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