Slings of Beauty: Connecta Baby Carrier Review


I've talked about slings before, when I first started this blog in relation to some tongue in cheek postnatal fashion tips in 'Bringing out your Lando'. For me, wearing a sling made me look (and feel) like a middle aged man, complete with tash, wide stance and a beige ensemble of fabric trailing from my waist. But in saying that was a necessary evil.
 
Yep, I had pretty much resigned myself to my beige fate: Not only would I be feeling like a postnatal frump but I would be trapped in the modern day equivalent an oversized greying nursing bra worn on the outside of my clothes in the form of a baby sling.
 
UNTIL, I found Connecta at a baby fair.
 
TOTAL SLINGS OF BEAUTY!
 
My mouth was agog with they array of designs for every person and every occasion. my eyes drank in their beauty and I thought about them for days, pawing over the designs - and then I got the chance to review one.
 
The next dilemma was choosing which fabric design. I went for the 'Vivid Meadow' design, a fantastic summer stand out print but also with a black background to move into winter too (but I fear now I have become an addict that may need a different patterned winter version - like the Harris Tweed or the Liberty Prints - drool!).

Vivid Meadow in all its sling beauty
 
See, even the baby's love the designs
 
So many patterns. I urge you to go the their website...though you'll need your wallet handy as you will want one, or two, or maybe three just to be on the safe side (y'know, one for summer, one for winter and one for special occasions?). I think you may even be able to tempt Dad's as there is literally something for everyone - buses, owls, floral, wildlife, DNA.... Here are some of my favourites:

Liberty Mauverina (Picture Credit: Connecta)
 
Shipshape (Picture Credit: Connecta)

Harris Tweed Charcoal (Picture credit: Connecta)
 

So what's down low on these beauties?


I've put this baby through its paces with my, er, baby for the past month and I'm pleased to say, beauty is not just skin deep, it's Connecta carrier deep.
 

Let the games begin...<cut to daily grind montage>

Now I have a very active three year old now and I can't be doing with a heavy double buggy to lug around, or even a single buggy which First Born, despite his 3 years, feels the competitive need to jump on board as soon as I put baby Bobcat near it. So a sling has been nigh essential.

  • Firstly, it is comfortable, surprisingly so for me after I had got so used to my old structured baby carrier. The straps are padded and if you wear it cross backed the weight is spread even more evenly. No more slouching with your papoose baby - wear that cling-on with pride!
  • Secondly, it's really, really easy to put on. Just click, smooth, click, click, tighten and you're away. It really is that easy. Far easier than my tie up material sling, of trailing bits and slinging lengths over my shoulders.
  • Thirdly, with my second child, I've tried not to take so much 'thing-a-me-doodles' with me and am aiming for even a normal hand bag. Yes a normal bag! And you know, it's even possible with this sling, as you can literally just sling the sling into a bag. This carrier is always with me either in the car or my bag, so you can even be spontaneous. I know, complete game changer.
  • Fourthly, it is wonderful to have your baby held so closely and securely to you. You don't need to be an attachment parenter to see the benefits, particularly if you are on your second. Gone are the days when baby wearing was just for 'hippies'. It's just so convenient and in my poorly constructed scientific trial consisting of my own two children, there was significantly less crying with the second baby worn child that the first sporadically worn child. And anything that can lead to a more settled child is the parents friend.
 Much easier on sand than a buggy
 
 We've had some great sling bonding chats together
 
 
  • These carriers last. The standard size will do you until toddler. Then they even have more Conecta's in toddler size and preschool, which is ideal if you're packing light for a holiday or a festival and you know that those little legs are going to get tired but don't fancy lugging that buggy. And think, more room in the case for toys and loo roll that way.
  • Fifthly, don't worry, this is the last point - this carrier has been great comfort and source of entertainment to my son. It is the ULTIMATE comfort teether! There's a little collection of Connecta teething babies out there, 'Gummers anonymous', chewing away on the strong fabric rim in bliss. On a practical note, it also washes well for all those vommy gummy babies (of which I have).
Hungry gumming baby carrier eyes
  • No hang on, one more thing, as Colombo would say - the hood - what a great idea! Slip it over when they are having a nap (it also helps support their head and neck in that floppy sleepy state), when the sun is shining or when you are caught in a drizzle. Fab idea!
 
