I'm looking for some input. So for Christmas/Chanukah I'm going to ask for a hip or back sling to carry Noah around in. I've noticed when I carry him, Noah seems more content. It's not that he doesn't play on his own sometimes or ride in the stroller or shopping cart, there's just moments when I need to get things done (ie. vacuum) and don't want to leave him in the playroom alone. Noah's not the type of guy to play within eyesight when I'm trying to do the dishes and such, he just takes off to explore. Noah is active. I know all toddlers are active, but Noah is what some may coin as "spirited". I don't want to label him, but a book I read by Dr. Sears describes his personality to a tea. That said, Dr. Sears suggests for intense little guys like Noah, carrying them around sometimes, snuggly and close to you has an over all calming effect on their intensity. It's true, I've noticed him first hand become calmer, relaxed, and more able to focus after carrying him around durring housework for a half hour or so. When I was done carrying him, he played on his own very nicely focusing and not bouncing around.
Sooooo....I just can't decide which sling to ask for. I need something comfortable and easy on my back. I think it's the Preemax hip carrier, sold over at BabiesR'Us that I looked at online. It has pockets, very urban and sporty, I looks a littel rough on the shoulder though. I'm also very intrigues by the soft slings and wraps. Things like hotslings and maya wraps. I have a baby backpack but after a while, the almost 25lbs of Noah is a lot. Do any of you know if wrap slings help balence out the weight across your back?
I even made a wrap last spring in hopes of saving money. It just wasn't the right fabric, it had no give and soon the seams began to almost rip.
If anyone out there has had exeperience with wraps and carriers that they liked or disliked, could you let me know? Thanks!