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Sevilla
06-19-2007, 08:47 PM
Baby Carriers and Slings - Why do we wear our babies?

Welcome to the wonderful world of babywearing! Wearing your baby is an excellent way to promote a strong parent-baby bond and foster a loving, nurturing relationship.

What do the experts say about wearing your baby?

From www.askdrsears.com:


A baby learns a lot in the arms of a busy caregiver. Carried babies fuss less and spend more time in the state of quiet alertness, the behavior state in which babies learn most about their environment. Babywearing improves the sensitivity of the parents. Because your baby is so close to you, you get to know baby better. Closeness promotes familiarity.

see also:
The Benefits of Babywearing (http://www.askdrsears.com/html/5/T051100.asp#T051103 )
Why Wear Your Baby? Nurturing Today & Yesterday (http://www.kangarookorner.com/choose.aspx?tb-wearNurturing.aspx)
Why Wear Your Baby? Psychological Benefits (http://www.kangarookorner.com/choose.aspx?tb-wearPsychological.aspx)
Why Wear Your Baby? Health Benefits (http://www.kangarookorner.com/choose.aspx?tb-wearHealth.aspx)
To Have And To Hold (http://www.kangarookorner.com/choose.aspx?tb-wearHold.aspx)
The Advantages of Baby Wearing (http://www.peppermint.com/advantages.htm)
Cuddle Up! Slings and Baby Carriers (http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/slings.asp)
Increased Carrying Reduces Infant Crying (http://www.portareipiccoli.it/trial_hunziker.htm)
The Importance of the In-Arms Phase (http://www.continuum-concept.org/reading/in-arms.html)
Baby Wearing (http://www.mothersnature.com/babies/info/babywearing.html)
Baby Wearing or Bucket Baby (http://www.mothersnature.com/babies/info/wearingTF.html)
Nine In Nine Out (http://www.nineinnineout.org/localgroups.htm) - Get help and support for babywearing locally! NINO groups meet across the country and are a great way to try out different carriers as well as get help using the ones you already have.

Sevilla
06-19-2007, 08:48 PM
Choosing a Sling

There are so many different types of baby carriers and slings, and it can be overwhelming trying to figure out which style is best for you and your baby. The first step is to determine your needs. How old is your baby? Do you hope to use this carrier throughout your child’s early years or only for a few months? What positions would you like to use when you carry your baby?
Once you determine your needs you can begin to explore the different styles of slings.

Here are some websites which offer reviews of different brands and styles of slings and baby carriers:

The Baby Wearer (http://www.thebabywearer.com) The definitive site for babywearing information. Visit the review section for reviews on every type of carrier imaginable! Their message boards are also helpful for finding info on carrier questions and are a great place to buy used carriers.
Kangaroo Korner articles and reviews (http://www.kangarookorner.com/choosing.aspx) Opinions and reviews of several types of carriers, as well as excellent articles about why carrying your baby is important
Pro's and con's of various carriers styles (http://www.pittsburghnino.com/types.htm)
Another Comparison Chart (http://www.peppermint.com/comparison.htm)
Choosing a Baby Sling or Baby Carrier (http://www.peppermint.com/choosing.htm)
A Guide to Choosing a Baby Carrier (http://www.thebabywearer.com/articles/WhatTo/BriefGuide.htm)
Glossary (http://www.thebabywearer.com/info/Glossary.htm) Explanation of many terms you will see as you read about baby carriers.
Attached to Baby (http://www.attachedtobaby.com) is a great website for browsing all the carrier styles in one location, and they also have an extensive photo gallery and message boards.

In the posts below you will find photos and brief explanations of the types of slings/carriers available. Most are only available online, but some can be purchased in regular stores (particularly in baby boutiques in larger cities like L.A., Chicago, and NYC).

Sevilla
06-19-2007, 08:48 PM
TYPES OF CARRIERS

Pouches: Great for newborns and for hip carries with older infants; very easy to use - "the training wheels of baby carriers". Getting them sized correctly is very important. Easy to sew on your own if you're crafty. Compact for the diaper bag.

Examples:
Peanut Shell microfleece pouch (www.goo-ga.com)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v452/Champagnepunch/Babywearing%20Thread%20Pics/MFSum__4-zoom.jpg

Hotslings cotton pouch (www.hotslings.com)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v452/Champagnepunch/Babywearing%20Thread%20Pics/media.jpg

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Ring Slings: These are highly adjustable and very versatile. You can do a variety of carrying positions in ring slings, though they can be harder to figure out at first. They are made of a long piece of fabric which wraps around the caregiver’s body and over one shoulder and is held together with two large metal rings. Ring slings have a “tail”, which is fabric that hangs down from the rings. There are different shoulder styles for ring slings which affect appearance and comfort. Here is a link with drawings and descriptions of different shoulders - http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/shoulders.html

Examples:
Ellaroo sling (http://store.attachedtobaby.com/searchresult.aspx?categoryid=3)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v452/Champagnepunch/Babywearing%20Thread%20Pics/ops-plum-model2.jpg

Zolowear (www.zolowear.com)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v452/Champagnepunch/Babywearing%20Thread%20Pics/350_twylacornflower.jpg

Sevilla
06-19-2007, 08:49 PM
Asian Carriers/Mei Tais: This is a simple fabric soft carrier, usually made of one large piece of fabric to hold the baby and two long straps which wrap around the caregiver. It is modeled after traditional Chinese mei tai carriers and truly lets you have both arms free. Baby can be worn on your front facing in our out or on your back. Long straps can sometimes feel cumbersome to wrap around, especially if you're out somewhere, but once the carrier on it is very secure, comfortable, and easy to use - you just tie knots to attach it. There are several other variations such as Onbuhimos (Japan) and Podegis (Korea) that utilize just one set of straps instead of two.

Examples:
Babyhawk Mei Tai (www.babyhawk.com)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v452/Champagnepunch/Babywearing%20Thread%20Pics/double.jpg

Kozy Carrier (www.kozycarrier.com)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v452/Champagnepunch/Babywearing%20Thread%20Pics/image003.jpg

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Wraps: This is a long piece of fabric that wraps around the caregiver and baby. Wraps are really versatile and can be worn in lots of different ways--front, back, hip, nursing, cradle, kangaroo. They are either woven, stretchy or gauze. Stretchy wraps are pretty forgiving and are good for beginners; gauze wraps are very light; and wovens are the most supportive (and most expensive). Wrapping can be complicated to learn at first, but it is worth it! If you have a newborn especially, wrapping allows them to be cuddled close to their caregivers and is a great way to do skin-to-skin 'kangaroo'.

Wraps are measured in meters. The shortest are rebozos at ~2.7m, and the longest are usually about 5.5m. You can do all possible carries with a long wrap, but may have considerable length left over when doing some carries; with a rebozo or shorter wrap, you cannot do all possible carries, but you won't have an excessive amount of fabric to work with when doing carries that require less fabric.

Moby stretchy Wrap (www.mobywrap.com)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v452/Champagnepunch/Babywearing%20Thread%20Pics/bw-m_sienna-2_x.jpg

Hopp woven wrap (www.attachedtobaby.com)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v452/Champagnepunch/Babywearing%20Thread%20Pics/bc-ww-h_hamburg_x.jpg

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Hip Carriers: Great for older infants and toddlers, this carrier allows you to carry babies on your hip. Some brands are mass marketed such as the Playtex Hip Hammock. The Scootababy (http://www.scootababy.com/) is a new hip carrier of very high quality and comfort.

Examples:
Ellaroo Mei Hip (www.peppermint.com)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v452/Champagnepunch/Babywearing%20Thread%20Pics/peppermintcom_1930_4119022.jpg

Playtex Hip Hammock (mass marketed)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v452/Champagnepunch/Babywearing%20Thread%20Pics/B0007XTN5S.jpg

Sevilla
06-19-2007, 08:50 PM
Soft-structured carriers: These are very popular for carrying older babies and toddlers as the carriers are very comfortable with good support, yet are not bulky or heacy like commercial (mass marketed) backpack carriers. They can be worn on the front or back.

Examples:
Ergo (www.ergobabycarrier.com)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v452/Champagnepunch/Babywearing%20Thread%20Pics/ergoback.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v452/Champagnepunch/Babywearing%20Thread%20Pics/ergo5sm.jpg

Beco (www.ecobabies.com)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v452/Champagnepunch/Babywearing%20Thread%20Pics/CocoaButterfly.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v452/Champagnepunch/Babywearing%20Thread%20Pics/MarseilleAction.jpg

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Front Carrier are a soft carrier designed for holding newborns and infants upright. They are mass marketed in stores such as Target, Wal-mart, Babies R Us. The redesigned "Bjorn Active" is the most comfortable and supportive of these carriers, but it is expensive. Examples include the Baby Bjorn (http://www.babybjorn.com/index.asp?language=US) and Snuggli. There is some controversy about the effects of this type of carrier on a baby's spine development.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v452/Champagnepunch/Babywearing%20Thread%20Pics/13645_MID_l.jpg
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Backpack carriers (mass marketed): Usually used for toddlers and older children, this carrier goes on your back. It is great for long walks and hiking. Examples include the Kelty Kids line (http://www.kelty.com/kelty/kids.php)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v452/Champagnepunch/Babywearing%20Thread%20Pics/KIDS_journey.jpg

Sevilla
06-19-2007, 08:50 PM
Wearing Your Baby

Once you acquire a sling, you may still have questions about using it correctly. There are so many excellent online resources for correct carrier use.

Safe Babywearing (http://www.thebabywearer.com/articles/HowTo/SafeBabywearing.htm)
Instructions (http://www.cottoncradles.com/instructions.htm)for Moby Wrap, Ella Roo Wrap, Hug a Bub Wrap, Ella Roo Lightly Padded Sling (those directions would work for other ring slings as well)
Instructions For Wearing Many Types of Slings (http://www.peppermint.com/baby-wearing-instructions.htm)
Ring Sling Instructional Videos (http://www.mayawrap.com/n_video.php)
Another Link to Ring Sling Video Instructions (http://www.thebabywearer.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1986)
Troubleshooting Common Sling Problems (http://www.thebabywearer.com/articles/HowTo/CommonSlingProblems.htm)

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Do-it-yourself and miscellaneous

Would your child like a sling for his or her dolls and stuffed animals? Most sling makers also make child slings. Check out ATB's great selection of child slings (http://store.attachedtobaby.com/SearchResult.aspx?categoryid=102&Category=Doll-Carriers)

Are you creatively inclined? You can make your own baby sling!

How to Make a Sling (http://www.jenrose.com/sling/slingtxt.htm)
No Sew Ring Sling (http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/index.html?Baby/no_sew.html)
Maya Wrap Sewing Instructions (http://www.mayawrap.com/sewSling.shtml)
Lightly Padded Sling Pattern (http://www.geocities.com/samanthalane/sling/)
Padded Sling Instructions (http://m134.bravepages.com/kel/slingmake.html)
http://www.thebabywearer.com/lists/Sewing.htm

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Nursing in a Sling

Slings are excellent for discreetly nursing your baby in public. Most nursing mothers find that a ring sling has the adjustability desired for comfortable nursing. An open tail provides a nice cover for your baby as s/he eats, and it can double as a burp cloth to wipe up any little messes that happen.

Here are some sites with information on nursing in a sling:

TaylorMade Slings position info (http://www.taylormadeslings.com/instructions.html)
On The Go With Your Breastfed Baby (http://www.parentingweb.com/ap/deb_onthego.htm)
Nursing in a Sling (http://zolowear.com/WearingNursing.aspx)

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Looking For Local Babywearing Help?

Try these sites to see if there is a local babywearing group or class near you:

Wear Your Baby (http://www.wearyourbaby.com/Default.aspx?tabid=87)
Nine In Nine Out (http://www.nineinnineout.org/localgroups.htm)

Sevilla
06-19-2007, 08:51 PM
Where Can I Get a Baby Carrier?

There are so many places to shop for baby carriers. The following is a list of some of the more popular sites.

Stores offering all types of carriers:
www.attachedtobaby.com
www.peppermint.com
www.kangarookorner.com

Pouches & Ring Slings:
www.hotslings.com
www.goo-ga.com
www.zolowear.com
www.sleepingbaby.net
www.mamasmilk.com
www.neptunebaby.com
www.sakurabloom.com
www.kangarookorner.com
www.mayawrap.com
www.taylormadeslings.com

Asian Style/Mei Tais/Soft-structured Carriers:
www.kozycarrier.com
www.babyhawk.com
www.freehandbaby.com
www.sachicarriers.com
www.meitaibaby.com
www.meitaicarrier.com
www.sachi.com
www.rosiebaby.com
www.ecobabies.com

Wraps:
www.attachedtobaby.com - one of the best places to buy wraps, large assortment
www.birdiesroom.com - excellent place to buy wraps, especially Didymus
www.stellaris.com (BB Slen & Bebina)

**You can also buy and sell carriers on a number of different message board communities, especially www.TheBabyWearer.com's For Sale or Trade board**

Sevilla
06-19-2007, 08:52 PM
* We are now open for posts*
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copied over from the previous thread:

I'm a BW idiot. I can't figure out my KKAFP. We were doing okay in the tummy to tummy position but now DD wants to put her legs down and stand up. But what I want to do is carry her in the cradle position but she keeps getting lost. She just sinks down and gets covered up by the fabric. I have it on the smallest set of snaps. What am I doing wrong?

PinkBeary
06-19-2007, 09:18 PM
thank you sevilla for starting this thread.

just subscribing.

LRL
06-19-2007, 11:59 PM
Thanks for the new thread Sevilla! :)

Wrighty26
06-20-2007, 04:51 AM
Thanks for the new thread!

maryanne
06-20-2007, 10:55 AM
thanks for the new home sevilla!


brand new camel ergos--onLY $80
http://www.thebabywearer.com/forum/showthread.php?t=139539

mel7dog
06-20-2007, 10:59 AM
Do those of you with older babies still wear them around a lot? DS who is about 14m would much rather be playing and getting into everything at this point. I am sad, I miss wearing him everywhere. He only likes to be worn for 30 min or so now, so only for short trips really.

Sevilla
06-20-2007, 12:24 PM
Do those of you with older babies still wear them around a lot? DS who is about 14m would much rather be playing and getting into everything at this point. I am sad, I miss wearing him everywhere. He only likes to be worn for 30 min or so now, so only for short trips really.
I don't wear DS as often now, especially b/c he takes just one nap and I don't wear him for napping like when he was younger. We still use a carrier almost every day though. I rarely use our stroller - and never for running errands. When I run errands I put DS on my hip or back in a carrier in lieu of the shopping cart (usually so i have more room in the cart ;)). When I am doing certain things around the house I'll put him on my back to keep him out of the way - i've started using a high back carry so he is able to see over my shoulder if i'm cooking b/c he loves watching us cook. I also wear him if he's getting upset and we're out somewhere - the carrier (usually a ring sling) calms him down really fast.

And lately he's been wanting to be in a front carry for a few minutes before settling down to sleep - we'll do our nighttime routine, he won't be settled, i'll walk him around for a couple minutes in our Kozy, and then he's ready to go right to sleep.

KeliAnn
06-20-2007, 12:50 PM
Just dropping off some pics of DD (5w) in my favorite carrier after our walk last night - the Moby wrap:
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1258/576698735_73d7430f8e.jpg

up close
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1177/576702011_d5fcf8153c.jpg

We also have a Hotsling, and I keep it in the car for quick trips into the grocery store, etc. But I feel like she's much more secure in the Moby, and she always falls asleep in it, so that's what I use the most.

lil_nance
06-20-2007, 01:07 PM
Where can I buy Solarveil? I want to make a hood type cover for my BH. Is it in regular fabric stores (ragshop, Joann's) or do I have to order online?

