When I had just the one baby, I could lounge about cuddling him all day, but when you have a toddler to look after as well as a newborn baby, that isn’t really an option and so I have decided to venture into the world of babywearing.
Babywearing is proven to have untold benefits from helping with bonding to aiding a babies development, but it is also very convenient in a busy modern day world.
However, finding ‘the sling’ isn’t as easy as I first thought and after being thrown various different recommendations, I decided this wasn’t something I could invest in without trialling a few different slings first. It was then a friend of mine recommended going to our local sling library, where I can take different slings for a test run and also be shown how to use them properly so that both Elijah and myself are comfortable.
I wanted to trial a wrap style sling to begin with, but found all the different ways of knotting it a bit daunting, so I was advised to try the ‘Caboo Duo Baby Carrier’ by Close Parent. The Caboo Duo is considered a hybrid. Effectively it is a pre-wrapped wrap, meaning it is a lot easier to get to grips with and extremely quick to put on and take off, which is particularly helpful when you have a toddler to keep up with.
I was a bit dubious about babywearing after hearing that it could damage their hips, but was told Caboo Duo keeps the baby in the ‘frogged leg position’ which doesn’t put any strain on the baby’s hips and is therefore perfect even for a newborn baby like Elijah.
I am very petite (borrower size really), so I did find that once Elijah was in the Caboo Duo and it was tightened, there was a lot of leftover fabric that needed to be knotted to avoid it becoming a nuisance around my legs, which did make the carrier look a bit bulky. I did also find that when I wore the Caboo Duo for a long period of time, it did make my back ache slightly. But this could be because I’m quite tiny and Elijah is a bit of a chunk, opposed to the carrier itself.
The Caboo Duo was a good starting point for our babywearing journey, but I’m not convinced that it is ‘the sling’ for us. That doesn’t mean it won’t be ‘the sling’ for someone else though as overall I think this is a good carrier.