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    I'm a rare poster here, but was hoping you mamas could give me some advice!

    Baby #5 is due in June and my kids are all pretty young (6, 5, 3, 1). We are on the go a lot and usually it is just me and the kidlets

    I need to get a new carseat for the baby as my old bucket seat has expired and contemplating just getting a convertible (radian) that stays in the car... What do you think? Insane?

    I like having the bucket because it keeps the little one contained and allows me to put baby down safely if I need to help the other kids; BUT it really is a pain lugging that heavy thing around around.

    What do you think about not getting a bucket and just keeping an ERGO (or something similar... suggestions?) in the van and using that for the baby? It would allow me two free arms, but is hassle of transferring baby worth it?

    Or an other ideas? What do other moms of many do when out? Thanks so much!

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    I use a combo of slings, the Ergo, and a really old double umbrella for the 2 smallest. I gave up lugging around the car seat awhile back, too many people need my hands too frequently. For me, moving them in and out even with the carseat never kept my light sleepers sleeping, and the heavy sleepers go back as soon as they're snuggled in the carrier or the car starts moving. My newborns like the slings, and then the Ergo is great for when they get a bit heavier for the sling.

    I will say I'm more of a fan of using the Britax (Roundabout I think?) when they're small, and then moving them out into the radian as they get bigger. Just a personal preference though.
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    I have a sling that I use too. I love that it is so compact and fits easily in a purse. I'm thinking an ERGO might be better for longer uses though. Are there age or weight limits to using them?

    I need to do more research on car seats. I really like that the Radian is so narrow, it will give me flexibility with figuring out where everyone should sit. Space will be at a premium with 5 in boosters or car seats!

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    I lurk this board even though I only have 3 and we're (probably) done. But this thread caught my eye. I got a convertible for my 3rd and just use a k'tan when we're out. He's about 13 lbs, and I usually switch to my beco when they're around 15lbs, but that was closer to 5 months with my 2nd baby. The weight limit is higher than 15lbs, it just starts to pull the fabric down a lot with the higher weights and I found 15 lbs was about as high as I'd go comfortably.
    I have the true fit car seat because I did a TON of research on which car seats would comfortably and safely fit a newborn correctly. From the research I did only 3 fit well. The true fit, radians, and one of the evenflo car seats. I tried to use the marathon with my 2nd as a newborn and she did not fit AT ALL. She was 7lbs 5oz when discharged and was 19.5 in.
    I really liked the way the true fit recline fit with my newborn. He was very snug and the newborn insert boosted him up so the straps were below his shoulders as they should be while rearfacing. He was 8lbs and 20 in at discharge. If you go to car-seat.org there are a lot of good posts about newborns in convertibles and some pictures. That's how I picked my seat.
    I haven't regretted not having the bucket once. I wear him everywhere, even when we're out to eat. It's so much easier and he sleeps so well and never fusses when he's snuggled in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kris_w View Post
    I have a sling that I use too. I love that it is so compact and fits easily in a purse. I'm thinking an ERGO might be better for longer uses though. Are there age or weight limits to using them?

    I need to do more research on car seats. I really like that the Radian is so narrow, it will give me flexibility with figuring out where everyone should sit. Space will be at a premium with 5 in boosters or car seats!
    I know the Ergo has a much much higher weight limit than the sling, to the point that I've heard of 3 and 4 year olds still carried but I've never had to use it for a bigger one, my kids are stroller/walking kids by about 3ish at the longest. They like to be able to get up and down without too much hassle, and they can't touch anything fun from way up there. :P We only carry the youngest two usually. But the Ergo is definitely more comfortable for parks, long walks, mall, etc. It distributes the weight better imo.

    The Radian is great for that. I have two rows of bench seats and two captains seats where the smallest go in the bigger car seats. Right now we have the last row out, so we have three Radians across in the back, two still in 5 point and one in a high back booster and it really was the best combo we could have come up with. I feel you on the everyone in car seats dilemma, we'll have 6 in car seats this spring and I'm not thrilled about adding another row.
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    I am due in Jan with #5 and we bought an infant car seat to use. I will have 3 kids in school and it will be my 2yr old and the newborn during the day so using the infant car seat will be easier for me to run to the store and what not. But I have an ergo and a ring sling I plan to use while home and out. If we go to the zoo I would rather carry the baby so I have 2 free hands to use with the younger 2.

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    If I were to have another baby, I'd learn how to use a wrap. I used a ring sling and a pouch sling for Thomas, and I loved them both, but they were hard on my back. The wrap is supported by both shoulders and your waste, so it's a lot easier on your back. It's just harder to learn how to use. The wrap is the most versatile, because you can use it on your front, back or side, and you can nurse in it. You can use a wrap on 3-4 year olds on your back, too (just like giving a piggy back ride with a little extra security). But I don't think you'd want to use an ergo for a kid that big. I'd think it would be hard on your back. Not that I can say for sure. Maybe someone around here has some experience with it.

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    Oh, and I think the carrier car seat is overrated. I had a great one 10 years ago with a shoulder strap, but they don't make them any more.

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    We had trouble with the Radian being rear-facing in our Honda Odyssey, it's just too tall. So we ended up with the Britax Roundabout, which is good from 5lbs (I don't remember the upper limit, but by then we'll have a Radian ready for him to use)

    I think the Ergo is a great carrier, but they say you shouldn't use it on very young babies. They do sell an insert but I found the insert impossible to use. I carried my 45lb 3 year old in the Ergo this summer.
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    So, I probably won't bother with the new bucket seat. I do have a convertible seat that works for a newborn that I can use, and I'll probably go with the Radian for a forward facing seat for my toddler.

    Ok, so my questions about ERGOs... Several of you mentioned them not being great when the babies are little. Do you mean young or small sized? I ask because my babies have weighed between 9lbs 13oz and 12lbs, so if it is a size issue, I suspect I'll be ok, but if it more of a development issue then I still might need to come up with another plan. I do have a pouch sling that I like, but I find I just can't wear it for long comfortably which is why I'm leaning more towards something more supportive. I'm not too concerned about being able to carry bigger kids around, as I've never really done that (I bring the stroller along for longer walking trips). I'm leery of wraps. They look super comfy and cozy, and I'm sure with practice they get easier to use, but they just don't seem all the convenient for errands where you're in and out of the car multiple times. Thoughts??

    Thanks so much for all the tips! I'm still trying to figure out what is going to be the best option for us... Decisions, decisions

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