LRL
06-20-2007, 01:51 PM
lil nance- Solarveil is only available though it's manufacturer. There are several co-ops for solarveil on Yahoo. I belong to one, and will be back later to post the link for you if you are interested. There are a couple of on-line places that sell it too, I can't remember who, but will search around for you later. (ETA: I guess I was thinking solarveil itself!)

Co-op link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/solarveilcoop/?yguid=220370037

Keli- How sweet! IMO there is nothing better than an infant passed out in a wrap!

Marisa
06-20-2007, 01:51 PM
Nancy - you have to order through the company, and they sell by the yard -- $10.00 (plus shipping). www.solarveil.com

How much do you need? I have a lot of khaki on hand, if you just want a smaller piece. PM me! :)

SD601
06-20-2007, 04:23 PM
Mel7dog, my DS went through a stage after he started walking, er, running, where he didn't want to be worn. It lasted until just recently, but now he's really enjoying being worn again (he's 22-months). Whenever we are out and about and even occasionally for naps now. Keep those carriers for later, or trade them in for heavy toddler carriers!

Here's my new Silly Goose Baby MT. It's adjustable on the bottom from 8" to 22". I like tall, really wide carriers for toddlers, so it's perfect. I have a big boy, and he's really comfy in it! I posted these on TBW, too. You can see how wide it is on his legs...it goes all the way to his knees.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i190/inimeg81/DSC_0394.jpg http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i190/inimeg81/DSC_0009-4.jpg

boilermaker
06-21-2007, 09:06 AM
Sevilla, thanks for starting the new thread!
Kelly, what a cutie!!!
SD, I hope to still be wearing my DD when she's a toddler.

I thought I would drop off some pics of my new BH and my hotsling in the hip position (DD hated it as a newborn but likes it now).

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1427/578323062_62c274cecb.jpg?v=0

forgive the blimp in the background, we were visiting a friend yesterday who works there
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1046/578112543_272181e4f5.jpg?v=0

mobox
06-21-2007, 10:56 PM
Great shots everyone! Kely, there is NO way you just had a baby 5 weeks ago, you look amazing.

WE are going up to the mountains this weekend and might try the Ergo for the first time....we'll see. DH is so happy with the Bjorn that it's hard to get him to try a new one.

And I'm SO upset...I lost my Hotsling. I swear I can't find it anywhere and I've been looking for over a week. I'm sad, sad, sad. Now I need to go buy another. BOO!

Linnybubbles
06-22-2007, 07:35 AM
Just so you know, they are on sale at babycenter.com and if you put Save15% in the coupon box, you get that off too.

Linnybubbles
06-22-2007, 07:45 AM
Okay, so I think I need to venture into the carrier. My daughter (11 mos) hates being in her stroller, which is making any trip to the mall or anywhere else a nightmare. So, she weighs about 23 pounds. I want something I can use on the hip. Would the Moby or the Hotsling be a good choice? they are both on sale at Babycenter, so I was hoping....

Sevilla
06-22-2007, 08:08 AM
Linybubbles - if you want a hip carry I would not go with a regular Hotsling since you have an almost-toddler. The single layer cotton is not supportive enough. However, their double layer reversibles ARE supportive enough. The Solarveil is as well, though sizing can be tricky with it. Are you oppposed to ring slings? Because I find those to be the best option for my toddler both comfort-wise and fit-wise. A moby would not serve you well as it is intended for newborns and has a lot of fabric to wrap.

I would recommend either a double layer pouch, a ring sling such as a mayawrap lightly padded, or a hip carrier such as the Ellaroo Mei Hip.

Have you considered getting a back carrier like an Ergo or Mei Tai instead though? I never use our stroller to run errands and my DS is 15 months old, and I always carry him on my back instead of my hip b/c it's a lot easier.

Linnybubbles
06-22-2007, 08:15 AM
Sevilla" Well, now I am looking at the options and feeling crazy! I am not opposed to anything at this point, I am feeling pretty desperate to get something so that I can enjoy myself. A lot of people seem to like the BabyHawk, can I wear this front and back?

mkvh
06-22-2007, 08:18 AM
Thanks for the tip on the Moby sale, Linny!! I just ordered one for my SIL whose baby arrived Tuesday. I've been waiting for a sale! It came to a little over $36 with shipping. THANK YOU!

OH, and DD and I both love our Ellaroo Mei Hip and our Ergo. Though we never use the Ergo for quick shopping trips, we use the MH for that ALL. THE. TIME.

Sevilla
06-22-2007, 08:44 AM
Linnybubbles - is there a NINO group near you or a brick and mortar store that sells carriers? That would let you try them on and see what you like and would definitely help narrow things down.

juliemag
06-22-2007, 09:48 AM
Hi all, I would like to try my hand at wrapping. DS is 3 months old and about 14 lbs. What would be a good wrap to begin with? I dont think I'd get much use out of a moby wrap at this point. I was thinking of a girasol or hopp. Any other recs? Also, I am not opposed to spending the $ if its something I can use for a while. :)

Sevilla
06-22-2007, 10:37 AM
Hi Julie :). I would get a woven wrap at this point. It won't be cool enough to wear outdoors in the summer though. You could also consider a Bali Baby Breeze or a Hot Mama Wrap too.

Otherwise, browse through the wrap options at http://store.attachedtobaby.com and go with a colorway that you like :). I tend to recommend buying a wrap used b/c then it is softer and more broken in.

juliemag
06-22-2007, 10:56 AM
Thanks Sevilla! :) What length should I look for? I was thinking the 4 m ones should be about right. I have my eye on this Tiramisu Girasol wrap. I may have to bite the bullet and beg DH for it!

LRL
06-22-2007, 11:18 AM
Julie- Can you give us some idea of your clothing size, body type, etc? If you are doing a FWCC (Front wrap cross carry, or pocket wrap cross carry like Keli in the above photos) then I would suggest a longer size. Most people start with a size 6 (4.6), but a size 5 (4.2ish) works well for a lot of smaller mamas.

Sevilla
06-22-2007, 11:26 AM
I would get a 4.6m length - 4.2 would be too short for you to do the most popular carries such as Front Wrap Cross Carry and Back Wrap Cross Carry. I'm a size 0-2 and use a 4.6 for FWCC with my DS. I can do it with a 4.2, but i don't have much left to tie with. The Tiramisu Girasol is soooo pretty! I love the three stripe ones.

juliemag
06-22-2007, 11:37 AM
I'm a size 8/10 usually and roughly a Medium on top. I guess I will keep my eye on the 4.6m length wraps. Thanks ladies! :)

Sevilla
06-22-2007, 11:55 AM
Definitely get a 4.6 then - that will be the perfect length! And be sure to have people you're buying from give exact measurements b/c shrinkage and such can affect wrap length - just b/c it was bougght new as a '4.6' doesn't mean it still is :).

mimieliza
06-22-2007, 01:00 PM
Just thought I'd drop off a pic of DH wearing our new PINK Ergo (yes, real men wear pink)! :D

http://mimieliza.smugmug.com/photos/164697387-M.jpg

I need to get a pic of me wearing DD in our Hotslings pouch since I use that all the time. We also use our Kozy mei tai a lot.



Linnybubbles - I think the Babyhawk is wonderful, you might want to look at the Toddlerhawk (same as the regular babyhawk with a longer body to support a larger toddler). If you used that, you probably wouldn't need a stroller for shopping trips - just load her up in the Babyhawk and off you go. It's very supportive. It can be worn front or back

The Ergo would be a good choice, too. It is sooooo comfortable and relatively easy to get on for back carries. It's not my favorite for front carries, but it can be done. Just not as wonderfully comfortable.

A pouch (like the Hotslings pouch) is good for quick up and downs - like if she starts out in the stroller, but then wants to be up for awhile, and then goes back into the stroller. I find my single-layer HS to be fine in terms of support, but my babe is only about 15 lbs. at this point. I'm looking for a double-layer HS (gently used so I can save some $$$), so if I ever find one I'll report back about the difference in support. A pouch is the way to go for ease of use - just make sure it fits well - she should feel very snug and close to you. Some Target stores have started selling Hotslings in limited sizes, so if you live near one you could try them out to see what size works best.

I would stay away from the Moby at this point. Most people think that the stretchy wraps are not supportive enough for a larger baby.

LRL
06-22-2007, 01:05 PM
Julie- I agree with Sevilla, definitely a 4.6. I am 5'8", your clothing size, and can use a 4.0 meter wrap for all my favorite carries (FWCC, etc.) but we have done a ton of wrapping, and I wrap in the tails with my shortest wraps.

TracyDP
06-22-2007, 01:06 PM
Does anyone have any suggestions on what style of diaper bag works best with a sling? I plan on wearing my baby with the sling as much as possible when out and about, however I was wondering what type of diaper bag might be the most compatible with it. The bag I use now as a purse is a medium size messenger style that I usually wear across the chest (which I'm thinking won't work with the sling). I guess the choices are Tote (over one shoulder & under arm) or backpack (not as accessable quickly) or regular messenger just over one arm instead of across.

I know the correct answer is "wait til you have the baby then try some out with the sling" but I'm way to impatient for that, and I want to register for a few bags for the shower.

Sevilla
06-22-2007, 02:21 PM
Tracy - it depends on what type of carry you do most often. With a newborn where you wear them on your front, a backpack style was the best option for me. But once i moved to wearing DS on my hip and back, a back that went over just one shoulder Tote style worked the best :).

Ohana
06-22-2007, 02:34 PM
Thank you for starting the new thread, Sevilla. I tried to follow along in the last thread, but it was somewhat overwhelming!

DD#2 is now 9 months old, and I usually carry her in my trusty old ring sling. I love it because it's a great multi-tasker. When DD#1 was small, I used it as a sling, leash, and picnic blanket all in the same day! But I'm interested in broadening my horizons somewhat and need advice...

I love the look of the mei tai and onbuhimo (funny, my mom has always called hers obuihimo, but I digress), and would like to give them a try. However, I am overweight, and totally self conscious that the strings will cut into my tubby tummy and back and make me look like I'm being cut in half. Any larger ladies have a mei tai or onbuhimo who can set my fears to rest?

LRL
06-22-2007, 04:37 PM
Ohana- I know you can use backpack straps with a MT (both on the front and the back). It is a little less comfortable than crossing the straps as that gives more support, but can be done. Maybe Sevilla has tried it? I have only done backpack type straps with a wrap, and that has been comfortable on my shoulders for a couple of hours.

SD601
06-22-2007, 04:58 PM
Ohana, I have a very fluffy tummy, and I find MT's work really well. I just tie really high, above my fluffy tummy. That's one of the reasons I don't use SSC very often, as you wear them on your hip, and um, it cuts into my flub...ick! Oh, wait, I'm only talking about back carries...yeah, FC can kind of cut into flub a bit and it's not as attractive. That's why wraps are awesome for FC....they hide everything!

Gulp, here's a very unattractive pic of me in a FC: This is a very thin, lightweight MT (Ellaroo), so it's also not as supportive for heavy kids.
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i190/inimeg81/DSC_0614-2.jpg

And here a BC. You can see how high I tie, so that it's above my tummy, and my DS can look over my shoulder as well.
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i190/inimeg81/DSC_0704.jpg

TracyDP
06-22-2007, 05:05 PM
Laura, is that carrier on the bottom a Mei Tei? I love the colors and it looks really comfy.


Tracy - it depends on what type of carry you do most often. With a newborn where you wear them on your front, a backpack style was the best option for me. But once i moved to wearing DS on my hip and back, a back that went over just one shoulder Tote style worked the best :).

That's what I was thinking. There are a few backpack bags at ebags I was checking out, and a messenger that I really liked. Sounds like one of each would be the ticket.

SD601
06-22-2007, 05:21 PM
Tracy, yes, that's a Mei Tai. The brand is called a M.O.M Tai (http://www.mom-designs.com/) but unfortunately, she's not open at the moment, since she just had a baby. It's a little more spendy than some other MT's, but that's because it's very sturdy. The straps are sewn entirely through the body, not just a couple inches in. It's pretty tall, MT, though...not the best for little ones.

maybebaby
06-22-2007, 05:32 PM
linny we're having the same problem with the stroller...now that DD is learning to walk, she doesn't tolerate it for long. she's much happier being carried, though we're still only good for about 90 minutes to 2 hours (hey, it's something, and then I let her cruise around for awhile. anyway, we LOVE the babyhawk, and my husband (to my surprise) has been using it a lot too and really likes it too. I have a reversible one, and one pattern I picked is neutral enough for him to wear it.

I also see people all around the city with Ergos these days, and I think that would be great for an almost-toddler.

mimieliza your husband is adorable in pink! :-) that photo made me smile.

sd601 I agree, very pretty mei tai (the mom tai one)!

TracyDP
06-22-2007, 06:15 PM
Tracy, yes, that's a Mei Tai. The brand is called a M.O.M Tai (http://www.mom-designs.com/) but unfortunately, she's not open at the moment, since she just had a baby. It's a little more spendy than some other MT's, but that's because it's very sturdy. The straps are sewn entirely through the body, not just a couple inches in. It's pretty tall, MT, though...not the best for little ones.

Hopefully when I'm in the market for one of these she will be making them again. I'm not even due until the end of September and I have a really great sling for the newborn months. It will most likely be next spring when I'll want a full front/back carrier for summer. She's probably going to just be a little bundle of snuggly fuzz in the sling for the duration of the cold, wet winter. I'm buying all of the 0-6m fleecy fuzzy onesies from the clearance racks right now. Better to pay $4 for them now than $20 for them "in season" this fall.

Wrighty26
06-22-2007, 06:33 PM
I have to chime in Linnybubbles and say that I love my Babyhawk! Braeden is good in the stroller for about 30 minutes and then he gets antsy - but he's loves it when I wear him. I think it's the view and the closeness (and I love the snuggling!).

I let my friend test my BHXT with her toddler today (she's almost 18 months) and it was love for both baby and mama :) She used a Kozy when her DD was really small (and tried it again recently, but it wasn't comfy) -- and didn't think that she could still wear her (she's a big girl -- 27lbs and about 32-33 inches). I think she's going to end up buying one! Either that I'm going to loan the XT to her when I buy my new one...

Keli - That is the cutest picture! I wish I had my Moby when my DS was a newborn. It's SOOOO comfy!

EJM
06-22-2007, 07:58 PM
Ohana- I know you can use backpack straps with a MT (both on the front and the back). It is a little less comfortable than crossing the straps as that gives more support, but can be done.

I only use the backpack straps when I wear DD on my back (I did crisscross when she was worn on the front). Although "the girls" aren't very big I never found it comfortable crossing the straps in front of me. I wear my 23 pounder comfortably for a few hours. If you search over at TBW about the Lexie Twist for photos, I found that one little tweak made a back carry infinitely more comfortable for me.

I love looking at all these photos!

Sevilla
06-22-2007, 08:29 PM
Wraps are the most flattering and forgiving type of two shouldered carrier if you have extra fluff. But a Mei Ta can work too depending on how you tie it.

Linnybubbles
06-23-2007, 06:33 AM
I am going to go with the Reversible Hotsling, I think. I really only need it for short periods, like when we are at the mall and she does not want to be in the stroller anymore. She tolerates grocery carts fine because she can see me. We live in a relatively rural area, so there is not a TON of city life or walking with strollers that would be needed. So, is the sizing pretty true? It looks like I am a 3. I am 5'6" and weigh about 145. Thanks!

KeliAnn
06-23-2007, 07:50 AM
Tracy: There's nothing better than a newborn in a fleece sling.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1046/592313677_0583c0dea6.jpg

I wear DD inside in my microfleece Peanut Shell, and she and I both love it.

