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post #41 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
omg, the pic with your dh is TOO cute!!
we love our beco (butterfly) also...its excellent when I need both hands and is much better on my back/shoulder than all the slings....we also have a linen sakura bloom and an oopa which i use around the house or for short walks...dh uses the moby all the time....sometimes its difficult, she will cry at first when put into any of the carriers, but usually falls asleep when you walk around a bit or sort jump up and down....
post #42 of 61
All we have right now is a Hotsling. She did fine in it for the first week or so but she's been fussy about getting in it lately so we haven't been using it. I'm looking into getting an Ergo and hoping that she likes that when she gets a little older
post #43 of 61
I have 3 slings and ds loves the ultimate baby wrap the best (me too) but he is getting way too heavy and stretches out the fabric within seconds of putting it on. So I need to get a woven wrap. I am trying to make one out of Bamboo/ctn fabric so hopefully it works

I think my hotsling is too small : so I am trying to sell it to get a bigger one. I also have a slingezee (ring sling) but neither ds or I prefer it. He can't get comfy and my shoulder starts hurting when hes in it.

Hes already 15 lbs.
post #44 of 61
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Originally Posted by treehuggermama View Post
I have never learned how to nurse in a sling and hate to show off my flabby tummy while attempting to try so I just don't bother. I also don't want to spend money on nursing shirts now so that is that.
My solution for this is to wear nursing tanks on the days we are out and using the sling. I couldn't bring myself to buy new nursing shirts this time around, and all my old ones are either long-sleeve or ratty from so many previous years of use! I am now in LOVE with my new nursing tanks, they are cheaper than nursing bras, so comfy and they hide the belly fat! I don't hesitate to nurse in the sling now, because I don't have to worry about showing my side and back rolls.
post #45 of 61
Here's what we're using:

Ring slings, when we're out -- I have five, and have been rotating them. I leave one in the car at all times, and when it gets dirty, I just switch it out. I have a Maya Wrap, a TaylorMade silk, a TaylorMade french twill (my new FAVORITE!), a TaylorMade cotton batik and a FancyBabySling satin.

Wraps, at home -- Baby loves the SleepyWrap, and so do I. I prefer this fabric to the Moby. We have a friend's Moby, and I am thinking of returning it to her b/c I always reach for the SleepyWrap instead.

Mei Tais -- now that he's bigger and has more head control, I am practicing with the Mei Tai. We both like it so far, but it's a little big for him and swallows him up. I think it will be great when he is a little bigger yet.
post #46 of 61
For those with shoulder/neck pain from ring slings...

It's possible that with some tweaks on positioning the sling, this will improve. The fabric should cover the entire shoulder like a cap sleeve. If the fabric is *on top* of your shoulder and not over it onto the upper part of your arm, you are not wearing it correctly. This is the most common mistake that I assist people with.

Before putting baby in, put the sling on, and find the space where the folds fan out, then put that over the curve of your shoulder, making sure the entire fabric of the sling does not twist across your back, but lies flat. The rings should be at about your armpit, not higher. Pull the slack from the back to the front and leave the slack close to the rings, with the back fabric flat and taut across your back and the pocket for the baby right in the place you want him to stay. Then place the baby in, making sure the slack doesn't travel back, settle his weight with one hand and pull the fabric through the rings with the other, so that the slack is moving but not the baby. If you have it threaded correctly and not twisted, then you should be able to tighten the sling as needed to support the baby well.

Breastfeeding is easy, just release a little slack and then position baby inside for his meal. The fabric tail can be used over either shoulder as a cover-up.

