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You were all so helpful with the last question I had, I thought I'd try another one--<br><br>
When did you start using your sling with your baby? I am hoping that I can start right away, but some ladies say they wait until the baby is a little older. If you wait, why? If not, did you use the cradle hold?
 

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I slung my DS starting around 6 weeks and did use the cradle hold. A friend started immediately - her DS preferred tummy-to-tummy.
 

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i would start right away- the first day- the first time you need to walk around with the babe or walk from the hospital or home to the car. We did. The sooner you can become comfortable with the sling, the better. I believe most of it is the mother's comfort. When you are at ease, your baby will be.<br><br>
Also, as long as you are wearing your baby often, every day, you will become stronger as your baby becomes heavier. There is no need for you baby to become to heavy for you to carry.<br><br>
Happy Slinging, Tabitha
 

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We used it the first time I had a need to carry her around and do something else at the same time (our first trip to the store at 3 days old<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">)<br>
And I did a kinda tumy-to-tummy/cradle hold combo. LOL. VERRY TIGHT.. If she were any Closer to me... she'd have been back inside! :LOL<br><br>
HTH!
 

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I wasn't able to sling my babies right away because I had a c-section (and thus a sore belly) and really intense back pain (I think from the epidural, but that's another story. . . ) for a couple of weeks after my twins were born. BUT, Dp slung Luke pretty much from the start. She used the new native carrier, so Luke was in the cradle hold. Jasper just got lost in the sling for the first couple of weeks, he was smaller and only weighed 6 lbs. 4 oz at birth. He was loving the sling by the time he was 3 weeks old. I was able to double-sling the babies when they were 4 weeks old.<br><br>
If you can sling your baby right away--great! But, if you can't, don't worry about it. Chances are that you and your babe will still fall in love with the sling whenever you get a chance to try it out.<br><br>
Happy birthing!<br><br>
Lex
 

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My dd did not like the sling at first. She did not like to be vertical or bundled up. She did end up liking the baby bjorn. I kept trying a hip hold with the sling as she got older. Once she could splay her legs open as she rested on my hip, she fell in love with the sling and we have been using it ever since.
 

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We started using our maya wrap within the first week. We used the cradle position. DD seemed to really love snuggling down in it and going to sleep. The womb-like atmosphere is very comforting to newborns.<br>
Good luck!
 

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My dd didn't like the sling at first, and it took me a few tries to get it right. I also found that I like an unpadded sling, and now I love my hip hammock! With the next baby I plan on using the sling as soon as I feel I need to carry him/her around. Probably at a few days old. I also always used the sling at the grocery store. It's much easier than the carrier, and alot lighter <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Since my DD got more strength and head control (at about 3 months) I changed to a hip carrier, and it is even better than the sling, IMO.<br><br>
I didn't have a chance to answer on your other thread, but if I were you, I would just wait until you need a stroller to get one, and then only get what fits your needs. I usually take my sling or carrier along, and push a cart full of packages <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/pinktongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="raz">
 
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