Hey ladies, this is my first time posting in this section. (:
I've been reading a bit on babywearing but am still pretty clueless. All I know is I want to do it from the beginning!
My question is, what am I supposed to get in the beginning? A moby wrap? Mei Tai? I have no clue what newborns are supposed to go into. And when they start getting older do I switch to something different?
There are a bunch of different kinds of carriers and many of them can be used from birth - it just depends on what you are looking for.
I like a stretchy wrap for when babies are newborn. They keep baby very close and snug, and are pre-tied on so you can pop baby in and out for diaper changes, etc. They are especially good for tiny babies, preemies, and for doing kangaroo care. Stretchy wraps don't last long though - once LO is 15-16lbs or so they start to sag a bit more and need readjusting. So at this point you would have to invest in another carrier.
Soft Structured Carriers (SSCs) buckle on and can also be worn from birth until LO is a toddler. Some of them require that you buy an newborn insert for carrying infants. I have a manduca SSC and the newborn insert comes as part of the carrier. I do really like my SSC - I can still use it for my 32lb son.
Woven Wraps - If you like wrapping, these can be used from birth until well into toddlerhood. They are my favourite kind of carrier and what I use exclusively with my daughter, but they take practice and patience at first. You can use these with a newborn, but unlike the stretchy wrap you have to wrap them in. I love how versatile and beautiful woven wraps are though.
Mei Tai - You can use many of these from birth too, but they get more comfy as LO gets a little bigger. I liked ours, but didn't get along well with the straps on my shoulders/neck. So for me it just didn't work - but tons of women love them. They are also gorgeous!
So it all depends what you want to do - I like stretchy wraps for newborns then a woven, but if you only want 1 carrier that will last until LO is much older you might look at a SSC or a woven. Definitely see if you can try out different carriers and see what you like. So much of it is personal preference.
Jessica if you use Facebook there are babywearing groups all over! You can start by heading to a meeting if there is one local in NC and seeing what you like. IMO ring slings and wraps are great for a NB. A RS will be a little easier to pop in & out and cooler for summer. U look petite from ur pic & a Moby is A ton of fabric! There are babywearing Facebook pages & swap sites too. I loved using a baby k'tan when DS was little, it is a stretchy wrap but is already pre-tied. It was a great starter wrap. They pop up for less than $ 30 on the swap sites. PM me if u can't find them, I can link u & would be happy to help with anything else!
I have a Connecta (its like a mei tai but it buckles) which I used from my little boy being about 6 months-ish, and it was great. I'm also on the lookout for one for a newborn because I didn't babywear to start off with, so interested to see what everyone says - I don't think my Connecta is really comfy enough for a newborn, I'd want something a bit more fitted.
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