So I adore our Moby Wrap, but it's getting too hot to wear outside. I just wear her in the morning and evenings when we're walking the dogs, but even then, it's a LOT of fabric and it gets pretty toasty in there.

Someone on TBW suggested a Gypsy Mama Bali Baby Breeze wrap, so I think that's next on my list.

And an Ergo for DH.

And a Hotsling.

And ... ;)

juliemag
06-23-2007, 09:41 AM
KeliAnn - that photo is just beautiful! I too am ISO of a nice thin wrap to wear this summer, I've been stalking FSOT on thebabywearer! :)

I think I am going to be listing my practically brand new SBP ring sling on TBW, unless anyone here wants first dibs! It's cranberry stretch cotton with black/pewter rings. It's a really pretty sling, but we just aren't using it much. I bought a Padded Maya Wrap RS that will be here in a few days, and am hoping I like that one better.

Anyway... PM me if anyone is interested the the SBP ring sling. I can email you a pic if you'd like to see it, too :)

Sevilla
06-23-2007, 10:30 AM
Julie - I *adore* my padded Mayawrap ring sling - and it is perfect for summer too! I use it all the time with DS and it is so comfortable, even with his toddler weight. He falls asleep in it all the time. It's just wonderful! What color did you get?

SD601
06-23-2007, 05:23 PM
Oh my goodness, Keli, that is a gorgeous pic....sigh...I want another baby. Newborns in fleece pouches are just so wonderful. She looks so happy all snuggled up next to mommy.

I'm really active on TBW (and I know some of you here are, too! Hee, I see you!!!) So some of you have seen this, but I thought I'd show my new buckle-tai. See, you still can wear your toddler! This type of carrier is like a MT with buckles...it will be available in July. I'm just testing it for her. I love having buckles when having an up/down toddler, but I couldn't get into the Angelpack LX or the Beco. They just weren't wide enough for DS.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i190/inimeg81/DSC_0049-2.jpg

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i190/inimeg81/DSC_0043.jpg

~Laura

juliemag
06-23-2007, 06:23 PM
Sevilla - I got #65, which looks like this:
http://www.mayawrap.com/images/images/pics/lg65.jpg

I'm excited to try it!

lil_nance
06-23-2007, 09:01 PM
Laura Who is making that buckle tai? It looks great! I'd love to get something that I could wear my DD and DS in. DS has never really been worn so it might be a challenge. Regardless, it looks cool and I'd love more info on it.

I'm over at TBW too. I've been stalking vintage Kozys. LOL.

SD601
06-23-2007, 09:22 PM
Hi Nancy! Ooooh, a vintage Kozy. I love Kozies!

I'm the same username over there. See all the posts in ABC chat...it's a Carry Me Mama Buckle Tai (http://www.carrymemama.50megs.com/). She's still working on the details. As much as I like it, it needs to be a little narrower to put the weight on my shoulders. Still, I'm going to order a MT from her....they are awesome carriers!

Orion
06-23-2007, 09:46 PM
Hi Ladies. Just wanted to join the group as I am a sling loving Mama.

Here's a question for you. Has anyone ever carried two babies in slings? I have an 18 month DD, who is 21 lbs, and a 3 month DS, who is 14 lbs and would love to be able to sling them both to go for walks...what better way to lose the fluffy tummy!

I currently have the Ergo, the Bjorn, a ring sling (non-padded) and a pouch sling (which I'm not a big fan of since it is made out of hemp and not very comfy). Any suggestions on how to sling both? I'm thinking I'm going to try the back carry for DD in the Ergo and DS in the ring sling...might be a bit awkward but it could work I think.

LRL
06-23-2007, 10:36 PM
Keli- That is a stunning photo! I can't wait to have another baby! (Not soon, but still! :D)

I think you will like a Gypsy Mama Bali Baby Breeze since your DC is so tiny still. We tried one, but DS is too heavy for these wraps, I got pressure points galore! Good Luck finding one!

Laura- yeah, it's nice to see familiar faces over at TBW!

Orion- I have seen quite a few people carrying two babies, but I don't know if it is possible to be comfortable for longer than a short walk. For babies the same size (like twins) you can RS or wrap them both on the front when they are small. Since your Dc's are two totally different sizes options are pretty much carrying one on the front, and one on the back. You can do this with a wrap, front carry one with a FWCC (probably your heavier child) and then rucksack your infant on your back. You can also do the same with two MTs or SSCs (like an Ergo or Beco). For a wrap or MT, one child will be rucksacked (straps) and that might be a little uncomfortable for a long while. I am thinking that wearing two might be best with two SSCs, as there are no tails, less fabric, and can be adjusted ahead of time for each child. I have no personal experience, but you might want to try a search over on TBW.

Sabriel
06-24-2007, 07:42 AM
I am looking for something to wear my 10 month old DD in while doing housework. I tried out a friend's Ergo a few days ago, and I loved it! She seemed so light while I was wearing it, but I didn't use it for very long. I just wanted some opinions from people who have Ergos before I spend that kind of money.

I currently have a kozy carrier, which I love. It gets really hot though. We also have a RS, but I almost killed myself trying to wear her on my hip while I was sweeping/mopping floors. I also have a hotsling, but I think it is too big. Neither of us ever really liked it.

Delaney21
06-24-2007, 08:07 AM
I am looking for something to wear my 10 month old DD in while doing housework. I tried out a friend's Ergo a few days ago, and I loved it! She seemed so light while I was wearing it, but I didn't use it for very long. I just wanted some opinions from people who have Ergos before I spend that kind of money.

I just recently got an Ergo and I love it! I bought it from this website http://www.myfavoritebabycarrier.com/ergo.html because they have a 90 day full money back guarantee so I could try it out for a good length of time before making a final decision. Plus they don't charge tax or shipping on it.

Linnybubbles
06-24-2007, 06:51 PM
Well, I actually changed my mind and got the Ellaroo Mei Tai hip carrier on ebay for $40. It is in brown, but I really do not care what it looks like as long as it works! I hope it ships soon, I am totally anxious to try it.

SlvSpring
06-24-2007, 09:38 PM
has anyone had experience buying a mei tai on ebay from the seller sweetfrogy? (store-AnnieCarrieBaby) I would love some feedback, thanks!!

magrat
06-24-2007, 10:27 PM
I think I'm getting the hang of my Moby, I wore my new baby all around the garden center the other day and she didn't fuss at all.

http://lh6.google.com/image/BenjaminKitt/Rn7fJuTR3WI/AAAAAAAAAgo/Me-JtKo5prA/Eve%20in%20her%20Mobi%20Wrap.jpg?imgmax=512
http://lh5.google.com/image/BenjaminKitt/Rn7fleTR3YI/AAAAAAAAAg4/bM5Cr0lfLl8/Sara%20with%20Eve%20in%20her%20Mobi.jpg?imgmax=512

Probably don't have it quite right yet, but practice makes perfect!

I wore her for a while in my pouch sling (Lucky Baby) yesterday and it kept slipping off my shoulder and I'd have to pull it up, very annoying. Am I doing something wrong?

Sevilla
06-25-2007, 07:40 AM
Magrat - It looks like you are getting the hang of the Moby really well! It looks like it could be tightened a bit, but otherwise good work and i'm glad your baby likes it! I used to have the same problem with my pouch slipping down my shoulder when i did the cradle carry. The solution I found was to start the pouch all the way near my neck with just a tiny bit over my shoulder, instead of trying to balance it perfectly half and half above and below it. Another possibility is that your pouch is too big - that was my other problem, looking back.

mkvh
06-25-2007, 08:20 AM
Linny--My EMH is brown, and actually I was pleasantly surprised at how pretty it is!

Sabriel--I wear DD in the Ergo all the time to do housework and yardwork. Be aware, though, that because baby is right up against your back (or front), you both will get REAAAAAALY sweaty. I got mine for $80 used on TBW. That's about the going rate.

RS Question--I was wearing DD in the RS (my first) yesterday in a hip carry when she fell asleep. What the heck do I do with her then?? I tried to lay her down into a cradle, but she freaked at having her head in, and the sling had slipped so it wasn't in the best position. I ended up doing a modified T2T but it wasn't quite right; I think the sling was too loose. DD is almost a year and 30+ in and 22lbs.

mgrace
06-25-2007, 08:46 AM
SD601, thanks for the info on the buckle MT! It looks great.

magrat and Kelli, great pictures! :)

I'm also thinking about getting an Ergo from My Favorite Baby Carrier. I like the black, but I'm thinking it will get really hot. Anyone have a black one? Also, is the Ergo good for a long/tall baby?

Of course, I also want a buckle MT and a sling. DH says that carriers for me are like shoes for most women. ;) Ha Ha.

Sevilla
06-25-2007, 08:56 AM
Mgrace: The ergo fabric tends to get hot. The body is also a bit shorter than the Beco so if your baby is very tall/long i would recommend a different carrier besides the Ergo or you will run into 'leaning' problems. Beco fabrics are cotton so they breathe better IMO.

Mkvh: My DS falls asleep in the hip carry in the ring sling and i just keep him there. Here is a photo of him asleep in my Mayawrap lightly padded shoulder ring sling. I just keep both his arms tucked into the fabric (or both arms out - one arm in and one arm out is a recipe for leaning at a weird angle).

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v452/Champagnepunch/DSC00064-1.jpg

Rico'sAlice
06-25-2007, 09:58 AM
Someone on TBW suggested a Gypsy Mama Bali Baby Breeze wrap, so I think that's next on my list.


I have one and really like it. I don't have a Moby, but compared to my woven cotton/wool Didy I can definitely feel a difference temperature wise. However, having another body right on you is always going to be a bit uncomfortable in the heat no matter what the carrier is made of.


This was taken Saturday. But it was around 8pm by then and not so hot anymore...


http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h229/Alice_Esteves/Johannes/Johannes6-23-2007009.jpg

mgrace
06-25-2007, 10:04 AM
Thanks Sevilla!

Sabriel
06-25-2007, 02:45 PM
mkvh Thanks for the reply!. Right now I am mostly using my Kozy carrier which is also very sweaty. As long as it is easier on my body I am okay with that. :)

Delaney21 Thanks for the recommendation! I feel much better ordering it with the 90 day guarantee! I ordered a black and green Ergo this morning. :D Hopefully, I will get it before the 4th. I really wanted the black Ergo with brown flower lining (http://www.ergobabycarriers.com/babycarriers/item/BC6PB/), but it is only available on the Ergo website. With shipping it would have been over $120, and there is no guarantee so I decided to go with the other one.

Rico'sAlice Pretty wrap! I just ordered an Ergo today and now I want a wrap! I'll definitely have to get one for the next baby!

Sevilla Such a sweet picture!

magrat You and DD look great in that Moby wrap!

Linnybubbles Hope your Ellaroo Mei Hip comes soon!

Sevilla
06-25-2007, 03:38 PM
has anyone had experience buying a mei tai on ebay from the seller sweetfrogy? (store-AnnieCarrieBaby) I would love some feedback, thanks!!
I just checked out a few of her listings and read some review threads on TBW.com. The consensus seems to be that it is a decent mei tai :). My main concerns would be making sure the shoulder straps are attached not only at the edge of the carrier, but also reinforced towards the center of the carrier too so that if the edge seam gives way the strap will not come out (dangerous!). Also to see what quality of thread she uses - regular cotton thread is much more likely to break than nylon thread. Enjoy your mei tai - she has gorgeous fabrics!

melody
06-26-2007, 03:16 AM
Hey ladies! I wanted to share about our newest carrier- from bamberoo on ebay- www.bamberoo.etsy.com...

it is made of solarveil & has a hood! we are loving it!
http://www.daveappel.com/maternity/bamberoo.jpg

ok & thanks to those that have mentioned TBW- my latest obsession & cause of carrier addiction ;) i have purchased quite a few carriers in the last few weeks!!!

soft structured carriers I am trying (I figured I would just sell the ones I like least)...

moshi baby couture from www.slingzilla.com

aplx from www.kaleababy.com

http://www.KaleaBaby.com/images/DSC_0096.jpg

and a beco from TBW FSOT (need to take some photos & update soon)

juliemag
06-26-2007, 08:43 AM
OOoh I like the looks of that solarveil MT melody! Is it substantially cooler than a regular MT? And that APLX is gorgeous!

mkvh
06-26-2007, 08:52 AM
Sevilla--THANK YOU! That would work for us. Love Cookie, btw. :D

Sabriel--You're welcome.

bunnybeth
06-26-2007, 09:26 AM
I decided on getting the RS from Sleepingbaby.net and that should arrive any day now. It should be really nice for short trips in the sling, and especially for the pool locker room, I've been using my Moby, but that was a bit of extra fabric to keep off the damp ground!

I've totally become addicted to babywearing and carriers now... I want another one! I've decided I need something that looks a bit nicer for all the weddings we're going to this summer, so I've been looking at Baby Hawks, they're so cute. Now I just have to pick out the fabric/color...

And, here is DS in our current carrier, the Moby wrap, which is just so comfy:
http://bunnybeth.net/images/baby/june07/mobywrap.jpg

Heather719
06-26-2007, 11:56 AM
Hi Ladies-

I'm looking to get a ring sling to use with my 13 month old this summer. We had a pouch sling that I adored that some how got thrown away by my DH (grrrr :mad:), so instead of replacing it with another pouch sling, I figured a ring sling would make more sense as it has a higher weight limit. Plus, it could easily be used with a newborn when ever we have #2.

I was wondering if you all knew of any sites/seller that you could recommend? I checked out the sites on the 1st page of this thread and nothing grabbed me. I'm trying to keep my total cost under $60 and am looking for a neutral pattern that goes with most everything.

I did find one sling I love (http://www.ckgraphicsonline.com/khakiflowers.htm), but the seller is unknown to me, so I'm not sure of the quality.

TIA!
-Heather

Sevilla
06-26-2007, 12:05 PM
Those Sweet Pea slings look like quality construction. I like that they are double layered - that will make them more comfortable. I have not personally used that shoulder style, so I cannot speak to its comfort level. But the owner of the site seems knowledgable about what makes a quality sling and her rings are from SlingRings.com which is good.

mobox
06-26-2007, 03:32 PM
I love all the pictures! Thanks everyone for sharing pics of babies and carriers. :) I am ISO a perfect carrier for the pool. I like the MT solarveil but I would prefer something made entire of the waterproof material. Any suggestions?

Sevilla
06-26-2007, 03:49 PM
Mobox - Sachi makes a mei tai completely out of Solarveil.

Asha
06-27-2007, 02:36 PM
so mayawrap is out of the large. is there another pouch that is equally comparable to this one? do we need the large? dh and i are the same height 5'9" and right now the same weight :o which would be average for a man. hopefully, i will eventually lose the weight pp, but of course i will still be tall.

EJM
06-27-2007, 02:42 PM
Maya Wrap has a huge list of distributors, although I'm not sure if there is a way to tell what products each carries. I would contact Maya Wrap CS and ask if they can point you in the right direction of someone who would have a L pouch in stock. :)

mgrace
06-27-2007, 03:37 PM
I'm re-thinking the Ergo now that I know it's hot. The Beco is on my list, but I read some not-so-great reviews about the Beco's (and they are pricey). :( I'm looking for some sort of soft structured carrier or a buckle MT. Any suggestions?

mgrace
06-27-2007, 04:05 PM
Another question. :) Does anyone have a Patapum?

RoxyRocks
06-27-2007, 04:20 PM
I am defintly getting a sling/pouch for our next baby(we are ttc!) but I had a question. I am leaning toward the pouch because I am scared the xtra fabric with get in my way.....did anyone have this same concern?

EJM
06-27-2007, 08:33 PM
mgrace The Beco is going to have the same heat factor as an Ergo, maybe even a bit more since it is taller.

