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I just got a Maya wrap and I haven't found a position that my ds likes to be in. We are kind of limited because he also has reflux. He was on the vent twice, once with a stomache tube so he tends to freak out when things are a little constricting around his face and head. So he really didn't like the Infantino sling. He doesn't like the kangaroo pouch position because he likes to stretch out, hates the lying down newborn position because the wrap touches his face, and merely tolerates the chest-to-chest in the Maya wrap.<br><br>
Maybe babywearing is something else that I have to accept that just won't work out with this baby. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
So my questions for you all if you don't mind answering:<br><br>
Do you wear your preemie?<br>
What kind of wrap/sling works for you?<br>
How do you wear your preemie?
 

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Babyweraring can take some time for baby to get used to, I wore my preemies and my full-term babies. I'd try a moby wrap. You can place him tummy to tummy and not have his face blocked. It was by FAR the best wrap I found for the early days!
 

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I wear campbell and have been wearing her since she was 4 months old and 5lbs.<br>
I have always used a mei tei, I love my babyhawk.
 

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I used a kangaroo korner pouch. Fleece for when my dd came home (she was about 4lbs) and cotton for the summer. I chose this because my dd had hypertonia and torticollis. She tended to sleep w/her arms and legs straight out as opposed to a more natural curled position. To work against the hypertonia I would put her in the sling and bend her arms and legs up. At first she resisted but she did get used to it and I think it helped get rid of some of her muscle issues. I was a first time sling user when I bought this pouch and I think it was user friendly and fool proof (something I needed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">! )<br><br><a href="http://kangarookorner.com/" target="_blank">http://kangarookorner.com/</a>
 

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I don't have a preemie myself, but just did a ton of research for a friend who does. I'm copying/pasting from the email to her. Info on how to wear your preemie below in red. HTH!<br><br>
Here's clothing, where you can wear your baby skin to skin in your shirt. It's pretty awesome. Here's the link:<br><a href="http://www.preciousimagecreations.com/Scripts/default.asp" target="_blank">http://www.preciousimagecreations.co...ts/default.asp</a><br>
You can see a slideshow by clicking on this text on the left hand side of the page.<br>
Click here to view<br>
a slide show<br>
of our collection<br>
They also have some info on the benefits of Kangaroo Care.<br><br>
They have similar clothing carriers here:<br><a href="http://www.kangaroomothercare.com/prod_kshirts.htm" target="_blank">http://www.kangaroomothercare.com/prod_kshirts.htm</a><br><br><br>
Google brings up thousands of things when you do a search for Kangaroo Care.<br>
Here are some of the ones that I thought might be helpful:<br><a href="http://www.kangaroomothercare.com/whatis01.htm" target="_blank">http://www.kangaroomothercare.com/whatis01.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/kangaroocare.asp" target="_blank">http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/kangaroocare.asp</a><br><br><a href="http://www.babylinq.com/index.asp?PageAction=Custom&ID=120" target="_blank">http://www.babylinq.com/index.asp?Pa...=Custom&ID=120</a><br><br><a href="http://www.prematurity.org/baby/kangaroo.html" target="_blank">http://www.prematurity.org/baby/kangaroo.html</a> same article as the one above, but different page<br><br>
The author's webpage:<br><a href="http://www.geocities.com/roopage/" target="_blank">http://www.geocities.com/roopage/</a><br><br>
And here is a great overview of articles on preemies by LLL<br><a href="http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBpremature.html" target="_blank">http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBpremature.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.askdrsears.com/html/5/t051100.asp#T051116" target="_blank">http://www.askdrsears.com/html/5/t051100.asp#T051116</a><br><br>
This is really more on SIDS, but since preemies tend to have more breathing difficulties (I think) and it talks about that<br><a href="http://www.askdrsears.com/html/10/t102100.asp#T102104" target="_blank">http://www.askdrsears.com/html/10/t102100.asp#T102104</a><br><br><br><span>A lot of people also suggest wraps for carrying your preemie. Here is some information on that:<br><br>
The Moby™ Wrap is an optimal baby carrier for premature infants. Preemies are often prescribed to practice "kangaroo care" and this skin-to-skin practice used to increase birth weight can be easily achieved while wearing the Moby™ Wrap. The Moby™ Wrap is long enough to adapt to your growing baby. The fabric can hold up to 45 lbs, and most people feel comfortable carrying up to 35 lbs.<br><br><a href="http://www.mobywrap.com/instructions.php?link=13" target="_blank">http://www.mobywrap.com/instructions.php?link=13</a><br><br><a href="http://www.mobywrap.com/purchase_us.php" target="_blank">http://www.mobywrap.com/purchase_us.php</a> price is about $35<br><br>
As far as being intimidated by how to use it at first:<br>
1 - it's totally normal and won't last<br>
2 - practice, practice, practice!<br>
3 - get help!<br><a href="http://www.nineinnineout.org/localgroups.htm" target="_blank">http://www.nineinnineout.org/localgroups.htm</a> local babywearing group<br><a href="http://www.mamatoto.org/Default.aspx?tabid=180" target="_blank">http://www.mamatoto.org/Default.aspx?tabid=180</a> picture instructions<br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHjVRIbrZhs&mode=related&search=" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHjVR...elated&search=</a> video instructions on different carriers (2nd one is nursing position in a wrap for a newborn)<br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKkowur9Jfk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKkowur9Jfk</a> video instructions on the front wrap cross carry. in Dutch, but she shows it well enough, that you don't need to understand the language<br><a href="http://www.wrapyourbaby.com/newborncarries.htm" target="_blank">http://www.wrapyourbaby.com/newborncarries.htm</a><br><a href="http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a278/classywraps/" target="_blank">http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a278/classywraps/</a> this is the easiest way on how to do the front wrap cross carry. you can do it without help, since you tie first and then put baby in <a href="http://www.littlepossums.co.uk/information/stretchywrap.html" target="_blank">http://www.littlepossums.co.uk/infor...etchywrap.html</a> same with this one<br><br></span>
 

