A couple of months back, I was sent one of these super stylish Lifft slings to try out with not so little baby Nia, now just over 10 months. Originally spotted on Babygadget last year, I know it sounds strange but they’re sort of a ‘sexy’ looking sling – snigger!
Anyway…Billed as being “scientifically proven to improve your posture” it does this by letting you carrying your child at the centre of gravity instead of in “unnatural positions” that cause you to put undue pressure on your hips and spine.
There’s no clasps, or fiddly bits, and the constructed fabric instead has a patent pending stretchy panel to help comfort and support the various positions. Available in a three colourways including dad friendly ones, they are sized to fit you so you won’t be sharing the sling with your partner unless you’re the same size.
Suitable from birth up to 32lbs, the sling is really into cradling your baby and creating closeness – you can also slip in a breastfeed if you feel like it.
It’s straightforward to set up – only confusing bit is that it’s pre-folded for first use but doesn’t tell you that so I ended up fannying around with the instructions in confusion.
I obviously didn’t get to try out with Nia when she was a dinky newborn so this ruled out 3 out of 4 of the carrying positions. It was relatively easy to lift her into position – it’s all to do with leg tucks. For her age and beyond it’s the side lift and she must have liked it as she fell asleep really quickly! To give credit where it’s due, it’s great to come across an uncomplicated sling – having to watch a dvd or learn ‘techniques’ for operating a sling whilst bleary eyed or time poor, do not float my boat at all!
It initially felt quite unusual with the focus on one shoulder although I quickly became used to it, however, you can spread the fabric down your arm a little (like the guy in the photo) for more comfort but I found it to be uncomfortable for me personally. It’s not difficult to take them out of the sling and is probably a doddle with newborns, but I haven’t managed to take her out without waking her up. I managed to walk around for up to an hour feeling comfortable and I have to say, Nia does seem to love the cosiness.
They do look good although but I’m a bit more on the down low with labels so would ideally prefer the logo somewhat smaller, although I guess they need to get the name of the carrier out there. They score extra brownie points for being made in the UK plus they wash on a low temp wash and dry relatively quickly. They start from size 0 (6-8) up to size 6 (18/20 or L for men) and are Â£49.99 each, which puts it in the mid price bracket.
I’ll definitely continue to use it although it won’t knock out any of the other slings we use.
Overall: Stylish, very easy to use sling that won’t tax your brain and let’s you get on and use it.
Some may not like: The specific sizes or the big logo.