Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Review of new "Seven Sling"

If you've used Udder Covers, then you may have received an email from their new sister site Seven Slings, asking you to try out their new baby pouch sling, for just the cost of shipping. Well, I can never pass up a deal, so I shelled out the $11.95 for shipping--which is robbery, since I'm sure they didn't spend more than $5 to ship, probably less than that--plus another $3.50 for "size insurance"-they will foot the bill for return shipping if the size you choose doesn't work. I HIGHLY suggest paying for this if you decide to go with their product. The sizes run just a teeny bit small, and don't even think about drying the sling after you wash it 3 times to get the "factory" smell out of it.

I have been a long time loyal user of Hotslings, who, as you probably know, closed their doors recently. I have used Hotslings from the newborn stage up to toddler (I actually put my 40 pound 3 year old in one recently and carted him around the house for a while), so I think I am a pretty good judge of what a comfortable, long-use sling is. I have used Hotslings for hours on end, in complete comfort for me and baby.

Well, I will let you know right now that the Seven Sling does not come close to a Hotsling. There is no leg padding. Even with a good fit, the fabric will cut into your child's legs. Now, my (almost) 6 month old didn't fuss or complain about it, but his little chunky legs were creased and red from the fabric digging in. And I had several stress points--points that dug in across my back. And this is with a very good fit. If it was a little small, I would expect that. But it's a good fit, and still I had sore spots.

The fabric itself, while completely awesome looking (I got the Northern Lights print), is very thin in comparison to the Hotslings that I have. Makes me think that over time, with lots of washing and wearing, the fabric will develop stress points, and weak spots. So, probably not a sling that will be able to be used from one child to the next, or passed on to a friend after you are done wearing. Also, and this might just be a personal pet peeve, there are threads hanging all over the seams that need to be cut off, and the stitching is very erratic--not in straight lines, some bunching of threads on the crooked hems, etc. That is just aesthetic, I checked the main seam and it appears to be strong. So yes, the fabric is pretty, but the stitching is hideous.

With my Hotslings, they suggest machine wash and hang dry, as does the Seven Sling. I have had no problems with tumble dry low with my Hotslings, so figured I would give the Seven Sling a shot at the dryer (anything to soften up the material; it's very scratchy). It shrank. Probably an entire size. Thankfully, with the little bit of Lycra that is in the fabric, it can be stretched out, but definitely don't machine dry these. You'll just have to hope that the fabric softens with use, or use fabric softener in your washer.

I don't recommend Seven Sling. There are so many better made, more comfortable slings out there that spending $40+ on a sub par sling is just silly. If you have never used a sling and can get this for super cheap (under $5, or free!) then go ahead and try it out. It would probably be okay for newborn-4 months or so, but after that, I would want something that is more comfortable, for both me and baby.

41 comments:

  1. THANKS! I was just debating about ordering one of these. I'll save myself the 12 bux and use what I have! :)

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  2. Thanks for the review. Your the first person I've found to review it. I was tempted to give it a try with that great coupon code, but I think I'll try to get a used pouch from someone else for the same price.
    I'll be a first time mom and new baby wearer next month. I want something easy to use for a newborn, but comfortable!

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  3. Jewels, check out http://www.thebabywearer.com forums for reviews on tons of carriers. A sling is probably the easiest to use, but for newborn use you have to be very careful to make sure that the baby's head isn't tucked, and that he/she can breathe.

    I did use a Hotsling exclusively for my 1st child, and with my 2nd, I have added in a wrap, which I have found to be the best for newborn use. The learning curve is a little steep, but the front carry that you use with newborns is super easy--you can find tutorials on Youtube.

    Congratulations on the new baby that you will soon have!

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  4. Love your review... thanks for sharing. I was just looking at them online yesterday!

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  5. Thanks for your full review! I was just about to order it because it looks quick to set up and use but I think I'll keep using my Sleepy Wrap. No icky fabric and digging into my baby's legs for me!!! Very much appreciated you saved me the $15.

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  6. Wish I had found your review before I ordered one (luckily for just $12)! I totally agree that it's cheaply made, with only one layer of thin fabric. Hotslings and the ones I make a for myself and friends are double layer. I wouldn't trust a seven sling under the weight of a larger baby!

