Best newborn carrier??

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Best newborn carrier??

Hi! I'm new to this board and looking for some advice...

I'm expect baby #5 in a few months and want to get some sort of carrier so I can have an extra free hand when out and about, rather than lugging the infant bucket seat around. It needs to be something easy to use since baby will be in and out multiple times if we're running errands. Comfortable for me to use for longer periods of time. And it would be nice if DH could use it too.

My only experience with carriers is with a basic pouch sling. I liked it but find it a bit uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time and not super supportive if I'm doing something a little more active with the kids (like pushing someone on a swing or something like that).

I've looked at a few... ergo, beco, baby bjorn... But, am not sure which would suit me best or if there is something better out there???

Help! Smile

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Similar to pouch slings are ring slings. The difference is that you can adjust ring slings to get a much better fit which means they're more comfortable for many. It is still a one shoulder carry. (more about ring slings)

Another carrier that can be used with newborns and works great with bigger babies is the mei tai. There are a lot of good mei tai brands out there that can totally be used, but the one that is easiest to use with newborns IMO is Mei Tai Baby because it has snaps to make the carrier body smaller. It's a two shoulder carry and while it has long straps it's much easier to use than a wrap. (more about mei tais)

I recommend staying away from Infantino and Bjorn since many don't hold a baby in a good position for their hips. For the same if not less money, you can get a better quality carrier that will be comfortable beyond 15 pounds (despite what those carriers claim most people find them very uncomfortable before 20 pounds).

Check out the links I've given you if you haven't yet. The best carrier is one that fits the baby properly and one that you like (and therefore more apt to use!). Smile

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Hey Kris, I never post here but lurk here because I still wear my fatty ~ Get a Babyhawk. Get a double sided one with two pouches if you feel like splurging, mine had a more feminine side and a more masculine side. My newborns grew up in them (baby #2 and #3, I didn't have it with #1) and swear that it is the easiest thing ever. I'm little and honestly found the MOBY to be great, but only at home or somewhere where it was clean and easy to put it on and not hot (i.e not in a parking lot in July).....and pouch and ring slings could do the trick on occasion but not with the ease and mindlessness that my mei tai could. Good luck, friend. Seriously can't rave enough about a babyhawk for ease, flexibility (I used mine to nurse while at the zoo or store or in public all the time) and durability ~ they are great. I swear they are why babies 2 and 3 were so easy ~ they were constantly attached to my body!

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I personally love my Moby, but I agree it is harder to put on. I have 3 other kids, and it can be a pain to put it on. If I'm going to run errands and know it will be easier to wear him, I will put the moby on at home and wear it while I am out, under my coat. Then I can just leave it on in the car--a quick readjustment if necessary and then pop baby in when we get there. It is comfy! But it also never gets hot here and when he gets big, it will be too stretchy, I've heard. But I am inheriting a mai-tai and an ergo, so I'll have to try those out when I get them Smile But for now, ds has lived in my moby, so it was well worth the $15 I paid for it off craigslist. Smile

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I personally loved my ring sling and found it extremely fast and easy once I learned how to use it, and comfortable for long periods of time until DD was about 6 months, at which point an Ergo became better for us. I hated pouches and was frustrated with mei tais and SSCs until DD got a little bigger than newborn (3-4 months).

The Moby I found to be way too much work to put on (even with the tricks I learned), but I can see the appeal in the way it fits and holds the baby--if I were to have another one, I might check out the Baby K'tan, which is like a Moby on your body but kind of pre-formed so that you don't have to do any wrapping (and no dragging of fabric through dirty parking lots, either)

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Ditto everything Jackie and Leigh said. I highly recommend a ring sling for NB BWing, especially if you plan to BF. It is incredibly easy to nurse while carrying baby in a ringsling whereas I've had great difficulty figuring out how to nurse in my Moby, Mai Tei and SSCs. They are highly adaptable and as a bonus they come in pretty colors :).

