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post #21 of 25
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I think the Maya wrap I have is one of the original designs. I bought it 5 years ago and the stupid thing slips out of the rings every time. I think the Kozy carrier is like a Mei tei, right? I have that one and it hasn't worked either. There aren't any groups close enough to me that I can afford the gas to go . Maybe the next time I see a mama wearing her baby I'll ask her how she does it.
post #22 of 25
I have maybe 15, 20 different brands of ring slings, none of them slip like the original Maya (which was very frustrating). The new Maya doesn't slip, it's a great sling. Maya Wraps come with an instructional DVD.
post #23 of 25
I have always loved the idea of babywearing. Well, not always--it never even occurred to me with my first two (ages 11 and 15). But when I got pregnant with third, 10 years after my second, one of the first things I did was buy a sling.

After DD2 was born, I tried wearing her, on and off, for about 5 months. I was miserable. I hurt. She hated it. We were both uncomfortable. It just wasn't working for us. I handed the sling over to my best friend shortly before her baby was born (9 mos after my DD2).

She wore her DS more diligently that I wore my DD2, but she had the same complaints I did. So, she set about looking for another sling, and in the process, she found that my original sling (a pouch by Lucky Baby) was sized too big for either of us. She ordered a different sling (don't remember which), sized it correctly and wears her baby ALL the time and loves it.

I tried her sling on, but still found that the simply fact that slings hang on one shoulder causes me a great deal of discomfort. I have TMJ and all of the neck, back and shoulder pains that go along with it. So, I figured that I might fare better with a soft-structured carrier that distributed the weight evenly. After much research, I decided to bite the bullet and order a Beco Butterfly.

I've had it for about 2 weeks now and I have to say I have almost no complaints. My DD2 will be 1 yr old in 2 weeks. She's 25 lbs, wiggly and solid. She hated the pouch, but loves to be carried in the Beco. I can do just about anything with her on my front or back, including house cleaning, exercising, cooking, laundry, you name it...Sometimes, if I don't have all of the straps adjusted just right (like, if someone else in the family has been wearing her and so my "standard" adjustments are changed), I'll get some pain in my nect and shoulder. And if I don't watch my posture if I'm standing for a long period of time with her on my front, my lower back will catch, but I think that has more to do with me being out of shape. LOL

Anyway, I say all of that to say this: I was very discouraged with baby-wearing when my DD was younger. But once I was able to find a carrier that worked with my body and our needs, I am so happy with it. I can't imagine how I managed to get through the last year without my Beco.
post #24 of 25
I'm with you. I thought I'd love the sling--a friend made us a seriousy beautiful one--but ds hates it and so do I. He feels so heavy, and he's only 13 lbs. My high hopes are dashed. We have no babywearing groups either. He likes the Infantino Eurorider ok. It's uncomfortable, but I'm willing. I'm with pp on the Sears--yeah right is right! I can't wait for him to properly fit the Ergo.
post #25 of 25
I was very discouraged when I first tried babywearing. I HATED my maya wrap sling (watched the DVD so many times) along with the pouch I had. I could never get baby comfortable and could only wear for 10 minutes at a time. Then I got a wrap . My dd was happy in there for hours at a time and she fit so snugly that I never worried about her moving around or slipping out. I got a Kozy mei tei once she became a bit too heavy in the wrap and I liked it for back carries.
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