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<p>Just added them to the registry.  The way things are going, I want to have some stuff on hand that is soothing for all of us.  I was hoping to avoid much electronics, but it's either these or something worse (IMO). <br>
Anyone tried them?<br>
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With less and less support, I'm thinking these are worth putting on the list and I can return them if they don't work out. <br><br>
Baby Shusher<br>
<a href="http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=23275466&cp=2255957.2273443.4392756.12408930&parentPage=family" target="_blank">http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=23275466&cp=2255957.2273443.4392756.12408930&parentPage=family</a></p>
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Lulla Vibe Vibrating Mattress Pad<br>
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I had the Baby Shusher on my registry, but then took it off & decided I would wait and see if I needed it. My first baby was fussy, and at times I couldn't figure out what that child needed. I would end up walking with her or laying down cuddling her saying shh, shh, etc... Eventually she would settle, but it would take a loooong time.<br>
My second baby hardly cried. If this baby is like the first I could see me using the Shusher!
 

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<p>If you've lots of money and space, why not. My personal favorites for soothing a colicky baby are a baby carrier and a yoga ball. Strap the baby on your chest, bounce on the ball, and then browse the internet or watch tv while your baby is content. Start this procedure before they even start to escalate for best results.</p>
 

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If you have a smart phone or tablet, Baby Shusher has an app that is significantly cheaper. From what I can tell, it's $5 for android and free for iphone/ipad. I would probably pay $5 for it since my older two <b>loved</b> the shushing noise for months, but my husband loves making that obnoxious noise so much, he doesn't want me to get it!
 

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<p>I completely agree with Dandy Lion. If you have the space and money (or people willing to spend the money), why not? I also second the baby carrier and yoga ball.</p>
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<p>I haven't tried these two specific products, but we basically used the same concepts. There is a free baby shusher app and lots of free white noise downloads on the internet. We also used static-y stations in the car. For our particular kids, I feel like they had limited effectiveness and once the screaming reached a certain threshold, the white noise was useless, but there were also times when I felt like the noise held the wailing off at least temporarily, especially in the car. (Most babies love car rides, but not mine.)</p>
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<p>As far as the vibrating goes, we had a little chair that made noise and vibrated, a lot like this one:</p>
<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FFisher-Price-Deluxe-Bouncer-Little-Snugabunny%2Fdp%2FB0042D69XS%2F" rel="norewrite" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Deluxe-Bouncer-Little-Snugabunny/dp/B0042D69XS/</a></p>
<p>I loved it. We didn't use it super often, but definitely for taking showers, bathroom trips, making dinner, older kid emergencies, etc. Occasionally our kids would fall asleep in it when then vibrating feature was on and we would just leave them in there for their nap, but the super-frustrating thing was that they would nearly always wake up as soon as the vibration automatically shut-off. I forget what the time limit was (20 minutes or so?), but I would always try to beat it by going in there and turning it off and back on again real quick, so they wouldn't wake up. The one you're looking at seems nice, because supposedly the vibration turns off gradually.</p>
 

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<p>Can't find the shusher as a free app anymore.  Both of these products are things to put on the list for others to purchase.  Give people a direction, and hopefully they'll stay away from the other stuff, you know. </p>
<p>I like the idea of a separate shusher because I'm not all that thrilled with having the smart phone near my head, let alone near the little one's.  I have some electrical sensitivity and get headaches.  I'm trying to stay as electronic free as possible, but for soothing I will break.  Plus, it makes me seem less "granola" to have it on there I think.  What can I say, I'm playin' to the crowd on this one. <br><br>
I'm not even sure if the vibrator would work/be practical since we don't know the sleeping situation, but if it's safe enough for baby, maybe I'll like it too!<br><br>
You remember that Sex in the City scene when Samantha used the vibrator as a baby soother?  Don't remember much, but I remember that!<br><br>
What kind of baby carrier are you referring to?<br><br>
We have a couple yoga balls around here (one deflated) that are not getting the use they should, but I have no plans to get rid of either one - even with the move.</p>
 

