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My sister made me a Maya sling from their pattern online. I tried to use it when my DS was a NB but was only successful once for a short time. Otherwise, every other time I tried ended in his screaming and my falling into tears feeling bewildered by something so many other mothers profess to love. Finally, on my last attempt, I actually broke a ring while trying to adjust it. Luckily, I had my hand under him for support and he didn't fall. My DS is 8 wks old now and I'm still interested but stumped as to how to proceed. I think my sis can fix the sling, any suggestions on how to make this work?
 

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A couple of thoughts...<br><br>
With our first, I think that I practiced in the house with the sling for three weeks before I was confident enough with it to leave the house. Even after those three weeks, it was probably another three weeks before I felt really confident, and I started out with a closed tail sling - which I found a little easier than the Maya, which is open tail. If you're not feeling comfortable with the sling your baby may sense that. Do you know somebody who can coach you a little in person? The LLL is often a good place to find baby wearers in your area if you have a group, or if you have a WAH mom who sells slings they sometimes do demos. I think there is also a website with a list of people who are willing to give free baby wearing help.<br><br>
Even now, and we're on baby number three, there may a bit of settling period once baby first gets into the carrier. I often put DS in (he's 6.5 weeks) and have to take a couple minutes to walk/bounce around with him sucking my finger before he'll settle.<br><br>
And of course, what positions have you tried? By eight weeks our first and second were only interested in the kangaroo carry for the most part. That's the one with the baby sitting up cross-legged in the front.<br><br>
I find that one of the biggest issues with slings is that first time users often don't pull them tight enough. Are you getting it good and snug?
 

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YIKES you broke a ring??!!! What kind of rings did your sister use? There's really no physical way you SHOULD be able to break a ring, and I am extremely concerned that she used craft rings or some other kind of unsafe ring.<br><br>
Please, if you're going to repair the sling, use rings from <a href="http://www.slingrings.com" target="_blank">www.slingrings.com</a> . They come in many gorgeous colors and they're individually strength-tested.<br><br>
Also, I would not redo it in the pattern from the Maya site. It's a very difficult, unwieldy design -- in fact, Maya is now phasing out selling that design of sling. Instead, have her remake it from the free and easy pattern at <a href="http://www.sleepingbaby.net" target="_blank">www.sleepingbaby.net</a> , which makes a super-comfy pleated shoulder design.<br><br>
Finally, are you trying to put your baby in a lying-down cradle position? Many babies actually don't like that position very much at all. Try doing an upright, tummy to tummy position instead. There are some great instructions at the Zolo site:<br><br><a href="http://zolowear.com/Wearing.aspx" target="_blank">http://zolowear.com/Wearing.aspx</a>
 
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