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Why I love babywearing....

PixieCurlPixieCurl Posts: 5,656Registered Users
I wish I could post a pic, but I won't be able to get a good one myself and I don't want to wake the baby. But here I am, typing on the computer, while my little one is snuggled up against my chest sound asleep, looking like an angel. I have him in a homemade wrap right now which I made super-cheap with some clearance fabric at WalMart.
Faith, 3Aish redhead
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  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    Amen! I'm wearing JJ now too!
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  • curly_keltiecurly_keltie Posts: 791Registered Users
    I loved babywearing DS. Instead of always lugging the stroller down the apartment stairs - I had just pop him in the sling and go for a walk around the neighbourhood. It worked really well taking the bus to swimming lessons and back. Until I got a vehicle this past October - I used it to wear him on the bus to daycare in the mornings.

    When DS was little, he would ALWAYS fall asleep in the sling - even when he was 8 months old and going to and from swimming lessons.

    I still haven't tried it now that he's a bit older.
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  • KaiaKaia Posts: 8,815Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Dylan has been really fussy lately (he's on medication), and he's fast asleep in our babyhawk right now. And I just love going on walks with him snuggled up so close against my chest! :love7:
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  • internetchickinternetchick Posts: 6,191Registered Users
    That's sweet Pixie :) I still carry Paloma(almost 6) and Ethan(4) sometimes, though not in slings. :lol: I'll be sad when they are too heavy. Paloma is only 32 lbs, so I think I can still hold her for quite some time. :)
  • jcejce Posts: 507Registered Users
    That sounds so sweet!

    And can I ask how you made the wrap? I'd love to try something inexpensive first before buying a wrap.
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  • Jenny CJenny C Posts: 1,195Registered Users
    Wearing Sophia is the only way I can shop with both kids. I put Lucy in the cart and Sophia in the sling and we're good to go.
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  • mad scientistmad scientist Posts: 3,530Registered Users
    I finally nursed while baby was in a pouch yesterday!! Woohoo!! I can't believe how discrete it all was (I was at the park). I would have spared a lot of poor onlookers a peepshow if I had learned how to do this with my last baby.


    Question for the babywearers: when you are out and baby is being worn, do you also carry a diaper bag? What do you do with your shopping bags if you are shopping? This is something I never figured out with DS. I would often take the stroller more so that I would have somewhere to put our stuff more so than to put him.
  • curly_keltiecurly_keltie Posts: 791Registered Users
    I finally nursed while baby was in a pouch yesterday!! Woohoo!! I can't believe how discrete it all was (I was at the park). I would have spared a lot of poor onlookers a peepshow if I had learned how to do this with my last baby.


    Question for the babywearers: when you are out and baby is being worn, do you also carry a diaper bag? What do you do with your shopping bags if you are shopping? This is something I never figured out with DS. I would often take the stroller more so that I would have somewhere to put our stuff more so than to put him.

    It depended what I was doing - with taking DS to swimming lessons, we obviously had a bag with our swimming gear, swim diapers, etc etc. It really wasn't very inconvenient.

    If I took him for a quick trip to Planet Organic or to the local shops, I would just put a diaper and a travel pack of wipes in my purse...just in case!
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  • marielle448marielle448 Posts: 1,823Registered Users
    Isn't it awesome? I remember wearing Ian around age 2 on my back in a mei tai with my huge pregnant belly out front. With Ryan as a baby (who now prefers to walk but will still ride in the sling sometimes) it was so easy to have him in the sling, diaper bag on one shoulder and the older toddler holding my hand. We even did a mom & toddler soccer class where Ryan was in the sling the whole time at each class while I ran and kicked balls with Ian.

    Our stroller's still gathering dust in the garage as it barely saw any use with Ian and even less with Ryan. Now I think I'll use it even less if not at all. It's just easier to chase after the older ones without having to keep track of a stroller. Plus, like you've seen Pixie that the sling is a wonderful thing to use at home too. Lots of touch with mama while baby nurses or sleeps.
  • iris427iris427 Posts: 6,002Registered Users
    Pixie, how did you make the wrap? Did you use a pattern? I would like to try making a few wraps.
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  • velvet pawsvelvet paws Posts: 1,250Registered Users
    I've got Lucas snuggled up in a hotsling - I'm so happy that I'm able to do the front carry with him right now. He HATED the cradle carry, but he loves being held this way. I love that I can look down and kiss his little head too. :love4:
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  • CurlieGlamourGirlieCurlieGlamourGirlie Posts: 1,198Registered Users
    I ordered one off of EBay - a mei tai. I CAN'T WAIT to get it!!
  • internetchickinternetchick Posts: 6,191Registered Users
    iris427 wrote: »
    Pixie, how did you make the wrap? Did you use a pattern? I would like to try making a few wraps.