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<p>I have somewhat of a baby carrier obsession. I wrote about <a href="http://researchparent.com/baby/babywearing/" target="_blank">my love of carriers</a> on my website if you have a few minutes, but basically, what it boils down to is that I own and have tried more than 7 different carriers,  and my favorites are the <a href="http://researchparent.com/moby-wrap-baby-carrier/" target="_blank">Moby Wrap</a> for babies under 4 months or so and the <a href="http://researchparent.com/ergobaby-original-baby-carrier/" target="_blank">ERGObaby Carrier</a> for older babies and toddlers.</p>
 

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<p>I have somewhat of a baby carrier obsession. I wrote about <a href="http://researchparent.com/baby/babywearing/" target="_blank">my love of carriers</a> on my website if you have a few minutes, but basically, what it boils down to is that I own and have tried more than 7 different carriers,  and my favorites are the <a href="http://researchparent.com/moby-wrap-baby-carrier/" target="_blank">Moby Wrap</a> for babies under 4 months or so and the <a href="http://researchparent.com/ergobaby-original-baby-carrier/" target="_blank">ERGObaby Carrier</a> for older babies and toddlers.</p>
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I too have a bit of a baby carrier ... problem ... I have a wrap similar to a Moby for newborn, 3 or 4 pouch slings (in different sizes to accommodate post partum weight changes, I used to make & sell them, so I kept a few!), at least 4 mei-tais, and a Boba, plus an Onya I just got for Christmas. I don't love the Ergo for me at all ... I really recommend getting something like a wrap for newborn phase, and then trying on lots of different ones, as many as you can, after you're not pregnant, to see how they fit your frame. In summer over just a tank & shorts, I can't get the Boba snug enough (last summer, when DD was 2), but I think it will fit fine post-partum, and I use it daily fall/winter/spring over sweaters & jackets, it is my fave carrier for the 18mth - 3yr range. I sought out one with a very small waist adjustment for that reason, and chose the Onya. This way I'll have the Boba set to it's newborn setting (no insert needed!), and the Onya set for DD, as I'm sure she'll not be fully walking everywhere on her own at not-quite-3-yrs, especially longer walks.<br><br>
But a good carrier, and a chair or yoga ball that moves for you/with you, is the best pair of baby-soothing-devices I've found, especially in the first few months. A walk outside is also a miracle cure some days. DS would be cranky indoors, and just sitting on the porch was enough to settle him, a little fresh air and a change of scenery.</p>
 

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<p>Oh good, I'm in good company!  We've got a moby wrap, a boba wrap, a babyhawk mei tai, a ring sling, and two bobas. Plus I'm an admin of our local babywearing group, so I've got access to pretty much everything. The only thing I want 'extra' this time around I think, is a sakura bloom linen ring sling. I couldn't figure out my ring sling with my first until she was over a year, and then when we did, I fell in love with it. Turns out the material of the first one was just ALL WRONG (we made it ourselves). So we made a new one, but it's DH's mostly (he chose the color and fabric). Now I want my special one. :)  And yesssss--- Boba is my all time favorite carrier so far. We've used it from 5-25 months and my best friend has been using our second one since one week old and she is loving it too. I can't wait to try it with a newborn. </p>
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<p>I agree with finding a good carrier that works for you though, and totally taking advantage of it. We had only stretchy wraps and the bad ring sling last time for the beginning, and my daughter didn't have the patience for us to adjust either. Once we found somehing that worked for her (the mei tai), it was heaven being able to move around and still have her happy. </p>
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<p>The shusher seems a bit weird (as others have said, there are free or nearly free apps that do almost the same thing). ... BUuuuuuuuttt.... I get the idea of wanting to steer people towards better options, and perhaps if I'd had something like that on my list, I wouldn't have gotten to many baby einstein or leapfrog 'crib soothers' that flashed and danced and placed horrible music! lol</p>
 

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<p>Loving the carrier talk <img alt=":thumb" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style=""></p>
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<p>I have a Moby, a Maya (lightly padded) ring sling, and a Neobulle woven wrap. I've used all of them (extensively) with the babies I've watched in the past, so I'm super comfortable with them. Even back carries!!  However, I'm think I might get EITHER a mei tai or an Ergo / Boba - type SSC.  I've used a couple mamas' mei tais and I really heart them, but Nick doesn't have a carrier yet that he would use (past the Moby of the newborn stage), so Ergo might be a better option for him. </p>
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<p>I'm trying not to go nuts with the carriers. Yet. </p>
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<p>The shusher is an interesting concept. I get that phones do pretty much the same thing, but if I end up having a super-fussy infant then having a dedicated, portable device that shushes might be nice. I say go for it if you think you'll use it!</p>
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<p>Vibrating pad, though, just seems a little weird to me, haha. Not sure why. </p>
 

