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Newborn BWing

This is the first of many threads I am going to start over the coming months! Please encourage people from your other boards to come over and post their own pictures and advice, so we can help newbies to BWing out. Smile

Let's use this thread to post pictures if you have them of you wearing your newborn. Let us know what carrier it is, if you found it comfortable, if it was easy to learn how to use, and anything else you think would be useful to know. Even if you don't have a picture, please still share what carriers you used those first few weeks!

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My DH got to wear DS first! This is a Moby wrap. We found it hard to figure out from the booklet that came with it, but after watching a few youtube videos we got the hang of it fairly quickly. We found it hard to get good positioning for his airway in the cradle hold (what's shown), and mostly wore him tummy to tummy. I recommend just doing tummy to tummy unless trying to BF while wearing. This carrier is very comfortable till about 15-20lbs, then it tends to stretch too much to get a tight good carry.

I don't have many newborn BWing photos since I mostly wore Aiden and well, took all the photos. Blum 3 Over time I've gotten more vocal about DH taking photos. Wink


DS at 2 months in a Mei Tai Baby. I found this very easy to use and, other than working on getting him high enough, had no issues with the carrier. I really liked how MTB has snaps on the bottom so that small babies can still be legs out. We still use this carrier and DS is 13 months. This carrier is VERY comfortable for front carries. You can use this to back carry with older babies.

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I liked my bubbalugga when DS was tiny because it was wide enough to cover when feeding. DS was less that 10lb (at his appointment 2 weeks after this photo he was 10lb, so mabye 7 or 8lb in this photo) at this time s you can baby wear from teeny tiny.

I got another ring sling later but it wasn't as good and seeme dto have less coverage, but I have never been good at adjusting it.

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Four days old--about to head out to our favorite brewery for dinner!

Six days old--heading out to a picnic for Mommy's birthday

Same day, pie after the picnic. This carrier had been given to us...it was pretty, but I never felt comfortable with how deeply she lay in it, and could never quite make it work when she was so small. Used it some later on for quick jaunts when she could sit up in it.

Maybe six weeks old, hanging out after a nap in the Maya Wrap, where she lived for the next six months!

Just about 2 months old, at a wedding.

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BUMP. :mrgreen:

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I know you've been expecting this Jackie Smile

I have 3 carriers, a Sleepy Wrap, a Sleeping Baby Productions Ring Sling, and a Mei Tai Baby. We moved half way across the country when DD was 6 weeks old so I wore her a lot trying to get organizing, cleaning, and packing done.

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First time in the Sleepy Wrap, 5 days old, tummy to tummy with legs frogged.

I never tried the cradle hold in the Sleepy Wrap. The booklet only shows Tummy to Tummy (with legs frogged or out) but it was very easy for me to figure out. I did watch some you tube videos too trying to learn how to nurse in it but DD was never cooperative enough to try it.
I liked the Sleepy Wrap but found it very warm. DD would be in a onesie and me in a tank top and we would still be sweating but we did live in Las Vegas.

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10 Days old, Cradle Carry

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5 weeks old. Tummy to Tummy

I love my RS. Its great for quick trips to the store and for eating out. DD hates the fabric around her head so I'm not always hands free but it is way better than carrying her or a carseat. I have NIP'ed with her in the RS but my tail is a little too short to work nicely as a cover. I was in between sizes and went down when I should have gone up.

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One Month

DD didn't like being Tummy to Tummy with legs out until about 4 weeks old but once she got over that I started wearing her a lot in the MTB. It took some practice to get her high enough and the straps tight enough but now it is easy and quick. I especially love it for doing stuff at home because it is easy to take her out without waking her up. I have to fold the bottom up a couple times to keep her head from being swallowed by the back but the MTB has the great snaps to make the bottom not as wide for small babies.

I have no idea why photobucket won't make the first two pictures smaller but DD is waking up so oh well.

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Great pictures Becky! There's even one that I hadn't seen before (shopping at the Target center)! Biggrin Really makes me wish I had a ring sling to use earlier with DS. It works out so well supporting their small bodies.

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Wearing Beni in the Maya ring sling at 1 week old. I used that thing a lot in the beginning, but I have to say, I was never really sure if I was using it right!

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Beautiful!! Looks like a great, safe carry for the baby, although for your comfort it looks like the ring is a bit low. They do take a little adjustment, but are worth it to figure out! LOVE that fabric...

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Beautiful picture Mara! Like Leigh says, it takes a bit at first to figure ring slings out but once you do they're quick and great. Baby has good position in that photo. Biggrin

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I didn't really use my Maya wrap ring sling very much because I was never sure how to do it right and make it comfortable for me or baby. I plan to break it out this week and try harder to use it. I love the Moby for newborn baby wearing but would like a quicker (one that doesn't involve so much wrapping) option too.

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You can do it! It does take a few tries with a ring sling, but once you get it it's super fast and easy. Smile

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"emansmom" wrote:

I didn't really use my Maya wrap ring sling very much because I was never sure how to do it right and make it comfortable for me or baby. I plan to break it out this week and try harder to use it. I love the Moby for newborn baby wearing but would like a quicker (one that doesn't involve so much wrapping) option too.

I agree with Jackie. Smile For me it was a lot easier once I realized she just wasn't going to be comfortable with her head supported by the fabric. I just used my arm to support her. Only one arm free is still better than carrying a carseat into the store IMO. Let us know how it goes!