Keep in mind there isn't one carrier that works for everyone, BWing is extremely subjective. Heck, I have loved the look of a few carriers but DD didn't like being in them which made me not like them eventually either. I wouldn't let a few bad reviews, outside of a carrier being unsafe, necessarily stop me from trying it out. What lots of people rave about, may just not work for you, and it doesn't mean you are using it incorrectly or anything. I also try to see how old the reviewers DC is, as I've personally found what I love at one stage in DD's life I may not so much care for in another. Particularly with a Beco you need to keep in mind all the slight changes that have evolved over the last year (there are a TON) which may influence what people think of the carrier.

I tried out a prototype of the Pikkolo which is going to be sold by CatBird Baby, and it was fabulous! It is supposed to be available some time this summer and I definitely plan to buy one. It is more of a cross between a SSC and a MT.

SD601
06-27-2007, 09:44 PM
EJM, that's so cool you got to try a Pikkolo! So it works well with toddlers? Is it tall enough for large kiddos to sleep in? The pics I saw made it look like it wasn't much taller than the beco, nor much wider.

mgrace, I had to pop in and echo what EJM said: what fits for some people just doesn't for others. Heck, I sold my beco because it wasn't as comfy for me, but Sevilla has it and loves it! So it's really different for each body type/baby.

That said, I used to have a toddler patapum. They are good carriers, very sturdy and well-made. The TP is a little more tricky to put on, since it has an extra strap in which the feet are threaded, but the baby patapum is great and easy to use. It's not as pretty as the beco, but it's very functional. I, personally, think the mesh hood of the patapum cannot be beaten. It's so easy to use and babies often don't mind it, since it lets so much air through the mesh.

Now, I did sell my other buckle carriers in favor of my Ergo. For me, the extra padding (which does add to the bulk and heat) make it so comfy to carry my heavy boy. The padding hits me perfectly, and it's definitely my "comfort" carrier to wear for long periods. I would change a few things about it if I could, but I'm happy.

dana b
06-27-2007, 10:42 PM
mgrace i have a patapum and a beco and i prefer the beco. dh mostly uses the patapum, i find it hard to use when i'm by myself.

melody i'm curious to see how you like the moshi baby compared to the beco and aplx -- there's a fabric there that i was trying to order a beco in. i love the aplx you ordered, i ordered the aqua/orange one, it's so cute :D

mimieliza
06-28-2007, 12:01 AM
Now I have a pic of me and DD with the Ergo:

http://mimieliza.smugmug.com/photos/167322728-S.jpg

I am really loving it! As far as heat, it's really not bad at all. DD is less covered than in our Kozy mei tai, so I think she stays cooler. Plus it's really comfy for back carries, which just feel cooler to me.

Sevilla
06-28-2007, 07:17 AM
That pink Ergo is just GORGEOUS.

EJM
06-28-2007, 07:18 AM
So it works well with toddlers? Is it tall enough for large kiddos to sleep in? The pics I saw made it look like it wasn't much taller than the beco, nor much wider.


It felt great for us, and my DD was 18 or 19 months at the time. If I remember correctly the top came up higher than the Beco, but I don't remember by how much. I think there is a mesh hood with it, or at least they were discussing the possibility and I'm not aware of what the final decision is. Sorry, not much help. :o

Asha
06-28-2007, 08:14 AM
thanks ejm, i called customer service and actually they are redesigning the pouch and that's why they are out. they don't have any with other distributors bc of that and they just shipped out the last of their pouches to a wic program. she told me they had one gently used one, so i ordered that one. the fabric wasn't my first choice, but i really don't care too much about that. i was happy to get a better deal on it.

roberta
06-28-2007, 08:31 AM
Help! I am a little overwhelmed by all of the choices, but really want a new baby carrier/pouch/wrap/ect. Here are some of our needs:
* DS is 8.5 months old and weighs about 20 pounds. I'd like to get something that will work for an older baby as DS grows.
* needs to be adjustable or fit both DH and I so we can both use it
* DH keeps talking about getting a backpack frame style carrier- but he doesn't know better. ;) He does not know about all of the types carriers available. I'd like to get something more portable.
* it should be not too difficult to use so that DH will actually use it.

I have a hotsling which I ordered a little too big when I was PG and it is a little too big to do the hip carry. DH doesn't like that he can't use it. We also have a second hand baby bjorn, but DS is getting heavy and I worry about the dangling legs. What do you recommend- baby hawk, becco, ring sling, Maya wrap, others?

mgrace
06-28-2007, 08:53 AM
EJM, thank you! A few of the reviews for the Beco (on the babywearer) mentioned the construction of the carrier (sewing flaws, etc.) and that is what concerned me the most. If I'm going to pay $100+ for a carrier I want to make sure it is safe, comfortable and well made. I know you are right about each carrier fitting each person differently. Good point.

SD601, thank you for the comments on the Patapum! From the website, it looked similar to the Ergo, as far as ease of use. So your comments really helped me--I defintely want something easy to use. The padding is one of the main reasons I'm leaning towards the Ergo. I tried one on (sans baby) and it seemed so comfy.

danab, thanks! I think I'll stay away from the Patapum because I need something that is easy to use when I'm by myself.

mimieliza, great picture!

EJM
06-28-2007, 09:16 AM
mgrace I definitely agree we want to make sure any carrier is safe, and there was a recall of a couple of Becos maybe a year ago. Also, one of my pet peeves about the Beco seems to be inconsistent sewing (puckering of the fabric) but that doesn't impact the safety. As you said, if you are going to pay $125 for a carrier it better be close to perfect. I think Gabby has a good product there are just a few quality control kinks I hope she can iron out soon. It's great you are doing your research, and hopefully you'll find something you love.

roberta Most men find soft structured carriers the least intimidating because you only need to snap a couple of buckles (Ergo, Beco, Patapum etc etc). It would fit a variety of sizes of both adult and child.

MTs are great too, but the learning curve is higher. Once you know how to use it, it is a cinch. It's really personal preference. The only carrier my DH will voluntarily wear (he is able to pick from our stash) in public is the Ergo.

Sevilla
06-28-2007, 09:23 AM
Roberta - I think an Ergo would serve you guys very well, especially now that your DS is older.

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I am really curious to see how they redesign the Mayawrap pouch!

maybebaby
06-28-2007, 10:04 AM
We have a Babyhawk and a Beco...both of which my DH will wear. He has worn DD in a back carry in the babyhawk. Other family members have used those kelty frame back pack carriers, and DH has asked about those (I suspect he thinks they look more masculine).

Is the general consensus that those Kelty carriers are not as good as say, an Ergo or a Beco? I'm thinking about what would be the best carrier for a man who was going hiking with a toddler, for example.

Thanks!

mgrace
06-28-2007, 10:45 AM
Is the general consensus that those Kelty carriers are not as good as say, an Ergo or a Beco? I'm thinking about what would be the best carrier for a man who was going hiking with a toddler, for example.

I was wondering the same thing!

mkvh
06-28-2007, 10:46 AM
Roberta--I second (third, fourth, whatever) a SSC, particularly the Ergo. I let my hubby choose between an Ergo and a Beco, and he picked the Ergo. He gladly wears my DD in public! It's really comfy to wear, even for a long time, and you should see how excited my DD gets when she sees it!

mimieliza
06-28-2007, 01:16 PM
Is the general consensus that those Kelty carriers are not as good as say, an Ergo or a Beco? I'm thinking about what would be the best carrier for a man who was going hiking with a toddler, for example.


We have a Kelty frame backpack (loaned to us by a relative) and an Ergo, and both DH and I agree that the Ergo is more comfortable. DD is only 16 lbs at this point, but I would totally hike with her in the Ergo. The Kelty puts her up higher, so I really feel the weight on my shoulders. She's also held away from my body in the Kelty, so I feel less balanced.

DH tolerates the Kelty better than I do - I think that men can support more weight on their upper body, while women are more comfortable carrying the weight on their hips. If I were purchasing one carrier, though, I would go with the Ergo, hands down. If DH still wants a frame backpack, maybe you can borrow one from someone to try out, or try them on in the store.

I tried a Beco before I got the Ergo, and I sent it back. It just didn't fit me right - the straps dug into my armpits. It was a shame because it was so pretty.

portlandbride
06-28-2007, 02:13 PM
maybebaby We have both a Kelty and an Ergo. I won't wear the Kelty b/c I am only 5' tall and feel like it is as big as I am.
That said, when my DH takes my older DD (27 lbs.) hiking alone he always uses the Kelty. He likes that it has pockets for all sorts of stuff like drinks, snacks, diapers, etc.
When we both go I take the baby (16 lbs.) in the Ergo. In fact, we just went hiking yesterday and only had the Ergo, so I took DD#2 in it on the way up and DD#1 in it on the way down. This was a pretty short, fairly level hike though.
My DH will wear the Ergo, and likes it, but prefers the Kelty for long (2+ hour) hikes.

Pink_Converse
06-28-2007, 10:01 PM
mgrace-I have a Yamo and I really like it. Look into those.

mommydearest
06-28-2007, 11:32 PM
I love my Ergo and it has replaced all of my other slings/carriers. It is so versatile and I got it in blue with green interior so DH would wear it. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Wrighty26
06-29-2007, 10:54 AM
Help! I am trying to pick out specifics for a new BH. Here are the fabrics I've narrowed down -- should I go with caramel straps or gold straps? I'm thinking that the gold straps would look really nice -- but maybe it would be too much gold??

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1055/659638277_f8e842f84e.jpg?v=0

Opinions Please!

EJM
06-29-2007, 11:10 AM
I think the gold would look great with those two fabrics! Did BH recommend a strap color for the fabrics? If you are really concerned (since computer monitor colors can vary) you could always e-mail CS and ask. I have done that before when I couldn't figure out if a fabric had dark brown or black in it. They were very nice and quick with a response. :)

boilermaker
06-29-2007, 11:15 AM
I agree with EJM. I think the gold would look great!

I wore my babyhawk to a party last night and I swear I could have sold 5 of them. It was quite the hit product and 2 other mom's actually tried mine on with their little ones.

Wrighty26
06-29-2007, 11:16 AM
I think the gold would look great with those two fabrics! Did BH recommend a strap color for the fabrics? If you are really concerned (since computer monitor colors can vary) you could always e-mail CS and ask. I have done that before when I couldn't figure out if a fabric had dark brown or black in it. They were very nice and quick with a response. :)

Thanks! I didn't think to do that :) Neither fabric descriptions offers suggestions (I think they are both on the newer side).

mgrace
06-29-2007, 01:15 PM
Pink Converse, thanks for the suggestion on the Yamo. I actually was thinking about one, but don't know much about them. I'll check into it. Thanks! :)

TracyDP
06-29-2007, 02:03 PM
Help! I am trying to pick out specifics for a new BH. Here are the fabrics I've narrowed down -- should I go with caramel straps or gold straps? I'm thinking that the gold straps would look really nice -- but maybe it would be too much gold??

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1055/659638277_f8e842f84e.jpg?v=0

Opinions Please!

I LOVE the first print, but I'm not a big fan of blue and I like really loud fun prints. I'd do the first one with a caramel strap. Who am I kidding, I'd do it with a bright orange strap or green that matched (if available), but that's just me :p

Pink_Converse
06-29-2007, 07:27 PM
mgrace-They have an official website but I can't remember what it is. I think it had some useful info. I got mine from slingzilla.com.

Nigellas
06-30-2007, 04:48 AM
I'm re-thinking the Ergo now that I know it's hot. The Beco is on my list, but I read some not-so-great reviews about the Beco's (and they are pricey). I'm looking for some sort of soft structured carrier or a buckle MT. Any suggestions?

I recently got my Beco and I love it way more than my Ergo (in fact, I just sold my Ergo). But… I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about the Angel Pack LX, so that might be an option for you as well.

Roberta – At this point, I think you definitely want a 2-shouldered carrier. A Mei Tai, soft structured carrier, or a wrap are all good options.

kimthebride
06-30-2007, 07:40 AM
Here are the fabrics I've narrowed down -- should I go with caramel straps or gold straps? I'm thinking that the gold straps would look really nice -- but maybe it would be too much gold??

I got the gold straps and they aren't too gold (a worry of mine as well!). I am leaning towards your 1st fabric with gold straps. :)

BabyHawk
Literally every time I wear mine I get approached by moms or preggos & asked where to buy it.

roberta
06-30-2007, 07:59 AM
Thanks for the recommendations everyone! I joined the babywearer forums to do more research and find a deal.

Sevilla
06-30-2007, 08:28 AM
Literally every time I wear mine I get approached by moms or preggos & asked where to buy it.
This happens to me with my carriers too! I finally got tired of scrawling web addresses and info on pieces of paper, so I carry around business cards to my favorite bw'ing stores and hand them out when i get asked. I probably hand out a dozen or so cards a month!

mobox
06-30-2007, 11:53 AM
Today I went to the farmer's market with DS in the sling and everyone was just oohing and ahhing over it. I had one mom come up to me and say how cool it looked. The best part was that I was able to zip around the stalls without worrying about a stroller and knocking into people.

Now, here's the rub...my shoulder started to hurt after about 25 minutes. DS is 16 pounds. Do you think I was using it wrong? This is how I was carrying him:

http://www.hotslings.com/site/templates/wearing/front-carry/6_sm.jpg

Sevilla
06-30-2007, 12:32 PM
Woo hoo for a great bw'ing day! I don't think you were using the pouch wrong - at 16 lbs a front carry with a pouch will start to pull after awhile. Tummy-to-tummy or hip carry will redistribute the weight better than that carry since on that one the baby isn't doing anything to support themselves so the weight pulls forward and hurts the shoulder. With T2T and Hip the baby's body is wrapped into yours more so the weight is easier to carry. Plus after a certain weight i just don't find single layer cotton pouches to be comfortable - i much prefer double layer cotton or fleece or solarveil since their stretch is easier on my shoulder.

mimieliza
06-30-2007, 12:57 PM
mobox - is your child old enough for the hip carry position? DD is 16 lbs, and I can wear her on my hip in the Hotslings pouch for about 45-60 minutes before I really start to feel it.

I get a ton of questions about my Hotslings pouch. People usually comment that it looks comfy and easy to use.

mobox
07-01-2007, 07:47 AM
Now I see that hip carry on their website. I'm going to try it next time.

Sevilla
07-01-2007, 08:16 AM
Mobox - I also found that the hip carry in a pouch is ininitely more comfortable if I also do the 'shoulder flip with it - that distribues the weight better and prevents the pouch from digging into my shoulder.

mobox
07-01-2007, 10:14 PM
Great idea, thanks!

I tried it today at Trader Joe's and while it worked and was much more comfortable, I sort of felt like he was really wobbly in there. I guess I just need to practice it more.

Linnybubbles
07-02-2007, 06:16 AM
I got my brown Ellaroo mei hip and I really like it. I do feel like I need to still kind of hold onto her when we are doing the carry. Do I need to tighten the shoulder or hip? Or is this normal? I do not think she is going to fall out, but I am still nervous.

Sevilla
07-02-2007, 07:40 AM
Linny - that sounds like you need to tighten the shoulder strap some more. It should be tight enough that it's a little bit hard to clip when you put it on. Also, make sure your daughter is sitting fully down in the carrier - fiddle with her legs and pull the carrier body up as high/tight as you can around her back and that will help too.

EJM
07-02-2007, 07:46 AM
mobox If you are not already the shoulder flip Sevilla mentioned should help with your DC feeling more secure. Also, the baby takes up less room in the hip carry than with a cradle carry, and you may need a slightly smaller pouch.

mgrace
07-02-2007, 09:01 AM
Thanks for all the info on the Yamo, Pink Converse. It looks like everyone is sold out of them due to some trade issue. ??? Hmm.

mgrace
07-02-2007, 02:03 PM
Free shipping at Babyhawk.com. Use code BABY.

