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.
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!
~Jackie, mommy to Aiden (11/2/10) and Zoe (VBAC 11/27/12)
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. Over time I've gotten more vocal about DH taking photos.
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.
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.
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.
I know you've been expecting this Jackie
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.
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.
10 Days old, Cradle Carry
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.
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.
Great pictures Becky! There's even one that I hadn't seen before (shopping at the Target center)! Really makes me wish I had a ring sling to use earlier with DS. It works out so well supporting their small bodies.
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!
Mara & Joel, 2009