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That's pretty much what I did too. I usually did have her head in a little bit of fabric so I could use my left arm if I really needed to, but mostly it supported her head to make sure her positioning was good. It was so natural to cradle her in my arm anyway, and with the sling taking all the weight, it was comfortable for both of us. And way faster than anything else!

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Ok so maybe I was wearing it right then. I just like that a Moby is so secure that you don't need to really support them since it does so well. Here is a pic with my DD, does this look right? I think from reading what you guys have said the rings may need to be up higher?

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I generally wore the whole baby up higher (I know I posted one pic where she was pretty low, but that was like maybe the first time I ever put her in there...), and yeah, had the rings higher. When she was upright, instead of in a cradle, I'd pull the edge of the material pretty tight against the lower half of her head, and then I didn't feel like I *had* to hold on to her, though of course I usually did anyway. Smile

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Yes, a little--for YOUR comfort.

Here's a good pic I found:

I wore my DD a little differently, due to our particular needs, but this is the standard. You should be able to do it the correct way since if your LO likes the Moby, he clearly doesn't mind being carried upright.

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What a great pic, Leigh! Thanks for posting that! That is more like how I used to wear Beni! Smile

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THose pics are really helpful!! Yea from that tummy to tummy pic I need to wear the baby much higher and it looks really secure! That mom doesn't even have any hands on baby! Also after looking at the pic of you Leigh, I really think most of my issue with it is from not having the rings high enough. I tried cradle hold and didn't like it but I am almost sure the rings were just way too low. Now I am excited to get back home and get my ring sling out (we are at my moms currently but will be home tomorrow)

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Great, I hope it helps! It's SO much faster and easier than a Moby, if you can get the hang of it...especially for around-town carrying.

(I'm such a visual learner...pictures are really worth a thousand words for me!)

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"cactuswren" wrote:

Great, I hope it helps! It's SO much faster and easier than a Moby, if you can get the hang of it...especially for around-town carrying.

(I'm such a visual learner...pictures are really worth a thousand words for me!)

I'm a visual learner too, which is why I've bookmarked 20 different videos just to learn 2 back carries with my woven wrap. Lol

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

I'm a visual learner too, which is why I've bookmarked 20 different videos just to learn 2 back carries with my woven wrap. Lol

That would be me! Suffering through the Maya Wrap DVD (snooooooze) was the only way I was actually able to learn!

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jade in her moby, couple weeks old, first couple attempts.
this is a DIY wrap, 15 feet long, medium gauze (rule of thumb can't rip by hand but can see light through it) and approx. 25 inches wide. once i got the hang of the wrap it took about 2 minutes to get her in from wrap folded for storage, but it does take practice and a little sleep helps, so new moms, if you're still preg start now with a large teddy bear!! we always did the tummy to tummy, legs around my sides, was nice to wrap them in the 'belt' when we were out, loved LOVED the way it snuggled her head right in when she fell asleep (which happened often!) or opened up so she was visible. most comfortable height was to follow the rule, kissing distance! oh and the heart design there is just an iron on pattern to use as the 'tag' to quick find the middle! and it looks pretty!
instructions for how to wrap were actually the moby website, i've also had fun with keeping the 'belt' in having the cross out.

and of course asleep, ah mommy break time!

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I think I am getting better at the Ring sling. I wore him in it a lot yesterday and he seemed to love it as much as the Moby.

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Ooh, looks great! And how are you liking it?

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Looks good! Smile

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"cactuswren" wrote:

Ooh, looks great! And how are you liking it?

I really like it! It is so much easier and quicker than the Moby which is really nice. I think I still need practice with it to make it the best it can be. I feel like the rings need to be a little higher and further away from baby? What do you think from looking at that pic?

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I bet you could move the rings a bit higher and still remain comfortable with your shoulder. If you want you can wrap the tail around the rings so if he decides to rest his head there it'll be comfortable. Smile

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I agree--looks to me like you have a couple of inches between the top of the rings and your collarbone? I usually try to put the top of the rings basically at my collarbone. But I'm glad it's working for you! I am way too impatient for wrapping. A ring sling saved my BW life Smile

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Love this thread! I'm thinking about getting a ring sling for when my LO is born in May. I bought a Mai Tei and I HATED the hot sling with my DD, but the ring sling looks quick and easy for a newborn. Did any of you prefer the Mai Tei for a newborn?

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I personally wouldnt like a mai tei for a newborn. I just dont feel like the baby is supported enough. Maybe i wasnt wearing it correctly though? I am not sure.

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While MTs can work with newborns they're not the ideal carrier. Newborns are definitely better supported in a ring sling. Once DS was 3 months he fit great in a MT and we used it alllll the time.

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I think we started using a mei tai with DD by the time she was 2 mos for sure... One of the ones we have has quite a small body, and it fit well.

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Agreed--I tried but could not make a mei tai work with a floppy newborn.

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Thanks! I'm going to look into buying a ring sling.

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I used my Mei Tai when DD was about a month old but I have a Mei Tai Baby and the bottom snaps to make the seat area smaller. I definitely prefer my ring sling though.

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Agreed, a Mai Tei might work (depending on the style) but a ring sling is much easier. I started using my Mai Tai at 3 months. I probably could have used it earlier but I hadn't purchased it yet Smile