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<p>I have a Moby, a Maya (lightly padded) ring sling, and a Neobulle woven wrap. I've used all of them (extensively) with the babies I've watched in the past, so I'm super comfortable with them. Even back carries!! </p>
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<p>Just out of curiosity, did you somehow find a way to use the Moby or Maya with a back carry and if so, for what ages? I have a woven wrap that I "made" and I used the double hammock carry on my newborn a few times, but really I just waited until they were big enough to fit in the Ergo before I started regularly back carrying. However, I would love to find a way to more safely and easily carry a younger baby on my back so that my arms are more free for my 2 and 4 year old. Last time it would take me about 15 minutes to get the woven wrap on in such a way that I was absolutely confident the under-3-month-old's head was secure.</p>
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<p>Also, I really do have a problem, because I'm not planning to have a baby shower, but I'm totally thinking that if people give me Babies'RUs gift cards, I'm going to get a Boba and/or K'Tan. I LOVE my Ergo (a lot more than my Beco), but I ripped it a couple years ago. (It wasn't easy...picture running at top speed to catch a toddler who's trying to escape into a parking lot...yes, I'll admit, mine, and no, I shouldn't have let him get that far away...and then having the dangling strap get caught on some fixed.)  I patched it and still use it, but I'm always eager to try new carriers. Also, I lend out most of my carriers to friends/co-workers/neighbors/local librarians/etc. and I'm starting to think I might not get my Moby back. See...totally justified in buying a 9th carrier. Somehow I don't think my husband will be convinced.</p>
 

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<p>Just out of curiosity, did you somehow find a way to use the Moby or Maya with a back carry and if so, for what ages? I have a woven wrap that I "made" and I used the double hammock carry on my newborn a few times, but really I just waited until they were big enough to fit in the Ergo before I started regularly back carrying. However, I would love to find a way to more safely and easily carry a younger baby on my back so that my arms are more free for my 2 and 4 year old. Last time it would take me about 15 minutes to get the woven wrap on in such a way that I was absolutely confident the under-3-month-old's head was secure.</p>
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<p>Also, I really do have a problem, because I'm not planning to have a baby shower, but I'm totally thinking that if people give me Babies'RUs gift cards, I'm going to get a Boba and/or K'Tan. I LOVE my Ergo (a lot more than my Beco), but I ripped it a couple years ago. (It wasn't easy...picture running at top speed to catch a toddler who's trying to escape into a parking lot...yes, I'll admit, mine, and no, I shouldn't have let him get that far away...and then having the dangling strap get caught on some fixed.)  I patched it and still use it, but I'm always eager to try new carriers. Also, I lend out most of my carriers to friends/co-workers/neighbors/local librarians/etc. and I'm starting to think I might not get my Moby back. See...totally justified in buying a 9th carrier. Somehow I don't think my husband will be convinced.</p>
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<p>Actually, no I haven't.  I've always just used the woven for the back-carries (or Ergo / Mei Tai), and always when they were older, like over 6 months old. SOrry I'm not much help!  I have heard of people using Moby to do back carries, but I think that would make me too nervous with the under-3 month crowd. They tend to be spastic! </p>
 

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<p>Just out of curiosity, did you somehow find a way to use the Moby or Maya with a back carry and if so, for what ages?...... I'm going to get a Boba and/or K'Tan.</p>
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<p>I bet you could do a high back carry with the Boba in a new born setting? Does that help justify that 9th carrier?!</p>
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<p>I *have* done a back carry with a Moby-like wrap with a very young baby despite the fact that you're not supposed to - but not for a long walk or anything, just quick things in the house where a front carry would be a pain (frying things in oil, or moving hot pots of boiling pasta water!)</p>
 