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Thanks so much for all the replies! Now I've got a bunch more questions Smile

Ring slings sound like a favorite... and they do look easy and comfy for a newborn. My concern is about them being one-shouldered. Can I really wear it for a long time? Like walking around a museum for a couple hours or while standing and watching a kids soccer game? At what weight do they get awkward at? Also, I'm leaning toward something hands free. I've got a good pouch sling, but with that I always feel like I need to keep a hand on it. Will I need to do that with the ring sling too? Suggestions for good brands?

Mei teis... Are they the same as a BabyHawk?... They look great! Easy to use and long lasting. Are they good for brand new babes too?

Good to know about the Bjorn and Infantino leg positions. I think I've heard that before now that you mention it.

Anyone use the ergo (or anything similar) with a newborn?

Oh and I don't think bfing in any carrier will work for me. I'm large chested and it is pretty much a two handed affair to keep baby latched and not smothered Smile Although the tail of the ring sling would be nice for privacy.

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"~HollyBear~" wrote:

I personally love my Moby, but I agree it is harder to put on. I have 3 other kids, and it can be a pain to put it on. If I'm going to run errands and know it will be easier to wear him, I will put the moby on at home and wear it while I am out, under my coat. Then I can just leave it on in the car--a quick readjustment if necessary and then pop baby in when we get there. It is comfy! But it also never gets hot here and when he gets big, it will be too stretchy, I've heard. But I am inheriting a mai-tai and an ergo, so I'll have to try those out when I get them Smile But for now, ds has lived in my moby, so it was well worth the $15 I paid for it off craigslist. Smile

I can't wait until you get them, so I can hear the reviews!

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Ring slings are truly hands free if you wear them in the normal position. I posted a photo on here somewhere...anyway, for me it wasn't 100% hand free (maybe like 80%) because my DD insisted on being carried in cradle position only, but she was weird. For most people yes, they are hands free. And yes, I wore her for hours and hours at a time in that thing. As for brand, I had a Maya Wrap--it has a wide, padded shoulder so it really was very comfortable until she got too heavy. I know it was 6 months but I'm trying to remember pounds...maybe 20? She's always been about 50th percentile in weight, so an average 6 month old is a good frame of reference. And yeah, the tail is really nice as a nursing cover! You might be surprised at how easy it is to nurse in them, too...perhaps it would at least make it a one-handed affair for you, rather than two Smile

SSCs like the Ergo are just not really good for tiny newborns. They're POSSIBLE to use if they come with an infant insert, but definitely not ideal, if you have a choice. Once baby has head control around 3-4 months, then they are great. Same with mei tais...they're better than SSCs because they're more adjustable, but still I don't think they quite have the head support that wraps and ring slings do.

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I love my ring sling and do wear it for hours with no discomfort. I also have maya wrap brand. I really like a moby too. I agree with Leigh that ergos and mei tais are just not the best for newborns. I even have the infant insert for my ergo but still do not feel comfortable with a newborn in it. I like my erog starting around 3-4 months.

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Ring slings sound like a favorite... and they do look easy and comfy for a newborn. My concern is about them being one-shouldered. Can I really wear it for a long time? Like walking around a museum for a couple hours or while standing and watching a kids soccer game? At what weight do they get awkward at? Definitely yes for little babies! 20 pounds is when I was getting bothered more quickly with Aiden in a single layer linen ring sling (was only using for short wears at that point), but I then bought a wrap conversion ring sling and if adjusted and worn correctly I can wear him for an hour now (he's inching up on 25 pounds). A two shoulder carry is more ideal for 20lbs + kiddo for longer amounts of time, but ring slings do still serve a very useful purpose (quick trip into a store, cuddle time, and such).

