Sunday, June 8, 2008

Shopping

So there are a few things that I want to research bit better with this baby, namely slings and nursing bras. I had a sling when Ethan was little, and because he was colicky, he really needed that closeness, but I hated the particular sling. It was an adjustable kind that had a buckle closure. I always felt like it was insecure and I hated all the extra fabric hanging around. So I am researching the pouch style slings that are sized to mom's body rather than being adjustable. My friend who had a baby last month has one and she let me try it on with her baby in it. We are roughly the same size on top so I was able to see what it would feel like. I really liked it! The baby felt so much more secure than I remember with the sling I had. So I am really looking at two right now: Hotslings and Peanut Shell. So I would love to hear opinions from anyone who has a sling, especially if you have one like this that doesn't adjust but is fitted!

The other thing...nursing bras. I have bought my nursing bras cheaply at Motherhood with the boys. I remember not really being totally happy with them. But Aaron weaned himself at 8 months, so I didn't really need them to last. Ethan's were nasty by the time I weaned him when he was a year old. I never felt like they were totally comfortable, and they weren't totally supportive, and they didn't last long. I had to replace a couple of them with Ethan too. So this time I want to invest in some good ones. I am planning to nurse longer with this one and I really want them to last and be comfortable. Fortunately for me, Jenni at One Thing posed a nursing bra question this week! She has so many more readers than we do so she got tons and tons of responses. So I am going to look at what was recommended to her. Of course, I don't get absolutely huge, so that is not a consideration for me like she said it was for her, but still, it is a great starting point. Any suggestions on good nursing bras? I know I have a few months to consider, but you know, I like to be prepared!

12 comments:

Mrs. Amy Brigham said...

I had a Hotsling, but did not care for it. I was careful to purchase the correct size, according to the site's chart, but still found the sling not to fit correctly once Peapod got past the whopping eight pound mark. With that said, I do have a pretty green & blue paisley Hot Sling, in size 5, that I would happy to send you if you might want to try this sling. Let me know if you might be intersted. :o)

For nursing bras, I really like nursing tanks, either by Target or Glamour Mom. I wore these under "normal" clothes to turn them into nursing clothes and found them to be more comfortable and hold up better than regular nursing bras. Besides a price difference, the main difference between Target's and GM's tanks would be the size of their opening; Target's is quite large and GM is quite small. Even the Target ones provide great coverage, though, and I say this as somebody who was very very busty when I first began nursing and using these ;o) I used the tanks until miraculously slimmed down way too much to use them, and have used regular soft, no underwire bras for nursing ever since; I just flip up the bottom to nurse...easier than many nursing bras. haha. Also, I didn't find these tanks to be way too hot, even in the GA heat...thought that info might be relevant to you. :o)

Johanna said...

My friend's hotsling that I tried on was a size 4. Although it fit now at 4 months pregnant - a good estimate of how I look after giving birth - (I measure a 4 on their site), I have seen many reviews that say to order a size larger than what you measure. Since I don't seem to produce babies smaller than 8 lb. 12 oz. at birth, I figured that ordering a size 5 would be wise. I'd love to try yours if you are truly willing to part with it.

I used nursing tanks too. But I always wore them over my nursing bra because I felt funny not having a "bra" on. The ones I had had a shelf bra, and I am not busty enough to feel secure in a shelf bra. But I love, love, love them for nursing in public!

Mrs. Amy Brigham said...

Johanna, I would be so thrilled if somebody could use it! Email me your address when you get a chance and I will get the Hot Sling sent off to you in the next week or two. I'm pretty sure I know where it is, but it's still Box City here ;o) (mrsbrigham(at)yahoo(dot)com)

Joanna said...

...well, it's a good thing Amy came by to read this because I'm staring at the screen going, "What's a h-host-ling? Hots-ling? Oh, HOT.Sling!" Yeah...

People hate me when I talk about my bra size so I'm just going to say I don't have that problem and call it there. You know what is funny though? Now that everyone I know is a nursing mother, people hate me because of my bra size, but I used to get made fun of for having such a teeny little chest.

I hope you get it all figured out. Sometimes I forget that really, you're not that far off. It's me that's got to wait forever here.

I'll have to check out nursing tanks. I've never heard of that before.

minnesotamom said...

I will have a post coming up later this week about a pouch sling given to me by Mod Mum. I actually wish I'd ordered a size smaller than what I did. Then again, I have a fairly skinny baby, which could be part of the "problem."

I never found the slings with the little loop and all the extra fabric to work very well for me, either, and Anja hated them. She likes this one quite well (cries when I take her out, actually).

Joanna said...

I really like this one. It's perfect for a boy or a girl (although I think we all know I'm having a girl here). For some reason, I can't really tell you why, I like the Peanut Shells better than the Hotslings.

Joanna said...

I found that they sell Peanut Shells at the Babies 'R Us down the street here. Maybe I'll go take a look.

Johanna said...

Heidi - I hadn't looked at Mod Mum. I'll have to check it out.

Jo - I also liked that green print! Since I am buying one for a boy now and a girl in 2 1/2 more years, I want a print that could go either way. I thought that the Asian inspired print would be fun for my Chinese daughter, too! You should try it on now before you get too big, too. And you can see how it works for an older baby by putting Lily in it. You could actually get some use out of it now. I don't think Ethan would probably appreciate suddenly being confined to a sling at age 3! :) That's why I tried my friend's on with her baby in it!

Meagan said...

Jo, we don't hate you for your small size... just a little jealous. Though I must admit it is nice being big enough to start out with not to have to worry about stretchmarks!

I would order from Breakout bras. I almost did and wish I had.

Joanna said...

Stretchmarks. Oh the humanity!!! Okay, let's not talk about stretchmark and boobs.

Lawanda said...

I only read the last comment, and decided I didn't wanna know... ;) hehe

But I have no advice anyway; on either thing. I didn't like any sling I tried (granted it was only two of em, but I just preferred the "break your arms holding the baby and doing everything anyway" method... LOL) And I have small boobs, and never wore a nursing bra, just pulled my regular bras up or down, as the whim hit me ;) haha

Johanna said...

Meagan, I checked out Breakout bras and it is nice to have one location that all the brands are listed together! Thanks for the resource.

Yeah, stretchmarks...not nice. But worse for me on my hips and butt than my boobs. Go figure.