Friday, August 22, 2014

The joy of babywearing

I'm a sucker for cuddles. I can't help it, I love having her near me. The rush of happy hormones I get from a cuddle with my baby girl is too good to pass up. I didn't start out intending to baby wear with her, but it soon became obvious she loved snuggles too so we kind of fell into it. Once she outgrew her wrap carrier I found myself unexpectedly sad about it.

It turns out we didn't end our baby wearing journey afterall, we just had a temporary break until the SUPPORi came into our lives. I first heard about the SUPPORi sling when I collaborated with Little M owner Michelle for my second bloggerversary giveaway back in February, but we only started using one ourselves recently. I'm so glad I found a simple no fuss carrier option for her now that shes over 10kg.

SUPPORi doesn't have any straps, clips or buckles that need to be adjusted or wrangled into place. Thankgod. Its simply one piece of fabric that slips over my head onto my shoulder and then bub sits in the other side. Its super simple to get on and off and provides a secure hip carry. It can only be used for a hip carry so babies must be able to sit up unaided and be 7-15kg to use this carrier. It suits us fine because bub has only wanted to be hip carried for a while now and the majority of traditional baby carriers dont have a hip carry option.




The SUPPORi is made from triple woven polyester mesh which makes it durable and breathable which is great for the humid queensland climate. Bub breaks out in heat rashes quite easily so I always consider breathability when choosing anything that'll be close to her skin. The mesh structure means it's also able to be worn in water. We haven't tried it in a pool yet, but I have worn her in the shower. She normally wriggles around in the shower so having her securely held against me gave me peace of mind. She seemed to like it to because she nearly went to sleep. The sling also air dried really quickly after being wet.




As the sling sits diagonally across the body from shoulder to hips the weight is transferred to the deltoid muscle in the shoulder instead of the trapezius muscles like most carriers. That may sound all gobble-dee-goop, but basically it means that you wont get a sore neck or back after wearing the SUPPORi. The sling fits quite snug across the shoulder which at first took some getting used to for me as I'd only used a wrap carrier which went over the top of my shoulder next to my neck, but once I got used to the new sling I found it quite comfortable. It certainly does take her weight off my hips and back and I don't experience any neck or back pain while wearing her or afterwards. It does restrict your shoulder when wearing it so you can't lift that arm above your head when its on. I usually would carry bub on my left hip, but when using the SUPPORi I put her on my right hip so that my right arm still has full movement (because I'm right handed). It can be worn on either shoulder, that's just the most comfortable for us.

The SUPPORi is not an adjustable carrier so it comes in various sizes and its important to get the size right to ensure bub is held securely and safely. Theres a size chart on the website that can be used as a guide when choosing your size, but if you have any issues or worries you can contact Little M directly and they can help you to determine the correct size. My measurements put me right on the cusp of M and L so I tried both sizes in order to work out the correct fit. The size M fit on me, but when I put bub inside the carrier it was too tight and restrictive for both of us. Even though I'm only just into the L size according to the chart, I found this to be the best size as it fits bub in comfortably and shes still close enough to me that its not too big. I can use it completely hands free, but as suggested, I usually still use one hand to support her back. I did this even when I used the wrap carrier as it just makes me feel more connected to her having a hand on her back.


The SUPPORi has come in handy on so many occasions so far and we should get another year of use out of it at least (at the rate shes putting on weight). The best advantage for me so far is that I can take her shopping by myself without tantrums and crying. If shes in the trolley she quickly gets bored and crys for me to pick her up whereas if shes in the sling shes quite content. She just snuggles into me even more when she gets tired now and I can't complain because I do love the cuddles.



If you'd like to purchase a SUPPORi, used the code findingmyselfyoung at checkout to save 15%.



Do/did you babywear your baby?



Toni x

Disclosure - I was gifted a SUPPORi sling for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own based on my experience with the product. I did not receive payment for this review. This post may contain affiliate links.



