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my daughter started disliking being worn around 5 weeks, it turns out she has GERD and i'm wondering if there's a connection? the only time she lets me wear her without crying is in a Snugli, and even then she needs to lean back away from my body a bit. i notice she does love to be fed in the Snugli, if i walk around slowly while she eats (she's bottle fed), it helps her burp. but she won't tolerate the Maya wrap anymore, she just arches her back and cries. we can't do the cradle position, it puts more pressure on the tummy (same as sitting in a carseat) so we've been trying to sling her sitting upright. she does need to be upright for 30 minutes after every meal, for the reflux, so i'm hoping slinging/Snugli will work for her if i do it right.<br><br>
any experiences with this? advice?
 

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With GERD, babies usually only like to be carried facing upright with their legs not pushed up against their tummys. The Snugli would work perfect for the upright position, but you may find as she gets bigger the Snugli may get uncomfortable. As she gets heavier, you may find a stretchy wrap like the Moby or a woven wrap much more comfortable for you. You'll have to experiment with tying it as you said she likes to lean away from you which will be harder on your back.<br><br>
She will hopefully outgrow the GERD, sooner than later. Using the Snugli and wraps will definitely let you sling your DD even with her GERD.<br><br>
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My baby has GERD and she only likes being slung the tummy to tummy position or now that she's bigger, on my hip. Whenever I tried cardle carries she would always cry and squirm alot. A Mei Tai would be good for t2t carries and so would a wrap. I use a ring sling and a pouch for my dd, but when she was smaller a pouch wouldn not get her snug enough in t2t.
 

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My DS was a GERD baby and he LOVED the Baby Bjorn. He didn't do well with any other sling until around 4 months when the GERD started clearing up.<br><br>
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I was just going to post about this! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Nitara has always loved her Snugli. She hated the sling with a passion until she was able to sit upright, but even then she does much better in the Snugli. I have the front-to-back Snugli and it's actually pretty comfortable. Nitara's getting tall so her head comes up too high in the front, but I still use it in the back carry. It goes to 26 pounds. She also loves the frame backpack I have (see Abi's sig link-- Abi likes to wear it too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> ). I think because it keeps her so straight up and down. That goes to 40 pounds.<br><br>
I miss having a snuggle baby in a soft carrier but Nitara doesn't do as well in them. She'll tolerate the hip carry in the sling for awhile but tends to spit up a lot in it.<br><br>
I was just going to come her and post to see if there are any soft carriers that will work with a GERD baby that don't cost $80.<br><br>
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Isabel was a 29-week preemie and one of hte results has been reflux. She loved the Bjorn (our first carrier) and then we moved to a mei tai - with both the froggy-leg position and the regular front-hold later on. She has done fine with these. One of the things we have learned is to keep them upright at least 10 min after eating - with no legs bunched up (sitting should be avoided) but rather: standing or being held with legs dangling.
 

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I just wanted to update. My dad gave me some money for xmas to spend on myself, not bills or anything like that. So I bought a Maya Wrap today!! It seems to support her a lot better than OTSBH so she's more upright than curved. It's easier to adjust the sling rings.<br><br>
My only regret is not buying one with Abi . . ..<br><br>
Darshani
 
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