I'm looking for a carrier for a newborn that I could wear and my DH could also (he is a SAHD)...so nothing too complicated. I was thinking of the moby or baby k'tan...any opinions (or other suggestions)?
I am pretty tall- 5'8'' and DH is 6'4''. We are both pretty "solid" people, not considerably overweight but bigger.
A Moby or other stretchy wrap is great for multiple users for newborns. I will say that once DS hit 15lbs, I was over the Moby and didn't find it as comfortable and as easy to use. A K'tan is sized, so unless your DH and you are about the same size it won't work for the both of you.
A ring sling is easy to use, multiple people of varying sizes can use it and it's great for newborns to the limit of the sling (some only to 25lbs, but many have higher limits). It isn't as comfortable as other carriers for long amounts of wearing though since it's only one shoulder (after about 45 minutes to an hour I'm done, but DS is also 18lbs now). My favorite ring sling is Comfy Joey. I've also heard good things about Sleeping Baby Productions.
My favorite carrier that I found easier to use than the Moby is my Mei Tai Baby. I wouldn't recommend it for a fresh newborn, but I started wearing DS regularly in one at 2 months. I like it more than other mei tais because of the snaps that cinch the bottom smaller so that babies can sit feet out.
We are loving our moby wrap right now! My 10 day old has spent the majority of her life in it so far! We keep a ring sling in the car because it's so much quicker to get on and off! My husband prefers the babyhawk... It's super easy to use and lasts forever (we have worn our almost 4 year old in it!).
For us, it's been trial and error for discovering which carrier works best and each one has worked well at different stages and in different situations. Is there a store nearby that has carriers you could try?
There are no stores anywhere near me for any type of carriers, so uhhh...that's how I've ended up with 11 of them. And convinced friends to buy others that I've tried on.
BabyHawk mei tais are not sized. It has long straps that you tie around you and baby, so the vast majority of people can use them. They're fairly easy to find used (in great condition with lots of years of life left) on thebabywearer.com. When babies are itty bitty you can roll the bottom of the carrier to make it shorter and put ribbon or a hair tie near the bottom of the carrier body so that it fits the smaller baby better with feet out.
Allandwayne, where did you hear that mei tais are not advisable for newborns?
I've been a babywearer for over 4 years now, and mei tais are *perfect* for newborns. Mei tais (including a babyhawk) were my go-to carriers when my daughter was itty-bitty, and still are now that she's not so itty-bitty. Mei tais are great because they *are* very adjustable. For a tiny baby, it's simple to just roll the bottom up to make the carrier shorter. You wrap the straps around you just like you would a wrap, but with less bulk. Obviously you want to practice safe carrying, as you would with any carrier, making sure the baby is positioned correctly.