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In summer over just a tank & shorts, I can't get the Boba snug enough (last summer, when DD was 2), but I think it will fit fine post-partum, and I use it daily fall/winter/spring over sweaters & jackets, it is my fave carrier for the 18mth - 3yr range. I sought out one with a very small waist adjustment for that reason, and chose the Onya.</p>
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<p>If you don't mind me asking, how small are you? I noticed on Amazon that the Boba waist claims to go down to 25". Are you actually smaller than that, or do you think that's not really accurate? I'm asking because I'm also fairly small. I just tried measuring my waist forgetting about my growing belly and I'm 32" now, but I'm not sure about normally. I'm about 5'2" and not pregnant, I normally weigh just a little over 100 lb and wear size 1 pants.</p>
 

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<p>If you don't mind me asking, how small are you? I noticed on Amazon that the Boba waist claims to go down to 25". Are you actually smaller than that, or do you think that's not really accurate? I'm asking because I'm also fairly small. I just tried measuring my waist forgetting about my growing belly and I'm 32" now, but I'm not sure about normally. I'm about 5'2" and not pregnant, I normally weigh just a little over 100 lb and wear size 1 pants.</p>
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I just measured my Boba, and my Onya. The Boba is 25 3/4", and the Onya is 21", on the actual tightest adjustment for the waist belt. My non-pregnant actual waist is 26.5", but I found that I need/want to 'snug' the carrier in a bit, not just rest it right at my waist measurement. It's always fine if I wear it on my hips, but DD likes to see over my shoulder, so I often wear it on my actual waist to get her higher up. (Yikes! a current waist measurement is 37.5"!) My goal now for carriers is that it must adjust at least 3" smaller than my actual waist -- I don't like getting it as tight as it can go and having no room to snug it up 1/2 hour into a hike or something.</p>
 

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<p><a data-huddler-embed="href" href="/community/u/164269/SynEpona" style="display:inline-block;">@SynEpona</a> Thanks, that's really useful and very interesting. The Ergo apparently only goes down to 26", but I wear it around my hips, so it's not an issue. I'm curious now to know what it feels like to snug it higher when I'm not pregnant. The Onya looks really interesting, especially the chair harness feature, though I doubt I'd use it much. Too bad it's not good for newborns too like the Boba, but I really do like stretchy wraps anyway for that stage. I'm planning to make my own if I don't get mine back. So many choices...</p>
 

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<p>As a babywearing group leader, please do NOT wear a stretchy wrap like a Moby on your back, with any age baby. They aren't safe, and baby could flip out of it quite easily. The only good carriers for newborns are woven wraps, but general consensus in the babywearing world is that even experienced wrappers should use a lot of caution wrapping newborns, and typically recommend only back carrying after baby can sit unassisted (or close to it). </p>
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<p>I started with a mei tai on the back at about 4 months, she wouldn't have been ready any earlier. Not enough head and body control. I probably could have started with a boba that early too, but depends how high your babys torso is- you wouldn't want their head totally covered by the back. By the same token, baby has to be big enough that their torso can't slip out the side of a carrier either. With a woven you don't have to worry about that, but it would be a concern with any other carrier. </p>
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<p>I'm small, 5'4 and about 135lbs not pregnant. I wear the Boba fairly close to the tightest setting, but on my hips. It feels more comfortable there. </p>
 

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I have a Moby for newborn times, then I switch to my baby hawk 'o-snap' as soon as baby can sit comfortably in it, it has a wide seat like the ergo but it comes up a bit higher behind the babies head which I like plus its customizable in all kinds of colors and designs. I also have a ring sling for quick jaunts from the car to the grocery store etc. I survived my first kid with only the Moby, the ring sling and something like a mai tai ( a Japanese carrier) but I was so sick of trying to fenagle a baby into a carrier while swinging long ties around a cafe while I was out, alone especially. I vowed to get something easier to handle for baby 2, so that's why I ordered the baby hawk.
 
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Does anyone have a newborn carrier suggestion that isn't a Moby? It's 100+ here for months including into the fall. The Moby looks so hot to me. Is it not that bad or is there an alternative?
 

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Does anyone have a newborn carrier suggestion that isn't a Moby? It's 100+ here for months including into the fall. The Moby looks so hot to me. Is it not that bad or is there an alternative?</div>
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<p>A ring sling also is good for newborns. i used mine exclusively in the beginning with my daughter. The tummy-to-tummy hold is best at that age. A gauze wrap would also be cooler than a Moby or other woven wrap, and definitely supportive enough for a small baby.</p>
 
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