RobynScott
07-03-2007, 09:16 AM
Hi Ladies,

I think I am going to bite the bullet and buy another carrier even though baby isn't here yet. So far, all I have is the Rockin Baby Sling in a size that's probably too big (but nice pattern ;))

I think I am going to go with the Turquoise Moby Wrap which has the sun treatment as well. Any recs as to who I should order from?

I'm nervous about learning how to wrap with a newborn - but it looks great so I'm willing to give it a try.

Thanks!

Ohana
07-03-2007, 09:23 AM
robynscott My Moby was a gift, so I have no idea about where to order one, but I will say that it was a great way to tote around a newborn. I loved mine!

I bit the bullet and my concerns about my fluffy tummy and got a mei tai. OMG, I love it. I'm still mastering it, but it is awesome. I can't wait to show it off to my sisters next month.

jessesgirl
07-03-2007, 09:37 AM
Hi ladies! There is so much info here that I'm feeling overwhelmed, so maybe I can just post this here. Can you please recommend me a baby sling?

Basically, what I'm looking for is a carrier for a newborn that provides good support for baby and for me, especially since prior to being pg, I had some back pain on and off at times. I'm looking for something possibly mid-priced and doesn't overheat baby, doesn't take a whole lot of effort to put on and is great for quick trips to the mall and grocery store. Thanks!

Wrighty26
07-03-2007, 09:55 AM
Robyn - I usually order my Moby Wraps (I give them as gifts) from Babycenter because they are usually on sale/or I have a coupon. I find they are the cheapest (and most of the time I order it with something else and get free shipping).

RobynScott
07-03-2007, 10:00 AM
Robyn - I usually order my Moby Wraps (I give them as gifts) from Babycenter because they are usually on sale/or I have a coupon. I find they are the cheapest (and most of the time I order it with something else and get free shipping).

Thanks! I'm sure if I check my e-mail I should be able to find a BabyCenter coupon ....

ETA - Thanks for the suggestion. Just ordered a Moby Wrap in Moss from babycenter and a bebe au lait hooter hider - of course they want you to spend more to get free shipping. I figure this way I may be able to nurse at home with guests around - we'll see!

On a side note - I can't believe you were due the same day as me last year and your baby arrived 3 days from now - I'm not quite ready yet!

Wrighty26
07-03-2007, 11:01 AM
Thanks! I'm sure if I check my e-mail I should be able to find a BabyCenter coupon ....

ETA - Thanks for the suggestion. Just ordered a Moby Wrap in Moss from babycenter and a bebe au lait hooter hider - of course they want you to spend more to get free shipping. I figure this way I may be able to nurse at home with guests around - we'll see!

On a side note - I can't believe you were due the same day as me last year and your baby arrived 3 days from now - I'm not quite ready yet!

Yay! I was just coming back to tell you I had a coupon if you needed one.Good choice on getting the hooter hider too. Oh, and I also have the Moby in Moss Green :) I think we are living parallel lives, just a year later!

Good luck with your labor/delivery -- I know it sounds weird, but what a difference a day makes. Exactly a year ago I remember telling people that I could be pregnant for another week or two without a problem. Then on July 5th I was SO ready. I am denial that you are due so soon though! Where the heck did this year go? I can't wait to find out what you are having!

EJM
07-03-2007, 11:09 AM
jessesgirl I would suggest a pouch. Attached To Baby (http://attachedtobaby.com) has a number of options, like Hotslings, Karma Baby etc. There are lots to choose from, both companies and fabrics each offers.

Wrighty What strap fabric did you end up picking? Inquiring minds want to know :D

RobynScott
07-03-2007, 11:11 AM
I think we are living parallel lives, just a year later!

Good luck with your labor/delivery -- I know it sounds weird, but what a difference a day makes. Exactly a year ago I remember telling people that I could be pregnant for another week or two without a problem. Then on July 5th I was SO ready. I am denial that you are due so soon though! Where the heck did this year go? I can't wait to find out what you are having!

Uh-oh - I just said the same thing in my journal! DH's in a wedding on the 7th so we're kind of hoping for the 8th ;) I can't wait to find out what we're having either. :D

/end hijack.

LRL
07-03-2007, 12:27 PM
Robyn- Great choice on the Moby and Hooter Hider. Don't be nervous about wrapping! You can always pre-tie the Moby and just pop your baby in. Or practice with a teddy bear while your DC is napping, or before your DC gets here.

jessesgirl- For someone with back problems I always reccomend a double shouldered carrier. I would stay away from pouches and Ring slings for the most part. You might want to look into a structured carrier like an Ergo or Beco with an infant insert. My other suggestion for a newborn is a Moby wrap, which takes a little more effort to get on, but is well worth it. A Mei Tai would also be good, but with a newborn you would have to master rolling up the bottom of the Mei Tai if it is a larger one, and there is tying involved. A strucured carrier is held on with buckles which more people are comfortable with.

Sevilla
07-03-2007, 12:53 PM
Jesse - a moby wrap is great for around the house and for errands if you pre-tie. I have been *loving* my mayawrap lightly padded shoulder ring sling lately - it is as comfortable for me than 2 shouldered carries. Browse arond the linkson the first page and see what you like the looks of :).

TracyDP
07-03-2007, 05:17 PM
I get the feeling that pretty much anyone will need to try a double shoulder carrier and a sling to see what is more comfy. I always use an over the shoulder messenger style bag and it works fine so I think a sling will be comfortable enough for basic use early on, but I'm also ordering a Babyhawk for longer wear once the little one has moved from newborn to infant/toddler. I'm going to send in some of my own fabric that I got when I lived in Guatemala and have her make one custom for me. I figure if I'm going to spend the money I might as well get one that is truly unique :)

Marisa
07-03-2007, 05:33 PM
jessesgirl -- I hate to disagree with LRL :) but I had wicked back problems during pregnancy, and I loved my pouch sling when Joey was a newborn. It was so easy to learn -- I wouldn't have had the patience or mental capacity to figure out anything with rings or straps at that point. You can get a nice cotton pouch for not a lot of money, so if you feel at some point that another carrier would serve you better (we switched to an adjustable ring sling around 4 months) you won't feel bad about spending too much cash. (Pouches come in handy again later for a toddler hip-carry, too.)

Wrighty26
07-03-2007, 05:38 PM
Wrighty What strap fabric did you end up picking? Inquiring minds want to know :D

I ended up getting a reversible BH with these fabrics and GOLD straps! I cannot wait to get it :)

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1055/659638277_f8e842f84e.jpg?v=0

I forgot to come in here and thank everyone for their opinions. Especially Kim -- I'm glad you said that your BH is not TOO gold!

Oh that the code "Peekaboo" also works for free shipping at the BH site. I did a google search before I finalized my order and it popped up :D

melody
07-03-2007, 08:52 PM
robyn- wishing you a happy & healthy delivery :)

I wanted to show-off some of my new carriers...

My very favorite so far is from www.kaleababy.com by APLX
http://www.daveappel.com/tbw/aplx.jpg

back problems & the pouch/sling- I really don't like carrying anything on one-side, but got this hotsling for the car for quick trips. Today I used it for the first time to run into Whole Foods & it was great!!! I highly recommend having a pouch as an addition to some other 2-shoulder carrier.
http://www.daveappel.com/tbw/hs.jpg

I found this one-of-a-kind beco carrier for sale on TBW & snatched it up. Sadly, I am now selling it though because while the fabric is GORGEOUS, it actually HURTS me to wear it :(
http://www.daveappel.com/tbw/ooak.jpg


danab- the moshi didn't work for me at all! The buckle snaps are attached to the straps rather than the carrier, so I couldn't reach around to buckle it! I use a front carrier 100% of the time now. So, I traded it right away for another APLX...

RobynScott
07-03-2007, 08:54 PM
robyn- wishing you a happy & healthy delivery :)


Thanks Melody! You guys look great! I'll be following your BW'ing tips ;)

KeliAnn
07-03-2007, 09:09 PM
[offtopic]

melody: are those babylegs? they are SOOOO cute!! how do you like them?

i love your carriers!! that aplx is gorgeous!

melody
07-04-2007, 12:34 PM
keliann- emma is SO cute in your avatar :) yes- they are babylegs. we love them! I have four different pair :rolleyes: they are great to pack in the diaper bag so we can put them on in places with a/c. i imagine we will be using them for some time to come as leggings, etc...

EJM
07-04-2007, 06:56 PM
We love, love, love BLs here too, especially in the spring and fall while BWing. I wasn't crazy about the original wide cuff, but we are big fans of the comfort cuff (which I believe is the bulk of what is sold).

mgrace
07-05-2007, 08:15 AM
wrighty, your carrier is going to be awesome!

melody, you look fantastic and I love all of your carriers.

I decided to go with an Ergo. I ordered it Monday afternoon from www.diaperco.com, since they were one of the few sites that had the color I wanted in stock. It's supposed to arrive today! :)

I *finally* got the hip carrier adjusted correctly and I LOVE it. It's a Rosie Baby. Wore it yesterday during the 4th of July parade and the little one fell asleep. Once I got the straps adjusted correctly and I fixed the issue I was having (um yeah, stupid user error), it was perfect.

Last weekend at the Farmer's Market I saw a few ring slings, a Babyhawk, an Ergo, a pouch and a couple Mei Tai's. Very cool. :)

jenji
07-05-2007, 02:57 PM
I'm 23 weeks PG with my first. I have a ring sling I made for myself when I started nannying for a 6 month old (who is now 15 months!) and I use it with him anytime we go out. I have a few questions
1) how hard is it going to be for me to figure out how to tote my newborn in the sling (All I've done is the hip carry).
2) What type of diaper bag do you use if you have a one-shoulder sling? I haven't figured out a good way to carry the diaper bag with the sling on and could use help from some experts.
3) Is there another type of carrier that would be better for a newborn?

thanks ladies!

Ohana
07-05-2007, 03:07 PM
jenji For me personally, I liked using a wrap with a newborn. Once DD's neck was stronger, I started using the ring sling. I now use it all the time to carry her in the hip carry. As for a diaper bag, I carry this one:

http://www.overlandequipment.com/products/donner/i/desc_r1_c2.jpg
slung over one shoulder with the sling over the other. It's not a real diaper bag, but it's the perfect size for what I need (changing pad, coupla diapers, wipes, snacks, wallet, cell, water) for myself and 2 kids.

Sevilla
07-05-2007, 03:11 PM
Mgrace - let us know how you like your Ergo! I love how they came out with some cool limited edition patterns.

Jenji - a ring sling is the perfect newborn carrier b/c you can use it in both the cradle position and the tummy-to-tummy position, as well as nurse in it. If you go to www.zolowear.com and click the 'wearing' banner at the top you will find a whole page with video instructions of how to use a ring sling for a newborn (as well as other carries). HTH!

ETA: For a diaper bag, just get one you can sling over one shoulder - whichever shoulder is not covered by your ring sling :).

amygrrl
07-05-2007, 04:59 PM
i like using a backpack bag with my slings. then my hands are free and i don't have to worry about the bag falling off my shoulder all the time.

dana b
07-05-2007, 05:16 PM
melody thanks for the review! i'm in love w/ my new aplx as well.

TracyDP
07-05-2007, 06:22 PM
jenji For me personally, I liked using a wrap with a newborn. Once DD's neck was stronger, I started using the ring sling. I now use it all the time to carry her in the hip carry. As for a diaper bag, I carry this one:

http://www.overlandequipment.com/products/donner/i/desc_r1_c2.jpg
slung over one shoulder with the sling over the other. It's not a real diaper bag, but it's the perfect size for what I need (changing pad, coupla diapers, wipes, snacks, wallet, cell, water) for myself and 2 kids.

OMG that's too funny! I have that exact purse right now in green!! I've been thinking that I will just convert it to a quick-trip diaper bag once the baby gets here. I don't carry much in it and usually the only thing inside the main compartment is my wallet and maybe a couple of granola bars. I use the side "water bottle" pockets for my lotion on one side and my sunglasses case on the other. I want to downgrade my wallet from a full fatty checkbook style to a smaller compact one anyway and I could carry it in the front flap area. It's a great purse, I Love it. The rusty red color is on sale at REI right now for about the best price I've seen. It's what I paid for mine and it's been worth every penny.

http://www.rei.com/product/706285

Nigellas
07-05-2007, 07:27 PM
Hey Melody, If that Hotsling starts getting uncomfortable on your back , you might try going a size down - from the picture it looks like it might be a tad big (though I can't tell if you are just leaning forward in the photo). :) In a good fit it should hit the top of your hip.

You have good taste, by the way - your Beco and Hotsling are sporting some of my favorite patterns. :)

Pine Tree
07-06-2007, 07:56 AM
I have a Babyhawk and was wondering if it can be used with the baby (3 months) facing forward? DD loves facing forward and is not as impressed facing me!

Delaney21
07-06-2007, 08:13 AM
I have discovered a new love: pouches! I had one when Mitchell was first born, but I hated it and couldn't seem to get it right, which was due to it being way too big for me. I ordered a new one and it came just in time for our trip to DC. I ended up hip carrying M for most of the trip and it worked out great! He would fall asleep in it and I would shift him into a T2T carry and he would stay asleep. I'm definitely ordering more of these in different patterns!

Here is a picture of him passed out in front of the Washington monument:

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q65/Delaney21/Mitchell/7%20months/IMG_0645.jpg

mgrace
07-06-2007, 08:29 AM
I got my Ergo last night and managed to use it for both a front and back carry while walking around the yard--just to test it out. :)

I do have a few questions, though. Suprise, suprise!

So, all of the Ergo's I have ever seen have black webbing belts. Mine has blue. Also, in all of instructions, pictures, etc, they show a D ring attached to the carrier/webbing belt. Mine doesn't have D rings. Does that seem right?

http://s23.photobucket.com/albums/b374/mgrace17/th_0706070842.jpg

Also, mine has velcro on the webbing, which I'm not sure what it is for. Is this normal?

http://s23.photobucket.com/albums/b374/mgrace17/th_0706070842a.jpg
In the picture, I wrapped the velcro around the webbing belt.

I'm just not sure if it is something new on the Ergo's, or if there is some sort of error. I've emailed Ergo and the site I bought it in hopes that someone can help me.

bunnybeth
07-06-2007, 09:14 AM
This thread is a bad influence on me, I just bought a Babyhawk! :D I got charcoal straps with this fabric:
http://babyhawk.com/images/redmoddandelions.jpg

The Moby wrap is pretty casual-looking with the knit cotton, so I figure this will go better with my dressy outfits, especially for all the weddings we're going to this summer. DH still has no idea why I need "another carrier!" even though I gave him the shoe/purse analogy. Oh well, I agreed if I could get the BH I'd give up getting the 2nd hooter hider.

Unfortunately, the ring on my RS is broken! I didn't notice it until the first time I was wearing DS, I kept wondering why the tail was slipping. I had put him in the sling very briefly as a test when I first got it, but it might have been broken then. So, I'm without it for yet another swim lesson this weekend. :(

SD601
07-06-2007, 09:44 AM
Wow, mgrace, I have no idea. That does not look like a current Ergo, more like the old Classic version. That's very odd. I hope Ergo gets back to you.

Sunshine
07-06-2007, 12:55 PM
On an impulse, without doing much research, my DH and I ordered a Native Sling. I was so excited until it came in the mail today.

My baby is 8 weeks old tomorrow....I put her in it (Which took several attempts) and she seems so scrunched up in it. DH doesnt like it at all and told me he is afraid that her legs are too tight in it.
How are my baby's legs supposed to look? How should they be?

