Anyone know much about this carrier? being sold for $50 which is a good deal. wondering if I'll like it compared to my O&A???
I believe the O&A (even assuming you have the smaller size) is wider than the BBII. The BBII is only 13" wide. That's pretty tiny across for toddlers. That is a fantastic deal if you want to try it anyways. If you don't like it you could easily get your money back by selling it at that price (or for $7 more if you have to ship it from selling online). Think about what you do and don't like about the O&A. It does have a big curved waist which not everyone does well with. Look at strap padding and how long it is - does it work for you? You can google the strap lengths and such for have a better comparison.
I've tried them both on with Aiden last spring and didn't care for either personally, but I didn't directly compare the two to remember anything that stuck out. I'm not a big SSC fan on average I've come to realize though - especially smaller bodied ones (which is why I really want a toddler sized SSC for Aiden). I like to put on a carrier and have it fit right every time where SSCs have to be slowly adjusted with use till you find that "sweet spot" (which is why my husband gets mad when I let other moms try out his Ergo here lol). I don't have patience for that.
Thanks jackie! I think I'll pass then. I really want a new SSC but can't seem to find anyone that has one to just try out. Only thing around seems to be the Ergo and not a huge fan of it.
What about rent a carrier for a couple of weeks? PAXbaby's Sling Exchange
I hated my Beco and sold it for $50 as soon as my SIL gave me her old Ergo. I LOOOOVE my Ergo, though.
The Beco was way too complicated, IMO. I like how simple and comfortable the Ergo is. It's not the cutest carrier, but it's hard to beat for comfort and functionality.
okay, doing more research and I'm looking at these two -
BabyHawk O Snap
Any experience with either?
Also wondering if I'd like a half-buckle Mai Tai?
Plus, still have to figure out what RS to get for baby #3 eventually! ha ha
Or maybe a Bambaroo? That's the elephant one you have right Jackie?
Yes, I have a bamberoo - the green elephant one. In some pics over at BWing you'll see a SV Bamberoo (has the mesh-like big white center panel). My BFF has it now and her and her DH both use it. I was able to find both of those B'roos for cheaper than a new KP, which is why I haven't tried a KP yet. I'll have a chance next week hopefully to explore an infant adjustable KP. I'll probably try it on with DS anyways just to have a pregnant comparison of the two. lol. (Local mama friend needs help with ring slings b/c her baby is too small for the KP even adjusted all the way down).
I have been able to directly compare the Oh Snap! and a baby sized B'roo. First impression with a 25-26 lb toddler was that I hated the OS. BUT when it comes to SSCs I like padding. Lots of padding. I like a longer padded waist (my big gripe with the Ergo) so there's less webbing (strap) on my tummy. Body size was fine on DS in both. The buckles are definitely different on the OS. Lots more fiddling required to find that sweet spot, which with a one time try on I wasn't going to get. The OS has much thinner width straps and not as thick of padding as the B'roo or Ergo (using the Ergo also as a comparison since they're so easy to know about and "feel up" locally lol). The B'roo padding is like the Ergo - definitely quite a bit there! Only unlike the Ergo it's made of a different material, a much more dense foam similar to the waist. OS was thinner like most other main stream SSCs. I have tried an O&A (smaller size) and it wasn't a good fit for DS for me to really remember much about it. I was much more interested in the OS that day since there is a lot of love for them. I think it's a personal decision of which you'd prefer - also depends on your body type. I like lots of foam padding, so I love the B'roo. KP is similar, but I think the KP technically has wider straps. KP straps do have a more pronounced curve to them than the B'roo. In comparison, Ergo straps barely curve compared to the B'roos I've had. Curve just changes how they feel, sit on your shoulders, etc. B'roo has a bigger padded waist portion (way longer than the Ergo) and still slightly bigger than the OS. Probably my favorite part of KP and B'roo - waists! Not sure on how long the KP waist padding is, but it's gotta be up there with B'roo.
OS has one very set in stone body size (technically an inch shorter than their mei tais). Body height was fine for me when I tried it on. B'roo has a stocking with basic carriers (what my elephant is), but does very regular customs so there are tons of customs hanging around swaps. When buying used, ALWAYS ask the body size because there are variations (the SV B'roo was someone's custom once upon a time). KP has very rare customs (hasn't done them in awhile actually), so for the most part an infant, standard, etc sizes are pretty consistent.
All three have very loving followers. I do see more KP followers on TBW, but KP does much more regular stockings. Honestly, I like the fabric patterns more on the B'roo so I'm not usually tempted to grab a KP when I peak at her stockings. lol. OS is a love it or hate it. I only really remember hating the shoulder strap padding and width of the straps. But that same day I also hated O&A, Becos, etc. I'm a bit partial to wrapping, my wide padded SSCs, and padded MTs. lol
In writing this I think I convinced myself I need a KP for a toddler carrier (been looking and debating for DH since he needs to move on past the Ergo since he constantly complains about DS being hands out and finding trouble). I think I'll like the wide straps with a big curve to them due to my sloping shoulders. If only I could find one in a standard that I like the look of.......and DH won't hate. I'll probably end up with a B'roo. When in doubt between carriers b/c they're similar I go for looks.
Oh and I've never tried a HB. If you love mei tais, but want a more structured waist they could be great. I honestly keep SSCs around for rainy days and gross places at this point because I'm not wrapping in the rain or in mud. I love my MTs (been heavenly this pregnancy!), but now that I'm no longer scared of wrapping not sure how much love they'll keep getting (I have a baby sized and a toddler sized and the rest have moved on now). Though I'm *really* curious about wrap conversions with the nice wide straps. Not as intimidating as wrapping, but could have the same lovely support - especially in a front carry. Mmmm.