Review of Second Skin Swaddle: Previously known as Second Skin Sling
When Hatch was a few weeks old P went back to work, and I began taking care of Hatch all by myself for 10 hours a day. While Hatch wanted to nurse nonstop, and certainly wasn’t going to let me put him down, I needed to study for my nursing boards and occasionally grab something to eat. In desperation, I asked my lactation consultant and mom friends what to do, and someone recommended the Second Skin Swaddle as being their favorite for easy nursing access. The makers of Second Skin were generous enough to send me a sling to try out, and while Hatch was (relatively) little it was one of the favorites in our rotation.
Unlike some wrap carriers that require a ton of fabric, the Second Skin is two thin pieces of a nylon-spandex blend, making it small and easy to stick in a diaper bag and much cooler to wear in the summer heat. It’s also incredibly easy to put on since there aren’t long expanses of fabric to deal with. My mom, who helped watch Hatch in his early days, was afraid to use all of my carriers besides the Second Skin which she loved. It was also much easier than my other carriers to move him to a breastfeeding hold, and keep him propped there while I did other things. There is a great video showing how to put it on and breastfeed in it made by ABC Postpartum Doula.
The one downside to my Second Skin is that to figure out sizing I gave them my weight and based on that I was sent a medium sling. I think it would have been better to factor in my height (5’1″), because the medium on me was pretty saggy. I loved wearing the sling around the house, but because it was loose it didn’t quite hold Hatch in a high enough position that I could walk around totally hands free for long periods of time. I looked at the size chart online after the fact and based on my clothing size, I think I would have been better off in an XS or S sling. The slightly taller people in my life felt like it was comfortable and not too big.
While Hatch is now around 14 pounds and feels too heavy to securely use in the Second Sling, I really miss the simplicity of this carrier! For moms with newborns or tiny babies who might be turned off by other wraps, I highly recommend it.
My Second Skin Swaddle was donated to me by Precious Image Creations, but all opinions are 100% my own!