I have a problem for which I imagine there is no real answer....but I finally figured it can't hurt to ask. Actually there are several problems I'm facing...
I just had my first baby and was very excited about baby carriers. He was really colicky the first 2 months & we could never put him down and therefore never get anything done! Not so bad while I was on maternity leave, but now I'm back to work (wish I didn't have to be!). I've tried sling carriers and wraps and he seems to really hate being in the cradle hold in either. His dad bought an "infantino" carrier at a box store and he'd be pretty good in that...but I didn't like the way it held him. After seeing much advice online I bought a Beco Butterfly 2, and I have a Babyhawk on the way.
Here's our biggest impediment:. My baby generally gets hungry nearly every hour (I am breastfeeding). After he eats...he spits up copious amounts for awhile. Usually there's only maybe a 20 minute window between when he finally quits spitting up and when he starts screaming for his next meal! So far I've only tried him in the Beco 3 times...the first time he did pretty good but when he started fussing to be fed and I started to undo the thing to get him out--he puked all over it. All over the inner panel and the infant insert and the straps- and himself and me, of course. The next 2 times he puked while I was putting it on so we got no practice at all. I'm looking forward to the Mei Tai arriving...at least with that he'll probably only puke on me and himself and I'll be able to just change our clothes and put him back in the un-puked on carrier. I have to wash the Beco and wait for it to dry each time due to the layers between us that get soaked.
Any advice? I feed him with his upper body inclined, I pause to burp him, I've tried not letting him nurse as long as he wants (people have suggested he only spits up because I overfeed him), he's not only gaining weight well but fast, so the up-chucking isn't hurting him--only making it impossible for me to wear him and become semi-productive!!
BTW- he just puked in my lap while nursing as I'm writing this!
My other question is about the carriers- He's now 3 months and 15 pounds. He can't sit up yet but he's holding his head up pretty well....but not all the time yet. He now hates being in the front carry position in dad's infantino facing in--but dad says he likes facing out. I thought you were never supposed to have them that way?! The carrier's instructions do show that being an option....can you explain? Is it actually bad for the baby? The Beco does not offer that position in their instructions. I'm not sure how old they have to be to be worn on the back facing forward. That would make him happy....but I don't want him puking on my hair and having to wash that too!