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yep i wear him sometimes he will sleep in the 'baby' position but he really likes being upright (helps his reflux too) so depending on if he will be coroptive with me i have a wrap thats one long peice of fabring that i tie him chest to chest or i have a maya wrap knock off that i use to sit him in kinda on my hip but nearer my tummy. he can't hold his head up yet so i put the fabric behind his head and kinda loosly use my arm to keep his head and neck secure. it doesn't provide as much movment for me but takes the weight off my arm.
 

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I used a Moby with my babe. He was 33 weeks when I had him. He had really bad reflux so I rarely wore him in a cradle position. He was more upright then slanted. As he grew I started slowly to lean him in a cradle position. Also because of the amount of fabric of the moby I usually wore him skin to skin.<br><br>
Good luck and I hope you find something that works for him.
 

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For me, my personal fav is the New Native sling. I have had Maggie in it since getting home, even on O2! She was under 5 lbs at the time and still would go in the sling. After she was off O2, it was easier and she has been in the sling ever since.<br><br>
DH put her in the baby bjorn once she was a bit bigger or he would use the sling as well. I also used a moby wrap a bit as well. Now that she is 21 lbs and 14 mos, she is wanting to be out and exploring so my sling time is cut down a lot from those earlier months where she was in the sling almost all daytime hours.<br><br>
IMHO and IME, the sling helped her and us so much. It was like a continuation of the kangeroo care I did in the hospital and having her close all those months made up for the ache in my heart when I had to leave her in the nicu daily.<br><br>
Also, I am like the poster mama for babywearing it seems. I have not had a week pass where someone comes up to me and wants to know about my sling. I have even had mamas try it out!!! A few grandmas wanted to spread it out flat to "examine" it so they could make a sling for their dd or dils.<br><br>
We actaully just got a stroller last week off of Craigs list now because I always carried Maggie and didnt need one and dd1 never used one either. But now, its harder to carry a 21 lb baby and she dosent want to be carried that much anymore. But I am finding the stroller more cumbersome than helping so I am glad I didnt spend much money on it.<br><br>
If possible get the baby wearing issue Mothering did a few months back- there are some excellent references in there. If you can find a NINO meeting close by or LLL that could help as well.<br><br>
To the pp who had all those links- wow thats like Xmas! Great references and thanks!
 

