Baby wrap/carrier addiction!

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Baby wrap/carrier addiction!

Okay, so when I had DS, I had a Baby K'tan. I actually didn't really care for it because I would literally sweat to death (in March!) and it just felt sooooo hot. I was actually afraid I'd overheat HIM and cause him problems! Anyhow, when he was about 6 months old, I ended up selling off my K'tan and getting a Babyhawk. I liked it well enough, but never felt like he was super "secure" after wearing him for a while. I also hated that I could never get him on my back alone... I always needed DH's help! So I rarely wore him after that if DH wasn't around.

So I love babywearing, I just haven't found what I like! Why do I keep buying things?! Lol On Black Friday I scored myself a Beco for half off (which I am super excited about! I think I'll really love this one! It seems way easier in my "trial runs" with DS!), and now I just bought myself a Boba wrap for those first few months (coupon code BW10 for 10% + free shipping ;))! I'm kind of afraid that the Boba is going to be just as hot, if not hotter than the K'tan, since it's made from denser fabric than the Moby, etc. But! I want to give it a try. I really want to babywear a lot more this time around than I did with DS, seeing as I'll now have a toddler I'll need my hands free for. I am really hoping I love it!

I just can't seem to stop buying them! Lol Anyone else have a collection?

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I never had a baby carrier so I had to google what you were talking about. It looks really comfy! I am thinking about purchasing the Moby...still undecided but need to figure it out soon...

I only have 4 more weeks if he comes on time!

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I love baby carriers! I have a baby hawk and an ergo. I didn't do a lot of baby wearing with the first two, but the carriers were useful to have around because I hate strollers. I hope to do more of it with this one. I bought myself some cotton gauze fabric that I'm going to sew into a wrap style carrier. Hopefully it'll keep us cooler than the moby fabric for summertime.

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I really am thinking of getting a Moby or Ergo - guess I should get on it soon. I had the BabyHawk and a cheapo from WMT with DD. I tried the K'Tan and didn't like it.

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Um, I have 2 Ergos (an original and a performance), 2 mei tais (one with a pretty small body, one with quite a large one), and a few ring slings.... a Maya ring sling, a mesh ring sling, and now a linen ring sling. Smile I do also own a Moby, but I only ever used it once, when DD was about two weeks old- so it was like the second week of May, and yeah, I was SO HOT I never wore it again.

The reason I bought the linen ring sling is because it is meant to be the coolest (temp wise) and I knew that I'd be wanting to wear a lot between being a beby-wearing lover and with dealing with DD. But I couldn't deal with the heat... so, yeah, a linen sling it was! I got mine from secondwombslings.com. I have also heard good things about Sleeping baby productions.

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I used a Moby (was borrowed) and a Bjorn with my first DD. I have since learned Bjorns are not ideal for their little hips and it was not that comfortable to me either. This time I've got a wrap and a mei tai to try. Oh, I also have a ring sling my sister gave me but I never got the hang of it last time. I want to go to a babywearing meeting to get help with my three carriers I want to use this time. I also really want to try an Ergo. I keep meaning to check FSOT sites but I am afraid of what my DH will say.

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I used an Action Baby Carrier the most when Parker was small (I got it when she was 3mon and used it up til 9mon or so).

Then I mostly used my Ergo (I don't remember what kind it is lol). I started trying it at 6mon and used it til I felt too pregnant to use it. I LOVE using it for back carries. That's the only way I wore her after she was about 18 months. (ETA: I just received my infant insert in the mail so I'll be testing that out - but since it's summer time it might not work out too well).

I have a Seven Sling but they aren't adjustable (you have to buy a certain size) and I didn't find much use for it (plus I got it when Parker was already 6mon old).

I bought a Moby knock off from Babies R Us online, but I hated it. It was too much fabric for me, and not "quick" like my buckle carriers so I returned it.

