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I'm interested in knowing what's working for everybody.

I have a Hotsling, a stretchy ring sling, and a Babyhawk Mei Tai. I like them all for different things. The MT is my favorite, though, and if I could only have one that's what I'd choose. Right now I'm only using the newborn front carry.

My guy is just two weeks old, so he's still pretty floppy. When do other carries become good choices? I'm really interested in back carrying, but I don't know when to try it.

What's working for you? And mamas with two or three little ones running around, does wearing your wee one simplify things?
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So far I've just used my Maya Wrap. I love how snug you can get them in it and she sleeps so well bundled up in the front newborn carry. I have a Mei Tai a friend made for my baby gift, but she just seems so small to carry in it. I may try it soon, though. I'd really like to try a Moby Wrap with this baby. I love babywearing and since this is probably our last one, I have to feed my addiction this time
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We love my rocking baby sling!!!!!

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so far the Kozy and the Moby are the favorites for the little guy in this house. the hotsling is ok-he goes right to sleep-but to me it looks like it's smashing his brain so it makes me nervous
i think for back carries you have to wait til at least 4mo so they have the good head/neck support and i guess around that time it's ok for their legs not to be in the froggy position, too?

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ive got a maya wrap ring sling, a solarveil adjustable pouch, and a mei tei style carrier. i use the ring sling around the house, and the pouch when out (because i live in fl lol!!!! its HOT). ive only used the MT once or twice, its kind of a pita to get her in & out.

i dont know what i would do without my slings. seriously.

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We have a pouch (peanut shell) and a wrap (moby wrap). She doesn't dig the pouch all that often, and I can't figure out why. I think she likes her legs being free and right now with the chest hold and the newborn hold, she is NOT digging having her legs in their and will cry and cry until you just lift her slightly out of it. So I am pretty sure it will get used more when she can sit on my hip in it.

She LOVES LOVES LOVES the moby....most of the time. She loves it when she loves it, and hates it when she hates it. I need to make a more conceous (that is SO not how you spell that word) effort to get her in them more often so she can get used to it. I sorta hate how much effort it takes to get ME in and out of the moby. I want to invest in a good ring sling too. There is a woman at the Olympia Farmers Market near me that sells tie dyed ring slings....mmm that would be nice.....
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I have a Mei Tai, homemade moby style wrap, and a lucky baby pouch sling.

So far I despise the Mei Tai. It doesn't fit me right and is really gappy near the head, I may just sell it to a friend who is interested and wait to get another one when he is bigger.

I use the moby at home all the time to do things around the house. He loves it when he is in the right mood for it.

I use the pouch when I go out because it is so easy to pop on and put the baby in and out of. So far I've had to take him out a few times at the grocery store and I would have been screwed if I had him in the moby. That thing is difficult to undo with a baby in it! He doesn't love the pouch but if he is sleepy (which he usually is after a car ride) he will do ok in it.

I think I want to get a ring sling because they seem to be super versatile.

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While we have an assortment of carriers (2 Hotslings, 3 ring slings, 2 Baby Bjorns, an Ergo), we really only use the Hotslings and Bjorns consistently. My husband has actually been seen wearing my nice flowery Hotsling, too, but usually prefers the Bjorn (looks a little more manly, you know! =)). I know I could probably get the infant insert for the Ergo, since I love that one so much, but the price seems rather steep for such a short period of time it would be used (on top of the ridiculous price I paid for the thing!). Eli doesn't mind the pouch sling, but Sam only will go in it if he's really tired. I think he doesn't like how it confines him, and I think it looks rather uncomfortable, too. My ring slings and MT's I've tried are just too putzy right now. They will probably come in handy later, though. BTW, my daughter has begged to go in the Hotsling, too, when one of the babies are not in it and it still works great for her in a hip-carry! Have tried tandem slinging a couple of times, and honestly, while it calms them down with all of the confusion of getting them in and out, it is VERY uncomfortable for the wearer and still doesn't allow you to do a whole lot.

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I have 2 ring slings and a Moby. Kasen tolerates the sling (I just don't feel comfortable with it yet), but we both LOVE the Moby. My only concern is that I feel like my posture is all out of whack when I'm wearing either one. Will that get better as my ab muscles heal, or am I doing something wrong?

