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I used the sling that Joan (a family friend) made for me almost every single day for a good six months straight (probably would have started using it sooner but I forgot about it until july). It was an instant baby soother and was very good on my back. HIGHLY recommend a sling!
DIY Moby Wrap Tutorial -- this is seriously SO easy to make and no-sew. It's much cheaper than buying one and it will last you forever. My son practically lived in this during his first few months of life.
20 baby items you can make yourself TUTORIALS INCLUDED. My goal is to sew well enough to make some gifts for Christmas in May...that's 7 birthdays in May!