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Old 01-24-2008, 01:07 PM   #21
 
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My Hotsling (size 4) is fitting kind of tight. My daughter is getting bigger and with her winter coat, I feel like I'm crushing her little feet. I front-carry her. Anyone have any tips? Should I switch her to hip-carry? She's almost 7 months.
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Old 01-24-2008, 03:04 PM   #22
 
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I've been doing the hip carry with Sol since he was 3 months and it works well. What I like even better is a tummy to tummy hold - put her in just like the hip carry but rotate around a little so she's right against your chest. Oh, and when I do the hip or T2T I have to do the "shoulder flip" with my Hotsling so it doesn't feel too loose.
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I'm so excited to see a babywearing post on this site!!! I miss the days of wearing my little one(he's 20 months now & thinks he's a big boy). He refuses to be worn now, but i've already got my next carrier picked out for the next one!!!!
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Old 01-24-2008, 09:38 PM   #24
 
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I keep hearing about hotslings... is there anything different about them versus other pocket slings?
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Old 01-25-2008, 07:13 AM   #25
 
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I have to laugh because my daughter keeps trying to stand inside the sling. Anyone else's baby try to do this?
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Old 01-25-2008, 07:20 AM   #26
 
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LOL medussa - does that mean you sling her with her feet tucked in? If so that may be why it's tight now, she's old enough that she can have her legs out in both the tummy to tummy and hip carries. Just make sure to put her bottom deep in the curve of the pouch seam so that her knees are bent and higher than her bottom (it's more secure and prevents the pouch from cutting into the back of their knees).

Amneris, nope a hotsling is just a brand name pouch. She does have cute fabrics and favors cotton lycra which is a good thing to have in a pouch but in the end it's just a tube of fabric with a curved seam on one end that's sewn with a pretty sturdy french seam. If you want to check out ways of making something similar visiting Rev. Jan's site is a good way to go (she has intructions for making various carriers on her site) :

http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/

There's also the UpMama sling which is a hybrid ring sling with a pouch seam in the middle. I still tend to prefer a ring sling. I couldn't get the hang of it with Ian so I favored my hotsling but with Ryan I was finally able to master it. That's all I've used with him. I like to carry my kids high and tight to avoid the back and shoulder strain and a ring sling lets me get a snug fit.
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Old 01-25-2008, 07:24 AM   #27
 
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LOL medussa - does that mean you sling her with her feet tucked in? If so that may be why it's tight now, she's old enough that she can have her legs out in both the tummy to tummy and hip carries. Just make sure to put her bottom deep in the curve of the pouch seam so that her knees are bent and higher than her bottom (it's more secure and prevents the pouch from cutting into the back of their knees).
Yes, I do. I'll do a little experimenting and will report back.

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here's a pic of what I meant about the knees:

http://www.hotslings.com/s.nl/it.A/id.729/.f
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Old 01-25-2008, 08:23 AM   #29
 
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Dylan tries to stretch his legs sometimes, and he's too little to have his legs out. Sometimes he gets frustrated and I have to take him out of the carrier for a while. I can take his legs out in a wrap, but for some reason he's decided lately that he doesn't like the Moby anymore. I think we're just a mei tai family, so he'll need to have his legs froggied until he'a a little older.
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I have to laugh because my daughter keeps trying to stand inside the sling. Anyone else's baby try to do this?
JJ did before I started carrying him with his legs out of the sling - I think the way that Marielle described it. It was so funny!
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Old 01-25-2008, 08:54 AM   #31
 
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LOL medussa - does that mean you sling her with her feet tucked in? If so that may be why it's tight now, she's old enough that she can have her legs out in both the tummy to tummy and hip carries. Just make sure to put her bottom deep in the curve of the pouch seam so that her knees are bent and higher than her bottom (it's more secure and prevents the pouch from cutting into the back of their knees).

