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post #21 of 30

Echoing that baby wearing CAN be very expensive -- I wore my "baby" for YEARS with exactly ONE sling that I got second hand. The thing is in tatters. :throb  Many years later I had my second and the selection of slings is amazing now!  Global import economy and industrious babywearers, made for quite a change.

 

My advice is that YES you can absolutely start babywearing at 3 months. I agree with a PP who said that a pair of arms are probably the best for the first couple of months anyway.  

 

As far as what type... well, I don't even know what a Boomba Baby wrap is. :innocent   Oh, I looked it up and it is a knit type wrap. Gosh, check Craigslist (if you're in the states), consignment, or those big swaps. Because those knit carriers are relatively affordable, user friendly, and can only be used for a short period, they are ALWAYS being sold second hand. Of, better -- post on Facebook (or have a friend do it for you) and just ask around if anyone has one in storage. There's nothing that eases parent guilt over all the stuff we got for our baby that we didn't use it's lending some of it out to new parents!  

 

As for other options -- a woven wrap is more versatile because you can wear your child in one for WAY longer. But, they are very expensive. They do have a very good re-sale rate though so it's not a bad "investment", however that also means it's difficult to find a good deal second hand. You can also make a wrap out of gauze, which is more affordable than most woven fabric. 

 

I am a big fan of the open tailed ring sling in a nice woven fabric. My favorite is the Maya Wrap (specifically the older, more traditional fabrics).  That was what I used for my first back in '01 when that, Didymos, New Native and OTSBH were the only game in town.  With my second I rented a Girasol woven wrap, made a gauze wrap, owned an Ergo, and tried a whole bunch of other slings and still preferred the Maya, which I bought on Ebay for like $20.  If you go the used Maya route, they have updated their shoulder design and it is much better but there are online tutorials for how to do it yourself. If you have a sewing machine it's like a 30 minute project.  

 

The only truly inferior sling that I've tried was a modern machine woven fabric ring sling. These fabrics (like the ones you get from a typical fabric store) need to be doubled to make a sling and they are very inferior in terms of how they slide in the rings. So, yea, fabric really does matter. Watch out for that.  

 

Otherwise it's just a matter of finding was try a few things.  See if your city has a babywearing group. And, good luck! 

post #22 of 30

Or if you can get a little cash together several wrap sites sell second quality wraps with small flaws that don't affect structure or safety and they come in at under a hundred dollars.

post #23 of 30
i saw a lot of suggestions and useful feedback about wrap-carriers in here that i'll have to refer back to, so i'm subscribing to this thread. still a smidgen early for me, but the world of wraps seems overwhelming at this point b/c i haven't delved in yet... while i'm at it, lemme just ask if anyone has experience with this one?: http://www.risaroo.com/woven-wraps/girasol/amitola-azarafan-diamond-weave (i'm just absolutely in love with this fabric)
post #24 of 30

Yes, I think that is the fabric I rented. I think I am just not a wrap type girl. For one, I am in the states and even though I am in the city, I am still in and out of the car quite often. I need a sling that you can pop the baby in and out of with ease. Woven wraps do not fit this description, IMO.  Also, it's A LOT of fabric. I always felt smothered and a little conspicuous.  And, I don't think breasfeeding is as comfortable in the wrap compared to a ring sling - but my kids have always been sort of cluster/comfort nursers. I like to be able to just pop the kid on the boob for a quick second if need be. That is easier to do in a ring sling. 

post #25 of 30
ok, good to know. =) they offer conversion of those fabrics into a ring sling for $90, but i bet i could get the rings and do it myself for far less. i am guessing that the rings make it faster to take on & off, like a buckle, as opposed to tying knots? again, i know so very little about wraps/slings/carriers yet, so i'm just guessing based on pictures i've seen. honestly i imagine that much of the time i'll be doing half the work with my arms, like, even if i do have the baby's weight supported by fabric, i'll keep the baby from leaning out with some arm support? i am definitely looking at the fabric as being helpful, as opposed to cumbersome, unless we're on a hike and i need baby really securely strapped in (and then, maybe a structured backpack style one would be a good choice). i assume having just one baby will make all such decisions loads easier, since i will never be in desperate quick need of two free hands, like stopping a toddler running in the street while trying to situate an infant. if the things frustrate me when i am in a hurry, i can always go all-arms at that moment... (sorry, i think i'm rambling at this point!)
post #26 of 30
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Yes, I think that is the fabric I rented. I think I am just not a wrap type girl. For one, I am in the states and even though I am in the city, I am still in and out of the car quite often. I need a sling that you can pop the baby in and out of with ease. Woven wraps do not fit this description, IMO.  Also, it's A LOT of fabric. I always felt smothered and a little conspicuous.  And, I don't think breasfeeding is as comfortable in the wrap compared to a ring sling - but my kids have always been sort of cluster/comfort nursers. I like to be able to just pop the kid on the boob for a quick second if need be. That is easier to do in a ring sling. 

