Join Date: Feb 2009
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The PP's post about proper carrying position is right on. Basically, you want the carrier to hold your baby in the same position (or similar!) that your arms would hold the baby. When DS was a newborn, we kept him cuddled up frog-legged in the sling/wrap/mei tai. It kept his spine, bum, legs, and neck well supported and comfortable.
I wore my baby ALL day. That was the only way I could get anything done, since he'd wake up the minute I put him down! I liked our Mei Tai and Maya, but the most comfy option for really long-term wearing, IMO, was our wrap. We had a Moby wrap, which is easy to learn how to use, and great for young babies. But, next time around I'll get a woven wrap instead. They work the same way, but are less stretchy than the Moby. By the time DS was 7 months old or so, the Moby was too stretchy to support him as comfortably. (But, I guess almost 7 months of daily use made the Moby worth the $40 it cost!) A woven wrap takes a bit more practice to get the tightness just right, but it can be used all the way through toddlerhood!
Is there an API group or natural parenting group anywhere near you? Maybe you could find someone to show you some great wrap options in person!