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I have a maya wrap and a bjorn - I used both with #1 so far have only used the bjorn for going out with #2
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I have 2 Hotslings, a homemade pouch (I couldn't resist the fabric!), 3 Wise Woman slings, 2 mei tais and one onbuhimo, with 2 more onbus on the way. : DS practically lived in either a Hotsling or WW sling until he was a year old, he loved them. DD will go in them but she doesn't like the cradle hold as much as DS did, she prefers to be upright. So, the main things we are using right now are the MTs and onbus. I prefer the onbus, which is why I have 2 more coming.

I borrowed a wrap from a friend but haven't used it too much, I'm just not feeling the wrap love.

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I have 2 Hotslings, a homemade pouch (I couldn't resist the fabric!), 3 Wise Woman slings, 2 mei tais and one onbuhimo, with 2 more onbus on the way. : DS practically lived in either a Hotsling or WW sling until he was a year old, he loved them. DD will go in them but she doesn't like the cradle hold as much as DS did, she prefers to be upright. So, the main things we are using right now are the MTs and onbus. I prefer the onbus, which is why I have 2 more coming.

I borrowed a wrap from a friend but haven't used it too much, I'm just not feeling the wrap love.
how do you like the mei taiis? thinking bout getting one.....
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nak

we have a homemade reversible pouch (we used the sleepingbaby.net instructions) and a homemade wrap similar to a moby. (dh made them both! )

we used the pouch to take ds home from the hospital on the streetcar on day 3 of his life, and he never fit into it after that. dh just extended it this weekend by sewing another panel into it, and i wore ds in it this afternoon. i walked across the street to visit the neighbours ... ds was nursing the whole time! i love it.

the wrap is great for walking around. i've worn him in it around the house, walked to the grocery store and video rental, etc., but i've been having trouble figuring out how to move him smoothly from a carrying position to a nursing position and back. i did finally manage to get him from one to the other, but couldn't get him back afterwards. it's a learning process.

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the wrap is great ... but i've been having trouble figuring out how to move him smoothly from a carrying position to a nursing position and back. i did finally manage to get him from one to the other, but couldn't get him back afterwards. it's a learning process.
me too.
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I have two I use all the time, one is a mayawrap and the other is a homemade mayawrap out of solarveil. I have a pouch, but dd hates it, ds loved it, but she just doesn't like the cradle hold. She prefers to be upright and the maya does that perfectly. Dh doesn't like to use the slings but will use the backpack when she is old enough!

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how do you like the mei taiis? thinking bout getting one.....
I really like them! DS (23 months) also loves to be worn on my back with it, he gets excited when he sees me pull it out! It's also DH's favorite carrier.

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I have Mei Tai style carrier - two of them, one small a nd one larger. And lucky baby sling - which I HATE. I had it custom made and I hate it. So does my DS. I just cant' figure slings out.
I am using MT EVERY day, all the time. I LOVE it. The weight is evenly distributed and I just love it. So does DS.
For those who say it's too baggy, too big for your baby - try to roll the bottom once or twice before you tie it around your waist. That will make the body of the carrier shorter and baby won't be lost in it.

HEre's webside on how to use Mt carriers:

http://www.kozycarrier.homestead.com/instructions.html

Newborn back carry:
http://www.kozycarrier.homestead.com...tml#anchor_171
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Alright...I gotta get me one. I was looking at the Baby Hawk ones. I mean we only have two baby carriers. We really need to have another one.....right?
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Alright...I gotta get me one. I was looking at the Baby Hawk ones. I mean we only have two baby carriers. We really need to have another one.....right?
I bought a BabyHawk and I LOOOOOVVE it. It's easy to use, and once he's in it I almost forget I've got him on. And they're so pretty : the straps are very lightly padded, just enough to make them comfy but not enought to make them bulky. Of the 4 carriers I have, if I had to choose just one to keep it would be this one. I also think it will be the most versatile overall.

