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Works great but not perfect
on February 9, 2009
I bought this after I found out that the sling carrier we initially registered for has been recalled for safety issues. After reading the reviews on this site and looking at different pictures submitted from the users, it seemed like a no brainer to me. I really didn't know what I was getting.. just assumed that it'd be the same as any other sling carriers I've seen.
First of all, let me say that this carrier works great. Let me caution you, though, that this is not exactly a sling carrier in a technical sense. It's basically a long strand of elastic cloth that you wrap around your body a certain way to create spaces for your baby to sit in. Like I said, it works pretty well for the most part. But before you buy this, I'd like you to think about these facts. You might think they're stupid but I wish I knew them before I purchased it.
1. You can't just pick this up and put the baby in it like most sling carriers(at least the ones I've seen). For the most part, it's not that big of a deal to wrap this around your body and put the baby in but it does take some time and there are times I wish it wasn't as involved to set it up.
2. It takes some practice to get the tightness just right. If you wrap it too tight, your baby will pretty much suffocate... probably not... but you get the idea. If it's too loose, then the baby slides down. It'll still hold the baby but your baby will be on your stomach depending on his/her size. It's a problem when you have a newborn like me.
3. Inevitably, if you repeat the process of taking the baby in and out for whatever reason for a few hours, the carrier will get loose. At that point, you'll have to undo the carrier then rewrap it.
So basically, it all came down to convenience for me and my wife. Its elastic cloth is very well made. You can tell it's made with quality materials. When I put this on just right, I know our baby just loves it. Since it's entirely made of elastic material, it basically fits the baby perfectly and securely. However, we don't live in a perfect world where 3 week old infants patiently wait for you to pick him/her up. At least mine doesn't. That's when this carrier becomes a problem for me. Another thing I just remembered is that sometimes, it gets pretty hot wearing this w/ a baby in it. I live in Atlanta and we keep the temperature at around 66-68 degrees in winter (it's been around 3-40 degrees outside recently). It's not that big of a deal now but I'm not sure how it'll be in the middle of summer.
I will continue to use this carrier. I do believe it's a great idea and it's a very well made product. However, I will probably buy another carrier;namely Amy Coe sling from babies r us. One of our friends has one and it took about 30 seconds to put our baby in there and it won't get as hot in summer time because it doesn't enclose my baby like the sleepywrap does.
Maybe I should've done more research (I usually do), but this carrier wasn't exactly what I thought it was. I figured I'd let you guys know what I found out so you can make an informed decision. Hope it helps.