store "testing" while pg

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store "testing" while pg

So I'm thinking between the ergo and the beco. Not too worried about newborn since I'll likely get something (or make something) like the moby. I borrowed a friends with my first so I know I liked it.

There is a store somewhat near my work (2km walk one way) which sells both ergo/beco. How realistic/wise do you think it is for me to go in and test now.....or more likely in the next month or so since it's still cold out haha. I don't live near where I work so this isn't really do-able for me to wait till baby is here. I know it won't fit or be comfy as if I didn't have my big basketball right now but still....
Am I wasting my time walking there and even looking now?

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It's not a bad idea to look at the carriers and compare them. SSCs are all different in a lot of small ways. I wouldn't purchase one just yet since you've got time till it will be needed, but I don't think it's ever too early to consider your options. It'll help you research other SSCs that you can't see in person since you'll have a starting point of knowledge. Smile

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won't be buying (at least full price) in the next few months. I am watching local used sites and also babysteals and will buy if I see a good deal Biggrin

I wish there was a store near me so I could wait till baby was here, oh well I guess this is better than just buying online without seeing at all
thx

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It is better to at least check them out in person, for sure. You won't be able to get a good fit, but you will, for example, be able to see how completely inconvenient and awful the buckles on the Beco are (I can't tell you enough how much I hated mine! Checking them out in person wouldn't have told the whole story, but it definitely would have been good information to have, that you just can't tell from photos on the internet.)

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good to know about the buckles.....I looked to see if there was a store within somewhat driving distance so I could wait till he's here and try on with him but sadly even the close ones (1hr drive) seem to carry just one type of ssc

I've always leaned towards ergo but I don't have good shoulders (shoulder pops during certain motion) so i was worried about how to get baby on back once he's old enough since superman toss likely won't work for me. I liked the thought of putting him safely in beco butterfly and then sliding him around

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You can hip scoot with any back carry (I'm a mostly hip scoot failure, but I did demonstrate in a video in the all about mei tai thread ways to get a baby on your back including hip scoot). I even used the couch at first to get DS in position on the carrier before putting it on my back. Whatever works! Biggrin

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just went and found thanks again Smile

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I'm terrified of the Superman. I just put the Ergo on around my waist hanging down in back, put Addy on my hip and scoot her around, and lean way over as she gets back there so that she's basically riding me like a horse and I have one hand on her back to keep her steady. Then I just pull the Ergo up behind her with the other hand. It's probably not the recommended method, but it's what works for us. I always stand near a couch or the trunk of the car or something just in case, but she's never fallen off. She is 19 months old now, though--when she was smaller I did the in-carrier scoot for safety (even in the Ergo), or sat her on the couch or trunk of the car to get her on.

The Beco is awful. Seriously, it makes BW much, much more difficult than it needs to be! The extra flaps and buckles make it so that it's almost impossible to use without a second person helping you--How are you supposed to use TWO HANDS to open a buckle and still hold on to the baby at the same time? Terrible design.

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Leigh, do you unbuckle your carrier shoulder straps (well, I guess the Ergo only now) every time? Cause I don't and don't think most people do which is why the Beco people probably figured it didn't matter that it's not convenient. I still think the buckle positioning with the Beco is dumb though. lol
And the hip scoot and lifting carrier over baby while leaning over is a VERY popular way to do a back carry. Most people aren't weird like me and flip their kid over their heads. Lol

Sorry I kinda thread jacked you LJ!

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Wait...what? How do you get the kid in and out without unbuckling it? I don't unbuckle the Ergo (there aren't even buckles on the straps to unbuckle, are there?) but in the Beco, with the inner layer of fabric, you can't get the kid in and out without unbuckling the shoulders. Or at least I couldn't.

Wow I just said unbuckle a lot of times and now it sounds really weird. Smile

My SIL who gave me the Ergo always did the Superman thing, but it always looked scary to me. I've never actually tried it.

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I havne't tried a Beco personally to know, though that's really super dumb if that's the only way. I've never wanted to try an internal harness carrier ever. Though I don't think you *have* to use the internal harness if you don't want.

The Ergo does have buckles for the straps. They're where like 95% of SSCs have them - bottom sides where the webbing meets the body. In a front carry you can always unbuckle the straps and cross the straps across your back (like a mei tai) and buckle each shoulder strap on the opposite body side. Some SSCs do this A LOT better than others (depends on padding and how curved the padded straps are). I've never tried with the Ergo because it's only used in a back carry 95% of the time. The Angel Pack (APLX) does this very well and I liked it for front carries. You can also unbuckle the Ergo straps in order to get the carry right for a hip carry (something else I've never tried b/c I have a ring sling for that :lol:). Smile

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See, this board only gets more awesome. I never knew you could use an SSC in anything other than a backpack-style carry (on the front or back, obviously). I actually think I recall that you can't use a Beco (or aren't supposed to) in a back carry...but I never got that far with it anyway. The buckles are up on the top front of your shoulders, and you have to open the front to get the baby in and out, since you can't just take the carrier off--the baby would go with it! It's a horrible design. I honestly don't understand why it would even have been invented, unless I am deeply misunderstanding it (but I don't think so).

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You totally can use a Beco with a back carry! I think all of the Becos are okay for back carries (at least according to them). That's why some people love the internal harness so much, it helps them with back carries.

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What am I thinking of?! Weird...

OH, I just realized...I'm thinking of the fact that you can't forward-face in them, not back carry. Whoops, my mistake! (It's been a long time! But that was a real issue for us at the beginning, since DD refused to be carried parent-facing. True for most good SSCs, though.)

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