I have used a ring sling with our other three kids, but I am going to be busier this time around. The ring sling didn't work really well until the babes were about 6 months old and now I will have a toddler, 2 home schoolers (10 yrs & 12 yrs) and DH in school full time. I need to be able to wear Baby A right away. I've heard good things about Moby Wraps. Have you worn a newborn before? What did you use? Even if you haven't, what do you think will work?? Have you bought or made anything, yet? Pics?
08-09-2011, 02:08 PM
I LOVED my Moby when my DD was itty bitty. It was super comfy for her and for me, and I liked that it was easy to throw in the wash if she spit up or had a diaper leak while in it. However, my only complaint is that it's not the greatest if you're in a really hot climate. Now with this baby, she'll be born in Sept, so it shouldn't be too bad (might be warm the first month, but not much after that). However, DD was born in July so it was hot! Haha! I'm toyed at getting a Wrapsody Bali Breeze, but I don't think it will be warm for long enough to justify spending the $. I think (at least for my :2cents:) that a Moby is a good investment if you want to try something different. As far as carriers go, they are relatively inexpensive.
I will also say, I have an Ergo and a Mei Tai. The Mei Tai wasn't good for mine until they were older (much like the RS). If you get the infant insert, an Ergo can be good for a newbie, but my DD hated it. Of course, that may have just been HER personal preference! She did end up loving the Ergo later when she was bigger, and we used it a lot then. I've bought all of my carriers used here on FSOT except my Moby. I bought that one new.
08-09-2011, 02:09 PM
I put my newborns in pocket slings, I like the hotsling but they don't make them anymore. I've also used the Seven sling, which is similar concept as the hotsling. I haven't used a Moby but hear great things about them- I just don't like all the extra fabric
08-09-2011, 02:16 PM
There is another stretchy wrap similar to moby (less thick fabric) called the MamaKangarou. I love mine, because in this hot TX climate - my Moby was tooooooooo thick!
Mod Mum also makes a nice pocket sling..
08-09-2011, 02:16 PM
Moby Wrap is great for infants!!!! I used a Moby for my now 2y/o because I had one that is 13 months older, so I really needed to be hands free a times. Once you learn the basic wrap its pretty easy to use. You can wrap baby nice and snug without them slipping & you can distribute the weight across both shoulders and back. Works great for nursing baby!!! I really like the fact that I could wrap baby up nice & high and be able to see her face while pulling part of it over the side of her head to hold her head in place. There is a lot of fabric & can get hot during the blazing summer sun...but was fine when I lived in MI or for around the house. For older babies I love my Ergo...very fast and easy to use!
I have gone through a TON of carriers
I HATE ring slings/hot slings because all the weight is put onto one shoulder... I felt baby was so far down & slipped down lower after awhile
I had a BH mei tai, was ok, but still a lot of straps to tie & liked the ergo better
had a baby K'tan...was ok, but none of my babies like it for some reason & you cant get a nice tight wrap like Moby
had you basic ones that can be bought at BRU...but my babies hated those "crotch danglers"
I've heard people using a cotton gauze to make a Moby, which would be a bit cooler! I just LOVED the snug fit of my Moby & baby being right up next to my neck...not half way down my shoulder or having to continuously have to adjust!
08-09-2011, 02:51 PM
I'm going with a Moby Wrap and a Ring Sling to start with this one. I might try others once I'm used to these two. I only had a BabyBjorn with DS which his godfather used more than I ever did. I've heard good things about some of the lighter, woven wraps as compared to the Moby, but wovens have a higher learning curve than the stretchies (and I found the Moby at the right price at local consignment). A great resource is Babywearer.com. They have a lot of information on their forums, etc. and a FSOT.
08-09-2011, 02:59 PM
I have a Moby wrap ready to go I got this off freecycle I was super pumped! I also bought a Becobutterfly 1 with the built in infant insert off the fsot here. Im hoping I get to use the Beco right away my babys come out 8lb+ so Ive read alot of great reviews on the Beco for infants.
