Slinglings with lurgies

The winter weather has started in Canberra, which means three months of non-stop snot in any household with children. When a toddler or pre-schooler has a lurgy, they’re more likely to want holding. And when all of them have lurgies, you might find yourself short of arms to hold them all. Hence slings are a good idea!

Ring Sling

Can’t even tell she’s feeling sick, can you? The combination of cuddles from mum, plus a camera, cheered her up pretty quick.

I prefer a ring sling for situations like this – quick on/off with toddlers who are pick-up-put-down, or if you need a quick escape before they chuck down the front of your top (don’t laugh, I’ve had it happen to me!). Also very machine washable – just pop a sock over the rings to stop them clanking against the side of the washing machine. Also a nice cool sling (well, cooler than putting a feverish kid in a front-wrap-cross-carry in a thick wrap). Especially if you’ve got a mesh sling. And if you do get chuck down your front, just step into the shower – slingling and all – to clean up.

About emmadavidson

An addict who started dealing to support my habit, I have been using baby slings and carriers for a few years now. My children (Sophia, born 2004; Jools, born 2005; Billy, born 2007) are happy to be lugged around town in mei tais, ring slings, soft structured carriers, and occasionally a tablecloth.
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6 Responses to Slinglings with lurgies

  1. Hannah says:

    when my little fella (13 months) is sick, it’s only the ring sling for him – while i’m cooking, he’s in it, while i’m doing anything he’s in it – and he also likes being in it while i’m sitting on the couch and also falls asleep in it when he’s sick!

  2. Isn’t it lovely to be able to sling them to sleep when they feel bad? My girls loved being on my hip in the sling, but my boy likes to be on my front in a mei tai. Either way, I don’t mind a few extra hugs 🙂

  3. Michelle says:

    Hi All,

    My boy is heavy for me in the Jazsling I have, it was great when he was little, but in terms of best for the weight of toddlers, what are peoples views of the best sling?

  4. You can still carry a toddler in a pouch – I like a hip carry. Check out this blog post on carrying a sick slingling in a pouch. But your pouch needs to be the right size, and you’ll need to use it correctly, to avoid a sore shoulder or back. A lot of people wear their pouches hanging quite low with a newborn in cradle carry, which you can get away with when the baby is only 5-6kg. But for a toddler on your hip, you need a good tight fit so your little one can’t lean back too far in the sling. You also need to have the sling cupping the ball of your shoulder, and not twisted behind your back anywhere, to ensure there are no small pressure points.

    Another good option for carrying a toddler is a back carry in a mei tai, soft structured carrier (SSC), or woven wrap. I personally find a mei tai gives me the most flexibility in fit and good support, and I can tie a knot faster than I can find two ends of a clip behind my back. Other people like an SSC with a padded waist belt for extra support, or because they prefer clips to tying knots. And the benefits of a woven wrap include ultimate flexibility in fit and carrying position, plus it’s multi-purpose – also good as a light blanket when travelling, and many other uses.

    Join in the BCD discussion and you’ll find lots of different ideas on carrying toddlers!

  5. Baby Prams says:

    My boys just too big to carry in a sling =(

  6. Nona Mills says:

    My boys just too big to carry in a sling =(

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