Also, I'm leaning toward something hands free. I've got a good pouch sling, but with that I always feel like I need to keep a hand on it. Will I need to do that with the ring sling too? Suggestions for good brands? I love Sakura Bloom's youtube videos. They show proper positioning (tummy to tummy) and how to achieve that and be hands free. I won't lie and say you'll love a ring sling at first wear, but most people within a few uses and watching a few videos will know how to properly wear it and adjust it and will be very comfortable. When I got mine, I used it for 3 days straight and had it down like a pro by then. Small learning curve, which is normal for any baby carrier!
Ring sling brands - my favorite as said is Sleeping Baby Productions. There is also Sekura Bloom, Comfy Joey, Maya, P Sling, Zolowear, and more. Differences between them are material and style of shoulder.

Mei teis... Are they the same as a BabyHawk?... They look great! Easy to use and long lasting. Are they good for brand new babes too? BabyHawk is a brand of mei tai. I've gotten to use one once when Aiden was 20 pounds. I found it perfect for him at that point. That same day I tried it on with a kid that was about the size of an average 3 month old and I did NOT like it for him. It's a good sized mei tai and the poor kid was swallowed by the head rest still (I did use a ribbon to cinch the body size small width wise and had rolled the waist a couple of times to try and make the body shorter). It was very stiff new too. But like I said, it was GREAT for DS I just wouldn't use it with a newborn.
Mei Tai Baby is a smaller bodied mei tai than BabyHawk and doesn't have the headrest. As others have said not great for newborns, but work well still in the infant stage so just a couple of months wait. Smile

Oh and I don't think bfing in any carrier will work for me. I'm large chested and it is pretty much a two handed affair to keep baby latched and not smothered Smile Although the tail of the ring sling would be nice for privacy. It might still be very possible for you to BF in a ring sling. I was an E when DS was little bitty and I was easily able to figure out nursing in a ring sling. I just loosened it and let him down to be low enough to where my nipple drooped. Lol I can still nurse in a ring sling. Honestly while I was able to nurse in a mei tai, it wasn't easy. I have yet to figure out how to comfortably nurse in any other carrier (and I've tried a few lol).

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"emansmom" wrote:

I love my ring sling and do wear it for hours with no discomfort. I also have maya wrap brand. I really like a moby too. I agree with Leigh that ergos and mei tais are just not the best for newborns. I even have the infant insert for my ergo but still do not feel comfortable with a newborn in it. I like my erog starting around 3-4 months.

I'm always interested in hearing what people think about that combo myself! We have an Ergo, but I never once considered it for newborn because it seemed hot and cumbersome (who wants to deal with an extra part when other carriers work as is?). Though I am glad that they're easy to find because they're a great big baby carrier and I'd much rather see a mom using an Ergo with an insert than a Bjorn that will hurt her after a few months. Biggrin

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My DD hit about 20 lbs at 3 months (I know, freak baby) and that's when my ring sling became intolerable. My ring sling is single layer linen and has small rings, which I feel make it harder to adjust and thus less comfy faster. I started using a Mei Tai pretty much exclusively at 3 months up until DD exceeded about 23 lbs at a year at which point I broke down and got an Ergo. I didn't have my Mei Tai prior to DD turning 3 months so I don't have any experience using one with a NB but I feel like I wouldn't feel comfortable doing so. I certainly wouldn't be able to use my Ergo with a NB but I also don't have a NB insert, which I think is available for the Ergo. Still, I wouldn't use it because BFing wouldn't be nearly as easy as in the ring sling. I was able to wear DD hands free in the ring sling after about a week of practice. I actually NIP in the ring sling the very first time I tried it on!

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Kris my newborns LIVED in their mei tai (which happened to be a babyhawk). Totally fine. Never had an issue with head or whatnot. They are all froggied up inside it. I can send you photos if you want Smile I definitely disagree that mei tais are not great for newborns. They have two different ties specifically for newborns. http://www.babyhawk.com/Instructions/ worked great for us. Again, I used the Moby a lot in the winter or indoors, but having a May 27th baby it was just way too hot for us in the summertime.