Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Seven Slings Review
I was a little confused by the sizing. When going by height and weight and all other criteria, the sling size would have been a 3. But, when going by the shoulder to hip measurement, I would have been a sling size 5. When I tried contacting a representative, I was told to go with the 3, so I did.
They do have a wonderful selection of colors and designs and I found it hard to choose which design I liked best. I ended up going with the Supernova. It is a great purple color with white design. The slings regularly retail at $48, but have been marked down lately to $39. I do have to say that they may have the most expensive shipping for such a small product. Over $11! Since I wasn't paying for the sling, the shipping still made it cheaper than the other wraps I had purchased.
It took a while to receive the sling, possibly due to being shipped by USPS, but I have received other items from USPS quickly, so, who knows. When I first opened the sling, it had a strong smell, from the dyes and the chemicals. I was really torn between trying it on with Sweet Pea or washing it. Since I had spoken with someone at the company who had told me which size to get, plus the fact that I did not want any of the chemicals from the dyes touching Sweet Peas skin, I went ahead and washed according to the directions.
After getting it all clean, I looked at the instructions on how to use the wrap. They can be slightly confusing at first, but, since it is obvious how the sling should work, you eventually figure it out. Since Sweet Pea is almost 4 months, we went with the front carry. It requires that her legs be crossed the entire time. I found it really hard to get her situated in the sling. After some finagling, I finally got her situated. She really seemed to enjoy it, but the sling was uncomfortable for me. I looked on the back and realized that she was not sitting in the sling in the "ideal zone". Meaning that the representative should have had me go with the bigger sling. The sling kept digging into my neck and shoulder. I wore it around for a while to see if it would get any better. Again, Sweet Pea loved it. We went outside to push Wild Man on the swing and enjoy the sun. The only reason we cut the use of the sling short was due to me being uncomfortable.
I went back to the website to see if I could return the product, but since it had been opened, I could not. That was a shocker because, how is someone going to know if the sling is the correct size if they don't open it and try it on with the baby? I can see not wanting to have a product returned that had been washed, but I also think it is unprofessional to send a product that smells of chemicals and expect people to try using it with a baby without washing it first. The only way the company does returns is that they will credit back to the card for the purchase price minus shipping and handling. Since I only paid shipping and handling, it doesn't do me much good.
So, I do believe this product would work really well for someone that it was correctly sized for. I think I will even have to look for a different product like this so that Sweet Pea can use it because she really did like this sling.
Here is what I am willing to do, go to www.sevenslings.com and look at the sizing chart. Again, mine is a size 3, but I would recommend basing your size off of the shoulder to waist measurement, assuming that all other measurements fit into that sling size or a lower one. Then, come back to this page and let me know if you would fit this sling. I will give this one away to those who would be interested in trying it. If more than one person is interested, then I will use http://www.random.org/ to select someone.
Posted by Mintee Mama at 10:45 PM