    I am not Pixie, but I did make adjustable wraps and tube slings. For the adjustable wrap I used the pattern from the Maya Wrap website to make a sling.
  • susancnwsusancnw Posts: 1,371Registered Users Curl Novice
    I loved mine. The first one I had with DS#2 was tough to get in and out of alone, so I hardly used it. When DD#1 came along, I had picked one up somewhere, but felt the fabric wasn't feminine enough so I made one and triple sewed every seam...there is no way that it was going to give way. I seem to recall that it was a black background with floral...and since her name is Victoria..it was perfect.

    Used one with #2DD alos and again, loved it.
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  • KaiaKaia Posts: 8,815Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    iris427 wrote: »
    Pixie, how did you make the wrap? Did you use a pattern? I would like to try making a few wraps.

    I am not Pixie, but I did make adjustable wraps and tube slings. For the adjustable wrap I used the pattern from the Maya Wrap website to make a sling.

    Wait, by adjustable wrap you mean a ring sling, right?

    Iris - To make a wrap, all you need is a long piece of fabric and hem the ends. You can taper the ends to make them easier to tie. To be able to do a wrap cross carry, you probably need it to be at least 4.5 meters (although you may need less since you are petite). A shorter wrap is easier to manage, but the length gives you more tying options.
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  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Posts: 5,656Registered Users
    For those who asked how I made my wrap... I just went to WalMart and bought some stretchy cotton fabric that was on sale for $1/yd. I was going to buy 4-5 yards (as recommended to me on thebabywearer.com) but they only had 3.5 yards left of the fabric. 3.5 yards is enough for me to do a short front cross carry but not enough for a regular front cross carry. It's also long enough for kangaroo (which I don't love) and rucksack (which I'm too scared to try). I didn't sew or hem or serge anything, just cut the fabric in half lengthwise (it was too wide at first) so now I have two wraps.

    Stretchy fabric is good for beginners and appropriate for smaller babies (<20 lb).
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    Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy :love5:
  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Posts: 5,656Registered Users
    I've got Lucas snuggled up in a hotsling - I'm so happy that I'm able to do the front carry with him right now. He HATED the cradle carry, but he loves being held this way. I love that I can look down and kiss his little head too. :love4:

    Solomon was the same way! He still loves the front carry but is getting a little big.

    mad scientist - I always just keep my diaper bag on my shoulder like a purse. Or if I'm somewhere with a cart, I put it in the cart.
    Faith, 3Aish redhead
    Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy :love5:
  • wavezncurlzwavezncurlz Posts: 1,814Registered Users
    I love it too. It is the only way I can chase my older 2 year old around the house. L0L

    Those of you with older kids, I found a child sized hotsling for Kennedy. She wears it with her doll around the house./home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fstore.attachedtobaby.com%2Fproducts%2FHotslings-Kids-Pouch-Prints.aspx" class="Popup

    It is the cutest thing. I will post a picture soon.
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  • nynaeve77nynaeve77 Posts: 7,135Registered Users Curl Novice
    My little one is too big for that now...:( Usually, I can't get her to sit still for me anymore, but she just now dozed off in my arms. That hardly ever happens! I just put her in her crib and she was talking and laughing in her sleep about her doll, Princess Seasalt (yep, she came up with that name on her own...she can't say somersault!).
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  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    My Hotsling (size 4) is fitting kind of tight. My daughter is getting bigger and with her winter coat, I feel like I'm crushing her little feet. I front-carry her. Anyone have any tips? Should I switch her to hip-carry? She's almost 7 months.
  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Posts: 5,656Registered Users
    I've been doing the hip carry with Sol since he was 3 months and it works well. What I like even better is a tummy to tummy hold - put her in just like the hip carry but rotate around a little so she's right against your chest. Oh, and when I do the hip or T2T I have to do the "shoulder flip" with my Hotsling so it doesn't feel too loose.
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  • akilamoniqueakilamonique Posts: 302Registered Users
    I'm so excited to see a babywearing post on this site!!! I miss the days of wearing my little one(he's 20 months now & thinks he's a big boy). He refuses to be worn now, but i've already got my next carrier picked out for the next one!!!!
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  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    I keep hearing about hotslings... is there anything different about them versus other pocket slings?
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  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    I have to laugh because my daughter keeps trying to stand inside the sling. Anyone else's baby try to do this?
  • marielle448marielle448 Posts: 1,823Registered Users
    LOL medussa - does that mean you sling her with her feet tucked in? If so that may be why it's tight now, she's old enough that she can have her legs out in both the tummy to tummy and hip carries. Just make sure to put her bottom deep in the curve of the pouch seam so that her knees are bent and higher than her bottom (it's more secure and prevents the pouch from cutting into the back of their knees).

