I feel the same way and I only have one kid!
I wore DD to the Dollar Store yesterday and I finally got questioned about BW--the checkout girl said "Doesn't she get heavy back there?" and I said "No, see, because of this waist part, it's pretty much all on my hips. It's great, actually. No running around, and she's a lot happier than in a stroller." Then she made a "You learn something new every day face" and said DD was cute.
Then when we got back to the car and I took her down, I realized DD had shoplifted a stuffed bunny--she had grabbed it out of a bin as we passed by and I had completely forgotten she had it back there! Oops. The dangers of back carries!
It's funny you say that the Maya is so hot for you, Mara...I really never noticed/had a problem with that, even living in such a ridiculously hot place. But maybe I was just so far past the point of being hot all the time that I had ceased to care Makes sense, though--it IS pretty thick cotton. I guess a gauze sling would be better for your climate? But you're heading to the a cooler place soon anyway, right? (Poor Beni--hope the ear drops help her feel better quickly!)
Marcia, I honestly don't understand how moms with just one kid have productive days without BWing! lol
Leigh, that's funny (well, to me) that she shoplifted from your back!
I used my wrap out again today and decided that I need a shorter wrap if I'm going to keep doing this. I also wore DS in my elephant B'roo for his afternoon nap, which sadly only lasted 30 minutes.
I really want the linen RS that Jackie suggested. Do they make gauze slings? I have a mesh one, but, the fabric slides, and it just never felt as secure as the Maya.
But, yeah, the temp thing is an interesting one. I mean, I live in Laos now, and before this I lived in Angola, Africa. Hot places. Right now Laos is reaching the mid to high 90s every day, and before long it's going to be over 100 every day. Last year the hot season had 100+ consecutive days where the temps topped 100. And, it's humid. (Does that make a difference? You're in dry heat aren't you, Leigh? I have always lived in humid heat- even in Michigan. My SIL who grew up in AZ, can barely handle Michigan summer because of the humidity.) So right now, every day I dress to be as cool as possible- cover up enough to be respectful, but, as little as possible. Meanwhile, the locals are WEARING JEANS AND SWEATSHIRTS because the hot season hasn't technically started. Today I'm in a little jean skirt and a very thin cotton shirt (like you can pretty much see through it) and I had sweat dripping down my face while I was outside... and the locals are in long sleeves. It makes me want to die when I see it. It doesn't make sense to me, but their bodies must really, for real, for real function differently than mine.
Love the baby-shoplifters.... Jackie... that picture is priceless!!!
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Love the baby shoplifting. DD almost shoplifted a toy cow the other day at Target!
I personally think there is a big difference in heat based on whether it's humid or not. Humid heat is much worse, sweatier, and uncomfortable.
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HUMIDITY IS ONE MILLION TIMES WORSE.
I could never live for long in a hot, humid place...it's over 100 for many, many days in a row here (not 100, but for weeks at a time) but honestly it's tolerable as long as you don't have to stand around in the direct sun. We do get some humidity when the monsoons start in July and August, and then my swamp cooler doesn't work so well, so it'll be around 80-85 inside my house with some moderate humidity, but that's the worst it gets. When it's 105 and dry, my cooler works perfectly, and the time it takes to walk to the car or between stores isn't long enough for me to get sweaty (whereas with humidity, I'm sweating the very second I step outside...and miserable) My family is all from New Orleans, so I know hot and humid! And hate it! (My dad's funeral was in late July at 10am and in the twenty minutes it took all the poor men in their suits looked like they'd just climbed out of a swimming pool. I'm actually really surprised nobody fainted.)
I'm not too concerned about BW in the summer around here, but we're going to Costa Rica for ten days in June, which is their rainy season, and I'm not planning to bring a stroller, so...I guess we'll just make do!
After living in Vegas where I felt like I was living in an oven with a hair drying blowing on me, I'll take the humidity. I may change my mind after a NC summer though.
Linen ring slings are really cool and supportive. Most of the gauze ones I've seen are DIY. Most gauze isn't as easy to sew and keep safe since there is some stretch to it.
There are the Bali Breeze wraps which are hybrid gauze wraps if anyone wants to attempt wrapping in the summer. Apparently this is the coolest wrap out there that is safe for back carries too. It's a bit more forgiving than a woven since there is some stretchiness, but it stretches differently than say a Moby does (not to mention WAY thinner lol). One layer of wrap in the summer (like FWCC and Kangaroo) is way less material on baby than say a SSC like the Ergo. Depending on how you tie the carry, it can be cooler for the parent wearing but you still have that little heater hanging on you.
I've lived in both dry and humid places and I'll take the dry heat any day. You can't escape the humidity. At least here you can hide in the shade or under misters or just inside. When its hot and humid I don't want to move. My mei tai got me through last summer. It'll be the Ergo this summer (which is getting ready to start any day now).
Leigh, which carrier will you be donning at this weekend's book festival?! I was thinking my Kelty frame pack so that T could see up above the crowd a bit more. But then I'm also thinking about all the "up downs" I'll have to bear so maybe the Ergo will be best. Strollers are impossible at the festival but they're also nice to bring to have somewhere to stash ALL the books I'm going to buy!