Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: "I drove through there once!", NV
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I've never really figured out the nursing in a carrier thing, though I've tried with all my babies in multiple different carriers. I think some people's anatomies are more compatible with it than others.
I'm really liking the Beco Gemini - it works from 7lbs without an insert, and I can put it on by myself without too much trouble. Runa is still too small for my mei tai, but we've been using the Beco for a month or so. The only thing I really don't like is that it doesn't have a pocket - I'm debating between trying to add one on, or just sticking it out until she's big enough for an Ergo.
As far as diaper rash goes, some babies do better with cloth, and others with disposables. Changing laundry detergents might help. Diet could be related. We recently switched to cloth at home because Runa was pooping super frequently again (and she finally got big enough for them not to be too ridiculous), and cutting out eggs seemed to help (I admit that I get a little OCD about diet and go cutting things out of my diet right and left for symptoms that a pediatrician would say were normal, but I do think it's worth a try).
If you're not already using a cloth diaper with a fleece liner, you could try that and see if it helps - you can just get fleece at a fabric store and cut it up, rather than buying anything special. OTOH, if you are using something with a liner (like a pocket diaper), some babies react to the synthetics, and switching to just cotton might help.
I go back to work Monday - just one shift a week until we see how it goes. I'm both looking forward to it, and pissed that I work someplace so backwards (a healthcare corporation, even!) that they don't offer paid maternity leave, just the mandatory FMLA.
DS born 6/03, DD1 born 9/06, DD2 born 10/10, DD3 born 4/14.