Cookie, try loosening the straps of the moby so your baby hangs much lower. Then he can be upright and latch on to nurse. Maybe that would work.
What baby carrier / wrap are you using? - Page 2
Cookie, I don't know if this will be of use with the reflux thing, but I followed videos for the specific nursing hold. They usually take them out of the hug hold (vertical tummy to tummy) then slide the baby back into only one of the cross pockets, so s/he is in a more standard nursing position. It's not entirely hands-free because you still have to use the crook of your elbow for the baby's head.
I can get Khaleesi to nurse from the hug hold, but the transition is a bit uncomfortable (for both of us) as everything is so snug in that position.
We are almost exclusively using our Maya wrap (RS) right now. I tried the moby today and she wasn't a fan. It's so funny though b/c I have been wearing DD1 in wovens for so long the moby felt so flimsy and insecure...
Maybe I will try a woven tomorrow with her. I tried a high ruck in a gauze wrap but she hated it. Girl has to go on my back sometime so I can get some things done!
He is so big already - but only 3.5 weeks. Ugh, I think I'm addicted to buying baby carriers. DH is going to kill me :/
Pikkolo- we have one. Definitely only use it from 6 mo+, it doesn't shrink down well enough. Also the chest clip doesn't stay attached and I'm constantly losing buckles and then DH takes them off when he wears them so whenever I use it I need to remember to bring them. The boob action with straps criss-crossed across my chest with back carries is pretty frightening. It is definitely my husband's preferred carrier, though.
I know a couple of people with the Beco who really love it, but I'm too short torsed or something- it doesn't fit me, no matter how i wear it I feel like it's digging into my neck. I borrowed a couple models of the Beco from a baby wearing store for a week and returned them and bought the pikkolo instead.
We just got a Manduca carrier. It has an infant thing attached to it (you pull it in front of the baby and use snap closures to hold them in) that just rolls down and tucks out of sight when the baby is bigger, so there's no extra parts. I'm finding it really comfortable and easy to use.
Rozzie, I have the Beco Butterfly 2 and Isaac seems to like it. He fusses sometimes when I buckle him in, but he seems to object to all processes of being buckled into things. Once I'm up and puttering around the house, he goes to sleep. Haven't used it out much, since (at 3 weeks pp) haven't felt up to a lot of walking around yet. We have an Ergo as well but didn't bother to get the infant insert, and he is still in the neighborhood of 8 lbs so we haven't tried it yet.
I have tried my Moby once and have been meaning to try again but don't want to drive Isaac crazy while I learn. Last time he seemed to sit up too high and I couldn't figure out what part was supposed to be supporting his head. Maybe I just wrapped it too tightly?
Could anyone recommend good web sites to shop for ring slings? I'm intrigued.
Reno, I am not sure which sling is the best...I am still looking at websites and asking moms for opinions, but here are the websites I have been browsing:
I have also seen some on etsy & craigslist. I just don't know which one to buy! Unfortunately there don't seem to be any shops around me that sell them aside from second hand shops, so I can't really go and try them on. (which is surprising being that I live in Atlanta where there are TONS of places to shop!)
I definitely want one with a pocket. I want it to be breathable since it gets so hot here, but I don't think I want a mesh one. I just can't decide!
Oh, something else I wanted to ask mamas that are familiar with ring slings -- on the sweetpea RS website it says that typically they are 72 inches long, but you can request that they make it longer or shorter. I am short (5 feet 4 inches) so I was wondering if I should order a shortened one?? The tails look super long on all of the pictures online. I like the idea of being able to use the tail as a nursing cover...it seems like there is plenty of fabric for that. Thoughts? Anyone have pics of them wearing a RS? Want to post them along with your height? I am normally not this indecisive when it comes to shopping, but if I am paying $89 for something, I want to make sure I am getting the right thing!
Meredith - if you want to be able to resell it, I wouldn't order a shorter one. I know my RS is 75 inches, and it's too short for me, period. I really need a longer one. Looking to buy one used, I have to be very aware of size.
I'd check out Sleeping Baby Productions. Even if you don't want to order from them, check out their sizing info, it's great for figuring out what you need in length.
Oh, and I wouldn't get a mesh one for everyday use, it's not very comfortable. It's great for water use, but it's a bit scratchy for dry use.
I have a Boba. I love that carrier, but it's not for infants. I think it says that the baby should be 15lbs? It's definitely a toddler carrier, but it's awesome. A major plus for us with DS1 was that Boba is easy to say when you're just learning how to talk ;)
I need a cooler wrap for this 100 degree weather since I need hands free with the older one when we go to the park and such. I'm trying to decide between a Gypsy Mama Bali Breeze or a Vatanai woven. Any opinions?
Get a Vat. I was not terribly impressed with the feel of the GMBB. It was downright scratchy (and it wasn't new). Although I don't know how much "cooler" it's going to be than an SSC - unless you're doing a single layer wrap.
The main issue with wovens is knowing what size you need. I swapped carriers with a local BW mama so I could try some wraps and I couldn't even tie the ones i borrowed - they were at least 1/2 a meter too short for me.
Actually, I have a hard time with that in general; in any hold, I want his head to be secure, but I'm really paranoid about compressing his airway in such a way that he can't breathe. I feel like I'm checking his breathing every 30 seconds, and I adjust his head often enough that I think I piss him off, lol. Hopefully, I'll get more confident, and it won't be long before he gains better head control.
The sizing info is fantastic.
And I ended up ordering one from sleeping baby too! The shoulder part looks comfy and they are just beautiful & I emailed Jan & she seems so sweet. I can't wait to get it in the mail!
Cristeen, I looked at the SBP site as well. I really like her product and the way she explains things. I want to order one as well, but all the sewing slots are "out of stock" (I guess she's busy!) so I signed up to get an email when the product I selected is "in stock." I really like the idea of something smaller than my wrap, easier to manuever when baby hits that up/down, up/down stage, but still comfy for longer wear. I've always wanted a ring sling! :)
this is what we've been experimenting with:
Girasol night rainbow wrap 4.6m - this wraps beautifully (I tried front wrap cross carry with legs out) but my little guy was way too warm in it. may be better for warmer weather and/or for when he's older and better able to regulate his temps.
Wrapsody Bali Breeze stretch hybrid - kind of like a Moby but more breathable and a bit less stretchy, really nice and cushy. we tried pocket wrap cross carry and front wrap cross carry and both were good, but my son clearly preferred FWCC.
Maya wrap - maybe I'm just not a ring sling person or I'm doing it wrong, but he hated it and I felt really uncomfortable with him in it. I agree cookie, it's really bulky. I might get help from someone and then maybe I'll like it? or maybe I'll just sell it and try and different type of RS.
Beco Gemini - really awesome, simple carrier, perfect for errands. it's on the warmer side because it's padded. easy to get him in and out of. we went cherry-picking yesterday in 90+ degree heat, so I put him in there with only his diaper and lightly draped a cotton gauze swaddle over the whole thing. he still got hot and fussy after an hour, but he seemed comfortable enough for most of the time. I hear you can nurse in this but I haven't tested it out yet.
I bought a Vatanai wrap that I'm waiting to get in the mail because I hear that they're pretty light and thin for summer. I hope it works out because I really liked wrapping him in the woven wrap the best but Girasols are so thick. I also have a short Didymos wrap (2.6m) that I'll probably use when he's older since it seems newborn-friendly carries need more yardage.