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The best sling?
There is no best, but the ideal baby carrier will be:
Safe to use and ensure baby's airways remain open
Appropriate for your baby's developmental stage
Work for you and your carrying needs
Comfortable for both parent and child
Fit you and your baby well
Fit in with any physical considerations you or your baby may have
Each of the slings in the library are chosen as they provide the correct positioning for a child’s developing spine and hips, enabling them to be seated in the spread squat or ‘M’ position with the fabric spread knee to knee.
In any carrier a child’s body should ideally be facing in to your body most of the time. If facing out this should only be done for short periods of no more than 20 minutes with babies who have full head control, from around 5 months of age minimum.
There are different types to suit different needs and individuals, each with their own advantages and features, depending on your situation you are carrying in.
There are broad categories of the different types: wraps (woven or stretchy fabric), ring slings, soft structured carriers or tie on carriers.
There are different manufacturers of each type that in general work in similar ways but vary in their shape, size, design, features, fabrics, age suitability, and comfort.
By hiring from the sling library it is up to you to make the decision of which carrier you like the most and is the ‘best’ for you.
A family may find that they use various kinds over the course of their child’s development and for different occasions, or you may find that you need just one or two that take you all the way from newborn to toddlerhood (and beyond), or for whatever length of time you would like to carry for.
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