slings or carriers?

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slings or carriers?

i know we touched on this awhile back but trying to consider which is more practical. i'm leaning towards a carrier only so dh could babywear as well...i know he would object but if the slings work alot better i will talk him into it. opinions?

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Lily Rose isnt comfortable in my wrap or carrier. So we don't use them yet. Hopefully when she's older. I prefer the Moby Wrap.

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I have never used a sling but I have a jeep brand carrier and a baby bjorn. I have used both with emma and she loves being in them. I like the jeep one better when they get a little heavier since the straps are more paeed on the sholders.

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I hated the Moby and love my K'tan but I know I'm not normal. I just bought a Bjorn for dh.

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hmm...as comfy as the sling looks, i'd need more support. jayden is very active and i could just see him thowing a fit in it. i found a couple that might be ok...i saw walmart had a few cheap ones, just wondering if i should not go cheap on it (go with the motto, "you get what you pay for") or if most can be ok no matter the price. but i guess that would be a good reason to keep a receipt and return it, if it doesn't work out.saw reviews for evenflo, not expensive and had decent reviews....hmm decisions!http://www.walmart.com/search/search-ng.do?ic=16_0&search_query=baby+carrier&search_constraint=0&Find=Find&pref_store=2083&tab_value=Store&clicked_tab_value=Store&tab_value=Store&clicked_tab_value=Store

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I would invest in a good carrier, the wal-mart brands are known not to have proper hip support for babies.

We have the Ergo and Babyhawk Mei Tei - both work wonderfully with Abram and he LOVES being in them. The Ergo is a tad sweaty right now but the Mei Tei allows enough airflow so we're not so hot. I tried the Moby wrap and didn't like it - too complicated for me. I would like to get a Becco carrier!

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ok thanks...found a few on amazon under those brands. trying not to buy the first thing i see, luckily i have a few friends with boys older than mine. they offered to let me borrow theirs to see how jayden takes to it.

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"shroutbabymama85" wrote:

ok thanks...found a few on amazon under those brands. trying not to buy the first thing i see, luckily i have a few friends with boys older than mine. they offered to let me borrow theirs to see how jayden takes to it.

That sounds fantastic!

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I love BWing! In fact, I have Sam in one of my woven wraps right now on me! I have several woven wraps, two ringslings, and a Beco. I've yet to use the Beco (waiting until he's older with some better head control), but so far I'm digging the wraps and slings! Sam is a very cuddly baby, so he loves to be worn all day! I second the sentiment that you need to go with something good when it comes to wearing!

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I'm ordering an Ergo this week and I'm so excited for it! I have a chronic back pain issue, and with DS1 the ONLY carrier that didn't hurt my back was the Ergo. Hated the Bjorn and DS1 didn't like being in a sling. I also have a Moby wrap and that worked well until DS1 got big enough that his weight would pull down on the shoulders and hurt my back. I actually haven't put Ronan in a carrier yet because he is still nursing every 5 minutes it feels like, and I know as soon as I got him loaded into it he would want to nurse and I'd just have to get him out. But he is starting to go a bit longer between feedings so I will probably start wearing him in the Moby soon.

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I like using my ring sling when they are itty bitty little, and soft structured buckle carriers when they are a little bigger (3+ months). So I have a ring sling that someone local made for me, an Ergo, and an Action Baby Carrier (similar to a Beco). I just ordered a prototype toddler carrier from Action Baby Carriers so we'll see how I like that.

This is similar to a Babyhawk (ties instead of buckles) but it's cheaper and available from Walmart.com:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Infantino-EcoSash-Carrier/16784337

This is similar to an Ergo and also on Walmart.com:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Infantino-Union-Ergonomic-Baby-Carrier/16490527

I use the word "similar" loosely because I'm sure there are many differences, but they are better with hip support IMO than a Snugli or a Baby Bjorn. Those are crotch dangler carriers. I have used both and they both hurt my back, but my Ergo and ABC carrier have been wonderful.

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If you are looking for a deal then you could check thebabywearer.com and buy used! You will find good brands (Beco, Boba, Ergo, etc) there too. I bought my woven wrap and my mai tei from that site and both are in great condition. I've also found baby wearing FSOT pages on Facebook but there is less accountability there than something like thebabywearer.com. I definitely recommend a brand that will position your baby properly, unlike Bjorns and others like it.

