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post #21 of 61
We're pretty much just using the Maya and the Portable Baby Wrap. DH uses the former and I use the latter. We've been wearing him since... I dunno, three days? ;-) And wear him out and at home. For some reason, though, even though I wore Donovan in the Maya all the time, I can't seem to get Raphael comfy in there. He locks his legs straight, turns his head, and freaks out. With DH, he sometimes gets annoyed, but usually calms right down as soon as he goes in the Maya.

I'm loving the PB wrap though. I don't find it hot at all.

I haven't gotten back-wearing to work yet. I tried doing it with the wrap, but it just wasn't happening. I haven't tried it with the Maya, though I was successful with that with Donovan (apparently not until 15 weeks, however).

Hands-free nursing... not quite happening. I do manage to get him happily latched on while in the wrap occasionally, but it's still not hands-free as I have to hold my boob up for him. ;-) He's a tall baby, and I'm a short mommy, and my boobs hang low!

He has a tendency to rear back (not just in a babywearing context... burping him takes three hands sometimes), which I'm hoping will abate after his CST appointment next week. That might make some of this stuff easier.
post #22 of 61
My sling (the moby wrap) would be perfect except my LO can't hold his head up by himself yet and does not like the fabric over his head and the fact that I can not figure out for the life of me how to nurse him in it, Ow yeah and it's getting REALLY HOT IN STL. :

I have a kangaroo sling but I can not figure out how to use it ....
post #23 of 61
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Originally Posted by Ironica View Post
We're pretty much just using the Maya and the Portable Baby Wrap. DH uses the former and I use the latter. We've been wearing him since... I dunno, three days? ;-) And wear him out and at home. For some reason, though, even though I wore Donovan in the Maya all the time, I can't seem to get Raphael comfy in there. He locks his legs straight, turns his head, and freaks out. With DH, he sometimes gets annoyed, but usually calms right down as soon as he goes in the Maya.

I'm loving the PB wrap though. I don't find it hot at all.

I haven't gotten back-wearing to work yet. I tried doing it with the wrap, but it just wasn't happening. I haven't tried it with the Maya, though I was successful with that with Donovan (apparently not until 15 weeks, however).

Hands-free nursing... not quite happening. I do manage to get him happily latched on while in the wrap occasionally, but it's still not hands-free as I have to hold my boob up for him. ;-) He's a tall baby, and I'm a short mommy, and my boobs hang low!

He has a tendency to rear back (not just in a babywearing context... burping him takes three hands sometimes), which I'm hoping will abate after his CST appointment next week. That might make some of this stuff easier.
CST ??
post #24 of 61
re: wearing babies on your back... i wouldn't put a little one on your back in a ring slig, pouch or stretchy wrap. a toddler could be swung around onto your bac in a pinch using a RS or pouch, but imo they're just not great carriers for that purpose. a MT is my first choice for back carries, a woven wrap is nice too. there's really nothing to it, it just takes a little practice. best to try a few times with a spotter and a mirror. and tiny babies usually prefer being very high up on your back. Kelley has great directions on the Kozy website for a high-back carry with an infant using a MT - www.kozycarrier.com . and there are great high back carry with an infant using a wrap instructions on www.mamatoto.org

hands-free nursing we can totally manage in a ring sling right now. i tried in the stretchy wrap in the grocery store earlier, though, and she was *not* having any of it luckily for me she was more tired than she was hungry so she just gave up and passed out after a minute or two.

there are great videos for all kinds of uses for ring slings (including nursing in one) at the www.zolowear.com
post #25 of 61
Gus starts snoring before I can even get him all the way in! He loves the sling. We're just using a Moby right now. Works so much better for me than the Maya that I tried to use with dd. Perfect for being able to get things done around here. My only concern is that he's already so big, my back may not hold out for long. I carried dd in a Kelty frame pack until she was almost 4 though... Probably far longer than I should have.
post #26 of 61
my LO has been wore since day 1. she originally hated the moby, but now she loves it. the babyhawk is another great one.

but her favorite (and i hate it of course) the infantino sling rider. (aka put your baby in a bag)

we were out without a stroller or a wrap and didnt want to walk around with her in the carseat so we bought one quickly. SHE LOVES IT.
ridiculous child.
post #27 of 61
we are loving our beco and our new native. the only way e will fall asleep during theday is in the beco.
post #28 of 61
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Originally Posted by pixiepunk View Post
there are great videos for all kinds of uses for ring slings (including nursing in one) at the www.zolowear.com
Thanks so much for posting that! I watched the DVD that came with my Maya Wrap, but I learned a bunch more from the zolowear website, especially the troubleshooting videos!
post #29 of 61
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Originally Posted by limette View Post
Luckily she is quite content to lay in the bassinet if I need to put her down...
oh how nice for you!!

