Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Good Ship Lollipop
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Our baby didn't like either the sling or the baby carrier until recently. We did use the carrier to calm him, but we had to put up with some initial crying every time we put him in. But now he doesn't cry even as we put him on. He's now 5 months old. On Monday I took him for a 45 minute walk in the baby carrier (Kelty Kangaroo) facing inward, which used to make him cry. He was totally mellow, it helped him calm down from a stimulating weekend with his grandparents.
I think it's okay to put the baby down when he's asleep. You should do what your baby likes about this, what helps him. Dr. Sears' guideline isn't a hard and fast rule, it's a way to help many babies stay groovy, but your baby isn't one of them. Luckily, you are paying attention and you love him, so you know you are doing the right thing.
P.S. about the colic: we found that the football hold, with the baby draped over the forearm with his head in my elbow crook, worked really well. Our baby liked the pressure on his abdomen. We were already dancing with him and added this modification when we read the
Sears book, and it really added something. He also liked to be held sitting up with my forearm across his body in that position.
If it's just a matter of re-organizing him at the end of the day and not a digestive problem, the colic should go away pretty soon.
Divorced mom of one awesome boy born 2-3-2003.