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Well, we've got a medium Maya pouch. It's beautiful, but I can't even begin to figure out how the heck a little tiny newborn will lay comfortably in it, much less breastfeed. We did watch the DVD & practiced with a doll, but that didn't really help. I can see where the Maya pouch may actually work better for us once the baby is a little older, but unless it's easier with a live baby I can't see us (especially DH) using it with a newborn.<br><br>
Anyway, what do all you BTDT mommies recommend for carrying a newborn around? I have carpal tunnel in both arms (not severe, but bad enough), so being able to carry the baby without having to hold them constantly is really important.<br><br>
TIA!<br><br>
Holly<br>
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Holly,<br>
You can use rolled up receiving blankets on either/both sides/under feet to help prop baby up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
FWIW, I loved my Kangaroo Korner adjustable cotton pouch when Neve was wee little newborn.<br><br>
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If you can find an *good fitting* maya pouch ...old style I would really really reccomend these! they are light and comfy and your babe does not get lost in the fabric...that said Maya wraps can be used quite well with a newborn...is there anyone near you who slings? who could show you how?
 

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Yep, I am due in Sept. and I can't wait to use my Kangaroo Korner Adjustible Fleece Pouch <a href="http://www.kangarookorner.com" target="_blank">www.kangarookorner.com</a> and my Hug A Bub <a href="http://www.hug-a-bub.com.au/" target="_blank">www.hug-a-bub.com.au/</a><br><br>
The great thing about these two is that they have some give which keeps baby very close to you and snuggly. Plus the fabrics are super soft. There is a world of difference between a woven pouch and one with some give to it. It just holds them very securely. And when my little one comes it will be getting cooler, perfect weather for the fleece <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
As for the Hug a Bub, it is thin and lightweight and also has that give, so you can wrap your little one to your body and really do just about anything and not have to worry about a head flopping around etc. And the added bonus is that the weight is supported over both shoulders (though there is a bigger learning curve for a wrap).<br>
Plus they are both just so super comfy it's not funny.<br><br>
FWIW, I used a new native pouch daily with my first (it was my only sling) and while it worked OK it didn't work well. I never would have chosen it had I known about the other options out there, and by the time he was 4mo I had already made myself a ring sling <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> With my second I used a homemade lightly padded ring sling mostly when she was tiny.
 

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I think a good fitting pouch is the best for a newborn. I'm using my hotsling for a 3 week old daycare baby and I have no problems with getting her comfortable. I'm actually feeding her her bottle in the sling right now!
 

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I had a Maya Pouch with my DD when she was a newborn. I had a size small. I was able to try them on since I bought from a local distributor, and it turns out the small really fit me better, even though I'm not that petite or anything.<br><br>
Anyways, the pouch was best for newborn b/c it was so simple and easy to use. I just put a receiving blanket folded up in the pouch first, so that she wasn't so "deep". But they grow so fast that we only did this for a couple of weeks.
 

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I just took a pic of the 3 week old in my hotsling, I haven't needed any pillow, blankie or anything. I think it is alot of it is in the fit of the sling.<br><br><a href="http://www.wisewomansling.wahmworld.com/images/stuff/hotsling3.jpg" target="_blank">http://www.wisewomansling.wahmworld..../hotsling3.jpg</a><br><br>
Oh yea, my hair is kinda funky, don't mind that, just look at the sling!
 

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Your hair looks fine. Thanks for the shot. I bought a small hotsling pouch a few months ago for my second DS due in September. I was wondering how a newborn would look myself.
 

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Thank you all so much! Lots to think about. I guess we'll hold off on buying another one for now & see how we like using the Maya pouch with an actual baby in it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I'll also make sure I try adding a receiving blanket or something. Going to bookmark those other sites though so I can refer back to them.<br><br>
Wemoon, thank you for posting that picture. Your hotsling is *beautiful*!<br><br>
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The main down side of a non adjustible pouch is that you might not be able to do tummy to tummy with it, well, at least not as well as you could with a ring sling or a wrap <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> . T2T was by far our favorite position when dd was a newborn. It kept her super close to me where she could hear my heartbeat, with her head under my chin . . . ahhhh, soooo nice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br>
I prefer a pouch for quick in and out, hip carry, or if I just need something small to carry with me. OK, so I guess I think everyone should have one of everything :LOL
 

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ITA that a fleece pouch will do the trick. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I don't have a Maya so I can't comment, but <a href="http://nunayer.dyndns.org/gallery/Evan-James-Album-2/IMG_0012" target="_blank">here</a> is a pic of DH with DS in the KKAFP when he was about a month old. DS never tolerated the cradle hold for me, but loved it with DH. go figure. Anyhoo, Ds LOVED the tummy to tummy for the reasons that EnterGently mentioned. It will be easier once your little one gets here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I want to totally agree with everything everone has said here and say that you may want to have a couple of different types of carriers ready so your baby can tell you what he/she likes best. I think your MW pouch will be perfect if your kiddo is cool with the cradle hold, but you're going to need an adjustable top rail if your baby insists on being upright in a T2T carry. So in addition to your MW pouch, you should pick up a Maya Wrap or other ring sling.
 

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Yea really everyone needs a couple of slings! I say everyone needs one pouch and one ring sling at least. Flipping the shoulder can help on a pouch to do some of the other carries, but it just isn't quite the same as a ring sling.<br><br>
Thanks on the pic and thinking my hair looks ok! LOL! I just love doing daycare for this baby, seems a crime that I am getting paid for it!
 

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OH no! That isn't my baby!!! That is a friends baby <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 really prefer adjustable unpadded ring slings, like the Maya Wrap (not pouch), for newborns and small babies. You can cinch the sling in real comfy and tight around the baby, so it works well for all different holds. My ds only wanted to be upright tummy-to-tummy, which I could do in the ring sling, but not in the pouch until he was larger (at least not without using an arm too). Then, you can let it out easily to have enough room to breastfeed. IMO these are the best all-around carriers for tiny ones.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I just took a pic of the 3 week old in my hotsling, I haven't needed any pillow, blankie or anything. I think it is alot of it is in the fit of the sling.<br><br><a href="http://www.wisewomansling.wahmworld.com/images/stuff/hotsling3.jpg" target="_blank">http://www.wisewomansling.wahmworld..../hotsling3.jpg</a><br><br>
Oh yea, my hair is kinda funky, don't mind that, just look at the sling!</div>
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soooo cute!!!<br><br>
She looks so comfy and sweet.....<br><br>
Definitely putting hotslings on my "want list" for Bean coming soon........
 

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Can anyone post a good link to the Maya slings/pouches? TIA <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Looking for one for our #2 arriving in early August.
 

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<a href="http://www.mayawrap.com" target="_blank">Here is the company's website.</a><br>
There are links to distributors at the above site <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I bought mine through a local distributor, so that she could demonstrate and help me figure it out before I decided for sure if I wanted it.<br><br>
Sometimes there are decent deals on eBay, though.
 
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