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As a first-time mum, I found the array of different baby related equipment somewhat overwhelming, and the range of baby-carriers was no different. Like other first-timers I struggled to predict which items were going to be genuinely useful and which would become storage problems.
The Kari-Me sling is essentially a long piece of slightly stretchy fabric which tapers at each end. It is over 90% cotton and is available in lots of colours. The fabric can be wrapped around the parent/carer and tied securely in a simple knot in a number of different ways to provide different ways of holding your baby 'hands-free'.
The sling had already been recommended to me by a number of friends. I must admit, I thought it looked a bit 'earth mothery' and wondered how safe or easy it would actually be to use.
My husband and I were lucky enough to have the opportunity to try out several baby carriers before our little girl was born. This one was by far the comfiest and so we decided to buy one. We looked around for some time for the cheapest one we could find, but soon discovered that they were selling for around £30 on eBay; not much cheaper than the £37.95 the official site was selling them for. We decided to spend the money and get a new one, thinking that it would retain it's value if we didn't get on with it and needed to sell it on.
Our daughter is now 16 weeks old and my husband and I agree that this is the single most valuable piece of baby kit we bought. We used it the most during the first few weeks of her life, when she liked to be close to us all the time. Sometimes being carried around in the sling was it the only way she could get off to sleep.
Some people have said that the sling looks complicated to do up, but we were surprised how easy it has been to learn how to put it on, and we look forward to trying out some of the other ways of wearing it as our baby gets older, after all, the Kari-Me website says these slings can be used up to 3 years old or 33lbs.
It is so portable that we take it wherever we went as 'back up' in case she gets grizzly trying to get off to sleep. Inevitably being popped in the carrier soothes her. Once the pram got a puncture and so I used the sling to comfortably walk 15 minutes into town with her strapped to me. It's also great for shopping in smaller shops or those with steps when you just can't face wheeling your pram around and feeling like you're getting in everyone's way and knocking carefully arranged displays over!
Basically, this piece of fabric may seem highly over-priced, but it's probably the best piece of fabric you'll ever buy!
My wife and I discovered this baby carrier with our second child and soon wondered how we had managed with the standard carriers. This long strip of stretchy and soft fabric can be wrapped and tied in different ways to carry your child on your front (facing you or away) , on your back or at your side. It is so versatile and seems very comfortable for the baby.
The baby is tucked in close against you with no layers of the carrier in between and is well supported it is like giving them a hug while having your arms and hands free. You also are comfortable as we found this to be easier on the back and shoulders than other carriers we had from Quinny and mothercare. The only downsides are that you can get sweaty where the material covers but that is the case with all the carriers I have found. Also you need to master the different ways of attaching your child but this is not hard and there are handy instructions to help.
My second child wanted a lot of attention and this carrier allowed her to tuck him close to her to clean etc far easier than by using a conventional carrier. Highly recommended and well worth a go.
My baby was born early and liked to be cradled and close to me at all times, I found the Kari me sling a god send. I could put him into it and have hands free to do other things like catch up on the ever growing washing pile. He also had times where he would stop breathing in his sleep for the first few weeks and I was advised to let him nap on my chest during the day as my breathing would keep him regulated, the sling was great for this as he could be close to me and I didnt have to be limited to the armchair. The sling comes with a a small drawstring bag and a very easy to read instruction manual. There are many ways to wear the sling and can be worn whilst breastfeeding. I was wearing the sling mainly with baby facing forward and he would snuggle up and sleep. Now he is bigger I have started carrying face forward, which he loves as he is a nosey little thing. It's been great during the cold spell as I wear a big jacket over the top and he is tucked away nice and snug. I did find it really hot in the summer when I first used it and wouldn't take him for long walks as I would be far too uncomfortable. Its great to put on and tie up to wear whilst driving if you have lots of getting in and out of the car to do and dont want to have to have the hassle of getting a buggy in and out. I found this much better than my last sling and will be saving this to use again with any future children.
I am a parent of twins and needed a sling to enable me to have the option of using a single pushchair and sling instead of the tandem.
The Kari-Me is a single piece of fabric which is wrapped around the body and tied in one basic way. Once on, this is then adapted to carry a baby in four different ways. It can also be used to carry older children on your back- it is suitable for children up to 15kg. Although it is initially tricky to put on correctly, after a couple of goes, it really is very easy.
Both of my sons are immediately calmed by being carried in the sling and I sometimes use it to soothe them to sleep whilst I carry on with other activities. It is very comfortable to wear and you really don't notice the weight you are carrying because it is spread out over your upper body. It also has the advantage of being made of wide fabric which you can stretch out across your shoulders to spread the load even further.
I cannot recommend the Kari-Me highly enough and intend to keep using mine until my sons are just too big for it anymore!
I live in an upstairs flat and therefore find it quite difficult to lug our heavy pushchair up and down the stairs constantly, so we made the decision quite quickly to buy a sling to make getting about with our baby easier.
There are a number of slings available on the market, but none of the ones that we saw really appealed as we didn't like how they looked overly manufactured. By chance, we saw a lady wearing a sling in the supermarket, which was exactly what we were looking for. It was basically a very simple fabric sling which housed a very comfortable looking baby! I approached the lady to ask what sling she was using and she replied that it was the Kari-Me and that she thoroughly recommended it!
