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Frequently Asked Questions

Are baby slings safe?

Baby slings are completely safe to use and babywearing is good for babies and for their parents! The golden rules for safety, especially when carrying a newborn in a sling are given here in the T.I.C.K.S. rules for safe babywearing.

For more information on using slings safely please see this great article on the website of Babywearing International.

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Which slings would you recommend for a newborn?

Any of the Stretchy Wraps or the Close Caboo are perfect to use from birth and Ring Slings are also a good choice for a newborn as are Woven Wraps
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Which slings can be used for a premature baby?

Most manufacturers err on the side of caution and recommend 8lb as the starting weight for their products. In the US it is a legal requirement to give 8lb as the minimum weight. But using a sling to help with Kangaroo Care for prem babies can be very helpful.
We would always advise that you get expert advice and help with positioning to ensure that you're using your sling safely with a premature or low birth weight baby. Please see the T.I.C.K.S. safety guide for more info.
Stretchy Wraps are one of the most popular choices for prem babies, but ring slings or wraps can be used with a premature baby. The Caboo Baby Carrier is suitable for preemies from 5lb. 
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I'm buying for a newborn but want something I'll still be able to use when my baby is much older and heavier - what would you suggest?

Wraps are a good buy as they are perfect for newborns but are still good for carrying older heavier babies. The less stretchy wraps are more comfortable with a heavier child so the woven wraps are good if you want something that will last you well past the first year.
If you would prefer a more structured, conventional looking carrier then we recommend the Connecta. These carriers can be adapted for newborns and are great for older babies and toddlers too as they are very versatile and can be used on the back which is ideal with a toddler.
Ring slings are also suitable from newborn and are useful with an older baby or toddler as they are great for carrying older ones on your hip. 
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Which slings are good for breastfeeding in?

You can breastfeed comfortably in an just about any sling or carrier with a bit of practice!
Stretchy wraps and Woven wraps both work well, stretchies can be slightly easier to use for feeding tiny babies in than woven ones as the flexibility of the fabric can make positioning easier. A young baby can be fed in a stretchy using the cradle position to begin with but many mums and babies manage to feed successfully in a more upright position once the baby is a little older and has better head and neck control. Woven wraps come into their own at this pont as there is so many different carries you can try to find one that works for you and your baby whilst nursing.
A ring sling is also an excellent choice for long term breastfeeding because even quite long babies and toddlers can be positioned comfortably at the breast in a ring sling. Of the ring slings, the Maya Wrap or the Ellaroo Sling are the easiest to adjust precisely as they have no thick padding. This enables you to get your baby into exactly the right position at the breast. Soft Structured Carriers can also be used very successfully to feed in an upright position.
To enable you to breastfeed discreetly in a sling without flashing your tummy, front opening clothes, ones with a low neck so you can access the breast from above, or a nursing top can be useful. 

Please remember that feeding in a sling or carrier isn't completely hands free, you should keep a close eye on your baby at all times whilst nursing and little one should always be returned to a high, upright position  once they have finnished feeding.
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My baby is very heavy, what sling would you recommend?

If you are buying for a baby under 5 months old we would recommend any wraparound sling, the Close Baby Carrier, the Pikkolo, the Connecta or the Maya Tie. They spread the weight evenly across both shoulders, your back and your torso and are amazingly comfortable to use.
If you are buying for a baby 5 months or older a wraparound sling is still a good option. For much heavier older babies a woven wrap has a slight advantage over the stretchy wraps as it supports your back a little better.
Other great choices for a heavy baby of 5 months plus are the Patapum Baby Carrier, the Catbird Baby Mei-Tai, the Pikkolo and the Maya Tie. These are extremely comfortable as they distribute the weight evenly across both shoulders and onto your hips. They can be used on the back once your baby is about 6 months.
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Which slings would you recommend for an older baby or toddler (6 months plus)?

Many of the slings sold at Little Possums can be used past 6 months and into the toddler years. Please see the question above for information about which slings are best for heavy babies.
If you are specifically looking for something for a toddler (18 months plus) then the The Connecta Toddler Carrier is very popular and works well even for pre-school age children.
Ring slings can still be very handy with older babies and toddlers. Although they don't distribute the weight quite as evenly as wraps and Soft Structured Carriers, as long as they spread well over your shoulder and across your back they can still be comfortable with an older baby. Ring slings are great for quick ups and downs with a toddler who likes to walk some of the time but come up for a cuddle or a carry now and then.
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I have problems with my back, which slings would be suitable for me?

