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?
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.
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.)
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.