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wraps/ baby wearing

For those that will be wearing baby-- what are you using? I would LOVE an ergo but I don't have the money for it right now and with Christmas for 4 kiddos coming up-- not gonna have it, lol. My friend suggested just getting some fabric from the fabric store to use as a wrap but what fabric? How much? How do I wrap baby in it? I will definately need something with fall festivities coming up-- my other children will be in their wagon but I plan on wearing him. Smile

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I just bought moby wrap. I liked it and thought I would give it a try. I was told that the nurses at the hospital I'm delivering at would show me how to use it.

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You need 5 or 6 yards depending on your size. You can then cut it horizontally and have two (you can't just get 3 yards and then sew the halves together because a seam would create a weak point.

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I have an ergo, love it, have used it several times already, he just falls right to sleep in it.
Theres lots of tutorials online on how to make slings and wraps, I'm sure you can find some easy instructions. Or check out craigslist for something used.

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"KerriWeasel" wrote:

I just bought moby wrap. I liked it and thought I would give it a try. I was told that the nurses at the hospital I'm delivering at would show me how to use it.

If the nurses know how to use them and can show you that's awesome! If I had brought mine to the hospital where I had DD1 they would have looked at me like I was crazy. There are lots of tutorials about how to wrap them online and practicing several times it's easy. I love my Moby wrap!

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I also love my Moby. It's a regular knit fabric, so it's a little stretchy. 5 yards should be plenty, but I bet the Moby site says how long they are.

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I got this one and with coupon code "onefree" it is free and you only pay shipping. When I ordered mine it came within 2 weeks.

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I have an Ergo, which is awesome, but not until the baby is big enough to be in it without the infant insert, to be honest.

I LOVE my Moby - or Phoby as I called it. I just made it myself. I bought 5.5 yards of jersey material at Joann's (Jersey doesn't fray, so even if you have zero sewing skills, it's fine because you don't have to hem it or anything.) You want the fabric to be 20 inches wide. So I had fabric that was 60 inches, cut it into three strips, and had three Moby's, which was awesome, and costs like $15. But then there was always one inside, in the stroller, and in the car. Wink Super, super easy. And if you go to moby.com they show you all the ways to wrap them.

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I was just Thinking about this , this morning , I need something, dont know what to get
i was going to check etsy.com
ok so i see some for $25

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Baby wearing is a complete must for me so I've tried a variety of carriers. I had a sling that I used a lot with DS, but it worried me because it seemed to cut their airway off in certain positions. I have a BabyHawk Mei Tai which is awesome, but very pricey and can be somewhat cumbersome, especially when you've got a newborn. You can make them yourself though. We have a cheap Infantino frontpack/backpack that was quite useful and actually quite comfortable. DH used it a LOT. He actually hiked several miles carrying DS when he was about 4 months old and about 16 lbs. It was great for $15.
I splurged and got a Moby this time around and an Ergo too. I am hoping they are both as good as the reviews say they are. I am thinking we may end up using the Ergo for DD (she's only 22 lbs) and the Moby for Camdyn when we go places as a family. And for me to start walking again, I would rather carry her and let the older two ride in the jogging stroller rather than buy a triple jogging stroller.
Have you looked at your local consignment shops for an Ergo? There are a few around here that have them for around 1/2 the new price.

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Costco has Ergos for $79, which is a super good discount on them. I don't know if they are in all of them, but I have been hearing all around that people have been seeing them. So if you have one near you it might be worthwhile to call and ask or go in to see. I just ordered mine on Baby Steals when they had them up a few weeks ago and I've heard they go up on there every 3-4 months so they may be up again in like Oct/Nov. You can also check out their classifieds at kidcrawl.com, lots of times people sell them on there. I paid $77 with tax and shipping on Baby Steals, so about the same as Costco. Anyway, just wanted to throw that out there in case you could squeeze ~$80 into your budget for one instead of $115+. Smile

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I'm a Moby mommy lol.
I had to go buy a new one as I've lost my one from DS1. I havent worn it yet, but will be going out today with it.
Theres lots of youtube videos on tying them that are great.

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First time mom - so don't laugh - actually go ahead.

I got my Moby in yesterday. DH and I practiced with it. WE tried following the book, but went to the website and followed the videos. We used a Cabbage Patch Doll to practice with, hahaha. But it worked.

