Well I am a procrastinator and I haven't ordered a sling,wrap, or any other type of carrier yet! Well my baby came yesterday and he is alot bigger then we expected! He is a whopping 11 lbs. I had orginally planned on buying a moby wrap but now I don't think it is a very good idea with his size. What would work good for a big newborn and would last a while. I had a hotsling with my DS and loved it but there are so many more options now.
I would go for a ring sling (that would be my recommendation for any newborn, but especially a big one!) Mine was comfortable until DD was 6 months old, around 20 lbs, and I can still use it even now in a hip carry.
Congratulations, by the way!
If you liked the hotsling, you might like the ring sling. Similar concept, only you can adjust the ring sling to fit you and baby perfectly. You can also get good and proper positioning with it easier (tummy to tummy with chin off the chest).
If you really like the concept of the Moby, consider a woven wrap or a hybrid wrap (like the Wrapsody Bali Breeze). They work similarly to the moby, only they're cooler (wrapsody being super cool for summer) and much more supportive for much longer than the Moby could ever hope to be.
Congrats on your chubbers!
My DD didn't pop out at 11 lbs but she was 11 lbs by 4 weeks .. 20 lbs my 3 months. They don't really come bigger than that. I was able to comfortably use my ring sling until about 16 lbs I think. My ring sling has small rings though and if they'd been larger I'd probably be able to use it much longer. After that I switched to using a Mai Tai and a Moby and eventually an Ergo. The Moby will still work just fine for a chunky newborn. They're usually comfy up to about 20 lbs. The Moby and the ringsling are both great newborn carriers but I usually recommend the ring sling for its ease of use and BFing capabilities.
Thank you gals for the comments! I was actually considering a ring sling and making a home made woven wrap. I think that with as big as he already is that a moby maybe a bit stretchy.
Anyone want to recommend a great ring sling that doesn't cost an arm and leg?
Congrats on your new arrival! I don't know... I have to say, given how big he is already... I feel like I would be leaning more toward a mei tai or a structured carrier, like an Ergo. I liked my ring sling when Beni was tiny, but, we moved on to the mei tais and Ergo pretty quickly, and never looked back. I only started using the ring sling again when she was a toddler for a hip carry.
That said, I just bought a very nice ring sling from secondwombslings.com for $50 (with a pocket, $45 without). I also have a Maya, but those of course are more expensive.
Mara & Joel, 2009
Congrats! My baby is 11 lbs right now and my RS is still my favorite and probably will be for awhile since its so easy to use and throw in a diaper bag or purse. Its a linen one from Sleeping Baby Productions with nothing fancy so it was $50. Her twill are just $35 though and supposed to be good for warm weather. If you plan on using the RS until he is a toddler I would invest a little more to make sure it is supportive (something like a double linen). Also, I just ordered something from SBP and got in within a week so you wouldn't have to wait long for your RS!
I like my Mei Tai now but I didn't feel comfortable putting DD in it until she was almost 6 weeks and even then I had to be very careful with positioning to keep her head supported.