I had someone from my area make me a linen ring sling. I've never used one before but I think I'll like it. I didn't have a good carrier until Parker was 3mon so having this sling from the start should be nice. Smile I did get 2 crappy carriers as baby shower presents from my mother (shower for Parker). A Snugli and a Jeep, both crotch danglers, and both bad on my back. I already had back pain so those stopped getting used pretty quickly (and that's when I found the Action Baby Carrier).

I baby wore all the time. Once Parker turned 2 (in Nov) I did start using a stroller because I was pregnant and I just didn't enjoy carrying her anymore. But I absolutely loved it before I was pregnant.

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Im still trying to figure out the perfect solution for us too for carriers! We went strawberry picking yesterday and there were tons of new babies...(most of which were girls oddly enough) and I was watching what the babies were being carried in. the ring sling I saw yesterday looked so cozy...but I wonder if its hard to get it adjusted right...especially if you are short (which I am)? I reallly NEED a carrier July 5-12...we are going to NYC with all of the kids for a dance competition and I will be in the busy city and more specifically in crowded dressing rooms trying to help my daughters get changed into 16 different costumes...sometimes only having a few minutes...and really needing 2 hands. Baby should be anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 weeks old at the time...best suggestions from you guys? (sorry to highjack your thread?) Oh...and I dont have collections of anything really....I have been getting rid of tons of stuff that we dont need. trying to make room for new "stuff" for this little one! Smile

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Yep. I have run out of room amd I have a ktan breeze on the way. I'm terrified we won't have something that works and I do not want to tote my stroller on maternity leave or stay at home. I have an ergo, moby, bjrn (though it's lost), beco, and the ktan on the way. Which I dreamed about last night. They also have a water babycarrier I keep seeing that I kind of want so I can take ds to the waterpark.

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"mamato6" wrote:

Im still trying to figure out the perfect solution for us too for carriers! We went strawberry picking yesterday and there were tons of new babies...(most of which were girls oddly enough) and I was watching what the babies were being carried in. the ring sling I saw yesterday looked so cozy...but I wonder if its hard to get it adjusted right...especially if you are short (which I am)? I reallly NEED a carrier July 5-12...we are going to NYC with all of the kids for a dance competition and I will be in the busy city and more specifically in crowded dressing rooms trying to help my daughters get changed into 16 different costumes...sometimes only having a few minutes...and really needing 2 hands. Baby should be anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 weeks old at the time...best suggestions from you guys? (sorry to highjack your thread?) Oh...and I dont have collections of anything really....I have been getting rid of tons of stuff that we dont need. trying to make room for new "stuff" for this little one! Smile

Ring slings do take a little bit of figuring out, but, once you do, you're set- they're super easy and quick. Check out the baby-wearing board- there is lots of information there- and probably the most asked question is, "what do you like for a newborn?" so there are lots of answers there too!

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I'm glad I'm not the only addict!!

Mara, I'm totally going to have to look into that linen sling! I never really looked into ring slings because they kind of looked hard and weird and I figured I'd never "get" it. But I'm really concerned about babywearing through the summer months if I was hot in late winter with DS! I will definitely check that out!

I've also heard good things about the K'tan Breeze! But I had a hard time feeling comfortable in my old one, but I have heard it's much cooler!

ETA: Aw, second womb slings is closed until June 10th! Hopefully baby won't be here yet before they reopen.

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Check the sleeping baby productions one too... Jackie, probably our biggest baby-wearing expert on the baby wearing board LOVES their slings. and she makes linen ones too. Smile AND, I've heard she's SUPER fast- like, someone just posted that they ordered and I think it shipped the same day or something. Smile

Honestly, there are lots of videos online of how to wear a ring sling- and there is a great photo with instructions too (I'll see if I can find it)... it's NOT that hard once you figure it out~

Here's the pic:

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It's times like this that I wish I had a stash of money for myself. I would try a linen RS, a linen wrap and an Ergo... At least. I've heard great things about using linen carriers for hot summer months.

