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I am ttc and of course obsessed with all things newborn <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">, and got to thinking about slings. I would seriously like to sling my baby in the hospital, but im not sure if either of the two i currently have will work for a tiny newborn, even if he is a big chunk like his sister was at birth. I have an unknown WAHM made adjustable unpadde sling specifically for a plus sized gal; it is really great and beautiful too. I also have a muslin kissasling. I saw pouches specifically for newborns, but am not sure if i want to spend so much money for something that will ostensibly get very little use. My friend has a new native that i will inherit eventually; would that be better?
 

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I wouldn't buy a new sling just for a newborn. You will probably be fine with what you have. I think New Native sells a little pillow that is supposed to help with little babies. You could probably achieve the same effect with a folded receiving blanket. I have never used a Kissa Sling but my guess is that it would be fine with a newborn.<br><br>
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New Natives are great for newborns, if it fits snugly enough. Mine was technically to small for me so we only used it for a few months.<br><br>
But almost any sling can be adjusted for smaller or younger babies. I used to roll a receiving blankie up to prop Addie up a bit. That worked great!
 

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I found a sling a little awkward for a newborn, but she was my first, and I had been given a wide variety of used carriers. So I used a front carrier, a snugli or one of those, for the first month or so. This time I figure I will be more relaxed and confident and will use the sling from the beginning, but we'll see! I liked the security of the front carrier in the early weeks, though.
 

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I used a pouch style with my youngest. I found that if I wrapped him up in a blanket and then put him in the pouch it felt alot less awkward than just putting him in. After the first couple weeks I switched to my unpadded ring sling and was able to use it without the blanket (important since it was the middle of a very hot summer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> ) Oh, I also used a wrap sling, but I liked that best for at home, I found it too awkward for nursing in public, but it was nice for extended wear.<br><br>
With my middle child I bought one of those specially for newborn slings that I thought looked SO cool. I hated it! I couldn't believe how much better a regular sling was when we switched. With my oldest I used a front pack, but I was always worried that he wasn't being supported well.<br><br>
It sounds like you have your bases covered <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 used a wrap with my newborn. You can see a photo at the bottom of the My Lane! link in my siggy...
 

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You can definitely use both of your ring slings with a newborn, so you really don't have to buy anything new if you don't want to. If you were going to get something new, I would recommend a wrap. You'll find it useful during the newborn days, and even more so when your baby is heavier and you need weight distribution over both shoulders.<br><br>
I wouldn't recommend any of the slings targeted *just* for the newborn stage. Those won't do anything you can't do with the slings you already have, and you'll be out of them before you know it.
 
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