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Babywearing experiences - Page 2post #22 of 4758/23/13 at 6:18pmIs the legs out for all wraps or just the ring slings?
Also, anyone have overheating issues with the Moby? I'm starting to see that Noor takes after DH and runs very hot. We actually can't do skin to skin very long as she overheats and gets restless. The same thing seems to be happening in the Moby, and the weather isn't super warm here. Was maybe in the high 60's today and I put her in in a short sleeve onesie plus pants and socks. We were sitting outside along the water which is why the pants and socks but she still seemed to overheat. Thoughts? Can I really just put her in with the minimum of clothing on?post #23 of 4758/23/13 at 7:17pmIt's HOT here and that's been an issue for me as well. I put her in naked but for her diaper, and If I am just alone at home, I take off my shirt. She sweats and gets a little pink, but seems OK for the hour or two at a time she is in there. I do make sure to vent her head and blow on it a lot.post #24 of 4758/23/13 at 7:18pmpost #25 of 4758/23/13 at 7:29pmpost #26 of 4758/23/13 at 7:30pmpost #27 of 4758/23/13 at 7:58pmpost #28 of 4758/23/13 at 9:14pmI got a gauze moby from the site that Tenk linked awhile back- that solved the hot problem for us, the major drawback being that it is harder edged than the actual knit moby and seems slightly less comfortable while he's awake. Asleep and tucked in its no problem.
I've also done the rebozo tie with it to make it Into a sling which worked ok, the ends are a lot of fabric to tie up.
Looking forward to my ring sling being done (maybe this weekend?) my arms are done. And my back is done. And this baby shows no signs of sleeping laying horizontally anytime soon.post #29 of 4758/24/13 at 4:23amI'm so covering the sakura slings, especially the beautiful silk ones!
I got out the sling my friend loaned me, it's a maya wrap. I'm going to try it tomorrow and see how it goes. I really want to find something that DD and I both like and is comfortable, especially since my MIL leaves tomorrow and my month of help will be over and I'll need a good baby wearing solution if I want to get anything done!post #30 of 4758/24/13 at 5:47ampost #31 of 4758/24/13 at 5:50amIs there a danger/concern to not having the legs out? I have a maya wrap ring sling and we both love it! Callie takes her best naps in it and I'm able to run around after DD1. I was actually running through the wading pool at the park, chasing my toddler while wearing baby. LOVE it although I'm still trying to figure out nursing in it. I have large, kinda droopy breasts so I'm not convinced it will ever work.
ETA: I get a ton of compliments on the sling btw. Some baby wearers (former or current), a LC, and a bunch of older ladies ("I wish they had those back when I had my babies"). It always makes my day :-)post #32 of 4758/24/13 at 8:46am
OK mamas, I have a lot to say on this subject!
With my first I was given a hotsling and I found a Maya on craig's list, which was a bit longer than I'd liked but it was on sale for $30. I wasn't in love with either one of those but we definitely couldn't afford an Ergo and I didn't know much about babywearing beyond that. My first ended up being an early crawler and walker (5 months and 8.5 months, respectively) and once she started getting more mobile she was really resistant to being worn, so I kind of dropped it. I had come across pictures of mamas using woven wraps and really wanted to learn how to do that, but I was intimidated by what seemed to be a steep learning curve. I also couldn't afford to buy a quality wrap, especially since my DD was starting to resist being worn.
Now my squish is 2 months old and I really want/need to do this babywearing thing full out. I was given a Moby and tried that a few times when she was really newly minted, but having a late June baby in SoCal meant Summer heat to contend with, and my Moby is black. Also, I'm 5'2" and ~125lbs, so the Moby just feels like way too much bulky fabric. It could be that I didn't practice enough, but I could never seem to get it wrapped comfortably enough to just wrap it on and keep it on all day. I tried going shirtless under it a few times for around the house wearing, but my little one is an oven and we were both sweaty and hot before too long, not comfy. I did love the poppability of it and the relative ease of nursing in the Moby. I haven't tried it on in a few weeks and am considering selling it. Part of me thinks I should just wait til temps cool down a bit and give it another go. Especially since I never got the chance to try any other carries beyond the newborn hug and cradle. But my baby is already over 14 lbs @ 2 months and I've read that Mobys can be frustrating with bigger, heavier babies. So I'm torn about that one. I really wanted to love it more than I did... but maybe I still just need to give it a chance.
