Title: Looking for a baby carrier for a newborn
kikavu - July 8, 2010 08:22 PM (GMT)
Main issues are that I'm tall (5'8"), I have scoliosis, my babies are usually about 5-6 lbs, I'm due in the summer & all of my kids have had severe reflux.
I was looking at the Moby Wrap (but am afraid that I will have no patience for wrapping), Baby K'tan- but I have heard mixed reviews & different Mei Tais- although I'm not sure this is best for a newborn.
I currently own a Pikkolo, but I heard those aren't for newborns either.
I have tried the Ergo & a Hotsling. I disliked both of them. I know I sound really picky. I'm sorry.
Chavelamomela - July 8, 2010 09:12 PM (GMT)
A ring sling (with a good shoulder...skip the maya wrap sling) may be a comfortable way to go for a newborn. I love my slings. You can switch to a MT as the baby gets a bit bigger (though I've done a newborn in a MT front-carry, I love when I can switch to a back-carry with the MT).
www.sakurabloom.com has sumptuous slings (they're also crazy expensive)
www.sleepingbabyproductions.com has more "budget" slings that are quite nice (she does a nice shoulder).
I really enjoy my freehand MT.
Zephyr - July 8, 2010 10:22 PM (GMT)
First off, you are NOT picky. Knowing what you like makes you discriminating, not picky.
With scoliosis, I'd go with a two shoulder carrier. The pikollo is fine for newborns, btw. Is there a babywearing group near you? You can go and see if a wrap is a good choice for you. Don't bother with a Moby and go straight for a good woven wrap.
chavs - July 9, 2010 01:06 AM (GMT)
I used a pikkolo for my then newborn. If you are worried about the legg area being to big you can either put a scruntchy between the leg area to make it smaller or tuck his/her leggs into the fetal position if that makes sense. For extra head support in the first few weeks I used a muslin to support dd's head.
I think a mai tai like the Napsack is a good choice because it has quite wide shoulder straps and is quite supportive and soft. A wrap would also be good if you have back problems and it doesnt take long to learn how to do it and is super supportive.You can practise with a doll or teddy bear before you have the baby, but once you get used to it it doesnt take longer then any other sling.
sunny aus - July 9, 2010 06:03 AM (GMT)
i love wraps. definately worth looking at for a nb. especially since you have other children to run after. but i wouldn't advise a moby or other strechy wrap. a woven will be more versatile, much more supportive and will have the option of backcarrying from a really early age (i had no. 3 on my back from 2 weeks)
am happy to give more specific information of you do think this is the way you want to go :)
chavs - July 9, 2010 01:20 PM (GMT)
I really like the Calin Bleu for a newborn, its soft but quite supportive, as wraps go its a good one imho.
anabelle - July 9, 2010 05:27 PM (GMT)
I have more mild scoliosis and lower back issues too and found the Blue Celery sling to be amazing and very versatile with all the ways you can use it. I read up on the babywearer about it before taking the plunge. It has some similarities to the Baby Ktan from what I have seen but is different too!
lovethefluffies - July 20, 2010 05:48 PM (GMT)
I have 2 baby ktans that I will happily give you. Are you in NY?
They are okay but once the baby is 2-3 months I recomend a different type of carrier.