HTH!
post #47 of 61
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My solution for this is to wear nursing tanks on the days we are out and using the sling. I couldn't bring myself to buy new nursing shirts this time around, and all my old ones are either long-sleeve or ratty from so many previous years of use! I am now in LOVE with my new nursing tanks, they are cheaper than nursing bras, so comfy and they hide the belly fat! I don't hesitate to nurse in the sling now, because I don't have to worry about showing my side and back rolls.
i totally agree! i didn't wear nursing tanks last time because i couldn't find one that properly accommodated my breast size (i wear a 34DD/E while nursing) and everything was either too big around to be supportive at all or two small in the bust to fit my cup. but rather miraculously some cheap ones i found at Target (like $16/ea!) size Medium fit perfectly. and while i wouldn't go run a mile in them (or even do a rigorous yoga practice) they're perfect for everyday use.

i've never had any nursing shirts, i'm not worried about being "discreet" but it sure is nice to keep my belly covered atm w/20 pounds to lose.
post #48 of 61
I was wearing DS at 2 days pp. I use a moby wrap for doing housework, a mei-tai for out and about and a ring-sling if it's all I can find. I don't bf in a carrier because my b**bs are too big and b/c I wear babies upright b/c of back problems.

I would say that I'm a TON more uncomfortable wearing than I was with DS1 b/c of my back. I hope a visit to the chiro and maybe a massage will help that out.

Jen D.
post #49 of 61
Sleepy Wrap here from early on, he loves sleeping tummy to tummy. Then I got a Maya ring sling to run errands with, I just couldn't seem to reuse the tied up Sleep Wrap more than once, I had to re-tie it all over again. Ring slings are not as nice on my back, but faster. I have found that DS's neck is getting really strong and he likes facing outward in the Sleepy Wrap so he can look around while I'm puttering around the yard.

In either one though, I haven't been able to fit him in the cradle carry very well, I can't seem to get him where he's comfortable. I think he just prefers more upright tummy holds.

I totally want a mei tai though...
post #50 of 61
In the last week, ds has really taken to being worn in the moby wrap. He actually stopped crying and got happy when I started putting it on today. I went shopping hands-free this weekend and it was so much easier than carrying him. All the older ladies who run the sample tables at costco wanted to peek at him and talked to me about nursing their babies, aww. He doesn't care much for my pouch sling but I'll use that more when he's ready for a hip carry.

I am always getting so many compliments and "where did you get that?"'s on my wrap and pouch. I just love that baby wearing is moving into the mainstream and people want more than a baby bjorn (not that those are horrible or anything but we used ours on dd once I think and she hated it).

I can nurse one handed but my boobs are so big I'm afraid I might smother him if I leave him tucked in there without a hand to keep my boob off his face.

LOL dd just ran out of the bedroom dragging the moby behind her and now she is wrapping herself up in it. She's tried wearing a teddy bear too this weekend. So cute!
post #51 of 61
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LOL dd just ran out of the bedroom dragging the moby behind her and now she is wrapping herself up in it. She's tried wearing a teddy bear too this weekend. So cute!
too cute! i made DD1 a ring sling when i was pg with DS, and she is always carrying around baby dolls and stuffed animals in there.

i bought myself a custom reversible babyhawk during their sale this weekend. i can't wait to get it!! my aunt sent me $250 for the new baby (woo hoo!!) so i splurged and bought the babyhawk and some OS pocket dipes we live on a tight budget so i'm really excited to have a chance to splurge, even though i know there were more practical ways i could've spent the money

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I am always getting so many compliments and "where did you get that?"'s on my wrap and pouch. I just love that baby wearing is moving into the mainstream and people want more than a baby bjorn (not that those are horrible or anything but we used ours on dd once I think and she hated it).
: even in the boonies here where i live people are always stopping me to say how cool my carriers are i made ring slings for two acquaintances of mine who were pg at the same time i was, so maybe i won't be the only babywearer in the county anymore
post #52 of 61
I can't stand the hotsling--it hurts my back (am I doing something wrong?) I love the 5 yds of cotton voile I use as a wrap! We use it exclusively to carry LO. Of course, I get weird looks from everyone in this town (banging around a baby in a car seat covered with a blanket seems to be the only way of doing things around here), but we're all happiest and most comfortable using a wrap, so I ignore the stares and comments.
post #53 of 61
We use the SleepyWrap, I"m addicted! I used a NoJo when my 6yo was a baby, but this wrap is awesome! Are there any other slings that carry similarly but can be put on a little easier?