I'm using my hotsling some too, but it's not as comfy and I can't seem to get all the weight distributed well. And like fenwickmama said, it looks like it's crushing his head. I'm definitely not as free to move as I am with the BabyHawk. Am I doing something wrong? Any tips or suggestions??
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We've got a Hotsling and a Moby...both DH and I use them both all the time. DS loves being in both of them, most of the time. I haven't tried yet to nurse in the moby, but I'll probably try that eventually. Love love love both of them; can't believe more people don't use these. We always get lots of comments when we're out with him. Especially when DH is out with him--it's like people are surprised to see a GUY out with a baby, or surprised when the two of us are together that it's the guy who is wearing the baby and not the mother. But yay for babywearing.
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I have 2 pouch slings (a hotsling and a new native) and finally had some time to sew a ring sling last week while family was here to help. I go back and forth between which pouch sling I like better; I think the hotsling will win out in the end, but the new native fit me better for the first few weeks.

Now that I have a ring sling, I am loving it for around the house. My little guy really likes being upright; and I have even managed to nurse in the sling a few times (nursing in a pouch sling does not work for me at all).

I have an Ergo that I am looking forward to trying once he is big enough. I also want to try it out with my 2 year old DD to see how it works for her...just haven't gotten around to it yet (along with many other things that I just haven't gotten to yet I guess that's life with a toddler and a newborn).
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I showed my husband the babyhawk site and he is going to order one for himself. He is totally jealous that I can sling the baby and he can't (he is super tall and my slings are way too small for him) Who knew the hubster would be such a slinging, breatsfeeding, co-sleeping, cloth diapering advocate after just a few weeks!

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If you're looking at BabyHawk, I'd DEFINITELY spend the $10 on the minkee lining. OMG it is soooo soft and squishy

I just wish I could wear mine in the car!
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I have a NoJo and an Ultimate Baby Wrap.

The UBW is super stretchy so no matter how tight I wrap it the baby sags way down. Argh. Also I can't figure out the cradle carry so the only one I've done so far is the upright newborn snuggle.

The Nojo is hit or miss. I can't seem to distribute the weight properly so DD is often squished. She screams when I put her in it to start off - I've gotten her to settle down and go to sleep in it twice. I've only done the cradle hold with this one.

I want to buy another sling but a) DH will kill me and b) I have no idea which one to buy. I have chronic back problems so nothing is overly comfortable including the bjorn (which is what we use when we go out for the most part) and I haven't found any places where I can try out the slings. Perhaps my LLL meeting in October...

Any suggestions? I'm 5'10", 155 lbs if that makes a difference...
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I have a maya and ds loves it. He goes right to sleep in it. I had an over the shoulder baby holder with the other three, but it was too bulky. I like the maya much better.
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I want to buy another sling but a) DH will kill me and b) I have no idea which one to buy. I have chronic back problems so nothing is overly comfortable including the bjorn (which is what we use when we go out for the most part) and I haven't found any places where I can try out the slings. Perhaps my LLL meeting in October...

Any suggestions? I'm 5'10", 155 lbs if that makes a difference...
I'm 5'10 and I would LOVE to be 155

OK that was totally off topic, but anyway, we used the Bjorn for the first two. I just didn't know any better. If you're looking to get another carrier I would highly recommend a Mei Tai (ours is the Babyhawk I keep raving about). I find it MUCH more comfortable than the Bjorn, and easier to use. But most importantly MUCH more comfortable.
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Well, I was so excited to wear my baby & its not working out like I had hoped.
She is a touch-me-not!! She does okay in the Hotsling IF she is very happy & I carry her outside for awhile b4 putting her in it!
The Bjorn ... well she screams!! I dont think she likes not being able to see much.
I also have a wrap that I'm not so good at... so I have a hard time getting her in it & she usually ends up mad:

I think I want to try an Ergo now:

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Sabbath (and anyone else reading who had the same issue),

I found a great slideshow at babywearer showing in detail how to tie the wrap and switch back and forth between FWCC and nursing:

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/mon_ar...=/c030&.src=ph

I tried it out and it worked very well! I had been tying the wrap slightly differently, so this really helped.

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Sabbath (and anyone else reading who had the same issue),

I found a great slideshow at babywearer showing in detail how to tie the wrap and switch back and forth between FWCC and nursing:

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/mon_ar...=/c030&.src=ph

I tried it out and it worked very well! I had been tying the wrap slightly differently, so this really helped.
Oh sweet thanks!!
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