    Amneris, nope a hotsling is just a brand name pouch. She does have cute fabrics and favors cotton lycra which is a good thing to have in a pouch but in the end it's just a tube of fabric with a curved seam on one end that's sewn with a pretty sturdy french seam. If you want to check out ways of making something similar visiting Rev. Jan's site is a good way to go (she has intructions for making various carriers on her site) :

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    There's also the UpMama sling which is a hybrid ring sling with a pouch seam in the middle. I still tend to prefer a ring sling. I couldn't get the hang of it with Ian so I favored my hotsling but with Ryan I was finally able to master it. That's all I've used with him. I like to carry my kids high and tight to avoid the back and shoulder strain and a ring sling lets me get a snug fit.
  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    LOL medussa - does that mean you sling her with her feet tucked in? If so that may be why it's tight now, she's old enough that she can have her legs out in both the tummy to tummy and hip carries. Just make sure to put her bottom deep in the curve of the pouch seam so that her knees are bent and higher than her bottom (it's more secure and prevents the pouch from cutting into the back of their knees).

    Yes, I do. I'll do a little experimenting and will report back.

    Thanks!
  • marielle448marielle448 Posts: 1,823Registered Users
  • KaiaKaia Posts: 8,815Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Dylan tries to stretch his legs sometimes, and he's too little to have his legs out. Sometimes he gets frustrated and I have to take him out of the carrier for a while. I can take his legs out in a wrap, but for some reason he's decided lately that he doesn't like the Moby anymore. I think we're just a mei tai family, so he'll need to have his legs froggied until he'a a little older.
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  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    medussa wrote: »
    I have to laugh because my daughter keeps trying to stand inside the sling. Anyone else's baby try to do this?

    JJ did before I started carrying him with his legs out of the sling - I think the way that Marielle described it. It was so funny!
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  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    LOL medussa - does that mean you sling her with her feet tucked in? If so that may be why it's tight now, she's old enough that she can have her legs out in both the tummy to tummy and hip carries. Just make sure to put her bottom deep in the curve of the pouch seam so that her knees are bent and higher than her bottom (it's more secure and prevents the pouch from cutting into the back of their knees).

    Amneris, nope a hotsling is just a brand name pouch. She does have cute fabrics and favors cotton lycra which is a good thing to have in a pouch but in the end it's just a tube of fabric with a curved seam on one end that's sewn with a pretty sturdy french seam. If you want to check out ways of making something similar visiting Rev. Jan's site is a good way to go (she has intructions for making various carriers on her site) :

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sleepingbaby.net%2Fjan%2FBaby%2F" class="Popup

    There's also the UpMama sling which is a hybrid ring sling with a pouch seam in the middle. I still tend to prefer a ring sling. I couldn't get the hang of it with Ian so I favored my hotsling but with Ryan I was finally able to master it. That's all I've used with him. I like to carry my kids high and tight to avoid the back and shoulder strain and a ring sling lets me get a snug fit.

    That's what I was thinking. I have a couple of other pouch slings by a different company that were gifts, and I was thinking of making one. I was just wondering, because I hear a LOT of people talking about hotslings, and when I checked their site, I couldn't believe the prices! Same thing with some of the wraps out there. Yes, I think I will be making my own from here on in.

    I much prefer ring slings too - and I think they look so much prettier when matched with an outfit. I have a GORGEOUS shantung silk one.
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