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I have several carriers. I will try to describe all of them

Sleepy Wrap (now boba wrap) - I really liked this one in the newborn stage for DS2. he was born in the winter and it kept him nice and snuggly near me. It's a bit of work to get it on, since it's just a big long strip of fabric and you have to tie it the correct way. I find it worked well for small babies, but once baby was like 15lbs it sagged a lot (it's a stretchy material) and I found it uncomfortable. I haven't used it much for Henry because it's just too darned hot this summer to be covered in a wrap.

Ring Sling - I have used this one a lot with Henry. I just recently got it from a local sling maker here www.sewfunky.ca. I really like it. It's quick to put on and my baby is very close to me. It's pretty comfortable when I put it on correctly. Sometimes I don't quite put it on right and it strains one side of my body. I have to be careful of this. I love the print on mine too

Catbirdbaby Pikkolo - https://catbirdbaby.com/index.php/shop/pikkolo/cafe-au-lait-pikkolo-carrier.html This is my favourite carrier for my newborn so far. It distributes the weight very well uniformly across my body. It's comfortable and holds the baby upright while not dangling them from the crotch. The part of the carrier where the baby's legs and bottom are cinches narrower to accommodate a newborn. Mine has a pretty pattern (I can't find it on the website though) You can wear the baby on your front or back and you can wear them forward or outward facing on the front (although I have never tried the outward facing) The carrier has clips that do up around the waist, and it is very easy to adjust it to fit. DH love to wear this one as well.

Ergo - I really love my Ergo. It's just no good for a newborn. The baby insert for the Ergo is pretty crumby IMO. I do love the carrier starting around 6 months (or earlier if the baby is bigger) The ergo has comfy padded straps in the waist and shoulders and I find it comfortable to carry my 2.5 year old! I can even carry my 4.5 year old (although he doesn't want to go in it often)

As an aside, I wouldn't buy a Bjorn or Snugli carrier. They dangle the baby by the crotch, which is not only uncomfortable for the baby, but they way the weight is centered on the adults body isn't all that comfortable once the baby gets a bit heavier. For the same price as the Bjorn you can get an Ergo and it is much more comfortable for both the wearer and the baby.

Back carry wit DS2

Front carry with DS1 at the Hoover Dam

Sorry no pictures of the other carriers

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thank you guys for the advice...i think i have a good idea on what i'll be committing to. going to go with a sling and also a bigger carrier for him. the rate he's growing, i'll need something later on. anyhow i went out last night and bought a fairly cheap infant carrier. the brand is evenflo and was only 15 dollars. very light weight, and lucked out. jayden did very well with this, i really liked being able to have him strapped to me throughout today. didn't kill my back or wear me out to carry him around. i just wish i would've tried this sooner...jayden was really content today other than having a early phase of conjunctivitis. anyhow thanks again everyone and got a few pics of us testing it out last night and today. Smile

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I went to Babies R Us today and bought a Evenflo Mei Tei carrier. He seems to do ok in it so far and it was only 35 bucks.

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"shroutbabymama85" wrote:

thank you guys for the advice...i think i have a good idea on what i'll be committing to. going to go with a sling and also a bigger carrier for him. the rate he's growing, i'll need something later on. anyhow i went out last night and bought a fairly cheap infant carrier. the brand is evenflo and was only 15 dollars. very light weight, and lucked out. jayden did very well with this, i really liked being able to have him strapped to me throughout today. didn't kill my back or wear me out to carry him around. i just wish i would've tried this sooner...jayden was really content today other than having a early phase of conjunctivitis. anyhow thanks again everyone and got a few pics of us testing it out last night and today. Smile

I'm not really familiar with the type of carrier that you have, but I know when wearing in wraps and slings, baby needs to be high enough that you can "kiss their head" without having to really lean over. You might want to check on your carrier with that. He looks kind of low to me! I think Mara has a really great pic of wearing Zintis where she can kiss his head. Also, here is one of mine I posted in one of the other threads. He's high enough on my chest that I can kiss him and keep an eye on him to make sure he's okay at all times:

