Have you tried a woven wrap? They're spendy, but totally worth it IMO. DD2 is too big for my SleepyWrap now (HUGE baby!) and I've never liked nursing in it. In my Girasol though, I can do different positions that cover her less when she's hot, are easier to nurse in, etc. She also spends a lot of time on the floor in the room I'm in so I can interact with her while I do what I need to. She enjoys the play mat with hanging toys so she can bat at them and talk to herself in the mirror. She also sleeps the morning in the swing because DD1 wakes up at 7am, but she wants to sleep until 11-12 (after waking up a little while) and if I try to wear her while working around the house, it wakes her up. My best bet for wearing her is while nursing, then just tightening her up when she's asleep. A far cry from DD1 who would happily stay in the SleepyWrap all day!
Originally Posted by coldandsleepy
It's funny, my older son loved being worn in any kind of carrier or hold, all the livelong day. I thought that was hard but I got used to it and planned to do the same exact thing with W...
Turns out he doesn't care for the wrap when he's awake. If he's sleepy, I can get him to fall asleep in it. But if he's really awake? Oh, the caterwauling that occurs. He seems to be less opposed to it now that I'm letting his legs dangle out (as opposed to frogging them inside) but he still just doesn't really like it.
I don't have any good advice really-- I'm fortunate in that (again, totally unlike my older son) he's fine with being put down on a blanket on the floor or in his carseat for small stretches of time. I can get a LOT done in 20 minutes if I'm not holding a baby... :)
The new recommendation is actually that you don't frog leg their legs at all. Better for their backs. Of course I didn't learn this until DD2 was big enough that I stopped tucking her legs in. :-P
Originally Posted by hannabee
I can relate!!
I also had lovely dreams of babywearing...the Moby only lasted the first couple weeks; she likes moving around too much! Now I can only use the Moby if she's conked out...I tried using a mei-tai style but it's still too constricting for her...I think as soon as she can be strapped to me and facing out she'll be a lot happier. She needs to see what's going on...
When she's awake and happy she'll go in an exersaucer or jolly jumper for short periods, but recently she's hit a growth spurt, so we've had several velcro baby days...I'll hold her/play with her when she's awake, and when she's sleeping I'll usually try to transfer her to the couch or bed, and then do stuff as quickly as I can. When she's napping touching me, she'll sleep about 4 times longer (at least) than when she's by herself...in those cases she'll average 20 minutes...
You should try on your back rather than facing out. Facing out isn't supposed to be good for their spine. When they're on your back, presuming you keep them up high enough, they can see everything great. You can even wear newborns on your back if you're confident enough to figure out the mechanics of it, so any age is appropriate with the correct precautions and carrier.