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post #21 of 33

Yup I think if you have access to someone who can help you with it, a ring sling is a great option with a newborn, especially for those of us hesitant to take on woven wraps. They're super light usually, easy to 'learn' (no wrapping), fit to any size, quick to get on and off once you know how to do it, and last into toddlerhood. 

post #22 of 33

I third ring slings as being lighter weight and more convenient than the Moby, especially for leaving the house, but I still prefer wraps. Moby is my favorite because baby can come in and out all day and you never have to take it off, but if you're looking for something to wear around the house when it's hot, I recommend looking into lightweight woven wraps. Some of the ways to wrap are "poppable", but I still usually just re-wrapped each time with the woven wrap. I just find wraps to be more comfortable and customizable than ring slings, but maybe that's just me, because I know lots of people love ring slings. I found the website www.wrapyourbaby.com really helpful the last time around. Woven wraps can get super expensive, but I used a coupon to buy under $15 of lightweight, non-stretchy fabric from Jo-Ann Fabrics and that worked totally fine. I'd have to go back to the store to remember what it was called, but I really liked it. (Also, if you're just planning to be at home, don't overlook wearing the Moby topless to stay cooler. It's essentially a shirt and makes breastfeeding easier anyway.)

 

For those of you that have a Boba, I assume that a soft-structured carrier that can hold a newborn would be cooler than a Moby? My Beco Gemini can hold a newborn, and it was not very hot, but I don't totally love it and didn't really use it until I was able to make the base wider for an older child. 

post #23 of 33
Thanks for the suggestions! I will look into woven wraps & the ring slings.
post #24 of 33
What about the k'tan? Has anyone tried it? It seems like it has less material.
post #25 of 33

I have a ktan - and I have recommended it to several mommy friends who are new to baby wearing.  For myself, I like it but it's not my favorite.  I find that the stretchy material doesn't feel as stable to me.  I have a maya ring sling, which is my go-to carrier - steep learning curve, but once you have it down it's so fast to get on and baby in.  I have a Freehand Mei tai that I've used primarily as a back carrier when babe is over 7 months and the ktan.  I've tried structured carriers, but didn't like the fact that I found it awkward to nurse in and DH is a very different body type from myself, so they were fiddly to adjust between people.

 

lol.  I've been thinking about things that I'll be able to let go as this babe grows, since this is our last.  My carriers are being put into storage indefinitely.  Of all the baby things I've used, they are the ones I'm the most attached to.  I might lend them out, but would always want them to make their way back.

post #26 of 33
I've never used a ktan myself but I've heard they can be hard to get the right size.

I know what you mean about getting attached to the carriers! These things were my
Sanity! Lol we spent so many hours with her in the carrier.
post #27 of 33
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Originally Posted by lilmiss'mama View Post

Does anyone have a newborn carrier suggestion that isn't a Moby? It's 100+ here for months including into the fall. The Moby looks so hot to me. Is it not that bad or is there an alternative?

yes, I find the Moby's get hot with all that fabric. but newborns generally like them. I find the wraps are good when you can put it on at home go out for awhile and then come back home to take it off. I also use the ring sling for new borns but I don't recommend them for long periods of time once the baby starts to get heavier. With all the weight on one shoulder, they can be killer on your back. 

post #28 of 33

So, there's also this:

 

http://www.lalabu.com

 

Basically, it's just a thick stretchy tank top with a pouch. I can imagine it'd be way (way) cooler than a Moby, but I'm sure it's not NEARLY as supportive. I also think it's a cool concept for when you don't necessarily *plan* on wearing the baby, but the baby needs a quick cuddle while you're at the computer, or whatever. Probably not awesome for long treks, though. 

 

I still vote Moby. I wore mine outside in the summer (90 degrees) with a 5 month old, and I didn't find it unbearable. In fact, that's the only way he would go to sleep, so I HAD to do it, 2-3 times a day, whether it was hot or not!  However, I was only outside for maybe 15-20 minutes at a time when it was really hot, then I'd come in and transfer him to his crib. I would get a light colored one, maybe the moss green or the beige. 

post #29 of 33

DD was born in the days just before a big heat wave (our summers are 28-32*C ... 82 - 90ish F), and I didn't find the wrap too warm. I'd just wear a tank, and have her in a diaper & thin one piece outfit, and we were fine. They've just been inside acting as your central heating for months, and especially indoors with A/C, I never found it too warm. We tend not to use sunscreen much, so we avoid being out in the sun right in the middle of the day, and prefer the morning or evening when it's a little less hot anyway.
Three layers of Moby/similar isn't going to be much hotter than the double sturdy layers of the Boba anyway.

The babywearing shirts always strike me as interesting, but if I had one and liked it, I'd want to have several ... in those first weeks I find I put a fresh shirt on me almost as often as I do on the baby.

post #30 of 33
Yes, I doubt we go out very much during the day in the extreme heat, but I just want to be prepared. It's still in the upper 90's at 10pm here in the summer. As of right now we don't have A/C either. We have a swamp cooler. It works pretty well until the summer rains, and then it's just a muggy mess. Hopefully, though we will have A/C by the time I give birth! That's the plan anyway. smile.gif
post #31 of 33

I too LOVED the ring sling, I had a Maya Wrap.  The learning curve is there, but once you've got it, you've got it. I had two happy babies in it, one was a very high needs infant.  We lived in VA and then Southern California, and I spent A LOT of time outdoors at the ball park with my oldest.  It never got too hot, but there were times I was happy to take everyone off.   I wore my youngest in the ring sling in conjunction with an adjustable pouch for my toddler. One on each hip, one on front and one on the back, or whatever worked that minute.  I got a lot of comments from older men and their amazement of what a great system that was! 

 

This time, I plan on getting my ring sling out and making some wraps.  I have no experience with the wraps but they seem like pretty simple critters to make and there's a huge height/ size difference between me and my husband, so I was thinking that the wraps may be more customize-able for that.  Any thoughts about height difference?

post #32 of 33
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Originally Posted by iwearacape View Post

This time, I plan on getting my ring sling out and making some wraps.  I have no experience with the wraps but they seem like pretty simple critters to make and there's a huge height/ size difference between me and my husband, so I was thinking that the wraps may be more customize-able for that.  Any thoughts about height difference?

The same size stretch wrap fits pretty much everyone, the difference is in how long the 'tails' are after you get it all tied. I know there are lots of sizes for woven wraps - shorter lengths and longer ones - but I've got enough carriers already w/o adding those, so I haven't paid much attention to the fit details!

post #33 of 33
Heh, this turned into the baby wearing thread! I just splurged on a beco soleil, since my babyhawk is a thing of the past. I also want to get a woven wrap because it's going to be so hot this summer in TX, I can't imagine carrying the baby in a stretch wrap. I like a wrap for a newborn, and my babyhawk was so great for my boys. I'm pretty curious to see how the beco works for me. I tried another buckle carrier once and it was enormous on me (I'm only 5'2).
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