A huge thank you to Rachel from the North East Sling Library for this guest post!
I am well known to be a huge advocate of the Connecta Baby Carrier and currently have 36 across the sizes and types in my sling library. They are a well-designed carrier, accessibly priced and easy to use; for many they are the ideal introduction to slings and carriers. The Birds of Norway Print Connecta Baby Carrier I purchased in 2010 got me hooked on slings and they will forever have a place in my heart because of the memories that sling had.
The buckle mei tai design of a Connecta Baby Carrier means they are ideal if you are wanting a carrier that folds up small. I can fit 25 standard size carriers folded into one Ikea Drona box for example. Actually needing to achieve this doesn’t happen very often; as they are so popular with the parents I work with. I am frequently told “I want a Connecta” and some I will not see for months as they come back and go straight out again. Across the sizes and styles I have 36 Connecta Baby Carrier in my sling library; they are by far our most popular sling.
Traditional soft structured carriers because of the heavy padding on shoulders and waist bands can be difficult to fold and store, even if you know how to fold them well. But for me, I want a carrier that will fit in my handbag along with the various trappings of modern life. My slingee is nearly 3, walks a lot and I no
longer need a changing bag, so unless I plan on carrying the sling in my arms it has to fit in my handbag. Roamy of Eastbourne Sling Library is the same. I currently use a Toddler Size Connecta Baby Carrier, Roamy a preschool size, yet we both share the same ability to put it in our handbag just in case.
When Connecta Baby Carrier is delivered to you it arrives in a strong cellophane sealed packet. How many of you never get the carrier back in it? I want to show you how.
Firstly, lay your carrier on a flat surface with the hood folded flat against the body of the carrier.
Then taking each shoulder strap separately fold it so that the buckle and webbing sits flat underneath itself touching the top of the carrier. Then use the female part of the buckle which is attached to body of carrier to pin shoulder strap in place.
Next taking the waist straps bring them so they are parallel with the bottom of the carrier before creating a triangle fold in webbing and bringing so it sits in a vertical position. Repeat on both sides.
Next, fold the carrier into thirds by bringing each side of carrier, complete with shoulder and waist straps to the middle. Finally fold carrier in half and secure with the accessory strap. Folding your carrier this way ensures it sits flat.
Folding it correctly though isn’t the only way you can fold it, fold it in half again and it will be even smaller. The solarweave fabric Connecta Baby Carrier can be made even smaller still, so perfect if you are travelling and only have limited space. I got a solarweave standard size as same size as our house phone. A standard size almost half the size of a standard folded in the method described above. How small can you fold yours?
And the best bit, when folded correctly the whole range of Connecta Baby Carrier are almost exactly the same size! (Preschool, toddler, standard, solarweave standard)