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I bought a ring sling before my son was born, but he has never seemed comfortable in it no matter what position I have him in. He just doesn't seem to like it...I stopped trying after a half dozen attempts or so. Should I have let him fuss/cry a little more to try to get him used to the sling? Is this normal, and should I go back and try it again or just look for a different type of carrier? What kind of carriers would let him ride in front or back, facing in or out? I am looking at a Baby Trekker, can anyone share their experience with these or make other suggestions? I'd really appreciate some advice!<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I bought a ring sling before my son was born, but he has never seemed comfortable in it no matter what position I have him in. He just doesn't seem to like it...I stopped trying after a half dozen attempts or so. Should I have let him fuss/cry a little more to try to get him used to the sling? Is this normal, and should I go back and try it again or just look for a different type of carrier? What kind of carriers would let him ride in front or back, facing in or out? I am looking at a Baby Trekker, can anyone share their experience with these or make other suggestions? I'd really appreciate some advice!<br><br>
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I wouldn't expect a baby fussing and crying would get them used to babywearing, no. Better to make sure baby is fed and rested before trying. But also, babywearing is an art. It may not be the carrier. It may be the timing and the methods! Some babies are fussier than others. Bounce, rock, move, go outdoors and walk. There is nothing wrong with a ring sling, per se, but if it's not working, you still may need to do all this stuff with the next carrier you try. I found ring slings super difficult but some people/babies really take to them 1st time around. I eventually got the hang of them but that wasn't what worked for us first. We started out with pouches and then moved to wraps. Then slings, then SSC, and I have dabbled in mei tais but they don't like me. That's the short story!
 

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What positions were you trying him in in the ring sling, and how old is he now? And what kind of ring sling do you have?<br><br>
I owned the First Journey by Baby Trekker at one point with my first child, and I really didn't like it at all. It was like a four-armed octopus with straps going everywhere, uncomfortable and bulky for front carries, and forget about doing back carries -- it was way too difficult! I'd recommend a mei tai or a soft structured carrier such as an Ergo, Beco, or Patapum any day of the week over a Baby Trekker.
 

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I used a pouch from <a href="http://www.heavenlybundle.com" target="_blank">www.heavenlybundle.com</a> for B's first few months, but he quickly outgrew wanting to be snuggled that tightly. I have two mei tais from <a href="http://www.beanslingsandseats.com" target="_blank">www.beanslingsandseats.com</a> and I adore them, she's a WAHM, which is huge plus for me.
 

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That was my thought too and I always took him out right away, but I read somewhere that sometimes it takes time for babies to get used to being in a carrier...<br><br>
He is 6 weeks old now. I have a Sleeping Baby sling. I tried cradle, both with his head towards and away from the rings, and with him vertical, tummy to tummy. He definitely liked the vertical better. I tried walking with him in each position, and that helped, but still he wasn't happy. I also tried putting him in an Infantino structured carrier that someone gave us, and he was much better in that, especially facing out. But I think I also read that those are not as good for his spine and hips?<br><br>
Could I wear him facing out in a mei tai?
 

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If he doesn't like cradle then don't even try right now. Some kids just don't like it.<br><br>
It could be that he wants to be tummy to tummy but not have his legs in... being that he's only 6 wks I bet you tried tummy to tummy with his legs curled up "froggy" style, right? Personally my kids would only put up with this position when they were a couple of weeks old. After that they didn't like having their legs contained. You could try tummy to tummy and let his legs hang down and just have the bottom rail nice and tight under his bum. Since he's so small you might not feel like he's supported enough and feel like he might slip out the bottom... in this case it might just mean you need to wait a little longer before the RS will work out well for you. Don't give up on the RS yet. RSs are great but your baby might just be in a phase that doesn't work with the RS right now.<br><br>
I guess I'd also suggest a wrap. I'm a big fan of the hip cross carry and short cross carry for little babies. (I'm not a big fan of looooong wraps in general) You could try a cheapo long piece of fabric just to see if your son prefers the positioning.... 4 or 5 yards of $1 fabric from the discount bin could do it. That way you could try longer carries (like FWCC) and short carries. Better than spending $100 on a didymos and deciding that it doesn't work for you. Having said that, in actual long term use, the $1 fabric is NO comparison to a quality wrap. So if you think a wrap will work for you I would definitely invest the money into some quality.<br><br>
grr. I was trying to find you some links for HCC and SCC so you could see them... but I am being pestered. sorry. I'll try again soon.
 

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Try leaving him in and fussing lightly for a little bit and go for a fun walk and stay moving and see if that helps & keep trying.<br>
If the ring sling still seems to be a problem after trying that for a while, try a wrap or an MT. Perhaps you can find a local NINO meeting and try out different carriers. Plus at NINO they are so helpful in showing you different things to try. HTH a bit and good luck to you!
 

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Thanks so much for the replies! I went & got 2 pieces of fabric, one stretchy & one not, and we're going to try a wrap tomorrow. And I'll keep trying the sling when he's in a good mood. The closest NINO group is 2 hours away, so I don't know when I could get there...I wish I could afford to just buy one of each kind to try! Where can I find info about the Pikkolo? A yahoo search didn't really turn up anything...<br><br>
Thanks again for all the info
 

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Here is a thread on thebabywearer.com that is about the Pikkolo<br><br><a href="http://www.thebabywearer.com/forum/showthread.php?t=163205" target="_blank">http://www.thebabywearer.com/forum/s...d.php?t=163205</a><br><br>
It has a link to her blog which has pics of the pikkolo and the fabric choices.<br><br>
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actually use this link it has more info about the pikkolo<br><br><a href="http://www.thebabywearer.com/forum/showthread.php?t=162682" target="_blank">http://www.thebabywearer.com/forum/s...d.php?t=162682</a>
 

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OK, that Pikkolo looks awesome - I may have to get one when they are available. DS seemed OK in a wrap FCC this morning and I think that will work for us too. Now I just need some reasonable weather to go for walks in, not this crazy heat...
 

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Well, I got a MT (BabyHawk) and DS loves it! We went shopping today, and he stayed in it the whole time, sound asleep for most of it. I am so happy...thank you for all the help!
 

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I've tried the Pikkolo and I think people are really going to like it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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