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It took a bit to get Avraham Chaim comfortable in a sling. He was very happy to lie still and be quiet when he came home. Noise, movement and change of position still stressed him out. As he got older he was gradually able to build up a tollerance and now he giggles when he sees the sling.<br><br>
Of course he is also now almost 18lbs and I am seriously considering getting a stroller for our all day excursions (hospital doctor appointment days) since my shoulder can only take so much. At least then I would have somewhere to put down the diaper bag and his feeding pump. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
So yes, it can be harder to get a preemie comfortable being worn but IME they will eventually get there and love it just like most other babies do.
 

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I do occasionally. Honestly, my DD has never been comfortable being worn though which made me uncomfortable. "Merely tolerates" describes her to a T... When I do wear her though I find the wrap to be the easiest way to make sure her head is upright and therefore her airway is clear. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> So I think you are on the right path with the Moby Wrap.<br><br>
I hope you figure something out!
 

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With the first (32 weeker) I wore her in a ring sling by dr sears (i think). I wore her alot in it. I had to put a folded blanket or small pillow under her at first so that she didn't get lost in it. The second child (34 weeker) didn't like to be worn so much. The thrid (36 weeker) is almost 3 weeks and I have been wearing her in a mei tai without a problem.<br><br><br>
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I use and love ( so does DS ) a Didymos wrap sling. I also have a Ella wrap. They are both really long pieces of fabric that can be tied onto a mama ( Or Papa) in tons of different ways. I use the wrap and cross carry method for DS and have since he came home from NICU at 4lbs. This is a position that the baby is upright and chest to chest w/ mama. I believe I have written about the wonders of these wrap slings in more depth on other past threads in this forum. Maybe a search would give extra info. We pretty much wear DS as often as possible. DH doesn't like messing with the trickiness of the wraps and perfers to use a baby bjorn. check out <a href="http://www.peppermint.com" target="_blank">www.peppermint.com</a><br>
We have a maya wrap from 1st DS and DS #2 rairly digs it either.
 

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I used a maya with the twins when they first came home. Usually they were in an upright position legs crossed and facing my chest...and most often they were in it together. It took them a few tries to get used to it, but eventually they did.<br><br>
I would also recomend a Mei Tai....I used one with 2 of my friends newborns (small little things at 6lbs and 7lbs) , and got the babies and mamas hooked on them.
 

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I have a Hug-a-Bub wrap that Mary loves and I carry her in the upright position. I tried her in the Maya right after she came home and could not find a position she liked.
 

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I used a moby wrap, chest to chest, as soon as I walked a bit he settled down wonderfully. If I stood around he howled. Used it about two months after he was home as it was winter and too cold.
 

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Lulubird lived in the sling, quite literally, until she was 4 months old. She almost never came out. She was a bigger preemie at 5lbs 3oz(5lbs even when she came home) and 34weeks. We liked the chest to chest with legs tucked up and crossed position until about 4 months when kangaroo carry worked because she had head control. I just kept her up really high so that her face wasn't blocked. She had the apnea monitor on as well so sometimes that was tough(chest to chest made the leads peel off a bit) but slinging a preemie isn't too difficult once you find something that works for you.<br><br>
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Thanks for the wealth of information!!!!!! Especially you Socks! I tried the chest to chest position again in the maya wrap when I was traveling on Wednesday and the baby slept the entire time. My son isn't a little preemie anymore as he is 14 pounds and is caught up to his chronological age in his weight and the moby wraps didn't quite look sturdy enough. Although I love how the weight is distributed to both shoulders. I will keep trying!! Thanks a bunch.
 

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Glad I could help. It's great to hear how much better the babywearing is working for the two of you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
If you think the moby isn't sturdy enough, there are other wraps, or depending on your DS a mai tie might work too. I just recently found my love for the baby wearer dot com. They have a wealth of information!
 

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It's too bad there isn't a place where I can go and try on all sorts of wraps to see which one will work the best for me. Instead I have to buy every single one to try out. I wish I could sew!!!!!
 
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