DH said we need a kid backpack- yes he said that lol...
DS is 18 months next week. THankfully he is on the smaller side so he isnt going to out grow anything anytime soon. he is not quite 22lbs. I was thinking the Ergo but wanted to check in with you ladies. Mainly using it going in and out of stores instead of undoing the stroller (which is easy and I love) but i would like to carry more. I have the K'tan but like I mentioned in the other thread I dont think it would be good over 18lbs. I have an infantino type mei tai... not sure if DH would deal with the tieing. So think of an SSC.... Anyone use the ergo or another SSC that you recommend that maybe I can use for another LO and one that would be good for a toddler? Cost really isnt an issue. I know baby steals does ergos now and then.
He wants a soft structured carrier (SSC)! It's all my husband will use too.
Check out this thread about SSCs: http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboa...tured-Carriers
There are a lot to choose from and this is just a few of them. If you want to keep wearing for awhile, I'd suggest a bigger bodied carrier. It's not so much the weight as the height that affects them by this point. You want them to be seated in the carrier well. More comfortable for them and definitely more comfortable for you!
And you can always rent a carrier if you can't find any locally through shops or friends to let you try one on. A few places rent, but the one at the top of my head right now is Granola Babies. I haven't done this myself, but have instead bought (and sold lol) along the way......probably not the smartest idea ever.
Ohhh i like that Bamberoo.... can you not use it on infants? It would be nice to have a carrier I can use for the next LO. I know Ergo has an infant insert. The Bamberoo has straps correct? Not the tie factor you get with a Mei tai. Hmmm.... Must check out her FB. Which would be considered more bodied of a carrier?
And I am pretty sure I will be doing most of the carrying but I think DH will get on board once he sees how easy they are. Also we are both on the shorter/small side. So DS follows us completely size wise.
Looking at the Bamberoo- do u know the different between the SSC and the Solarveil verison? It seems like there isnt much of a different? And wow, I was thinking a bit expensive but wow, Those are pricey.
Honestly, in my experience, it can be discouraging to expect an SSC to work for a newborn--even with an infant insert. They're just so tiny and floppy, and SSCs are just never going to get the snug, customized fit of other types of carriers. However, you can use your K'tan while the new kiddo is still tiny, and then graduate to the SSC once he or she is big enough (for us that was around 4 months or so) My point being, I would look for something that will work well for you from that point on and not worry too much about the newborn factor because even the ones that claim they work for newborns don't, really. At least they don't as well as other choices.
I completely agree with Leigh that SSCs just aren't great fits for newborns. In order for them to work with older babies and toddlers, you just can't make it fit a newborn too. At least not well. Since you have a K'tan keep that around for newborn and find something that work for when that stops working as well.
I've found Bamberoos for cheaper than new Ergos before. Every now and then she'll put up a code on her FB page. That's how I got the Elephant one. I'm too cheap to pay full price for most things. My solarveil one I bought used. I'm the 3rd mom to own and use it and it's still got lots of life left in it. They are bigger bodied than the Ergo. The solarveil gives a bit of a deeper seat, so a kid won't outgrow it by height as fast as a solid cloth one of the same size in theory. Similar to them are KinderPacks. Both of which can easily be found used. Kinderpacks are sometimes found in an infant adjustable, so while still not fresh newborn friendly it works a bit sooner than Bamberoos. I'd love to try one sometime, but I'd have to sell something else for that to ever happen. I really wish I had more experience with more brands to help you out more! Most I've only read about and haven't ever been able to see in person - hoping to change that in a few months when I move close to a babywearing group!
Good point Leigh. Thank you. I was trying to not go overboard with carriers since I have 3 technically now. And another would be a 4th. No biggie though, another thing I can buy one of everything in -HA! I think next LO I will try a ring sling and maybe another smaller carrier of some sort. for now I should focus on DS and how long I want this next purchase to last. I will check out the Kinderpacks as well.
Is there a decent website for buying used carriers?
There is a FSOT section on thebabywearer.com forums. You do have to register to view the forums.
There is also a FSOT section for baby carriers on diaperswappers.com. I haven't bought from there personally, but I know others have.
My husband likes to use the phrase "backpack baby."
Ok so after alot of reading on the BW forum (my eyes hurt) I went with a kinderpack. I ordered it tonight as she has a bunch of close outs so I went with a navy/fern std carrier. That way DH will wear it. Once i get it and try it out will update you ladies! Thanks for all the info about each carrier, it is a big help to those of us who are well versed in BW.
I seriously doubt if you will be disappointed! PLEASE post a reply with your review of it on the All About SSC thread once you've had a chance to mess around with it and enjoy it! I haven't tried a KP yet, but I've heard they're great. I'm dying to try one, but it will have to wait for awhile since I'm trying to give my new woven wrap a fair chance.