Baby Wearing

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Alissa_Sal's picture
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Baby Wearing

BTDT Moms - Have any of you...erm...."babyworn" before? (LOL, not sure of the past tense of "baby wearing.")

I had an Infantino carrier that I loved once T was about 2-3 months old, but he hated it as a newborn so we never used it then. I'm thinking that this time around I want to get something else that would be more newborn friendly. I'm trying to decide between a Moby wrap and a ring sling. I'm a little worried about "ease of use" because I'm nervous that I won't "do it right" and then the baby will fall out or have his face pressed against my chest and not be able to breathe or something. Does anyone have any experience or recommendations? Doesn't have to be a ring sling or Moby either, just anything that you liked and thought was relatively easy to use with a newborn.

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I've registered for the MobyWrap.. lots of reading up on it and most babies seem to be happy with it. Smile I can't wait to check it out!

I tried the Baby Bijorn (sp?) with DD and it was just TOO bulky! Looking for something much simpler and easier / faster to work with..

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I used a cuddly wrap (like a moby) and a ABC carrier when Sam was a newborn. Both were easy to use. I had an ergo that I used when he got bigger.

There is a learning curve with anything, but they were not hard to use once you read the instructions. I recommend the wraps a lot. It is just a long piece of stretchy fabric and the baby is tucked into the folds and is very secure. Slings make me nervous because you must trust that the sewing won't break and the baby is curled up and looks like it could smother.

I will find some pictures to post.

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I found the moby wrap really hard to put on and i could never get it tight enough, baby kept slipping out, some love it though just didn't work for me. I ended up buying a maya wrap pwhich I love! Much easier to put on and go!

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You should post this on the babywearing board too. My best friend IRL posts over there sometimes I think. She uses a lot of woven type wraps...not sure of the brand name. I got a mei tei, says you can use them for newborns...but it seems so big. I also registered for a moby, but I think because those are stretchy you cant use them past a certain weight. I have another friend that swears by ergo and I think the ergos have newborn pouch inserts. Those can be pricey though.

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Thanks for the tips ladies! I will let you know what I pick.

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"eliann" wrote:

You should post this on the babywearing board too. My best friend IRL posts over there sometimes I think. She uses a lot of woven type wraps...not sure of the brand name. I got a mei tei, says you can use them for newborns...but it seems so big. I also registered for a moby, but I think because those are stretchy you cant use them past a certain weight. I have another friend that swears by ergo and I think the ergos have newborn pouch inserts. Those can be pricey though.

I agree with posting on the babywearing board. One of the ladies from my Oct. 2010 birth board posts there and she baby wears a lot and knows a lot about different wraps and carriers-her user name is alwayssmile. There are also video tutorials if you google babywearing. I didn't babywear a ton, but I did make myself one wrap by hemming a really long piece of fabric, I think it was about 23 feet long and I would use that for hands-free nursing when DD wanted to use me as a paci all day long and I needed to do stuff around the house.

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I wore DS everywhere. He hated the stroller and hated facing in. I had the dreaded BabyBjorn and wore him facing out a lot and well ... no hip problems for him. Part of me would like to get a wrap or something more infant/breast-feeding friendly, but I don't know if I am willing to spend the money on it since we don't know for sure if we'll use it and for how long. The wraps scare mee too. I'd be so afraid of suffocating my baby, though I know tons of ladies use them safely.

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I wore DS in a Mei Tei! Of course he was older, like 6 months or so. I still have it.. wonder how it works for a newborn.. but I do want a wrap and an Ergo. Decision, decisions!

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I made my own wrap with M. It was SO easy - just bought some non-fraying cloth and wrapped it around myself! But I didn't like how long it took to put the thing on and put baby in. So I bought a Maya ring sling and loved it SO much better. I just had to stick it over my head and I could wear the newborn in the front and when they got a bit bigger I could hip carry them which was really great as well. I'm not a stroller girl, especially in huge crowds when they just get bulky; way easier to just wear them!
Anyway, maybe you could do the no-sew option and see if you like the wrap then decide if you want to invest in an actual Moby.
Also, there are babywearing groups that meet throughout the country. You could see if there is one near you where you can go and try things on.
Here is a link to a no sew wrap. This one isn't technically no sew; just buy fabric that doesn't fray - mine was a semi-stretchy sort of thin material. I paid $4 and got 2 wraps out of it!
Monkey Sew, Monkey Do: Make Your Own Moby Wrap Tutorial

I also have an Ergo but DH uses it more than I do. I just always liked the ring sling because it was so easy to do. The Ergo just has a lot of clips and such but it does look more "manly."

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I know a lot of people wear babies. But one, I'd feel weird doing it and two it looks complicated as heck. Oh, and three, I *know* people and they're gonna wanna touch the baby and if I'm wearing baby - they'll have to touch me too and that's NOT HAPPENING. I've had enough of people touching my belly already LOL

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"babywings1" wrote:

Oh, and three, I *know* people and they're gonna wanna touch the baby and if I'm wearing baby - they'll have to touch me too and that's NOT HAPPENING. I've had enough of people touching my belly already LOL

HAHAHAHA... you know, I don't even want people touching my baby. I actually found people didn't touch the baby as much as I'd thought. I never really get why random people think they should touch your baby. If I don't know you well enough to let you hold the baby for an extended amount of time, then DON'T TOUCH.

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"crazy j" wrote:

HAHAHAHA... you know, I don't even want people touching my baby. I actually found people didn't touch the baby as much as I'd thought. I never really get why random people think they should touch your baby. If I don't know you well enough to let you hold the baby for an extended amount of time, then DON'T TOUCH.

True story - when T was a tiiiiiiiiiny baby (like, less than a month old) and I was a very nervous new mom, I took him for a quick jaunt out to the grocery store. While we were waiting in line to check out, an older woman came up and started admiring him and saying how beautiful he was, which I was fine with. THEN she stuck. her. FINGER. in his mouth. Jammed her pinkie right in there. :eek: I about came unglued. Who does that????? I yanked his carrier back really quick, and I was just like "Um, I don't really let people put stuff in his mouth..." But that was a really mild reaction to what I was really thinking which was "What. THE EFF?!?"

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Wow Alissa, that is nuts, who does that?!?!? If someone had done that with Isabelle, I would have freaked and I can only imagine how DH would have reacted as he is a bit on the germophobic side.

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Holy crap, that's crazy Alissa. I would have freaked out.

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OMG, Alissa... GROSS!!

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Eeww! I think it's the older ladies you have to watch out for! They're the ones that make comments that are just a little off color and do strange things. I think they just forget what it's like to have a baby of their own!
I find that definitely wearing my baby means no strangers will touch. I find it much easier to wear than take the huge car seat into the store and then there really isn't much chance people will touch the baby, really it never happened to me.

Joined: 08/15/12
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Dude, I LOVED babywearing because no one tried to touch my baby! I am looking forward to doing it again this time - it seemed so much easier than toting a bucket carrier to me. I had a few slings and a Baby K'Tan. I want an Ergo this time.

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