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Old Sep 11th, 2012, 21:47 PM   1
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Froggy or Legs-out for newborn in Beco Gemini?


Hi all,

I'm getting conflicting info. The instructions suggest narrowing the base for newborns and using the legs out position, but I have found some info online that people suggest leaving the wide base and froggying the baby's legs.

What's the determining factor here? I just got my Beco Gemini. I'm still short a baby, but I want to be ready.

Also, this thing smells a little funny. I have read a lot of people don't wash before use... what do you ladies think?? Air out or wash?



 
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Old Sep 11th, 2012, 21:50 PM   2
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Use the froggy position for a newborn, their little legs are used to being curled up in that position. I let my sons legs out when he was 2 months old and it worked fine. Good luck and congrats!



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Old Sep 12th, 2012, 01:43 AM   3
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I had a hard time using it with my baby before a few months, but maybe it is because she was sooo big but young so she didn't have muscle control yet. I tried froggie but it didn't seem comfortable, but she couldn't do legs out either, so I had to wait til 3 months. I washed mine!



 
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Old Sep 12th, 2012, 02:44 AM   4
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There's research starting to appear that legs out is best from birth. Legs in puts a lot of weight on their ankles, and many babies don't seem comfortable in that position. We carried LO legs out from the start, although that was in a stretchy wrap, so not quite the same as the beco. I'd cinch the base in personally. Just remember LO still needs to be supported knee to knee with knees held higher than bottom in a deep 'M' position.



 
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Old Sep 12th, 2012, 07:18 AM   5
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There's research starting to appear that legs out is best from birth. Legs in puts a lot of weight on their ankles, and many babies don't seem comfortable in that position. We carried LO legs out from the start, although that was in a stretchy wrap, so not quite the same as the beco. I'd cinch the base in personally. Just remember LO still needs to be supported knee to knee with knees held higher than bottom in a deep 'M' position.
Wow, thanks for that. I was all set to froggy 'til I read this comment. I will try the legs out and see how that goes for us. If he's too tiny when born I'll pick up a stretchy wrap. But, since I don't know if he'll be 7 or 11 lbs, I'm going to wait on that. The gemini has a nice snap functionality to narrow the base for smaller babies, and says you can put them legs-out from newborn. It seems like a really well-made ergonomic carrier. I'll post back with our experience in a couple months time.

Thanks again for telling me about this research. Is there a site you read to keep up to date on this stuff? Cheers!



 
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Old Sep 12th, 2012, 07:21 AM   6
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i used a beco gemini for my newborn. always froggied the legs in



 
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Old Sep 12th, 2012, 13:39 PM   7
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Why should baby's feet be outside rather than inside the baby carrier when worn chest to chest or on the babywearer's back?

Research has shown how important the slightly tilted position of the pelvic floor for the hip is. If the legs are inside, the spine bears some of the jolts that would otherwise be absorbed by the squatting straddle position of the legs and knees. Baby can also not be actively involved in stabilizing him or herself which gives the baby a sense of loss of control. If baby is still all rolled up, try massaging and stretching baby's legs at least every time you change your baby. With legs in, the babywearer should not be moving around much but rather sitting down with the baby in the carrier. The spread-squatting position is the best for baby's hip development, hence a cradle position is not recommended, even for tiny babies.

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http://www.babywearingschool.com/research.htm

At the sling meet I go to, the leader never recommends newborns to be tucked up in the carrier.



 
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Old Sep 13th, 2012, 09:49 AM   8
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Ill second what Patch has said the babywearing group I go to always recommends legs out from birth and the leaders there are trained with up to date babywearing knowledge and research. With that said I'm not sure how it works in a beco, maybe find a local sling meet/babywearing group to ask some questions and get some tips from the pros



 
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