I am pretty sure I have the right size, I followed the instructions on the site....but maybe my baby is too big for this particular sling? (It says from newborn to 35lbs and she is only 12lbs)
I bought it from this site (http://www.bundlewithlove.com/page1.html), in the designer circles...maybe I should have bought a different fabric?

All I know is I am discouraged now, and I was so excited about it to begin with. I want it to work, so I hope someone can give me a suggestion:)
TIA:D

ETA: Should I have bought a ring sling? My DH and I were a little afraid of them, and I will be the only one using it.

EJM
07-06-2007, 01:05 PM
mgrace I would ask the distributor if what you purchased was a "New Generation" Ergo. I wonder if they sent you the old version?

I am sitting here looking at mine. It has black webbing, but is the black/cranberry color. I've not seen another color to know what webbing color was used. It has 2 sets of D rings, first is in front of where the shoulder strap attaches to the body to allow the hood to be clipped down. The second set are on the chest strap. HTH, and I hope you get it figured out, how frustrating!

EJM
07-06-2007, 01:17 PM
Sunshine I only have a second, but if you followed the sizing correctly then you most likely have the right size pouch. Yes, your DD will look squished in there, but trust me she'll let you know if she is uncomfortable. :) Babies spend months in utero just like that, and the pouch simulates that environment in a way. As long as her chin isn't touching her chest nor the fabric covering her face, then she is ok. If you have concerns you can put a receiving blanket behind her head to prop her up a big. If you post a photo of you wearing it, we may be able to help you a bit more.

There are learning curves will all carriers, so no worries if it took you a few tries to get her in there.

mgrace
07-06-2007, 02:36 PM
SD and EJM, thank you! From looking at pictures and information, I do have a new generation Ergo--and this is a new color combo. It sounds like that Ergo is making changes to the carriers. I'm still not clear on what the Velcro is for and why there are missing D rings, so I'm hoping to hear back from Ergo, soon! Oh, and another thing, my Ergo came in a box, instead of plastic.

This is the email I got from the distributor:

Below is a copy of a recent email I received from the manufacturer. I assume
yours must have these new changes which is why it looks different from ones
you have seen previously. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thank
you.

ERGObaby is pleased to announce the following updates to the design and
packaging of our carriers

1. CHEST STRAPS & RUNNER - The chest straps are now permanently
attached to the shoulder straps with a "runner", and will keep
the chest strap in it's desired location so it won't need
readjusting each time the carrier is taken on and off. This new
design will eliminate losing the straps, plus the runners are
dyed to match the carrier, so it enhances the overall look of
the carrier.
2. HOOD & HOOD STRAPS - The hood straps are shorter and snap
directly onto the shoulder straps. The hood has elastic, to
provide more length due to the shorter straps and will "cup"
around the baby's head more.

SD601
07-06-2007, 02:58 PM
Very cool, mgrace! I didn't even know Ergo was making changes. They sound like great ideas, so you'll have to tell us how you like it. I have, um, many carriers, but I still adore my Ergo, and it's DH's favorite, too.

Here's DH and DS grilling together a few weeks ago (can't remember if I've shared this one or not):
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i190/inimeg81/DSC_0098.jpg

SD601
07-06-2007, 03:03 PM
If anyone is ever trying to get their DH's into "babywearing," try getting them their own carrier. My Dh didn't care and said he'd wear whatever I had, but once I purchased him a custom toddlerhawk of his beloved San Diego Chargers/Padres, he gets so excited to wear DS. I bought Chargers and Padres fabric off ebay and sent them to Babyhawk. It was spendy but so worth it. DH is so proud to wear it in public, and he switches sides depending on the season (football/baseball). But you can do whatever. My friend's DH has a custom Star Wars carrier that he adores, too.


The Padres side:
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i190/inimeg81/DSC_0155.jpg

TracyDP
07-06-2007, 03:42 PM
Now that's a good idea! I'll have to send in some Tie Dye fabric for my Deadhead DH and have one made for him! Either that or I'll get ambitious at some point and try making my own from a pattern off of Thebabywearer.com

juliemag
07-06-2007, 06:30 PM
SD601 - that is such a great idea! I need to think of something similar for my DH. The other day he was watching DS at home and he decided to wear him. But the only carrier he's comfortable with is the pouch (for ease of use I'd imagine!). So there he was in my Zoie sateen stretch hotsling! A very girly paisley print in case you aren't familiar... :p hehe, poor DH!

I think I'm officially on the "wagon" with the rest of you ladies! I've purchased a few more carriers in the last couple weeks, just trying to see what works best for us. I snagged a great Gypsy Mama BBS wrap the other day and it's SO comfy. But truth be told, its a little daunting to think about bringing that out and about with us - trying to get all that fabric wrapped and tight in a parking lot. So, that is my "at home" carrier for now. I think I may just need a little more practice. :)

melody
07-06-2007, 08:09 PM
nigellas- thanks so much for the compliements! I think you are right about my sling being too big :( I just washed it & dried it to try to shrink it a little. hopefully, this will be better because I don't want to give up the print!

SQ2
07-07-2007, 07:58 AM
If I'm going to get one carrier (at least to start out with when baby is an infant), which one would you all recommend? Also, how do you know what size to get?

Thanks! :)

jenji
07-07-2007, 08:09 AM
Ohana, Sevilla, AmyGrrl, & TracyDP - thanks for the feedback on the slings/diaper bags!

mkvh
07-07-2007, 10:46 AM
2. HOOD & HOOD STRAPS - The hood straps are shorter and snap
directly onto the shoulder straps. The hood has elastic, to
provide more length due to the shorter straps and will "cup"
around the baby's head more.

mgrace--This explains why you don't have D-rings. The D-rings are for the hood to attach. Sounds like they improved it a ton!

As for the velcro, I'm wondering if that's the different chest strap configuration. FWIW, that's one of the best improvements they could make...those darn chest straps just don't stay where they're supposed to!

Sevilla
07-07-2007, 02:04 PM
mgrace - That is interesting about the Ergo design changes! I was also glad to see them coming out with some Limited Edition patterns - i think they're trying to compete with all the prettier soft-structured carriers out there like the Beco and APLX.

SQ2 - For a newborn I would recommend one (or all) of the following: Moby Wrap (one size fits all), Ring Sling (sizing just affects the length of the tail, not how well it fits you), and a pouch (sizing is very important here). I have used all three and they each have their pros and cons. The upside is that they are all very reasonably priced - you can get a great ring sling, pouch, and Moby wrap for about $40 apiece (you can also get much fancier ones for much more, but a quality basic one will work just fine too).

melody - I had the same issue with my first pouch, it was a bit too big and that made hip carries very uncomfortable after awhile! I hope that the shrinking helped it fit better :).

juliemag - That is so cute about your DH bw'ing. My DH's first carrier was a green ring sling, but next time i think i'll get him a pouch to use. i'm with you on how it feels daunting to bring a wrap out in public - i did for a brief stage but don't anymore now that DS is so big. I use my mei tais and my Mayawrap RS out and about. I walked all over downtown Chicago yesterday with 15 month old DS on my back in a Babyhawk or on my hip in the Mayawrap - and as a bonus the mayawrap was awesome when i needed to nurse DS and there was nowhere to go (and i wasn't wearing a nursing tank so i really had to hike up my shirt - the sling made it all discreet!

SD601 - I love that pics of J in the Ergo! So cute :).

Sunshine - New Native is notorious for not sizing well. It is possible that your sling is too big and that is contributing to the problem - when you put the pouch on, is the seam at or below your belly button? If the sling comes below your belly button then it is too big. Otherwise it is probably just a positioning issue that you can work out with time. Have you looked through the instructions for pouches on www.goo-ga.com or www.hotslings.com? That could help a bit. As could this article on newbonr positioning by M'Liss: http://www.thebabywearer.com/articles/HowTo/Positioning.pdf

Don't feel discouraged - look at babywearing like riding a bike. The first few times you do it, it is awkward and you're not sure it will work. But once you get the hang of it, it is great! If the New Native doesn't work for you, a ring sling might be a better option. They are more versatile than a pouch - i started out babywearing with a pouch but now i love my ring sling so much more, it is great with newborns through toddlers and i don't have to worry about the sizing being wrong since it's adjustable. Do you sew at all? You could make yourself a ring sling for very cheap.

bunnybeth - I hope you enjoy your babyhawk! That is very scary that the ring on your RS broke. What kind of RS is it and where did you buy it from? Were they SlingRings (the highest quality type of ring, weight-tested to 200 lbs.), nylon rings, or something else like craft rings?

Delaney21 - Aren't pouches great? I love how they fold up so small for the diaper bag. What a sweet photo!

Pine Tree - You could try it forward-facing. I would probably seat your DS cross-legged so he is like a buddha inside the carrier. Another option would be to put a scrunchie around the bottom of the Babyhawk befor tying it on so that the bottom is narrower for his legs to be out. www.kozycarrier.com has instructions for forward facing in a mei tai - they have lots of photos that would be helpful to you :). If you don't like the front carry you could do a high back carry (also shown on the Kozy site) and he will be able to see over your shoulder.

fifibee
07-07-2007, 02:32 PM
mgrace -- hi there, i also recently bought an Ergo, but for some reason, mine is still the older version. i'm wondering which vendor you bought it from? since myfavoritecarrier.com (http://http://www.myfavoritebabycarrier.com/ergo.html)
seem to have a pretty good return policy, i might try to see if i can get an updated version instead.

daisysue62
07-07-2007, 02:45 PM
SD601~ Great pic of your Dh! I like your idea of using team fabric to entice him to wear his son. Nothing like a little extra motivation!

Here's a pic of my Dh keeping our toddler out of my hair while I was cleaning our house for company. He was multi tasking by playing Xbox and giving DD her nap at the same time (this was during the phase where she'd ONLY sleep in the mei tai for a nap).

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d16/daisysue62/davidmeitai.jpg

And here I am yesterday 26 weeks pregnant and wearing DD in a back cross carry in my Ulli Storch. I'm trying to get the hang of wrapping so I can wrap my newborn this fall. I told Dh I was contemplating selling my Ulli to get a less girly wrap since we're having a baby boy and he told me not to. I thought he'd be all about my selling a girly wrap to use a boyish one for our son!

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d16/daisysue62/wrapxcarryfront.jpg http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d16/daisysue62/wrapxcarryside.jpg http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d16/daisysue62/wrapxcarryback.jpg

Sevilla
07-07-2007, 02:58 PM
Awesome pics! I have one very similar of my DH and DS when he was about 5 months ago - he was playing WoW on the computer:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v452/Champagnepunch/b09d4dfb.jpg

And again with DS at 10 months napping in a wrap while he plays...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v452/Champagnepunch/Picture003-3.jpg

SD601
07-07-2007, 03:35 PM
I love daddywearing pics....they're so cute!!!!

Sevilla, what MT is that?

Sevilla
07-07-2007, 03:44 PM
That was our Rosiebaby Mei Tai - our first one. I've since sold it.

melody
07-07-2007, 04:29 PM
sq2- I initially thought I would get away with only one carrier, but have since learned that it is a difficult task if you plan to wear the baby a lot. The best tip given to me was to choose a carrier based on the way your baby likes to be held. So, while I started out with a sling/pouch thinking it was entirely appropriate for a newborn in the cradle hold, my baby ended up hating a cradle hold! She much prefers a tummy-to-tummy hold, which is something I could not have predicted prenatal. That said, if I could pick only one carrier based on MY baby, I would choose the Angelpack LX soft structured carrier. I bought mine on www.kaleababy.com

www.thebabywearer.com has great trading & selling boards, so if you want to try some options or pick one that doesn't work, you can always sell/trade.
if there is a nino group (www.nineinnineout.org) in your area, maybe you can go to a meeting to try some options with your babe...

good luck & enjoy!

2002BeachBride
07-08-2007, 09:44 AM
Hi Ladies!

This thread is wonderful and the pics are great!!!!

Just stopping in to get some opinions...

I didn't really start getting into wearing my first DD until she was several months old...I have several different carriers including a ring sling, hotsling, and a regular Angelpac Mei Tai....my question is this:

I plan to wear my new daughter from the beginning this time and I was thinking of getting a Moby specifically for the newborn stage...what do you think? Little babes look so comfy in them and the investment is comparatively small...any input would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks:D

mkvh
07-08-2007, 09:55 AM
2002BeachBride--I too am expecting #2. I started wearing #1 from the start using a Hotsling. She loved it. Now that I am a bit more confident, I'm getting a Moby (just bought one for SIL to use as a gineau pig!) and a padded RS. EVERYONE I know who has a Moby highly, highly recommends them. Wrighty26 actually routinely buys them for shower gifts!

Marisa
07-08-2007, 10:01 AM
2002BB -- I didn't use a Moby, but one of my friends IRL loves hers. The only thing I would caution you about is that the learning curve can be a little steep, at least it was in her case. She was very discouraged that she couldn't get the hang of wrapping/tying/etc. (I think in general her confidence was low due to a rough birth, but that's something you couldn't predict anyway. She is also very large chested and had trouble with positioning.)

I wound up making her a simple pouch so that she could put it on very easily, and then a couple of weeks in she grew more comfortable using the wrap.

EJM
07-08-2007, 10:12 AM
2002beachbride Your situation sounds like mine. I wore DD a bit as a newborn, but exclusively in a pouch. It wasn't until she was a few months we discovered all the other carriers. I just bought a Moby for DC #2. I have never wrapped with DD, but I anticipate my learning curve to be a bit shorter since I have wearing experience. Also my NINO group tends to be wrap die-hards so I have plenty of help if needed. So I guess you could say I think the Moby is a great choice for you too. :p

I'll always have the pouch to fall back on if I am frustrated, but long term chasing my rather active toddler I'll need both hands free. :)

Wrapping Advice: I know pretty much zero about wrap lengths and textures (outside of stretchy). Anyone have any input on the Wrap N Wear (http://www.wrapnwear.com) wraps. It's crinkle cotton (slight one way give), but supposedly breathable enough for summer. The price particularly has me intrigued. What age range do you think it would work best for?

KeliAnn
07-08-2007, 10:16 AM
sq2- I initially thought I would get away with only one carrier, but have since learned that it is a difficult task if you plan to wear the baby a lot. The best tip given to me was to choose a carrier based on the way your baby likes to be held. So, while I started out with a sling/pouch thinking it was entirely appropriate for a newborn in the cradle hold, my baby ended up hating a cradle hold! She much prefers a tummy-to-tummy hold, which is something I could not have predicted prenatal. That said, if I could pick only one carrier based on MY baby, I would choose the Angelpack LX soft structured carrier. I bought mine on www.kaleababy.com

www.thebabywearer.com has great trading & selling boards, so if you want to try some options or pick one that doesn't work, you can always sell/trade.
if there is a nino group (www.nineinnineout.org) in your area, maybe you can go to a meeting to try some options with your babe...

good luck & enjoy!
Rachel - I totally agree with melody! E also hates being in a cradle carry, so the wraps have worked best for us. I like using the pouch to do tummy-to-tummy, but it's not very hands-free right now because she still doesn't have very good head control. The wrap gives me the ability to carry her completely hands-free. There's definitely a learning curve with a wrap, but if I can figure it out, anyone can. And the plus side is that she *always* falls asleep in the wrap. ;)

Here we are this weekend in Charleston, SC in our new Gyspy Mama baby bali breeze.
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1194/754949234_28eb53fd20.jpg

It was 90+ degrees, but we spent most of the time inside. She loved it, I loved it, and we got tons of compliments and positive questions about it.

2002BeachBride: I absolutely LOVE our Moby wrap! DD is 7 weeks, and we used it almost exclusively for the first 5 weeks because she wasn't a huge fan of the pouch. I don't use it outside anymore because it's too hot, but I use it inside quite a bit.