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  7. @Kayla, I was starting to wonder if I was the only one that had a problem with them, as I haven't seen any reviews anywhere! Either that, or no one else bought them. lol

    @Amy (I'm guessing by the names, lol) I would try to find a Hotsling if you are looking for a quick pouch carrier. They are out of business, but you can find them all over the internet from boutiques.

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  8. I just received mine. Not happy at all with it. I feel that they run SUPER small. I am a larger person and followed the measurement directions to the "T" I got the one to fit a person 220 - 250lbs, and it is so uncomfortable. I gave it to my very tiny 135lb sister and it only fits her nicely. Waste of shipping $$ I did not pay the extra money they require for size exchange!

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  9. I received a code for a free sling today and googled reviews--glad I found yours--I won't waste my money on the shipping.

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  10. Definitely don't buy from this company. I just had a bad experience with them. It is true that they automatically add "size insurance" but it is not worth it. The material is like a pillowcase. Anybody could have made it. No padding, no comfy-ness. They got me with the "free gift set with matching baby leggings and free adult cuff bracelet." They never sent it. They only sent the sling. It turns out that the "company" is really a "company" run from a house. There is only one lady in "customer service" (Lauren McGee). I'm all for entrepreneurship, but this business is a scam in the fact that they send out coupons like "get a free sling" and then charge you a bunch for shipping and the product really isn't even close to being worth it. Buyer beware!

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  11. Thanks for the review. I was feeling a bit wary about this one and thought I'd check it out, but $12 seems a bit steep to me since I recently made myself two slings (with twill for the outer and cuddlelucious chenille stars for the inner fabric) for less than $7 each. It's definitely much cheaper to make your own, and I know mine will be comfortable for baby with the fabric I used for the inside.

    I'm glad I found your blog before considering buying one of those.

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  12. Thank you for posting this review. I was just considering one of these to give as a gift. Now I know to delete the email and look elsewhere!

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  13. Thanks for the comment...received the 'promo' email from them today and did a search to see how they were and Voila! Here you are! Thanks for saving me a few dollars!

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  14. Thanks for posting these. i've seen many "free offers" out there for this sling and never much information about them!

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  15. I wasted the $15 on shipping & exchange insurance and regret it. I contacted them to exchange for a bigger size (even with precise measuring, the sling is so small my 3 month old baby can't even fit in it). They responded with a laundry list of requirements for accepting the exchange that was so long I knew I would never get the larger sling I needed. Big, big disappointment. Terrible customer service. I'm only sorry I didn't see this review earlier!

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  16. I purchased one back in early November and my credit card was charged but I never received it. Now it is February 28th. I have sent in two emails and tried calling in and have never gotten a response. DO NOT ORDER FROM THIS COMPANY!

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  17. Thank you so much for this review - I got the free offer too (promo code "arizona") was thinking of buying, but now I'll probably look elsewhere.

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  18. Thanks for your review! I think I will just be happy with my Moby Wrap and Baby Bjorn!

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  19. Thanks for your review and all the posters who agreed with you. I was literally sitting in front of the computer with a coupon and my credit card wondering, "Am I about to pay 12 dollars for something cheap that I can't use?". I have a wonderful carrier that I used with my first but I was interested in getting something for my soon to be newborn that could allow him to be more cradled than straight up and down. But after the reviews, I will keep my 12 dollars (outrageous for shipping a cheap piece of fabric) and just use the carrier again. My daughter loved it and would sleep with her little head resting on my breasts and her little legs dangling, so my son can do it too!!!

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  20. Babies being carried upright counts as tummy time. ;)

    All wraps can be used in a cradle hold, and the other sling I mentioned, Hotslings, can be as well. Those are a little pricier, but well worth the cost, so much better than the SevenSling.

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  21. So disheartened by your review because I ordered one and, like you said, it was way too small. I even printed out their "tape measure" to measure myself to get the proper size. I did the extraordinary task of following all their precise directions for exchanging the size (yes, I paid the extra for size exchange) and just got my email that they will be sending me a replacement sling but now I'm wondering if ordering 2 sizes bigger is going to be enough!! Maybe I should have gone even bigger! *deep sigh* I'm new to baby wearing and this is a pain. Maybe I'll follow those YouTube directions and make myself my own "Moby" wrap.

