October 18, 2007

Babywearing Tip Of The Week: Trying It On

I often hear from readers wishing there was a way to try out all the baby carriers before committing to buy- especially when you're spending $50-$100 or more. I wouldn't buy a pair of jeans online unless I'd tried them on before, and a good baby carrier is worth just as much as a good pair of jeans... And you also have to consider if your baby will even like it, too!

Here's some suggestions:

1. Seek out babywearers near you- check online at places like TheBabywearer.com and Mothering.com- they have forums for finding local babywearers. You might have to register to view the forums, but it's worth it! Most babywearers own more than one (sometimes several!) slings. Meet up somewhere and try 'em on!

2. Find your local La Leche League and/or Natural Parenting group in your area- most often they will at least sell ring slings and are more likely to have babywearing Mamas with slings you can ask to try out.

3. Call around to local baby and maternity boutiques to see if they sell baby carriers you can try on. You might be surprised where slings are sold (ahem, I think even Target is selling some good ones now!)- and if you don't find any close to you, maybe you can suggest they start selling them!

4. Check out helpful resources like the Tummy 2 Tummy DVD, a babywearing instructional video, or the awesome Sling Comparison Chart at Mom4Life.

5. Know the return policies for the online sites you are interested in purchasing from. Many sites are flexible with returns if it's not what you had expected.

Cross-posted at Smart Mama, where you'll find more Mama-to-Mama words of wisdom!


  1. I wish I would have known about your site before I bought a crappy sling that dug into my shoulder and gave me migranes everytime I wore it. Ah well. Thanks for the tips. If I ever have another baby I'll pick a better sling.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. :)

  2. Fantastic tips!

    I also would say if you have access to a birth center near you, call and ask if they have babywearing classes or can put you in touch with someone who does them. Also see if you have a babywearing group in your area. I think NINO is defunct now, but most places would still have a group that's going strong.

  3. Thanks for the tips, Steph. It is a bit overwhelming to see all the different types of carriers and not know what will work best for me.

  4. As always great tips! Also, if your in the NOVA area, I would be thrilled to help you - :)

  5. Thanks for the (always) helpful hints! I need more advice on how to keep wearing my baby as she grows... people keep telling me they use slings for their toddlers but I can't figure out how to use them? (I'm guessing that DVD would help me out, right?) If you've already posted about this, send me a link. Thanks again!

  6. I just wanted to add - finding an Attachment Parents International or NINO (I think NINO morphed into API?) in your neighborhood will also help you to find like-minded moms who would have slings to try.

    And I have learned that there is a learning curve, especially with slings. (I had only previously used structured carriers, and a sling felt a little weird the first few times.)


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