The only thing I would love to see on the Connecta slings, is perhaps a carry pouch sewn into the sling so you can just fold it all up into itself - then my life would be complete.
 

The Summary

These slings are where functionality meets loveliness. A carrier that can go with your outfit, not just over it.
I would highly recommend these if you want something that is not only comfortable for you and your baby but also ticks your long forgotten fashion mogul boxes. Everyone deserve to feel great after they have popped another human or been a slave to the night feed - Connecta brings a little somethin' something just for you.

Top Connecta Tips:

  • Please go and visit their store or like me visit them at a baby show. They were very very helpful and lovely at the fair I attended, but ultimately they are experts in how to get the most out of the sling and be comfortable in it. Sling videos are great on how to put them on, but nothing beats a personal fitting. Most people wouldn't buy a buggy without trying it out and seeing how all the bells and whistles work, so do the same with a sling. It's well worth it to get the comfort factor and be able to perfect the smooth art of wearing the sling on your back (which you can also do with Connecta).
  • Or go and see a sling consultant. My local was fantastic at top tipping and lends out Connectas so you can try before you buy and helped me do this 'leg roll' thing which I don't think I can explain here but it helps get your child sitting more ergonomically and distributes their weight more comfortably on you.
  • To show off the beautiful fabric, clip the hood up but fully extend the hood straps so you can see the outer fabric.
  • Connecta's slings are in high demand, due to the sheer gorgeousness of them and they literally fly of their shelves in Godalming, Surrey (and virtually on-line shelves also). Keep an eye of their Facebook page for when each fabric becomes available or sign up to their email list.
 

Disclosure: I was given a sling to review but all the views are my own. Connecta's are awesome!

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15 comments:

  1. I also love connectas! I hired one from my sling library for ages but am missing it now. Might have to invest in one properly. And you're right so many pretty designs!

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    1. They are THE best! You won't be able to just buy one though!

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  2. I'm such a big sling fan after having a couple of high needs babies but like you, I love carriers as well! This one looks beautiful and what a happy baby :) Mim x #twinklytuesday

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    1. This one is a great mix between sling and structured carrier - its all soft and ergonomically lovely. The patterns aren't half bad either...have I mentioned those?!

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  3. This looks like a great carrier - I love how the baby's head is supported & the hips are in the healthy position. Also, it looks great, I love the colors you chose! Lovely review #TwinklyTuesday x

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    1. It's such a godsend, and it looks pretty darn good too - what's more to love?!

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  4. These look fantastic and gorgeous all at the same time! We never really got on with our carrier...not because it wasn't good but Zach wasn't massively keen on it. I regret not trying him in it more though but you know, the screaming kinda put me off! If baby number two happens, there will be lots more sling action! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

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    1. A sling is definitely required for number 2! It's strange how the first one never seems to get on in the sling but then the next one seems just fine with it - mine were like that.

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  6. You mention that you would like to see a send in pouch that it packs up into.. It already has this feature! Did you know you can fold it up and tuck it into the hood? You just need to pull the two layers of fabric apart to tuck it in. You can also hide the hood in the body panel this way as well so that the full back panel can be seen without the hood hanging over it.

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    1. Oooh thank you for telling me, I'll have a look at that later. Can you tell that I probably didn't read the instruction booklet that came with it (probably because I had a toddler clinging to my leg whilst trying to feed a baby at the same time as answer the door to the tesco delivery man)?

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  7. You mention that you would like to see a send in pouch that it packs up into.. It already has this feature! Did you know you can fold it up and tuck it into the hood? You just need to pull the two layers of fabric apart to tuck it in. You can also hide the hood in the body panel this way as well so that the full back panel can be seen without the hood hanging over it.

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  8. You mention wanting a sewn in pouch on the sling... Did you know you can fold the connecta up and tuck it into the hood?

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