This is one of the most commonly asked questions we get here at It's A Sling Thing.
There are so many options out there it can seem overwhelming. Here are some of our favourite ways to carry your newborn baby to get you started.
Stretchy wraps are perfect for newborns, and are always our go-to recommendation. They are soft and snuggly, and will fit any sized young baby or wearer. You tie the wrap on first, then pop baby in and out and required. It means you can leave the wrap on all day if you need to, or tie on at home, drive where you need to go and then pop baby in again. Perfect if you're not wanting to stand in a car park while you wrap, or trying not to drop the ends in puddles!
Here's a fab video explaining how to tie on a stretchy wrap.
Video courtesy of Sheffield Sling Surgery.
A Close Coboo is like a pre-tied stretchy wrap. You pop the main section on over your head like a t-shirt, adjust the tension with 2 sets of rings on either side, add the baby in the same way you would with a stretchy wrap and readjust the rings if needed. A long stretchy panel then goes around you both for an extra layer of comfort and security.
Tula Baby Carrier
If you don't like the look of wrapping, you could try a Tula baby carrier with the newborn insert (which is purchased and hired separately). The infant insert is used until the baby is around 3-4 months of age and can sit comfortably in the carrier with their knees able to bend freely. If the fabric of the panel comes past the child's knee-pit, they'll need the insert for a little longer.
Lillebaby Complete Range
The Lillebaby Complete Range of carriers includes the Original, Organic, Airflow and All Seasons models, and has a range of carrying positions to suit all ages. The Fetal position can be used from 7lbs to around 3 months as per the video below. A small blanket is used to sit baby higher up in the carrier, so no extra insert needs to be purchased.
Although we don't currently sell Lillebaby, we have a large selection available to hire from us here. We offer a discount voucher to all hirers of Lillebaby Carriers for use when they go on to buy.
Of course, you can use a woven wrap with a newborn. Unlike the stretchy wraps, you'll need to wrap the fabric with the baby held to you, as the tension cannot be adjusted to accommodate the baby later. A size 6 wrap is a great place to start if you're new to wrapping, but variations of carries can be used with shorter wraps if you're more experienced. Here's a video for a basic Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC) to get you started!
Video courtesy of Wrap You In Love.
As you can see there are many different options available, it's not a case of one thing suiting everyone. We love helping people try before they buy!
See our twin friendly slings and carriers available to rent here.