need to place your baby with you to start putting the sling together, to make sure it is firm enough, but comfortable at the same time. This type of sling usually requires the creation of several knots to achieve the final result.

Stretchy. Stretchy slings tend to be a favourite among mums and babies, thanks to the comfort in texture and wearability. You can adjust your baby after positioning the sling, so it makes the process much easier.

They tend to be a favourite with mums and babies

As their fabric stretches, they can start to sag over time, so they are only recommended for babies up to 12 kilograms. Depending on your model, few or no knots may be necessary, and you'll find options in cotton, bamboo, linen and other fabrics.

Rigid Rigid Elastic
Location of the baby Before fitting the sling Before or after fitting the sling
Knots Various Few or none
Weight supported Up to 18 kg Up to 12 kg
Materials Fabrics such as twill, jacquard, wool, polyester Fabrics such as cotton or linen

Where to buy baby slings?

We can tell you beforehand that it is not complicated to find these accessories. You can go to shops related to baby items such as Myma Bebé, Farfallina, Bebé Trapoz y Más, among others. You can also go to shops like Walmart and Liverpool.

However, if you prefer to take a look at the beautiful models that online shops have to offer, we recommend you to go to portals such as Amazon, Mercado Libre, eBay and the online shopping platforms of the establishments we mentioned previously.

How do you wear baby slings?

Perhaps this is the biggest question of all, and it will depend on the type of sling you choose (some of them include instructions). But basically, if you have a sling made of a long piece of fabric, this is what you should do:

Width-wise, take the scarf in the middle and place it around your waist. Cross the fabric over your back and drape the ends over your shoulders. Hold your baby facing you and pull the piece of fabric across your stomach behind her legs. Their bottom should sit comfortably at the level of your belly button.

Position him in a good position and, holding him firmly, drape the remaining fabric across his back and tie it around your back for extra support. You may need help from a third party while doing this process for the first time.

Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate different sling models

Before buying that sling you want so much for you and your child's comfort, we invite you to evaluate these factors to find out which model will be the definitive one to take your child with you everywhere you go in the best possible way.

Baby's age

Slings can be used from when your child is just a few months old until they are 2 or 3 years old, but their specifications will not be the same for them to perform at their best.

Up to 4 months. In this period, it is important to choose a stretchy cotton sling so that your baby breathes normally and the fabric adapts to the posture your little one takes. You can position him facing your chest with his legs tucked in (the usual sleeping position) and place him on his side, as if you were going to breastfeed him.

From 4 to 8 months. Since at this time he will be able to hold his head more firmly, you can opt for semi-elastic slings that keep him firm by means of well tied knots. Make sure that the model you choose allows his legs not to hang down, but that his knees are kept at the same level as his hips.

From 8 months onwards. When children are heavier and have more autonomy of movement, it is important that your sling gives them more support. For this reason, you can start opting for more rigid slings that provide stability for your child and have very stable fastenings, especially when they are over 12 kg.

Did you know that slings strengthen the bond between parent and child? It also gives them an unbeatable feeling of security and warmth

Material

We can't really summarise in a few lines all the materials that a sling can be made of, but today we will name those that are most commonly used and what effect you will get when you use it.

Cotton. This material is the king of comfort and freshness. It has good internal stability that will adapt to the position your baby adopts. It also tends to be very durable, so you can pass it down from generation to generation when your baby is old enough not to use it. As if that wasn't enough, you can machine wash it.

Linen. Linen models are also usually quite cool and hard-wearing, so they are recommended for hot climates or humid places. As it is firmer, it can be a good option for heavier children.

Wool. Yes, it is also common to see beautiful woven designs that are ideal for cold environments (they also allow perspiration). The softness it provides is unmatched and should be washed by hand for extra care, or on a gentle cycle with lukewarm water.

Tie

This is one of the most important factors, as it will determine the level of support and firmness of your child. A good tie will allow you to go about your activities without constantly worrying about keeping your baby in place.

Knot. Most regular slings, i.e. slings that consist of a long piece of fabric, will require you to tie a final knot after strategically positioning it to create a space in front of your child. In this case, it is important that you choose firm models whose knot does not unravel easily.

Loops. Some slings have loops at one end so that you can pass the ends of the other end between them. It is important to make sure that the sling is firm enough for your child, and that the weight does not exceed 10 kilograms. Avoid using it on very young children as well.

Elastic. There are models that you don't have to tie on your own, but have an elastic system to make it much easier to put it on. You just pull the area where the child will be, put it on and that's it. As they are not usually very adaptable, make sure your child stays comfortable and firm depending on the size of sling you choose.

Children older than 4 months can start using semi-elastic or firm slings, as they will be able to maintain a good posture on their own. (Photo: oksix / 123rf)

Additional elements

Although it may look like a simple piece of fabric, there are slings that include novelties that are extremely useful in various contexts. Here we mention the most sought-after ones so you can get to know the options you may come across.

Scarves for twins. Amazing, isn't it? If you have 2 babies, you can opt for slings made to hold a duo of little ones. The number of models in this case is very wide, and you can have divisions in the middle for older children, or a single front sack to keep your children under 5 months together.

Slings with pockets. This can often be seen in firm models. In these cases, you'll find 1 or 2 pockets that allow you to keep items of immediate importance close at hand, such as your phone, a small tissue or your baby's dummy.

(Featured image photo: Jozef Polc/ 123rf.com)

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