Thanks to Beatrice for this Frugal Baby Tip!
It's possible to do just about anything with the baby in a sling- it
just takes practice and a good sling. I think the Maya Sling is the
best of all of them - I feel much more secure with the baby in that than any of the others I tried.
Because it doesn't have all of the padding, it can be cinched up tighter. Dora is 2 1/2 weeks old and I have: done laundry (in the cellar), folded diapers, prepared food, washed dishes, read to my other kids, nursed my other kids, gone on walks with the kids, gone to the playground with them, typed at my computer, sewn diapers, cleaned up the house, and more... All with the baby in the sling! Though I know I should be taking it a bit easier than that...
I have been using slings for four years now, so I am very comfortable using them, but as I said, it really just takes practice. If the baby is in the sling securely, there isn't much you can't do. If having the baby in the front gets in the way (like while washing dishes), then you can use the Maya (I wouldn't recommend using the padded style this way, however) with the baby on your back.
*That* does take some practice - you have to be sure the baby is cradled very securely far down in the sling and have it cinched tightly before being pulled around to the back - you can also just pull the baby around to your side.
I prefer the sling overall, instead of the pouch, though I do like the pouch for back carrying, as there are no rings to cut into you once it is pulled around to your back. The sling is more versatile of course, since it is adjustable.
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