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What’s the difference between all the Onbu?

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Alright, heres the run down on types of onbus ( the awesome Kerry at It’s a sling thing has this brilliant explanation if you’ve not seen one before.

Onbus rock, they’re a rectangle of fabric with short straps at the shoulders that are fed through loops at the waist, they’re usually sized to fit your child. This makes them a pretty fast back carry with an almost unpoppable seat (your babies legs go above the rings/loops). they do carry high, higher than most other back carries and that can take some getting used to.

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many thanks to Nic at Congleton Sling library for this photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your choices here are:

Fabric loop:

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Your shoulder straps are fed through that loop and pulled to tighten- some brands have a simple fold for the loop, Rock Solid loops are sewn with a twist meaning they have space to easily thread but hold tension really well. This makes them a little more effort to get snug but means that there’s no rings or hard parts at all to dig into your sides or clatter around the washing machine, it also means they fold up really small.

These generally come sized:1st size 6month-2 years (depending on child), 2nd 1year plus, 3rd for preschoolers.

 

 

 

 

 

Single Ring:

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Your shoulder straps are fed through that ring and pulled to tighten, they tighten easily and freely but some people find the rings hard and a little diggy, especially if they’re quite petite.

 

These generally come sized:1st size 6month-2 years (depending on child), 2nd 1year plus, 3rd for preschoolers.

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Double Rings:

IMG_20160310_142330-min Can be worn in the same way as a single ring but has the added advantage of being able to be prethreaded and used in the same way you’d tighten a ringsling, great for people who like the security of locking the tension of the straps and good for people who don’t want or need a chestbelt. There is a little bit of a learning curve but well worth mastering. Particularly petite people may find the rings dig in.

These generally come sized:1st size 6month-2 years (depending on child), 2nd 1year plus, 3rd for preschoolers.

 

 

 

Rockbu:

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Rockbu have the rings attached through a fabric loop and are designed to give a more versatile sling, there are ways to wear it on the front for smaller babies and on the back for larger babies. They can be worn in the same way as a double ring onbu. Particulary petite people may find the rings dig in.

There are some videos here

These are one size with an adjuster in the body and should fit from birth to 3 child depending.

 

 

 

 

Other manufacturers also make reverse onbu, with the rings at the shoulder and buckle onbus with webbing rather than straps.

many thanks to Nic at Congleton Sling Library for her gorgeous photo. Thanks to Claudia at Swing & Rock for her beautiful cats photo.