While I was still pregnant I found what I thought was a great deal on an Ergo on craig's list. That was before I heard about the fake Ergos all over the place.I'm not sure if what I have is real or fake. The seller told me it was her sister's and that she had owned it for 5+ years, so it's an old one but looks taken care of. I checked the "how to spot a fake" websites and nothing really jumped out at me that would show it was definitely fake. But I babysit an 18 month old and her parents sent her over with their Ergo the other day, so I did a side-by-side comparison and I have to say I'm still not sure. Theirs seems nicer in inexplicable ways, but it's also obviously newer. The back large buckle also seems a little heftier than mine, but not hugely so. Anyhow, I have yet to try wearing my little one in it because I'm not sure if it's safe to. I was thinking of getting my 3.5 year old to hop in and see if the buckles and straps all held. Even if it IS legit, I have a feeling that the buckles and straps will be off-putting for me, but my husband might get some good use out of it.
I also have another Hotsling this time around, size small. My 2mo old is/was such a big baby that it seems too small for her right now. She can't be worn in the cradle hold anymore, but doesn't yet have the trunk strength for a hip carry. I bought the hotsling to take over for the Moby, since that thing just took me too long to put on. But now I'm wondering if I ought to just sell the Hotsling too.
Lastly, I found a Mei Tai Baby on craig'slist and I love it! I have been using that one almost exclusively since I bought it about a month ago. I love that it's fairly poppable and versatile. I've been wearing my little one in it with the froggy-leg tummy-to-tummy carry most frequently, but I've also tried an outward-facing buddah carry too and she loves that. The only problem is that it's not the easiest thing to nurse in, which is frustrating.
So now I'm thinking I want another ring sling, but I'm ready to move beyond the Maya. I've heard great things about the Sleeping Baby Productions slings and I like the look of their pleated shoulders. I've been thinking about getting a linen or french twill sling from SBP. However, on facebook's Babywearing Swap page I've come across quite a few Wrap Conversion Ring Slings and I've fallen in love with a few Girasol RS conversions done by SBP. So now I'm leaning toward that and thinking of selling everything but my MeiTai in order to fund it.
I really need to find a babywearing group meetup in my area so I can try some of this stuff on. I know of one that will be happening in October, but I don't want to wait that long!post #33 of 4758/24/13 at 9:01amTDE- I didn't know that. I wonder if it is too big for us. I tried wearing him and it yesterday and he was definitely not close enough to kiss. my sister-in-law gave this to me and it used to be hers, but she also said she could never figure out how to wear her new born in it. maybe when he is bigger and we can just wear him on our hip? he did seem comfortable though and enjoyed looking around.
I think Mason is also getting too big for the moby. He is almost 12 lbs, and I feel like I can never get him in tight enough, and he wants to look out....post #34 of 4758/24/13 at 12:19pmInLove2009, pouch slings are sized to the wearer which is why the one size fits most infantino sling ended up being recalled and starting a whole debate about babywearing safety. Another reason they are sized to the wearer is because wearing an ill fitted sling is hell on your back, even when baby is bigger and stronger and suffocation isn't an issue. The bottom of a pouch sling should hang no more than two fingers below your navel. You can tighten it by unfolding the top part of the pouch over your shoulder but that is about as adjustable as it gets. I recommend getting a ring sling as they are WAY more adjustable. I got mine off Etsy for $30.
Speaking of baby wearing safety and comfort. I was at our local fair the other day and was delighted to see so many babywearers, unfortunately the majority were wearing their babies incorrectly. One woman was almost swaybacked trying to carry her very big baby facing out in a woven wrap. She looked SO uncomfortable! At these times I wish I had a card for our local babywearing group to give them and say something like "That is a really cool wrap, are you comfortable/do you feel the baby is secure enough? If not here is a group of people who can help you for free!"post #35 of 4758/24/13 at 12:32pmpost #36 of 4758/24/13 at 12:36pmPersonally, I know I would LOVE it if someone gave me a card with info about a local babywearing group or groups. I live in SoCal and still i felt like it was semi-difficult to track down a local babywearing group. I still have yet to actually make it to one, and I know I have a lot of learning to do.post #37 of 4758/24/13 at 1:56pmpost #38 of 4758/24/13 at 5:05pmOh yeah, I have an Eddie Bauer carrier that's like the Bijorn. I don't use it because I've heard bad things about the crotch-dangling aspect of it being bad for baby's growing hips. Though I hear there is a "cheat" involving a scarf that can make it more ergonomic.
I think the meiTai and a Ring Sling will probably be my two go-to carriers. The MaiTai is pretty supportive with a newborn in the froggy-leg carry, but my LO has never really been that floppy. I recommend it, though!post #39 of 4758/24/13 at 8:47pm
Eilis--if you haven't already i would try your ergo with insert... we have loved this with both of our babes. i was planning on waiting because it's so hot out here, but my back doesn't like the baby k'tan now that my babe is a bit bigger (6 weeks, don't know poundage!). also i had the same problem with my last babe and different pouches, slings. there ergo is my dh's favorite too--and the great thing is we easily use the same one. it certainly becomes a lot easier when you don't need the insert...but it's still great now!
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