We work together closely with many of the wonderful sling libraries in the UK, this post was written by Nicola Lawson from the West Yorkshire Sling Library.
Sometimes, when I teach people to use carriers, I wish I could click my fingers and swap places with them – to have them feel for a few seconds what I feel inside the carrier, so they know what to aim for, so they know how comfortable they can be, so they can feel the possibilities the carrier will open up for them and their children.
This is especially true when a parent is struggling with a complicated carrier that is not right for them, or when their babies won’t settle, or when they are frustrated and needs their hands back straight away before they can even begin to think about what bit goes where and how.
In many of these cases, I reach for a Connecta. As I tell the parent, it fits nearly everybody nearly all of the time, it fits a large age range of children, carries front and back, holds the baby high and close, transfers the weight well around the adult’s torso and comes in a large range of colours and styles. All of these things mean it is a great starting point for anyone looking for a carrier – and many look no further. The lightweight and non-bulky feel of the Connecta can really help parents feeling touched out and weighed down by a baby always in arms, and those who feel overwhelmed by an avalanche of baby bags and wheels and stuff. As a piece of kit, it feels unobtrusive, both when on and when folded, along for the ride. The best carrier is nearly always the one you have with you when you need it, so pack size is important. The fit of a buckle carrier will never work exactly right for everyone, but the soft unstructured Connecta has a better chance than many – moulding to the body of adult and baby.
I have found that the Connecta has near universal appeal, it’s simplicity and buckle fit appealing to those looking for an ‘around the house’ carrier as well as those carrying all day or on long hikes, the fabric feel appealing to those who like wraps, the buckle fastening appealing to those who like structured front packs, even the versatility of the colours and finishes appeals.
Most importantly, for me, a Connecta enables me to get as close as I can to snapping my fingers and fitting a carrier. From the perspective of a busy sling library that fits hundreds of carriers a month, sometimes it is a very positive thing to strap someone in, tighten them up and work backwards from the finished product – when the baby is calmed, the parent is newly hands free, and the possibilities are opening up before both of them.