2002BeachBride
07-08-2007, 01:09 PM
Wow, Ladies!

Thanks so much for your input!:D I am definately ordering one - in retrospect I think I would have worn DD more had I had a carrier that enabled me to keep her upright vs the cradle hold...I also like the weight being distributed...

I am sold:D Thanks so much!

KeliAnn - that Gypsy Mama is beautiful:)

SQ2
07-08-2007, 01:33 PM
Thanks for all the advice! I'd love to get 2 wraps but DH is being a bit annoying and doesn't want to register for 2. So I think I'll probably go for the Peanut Shell with the plan of getting a Moby wrap or another tummy-tummy wrap later on. I can see it will all come down to what the baby likes and what I'm comfortable with and I definitely won't know that until after she's here.

LRL
07-08-2007, 01:53 PM
I am loving all the wrap talk and the babywearing DH's!

EJM- I am guessing you want something to wrap DD #1 in this summer? I think that people use GMBB wraps (like Kelis) successfully with larger heavier babies, but I found it terribly uncomfortable- even with very careful wrapping. There is a point when your DC is about 15 pounds that you start to notice differences in wrapping. A crinkle cotton wrap would probably be ok for a very short wear, but I would suggest a GSW for a larger babe. My summer wraps are Didymos waves, and linen blend indios. Waves are super airy and not as dense as the other weaves, and linen blends are super supportive and let breezes through. LMK if you have any questions!

2002beachbride- Yes, a Moby is a fantastic idea! I buy one for all my expectant friends/family- that or an ATB gift card.

daisysue- I love seeing pregnant moms carrying their toddlers! I plan on being one of them! You look great! I've always thought Ulli was SO pretty, but can't get DH to let me get another pink wrap for my boy (I have a Mauve Nino).

EJM
07-08-2007, 02:34 PM
LRL Thanks! I was actually thinking ahead to summer 2008 with DC #2 who will be 6/7 months. But you still covered my question ;), if this baby is another like DD it'll be a chunk until 12 months of age and at the point where a stretchier wrap would be uncomfortable after a while. Darn, the $40 price tag was attractive. I'm going to see how I fare with the Moby before I spend more money on additional wraps (my DH would be proud LOL), although a silver waves has always been one of my favorites. :)

ali_ohli
07-08-2007, 03:30 PM
Hi, everyone! I'm just starting the research on babywearing for my little one expected this fall. Can anyone tell me if there's a major difference between a Peanut Shell and a Hotsling? On a whim I just bought a Hotsling off the major Baby Center sale. But now I'm thinking the Peanut Shell looks cozier. TIA!

Sevilla
07-08-2007, 04:35 PM
Ali - I have both a cotton Hotsling and a microfleece peanutshell. I really prefer the microfleece - it is stretchy, much comfier, and conforms to a newborn better IMO. Also, I found that the fleece worked well for tummy-to-tummy carry, but the cotton didn't. I also preferred the fleece for the hip carry with my DS over the cotton. Both are quality pouches that are about the same depth and design. As with any pouch, sizing is VERY important - when the pouch is on, it should be level with your belly button at the lowest point. If it comes down much lower it is too big. It is hard to size when pregnant, so hang on to your pouch's return policy just in case - there is nothing worse than a bad fitting pouch!

ali_ohli
07-08-2007, 04:48 PM
Thanks, Sevilla -- is that fit advice w/ or w/o a baby in the sling?

Sevilla
07-08-2007, 06:29 PM
Thanks, Sevilla -- is that fit advice w/ or w/o a baby in the sling?
Both :).

Txfish
07-09-2007, 12:49 AM
I'm all excited to get a Moby and maybe a hotsling too -- but I'm concerned now that the Moby won't last me very long, according to what you all are saying about baby size. (We're only at 6 weeks, but I really want to get permanent baby use out of this -- not something I'll really only use for 5-6 months.)

Does anyone have a Moby D, and you think that having that solid panel would help address the problem of a heavier baby? Thanks!

Oh, also -- input on what size hotsling to get would be great, too. Are you finding that you need to size smaller than what the sites describe? I'm 5'10 and a L/XL clothing, but I have a fairly short torso... wondering if I need a medium instead of a large.

Sevilla
07-09-2007, 06:44 AM
Txfish - The Moby D will not last any longer than the regular Moby b/c the issue of stretch will come into play more on your shoulders and back where the weight of the baby will tug. The Gypsy Mama Bali Baby Stretch wrap works for older kids as well as younger ones though - it's not quite a stretchy as a Moby.

For a Hotsling, the most important measurement is your shoulder-to-hip measurement (meaning from the top of your shoulder to right above your hip bone - where you would rest baby if you carried them on your hip sans carrier). So if you have a short torso and aren't super busty I would go with the smaller size - though Hotslings are sized by number (1-6 i believe) and not S/M/L.

EJM
07-09-2007, 06:50 AM
Txfish What LRL was alluding to above regarding the stretchy type wraps was not that you cannot use it beyond a certain weight, just that there are other carriers that offer more support once the baby is heavier. The stretchiness of the entire wrap begins to sag under the increasing weight of the baby. If you want one wrap, you can use other weaves from the get-go and then throughout your LOs wearing years. HTH!

For pouch sizing, definitely use the sizing calculator on the HS website (HS uses a number system). I would use what it tells you, as I have found that companies are constantly tweaking their sizing charts and carriers for a better fit. It isn't a guarantee, but you are most likely to get a good fit. Also keep in mind, what you use now for the cradle carry and if you have additional PP weight to lose may end up being too big once you switch to the hip carry at a later date. That's what is so tricky about pouches, one size doesn't always work for everything unfortunately. But again, I'd follow the sizing HS gives -- some pouches like Karma Baby run big so I wear an XS in those and I haven't worn an XS in t-shirts since I was a teenager so I was surprised by the size the chart gave me but the XS pouch itself worked.

ETA: I've found HS sizing to be a bit on the generous side, but they don't always pre-wash the pouches. I think they take that into account with the sizing to allow for shrinkage with some fabrics.

bunnybeth
07-09-2007, 10:48 AM
Sevilla I got the RS from Sleepingbaby.net with nylon rings, which I believe come from SlingRings. I emailed Jan about the issue and she thought it was very unusual for the ring to break and plans on sending the broken ring back to them to check out.

Txfish Our Moby is still great and we're at 8 months and 18+ lbs. I don't know if I'll be using it once he reaches toddlerhood though, but I imagine we'll be using our RS for a hip carry at that point since he'll probably want to go up & down all the time.

amygrrl
07-09-2007, 02:17 PM
hey moms...

i'm on a search for a ring sling and so far haven't found any fabric i like... i'm looking for fabrics similar in style to the hotslings or karma baby... designer type fabrics that look kind of fashionable. any suggestions? also, does anyone have a silk RS? i keep seeing them and i'm just wondering how practical they are.

thanks!

vjel
07-09-2007, 02:22 PM
amygrrl, have you checked Rockin' Baby Slings (http://www.rockinbabysling.com/shop/baby_slings/)?

EJM
07-09-2007, 03:40 PM
amygrrl Are you looking for fabric or a ready made RS? I generally go the custom route because I rarely can find the exact fabric, accent, and length that I want. My favorite shoulder is an Eesti, you can find her Hyena Cart here (http://hyenacart.com/eestislings/index.php). She's out of slots now, but stocks them fairly regularly. If you like another shoulder style, many of the smaller WAHMs also do customs as well.

If you do go custom, I would search for accent fabric from Amy Butler, Alexander Henry, Michael Miller, and Robert Kaufman.

I have a silk sling although I hardly wear it because we so rarely wear these days. As long as it is machine washable, then I think it is as practical as any other carrier. If it requires dry cleaning, that's way more maintenance particularly with a messy kid than I want to deal with -- I'd be afraid to wear it probably.

rosa727
07-09-2007, 04:57 PM
I recently bought the Hotsling in Solarveil for our trip to Isle of Palms, SC. It was a big success. Here I am on the beach with DS napping in it.

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a343/rosa727/Isle%20of%20Palms/MVI_1851.jpg

mobox
07-09-2007, 10:13 PM
Rosa, where did you buy the solarveil hotsling? I need to find something a little cooler for our trip in August...

Sevilla, did I buy that MT from you?????? LOL.

I have way too many M and I need to sell a few. I'm thinking I may sell my BH with minkee and skulls but I don't know. Right now I'm having a hard time parting with them but I have THREE MTs. Hmmmm.....

Rancid13
07-09-2007, 10:39 PM
I saw these pictures recently of some new celeb mommies with their babies in slings/wraps:

http://socialitelife.com/2007/06/22/keri_russells_baby_controversy.php

http://www.tmz.com/2007/07/02/pretty-mama/

rosa727
07-10-2007, 04:28 AM
mobox: I just got it at www.hotslings.com. It was definitely nice and cool.

mgrace
07-10-2007, 09:26 AM
I love all of the babywearing pictures! The daddies are so cute. :)

Thanks, everyone, for all of the help with the Ergo. I did receive a reply back from Ergo, too:

Thank you for contacting us at ERGObaby. There has been a couple of improvements made. The DVD still need to be upgraded to meet the couple of changes that has been made.

The chest straps are now on a web strap runner that is connected to the shoulder strap. That change was made so the chest straps will not come off as it could previously. The D rings are not needed as it was used for the hood straps. You now snap the hood strap to the little snaps on the carrier, the one next to the one D ring.

Also, The Velcro on the ends of the straps are there so you can roll up the excess strap so it is out of the way.

Hope you enjoy the convenience of the new updates on the ERGObaby carrier. Have a great day.

So, those are all the changes. I will say the sleeping hood sounds like a big improvement--just snap and go. And the chest strap not being able to fall of is great, too. Since I've never used any other Ergo's, I can't speak for the other ones.

While doing a front carry the other day, I noticed that I had pain in my one shoulder, but not the other. I think I had the pain-free shoulder strap tightened more than the other, so maybe that was the problem?

fifibee, I bought my Ergo from www.diaperco.com They have free shipping, ship quickly and their customer service was helpful. You might be able to ask them if your carrier will be one of the new ones.

I love Kerri Russell--cute pics! :) Has anyone seen Waitress? Great movie!

Ooh, love the solarveil, Rosa.

basketcase
07-12-2007, 03:55 PM
Help! My baby hates being worn.

I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. We had a brief love affair with our Moby wrap when she was a newborn and in that “newborn narcolepsy” stage where she slept all the time, but now that my DD is three months old, it’s all gone to pot.

One problem is her head control. She insists on looking around (and refuses to rest her head on my chest), but she can’t do it for very long without getting Bobblehead Syndrome, and then we get into this fussy, head-throwing-back problem. I swear she is going to snap her neck, so I end up holding the back of her head the entire time, which defeats the purpose of being hands-free!

So to remedy this I ordered a Babyhawk, thinking the headrest will solve all my problems. Well DD now screams whenever I put her in the BH because she *hates* having her legs froggied. She will scream and keep her legs straight as a board, like she’s standing in the BH. I have to literally force her to bend her legs. And I can’t really put her legs through the holes because she’s too little and basically ends up doing the splits, which is even more uncomfortable than the froggy legs.

I don’t think she would like a pouch because she generally resists being on her back.

Basically, the only time she will tolerate being worn is A.) when she has fussed and screamed to the point that she gives up and passes out, or B.) if she is facing out in the Moby and can put her legs out and rest the back of her head on my chest. (But then I still have to hold her wobbly head, and I also know that face-out isn’t the greatest position for babies this age.) Maybe she just hates looking at my chest??

What am I doing wrong???

I try to wear her everyday in the house, thinking this is just something she will eventually get used to. It’s been three months and no dice.

And it’s not even like she’s a fussy baby! In fact, she is a relatively easy baby, just so long as she isn’t in the Moby or the BH (or in the car, for that matter). After she has fussed and fussed and fussed in the BH, I will take her out and put her in her bouncy chair and she’s happy as a clam. Or when she is fighting sleep in the Moby, I will take her out and put her in her swing and she goes right to sleep with no fussing. I try to wait until she’s fed and happy and well-rested before wearing her, and still, she protests.

WHAT GIVES?? Do I just have a baby that hates being worn? Is it just a particularly difficult age for wearing babies?

Please tell me it gets easier.

goldengbridge
07-12-2007, 04:00 PM
Femmie- My DD hated having her legs in the froggy position too so I read on another board to use a scarf or something like that to tie the bottom together to make it thinner. So I used a small scarf and I just hang her legs out of each side and she's been fine ever since. Does that make sense?

Sevilla
07-12-2007, 04:25 PM
Femmie - 3 months is a difficult age for Mei Tai's due to the issue you mentioned - their legs are too big to be comfortably froggied, but their pelvis isn't mature enough to spread for legs-out yet. I would do what the previous poster suggested - take a scrunchie and put it around the base of the mei tai *when you're not wearing it* and then tie it on - this will make the base narrower like a Bjorn or Snugli so her legs can be out. You could also try a ring sling with her legs out, that might work. It is hard when they don't have full head-control yet - but that will rememdy quickly. In a month or two this will not be a problem for bw'ing at all :).

EJM
07-12-2007, 07:21 PM
Femmie -- from approx 4-6 months, my DD would only be worn in a pouch in the kangaroo carry. It was murder on my shoulder after a while (45 mins to an hour) the bigger she got and she was a chunky baby, but was often the only way I could get things done around the house. I swear the kid would scream the second she saw the MT coming out of the closet. :confused: I had great success with the tummy to tummy in a RS during our BWing class, but it didn't work at home. I probably needed to much time to adjust it and she was just too impatient, my first RS was not the best for beginners I later found out. But maybe a RS would work for you? Once we hit 6-7 months, she loved BWing as much as I did.

Don't give up, it does get easier!

juliemag
07-13-2007, 05:55 AM
Femmie - we are sort of in a similar situation as you. DS is 3.5 months now and is finicky about being worn. Seems like the only time he'll tolerate it for a longer stretch is a) when I'm walking at a swift pace, like at the grocery store or target, or b) when he's sitting up in the pouch. The ring sling I have looks great and feels comfy for a minute. But I think it irritates the back side of his knees (in the T2T position), because he'll fuss after about 10 mins in there. The BH w/ headrest is good, but we are just now exiting that phase of comfortable froggy-legs (he never really loved the froggy-legged position). Plus, the BH hurts my back more, I've noticed. My Kozy has been a lifesaver in this inbetween stage. B/c it's wider-bodied, DS can have his legs froggied better I think. Only thing with the Kozy, it's HOT - and with it being mid-July, that's not so fun.

I'd try to sit him more upright in the pouch. My DS never enjoyed the cradle carry in the pouch either, so I actually thought the pouch was not a good fit for a while. It was only after I saw a demonstration on putting DS in the pouch tush & legs first, and facing out (if that makes sense!) that he was able to be comfy in there. Maybe you can try that? I'm getting really excited (or antsy!) about DS finally being able to use those mei tais for real!

Oh - have you tried another wrap? I was wearing DS around the house the other day in a new wrap and it was great for both of us! Of course, once I stood still - he freaked...but it was at least 20 mins before that happened! :)

honeygirl
07-13-2007, 08:46 PM
I have a question about the Peanut Shell Microfleece Sling. Sevilla I saw that you prefer the microfleece to the cotton, but is it too hot? I live in AZ and am wondering if cotton would be better than microfleece?

Thank you!

basketcase
07-13-2007, 10:14 PM
Thank you so much Julie, EJM, Sevilla, and goldengbridge! I'm going to try your suggestions and see if she chills out a bit. Even just the encouragement helps! I never wore my first kid, so I really want this to work out this time. You can imagine how disheartened I was to see how much she hates it.

