I didn't start wearing DS#1 until he was about 3 months old (although I held him practically all the time , so I'm new at this!
Globetrotting mama to DS (9) and DD (6)
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I had mtivation to figure this out, at the time we lived up 6 flights of stairs, and I was scared someone would drop him!
DCP to 1 busy munchkin! and a CRST too!
you might want to try practicing with a stuffed animal or a doll so you have the basics of getting wrap on and snug before you have to do it for real.
the most awesome thing with a stretchy wrap is you really only have to tie it on once and then just pop the baby in and out as you need to. you might need to snug it up a bit after a while if it's feeling droopy, but you shouldn't need to completely retie it.
as for positions, babies are all different as far as what they like and don't, so you might just need to experiment a little with the baby once born to see what works best.
I practiced a few times while pg w/ a stuffed animal. Made it super easy to use after DD's arrival.
ds was a homebirth but when I DID finally leave the house, wore him always. You'll love it!
That being said, you can wear your baby as soon as you deem it practical. If it's a few hours after birth, so be it. We had to carry our children out the door in a car carrier as this was one of the hospital's ways to check that we had a car seat and know how to put our baby in one (I know that might irk some people but it was practical because the patient pick up area is sooooooo busy--it was just easier).
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Ruth, single mommy to 3 quasi-adults
Don't be scared of all that fabric. The FWCC (the carry suggested in the Moby instructions) is pretty easy to wrap around you and getting your baby in it AFTER everything is tied on gives you one less thing to focus on . It might take a day or to to get the hang on it and feel comfortable doing it but it is well worth he effort.
One happy momma to a very spirited little girl , her tough little brother , and a happy little suprise late April 2012 . Wife to an overworked and under paid husband .
DH was the first to wear DS3 (cradle hold / stretch pouch), at about 2 hours old! I was mostly "laying in" during that first week so I don't think I wore him during that time but once I was up and around more I broke out my own pouches and a stretch wrap (gypsymama bali baby stretch). I favor the front wrap cross carry, which is such a cuddly carry with a newborn in a stretchy wrap. It's almost like they're in the womb again.
NB liked being upright, tummy to tummy, but all babies are different.
1) Check out the Kozy website for instructions on how to do the high back carry with a newborn. Talk about liberating, to be hands-free with baby on your back!
2) With the Hotsling, use a tummy to tummy position or a semi-seated reclining position, but don't put a newborn in a pouch in a cradle position that forces her chin to her chest. There's a risk of positional asphyxia. IME, too, many babies (mine included) don't much like a cradle position anyway.
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IMO the wrap and the pouch sling (we have a lucky baby but the hot sling is the same idea if you're more familiar with that) were/are the best when the babe is little. Supposedly you can use the pouch up to 30 pounds but my baby seems much happier in the wrap or mei tai. I put her in back carries with the moby from about 6 weeks on. We've gone hiking with her in a back carry in both the moby and the MT. I suggest a less stretchy wrap for later, however. Baby is 13 weeks and I'm totally digging the MT over the wrap, especially when out (the moby is almost exclusively used at home now).
Try it early, try it often, don't get discouraged! Baby will most likely fuss when you put him/her in it - but then you're both getting used to a whole lot so don't worry too much. I found when she was really little I could only wear her in the morning when she was sleepy but not fussy.
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