Amneris, nope a hotsling is just a brand name pouch. She does have cute fabrics and favors cotton lycra which is a good thing to have in a pouch but in the end it's just a tube of fabric with a curved seam on one end that's sewn with a pretty sturdy french seam. If you want to check out ways of making something similar visiting Rev. Jan's site is a good way to go (she has intructions for making various carriers on her site) :

http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/

There's also the UpMama sling which is a hybrid ring sling with a pouch seam in the middle. I still tend to prefer a ring sling. I couldn't get the hang of it with Ian so I favored my hotsling but with Ryan I was finally able to master it. That's all I've used with him. I like to carry my kids high and tight to avoid the back and shoulder strain and a ring sling lets me get a snug fit.
That's what I was thinking. I have a couple of other pouch slings by a different company that were gifts, and I was thinking of making one. I was just wondering, because I hear a LOT of people talking about hotslings, and when I checked their site, I couldn't believe the prices! Same thing with some of the wraps out there. Yes, I think I will be making my own from here on in.

I much prefer ring slings too - and I think they look so much prettier when matched with an outfit. I have a GORGEOUS shantung silk one.
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Old 01-25-2008, 09:28 AM   #32
 
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I much prefer ring slings too - and I think they look so much prettier when matched with an outfit. I have a GORGEOUS shantung silk one.
It sounds really nice! Could you post a pic?

Marielle, Pixie-- I'm not liking how the top of the sling feels when I'm doing a hip carry. See the part of the sling that's right under the bebe's arm? It's just not tight enough for me. This is where my Maya Wrap just blows the Hotsling out of the water.



Okay, I'm posting a pic of how I'm carrying Lilly. Am I doing it wrong?


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Old 01-25-2008, 10:21 AM   #33
 
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I keep hearing about hotslings... is there anything different about them versus other pocket slings?
They're just a different brand out there. Hotslings don't suit my son very well. I tried one with him and he didn't like it - my friend put him in hers and he still didn't like it. The best thing to do is try different types with your baby until you find one the works for both of you.

I wound up getting a Little Stars pouch sling. They're not as pricey as Hotslings - and they're made here in Canada.
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Old 01-25-2008, 10:25 AM   #34
 
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I don't like my mei tai. I force myself to wear it but I don't like it.
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Old 01-25-2008, 10:57 AM   #35
 
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medussa you've got Lily positioned perfectly in that shot. If the top rail feels too loose for you (I see you did the shoulder flip in that shot too) then you might consider it's a bit too big? I know it's really hard to size a pouch from experience. If you know someone local who is seamstress they can take in that curved seam a bit or you can try getting possibly a smaller pouch.

Do you feel like there's too much give in the top rail even with the shoulder flip medussa? I can't tell from the picture. I was an in between size and also bought my hotsling way back when she was sewing them herself and would do some to order. Mine is snug even without the shoulder flip but the shoulder flip pretty much brings it up tight like a ring sling would on me. I say maybe consider a smaller one or having that one taken in if you feel it's too loose still.

Also perhaps a pouch with a deeper curve. I have a zolowear cotton pouch that has a much deeper curve in the pouch. The rails are definitely snug but the deep curve allows room for baby. Also the zolo pouch is adjustble using a button and three button holes that make it as snug as you'd like. Might be an option.
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Old 01-25-2008, 11:09 AM   #36
 
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If you have a cotton hotsling, you can shrink it a bit. I think I remember seeing instructions on the babywearer forums.
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Old 01-25-2008, 11:25 AM   #37
 
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If you wash it and dry it in the dryer, it should shrink it slightly less than a size down.
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Old 01-25-2008, 11:42 AM   #38
 
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DH would like to be able to wear our baby sometimes, especially when he's on the computer. Any suggestions for a carrier that would work well for him? (He's a big guy.)

He's being deployed at the end of the summer, so we don't have a lot of time to search for a good fit before he'll be off.
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Old 01-25-2008, 11:58 AM   #39
 
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I'd ask him what his preferences are. Will he be able to do buckles? If so maybe an ergo or similar soft structured carrier. Is he willing to learn ties? Then perhaps a mei tai (I know a dad who's wife had his mei tai made out of his army clothes, can't remember the name now).

Can he read a bit about the pouch carries? If so that may an option too. My husband is also pretty big so I had a pouch made for him (53" worth of pouch, pretty big) and he didn't wear it much. I think he was fumbling a bit with the newborn stage and really doesn't go out with the babes alone until they are toddlers and much more prone to walking.

But since your hubby has expressed an interest there are definitely carriers that fit bigger guys and/or WAHM that make carriers and can make one to fit your husband.
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Old 01-25-2008, 12:00 PM   #40
 
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My husband likes my mei tai more than I do. They have really long straps so they can fit most anyone.
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