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  22. I just got mine in the mail today. Unfortunately I mostly agree with the reviews above. It is too small. I didn't bother with the size insurance - surely you shouldn't need such a think if you follow the instructions on choosing a size!!!! I am very disappointed because it is cute and I like the idea of carrying my baby - which I have not done at all and she is almost 4 months. Maybe - just maybe this will fit a newborn. I think I will do a little research and maybe try to make something that actually fits.

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  23. I'm glad I found this review before wasting 12 bucks on this product!

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  24. Thanks so much for this reviews....Just saved me $12 and a headache!

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  25. Thank you so much for your review. I was just about to order it, but decided I should probably look to see what people were saying about this product. Obviously, it is no good. Thanks for saving me $12!

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  26. I know the reviews here have been pretty negative, but I actually like my Seven Sling. Yes, the smell when I received it was gross, but it was gone very quickly w/ one wash and I didn't have shrinkage issues as I air-dried anyway.
    I wore him in a forward-facing sit for a long time and when he hit about 25 pounds, I switched to a hip carry. I still use it although I am now more likely to use my backpack carrier for long "rides" or my padded ring-sling for shorter use as he's a 35 lb 12 month old. But for smaller children and for the cost of shipping only, it was a good deal for me. I got a lot of use out of it.

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  27. I guess I'm the first to like it. It's not my favorite carrier, but i got my money's worth. I like that it is so small and simple...i throw it in my purse. And it's so easy to pop baby in and out when im running quick errands etc.

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  28. This group is SHADY!! I bought a Carmel Latte sling and it's GREEN. So ugly that I can't give it to my friend and they said I have to take a picture so they can determine how off the shade is. HMMM I wonder what their response is going to be.

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  29. I am so glad I found your review before I ordered mine! I did some research and I found a website called hotslings.com..is that the same one you recommended? I know you said they had closed..so I didnt want to order from a knock off company! Thanks!!

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  30. @Ashley That is the same site, apparently they are selling only their adjustable slings now. Either way, they are an amazing company and I highly recommend them. You can also search on eBay or http://www.thebabywearer.com sale section for used Hotslings. I've bought several used ones and they are always great. :)

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  31. Awesome thanks!!! I found a couple baby stores here in Vegas that sell this brand so I am going to pick mine up this weekend!!

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  32. Seven Slings now owns Hotslings, so I'll be interested in hearing if the Hotslings AP quality changes.

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  33. Hotslings is back in business with the Adjustable Pouches. www.hotslings.com is where you can find them online. They've worked great for me!

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  34. Ahhh man I ordered one...with all these bad reviews im still hoping it works for me cause ima be very upset...wish me luck

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  35. Thank you for the review. I, too, received a free coupon and was going to try one. While I'm more a fan of my ssc and ring sling I thought I'd give it a go. I think I'll save my 12 dollars.

    Happy Babywearing!

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  36. Ugh. Only googled reviews AFTER I ordered one. . . It's not like I really NEED a pouch -- but I loved my Maya Pouch 11 years ago (they no longer sell the non-adjustable type) and I wanted an easy pop-in-pop-out carrier. (I have a great wrap from a friend, my sister's Maya sling and a friend's ergo -- like I said, I don't NEED one.)

    Still, disappointed I ordered it. . . hope that the couple of positive reviews bear out for me and it is usable and easy to keep in my purse for a back up.

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  37. Great. I just ordered one to then find these reviews. I got the coupon so it was only $12. I'm hoping I'll get some use with a newborn.

    DARN.

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  38. Just adding that I appreciate your honest review! The deal is awfully tempting, but I'd rather know upfront that it's probably not even worth the shipping. Thank you!

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  39. I just literally bought one the other day and expecting it next week I got the confirmation in my email. I hope it works good I probably should of googled it up first because reading that most everyones didn't fit and i didn't get the exchange thing for size sucks. I got a size five!

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  40. I just got a seven sling in the mail the other day and i actually really like it. i ordered the caramal latte sling and it came in the color it looked like in the picture. the size is a tad bit small, but my son was really crammed when he was in my tummy and he likes to be swaddled really tight so it works out really well. i actually really like my seven sling and will be using it until he no longer fits in it. for the $12 i paid for it, i think its worth it.

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    1. I'm glad you like it! I'm hoping that they've improved in the time since I wrote the review! They are getting better reviews, so maybe! :-)

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