If you are prone to back problems you should choose a sling which will distribute the weight as evenly as possible across both shoulders and your torso.
If you are buying for a newborn Wraps are good for this, as is the Close Baby Carrier and the Connecta.
If you are buying for an older baby wraps and Connectas are still very supportive but you could also consider the pther Soft Structured Carrier . These structured carriers are good for people with back problems as they distribute the weight onto your hips very effectively. For front carrying you should make sure that the sling is adjusted so that your baby is held nice and high on your chest and close into your body so that the weight is not pulling on your shoulders.
If you have back problems please be sensible. We would advise you to consult your GP or a qualified professional such as a babywearing consultant, physiotherapist or chiropractor if you are concerned about your back. If carrying is painful, listen to your body and try to give yourself a break.
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Is it possible to use a sling while recovering from a caesarian section?

Many women use slings successfully and comfortably after a c-section, most women who have a normal recovery find they can use a sling around 2-4 weeks after the operation. Any of the slings that are suitable from birth can be used after a section. If you are using a sling which ties around the waist you will want to tie it fairly high so that it won't press on your scar.
As with back problems, please be cautious about carrying your baby if you're recovering from a c-section. Consult your GP if you have any concerns. If it's uncomfortable or painful then leave it for a few days before trying again.
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I'm expecting twins - what sling could I use for them?

None of the slings we sell are specifically designed for use with twins. While it is possible to put two babies in one close caboo or wrap, it's may not be recommended by the manufacturers for safety reasons. However carrying one twin in a sling will free up your arms to hold the other one, so a sling can still be a very useful tool when coping with newborn twins.  It may be helpful to seek advise from your local sling library or babywearing consultant for advice about carrying 2 babies in one sling.
You can also use two slings wearing one twin in each sling with one sling on each shoulder. You can do this with any ring sling or pouch sling.
Another option with older twins is to carry one on your front and one on your back either using wraps, soft structured carriers or a combination of the two.

For really detailed information and advice about babywearing twins please see these wonderful articles at babywearer.com. One deals with babywearing infant twins, and the other with using slings with older baby/toddler twins.
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My partner and I are very different sizes - will be both be able to use the same sling?

Not necessarily. With pouch slings the sizing is very important and it's likely you would need different sizes. However the Hotslings Adjustable Pouch will adjust to fit most sizes. The standard sized ring slings do fit most people but if one of you is very large or broad you might need a large size.
The stretchy wraps will fit all shapes and sizes as they are very long and if you are small and slim you just wrap it around your waist an extra time before tying. The Ellaroo Wrap does come in different sizes but if you need a large wrap for the larger person, the smaller person can just have longer ends and tuck them out of the way.
All of our soft structured carriers will fit most people as they have adjustable waist and shoulder straps enabeling them to fit fit people of all different shapes and sizes athough some very petite people may struggle to get the waist strap and/or shoulder straps tight enough.
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I want to be able to carry my baby and push my toddler in a buggy, which slings are suitable for this?

Wraps are great for this, as are the Close Baby Carrier or soft structured carriers. All of these slings feel very secure allowing you to be confidently hands free to push the buggy. An unpadded or lightly padded ring sling will also work well as you can get it adjusted very snugly.
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I want a carrier that I can get on my back by myself, what would you suggest?

With practice it is possible to get any of the soft structured carriers on to your back on your own. For example the Patapum Baby Carrier can be put on your back relatively easily on your own. See our photo instructions for how to do it! It does take some practice but once you've got the knack it's becomes second nature. You can use an adapted version of this method for back carrying in any soft structured carrier but it does take a little practice to get confident at this. Please don't try until you are sure you can do it safely!
It is also possible to do a back carry in a Woven Wrap on your own but the learning curve for this is quite a bit steeper, see our photo instructions for details of one method of doing this.
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I want a sling that's really quick and easy to use, what would you recommend?

Most people find Soft Structured Carriers are very quick and easy to use. Ring slings are also very quick to put on with just a little practice. For newborn and younger babies the Close Baby Carrier is also quite quick and easy and spreads the weight on to both shoulders. With any suitable  carrier a back carry takes a little bit more time to master but once you get used to it it will be just as quick and easy as the front or hip carries.
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My baby is over a year old - is it still worth buying a sling?

Definitely - of course we would say that!   But loads of mums of older babies and toddlers use their slings nearly every day. Once you've got one you'll wonder how on earth you ever managed without it! Take a look at the advice above about choosing a sling for an older or heavier baby.
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My husband won't wear anything that makes him look too 'alternative', what would you suggest?

If you're buying for a newborn the the close caboo is quite conventional looking and is available in some dark, neutral colours. Many of our Soft Structured carriers also come in neutral, dark colours which  are usually very popular with fathers who prefer something simple and plain looking.
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