Keep in mind that you can buy carriers used too. Diaperswappers has a BW FSOT page and then there is also thebabywearer.com. I bought my wrap amd my MT from moms on there. I also joined some swap groups on Facebook and people sell on those often. Some are local groups and others are much bigger.

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so is the Maya ring sling the best.....what one is the best guys?

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You're going to get a lot of different opinions on that one, Amy... and rightly so as with anything- different fits/whatever just work better for different people. Maya is very popular (also more expensive- about $25 more than the other two companies I listed), but they are definitely high quality and I have never really heard anyone complain about them. *MY* only complaint about the Maya RS was that I got hot in it- but that is because I was in humid Michigan in the summer months. A bunch of ladies on the baby-wearing board who live in HOT, but not humid places, said that they loved their Mayas and never had any problems with them being too hot/feeling too heavy. So that is why I went with a linen RS this time- because I need the coolest option possible.

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That's going to be based on you really. I have friends who swear by their Moby wraps, but I hated mine. I like secure, quick, easy buckle carriers the most. But will hopefully enjoy my linen ring sling in the early months to make nursing easy. The excess fabric that hangs down can be used as a nursing cover too!

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My favorite so far has been my Ergo--I use the infant insert.....I also use a pouch sling and like that for the first few months.

I used to use a Bjorn, but like my Ergo MUCH better.

Happy shopping! It is hot here in the summer, too, but I found the Ergo manageable last time (I had a May baby.....)

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"Marite13" wrote:

Ring slings do take a little bit of figuring out, but, once you do, you're set- they're super easy and quick. Check out the baby-wearing board- there is lots of information there- and probably the most asked question is, "what do you like for a newborn?" so there are lots of answers there too!

Definitely come on over to the babywearing board (link in my siggy)! Love to have more people offering input and asking questions. Lots of us over there are currently toddler wearing and remember what worked and what didn't work for us during those newborn months.

My favorite ring sling videos are from Sakura Bloom (another great RS brand!). http://www.youtube.com/user/sakurabloombabysling/videos

I love Sleeping Baby Productions because her prices are reasonable, she's fast, and her shoulder is a pleated one that most people find easy to use and comfortable (the main difference between different ring slings are their shoulder styles).

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Mine is pleated. I didn't realize there were different shoulder styles. But yay! I got a good one lol.

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I just wanted to add that I never had an infant insert because my Ergo was a hand-me-down, but, I used the Ergo with my daughter while we were living in Africa and it was like 10,000,000 degrees every day. I actually don't think I was as hot in it as in the Maya RS because at least with the Ergo your whole back is exposed- where as the ring sling fabric wraps all the way around you. DD and I would definitely get sweaty on my tummy/her tummy when wearing the Ergo in that heat- but, I think it's bound to happen with almost any carrier if you're just pressed up against someone for that long in the heat. The linen ring sling and the Ergo will be my go-tos with this baby as well (Ergo once the baby is big enough to not need the insert, since I don't have one).

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I just order a babyhawk... I've only used pouch slings in the past and am sooo looking forward to the new one arriving so I can test it out!

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I think I'm totally getting myself one of SBP's linen slings! Unfortunately, I guess she's swamped right now and is closed through the end of the week! Oh well, I'll order one when she reopens. Wink My 30th birthday is next Monday, so happy Mother's Day/birthday to me! Ha. Now DH can't b*tch about another carrier purchase. Wink

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Mara, you got me addicted to RS's! I ordered a linen RS from SBP, and now I'm eyeing up some of the mesh ones for water play this summer. Wink Although, I'm being good and waiting until baby is here before I buy it! I am excited, but want to make sure it's my "thing"!

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Huh. NObetterdeal.com has never failed me before, but sent me a S instead of a L on the K'tan breeze twice now. Sad I'm already an E, I can't imagine the small will fit while I'm breastfeeding.