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A friend of mine has made me a ring sling for my baby, expected in early June. I also have a pouch sling. I was thinking of purchasing a wrap as well, to cover all the bases, since I have a toddler who still is nursing & needs a lot of hands-on attention. My friend suggested that while a wrap is great for a newborn, but would be too hot in the summer. We're in NJ - so it'll likely be in the 80's when he arrives. Frequently gets into the upper 90s by the end of summer.<br><br>
Is it even worthwhile to get a wrap? If so, any recommendations for which brand?<br><br>
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A wrap can be comfortable, even in hot weather. Especially if you get something breathable, like a GypsyMama Bali Baby Breeze. How much time will you be spending outside vs. inside? You can always use your wrap inside where it's cool and wear something cooler outside. Keep in mind, though, that any babywearing is going to be warmer than not babywearing, just because you have a little body pressed up against you, KWIM?<br><br>
I had my dd in Feb 2005, and had her outside a lot in DC's hot, humid weather that summer. I often wore her in a mei tai (especially so I could get her up on my back and be hands-free to chase my older child) which was helpful for the heat because even though we were warm where she pressed against me, the straps were cooler than a wrap would have been. I also used my Slingset a lot, as it's a very breathable fabric and gives two-shoulder comfort if you use both pouches and the support belt together. I used my Hotslings pool pouch when we were at the pool or in the water, but I really found that I needed two-shoulder carriers for long-term carrying comfort.<br><br>
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I'm in the same position as you as I'm due in June as well.<br><br>
Wraps are hotter than other carriers, simply because of the length of cloth and the fact that it all has to be wrapped around you. If you do go for a wrap, I'd suggest a gauze weight, something like a Gypsymama BBB, or a Hotmama wrap.<br><br>
Other than that, you might want to try a solarveil Mei Tai, which is a mesh type fabric that allows for breezes. Any MT will be cooler than a wrap.
 

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The "gauze" cloth looks like a winner for the summer...<br><br>
Another question. Mei Tai: I really like the functionality of this, but it is workable for a newborn?
 

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I used a gauze wrap a lot last year in the wonderful DC summer weather, and it worked well for us. I hated the terrible air quality that comes with a hot, humid summer in that area, so we didn't go out too much during the worst parts of the day.<br><br>
A mei tai is absolutely functional for a newborn (as long as they like an upright position). Kozy carrier has great instructions for a newborn carry, here: <a href="http://www.kozycarrier.homestead.com/instructions.html#anchor_285" target="_blank">http://www.kozycarrier.homestead.com...tml#anchor_285</a> . You can use these techniques with any mei tai, though.<br><br>
Also take a look at this article on newborn positioning. It covers all carriers, including mei tais. I think it is a really essential document for any parent planning on slinging a newborn. <a href="http://www.thebabywearer.com/articles/HowTo/Positioning.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.thebabywearer.com/article...ositioning.pdf</a>
 

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Thanks so much for the links!<br><br>
Re: the wrap again...<br><br>
Anyone have the "recipe" for making a wrap on my own? How much yardage to get... how wide the fabric should be? My sewing machine is buried deep in my closet, so I can't really finish the ends, but if I can find a fabric that "rolls" on the ends, I think I'll be okay... just need the dimensions.<br><br>
The price for the gauze wraps seems really high for just a swath of fabric...<br><br>
Thanks again everyone!!!
 

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Absolutely. Look at the pictures on the <a href="http://www.kozycarrier.com" target="_blank">www.kozycarrier.com</a> site.<br><br>
As for making your own gauze wrap, there are instructions at <a href="http://www.mamatoto.org" target="_blank">www.mamatoto.org</a> for a DIY project and what to look for in a fabric.
 
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