Discussion in 'The Fire Hydrant' started by jenv101, Oct 23, 2012.
That kid is just DONE lol I love him!
Ok.. I'm not done blowing up this thread with funny childrens lol
I went to a baby wearing info session last week and the biggest things I took away from it were that woven wraps were awesome (better than the stretchy fabric kind) and I learned how to tie one which was great. And that a soft structured carrier was useful for when you are out and about, easier to get on and off quickly, etc. So I plan on getting one of each.
I like the Becco http://www.becobabycarrier.com/cat-13/gemini because it does all three carrying styles.
The ring sling I tried on was nice too, and would be convenient but it is a bit more limited in positions and such. So I will probably only get one of those if I have extra $ after I get the first two.
That is the position I sleep in most of the time too, with a pillow under my right knee.
Ok this is a long way of for me yet, but I've always wondered - how hard is it to get used to sleeping in a different position? I'm a stomach sleeper currently, and obviously that will have to change when I'm preggers, but I just can't see getting good sleep having to sleep on my side.
Totally going to be personal preference here For me, while I loved the idea of woven wraps they just werent practical or used much by me. Between my short arms (which made them a bit hard to use) to the up and down nature of my kids, they just werent my favorite. I LOVED stretchy wraps for newborns. Ring slings are super great for in and out and for me, best for older babies and quick errands. I loved them for running in and out of stores but not for longer wears as the one shoulder bothered me. My favorite carrier was the mei tai, I used them from birth til 3 or 4 (and could still use it if needed, I did actually carry Lilah in it last year through the hospital when her casts were still soft, she was almost 6). They are not as flexible as far as baby positions go but my children never liked being worn in a cradle position and preferred a sitting position (or tucked up for newborn) anyways so it worked great for me. (And again, with Lilah as a baby having casts or a brace it worked great for that as well). When I tandem wore them, Cian would go on my front in a mei tai or stretchy wrap and Lilah would go on my back in a mei tai. I also was able to easily breastfeed in both the wrap and mei tai.
Youtube has some great videos on different ways of using each of the carriers. They are all (with the exception of high quality woven and stretchy wraps) very easy to make yourself as well.
I dont have many pics of us wearing the babies unfortunately.
Mei tais I made
(technically a buckle tei)
I JUST started wearing when Morgan was 2 and now Savannah. I LOVED my Ergo because it is easier all around until I tried my mei tei. My mei tei for our situation is AMAZING you can get a nice one for $35 at Babies R Us which means you can also use their coupons on it. Honestly though for a newborn I would get a ringsling. Hands down the easiest to use at first because to nurse in it you just loosen the ring. You CAN breast feed in a mei tei but its not easy. The ringsling you literally lift the ring until they are boob height.
WHATEVER you do do NOT buy a crotch dangler. It is HORRIBLE on babies spine and its not as comfortable for you plus its just not worth the money when you think about the time of use vs price. I made that mistake with Morgan.
You can get used carriers at www.thebabywearer.com or www.diaperswappers.com
You can also rent carriers to test them. I paid 12 bucks I think it was and tested a ergo for 2 weeks.
As far as the Beco goes I personally found it to be a PITA. I loved it when I got it because it was my FIRST carrier but once I had Savannah it NEVER got any love because adjusting it between them was a PITA.
I will get some pics for you but want to post this first because Morgans therapist is expected any moment.
I'm mostly a side sleeper but generally alternate between that and on my stomach. I haven't had too much of a problem with it - I still sleep almost on my stomach, just more off to one side now. I'm hoping that because it's a gradual change it will be easier than just BAM no more stomach sleeping.
I LOVE all the carry pictures! I've been doing a ton of research on them but it's really nice to hear everyone's opinions on what they like/don't like. Greenmagick, where did you get the patterns for your mei tais? I'm figuring it will be WAY cheaper to make a wrap and/or a ring sling, and then once we know what works I can buy something nice(r). I'd love to add a mei tai to the list - I've had a hard time getting motivated to work on anything until like two weeks ago. And now I have so much stuff I want to do!
ETA: GM - I love the pic of your husband. Matt is totally cool with carrying which is SO awesome. One of my favorite pictures is of my dad carrying me when I was a baby.
You can make a Ring Sling for 20 bucks. I made mine for 10
I think babywearing dads are sexy but alas mine feels like a dork in one since hes so huge and they look like a preschool backpack on him LOL.
It's so personal, my babies hated the ring sling when they were infants lol and it really bothered my back.
I got my patterns from all over but the easiest to make and one of the most comfortable for me is a pattern based on the ball baby overall. The pattern can be found online and is free. Jan dandrea site, or sleeping baby productions has it and many other patterns. I would link but am on my phone.
Eta: der, link is in post above
the one I posted was Jan Andrea.
You missed my edit lol. Saw it just after I posted
I'm mostly a side sleeper anyways so I didn't really have to change much - I just added more pillows! It's ok to lay on your stomach as long as it's comfortable I think - which shouldn't be an issue for the first half of the pregnancy, so you'd have time to adjust!
We posted at the same time apparently
Tandem- Morgan is in a Ergo and Savannah is in a Infantino Sash (Mei Tei)
Morgan in a Boba
Bev in a Ergo (im 8 mths preg)
Savannah at a weekish old in a Beco Butterfly 2
Fran, I wish I knew how to share a video from Facebook (been trying, can't figure it out for the life of me), because I recorded about 30 seconds of Justin "helping" me cook dinner last night, and it was awesome. LOL
Well, *I* think it's awesome.
So what are the big differences between the Ergo and Beco? I just liked that the Beco did the hip carry in addition to the front and back, but if it's more of a pain for whatever reason, I might reconsider.
You can hip carry in the Ergo. It was just how easy it was to adjust. I can switch between the two kids in the Ergo just by lifting a plastic buckle. My Beco had extra fabric as well and you had to adjust the infant insert just so. With just one baby I'm sure it wouldn't have been a issue but I wear 2 different aged kids.
these suck but Ill share these as well
Morgan in the Ring Sling (homemade)
Savannah ring sling
Bev wearing her teddy bear in a Mei Tei
Morgan in the Ergo
I'm a stomach sleeper, and right away after getting pregnant I stopped being as comfortable on my stomach, mostly due to heart palpitations and really low blood pressure, I had to sleep propped up a bit on pillows. Now I'm sleeping mostly on my back, which I NEVER usually do. It's just suddenly more comfortable.
I can sleep on my side with pillows between my knees/behind my hips, but recently that's making my sleep paralysis worse.
By the end of pregnancy I don't think anyone's really very comfortable, but I think for most of it you just kind of adapt to other sleeping positions.
Okay, here I am at 17 weeks.
17weeks by taqroy, on Flickr
I am clearly incapable of taking pictures unsupervised. Mu says so. Also I was not arching my back - I was completely relaxed and my picture from last week does not look like that. Pregnancy is weird yo.
And just because. If you're gonna supervise, you're gonna get kisses.
17WeeksWithMu by taqroy, on Flickr
Ack you're so cute! And I love your top!