But, like I said, I'm not familiar with that type of carrier, so it might be different. But I just wanted to throw that out there so you could make sure you were wearing him correctly! Also, just a thought, I might wait to wear him facing outward until he has much better head and neck control (so somewhere around 4-6 months), if at all. There is good research on why facing outward isn't very good for them: http://www.bobafamily.com/blog/2011/10/11/nine-reasons-not-to-carry-your-baby-facing-out/. Sorry, I hope you don't mind my suggestions! I just want to make sure Jayden is safe!!! Smile

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here is a website that has some good deals on carriers too. I am still in love with my K'tan and am happily typing two handed while the baby is sleeping on my chest.

http://www.nobetterdeal.com/shop/en/nbd/search/carrier-slings

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Currently I'm using a ring sling that my lovely SIL is letting me use. It works well for us for now. She likes being in there.

I want to get an Ergo for when she is bigger.
How many pounds/height would she have to be for the Ergo to be comfortable for both of us, in your opinions?

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"JDBabyHopes" wrote:

I'm not really familiar with the type of carrier that you have, but I know when wearing in wraps and slings, baby needs to be high enough that you can "kiss their head" without having to really lean over. You might want to check on your carrier with that. He looks kind of low to me! I think Mara has a really great pic of wearing Zintis where she can kiss his head. Also, here is one of mine I posted in one of the other threads. He's high enough on my chest that I can kiss him and keep an eye on him to make sure he's okay at all times:

But, like I said, I'm not familiar with that type of carrier, so it might be different. But I just wanted to throw that out there so you could make sure you were wearing him correctly! Also, just a thought, I might wait to wear him facing outward until he has much better head and neck control (so somewhere around 4-6 months), if at all. There is good research on why facing outward isn't very good for them: http://www.bobafamily.com/blog/2011/10/11/nine-reasons-not-to-carry-your-baby-facing-out/. Sorry, I hope you don't mind my suggestions! I just want to make sure Jayden is safe!!! Smile

Agree with your suggestions. Baby should be facing inward and be high on your chest. Also, I don't think it's good to for them to have their legs dangling like the above picture, either. They suggest a "froggy" pose in the early months to lessen the pressure on their hips/crotch area.

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"JDBabyHopes" wrote:

I'm not really familiar with the type of carrier that you have, but I know when wearing in wraps and slings, baby needs to be high enough that you can "kiss their head" without having to really lean over. You might want to check on your carrier with that. He looks kind of low to me! I think Mara has a really great pic of wearing Zintis where she can kiss his head. Also, here is one of mine I posted in one of the other threads. He's high enough on my chest that I can kiss him and keep an eye on him to make sure he's okay at all times:

But, like I said, I'm not familiar with that type of carrier, so it might be different. But I just wanted to throw that out there so you could make sure you were wearing him correctly! Also, just a thought, I might wait to wear him facing outward until he has much better head and neck control (so somewhere around 4-6 months), if at all. There is good research on why facing outward isn't very good for them: http://www.bobafamily.com/blog/2011/10/11/nine-reasons-not-to-carry-your-baby-facing-out/. Sorry, I hope you don't mind my suggestions! I just want to make sure Jayden is safe!!! Smile

as a ftm i appreciate the advice. truly! babywearing is a totally new thing for me. i think it'd be a great way to bond with the baby but yet still allow ya to be a little more productive throughout the day... i got mine from walmart. like i said it's temporary for now. jayden loves it but after adjusting it and having him in the right way, not the most comfortable straps on the bottom, plus you can barely adjust the top straps. i had to adjust it as far as i could and even then i still would've loved to be able adjust the top. i suppose it'll work for when i'm at the house and need to tidy it up, but will still look gonna look for something. took a few pics to show ya what i mean.

he seems comfy up higher...gonna do a little housewor and let ya know how both of us take to it.

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"Mommy D" wrote:

Currently I'm using a ring sling that my lovely SIL is letting me use. It works well for us for now. She likes being in there.

I want to get an Ergo for when she is bigger.
How many pounds/height would she have to be for the Ergo to be comfortable for both of us, in your opinions?

I've been using the Ergo for a couple weeks, my boy is 11lbs now. And we dont use the infant insert bc it isnt comfy. I just put him in thr froggy pose w/ his legs and slide him in. I find it to be very comfy already and he enjoys it!

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Well she is already 10 lbs as of last week- my little chunker. I could probably use it soon then. Will have to talk to DH about purchasing one soon then. Thanks!

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