Okay, so I wore DS again today for our grocery trip. (Not sure when I'll feel prepared to tackle that one alone with 2 small kids!) My issue, and I did notice it before, is that his leg on the ring side has to be pushed up higher and I feel like his foot is awkwardly placed no matter what I try. Suggestions?
I think I've decided that I like the mai tai better, it's just not convenient to put it on in the grocery store parking lot (yuck! about the straps dragging the ground) and he's still so small and fragile it takes some time to get it on and tied with him in it properly. I'll look forward wearing him when he's sturdier and can use the ergo for him.
Can you get a picture sometime so we can see his leg? Does it seem to bother him at all?
I'm checking to see if Becky has a picture where you can see her LO's legs because she uses her ring sling all the time.
And eventually I had to get over the fear of my mei tai straps getting on the ground. For the most part I'm able to keep them in the car when doing a front carry though. It's hard, but I keep reminding myself that carriers are meant to be used. If dirt gets on the ends so be it because being used it more important and it can be washed. Not like the baby touches the ends of the straps. I had big issues getting over this same thing with my woven wrap. But it just doesn't pick up dirt nearly as much as my cream Moby did. I've used it in the middle of a park a few times and on pavement. And when I decide it's truly dirty I wash it.
ETA: Becky says "it's higher sometimes. I notice that still. (Claire is 4 months now.) I just make sure there isn't any weight on it and I go back and forth shoulders. Only way I've found to fix it is to put her over to the side away from the rings." (You can do a carry off to one side but still on your front, not a hip carry if that makes sense.)
Becky, I can't wait for you have to reliable internet.
I do notice now as a toddler that Aiden has the one leg nearest the rings a bit higher, mostly when the carrier is too tight (too tight ring sling does make it more uncomfortable on me!).
Picture from 2 weeks ago from Becky:
Last edited by alwayssmile; 04-24-2012 at 04:45 PM.
I'm no help on this because I didn't carry DD tummy-to-tummy in my RS--she was always in cradle position, so her feet were centered. I hope you can figure it out, though!
I re-found this pic for you (I think I'm going to post it in the RS THREad too so it doesn't get lost again!)
Looks to me like baby's legs are just froggied in there.
This is from when he was 1 week old. I wore him this same way today. I have his legs frogged but the one on the ring side is pushed up higher and his foot is always in an awkward position because of the sling. I don't know that it bothers him, but it bothers me and I'm afraid of hurting his foot/ankle.
He turns his head like that on his own. He likes to look up at me I guess.
You can have him feet out if youd like.
That looks like some good babywearing to me...think of how squished up they are in our bellies! But if it makes you feel uncomfortable then it isn't working for you. Feet out works too!
So cute Anna! I love your sling pattern! And it looks good to me- but you have to be comfortable.
Also, I know you're still going through a lot, but you are glowing. You look great.
Mara & Joel, 2009
Anna, menat to add earlier but stupid virus got in the way - your picture looks fantastic for positioning, rings, etc! Really!!