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22 comments:

  1. Oh you guys are just SO cute!!! I didn't babywear. I tried the bjorn with both girls and neither of them liked it. I do wonder though how they would have liked a sling. My 22 month old is quite clingy at the moment and I often wish I could use a sling now with her so I can keep working while carrying her.

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    1. I bought a carrier from Kmart before she was born (it was like a seriously cheap version of the bjorn) and she HATED it. She loved being in the wrap though and shes fine with the sling. I think maybe she just has an aversion to buckles and straps on carriers like I do.

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  2. Just adorable! Locky is full go beans and needs to run free but does love to cuddle but when it suits him! haha. I didn't wear Locky much and by the time we purchased our Manduca carrier he was 2 months and didn't like it much at all. I intend to wear baby number #2 and use a wrap rather than a carrier. Hopefully he likes it as it will free my hands to then deal with Locky. This sounds like a fantastic products and one I've never heard of.

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    1. I used the Woogi Woo bamboo wrap with her until she was 10kg Maria and I loved it! Theres a review of it on here on the Mummy Must Have page. The SUPPORi is great for toddlers, but they'd have to be used to being worn already Locky would probably crack it if hes not used to being restricted. Something to keep in mind for #2 though. Can't wait to meet him!

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  3. ahh shes such a cutie! I didnt wear mine at all really they were too heavy!! my daughter i did for the first couple of months because she screamed whenever i put her down or walked out of a room but then she was ok (thank goodness) This looks like a great carrier i could have done it for a bit longer with this way of balancing on your hip more and using better muscles. we're a couple of kg out of the weights now but i'll keep in mind if someone is every looking for a carrier . thanks for linking for sunday brunch xx

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    1. Shes a big bub too, shes been in the 80th+ percentile for weight for ages (which is probably why my back loves the carrier lol).

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  4. I should have worn some kind of sling for as much as I carried my littlest around. Then maybe my back wouldn't be in such poor condition. Wonder if I still could find one big enough for her.

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    1. I'm surprised there's so many slings that go over 10kg, I really thought we'd have to stop when she hit 10kg (which was before she turned 1). My back would be so bad if I didn't have the added support.

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  5. Rosie still loves being worn even now at 2. In fact, she looked out the back door this morning and saw two of her carriers on the line and got upset that her 'uppies' were out in the rain!

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    1. Uppies! That's such a cute name for them.

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  6. My lump is way too big and heavy for me!! I almost died carrying him to do the school pick up the other day as I did not have time to get the pram out!!
    I wish I could have baby worn more than I did.
    Great review and photos!!

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  7. My children went in and out of baby carriers as they went in and out of stages. I found I wore my subsequent babies more than the first. It is easier to play and hold hands free! Plus, I was less able to leave baby on the floor playing with a bigger child around. I miss holding my babies permanently now. Of course then, I was so so over it!

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    1. So true I will have to be much more careful with the second bub with a toddler running around.

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  8. Beautiful photos, Toni. I used the Baby Bjorn and the Hugabub. I've heard great things about the SUPPORi and by the looks of your photos - both mum and bub are very happy with the cuddles it provides :)

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    1. Yep very happy with the cuddles :)

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  9. I tried wearing Elliott but he just didn't like it at all, but in hindsight, I probably had the wrong carrier and I was also nervous about using a sling. Next time, I'm really keen on using one and this suppori sling would really save my back I think!

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    1. She hated the first carrier we tried when she was younger, but she loved the wrap carrier and likes the suppori. I'm not sure why, perhaps just the age she was when we tried or it could be the material and fit. Babies are so hit and miss.

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  10. You two are just so cute! This would come in so unbelievably handy some days. xx

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    1. I'm giving one away this week on my Facebook page Hope.

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  11. Elsa Booty
    Love this picture of you guys ! Also l would love to win the sling as I really need it now that bub is bigger and the carrier I have is too small for her .

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    1. They grow too quickly don't they!

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