At home, I investigated on the internet and found more information on stockists and decided to order one. The Kari-Me comes in 7 colours - black, white, orange, pink and blue to name a few. We decided to get a black one and eagerly awaited it's arrival.
It arrived about a week later and we opened the packaging to find our Kari-Me sling. The sling comes in it's own fabric bag/pouch which is made out of the same material as the sling and is the same colour as the sling ordered. It has a 'Kari-Me' label stitched on it in the middle of the bag, with their website address and their logo on it.
The sling itself is very simple - it is a long length of stretchy material, which is folded in different ways to make a sling. It comes with full instructions in the form of a booklet, which shows 5 different ways to wear the sling depending on the age of your baby. The booklet states that it can be used by infants from birth to 3 - 4 years or 33lb toddlers.
It did take a little practice getting used to putting the sling on, but now it's no trouble at all - however this is were it lost a star as it's not something that you are instantly comfortable with doing straight out of the packet.
I love the sling as it makes getting out and about with a small baby a lot easier. It also makes the baby feel safe and secure and encourages bonding. It is also possible to feed the baby whilst wearing the sling.
I would really recommend one of these - I love mine and my baby always drifts off to sleep in it, so it's obviously comfortable!
I bought mine from http://www.birthsupport.org.uk for £37.75.
Having first discovered the concept of "kangeroo care" while working in neonatal intensive care, I was keen to adopt this approach when we had our daughter in May 08. The kari-me sling has allowed us to do that with ease! I found this sling in particular through talking to other mums, the first one who introduced me to it said she'd gone through 7 others before finding this one and wished she'd found it sooner!
The sling is a long piece of soft stretchy fabric which you wrap around you. It does look quite confusing at first but once you have put it on a few times you can do it really easily! Due to you being able to carry the baby a number of different ways (5 different positions from a cradle hold to facing the world to even being on your back!) the sling is suitable from birth and can be used until the baby is 33lbs (15kg). They can be bought from a number of on line retailers, we got ours from the Kari-me website and paid aroud £38, postage is £3.70 for standard 1st class delivery with Royal Mail, there is also an express delivery option if you're in a hurry which will have your sling with you by 3pm the next working day - this option is £7.
The sling comes in a variety of colours - Black, navy, burgundy, oatmeal, orange, turquoise and lilac. We got a black one but will probably get a lighter colour one next time as black shows up drool very very easily!! It is a one size fits all approach as you just tie the sling to fit the wearer - something which appealed as it meant my husband and I can share the same sling! Unlike many of the baby carriers, the baby's weight is distributed more evenly throughout the baby instead of just on her crotch.
I suffered dreadfully with spd in pregnancy and took various slings in to hospital with me as, having been bedbound since 22 weeks, I was anticipating being so for a while afterwards too.. With our daughter being born by C Section too, the sling was invaluable in those early days as it meant she was right there with me and I wasnt having to bend into a crib to pick her up all the time!
The closeness that the sling affords is beautiful, I have carried our daughter in this for most of the day, every day since she was born! She was a good weight at birth at 9lb 8oz yet she doesnt feel heavy in the sling at all as her weight is distributed very effectively around my shoulders and back! In fact, she only really feels heavy if Im carrying her without the sling! Another benefit is as she gains weight my muscles will equally strengthen too making her no more difficult to carry!
It feels so natural to wear her in this sling, she is close to me and can hear my heartbeat, she looks safe and secure. Getting around town or walking the dog is effortless with her in the sling! To that extent we did not purchase a buggy at all and, despite many people telling us we would struggle, we have not regretted that decision one bit 3 months down the line!
As a newborn up until a couple of weeks ago she was mainly in the cuddly position, this was great not only for letting her sleep but also for feeding too - she used to feed feed feed and this sling was the only way I managed to do anything as she can feed on the go! While suffering with colic this sling was a godsend as I could go for a long walk - the rhythmical motion was very soothing to her and she'd be asleep by the time we got home! It's been great for me to start walking the baby weight off and our dog is certainly quite happy with the extra walks when trying to settle her! Now she's 3 months she prefers to face outwards and see what is going on but she still snuggles into the cuddly position well for feeding!
The only downside I can see to this sling is it is a little warm in the summer - I believe the moby wrap sling is a little more lightweight. That said, it's just a case of layering and if she's in the cuddly position on a really warm day the just a nappy is sufficient as the warmth of me and the sling is enough for her! Having said that, it will turn into an advantage come winter - if you have a fleece large enough to go round both of you then she will be as snug as a bug in a rug!
Be prepared for a lot of people to talk to you about the sling - most people havent heard of slings and really do love the concept when they see it!
We love this product, as I said before we've worn it every day for 3 months and washed it goodness knows how many times bt still looks as good as new! At this rate we cant see us needing a buggy for many months - or at least until she is up to the weight limit of the sling! We are putting our other slings on ebay as we have never even used them - and dont think we will do as this sling far surpasses the others by miles!
Kari Me specialises in innovative baby carriers, designed for maximum comfort and safety for both baby and carer. Kari Me is a fabric baby carrier, made from over 90% cotton with no buckles or straps. It can be worn in many configurations, allowing wonder