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.
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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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