I feel like this 3.5 wk boy of mine has been held by me for the last 3.5 weeks--yikes! thank heaven for slings...

both dh and I are using our Maya wrap, and I just started using the babyhawk-style mei tai a friend made me....I love having the weight on BOTH shoulders. But the ring-sling is so e-z to use, esp. when getting in and out of the car.

My Hoppidez wrap (like a Didymos) is in the mail...soon it will arrive! I can't wait.

I would go crazy if it weren't for slings--I need that extra hand, I need to be able to pee while holding my baby if I'm alone in public, and baby likes to be squished in there & calms down easily when slung.
post #30 of 61
e in the beco:
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j1...G_7836redo.jpg
e in the new native:
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j1...I/IMG_7436.jpg
dh with both kiddos e in the beco on front and k in the ergo in back : :
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j1...G_7768redo.jpg
post #31 of 61
Around the house I mostly carry Ella in my arms but whenever we walk anywhere I carry her in a mei tai. I want to try wrapping... the babywearing group I go to meets again on Monday so I might try one then.

I can't wait til I can put her on my back, I just can't do anything with her on my front, it's too hard to work around her.
post #32 of 61
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Originally Posted by counterGOPI View Post
e in the beco:
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j1...G_7836redo.jpg
e in the new native:
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j1...I/IMG_7436.jpg
dh with both kiddos e in the beco on front and k in the ergo in back : :
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j1...G_7768redo.jpg

Great photos!! Hey I was wondering where do you put LO's legs when they are in the beco? I am looking at getting one but was wondering about spreading their legs apart while so young and I couldn't tell in your photo where your LO's were...
post #33 of 61
I'm using a Wise Woman sling and a Hmong carrier. Meghan LOVES the Hmong carrier because it keeps her in her fav position - against my chest, but sort of standing upright.

I use the sling when I need to be able to get her in and out quickly.

I've used both since about 4 days after birth, so she has easily adjusted to them.
post #34 of 61
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Originally Posted by treehuggermama View Post
Great photos!! Hey I was wondering where do you put LO's legs when they are in the beco? I am looking at getting one but was wondering about spreading their legs apart while so young and I couldn't tell in your photo where your LO's were...
they are inside. she's in 'froggie' position hth!
post #35 of 61
We're using our Cuddly Wrap and BabyHawk mei tai for Raina right now, and the Ergo for Lynden. I figure wearing both of them at once roughly equals my pregnancy weight

Babywearing!
(Don't mind my swollen face - just had wisdom teeth out!)
post #36 of 61
i had 2 ring sling s that i used for the first couple of weeks but they were killing my back after short time and i got a baby k'tan carrier a couple of weeks ago and totally love it
it is very easy to put on and comfortable because it goes over both shoulders
i will probably move to my ergo at about 4 months or so my ds #2 lived in the thing for 2+ years
post #37 of 61
I've had an Over the Shoulder Baby Holder and a Maya pouch (discontinued) since day 1. M pretty much hates them. CounterGOPI, I love those pics of your babe in the New Native! I so wish that M would let me carry him like that. It would be nice if we had a babywearing group around here b/c I have little patience with both carriers. The Maya has such a weird method for adjusting too.
I decided this week I wanted a Babyhawk. I had planned on getting one eventually, but didn't know till recently that they could be used with teeny babies. Alpaca and I went to Rapid City shopping on Thurs., and found some wahm-made mei tais. I tried one on with M and he was enchanted! I bought it without taking it off LOL. I still want a Babyhawk soon though, this mei tai lacks some of the structure and headrest and such. But hey! I was able to do chores for 45 min this morning while he napped in it. Since he's had to spend the last 6 weeks held on one of our chests at all times, this is huge!
The mei tai has given me a new obsession-carriers! Now I'm cruising the TP and DS, drooling over Becos and Ergos and Chuneis and, and...
post #38 of 61
I just bought a Beco today I found a WAHM site through thebabywearer.com that had them on sale for $105 so I couldn't resist! I just couldn't bring myself to put out $140 since this is my 8th baby carrier but I heard soooo many rave reviews about them. And I am finding with 3 kids now I sooo need to have two free hands most of the time which hasn't been working that great with my slings.
post #39 of 61
elleystar thanks!
treehuggermama, i know what you mean! the onlyway i could afford my beco was through RME and getting $70 free from them!
post #40 of 61
I've had David in a ring sling since just a couple days old. He was in a mei tai by a couple weeks and I had him on my back in a mei tai at a month old. I would like to make a new mei tai with a higher back for when he falls asleep, but he fights anything holding his head in when he isn't sleeping. He has had pretty good head control since birth just like his siblings.
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