Slings for Prem babies?

(21 Posts)
FraggleRock77 Thu 05-Dec-13 11:10:04

As the thread states, any advice please? I'm looking at a Sleepy Wrap one? smilesmile

Pipsmilkmaid Thu 05-Dec-13 16:36:40

I use a tri-cotti wrap as I didn't feel confident in tying one my self, it's two loops of fabric got it from a a website called Little Possums they have loads and lots of information about each one.

Hope everything's going well now you've got baby home.

Bankholidaybaby Thu 05-Dec-13 19:33:37

I used a Caboo Close Parent for my 33 week, 5lbs boy. I didn't start using it until he was about 5 weeks old, but that was just because it took me that long to decide I needed one! I really like it, but now he's 14 weeks (actual), I'm finding a structured carrier more convenient.

BananaramaLlama Thu 05-Dec-13 19:38:19

Another option is a hana baby wrap - cotton and bamboo stretchy wrap so lovely and soft and breathable.

Gurke Fri 06-Dec-13 00:43:22

How heavy is your LO?

FraggleRock77 Fri 06-Dec-13 03:34:51

He is 4lbs 10oz and 7 Wks old. Xx

Poppet45 Fri 06-Dec-13 19:12:04

I got a hugabub wrap for dd - simply because it was paediatrician approved for prems (twitchy much?!) but any stretchy wrap would prob be just fine.

FraggleRock77 Fri 06-Dec-13 19:25:18

Thank you for the advice. I've plumped for the Moby Wrap which had good reviews on Amazon and is very similar to the HugaBud too. Fingers crossed he enjoys being in it!!! grinXxx

Gurke Fri 06-Dec-13 20:55:26

I used a kangawrap when DS came home (smaller than yours), and it's brilliant, I can really recommend it - I think it was developed specifically by pediatric nurses for preemies (look on kangawrap.co).

Gurke Fri 06-Dec-13 20:57:17

The moby wrap should be fine too, I think it's quite similar in that both are soft - the kangawrap isn't stretchy though, which seemed to work better for us.

FraggleRock77 Fri 06-Dec-13 21:46:23

Thanks Gurke. Daft question but what do you dress your LO in when in the wrap and going outside? Hat? Snowsuit? They are going to be warmer anyway. Sorry if the above is very obvious. First time Mum here x

Bankholidaybaby Fri 06-Dec-13 22:39:10

Definitely not a snow suit in a wrap - you are very warm and the wrap is an extra layer. In the Caboo, my baby goes in as he is - vest and sleepsuit and then I wrap my coat around us both if I think it's nippy out. As it gets colder I might think about a light hat (the fabric of the Caboo covers his head at the moment as he's not big enough/doesn't have good enough head control to have his head out) and perhaps a cardigan, but he seems very warm in there.

Gurke Sat 07-Dec-13 07:56:54

No it's not a daft question at all - I've been agonising over the clothing question (still am in some ways).

A snowsuit would be too warm and sweaty. Go for breathable layers, and you can take one off (or add one) if necessary. In this current weather DS is wearing a vest, a jumper, tights & trousers, and a thinnish cotton jacket when in the sling. I never got to buy any big jackets/ coats for myself, having missed out on being pregnant in the autumn (DS was due in December but arrived in still tropical early September), so he is not covered by my jackets in the sling. If he was he shouldn't need his own jacket.

I made DS wear a hat in autumn & winter though (just a thin cotton one while the sling still covered him, and a thick one now that his head is poking out); and warm socks/ booties once his feet are sticking out.

Rough rule of thumb I was told is to dress them like you dress yourself, and to add another layer - and the sling counts as a layer.

MiaowTheCat Tue 10-Dec-13 07:03:18

Mobys are quite thick fabric too - ideal this time of year, not so good in black on the hottest day of the summer... bitter experience talking on that one.

Just be careful to make sure their chin isn't tucked down on their chest when you wrap them - I used a Moby and a Connecta with DD1.

FraggleRock77 Tue 10-Dec-13 10:32:39

Hello again The Cat. The Moby does seem good for this weather. I've tried our DS in it twice but each time he seems too bunch up and I'm worried his chin is on his chest. I think i will use it more once he is a little older and has more head control x

MultipleMama Tue 10-Dec-13 20:18:39

I use a moby wrap with my dd, she came weighing 5lb 7oz, however in the NICU/Scooby she was much small around 3/4lbs and they said the moby would be fine.

In weather like this I use the Moby, I don't put her in a coat only a jacket, and use my coat as an extra layer if needed. In Summer weather, I use my Hoppediz Pune Wrap, it's thin and lightweight, very soft 100% cotton and where only a tank top outside, at home I wear nothing under the wrap. Then I also have my bobas for when they need more structure.

FraggleRock77 Wed 11-Dec-13 11:00:34

Thank you for the info MMama, really good to hear. I keep pushing myself to try the sling and I'm becoming more confident with it grin

MultipleMama Wed 11-Dec-13 19:44:20

There are loads of tutorials online. If you're unsure, check to see if your town has a sling library you can go to and try slings on to see which you feel more comfortable wearing. I always felt unsure with the ring slings. I didn't like the one shoulder holds.

MultipleMama Wed 11-Dec-13 20:01:53

Oh, and I have 2 baby wearing coats which are a good investment if you wear constantly smile

FraggleRock77 Wed 11-Dec-13 20:19:13

Thanks MMama. Just found a sling library in my area x

MultipleMama Wed 11-Dec-13 20:29:07

We didn't have one so I had to buy & return til I settled on 4 haha! Hope you find it useful!

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