There is hope: My 30+ lb. three-year old son is now begging to get in the Babyhawk everytime he sees it (this is the kid I never wore as a baby). So every now and then I've started wearing him on my back while I water the plants, or something. It's great! Oh, to have a child who doesn't scream, and can hold his head up, and can actually climb on my back while I tie the MT....I love it! Now me thinks I need an Ergo for him...;)

Sevilla
07-13-2007, 10:16 PM
Honeygirl - if you spend all of your babywearing time indoors in the air conditioning it is fine. If you plan to babywear outdoors at all you would probably want solarveil instead of cotton since AZ is so HOT. Cotton pouches are great too, so if you see a print you like I would go with it :).

EJM
07-14-2007, 08:17 AM
Attached to Baby (http://www.attachedtobaby.com) is having a summer clearance sale. Receive an additional 20% items in that section once it is placed into your shopping cart, I think some returns are included too. New items are continually being added.

Also, Target is now selling Peanut Shells and Babylegs, in addition to Hotslings.

Happy Shopping! :)

mobox
07-16-2007, 09:14 PM
Femmie-
My DS, at 3 months, didn't like the MT too much so I practically always carried him in the pouch like this so that he could look out and wasn't on his back. This is him at 3 months...I would suggest trying this carry with your pouch:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/98/428494856_0cbc1912ac.jpg?v=0

juliemag
07-17-2007, 05:45 AM
Femmie-
My DS, at 3 months, didn't like the MT too much so I practically always carried him in the pouch like this so that he could look out and wasn't on his back. This is him at 3 months...I would suggest trying this carry with your pouch:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/98/428494856_0cbc1912ac.jpg?v=0


We are pouch twins mobox! That's the way DS likes to be carried in it as well. :)

Wrighty26
07-17-2007, 08:38 AM
mobox - That is the cutest picture of you and Sam. I love his hand by his face - he looks so peaceful!

I got my BH yesterday and I am loving it - and so is my DS! I'm glad I went for the regular BH opposed to the TH. I'll try to take some pictures today :)

boilermaker
07-17-2007, 06:45 PM
I just wanted to post a thanks to goldengbridge. My DD wasn't too fond of the BH for long periods of time...but I used a rubber band on it today and it was much more peaceful and a better fit for both of us!

Love that sling mobox!! I saw some hotslings at Target this weekend and was quite thrilled that they have them there.

I'm now on the search for another carrier. I'm thinking that a solarveil ring sling will be a good addition to my collection :)

goldengbridge
07-17-2007, 07:06 PM
I just wanted to post a thanks to goldengbridge. My DD wasn't too fond of the BH for long periods of time...but I used a rubber band on it today and it was much more peaceful and a better fit for both of us!


I'm so glad your DD is more comfortable in your BH! :D

mobox
07-19-2007, 09:11 PM
Now that DS is 7 months, I need to revisit the BH. I bought two, one for summer and one for winter but I haven't used them too much because he loves the Ergo. Time to break them out!!!

Sevilla
07-19-2007, 09:49 PM
If anyone is interested in buying an Ergo, www.theportablebaby.com has them on clearance (new!) for $82.

TracyDP
07-21-2007, 11:42 PM
I scored a great hand-made ring sling in a beautiful purple/orange guatemalan fabric at the Oregon Country Fair for $35. It's got a padded shoulder and enough extra fabric to cover while nursing. I'm very excited to actually try it out in September :)

boilermaker
07-22-2007, 07:42 PM
That is awesome Tracy. And it brings up a good point. I am looking to buy a ring sling in the next few weeks. DD is almost 5 months and about 16 lbs alredy. Would it be better to find one with a padded shoulder or are the regular ones ok for heavier babies (I'd like to be able to use it for a long time).

EJM
07-22-2007, 08:39 PM
I got a Maya LP RS 2 weeks ago and I L-O-V-E it. I had tried an Ellaroo LP, and picture Nancy Regan in the 80's style shoulder pad. :p I was hesitant to try the Maya because of the Ellaroo experience, but got a good deal on a used one. I don't know what it is about this one, maybe the weave, but DD snuggles right into it. Even at almost 25 pounds I can carry her for a while doing stuff around the house comfortably. The padding amount is just right and not at all bulky.

If you want a RS for long term use, I'd highly recommend the Maya LP. For now you could definitely use a regular single layer cotton, but you might find it less comfortable as your DD gets heavier.

Sevilla
07-22-2007, 09:23 PM
EJM - I too *adore* our mayawrap lp. DS is sleeping in it right now as i type. The only thing i would change is the length - i am 5'4 and got a medium and the tail hangs down past my knees (even after trying to shrink it!). But ITA - the fabric is comfy and wide and DS snuggles right into it like he does in no other carrier, and it is even more comfortable than my mei tais and beco!

LRL
07-22-2007, 10:15 PM
boilermaker- I use an unpadded RS with my 25 lb DS frequently, and we are both very comfortable, but I also only use wraps that have been made into RS's which makes a difference. I really need to try a Maya Wrap LP though, because I have heard so many good things about them. Definitely need to get one before this next baby! :)

SD601
07-23-2007, 11:29 AM
Okay, enable me. Why should I get a Mayawrap LP RS? I'm really getting into RS over pouches now that DS is so big. I just find I get can the fabric higher up on his back in a RS than a pouch.

I have a Linen SB that I really like (still tweaking the shoulder at times). It's soft and easy to use, once I get the wide shoulder adjusted correctly. But I keep hearing how great the LP RS is, and gosh, it's sooo much cheaper. There's one on FSOT right now. Do I need it?

Sevilla
07-23-2007, 02:28 PM
The LP are the most fuss-free ring slings ever. You don't have to mess with spreading a shoulder, there are no pressure points, and the fabric is so light, breathable, WIDE (perfect for a toddler to snuggle in) and supportive.

Honestly, at this point if someone told me I was only allowed to have one carrier ever - from newborn to toddler - i would pick the Mayawrap LP over everything else, even my mei tais.

juliemag
07-23-2007, 06:55 PM
I also have a Mayawrap LP RS. LOVE IT! I got mine on FSOT - and it was in perfect condition. You should really get one! :)

Wrighty26
07-23-2007, 07:23 PM
This thread is so bad for me. Every time I come in here, I want to buy something new! How much does the Maya LP RS go for over on TBW?? Just curious :D

Here are a few (bad) pictures of my BH. It's taking a while to break in, but I'm finally getting use to it. I like the gold, but sometimes I wish I went for the caramel. I'm such I would be feeling the same way if I had picked out the caramel though!

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1308/880783486_becc914d00_m.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1245/880783798_e43769e224_m.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1116/879935225_b5f46179fb_m.jpg

LRL - I just saw your sig -- congrats on your pregnancy!!

SD601
07-23-2007, 08:53 PM
Wrighty, that's gorgeous! Just think of it this way: the gold is limited edition, so you will probably not be able to get it again, whereas the caramel will almost always be a choice. You can get another one later for a future baby!

Thanks for the enabling! I have one OTW now. I'm paying $42 for one NIP with DVD, etc. I'm excited!

Sevilla
07-23-2007, 09:46 PM
What color did you get Laura? BTW - watch the Mayawrap DVD but be prepared to laugh at it, especially if you've seen the zolowear DVD's which as much more professional. The mayawrap one screams 'amateur 90's', though i do like their technique for threading the sling.

Wrighty - What a pretty Babyhawk! Mine is currently on loan to a friend. You can get the LP's on TBW FSOT for about $45. New they're about $56.

LRL
07-23-2007, 11:04 PM
Thanks Wrighty26- I get to be a pregnant babywearing mama! ;)

I think the gold is SO classy looking! Don't worry about it, because like SD601 said, you can always get a caramel strapped one if you really want to later.

I think that there are also some Mayawrap LP's on clearance at attachedtobaby.com. She is clearing out returned merchandise, and is continually listing new things!

SD601
07-24-2007, 09:20 AM
Congrats, LRL! I'm excited to see your "wearing two" pics, hee hee.

Sevilla, I got the chambray blue, #59. I just snapped it up on FSOT. I am really enjoying RS lately, and all this raving over the MW convinced me to try one.

juliemag
07-24-2007, 09:25 AM
Michelle - beautiful BH!! I agree, the gold straps are fabulous! :)

I tried my hand at a couple DIY MT's this weekend. I had so much fun - now I want to make a bunch of them. :p Hehe.

Here's pix! The fabric is from Amy Butler's "Nigella" collection.

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/juliemag/4months225.jpg?t=1185290636

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/juliemag/4months227.jpg?t=1185290666

bunnybeth
07-24-2007, 01:18 PM
Just got my BH on Friday, in time for a wedding we attended on Saturday, yay! And, very good thing as I ended up wearing DS as we walked around in the hallway during the entire ceremony. Another mom was out there with her twin girls (looked about 2 years old) and she commented that she still used her Deco at times, which was a lifesaver with having 2. It's so much fun to babywear, I can't believe it took me so long to get into it.

Right now my RS is solarveil, so I was thinking of gettting a Maya LP once fall rolls around. Such rave reviews everyone's giving them, it's just cementing my plans. (Little does DH know...)

juliemag Cute MTs! They look great, and I love the fabrics. :)

EJM
07-24-2007, 02:03 PM
juliemag Wow, that looks great!! I love that top fabric, I haven't seen it before.

Jess71903
07-24-2007, 04:59 PM
Ok, this isn't a top-of-the-liner, but have any of you tried this one, from Target?
http://g-ec2.images-amazon.com/images/I/41j8mToP8KL._SS260_.jpg
Infantino SlingRider

I also have a Maya Wrap, but I was instructed to add more things to my registry, so I thought this might be a good back-up if it is any good.

EJM
07-24-2007, 06:25 PM
Jess I would suggest registering for either a Peanut Shell or Hotsling instead, both of which Target now sells. Although I've never tried one myself, I've not heard great reviews of the Sling Rider. It won't spread/distribute the baby's weight the way a pouch or RS would.

Jess71903
07-24-2007, 07:27 PM
I found the Hotsling online right after I posted. Thanks, EJM. I am going to delete the Slingrider and register for the Hotsling and the Peanut and just see what I get.

jennylou
07-24-2007, 07:35 PM
I have a slingrider and used it a few times - it sucked.

boilermaker
07-24-2007, 07:45 PM
Thank you all for your advice on the RS. I am trying to decide between regular fabric (like the Maya LP) or solarviel. Tough decisions...though I have to wait at least a month as I just bought a new stoller and carseat today and I think DH might get a little upset if I bought another carrier too (he doesn't understand why I need multiple carriers and multiple strollers).

Wrighty, your BH came out beautiful!!! I love the gold. I went with the pumkin straps on mine and often wish I had gone more nuetral. Oh well. right :)

LRL, CONGRATS!!!!!

ANd Julie, you are quite talented! Love the MTs. Awesome fabric choices there!

Sevilla
07-24-2007, 07:45 PM
I would not use the Infantino SlingRider for safety reasons. The pouch is very deep and does not support the baby well, leading to potential breathing issues in a newborn (the writer of the safe newborn positioning article on TBW is a NICU nurse and did oxegyn/breathing monitor tests on babies in various slings and had major concerns with the Infantino due to this).

Additionally, it is really only good for the cradle carry which many babies do not prefer - many like being upright tummy-to-tummy instead.

Finally, it does not allow for a variety of positions and neither does it distribute the weight well over the wearer's back.

spps
07-24-2007, 08:03 PM
Anyone ever hear of the "Hip Slinger"? A woman on my synagouge mailing list is giving one away for free and I googled it but nothing came up. I figured for free I will totally go pick it up and give it a shot, but was wondering if anyone knew what she was talking about.

juliemag
07-25-2007, 05:48 AM
With regards to the Infantino Slingrider - I was at Target this weekend, and saw a big safety recall notice next to this sling. Just an FYI... :) Speaking of Tar-jay, I was actually in the baby section to check out their selection of Hotslings - but they didn't have any at my store! I was bummed.

Thanks for the compliments on the MT's ya'll!

roberta
07-25-2007, 06:59 AM
DH bought himself a new carrier. :D He really wanted something that was a frame carrier (more manly, I guess) but easy to put on and too not big. He bought the Evenflo Cross Country Frame Carrier. The frame is internal. The carrier is very lightweight and has a zipper storage compartment big enough to carry the contents of your diaper bag. DS was very comfortable and enjoyed the view.

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2267011&cp=2255983.2256186.2256190&parentPage=family

Jess71903
07-25-2007, 03:50 PM
Thank you on all of the opinions on the sling I posted. I ditched it and added a Hotsling and Peanut to my registry.

julie-I think it's an online-only product. They didn't have any in my store either.

honeygirl
07-25-2007, 04:19 PM
Julie and Jess - They have the hotslings at my SuperTarget, but not at the regular Target. Just a FYI.

I registered for a peanut shell and a breathable Bjorn, the peanut for me and the Bjorn for DH (his choice). I'd like a solarveil too, and will be looking to add one of those (they're ring slings I think?).

EJM
07-25-2007, 04:44 PM
I'd like a solarveil too, and will be looking to add one of those (they're ring slings I think?).

Solarveil is a material, many pouch makers offer it in pouch form as well. It's that point in the season you may find one at a really good discount! :)

mgrace
07-25-2007, 04:45 PM
They have Hotslings at our Target stores (just regular Target's), but I haven't seen the Peanut Shells.

Attached to Baby has Hotslings in their clearance section. Fleece Hotsling for $36 plus an additional 20% off.

mobox
07-25-2007, 10:56 PM
The Baby Wearer has limited their FSOT postings to only those members with 30 posts. I don't post a lot but I have bought off of them. NOw I want to sell a couple things and can't... :( Anyone know of another baby wearing site that you can sell on? Maybe I'll try ebay but there are so many on there...

Sevilla
07-25-2007, 11:08 PM
I know you can sell on diaperswappers.com without a minimum post requirement, they have a baby carrier section. If you want to try to get up to 30 posts on TBW it should be pretty fast and easy - just post compliments or 'how does it fit on the shoulders/waist/for a toddler/for a newborn" types of responses in a few threads.

EJM
07-26-2007, 06:59 AM
mobox I'd do what Sevilla suggested and reply to a few threads. You don't have to apply once you hit 30 posts, a frequent script runs and once you've reached 30 it will automatically let you view the forum.

It's time for the next BabyHawk SALE :D:D:D, 15% off with code SUMMERFUN until Friday 10pm PST. Happy shopping......

between the ATB sale, normal summer clearances, and other sales it is wearing out my PP account. :p

mimieliza
07-26-2007, 12:25 PM
mobox - Even if you don't have much to say about carriers on TBW, they have a Parenting Chat area where you could probably rack up a few posts.

RobynScott
07-28-2007, 11:48 AM
Just popping in to say I am wearing my 11 day old son (:eek:- son, I have a son! :eek:) in the Moby Wrap for the first time. I can keep him close and type on the computer :) I'll post a (not very good) pic as soon as my computer stops acting wonky. I'm sure there are neater ways to do it, but for a first attempt - I'm happy to have him in it and feeling secure!

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q234/robynscott06/IMG_0421.jpg

Thanks for all of the advice!

ps - any tips for making this look neater?

kindermom
07-28-2007, 12:09 PM
Congrats on the son Robyn! I love my Moby. Thanks for the advice ladies. I bought a Moby and a pouch based on recommendations here. I get compliments all of the time on my Moby. It was a life saver for the first 4 months with DS. Now we are awaiting the Ergo carrier to arrive as DS is getting HUGE (17 pounds at 4 months). My DH is even willing to start wearing him and he thinks baby wearing is silly!

ETA: My pouch is awesome for hip carrying my 22lb 23 month old. Tonight I tried to back carry her in the Mobt and that was a fiasco.