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Old 09-06-2012, 01:14 PM   #16
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We exclusively wore or carried DS (apart from Disney/Seaworld when we rented a stroller that basically just held our stuff as we moved from attraction to attraction), and even he would have flipped out on us if I tried to cook dinner while wearing him (unless I wrapped him in a back carry). And sitting to eat? omg no.

The way to get everyone used to being worn (and wearing) is to get the baby on you and MOVE. Get OUT of the house, walk briskly! Only later can you start doing housework and have baby be happy while moving not very much.

But especially making dinner with baby on your front, even for me (serious, die hard, absolute, babywearer), that's a no.
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:17 PM   #17
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Wonderful information, thank you everyone! I am definitely going to invest in a wrap. Now my decision is which one. Which are the types that are not okay to use after 15 pounds? Since he's already 13 1/2 pounds I wouldn't want to buy one of those. Thanks for pointing that out.
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:39 PM   #18
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Do NOT get a Moby as they're not great after 15 lbs. A ring sling would be great and even easier than a wrap. I wore both boys in a wrap for the first few months. Now I'm borrowing a ring sling and Ergo for our vacation to decide which I want. DS#2 is 3 months and 14ish lbs and the ring sling was great at the grocery store yesterday!
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:04 AM   #19
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Wonderful information, thank you everyone! I am definitely going to invest in a wrap. Now my decision is which one. Which are the types that are not okay to use after 15 pounds? Since he's already 13 1/2 pounds I wouldn't want to buy one of those. Thanks for pointing that out.
I would suggest a Gypsy Mama Bali Breeze or Gypsy Mama Bali Breeze stretch wrap at this point. Either will be much more suitable for your LO now and in the future.

Keep working on getting your LO used to being worn, but if it doesn't go well don't give up. My DS hated being worn until he was past 4 months. He hated being in anything that restricted his movement, so that meant no BWing or swadding. He is now 21 months and he asks to be worn daily.
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:35 PM   #20
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I can't say much about weight, as my DD is a light weight, but at that AGE, I found a ring sling to be much easier to use. Once she was big enough and had good head control, I'd use my beco and I still use it on an almost daily basis. (She's 12.5 mo/20 lbs) So depending on how old LO will be at WDW, I'd go w/ a ring sling or use the Ergo at that point. But right now, the Ergo just isn't "cozy and snug" enough for baby.
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:03 PM   #21
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Still working with the ergobaby carrier! 2 questions. Should DSs feet stick out the bottom of the carrier so his bottom is basically right on the wide panel at the bottom? Also, how high should his head be? The way I'm using it right now the top of his head is just below my chin.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:51 PM   #22
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I used a ring sling, like a Maya Wrap, with my three kids. (And they all were huge, the biggest was born over 11 lbs). Two liked it right away but one did not. I would sit with the wrap loose and nurse him. That helped a lot. If you're not breastfeeding, then give formula while in the wrap/carrier. I found that my oldest would calm down enough to eat and it helped with a positive association. I did make the mistake of trying a Snugglie with the first two and it was horrid - as in pure torture for them so I couldn't try to get them used to it. Getting those chunky legs in was hard enough! There are directions online how to make a ring sling. But I don't own a sewing machine so I paid someone all of $10 to make me one. I later bought an unpadded Maya Wrap. I loved my slings and used them a lot with all three kids. I even used it last trip - despite my youngest being 2.5 years old!

*We used a cradle hold in the sling initially. Then we used facing in a kangaroo type pouch. Then a hip carry. We also used the sling open over the stroller to block out the sights. We used it as a lightweight blanket. We used it as a harness on a toddler. We used it as a seatbelt on a restaurant chair to belt them in security when not strong enough to sit up on their own. Unpadded was key too since my weight changes a lot from when pg to when the baby is a year. (Like from a 183 lbs to 96 lbs range for my biggest swing). That way, I still just needed that one sling despite my size changing drastically.

