baby carriers

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baby carriers

which baby carriers have btdt tried/used?

with ds I borrowed my friends wrap however she's preg and due just 3 weeks after me so I'll have to get my own.

What I liked with the moby :
- great for younger
- great for my bad shoulders/back

These are my thoughts/concerns though
- really want something that will be good for longer (b/c once I got back to work when baby is 1 BIL will have to take ds to school and I know he was thinking of a back pack carrier
- need something that will be good for my shoulders (not feel like it's digging in).

I was thinking Ergo baby, just not sure how good the straps for carrying long time or when baby gets bigger.
Thoughts on this? Or suggestions on other models I maybe don't know about?

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I'm making a couple of ring slings that I'm assured are great for newborns as you can BF in them and they are adjustable so you can make sure baby is positioned properly. I have heard good things about the Ergo and Babyhawk too. I made my own mai tai carrier for DD that works well and I'll likely make another one for this LO. I want to try the back carry with an Ergo though. I'm lucky that there are a couple of very serious babywearing mama's on my DD's board.

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I'm going with a ring sling. I bought a babyhawk and HATED it. I'm short and I always struggled with the long straps. I'm intrigues with the maya wrap too, but I am not so coordinated with holding the baby and trying to maneuver carriers.

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I have a moby for when they are young and a ergo for when they are a bit older and for back carrying. I love them both, I do not care for the ergo when they are super little.

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Ergo is great once they reach about 4 months or so. You can wear it on the front or back (it's okay on the front, great on the back IMO). Most people I know find the infant insert hard to use and would much rather just use a different carrier for those first few months. I personally don't find any of the buckle carriers (aka, soft sided carriers) that work well for infants work well for 1 year olds and vice versa. There are TONS more of good quality comfortable SSCs than Ergo though.

A woven wrap can be used from newborn to as long as you want to wear (I've seen people wear their 4 and 5 year olds on their backs!) and can be wrapped similarly to the Moby. They're more expensive than Moby obviously, but if you want just one carrier that's comfortable and versatile and can be used for a very long time that's it!

Ring slings are great for newborns and you can use it with bigger babies and toddlers too. I love my ring sling, but I will say that the one shoulder carry means that I'm not willing to carry DS in one for longer than 30 minutes currently. Beyond that I start feeling it! But it does easily get you through a year. I really like the slings at Sleeping Baby Productions (sleepingbaby.net).

Mei tais can be adjusted down to work with newborns. I had a thread about it on the BWing board I was going to link to but apparently it disappeared. Sad I had a lot of pictures on there! I still use mine all the time. There are a lot of brands out there. I think Mei Tai Baby is great for newborns and I can carry DS comfortably in one still. BabyHawks are great but they're larger bodied and stiff at first, over time they soften up though.

Check out the FSOT forum on thebabywearer.com. It's easy to find good deals there on tons of carriers!

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I loved my ring sling & moby when the boys were newborns. My Ergo was great also the first 3 months and then again after 7 months. There were like 4 months in there that the Ergo just didn't work right for DS2's size. My Ergo is the only one that does a cozy back carry & the straps are really comfortable. I also really liked the Ergo for nursing as LO got older. I would use it a lot still but it doesnt work with a prego belly so I only use the ring sling with a side carry. My husband still sports the Ergo & I would totally recommend it for long term use.

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I'm trying to get the BWing board on here going again, so I'd love people to come on over there to ask questions and offer advice to others! Smile

http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/forumdisplay.php?599-Baby-Wearing

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I have an Infantino I think. I didn't use it as much as my DH did because he was always carrying DD2. DD1 was in it sometimes.

But anyway, DH really likes the carrier we have and it's a front carrier.

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"KET_2010" wrote:

I have an Infantino I think. I didn't use it as much as my DH did because he was always carrying DD2. DD1 was in it sometimes.

But anyway, DH really likes the carrier we have and it's a front carrier.

My sister gave me her infantino carrier that she used with her girls, so I did some research on them and found out that some have been recalled and most are poorly designed. They don't properly support the baby and especially so if they have the buckle-in feature. It turns out the one my sister gave me was recalled. HERE is more info on that.

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I am having an absolute love affair with my Ergo. I had a make your own moby that I loved for when DD2 was tiny, but once she got big enough (6 months) I switched to a hip hammock. I thought that was awesome because it was easy and I didn't mind the weight, but that only lasted a few months until she was far to big for the hip carry. I tried my friends mai tai's buckle and tie and then I tried the Ergo. Nothing even close. At almost 30 lbs and 2 years old I still don't try to grocery shop without her in the backpack. I think it might be too hard for the newborn, but my make your own moby will be fine until this one is old enough to support their head.
But yeah, I LOVE my ergo and would pay twice the price knowing what I know now.

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I was wrong...I have an Evenflo Snugli that we use.

We got an Infantino one with a box of baby clothes off ebay.

However, same thing as before. DH used it a lot more than me when carrying DD2 and he liked it.

I do know several people who recently had babies that have the Moby wraps and they really love them.

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I meant to add to my post that the moby wrap I made is so easy anyone can do it, no sewing necessary. One of my March 10 Mamas posted an easy tutorial if your interested.

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Both of my girls did well in a sling for the first couple of months (mine was a plain 1 piece of material thing... May consider a ring sling this time around), and then a mei tai that I made from then on. I sew (although no where near professional appearance), and I love being able to pick out patterns and colors of fabric. Smile