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post #1 of 6
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I posted this over in Life With a Babe, and someone suggested I post here, too. I keep hearing everyone talk about taking their babies out in slings, or wearing slings around the house to get chores done. But my little one (7 weeks old) hates to be put down (of course) and also hates the sling unless we're constantly moving. When I put him in, he screams. If I take him directly for a walk around the neighborhood, he'll settle down and fall asleep. But as soon as I get home and try to do stuff around the house, he wakes up and starts screaming. I haven't even tried it when running errands b/c walking around a store wouldn't be fast/constant enough to keep him quiet. I can't say he likes his car seat any better. He screams when I put him in that, too. Only when he falls asleep can I take him on errands. I'd love to just use the sling when out (I hate carrying him around in a bucket--plus, he's starting to get too heavy to do it much longer).

Does anyone else have this problem? how can I get him to like the sling? I have 3 of them--a new native (which I think might be too small b/c he seems kinda crammed in there), a solarveil (sp?), and a baby bjorn. I just tried the baby bjorn for the first time last night. At first he seemed ok with it, but then screamed after 5 mintues. I'm at my wits end. I really need to get certain household chores and errands done (shower, laundry, grocery store, etc), but I can't seem to find any easy way to do them. Any suggestions? I appreciate any advice you btdt moms can give.

Kelly and little pumpkin
post #2 of 6
I thought my baby didn't like the sling at first, either... turned out she didn't care for the cradle hold, but loved tummy-to-tummy in our OTSBH... so maybe you have to find a position that he likes?

My other thought is to keep giving him exposure to it whenever he is most comfortable with it (i.e., out & about walking fast), and just let him mature/get a little bigger... related to the car seat issue, mine also HATED the car seat from 0-3 months... (and we had a 12 hour drive at 4 & 6 weeks- yikes!). But one day, she just GOT OVER it. We put her in, she looked around, was totally calm, no tears. Amazing! So don't give up on the slings yet, even if he doesn't seem to like them now, it may just be a stage.
post #3 of 6
Does he have reflux? I am wondering if this is why he doesn't like laying down, the carseat, etc. I would try the tummy to tummy position, especially after a feeding.
post #4 of 6
at seven weeks there will be an adjustment period to get used to the sling, for both of you. i remember working to send the vibe that i was comfortable with the sling. i think it took a week for my second baby to quit complaining and i started the sling with him around six weeks. you might also try leaving his legs out, and some babies just like being upright. you might also consider getting an adjustable ring type from a friend or ebay just to figure a size that is comfortable. another possibility is that the proximity to your breasts makes him want to nurse. you may have to try topless at home to see if that helps. and yes, they want movement whether in sling or not, and can tell if you are standing or not. that's how the babies are.
post #5 of 6
I find that constant movement is the key with little ones. Do try tummy to tummy position. Once baby is in nice and secure try doing some "knee bends". My babies loved this (and its good for your thighs) Everyone laughs at me when I do the "bounce" but it allows me to at least stand in one spot for a few minutes. So say you need to do the dishes, just stand there and do some little knee bends or squats. All three of my guys have liked this and my sister in laws little one only likes the sling when she does this ((((hugs))) Keep trying mama.
Sebrina
post #6 of 6
Yup, what everyone else said. Constant movement really is key. I was not able to sling at home with DD until she was a bit older. Also, do try the upright baby positions - some babies don't like cradle holds. It's also really helpful if you can take your slings to someone familiar with using them, like at a LLL meeting for example. Don't give up! Most babies take some time to get used to them.
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