depending on the type of carrier you do you can pop in and out. FCC and poppins hip carry come to mind first. 

post #27 of 30
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depending on the type of carrier you do you can pop in and out. FCC and poppins hip carry come to mind first. 

Yes, I'm sure there are!  I def. think that the versatility of the wrap is appealing but because I didn't personally like them, maybe someone else can sing their praises. For me, the ring sling served all my needs and I found that I was always using the wrap in ways that mimicked the ring sling. 

post #28 of 30

Most carries should be independently secure, so you don't have to hold the baby or keep an eye so they don't pop out. If the carry is done correctly, they won't pop out.

post #29 of 30
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Yes, I'm sure there are!  I def. think that the versatility of the wrap is appealing but because I didn't personally like them, maybe someone else can sing their praises. For me, the ring sling served all my needs and I found that I was always using the wrap in ways that mimicked the ring sling.

 

Well I can definitely sing the praises of wraps, especially for at home, because I have a ring sling, but just never really fell in love with it. I liked my Maya wrap (ring sling) a lot when my babies were newborns and their legs were froggied in, but I always felt more conspicuous nursing them than in my woven and moby (stretchy) wraps. I used the tail of the sling to cover their heads, but since the tail wasn't really secure, I couldn't forget about it. In my wraps, I just pulled some fabric over their heads and was able to sit, walk around, do chores, etc.(and they nursed ALL THE TIME in wraps. They considered it a self serve buffet.) I also had problems with the ring sling a couple of times where my babies wobbly heads hit the rings and made them cry, but maybe I had the rings placed wrong, because I've never heard of anyone else having that problem. As they got bigger, there were definitely a few months where I didn't really feel comfortable using the ring sling, because they were starting to want their legs out, but I felt like they were still a little too spastic for me to trust they weren't going to do some sort of plank position leg stretch and slip through. That was never an issue with wraps. However, now if I'm making dinner or something and my two year old wakes up from a nap fussy, I'll use the ring sling because it's quick and easy to get on and off and she's definitely secure as a toddler. However, now she's heavy enough that my shoulder starts to hurt if I wear her for more than like 15-20 minutes, so if I'm going to be wearing her a long time I use my Ergo. As far as going out with an infant, I would typically leave my ring sling in the car for emergencies, but wear my Moby (having put it on at home) and just pop baby in and out at all the stops. For long walks I'd use a woven wrap, again putting it on at home. I never tried putting a wrap on in a parking lot. I'm not that skilled.

post #30 of 30
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However, now she's heavy enough that my shoulder starts to hurt if I wear her for more than like 15-20 minutes, so if I'm going to be wearing her a long time I use my Ergo.  

The Ergo wasn't around when my first was young, which I'm a little happy about because I think I would have gravitated towards that and missed out on how much I came to love the ring sling. I've heard A LOT of people say the ring sling doesn't offer enough support. For some reason that cross-body put the weight in all the right places for me. But I think I have a more sensitive center back and abdomen and maybe more strength in the shoulders/posture than elsewhere. I wore my DC for HOURS and hours in a ring sling until she was *very* old. To give a clue -- she was born in 01 and I wore her to President Obama's inauguration. That was pretty extreme but I brought it because I wasn't sure what the crowds would be like. Turns out that I ended up having to wear her for a good chunk of the day. I did retire the sling after that though. I also nursed more easily in the ring sling but do agree that it's less discrete. 

 

I think another personality thing is whether we are the type to use different slings for different needs. In the end, this style wasn't for me either. I'm a huge flake and it was just a lot easier on me to pick one carrier and stick with it. 

 

In some ways, that is the best credit to wraps because they really are the ultimate versatile carrier. When tied correctly I found that the baby was virtually weightless in a woven wrap. 

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