Ditto the comment about how moms could do it w/out a sling/wrap...I'd go insane!

Bellevuemama
post #54 of 61
we've been using our fleece hotslings but it's starting to get too warm for them. If he's going to be carried for a while I'll use my mt's but he is now liking his legs free and not frogged up underneath him, yet the base of the body of the MT is still to wide to let his legs out so we kind of don't use the MT's right now (I know I'm contradicting myself).
I am really finding the wrap love with my storch (dh got it for me for christmas) but I'm still not confident in my wraps so I only use it at home or when I know other people won't watch me putting him on (the getting on process is a little scary.. he almost fell off my back today!!!).

I had a wise woman which is a hybrid between a rs and a pouch but I still haven't gotten it back from the mama I lent it to. That woudl be my on the run sling. I was thinking about getting an inexpensive RS for errands and such.



And count me out for bfing and slinging at the same time. My boobs are too big and too squishy- I still have to hold some part of them when he's nursing so he won't suffocate!!!
post #55 of 61
I can't believe I never replied to this thread!


I use my Moby & Gypsy Mama wraps frequently (I alternate based on which matches my outfit better ). I tend to use my Hotsling around my house right now. I think I'll probably use it more when head control is a little stronger. The one I use the most is my Mei Tai (which is also the one I already had from DD. The others were all new). I keep the MT in my car, so it's always my default "running around" carrier. I think it's probably because it's the one I feel most comfortable putting on in a parking lot and it keeps DS the most secure.

I've still never managed to perfect nursing in any carrier.
post #56 of 61
I am addicted I have a RS, 2 pouches (w/1-2 hotslings on the way!), an Ergo, and 3 stretch wraps, oh and fabric for a woven wrap . I'm getting really good but we've only been able to actually nurse well in the RS because DS has to use a nipple shield...
post #57 of 61
I mostly use the Moby Wrap. She takes all her naps in it. I was worried about the heat with it, but it hasn't actually be that bad. I leave the sides kind of open for ventilation. I did buy the Solarveil ring sling, but I don't use it much either. I am not crazy about carrying her in it. It is uncomfortable for both me and her....I like having the solarveil to cover her up with if I am nursing her outside.

I also bought the Ergo with the insert, but I am returning the insert. I tried carrying her in the Ergo upright a couple weeks ago and she started screaming in it. I think her foot got caught inside because I had to carry her with legs froggy style. I am going to wait until she is a little bigger with that one. I also have a Snuggly (someone gave me) and we used that maybe once or twice. I also got a Kelty frame backpack, but I don't really know when that will come in handy.

I love carrying my baby, but I am getting sick of all the looks and comments. But...I can't imagine carrying my little chub around in a car seat.
post #58 of 61
OH...I love this thread.

I have been using my Sleepywrap and it is nice around the house. We don't have a car though and take public transit. When out and about she gets very hot in the Sleepywrap no matter the position I use. It also is a bit to stretchy for a ton of walking. She starts up high on my chest and ends up on my tummy by the time we get home.

I just ordered a Babyhawk, hoping that will be our out and about solution.
post #59 of 61
Wow! My son must be the only one who hates to be worn. He and I both hate our ring sling. So I bought a Mei Tai, I love it, but he will only stand about 15 minutes in it. Oh well, I guess I will try as he gets older. My husband says no more money on carriers!
post #60 of 61
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Originally Posted by kdaisy View Post
Wow! My son must be the only one who hates to be worn. He and I both hate our ring sling. So I bought a Mei Tai, I love it, but he will only stand about 15 minutes in it. Oh well, I guess I will try as he gets older. My husband says no more money on carriers!
That's how my son was for the first few weeks. We kept building up time and now he loves it! He grins at me as I wrap the sleepywrap as we get ready to go or when I put a sing on .
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