08-09-2011, 03:06 PM
I used a Moby wrap almost every day when my youngest was born. It worked well from about birth-6 months. At 6 months my baby seemed too big for it and it wasn't as convenient anymore. I have seen people use it longer, but I never tried the wraps on the back.
I made my Mobys and it was super easy. I also used a lighter weight fabric and it wasn't as hot. I used it all throughout the summer and it gets hot here! They are really easy to make because you are basically cutting a piece of fabric the right length. I used jersey-knit (t-shirt material) to make mine and that way the edges just roll. You don't have to finish any edges or anything. Here's a tutorial on making one...
There's tons of youtube videos for wrapping baby in them.
08-09-2011, 03:15 PM
I love the wrap! I have a Moby but both my babies were summer babies and it was so HOT! When my second was about 9 months old the mom that made my mama cloth introduced me to a gauze wrap. Which is by far my favorite babywearing item of all time. It is super breathable. Last year I wore my 15 month old around the zoo in it in June and couldn't believe how breathable it was. I also like that it isn't stretchy like the Moby is. I found that when I wore the Moby for long periods of time or the first few times after I washed it, it would stretch and I would have to take it all off and readjust it.
Shortly after getting one for myself, I decided to add them to my product line and now they sell better than any of my other babywearing items, plus they are super affordable. Feel free to PM me if you are interested in one!
08-09-2011, 03:49 PM
I love wearing my babies! I have several carriers: woven wraps, mei tais, and a beco butterfly. With dd2 I started wearing her in my back in the BB at around three months and it was great! I love the wraps for when they are little on the front and when they get bigger on the back. The Moby or other stretchy wrap is great when they are little because you can pretie it and just pop baby in. That is a little harder to do with a woven, there is more adjusting. Dh also liked the BB, but not really any of the other carriers. I was just thrilled that he would wear her!
08-09-2011, 04:11 PM
I did not baby wear my son! I wish I did. This time around I bought a didymos wrap.
I am so excited to use it. I believe it is called didymos eva:
I had a Sleepy Wrap when DS was a noob and I couldn't wear it for very long without my back hurting :( I think wraps are great for the tiny babies but I just have a bad back!
I love my Ergo and my Beco, I'm just going to use those with the infant insert or a blanket.
08-09-2011, 06:12 PM
Wore DD in moby from the start, we went to angelpack shortly after.
I plan on using the Moby and woven wraps this time, and also the beco, from the start
08-09-2011, 06:45 PM
i wore my dd in the moby and a pouch sling (hotsling) when she was newborn up until it wasn't comfy anymore due to this pregnancy...
i loved putting her in the pouch when she was newborn, but i think this time i'll be using the moby mostly i think because i have to care for her sister who will be 13 months by then....
08-10-2011, 07:18 AM
I used a home made moby wrap with my newborns and it worked great. I think I took Annabelle to the grocery store in one at 3 or 4 days old :)
08-10-2011, 09:08 AM
I wasn't brave enough for the Moby, so I bought a Baby K'Tan. It's kind of a hybrid Moby. I loved that it was easy to use. The only negative is that it's made from a jersey fabric and stretches out. I ended up washing it a lot. I had a Hotsling for my first DD, but I did not like it one bit. It did not distribute her weight evenly and my one shoulder would always hurt after wearing her.
08-10-2011, 10:50 AM
I used my Hotsling a lot for my DS, but as soon as he got a little bigger it really started hurting my shoulder and neck. I had a Moby wrap, but never really used it much with my DS. I am hoping to use it more with the new baby. I have been eying up Becos as well. I think a Beco would make a nice Christmas present for the baby, don't you all think?:giggle:
08-10-2011, 03:52 PM
I bought a ring sling and ERGO w/infant insert. I'm just not brave enough for a moby.
08-11-2011, 08:15 AM
I love the moby for NB's, I have a ring sling that i like and will use for a nb, but like it more when they're older... and then i have a mei tai and boba for when they're even older or we go hiking or something.