What do you prefer for a newborn?

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What do you prefer for a newborn?

This is my first time posting in this forum - so a brief introduction. I'm Karen, Mum to one DS 2 yrs. and a baby girl who is 4 weeks old.

It seems that baby girl (4 weeks old) 'needs' to be held/carried a LOT. If she's awake, then it's carry her, as vertically as possible, or listen to her scream. (and WOW has she got some lungs!)

So I've been wearing her in the Moby a lot, which is comfortable, and she seems to like it, problem is, it's SO freakin' hot for both of us! (our apartment is way overheated, but that's a whole other issue )

So I want to get something else to carry her in . but what?

I thought maybe a ring sling? It seems like it would be cooler and definitely quicker to put on than the moby or a light weight woven (and I'm totally intimidated by woven wraps lol)

Is a RS a good option for a newborn?

What about a Mei tai style?

What do you prefer for newbies?

thanks!

k

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Ring slings, mei tais, and woven wraps are all good choices! Mei tais work better starting at about 2 months plus, but can be used with newborns. Woven wraps can be used just like the Moby, only you have the option of lots more carries (including back carries) and you can buy one that's shorter if the Moby is long for you (for some people the long moby is a good length but for others it's WAAAAAY too long). Woven wraps are definitely cooler, though there are gauze wraps that are super cool. Ring slings are fantastic for newborns and can be very cool depending on the fabric. I suggest you try whichever one appeals to you most. A carrier that you WANT to use is a carrier that you're more likely to use on a regular basis. Smile

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I agree with everything Jackie said. For us, the ring sling was a lifesaver! I personally think it's the perfect carrier for NBs Smile After about 20 pounds, the one-shoulder carry gets rough, but then they're plenty big enough to switch to something less supportive.

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I think an Ergo is good, even for a newborn. You can use the infant insert, but I never did. I just bunched up their legs and kind of used it like a pouch.

Another one I like is a pocket sling. The one I had is the Kangaroo Carrier. I like it because it is adjustable. There are other brands but I can't think of them right now. The Kangaroo ones come in different fabrics, from fleece to mesh, so they are good for warm or cold temperatures.

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hi karen! i loved my moby but it was DIY medium gauze so it wasn't so bad (same heat issue, appt was at 30c always!) my best suggestion would be to find a local baby shop that carries a variety and see if they have 'demo's' i found a shop here that will let you walk around the store and try them out, they even have a doll to try so you aren't fighting with baby for the first try!
good luck, welcome and these ladies ROCK with their knowledge and experience!

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My DD is the same way. I have a linen RS, Mei Tai, and a Girasol woven wrap. If I had to have just one it would be a RS because it's so easy to get her in and out of plus you can shove it in a small diaper bag or purse. I love all 3 though. The woven and MT are nice for longer carries. I had DD in my RS upright at about 4 weeks and in the MT at 6 weeks. I didn't get my woven until last month. Also, my woven is not light weight but it is lots cooler than my Sleepy Wrap. That thing was too hot for me from day one. I've only done a couple carries with my woven but if you can handle the Moby you will be able to do a Front Wrap Cross Carry with no problem at all so don't be intimidated by the idea of a wrapping if it interests you.

That probably didn't help narrow down a choice for you because I love all 3 but hopefully the extra info will help!

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I would suggest a wrapsody Bali stretch or breeze, or of you can spend a bit more money, a Vatanai woven wrap. Head over the thebabywearer.com too! Lots of info there. Smile

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thanks for all the advice! sounds like a RS is a popular option! now it's just a matter of finding one! There's only one shop i know of close by that sell them - i think they carry the Hoppediz slings and wraps. Like with all things in Switzerland there are never very many options! another store that's farther away but that does online orders carries Dolcino and Storchenwiege (sp?) slings...

anyone have any experience with any of these?

thanks!

k

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Those are all great woven wrap brands! If you can find a wrap conversion ring sling (so a ring sling made from a piece of a woven wrap) then jump on it! They're super supportive. I can still carry my toddler DS in my wrap conversion ring sling for an hour or so when needed. And I bet that shop will even be able to give you some one on one help with using it. Most of us in the states have to order those brands online and rarely get to see a store that sells them in person. Biggrin

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so... I got my Hoppediz sling today! First attempt at putting it on was awkward and uncomfortable - but the second time I tried it was a bit better... have only worn it for a few minutes at a time so far... we'll see how it goes when it's time to prepare dinner - usually the time when baby girl is at her fussiest and NEEDS to be held!

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Awesome! Definitely a learning curve at first, but once you "get" it it should be great! If you haven't check out our all about ring slings thread. Smile

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blah... not feeling the RS love over here... I just can't seem to get it comfortable for me or for her... OFten when I try to froggy her legs, she sticks them out straight and I can't for the life of me get her to bend them... I've tried with her legs out, but it just doesn't feel secure! And I can't seem to get it really tight enough I think? She seems to slip down so that I can no longer 'kiss her head'...

hmm.... I've checked out several videos etc. on youtube about using a RS, but I just can't seem to adjust it right...

blah..

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She may be like mine and prefer the cradle hold position...I couldn't do the tummy-to-tummy either, but a secure cradle hold CAN be done properly. You can't kiss her head, but as long as her face is not covered by fabric and her chin is not touching her chest, she's safe. I carried with her head toward my left arm and her feet facing the rings...she was always happy as a clam like that. Maybe give it a try and see if you (and she) like it better? (see pics in the "all about ring slings" thread)

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Is the wrap thick in the rings? If so rest assured that it's common, especially with new wraps. Run the wraps in and out of the rings a lot. That should help soften it up and help you adjust it easier in the future. And as silly as it sounds sitting on the wrap helps a ton too. New wraps can be a bit stiff and they need some love to make them where they're soft and mold well.

Your comment about being afraid of him slipping out makes me think that he's not actually sitting in a pocket. Before placing baby in the sling, you'll want the bottom rail tighter than the middle of the sling, which creates a pocket. Make the pocket deeper than you think it needs to be, you can also fix it later. It's a lot harder to make a pocket deeper once baby is in the sling. Baby's butt should sit in the pocket. The bottom rail should keep his knees up and be between you and him. Then tighten strand by strand - so just pulling on one small piece of fabric (like an inch!) at a time. Tighten just what needs to be tightened. If you pull on the whole tail, you'll over tighten areas leading to a more uncomfortable carry for you and her.
You'll want the bottom of your pocket to be above your belly button. With little babies, you want it to be higher, often just below your boobs even!

If you could post a picture sometime that might help me more! Smile

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wow... quick replies! thanks!

I'll try a cradle hold with her... but in general she seems to prefer being upright when we hold her - might be different in the sling though..

And I think the fact that it is new, and quite thick and stiff might be part of the problem as well... so I'll spend some time running it through the rings and see if that helps a bit.

I guess I'll stick with it and hope it gets better...

thanks again!

k

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Keep practicing! New wrap conversions ring slings definitely have a higher learning curve over other ring slings because you are dealing with more fabric that is typically much stiffer until it's broken in. You also have to pay much more attention to tighten strand by strand and not just yanking on the tail. Do you think the shop you bought it from could give you some pointers? Worth asking them! Can't beat getting help in person!

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sorry you are having trouble with the 'curve' but def worth keeping at it if you can! don't forget to ask local baby shops, children's centres and whatever you have there for 'parent support centre' if there are any bw'ing groups around you they often will have ppl that are old pro's and can lend a hand face to face! when in doubt, post pics here, these ladies can spot a half inch error a mile away! lol!!! good luck!