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Help! I have a pouch sling which works OK but I think I got the wrong size (too big) and DD is very low down and after a few hours my back and shoulders are killing me.<br><br>
So I got a wrap sling (GypsyMama stretch wrap) cause I wanted something that went over both shoulders. I have managed to figure out several ways to wrap it and have successfully inserted a stuffed animal into the wrap <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> but I can't for the life of me get DD into it.<br><br>
No matter how happy she is when we start off, by the time she is in the wrap, she is screaming and stiff as a log and I end up with this straight red faced squalling baby rather than the relaxed upright baby in the pictures. I want her feet to be tucked in still as she's so little.<br><br>
Basically I can't figure out how to put her in the wrap once it's on (I have the same problem with the sling, but with that I put her in the sling when it's on the bed and then 'dive' into the sling). Is there some sort of trick? I've checked out babywearer and mamatoto but still can't figure it out. What am I missing?<br><br>
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Not sure what that wrap is like but with the ellaroo wrap I just have him with his belly on my (right) shoulder, pop the feet/legs in the right direction and in the wrap then slide him down into the wrap. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've had the Moby wrap for a few days and love it. Here's what I do. Before putting her in, I hold her against my chest for a couple of minutes in the position she will be in once inside the wrap. I bounce and walk a little. When she is totally mellow, I stick one leg inside and bounce a little more. Then the other leg. Bounce while spreading out the fabric. Then, finally the middle piece (and here's where I sometimes have trouble b/c I do pull her feet out and they can get caught on the fabric). The key for DD is to put her in smoothly enough that by the time she knows she's in, I'm moving out the door. Then she's fine. I also find that the higher up and tighter I'm wearing her, the happier and more secure she is.<br><br>
I follow the instructions at moby.com. Have you looked there?
 

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I had a really hard time until somone walked through it with me. Maybe you could find a wrap expert near you to help you get the hang of it. The babywearer has a place where you can find wrappers near you--under "forum" and then "babywearers near you."<br><br>
Otherwise, when you say you're having trouble getting the baby in, are you using the forward wrap cross carry with the pocket on the outside? Like this (but with your baby facing in rather than out): <a href="http://www.peppermint.com/UBWinst.htm" target="_blank">http://www.peppermint.com/UBWinst.htm</a><br><br>
If so, is it that the wrap isn't stretchy enough to insert her? Maybe a Moby would be more stretchy and easier to insert her? I use a Gypsy Mama stretch and haven't had any trouble with that carry, but then my DD is older and I just sort of shove her in there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I have a Gypsymama wrap too (Isis!) and have found that some things work better than others. Though it's easy to put on, and poppable, the <a href="http://www.wrapyourbaby.com/pocketwrapcrosscarry.htm" target="_blank">pocket wrap cross</a> sometimes doesn't work great for us -- for some reason I can't really spread the fabric across DS's leg, and it feels like I'm giving him a giant wedgie. The one that seems to work most easily for us is the <a href="http://www.wrapyourbaby.com/frontwrapcrosscarry.htm" target="_blank">Front Wrap Cross Carry</a>. That site's instructions and Moby's instructions seem to be the clearest for us, btw. Hope you guys figure it out, we sure love ours when I can get it to work, and it is a lifesaver! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Have you tried putting her in the wrap at the same time as you put it on? I do this sometimes with dd now that she is bigger and my wrap isn't very stretchy. It makes it easier to get her in. I start by putting the wrap across my belly and cross in back and over my shoulders. Then I put dd in the belly part and hold her like she will be once the wrap is on all the way. Then I pull the shoulder parts, one at a time, across her back and under her leg until they are snug and I wrap the end around me and hold it tight between my knees. Then I do the other side. It's a little trickier at first to put it on while holding dc, but it is easier to not have to sort of shove them in.<br><br>
Maybe if you tried walking really fast as soon as you get her in too? My dd usually calmed down pretty quickly if I did that. Also, make sure she doesn't want to nurse before you put her in. My dd would flip out if I tried to put her in and she wanted to nurse.<br><br>
HTH! I am sure you will figure it out soon!<br>
Sarah
 
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