I was totally sling-inept for months, even though I had done all sorts of research ahead of time. : I used the New Native pouch for a while, when ds was really little and liked being all squinched up in there. DH was the one who got the hang of the Maya Wrap much more quickly than I did.
In hindsight, I would have bagged the pouch and gone straight to the Maya Wrap. For several reasons: one, because the MW is more versatile for babies through toddlers IMO; two, because it's adjustable; three, because both partners can wear it and not worry about size; and four, because with the tail you can cover up while breastfeeding (if you feel like it), and put stuff in the pocket. There's definitely a learning curve but it just takes practice.
Try snugging Spawn Boy upright high up on your chest in the Maya Wrap; Evan really liked that hold. You might also get a little pillow (New Native sells one that's good) for propping SB up a little if you find he's swimming down in the pouch if you put him in horizontally.
I've gotten to be somewhat of a sling collector but the Maya Wrap is the one I would never give up. My second choice after that would be a Kangaroo Korner fleece pouch, which I got only a couple of months ago so didn't have in the newborn period, but it's very soft and comfy for both mom and baby. Also with the snaps you can adjust for size between two adults.
www.kangarookorner.com and www.peppermint.com both have good comparison pages on various types of slings.
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It's too bad that it's so hard to find slings sold in shops (as opposed to online). It would really be ideal if you could just take your babe and go try out a bunch of kinds. Everyone has a different opinion about what works best.
Congrats on your new little Spawn!
Mindfully mothering SIX kids (ages 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 & 11) in a small house with a lot of love.
BTW, MUCH CONGRATULATIONS to you and your new baby boy. I was checking up on you often (as I know many many MDC mammas were) and was so happy to hear your news. Did you decide on a name yet ? Enjoy your babymoon !!
my sis just gave me the baby bijorn. i like it & dd likes it until she wants to fall asleep, then she likes to be more womb like in the NN.
And I agree!! There should be a store where you can try different slings with your babe and let your back and babe decide!
We are hoping to have a name for him soon... it would help if he'd stay asleep long enough for us to bathe, eat, *and* crack open the name book! Right now I am happy to just pee within 20 minutes of realizing I have to go...
Now, though, I'd say a MW would work better.
BUT NN is my first choice for a newborn. Just remember to move once you put him in. Otherwise they start to fuss usually.
Ultimate Baby Wrap: probably our favorite in terms of support for a newborn. he feels very secure and snug, with good head support. unfortunately it takes a few minutes to put on, which is sometimes inconvenient. i usually use this when i'll be wearing him around the house for a long time during naps.
Kissaluvs (unpadded): nice because it's easy to tote around and very adjustable.
Nojo (padded rail): at first i never used this because i thought it was too big. but lately I've found I really like it in the "backwards" position, so that the shoulder pad is a pillow for the baby. this one is good for NIP and "wearing down" for naps
Fleece pouch: despite the raves this hasn't worked for us.
Never tried a Maya wrap. What makes it special?
super easy to use, cozy and comfy for NB up to about 15-18 lbs. It isn't as versatile as other slings, eg maya, but for ease of use you really can't beat it. I had a fleece one that was 3rd hand by the time it got to me, and now my (very mainstream) friend is using it, and can't live w/out it I'm so proud whenever I convert a mainstreamer!
Only problem is it is a bit too small for DH to wear it.