You have already made the most important decision!
You want to carry your child and I think that’s wonderful.
Now of course the question is whether a sling or a baby carrier?
Here you can find out the most important information and the main differences between the sling and the baby carrier.
The sling (types, advantages and disadvantages)
Slings come in different lengths and weaves.
A distinction is made between woven and elastic slings.
Elastic slings are cuddly soft and fit perfectly to the baby’s body and your proportions.
They are very comfortable and can be tied up without any problems.
For this reason, they are particularly popular with fathers and newbies to carry.
The elastic slings are perfect for newborns or premature babies.
Usually the towels are made of 100% cotton.
The production of an elastic sling makes it particularly elastic in the transverse direction.
The main disadvantage of elastic slings is that the slings can only be used up to 7-9kg. If the weight is too high, the material gives way too much.
In order to achieve good stability, only binding techniques should be chosen in which 3 layers of the fabric are placed around the baby’s back. This means that the number of binding variants is of course lower.
Here, too, there are some differences between the slings.
On the one hand, there are different blends.
A blend is understood to mean the material or the composition of the materials of a cloth.
In most cases, a sling is made of 100% cotton.
In the meantime, however, there are also numerous mixed forms. Cotton with hemp, silk and linen are popular. But wool and special materials such as Tencel are also used in the towels.
Every material has its own characteristics.
On the other hand, it depends on the weave of woven slings.
A distinction is made between plain weave, body weave and Altas weave.
Benefits of a baby wrap
- also suitable for newborns
- usable until the end of the gestation period
- offers many possibilities of wearing through different binding variants
- Child can be carried in the front, back and on the hips
- Baby sits in an ergonomic position in the towel
- Squat spread position is guaranteed
Disadvantages of a sling
- Long ends of the towel that hang on the floor when tied
- Tying techniques need to be practiced
- It takes a moment longer to put on
My recommendation for slings
It depends a little on the season and the binding methods that you want to use.
Basically, however, a cloth made of 100% cotton is the best choice, especially for beginners.
In terms of length, I recommend a size 6 or 7 (depending on your own height and stature).
The baby carrier (types, advantages and disadvantages)
Baby carriers, also known as baby carriers, are probably a better choice than a sheet for many.
The focus here is on quick donning and the simplified form of ergonomic carrying.
Baby carriers are available in many different versions and sizes.
A distinction is made between Mei Tai, Halfbuckle, Fullbuckle and Onbu.
The difference lies in the system of tying or closing and the way of carrying.
Carrying aids can be completely tied or provided with a buckle system similar to a backpack.
Baby carriers either have longer waist straps to tie or a shorter strap with a buckle.
It definitely depends on the baby carrier you buy.
Note: Unfortunately, some commercially available baby carriers are not well suited to carry the baby or toddler ergonomically.
The following advantages and disadvantages only relate to good and ergonomic baby carriers.
Benefits of a baby carrier
- Creation works faster
- It takes little practice to put it on
- Many baby carriers have extra headrests that either hold the head, help sleep or protect the baby from sun and wind.
- An appropriate squat spread position is guaranteed
- The baby can be shaken and thus assumes a healthy posture thanks to the rounded back
- Most baby carriers can be used to carry babies and toddlers in the front and back.
- With some models it is also possible to carry the baby on the hip.
Disadvantages of a baby carrier
- You usually need different sizes (baby size and toddler size). However, this depends on the brand.
- The different carrying systems should be tried out to find the right one for you and your baby
- Fullbuckle carriers usually have many buckles and options to vary lengths. That can be quite a lot at times
- Some Halfbuckle baby carriers consist of a waist belt and strips of cloth to tie. With this variant it can happen that the long ends hang on the floor
My recommendation for baby carriers
Here I can only fall back on my own experiences.
I love wearing with a hip belt and straps to tie, so-called half-buckles.
For me, the Tai Tai from Kokadi was a great choice at the beginning .
For fans of the full buckle system, I recommend the Emeibaby *.
So, baby carrier or sling?
I am definitely a big fan of the baby carrier as well as the sling.
It just has its own advantages and disadvantages.
For newborns, slings are simply a great choice.
The fabric hugs the baby’s little body perfectly and thus offers an all-round feel-good moment for child and parent.
However, you really have to be aware that a fixed application, by the way, is rather more difficult with a cloth. The long lengths of cloth are also rather unsuitable in some weather conditions.
A baby carrier is quicker to put on and is a good all-round solution.
Ultimately, everyone has to make the decision for themselves.
If you are completely undecided, a carrier consultation can help to find the right carrier for you and your baby.