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blissfulliss's picture
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newborn?

Wondering what all of you would suggest for a newborn carrier? What were/are your favorites?
Also, are there any good newborn carriers that are also fairly simple to use? I'll still be in school part time for baby's first few months (and he/she is allowed to come to classes..yay!)....we'll see how that goes..;) It would be great if you could recommend any that would be pretty easy for uncoordinated me to get baby in and out of for feedings or quick diaper changes. Biggrin

Baby will be born late July/early August so I'd prefer one that isn't super bulky and doesn't require tons of layers, since Blush I get cranky when I get hot...;) and also a lot of the time I'll be using it, I'll be required to wear business casual/professional clothes, not "real" clothes aka shorts & tank tops haha.

So.. newborn, simple-to-use, lightweight... and I wouldn't scream if it didn't cost an arm and a leg....... am I asking for too much? Smile
Thanks so much!!!!!

edited to say: arm & leg = hubby would say $50, I'd say $75-100 Biggrin

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I would recommend the k'tan for the first couple of months. It's small and lightweight and easy to put on without having to drag fabric on the ground. its around $60 last I checked.

After the first couple months, I'd recommend the ergo, but it's pricey ($100+). However, it does last a really long time. I just sold mine after Evie became too long for it at 15 months old. You can get a newborn insert for it, but I think that would be a little bulky for college.

You also might want to try a ring sling, but I am not one to promote those as I have no experience with them. But some of the other ladies on here do.

BTW, my first, Jacob, was born just before midterms of my last quarter of college. I started bringing him to school with me at two weeks old and he either slept or nursed his way through all of my classes. I only had to leave class once because of his crying. Just personal positive experience to share on that topic. You can do it. Smile

Oh... And I've been stalking you and Liz! Wink

alwayssmile's picture
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Sorry I'm late to the party.....for the summer I'd stay away from K'tan and stretchy wraps because they're really really warm to me. I think a ring sling would work out great (sleeping baby productions ring slings start at $35!). I find my ring slings getting used A LOT. Not tons of fabric, I can wear my 15 lb baby for a couple of hours easily at a time in one, and it's fast once you spend a couple of days concentrating on using it.
Mei tais work well too. I've seen them on swap for $50 and I think Frogmama has some left for $54 in their clearance section. You WILL have to adjust the MT some for a small baby because it's not the ideal carrier for newborns, but it will work. (And they're fantastic for babies and toddlers!)
Congrats! Smile

blissfulliss's picture
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Thanks so much for the input!!!
& Nell - very nice to know that you had no problems with a baby in class. Smile There's another mom in class right now who has an 8 week old but she's mostly in her car seat/stroller, and it seems like she's always hopping up to take her out of the room.. Fool
I've seen the K'tan and it looked really cool - I liked how it went over both shoulders to distribute the weight more evenly.
And yes! I've seen the ones with the long tail things, and while that would be great for at home or for extended outings, maybe, I don't see myself enjoying that at school..it can be a pain just getting myself there with all of my books, laptop, etc. let alone a baby + supplies and yards of fabric tehe... Ok, so I'm exaggerating..;)

Jackie - I'll definitely look into the ring slings, too. Smile Do they make your back hurt at all, or does the weight kind of balance out? Or do you switch from shoulder to shoulder? I know you've tried a lot of different carriers - which one do you like best overall? I mean, if you were to only buy one for maybe the first year or so, which would you choose? Smile

alwayssmile's picture
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Ring slings, when used correctly, are spread over your back pretty wide so that most of the weight is on your core, not hanging on your shoulder. I do find that eventually whatever shoulder the ring sling is on does start to get a little sore, but with Zoe currently that's after about 3 hours. With my 30 lb son that's after about 20 minutes. lol. I do find it to be a great carrier for BFing in if that's something you're considering. Some moms do switch off shoulders, but I'm a RS failure on my right shoulder and only wear on my left (funny enough most moms wear on the right shoulder!).

If I could only have one carrier it would be a woven wrap. Probably a Storch Leo or Dolcino in a size 6 (4.6 meters). Cooler than a stretchy wrap and waaaaaay more carry options. Perfect for newborns through toddlerhood. I use the same wraps with both of my kids. BUT there's the higher learning curve since it's not just click and go. My second choice for a one and only carrier for a year + would be a mei tai since I can do back carries in those as the baby grows.

blissfulliss's picture
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Awesome!! Thanks so much for your helpful info, Jackie. Smile I haven't heard of the two you mentioned, the Storch Leo or Dolcino, so I'll have to check them out, too.
And yes, planning on BFing. Smile
I'll keep looking into my options, especially the ones you guys have mentioned.. so grateful to have ladies who are willing to share their experiences in such a kind way with me!! Smile :bigarmhug: