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    merrymommy
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    Default FAQ's *Please read before posting*

    Table of Contents:

    Benefits of Babywearing
    Make Your Own
    Where To Buy
    Instructions
    Choosing a Carrier
    Wearing Multiples
    Last edited by merrymommy; 03-09-2008 at 09:04 PM.

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    merrymommy
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    Default Benefits of Babywearing

    Benefits of Babywearing:
    1-Return to the Womb
    “9 months in, 9 months (or more) out”
    rhythmic, warm, close, heartbeat

    2-Calmer
    cry less
    carrying babies in a sling reduces crying and fussing 43% during the
    day and 51% at night
    more welcome in public
    more secure: security = confidence = independence

    3-Encourages Close Bond
    as opposed to gadgets designed to allow you to be hands free, but
    separate from your baby (stroller, activity center, bouncy seat, walker,
    swing)
    baby responds to your warmth, smell, rhythms, sounds
    baby feels safe, because you are relaxed

    4-Exposure to Stimuli
    center of activity versus center of attention
    more involved in conversations (eye contact, listening, verbalization,
    facial expressions)
    eye level with signs, pictures, people
    protection from over stimulation

    5-Safety
    from letting go of hand (toddler)
    from a run-away stroller
    from other people (people are less likely to touch your baby if your
    baby is within your personal space)

    6-Convenient and Economical
    less bulky than strollers
    usually less money than strollers and other baby holding gadgets

    7-Physically Advantageous for Baby
    baby learns balance from wearer (vestibular system stimulation)
    better for back (less spinal stress stemming from tailbone position ie:
    snuglie, bjorn)
    better for hips and formation of socket
    reduces apnea as baby is in tune to wearer’s breathing
    reduces stress for baby
    allows easy access for breastfeeding and thus, better weight gain
    aids in digestion
    elimination of leg-openings improves baby's leg circulation and will not
    promote bowleggedness
    prevents Plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome)

    8-Physically Advantageous for Wearer
    distributes baby’s weight evenly
    easier than carrying baby in arms
    allows carrying baby longer so muscles grow along with baby
    allows discrete breastfeeding which helps mother to relax and letdown
    creates a sense of positive well-being and security
    allows for hands free activities
    allows wearer to give hands free attention to other siblings

    9-Other Caregivers
    eases parent/caregiver transition
    allows caregiver to be in tune with baby, while still having hands free
    to give attention to other children
    shelters baby from other children when needed
    aids in “wearing down” so baby can get adequate sleep

    10-Other Uses
    pillow
    blanket
    changing pad
    breastfeeding cover
    purse
    fashion accessory
    can use a ring sling, as a "leash" around a child that is just
    starting to walk and wants to walk by themselves.

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    merrymommy
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    Default Make Your Own

    DIY wrap I don't recommend cutting it in thirds, but only in half.
    Jan Andrea - slings, pouches, etc.
    Buy SlingRings

    Examples of cheap wraps
    Last edited by merrymommy; 02-27-2008 at 01:17 PM.

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    merrymommy
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    Default Where to Buy

    Pouches:

    www.hotslings.com
    www.goo-ga.com
    www.lanepieslings.com
    www.theslingset.com
    http://www.kangarookorner.com/ -adjustable pouch
    http://www.newnativebaby.com/
    http://www.peapodcreations.ca/

    Ring Slings:
    www.zolowear.com – has great info on how to wear your sling and what you could be doing wrong.
    www.chickenscratchslings.com
    www.sleepingbaby.net
    www.mayawrap.com
    http://www.sakurabloom.com/
    http://www.kaleababy.com/index.php


    Mei Tai: (pronounced May Tie)
    www.kozycarrier.homestead.com – has great pics on how to wear the MT
    www.babyhawk.com
    http://www.haveaballbaby.com/meitais.html


    Soft Structured Carriers: (SSC)
    http://preggyandbaby.com/catalog.php?category=1
    http://www.ecobabies.com/
    http://www.ergobabycarrier.com/
    adjustable feature so little guys can ride with feet out: http://www.meitaibaby.com/shopcarriers.html
    adjustable http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5094946
    https://www.bebekisses.com/[/QUOTE]

    Wraps:

    http://www.didymos.de/english/index_e.htm
    http://www.storchenwiege.com/
    http://www.gypsymama.com/ - lightweight summer wraps and water wraps
    http://www.mamatoto.org/default.aspx?tabid=121 – wrapping instructions
    http://www.peppermint.com/girasolcarry.htm -more instructions
    http://www.mobywrap.com/


    Here are some great sites that sell all kinds of carriers:

    www.attachedtobaby.com
    http://store.peppermint.com/index.html
    http://store.theslingstation.com/

    Used Carriers http://www.lemonbalmessentials.com/index.html & www.attachedtobaby.com


    Here are some wonderful sites that tell all about baby carriers, different types of carriers, reviews and much, much more:
    www.thebabywearer.com
    http://www.mammasmilk.com/slings/
    http://www.naturalfamilyboutique.com/

    www.mom4life.com
    has slings and donates part of profits
    They also have TONS of other wonderful products for mommies
    Last edited by merrymommy; 02-10-2008 at 04:18 PM.

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    merrymommy
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    Default Instructions

    Using a carrier with a disability/special needs/chronic illness

    Wrapping links
    www.mobywrap.com - tying stretchy wraps, however I don't recommend facing the baby out
    Great DVD on how to wear all the types of baby carriers listed above:
    www.tummy2tummy.com

    [QUOTE=lbff;354522]Site that has a lot of pictures and step by step instructions for different carries: http://www.mamatoto.org/Default.aspx?tabid=36

    This thread on TBW has a lot of (adorable) pictures of wraps, pouches, slings and MTs with a newborn: http://www.thebabywearer.com/forum/s...ad.php?t=70849

    Here is a great video on how to nurse in a wrap:
    http://s48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...t=P5200237.flv

    For anyone interested, there was a big feature on babywearing recently in this magazine. There are a lot of instructions, recommendations for different resources, types of wraps, pouches, Mei Tais and ring slings, etc.

    Babywearing section starts on p. 44. http://www.mothering-digital.com/mothering/sample/

    http://www.babywearinginternational.org
    Last edited by merrymommy; 02-10-2008 at 04:17 PM.

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    merrymommy
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    Default Choosing A Carrier

    A website with a wealth of babywearing info as well as a For Sale Or Trade Forum is www.thebabywearer.com

    Choosing and Comparing Carriers

    Best carrier for a newborn?
    I prefer a stretchy Moby type wrap. Very cozy and supportive, two shouldered carry, you can nurse in (most people)


    Wrapping Instructions

    Pros & Cons of diff carriers

    Ring Sling/Pouches Links

    Mei Tai's/Asian body Carriers
    Last edited by merrymommy; 02-10-2008 at 04:21 PM.

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