Sling tips???

Kathy - posted on 11/27/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I would love it if my 10 week old daughter would enjoy time in the sling so i could get some things done around the house and maybe have lunch once in a while. Any tips?? We have two different slings and she cries every time I put her in them.

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Ambra - posted on 11/29/2009

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I bought an infantino sling from Target. I like that she doesn't have to be able to hold her head up to be in it. Also she had still suck on her hands since there are no arm holes. My daughter Kaiya loves the sling, but like a lot of the other posts she only likes it when I am walking and moving around. I also think she is starting to not last as long in it because she wants to be able to look around.

Helen - posted on 11/29/2009

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My advice would be just to keep trying. Try putting her in the sling when she's fast asleep so she doesn't associate being upset with being put in the sling. Also, have a look at the carry you are using - our 9 week old for instance hates the newborn/hammock carry but loves the sort of 'sitting facing mummy' carry. She'd love to face outwards but doesn't have the head control yet.

It might be that your little one just prefers being carried a different way.

Kathleen - posted on 11/28/2009

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We use a Maya wrap, and I find that the tighter I make it the more she likes it. It is almost always a guarantee the she will fall asleep while in it, as long as I keep moving! I think the key is motion, you can't just put them in and sit down. It's supposed to simulate the womb, so tighten it up and walk around. Once asleep, you can relax and enjoy! You may have to push past the first few minutes of crying...

Emily - posted on 11/28/2009

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I have both a Moby and two Slinglings. The Moby is nice, but a pain to put on quickly. :) I've been putting my almost 11 week old in a sling since she was 2-3 weeks old. She will fuss sometimes for a bit, but once I start walking and moving around, she calms right down. Are you pulling her out as soon as she cries? I would just leave her in even if she is fussing a bit and just get moving quickly. Go for a brisk walk outside - she'll have something to look at and it should keep her mind off being in the sling until she figures out she's OK. :) I also talk to my daughter while she is in the sling - kind of give her a play-by-play of what I'm doing. Kind of corny, but it seemed to help when she was just getting used to it.

Another question - how deep is the pocket on your sling? If she is small or likes to sit up and see, you might try pulling the inside piece of fabric up a couple inches to make the pouch smaller. If she is buried too far in the sling, that might be the reason for the crying.

I don't know what I'd do without my Slinglings. I HATE hoofing around the infant seat, so I just pop her out and into a sling when we're out and about. She loves looking around and seeing what is going on. And she is much more content when I'm out running errands while my maternity leave quickly fades away.

Just a warning that if you wear her out in public be prepared for lots of people asking you about the baby & the sling! :)

Hope this helps!

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I'm not sure what you've tried, but my 10 week old son likes the Baby Bjorn. He likes to have his hands up near his face (not through the arm holes) so that he can push himself back and look around. Now that he holds his head up on his own, we turn him so that he faces away from us and he really likes to be able to look around.

If she still doesn't like the sling, maybe you can put her down for naps during the day. My son takes a few short naps (30-60 min), and I am able to do some quick cleaning, eat, etc.

Alison - posted on 11/27/2009

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What slings do you use?



My son and I had a lot of trouble with the HotSling, but we got the hang of the Moby wrap real fast and I don't think I would use anything else now!

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