I'm on the June 2010 board, and Leigh let me know that this board was going well and said I should pop over to say hello. I am a mama to Ivor, and have been a babywearer since he was born. It's been a bit of a slippery slope and I've tried a lot of carriers. I really mean A LOT!
We live in Scotland, in a small town on the west coast. In the 20 months I've been wearing, I've only seen a handful of other wearers on the odd occasion. I see a few more when I visit Edinburgh, Glasgow or London. But mainly I get very nice comments from everyone as I think Ivor is visibly a happy lad. In particular, old women often stop me with beaming smiles and tell me how nice it is to see a baby being worn. This happens most when Ivor is in a woven wrap. The very old women have told me their mothers carried them this way, in what was called a plaid.
I mainly use wraps to carry Ivor, anything from a size 3 to a size 7, depending on which carry I'm doing. I also have a toddler size full buckle wompat, from Finland, which is made from a Girasol wrap. We have that so DH can carry too, as he never managed to work out wrapping. And I have a wrap conversion mei tai also, made by Opitai baby in England. My first ever carriers were a Moby and a Close (similar to a Moby), but I switched to woven wraps when Ivor was 3 months old, because he was always a heavy baby and already I needed more supportive carriers. I still have one ring sling as I find them really helpful for sitting him on my knee on trains and planes.
He is 27lbs now and we still wear almost every day, sometimes for periods of 2 hours if we're on the move, sometimes just for the odd five minutes here and there. My favourite carries with the wraps nowadays are on my back, due to his weight. My most common carry is the Double Hammock, for which I use a long size 6 or a 7. But for quick up and downs I use a size 3 wrap and do a ruck tied under bum (RUB). I like using a shorter wrap also because it's often wet and there are puddles here, so the short ones don't drag on the ground when I'm tying them.
I have tried out wraps by Didymos, Hoppediz, Ellevill, Oscha (a new company based in Scotland), Natibaby and Girasol. I don't keep them all or I'd be very poor, so I trade them with other mamas or sell them on when I feel I need something different. I've traded and sold or bought second hand carriers from the most far flung places! Mexico, Malaysia, Finland, Norway and Bulgaria spring to mind, and a good few have arrived from or left to Canada or the USA. It's been a bit like penpals.
I have a million wrap and carrier photos from birth to now, and I'll post a few pictures later in the wrap thread and have a browse around today as and when Ivor gives me five minutes! But for now this is a recent picture of us in a double hammock carry. The wrap is a Didymos natural wool Indio (a wool/cotton blend) that has been indigo dyed. It is one of my favourites. So you can see hopefully that although we are a bit bonkers, it is not in a bad way. My DH has been very understanding about it because he is an avid collector of vintage vinyl.