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DS, bless his heart, is a fairly fussy little guy. He's only 2 months old, perhaps he's still adjusting to "life on the outs". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I wear him in the sling often. But he doesn't just chill there. He usually fusses and needs to suck my pinky until he falls asleep. I'd like for him just to be able to hang out in there, look around, enjoy the sights, not just sleep. I'm pretty sure he's comfortable. He's always fed and dry.<br><br>
Any suggestions? Or do y'all think he'll improve as he gets older? I know that many babies with a case of "the fussies" outgrow it around 3 or 4 months. He is just beginning to play with his hands, that seems to capture his attention some.
 

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My Ds hated most kinds of slings. We finally discovered he enjoyed hanging out in a wrap. But really, he spent age 2 mo to 6 mo in arms because nothing else would do.
 

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he may be too young to "enjoy the sights" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> my babe is 12weeks and just starting to enjoy facing out in the wrap ( think ESPECIALLY in public it becomes overload) BUT if she s sleepy she cries and wants to face in .....i dont have a sling i use SPOC (simple peice of cloth) so i can have babe in diff postions hth <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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how is a wrap different than a sling?
 

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Try a Moby Wrap. When my dd was that young she fussed unless she was nursing. A wrap can be better at keeping them in a good position to nurse.
 

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Agree with trying a wrap. Check out thebabywearer.com for more on wraps and different styles/techniques, or see the babywearing board at MDC. It keeps him closer to your body and allows him to face in, and my fussy baby liked that a lot. She wasn't up for much besides sleeping in the sling, and she required constant motion, like steady walking or bouncing on an exercise ball. She would suck on my finger sometimes or nurse in the sling once we figured that out. It definitely improved with age. At 3-4 months, she decided she liked sitting up and facing out in the kangaroo carry.
 

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I agree try a different sling <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> eventually you can try different carries too.
 

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I think young babies tend to sleep in the sling. Mine does. She will sometimes look around and check out the world when we are out walking, but after 10 or 15 minutes will pass out.
 

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slings never worked well for us either. my babies loved the wrap and also check out the mei tai. both hands free. I started them from birth in meitais as well as wraps. They like being upright facing in best.
 

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DS never liked to be slung in the *traditional* fashion. I didn't have a wrap, but found that at about 3 months he could hold his head up enough to be slung forward facing, sitting up. In fact, that was his favorite place to be!
 

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Ditto to the wrap advice - a bit more difficult to get the hang of, but my babe loves the wrap and will only tolerate a sling when he is exhausted.
 

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My son, we call him 'Fusster,' if that's any indication... gets worn a lot because he doesn't let us set him down.<br><br>
I have worn him since birth in a ring sling, facing inwards, called the 'newborn vertical position.' He doesn't like to sleep lying down in the sling yet and now faces outward when he is awake. But when he wants to sleep, I turn him in.<br><br>
I did find that he'd need a finger (mine or his) or a paci to suck on to fall asleep in the sling. As soon as he's sleeping, he is fine without the paci.<br><br>
Oh yes, my son is 3 mo old now.<br><br>
HTH!
 

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I'm still trying to find a sling/wrap/carrier that the babe will like. He is now nine months old!!<br>
Seems like he only enjoyed the bjorn which killed my back. We've also tried the mya wrap, the noba (something like that, from Dr. Sears) and the latest, the Ergo. i really want him to like the Ergo, as the hubby is not fund of spending money on all of these carriers.<br>
ps the babe just started walking, and now REALLY doesn't like the carrier! Does anyone else have an older baby in carriers??
 

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ITA with the prev posters that wraps are great, but just one question about your current sling: Are you wearing your little one in the cradle position in the sling? That position is so similar to the nursing position that a lot of breastfed babies get fussy. An upright "tummy to tummy" position may help a lot right now, and when he's a little bigger 10-12 weeks, you can do more of a semi cradled position, where he's sitting up more in the sling.
 

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He's kinda sitting up, facing the side, so that his shoulder and hip are against me. In putting him tummy to tummy on me, or facing out for the matter, where would his legs go? Wouldn't they get squished?<br><br>
And thanks for all the advice about wraps. He is nearing 3 months. Won't he soon dislike being snuggled in tight facing me and want to look out instead? I don't have a ton of money to be spending on various options. We do have a Baby Bjorn, which DH wears a lot, and DS does seem to like that. He wore it today while we were out shopping, DS was looking outward and seemed pretty happy there.<br><br>
Does anyone else like the Baby Bjorn? I wore DD in it and don't remember having any back issues.
 

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go to wearyourbaby.org with a SPOC (simple peice of cloth) u can do many things with 5 or 6 yards of fabric...... i use the back wrap and face my baby out sometimes
 
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