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#1 of 13 Old 03-01-2009, 05:25 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My sister's baby was born @ 30 weeks gestation a month ago; he's been discharged from the hospital now and is doing really well! He's 5 lbs now.:

I'm going to be taking her a wrap, and she has a ring sling. Because of his reflux, we're going to try an upright carry. She's very, very concerned about airway constriction. What do I need to know about wearing a preemie that is perhaps different than a full-term infant?

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How funny, I was just coming here to post the same thing. Mine are probably two weeks from coming home. I'll be waiting for answers!

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Wow, he is doing well! Home after only a month!

I liked the newborn carry in the Moby (http://www.mobywrap.com/t-mobywrap.aspx the picture on the far right shows the newborn carry.). Babe stayed upright and cozy, and I felt very confident that his airway was ok. I was super worried about airway constriction too, but slowly let myself trust that my baby was ok laying in the Maya ring sling, which he loved. The first week or so, I'd check every few minutes to make sure he was ok! And he always was!

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We found that the moby wrap and the beco butterfly were the best carriers with our preemies when they were 5-10 pounds. Both Zephan and Micah preferred being carried upright (helps with reflux!) and it seemed like both of these carriers were comfortable for this. As far as breathing, make sure the baby's head is well supported. If you keep the baby in a "frog" position, much like what you would do for kangaroo care, with their chin slightly up, the baby should have no trouble breathing. If you have taken infant CPR, remember what you do to open the airway? Tip the baby's head back slightly. Same idea. When we did use a sling, we would fold a swaddling blanket and put it behind the baby's back to make the space in the sling smaller and more supportive.

And obviously, with the baby in a carrier, you can feel them breathe!
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DS was 4.5 pounds when he was released about 3 weeks before his due date. I wore him in the newborn hug hold in my Moby wrap as much as possible, and airway constriction was never a problem. I tried putting him in the sling in a cradle position and got freaked out about that possibility, so I definitely recommend the wrap!
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LOVE wraps for the newborn stage!

I started wearing DD in the NICU early on (maybe when she would have been about 32 weeks). I used the front wrap cross carry w/ legs froggy style.

Honestly...I didn't do anything differently for my preemie when wearing her.

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I wore Erin in a wrap, upright because of her reflux. I was concerned about the air way thing with a sling too so we didn't use those with her until she was a bit older. The wrap was fantastic for us, very comfortable while we were out shopping and let me give her as much support as she needed while still allowing her to see out (when she was older, in the beginning I'd put her in the wrap and she'd be asleep in under 2 minutes : )

Erin's reflux was pretty bad, but I still only got spewed on the once.
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I used the moby when Charlie was really small...but once he was 8 lbs or so we used the Kozy.
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I started putting Molly in the Moby wrap when she was 3 1/2 lbs. She's 10 lbs now & still loves it.
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I agree with everyone on the moby. I asked this same exact question when I brought my son home. He was so little he just slid into a puddle at the bottom of asian style carriers and he was too light to make the rings catch right on ring slings. I didn't like the moby AT ALL for my full termers, but it was WONDERFUL for my little bitty preemie boy.
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yep, moby. and that also for twin preemies - but don't expect to do anything other than snuggle with two tinies in there skybluepink

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A friend of mine with preemie twins says ditto on the Moby.
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Thanks everyone! She ended up taking my Tentoes Click. It really seemed to meet her needs at the time for ease and convenience, and was a good fit for the baby.

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