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I have a 5 week old DD and we're trying babywearing for the first time. I just received a great mei tai, but am not sure how to position DD. I've seen people refer to "froggie style" for her legs, but I'm not sure what that means. Won't any position put too much weight on her tiny feet and make them hurt?<br><br>
Also, I did see someone refer to this site for an alternate newborn carry for the Ergo. Would this work with a mei tai too? <a href="http://www.ergobabycarriers.com/babycarriers/category/infant_insert/" target="_blank">http://www.ergobabycarriers.com/baby...infant_insert/</a><br><br>
Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks!!
 

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there is a great video/dvd called tummy 2 tummy, it's like $20 that only talks about carrier types & positions. that might help you<br>
Also try <a href="http://www.thebabywearer.com" target="_blank">www.thebabywearer.com</a> it isa website devoted to babywearing & there is LOTS OF INFO/FORUMS on variouss carriers<br>
hth<br>
exzcusing the typos i', holding my 5mo/typing 1 finger<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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These are the instructions for the newborn front carry in a Kozy mei tai: <a href="http://www.kozycarrier.homestead.com/instructions.html#anchor_285" target="_blank">http://www.kozycarrier.homestead.com...tml#anchor_285</a> This technique would apply to pretty much any mei tai, though.<br><br>
"Froggy style" just means tucking their legs up under them. The mei tai will be supporting their weight, so it won't hurt their little legs.<br><br>
This article is excellent with regard to infant positioning in all kinds of baby carriers: <a href="http://www.thebabywearer.com/articles/HowTo/Positioning.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.thebabywearer.com/article...ositioning.pdf</a> It's long, but just read the introduction and then skip down to the next to the last page where they talk about positioning in a mei tai.
 

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I really don't think you'd need the infant insert with the mei tai, but if you really wanted to use it, it couldn't hurt. The reason the insert is needed with the Ergo is that otherwise a little baby would fall out the sides, but with the MT you have enough fabric and enough adjustability with the straps to make sure that doesn't happen.<br><br>
You use the ties to support their body enough that they're not slumped down and sitting on their feet, too. I never had a problem with my baby being uncomfortable with her legs in the froggy position, front or back.
 

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I just got our first mei tei today!! (notice I said "first",lol, after trying it on today I definitely will be buying more!!!)<br><br>
It's great for a newborn. My girl is older than your dd, but she's just a peanut at just over 9 lbs, so she's smaller than most her age at 8 weeks.<br>
Here is a pic of us, her legs are froggie style (this is how your dd legs will go naturally as a newborn, so it's not awkward for her) She'll be AGAINST the mei tei, as opposed to just resting on her legs, so she doesn't bear her weight on them.<br><br><a href="http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c154/Edeness/morganmeitei.jpg" target="_blank">http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c1...rganmeitei.jpg</a>
 

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DD practically lived in the MT for the first several months of her life. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> From the time she was about a week old she was in it, with her legs froggied for the first 3 months or so (I don't exactly remember how long). She was 10 lbs at birth so a good sized babe but it never seemed uncomfortable for her. She would sleep for hours in the MT! Here's a pic of <a href="http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y173/srbug/DSC00831.jpg" target="_blank">DD sleeping in the MT</a> when she was about 2 months old when DS and I went hiking. You can't really see much other than her head but she slept quite contentedly.
 

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I second the advice of checking out the instructions on the Kozy site, it helped me tremendously...that & alegna walking me through it. I was totally brain dead when it came to figuring it all out! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Soon it will be old hat for you too though! Good luck! MT's are the best! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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