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I have a 1 mo. old son who is 12.5 lbs. I'm having a hard time finding a carrier that provides the head/neck support where he is still comfortable. He seems too big to use with the infant insert in the Ergo, but I can't find a position where he is comfortable without it.<br><br>
I have a hotsling on the way, and while I couldn't really get him to comfortable when I tried it on at a store, they are so cute I'm determined to make it work!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> It seems like he might be too big for the cradle carry, but seems a little too wobbly for the other ones too.<br><br>
Suggestions welcome!!
 

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I'm in the same boat. Many moms here use wraps with newborns. I have a homemade wrap that I don't like to use. Currently I am using an unpadded ring sling. I assume your baby is long. So for the cradle carry, you can stick the bottom of his legs out so that he fits better. I'm not familiar with hotslings, but my maya wrap tightens well enough that my little one is secure in there with his legs out. It is hard on the one shoulder though. My mom is going to buy me a chunei soon so I can't wait for that. Though I told her I don't want it until he is about 4 months old. Some use a chunei with very young babies so maybe you can look into that. I just prefer to use the cradle carry for as long as I can stand it because I think it's better for their spine.
 

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I have a long/big baby as well -- she was 10+ pounds at birth -- and I haven't had good luck with pouches or ring slings with her, because she's never wanted to be squished up. My go-to carrier for the last 4 months has been a wrap. I've been mostly using stretchy wraps and a fleece wrap. Since I spread it out well for support from her rear to her shoulders, I can give her good head/neck support when necessary. I'm also not particularly worried about her spine, since it supports her whole body and she's not being crotch-dangled a la the front pack type carriers. Her weight is resting on her bottom and thighs, not her pelvis.<br><br>
For a ring sling or pouch, though, I would try doing a tummy to tummy, legs out the bottom, bottom in the pouch, and fabric spread up as high as possible on his back. You can do like a 2/3 - 1/3 distribution, 1/3 under his rear and 2/3 over his back. Just make sure his legs are spread, knees higher than bottom, and that it's firm and snug so he doesn't go sliding out the bottom.
 

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I had good luck for the early days with th UltimateBaby Wrap from theportablebaby.com. After about 1.5 monthd I switched to the pikkolo, which has a much much higher back than the ergo. My lo had a bit more head control by then.
 
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