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So is the idea behind babywearing that you may need several different "apparatus" to carry baby in for different situations?<br><br>
i can't see myself messing with a wrap for my newborn in Target's parking lot, but I could throw her in an OTSBH and wear her for 45 minutes.<br><br>
I totally can't do the OTSBH for a few hours around the house but I can do a wrap that long. (I still need someone to help me with it though.)<br><br>
Do you all have different things for different situations?<br><br>
That makes totally more sense than a "one sz fits all" for me personally.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Yup, that's it. Plus, different carriers put strain on different parts of the body, plus babies like different positions in different situations, plus, y'know, they're all so neat! And I like the knowledge that I can use almost anything in a pinch to wear my baby, because I have so much practice from using many different types. I used a towel kanga-style to put him on my back the other day (and I had never done a torso carry before). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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"Baby Carriers are Like Shoes." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Really, that says it all! One of my fav topics! I think it so funny that people want just one to get it "right" on the first try. Imagine if we could only have one pair of shoes. I can't even choose....
 

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See, that doesn't work for me, 'cause I only have one pair of shoes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Ok, technically I own a couple, but I only ever wear one pair. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"><br><br>
9 carriers (plus a towel <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">). 1 pair of shoes. And they're Birkenstocks. Does that win me some crunchy award? <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 know what you mean! But I suspect you wouldn't wear them to a dressy event? Or was that you who wore Birks to my wedding. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
If you live in a climate with seasons, it pretty much is a given you have multiple pairs of shoes, even if you are not into fashion!
 

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Heck no, you can wear birks with socks!<br><br>
(just kidding, lol)<br><br>
Different carriers are better for different ages, too. If you try to find one thing that is perfect for newborn through big toddler, you will be disappointed. Newborns needs are different than big babies. So you might start with a Gypsy Mama (because the stretchiness is so perfect and the price is right) or a pouch, or two crossed pouches, move into a 2 shouldered mei tai or SSC, then eventually need your pouch or a ring sling again as your baby learns to walk and wants to be up and down. At that point you definitely want something that can distribute that weight and pull baby into your center without shifting you to one side or the other, or you'll throw out your back.<br><br>
Bare minimum: 1 wrap, 1 sling or pouch, 1 2-shouldered carrier. DIY or name brand, that will get you through the first 3 years. <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 am totally bummed about babywearing today because I can only seem to find positions for an infant who is sleeping! (Down in a pouch)<br><br>
I have a 3 week old baby that wants to look out at the world.<br><br>
Which means I am carrying her everywhere.<br><br>
My shoulder hurts.
 

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Sounds like you are on the path to creating a stash. As for your immediate issues, perhaps while you lo is awake and happy you two could play around with either a bed sheet, tablecloth or towel? If you use a bed sheet, just fold it down so that it's at least 30 inches wide. If the baby is sleeping right now, check out carries using a <a href="http://mamatoto.org/Default.aspx?tabid=84" target="_blank">pareo</a>, <a href="http://mamatoto.org/Default.aspx?tabid=86" target="_blank">shawl</a> or <a href="http://site.peppermint.com/kikoyInst.htm" target="_blank">kanga</a>.<br><br>
Here's a <a href="http://www.thebabywearer.com/lists/HowTo.htm" target="_blank">link</a> to a directory of How to links.<br><br>
Since your baby is so young, I would swaddle the baby before doing some of these. At that age, they're still so floppy. Also, this is the time, developmentally, where they get rather cranky for a couple of weeks. So please take that into account too, so don't take it too personally if your lo is fussy.
 

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Try a hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh back carry if you have a wrap (I don't recommend a Moby, but a gypsymama stretchy or a DIY guaze wrap, or whatever else works). Or put her in upright, tummy to tummy, and she can look to the side. Or try a side-facing carry. (I think the How-To link above has pics for that, but I'm not sure - you'll need towels or something underneath her to get her propped up for that one) Or if you can keep a hand on her at all times, and it's the only way she's content, do an outward facing kangaroo carry.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I know what you mean! But I suspect you wouldn't wear them to a dressy event? Or was that you who wore Birks to my wedding. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
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Many people forgo the luxury of owning multiple pairs of shoes in an effort to feed and clothe themselves and/or their children. Many people don't have the resources to purchase a pair of dress shoes that they might only wear a few times a decade. So, I would try not to be offended about shoe choice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
When I met my dp, he only had one pair of shoes, too. Except for the few years he played soccer when he was young, he'd only ever owned one pair of shoes at a time. I grew up with a closet full of shoes, so it was a real shocker that he was actually <i>fine</i> with owning a single pair of shoes. My privilege spilling over and was clouding my perception.<br><br>
I try to remind myself what *I* might assume is a given is often not.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Peace.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Peace"><br><br>
Back to babywearing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 
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