You know that "FREE BABY SLING!" promo you receive in your mailbox? or hospital samples pack? or email? I tried it and I wasn't disappointed.
First of all, the "free" sling isn't free. Because of this I recommend getting a gift set instead of just the sling because the discount code marks down the entire purchase. My "Autumn Blaze" size 5 gift set is listed as $72.00 and marked down to $44.00. The code "SEVEN" takes off the $44.00. A mysterious $5.00 charge sticks around plus $11.95 shipping. So my "free" $72.00 sling gift set was actually $17.00, which still isn't bad considering most baby wearing options are in the $50 range.
After a good pre-wash in warm water and a hang dry, the fabric stayed the same size and the smell was gone. I slid my nearly 17 pound 15 week old into it and started making faces at her in the mirror - she started laughing! That was a great sign that she was comfortable. I love how easy it is to get her in and out of it. It also folds up very nicely into my diaper bag. It's not adjustable so I don't think I'll be able to fit my giant baby into the sling when she's 35lbs, but I'm going to enjoy it as long as I can.
The holds that the models use on the website are for skinny moms with small babies - they won't necessarily work if you're an average size woman (or man.) When I use it, I don't fold down the portion that fits over my shoulder and arm; folding it made it too tight to slip her into the sling. I recommend getting a size or two larger than the size chart because it doesn't account for chests or post-pardom bellies. I have a petite size 8 frame but a large chest, so my size 5 works very well.
|My 17lb baby and me using a size 5 sling from Seven Sling|
|Wearing a 20lb 5 month old|