I am still going to take it to the hospital with me and see if the nurses will show me how to use it. I really like it. Very comfortable.

DH said he gives me wearing it three times because I was having a couple of issues with it. I told him try getting it around a huge pregnant belly and see how he feels. Wink

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I wish I would have found this website before I ordered my Moby: Wear Your Baby

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I had a knock-off Moby with my first & she hated it (but it had like zero stretch so it was probably uncomfortable). I just caved in and got a real one for DS, but it hasn't come yet so I'll have to let you know how it goes. There are plenty of links online for how to "make" and use wraps like a Moby.

I also have a carrier like a BabyHawk that I made but DS doesn't like it yet (he doesn't like his legs up against his body or spread out as you need to use a carrier like that). I used it with my DD plenty though & it was awesome, so I'm just waiting for him to get a bit bigger. Also have a sling from Seven Slings that I hate (just uncomfy IMO, maybe for a different carry when he's older?). Plus I have the Infantino front-2-back carrier that my DH & I both used to hike with my DD; it's pretty similar to the Baby Bjorn & works fine. AND I have another Infantino front-only carrier (they sent it to me when my sling got recalled *tear* which I LOVED, but safety first); haven't used it yet but my friend did with her 2 month old a few times & liked it. Wow, I'm just realizing I have a carrier addiction Wink

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We got Moby. Haven't used it yet but I'm excited about it!!

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"countrygirl83" wrote:

I wish I would have found this website before I ordered my Moby: Wear Your Baby

Nice site I'm going to have to try it

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Anyone have any thoughts on the Baby Bjorn? My SIL is sending one and I know nothing about them and do not know anyone who has had one.

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I have a Baby B'jorn and love it. I have tried several other cheaper carriers, such as Infantino and others, and hated them. Baby B'jorn is very comfortable and durable, I am on my 2nd baby with it and use it a TON.

I am dying for an Ergo, though, since it is also a back carrier...I hope they get them at my Costco!

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"jessica2575" wrote:

Anyone have any thoughts on the Baby Bjorn? My SIL is sending one and I know nothing about them and do not know anyone who has had one.

I would never in a million and ten years use a Bjorn or similiar type of carrier. They are so, so, so, so, so bad for babies hips. Those types of carriers have been attributed to MANY hip issues and displacements in infants/babies. They are litterally dangling in the carrier by their hips. Not to mention that they are super bad for your back as all the weight is directly on your back, instead of your hips where it should be. But that's just my two cents.

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"kilahmaree" wrote:

I would never in a million and ten years use a Bjorn or similiar type of carrier. They are so, so, so, so, so bad for babies hips. Those types of carriers have been attributed to MANY hip issues and displacements in infants/babies. They are litterally dangling in the carrier by their hips. Not to mention that they are super bad for your back as all the weight is directly on your back, instead of your hips where it should be. But that's just my two cents.

Is this true of the Ergo also or just the Bjorn? I have not run across this info but surely would like to be careful with babies hips.

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It's not true for the ergo just the bjorn type carriers. The Ergo has a little 'seat' that supports the baby's butt and upper thighs. The issue with the bjorn is that it only supports the crotch area so their legs are freely dangling. I did use a bjorn with DD1 for about a month and after that it hurt my back too much and she was only about 10 pounds at the time. Switched to a Moby at that point and loved it! I'm personally not a fan of the Ergo - bought one and it just didn't seem to fit me right. I'm considering a Becco for when this baby gets a little older.

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"nmc" wrote:

It's not true for the ergo just the bjorn type carriers. The Ergo has a little 'seat' that supports the baby's butt and upper thighs. The issue with the bjorn is that it only supports the crotch area so their legs are freely dangling. I did use a bjorn with DD1 for about a month and after that it hurt my back too much and she was only about 10 pounds at the time. Switched to a Moby at that point and loved it! I'm personally not a fan of the Ergo - bought one and it just didn't seem to fit me right. I'm considering a Becco for when this baby gets a little older.

This.

I've heard that the Ergo fits people with wider shoulders, and the Beco is a better choice is your petite and have narrow shoulder. We've done great with the Ergo, and I've never tried the Beco, so not 100% on that. There are many other "seat" type carriers that are good for baby too, I've just never tried them. The Baby Hawk and Mei Tei I've heard good things about as wel.