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Old 11-03-2012, 10:49 PM   #23
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We just go back from taking our then 4 month old. I bought a Becco Gemini carrier when she was 2 months old and started using it. She liked to face out when I carried her in my arms so I wanted a carrier that could face out. I practiced a few times at home before we went, at the zoo, fall festivals etc. Sometimes she liked it sometime she cried. I LOVED using it at WDW and she did too. She slept in it during the fireworks even. She faced out for small amounts of time, maybe 20 mins and then I would turn her around.So yes practice at home, I also liked to take her in it around target and babys r us and still use it for shopping. We will be taking it with us again in Dec.

I know you didn't ask but we also took her some ear muffs (the ones used for shooting guns) and she wore then during parades and fireworks and some loud shows like the Lion King (she actually slept during this and most fireworks). She didn't mind them and never freaked out over loud sounds.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:58 AM   #24
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At that age, I would suggest a wrap. I used a moby when my baby was younger but then eventually (4 months old), I got a beco gemini. I never had a problem with him liking either one but some babies it takes practice. Good luck!
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:39 PM   #25
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Still working with the ergobaby carrier! 2 questions. Should DSs feet stick out the bottom of the carrier so his bottom is basically right on the wide panel at the bottom? Also, how high should his head be? The way I'm using it right now the top of his head is just below my chin.
At this age his legs and feet shouldn't be outside the carrier because he's too young to have his legs spread like that. That position is meant for babies 4 months+. You should "froggy" his legs up, inside the carrier (picture how his legs are positioned when he lays on his tummy). If you're not using the recommended infant insert, try placing a rolled receiving blanket under his butt for extra support as someone else suggested.

I can't post a link because I don't have enough posts, but Ergobaby has a YouTube video showing how the carrier is used with the infant insert. Their channel name is Ergobaby or you can link from the support page of their website.
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At this age his legs and feet shouldn't be outside the carrier because he's too young to have his legs spread like that. That position is meant for babies 4 months+. You should "froggy" his legs up, inside the carrier (picture how his legs are positioned when he lays on his tummy). If you're not using the recommended infant insert, try placing a rolled receiving blanket under his butt for extra support as someone else suggested.

I can't post a link because I don't have enough posts, but Ergobaby has a YouTube video showing how the carrier is used with the infant insert. Their channel name is Ergobaby or you can link from the support page of their website.
I agree, the videos are great.
However, when I used my ergo with DS2, his feet did come out the end of the carrier, but remember, the baby's feet should be together, as others have said he is too young to sit with his legs apart.
How I did it was to put on the carrier, so it hung down around my waist in front of me. I swaddled him up in a receiving blanket,then place his left hip against my stomach. Flip up the carrier over the baby and do up the straps. His head ended up just at or above my right breast, so off center and definitely not under my chin.
I ended up buying a Piccolo carrier which was better when he was little, but I completely agree that the ergo was the best carrier for us once he was over 6 months. I wore him in an airport in January when he was 4 years old and still within the weight limit...I'm not a big proponent of carrying/pushing big kids around, but we were making a tight connection in a big airport late at night and it was a very feasible way of keeping everyone happy and safe. So don't give up on the ergo yet!
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We use a Bjorn until the kids are about 4mos and then we switched to the Ergo. But honestly, Im a person who cant wear much. I was in a bad car accident 20 years ago and it still kills my back. I sit and hold my love bugs, but they ride in the stroller once their heads are steady.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:47 AM   #28
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Still working with the ergobaby carrier! 2 questions. Should DSs feet stick out the bottom of the carrier so his bottom is basically right on the wide panel at the bottom? Also, how high should his head be? The way I'm using it right now the top of his head is just below my chin.
At 2 months, his legs should still be inside. At 3.5 months, my DS's head was right on my chest. Now at 6.5 months, his head is pretty much out of the back panel. This all depends on your torso - if you have a long torso, baby will be lower than on someone with a short torso.
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