Let's talk baby carriers

Just wanted to share some of my experience with baby carriers for the moms to be.  I know there are popular names out there like the Ergo and the Moby.  But there are so many other options out there!  Even if you mainly drive to places and think you'll primarily use your stroller instead, having a baby carrier is super convenient.  I tried grocery shopping with my LO once with his infant carseat in the basket of the shopping cart.  It was ridiculous, I had to be creative about where to place the groceries!  The next time I went to the market, I got into the backseat of the car, took LO out of his carseat and into my baby carrier (Kinderpack) without a much of a protest from him.  And I shopped around, pushing the shopping cart while wearing him.  It made so much more sense!


Below are a few of the baby carriers that I have.  (Yeah, I went nuts BUT I do use them more often than I use my stroller.)  If you want to learn more, definitely check out the BC Babywearing forum. 


Btw, my LO almost always cries in protest when I put him in a carrier.  But after awhile, he falls asleep or he calms down when I start walking.  Don't be discouraged if your LO wails when you start to wear him/her. 


Soft Structured carrier (SSC)-  I was actually set on getting the Ergo before I learned about this gem called the Kinderpack.  DH and I love to go hiking a lot so we knew we wanted something that would be easy on our backs for long stretches of time.  After browsing through the Babywearing group on BC, I learned about the Kinderpack.  It's USA made by a work-at-home mom.  It's also much pricier than the Ergo but IMO it's so worth it.  Some features that it has over the Ergo is that it has a higher back (for head support or taller babies) and the width of the carrier can be adjusted for the proper seat coverage.  And no infant insert is necessary if you get the infant size, which lasts up to 18months or longer (max weight for all KPs is 50lbs).  It is by far my favorite carrier.  The only con is that the straps are a bit bulky for some's taste but I'm cool with it.  Oh, and the price again is a bit steep for something that you can't try on at a store.  It was scary to take a chance with it but I'm glad I did.  A similar brand available is called Tula Baby Carrier but I think that one also requires an infant insert.


Mei tais- My second favorite carrier.  It's an asian style carrier that's relatively easy to use.  You put it on like an apron, the hold onto baby while you reach behind you to cross the top straps.  They are also less bulky to lug around than SSC when travelling.  I have the Catbird Baby and I just ordered the Kozy Carrier in Grayson.  If you're great at sewing, you can even make your own.  My LO easily falls a sleep in it.


Woven wraps- Wovens are just like the Moby but instead of a stretchy fabric, it's made out of woven material (made in Europe) that is specially made grippy and supportive for babywearing.  If you like the Moby you might like woven wraps, though they are twice, maybe three times, the price of a Moby.  I have two but still have to get comfortable using them, a Vantanai Chartres and a used Didymos Waves.  The learning curve for wovens is steepest out of all the carriers.  I tried a few times with LO and he wailed.  I'll probably wait til he's old enough when I can do back carries.


Ring sling- Many moms swear by the ring sling.  I splurged and got the Sakura Bloom ring sling thinking it would work for us but LO hates it.  I get jealous of moms who can wear it so easily, it's quite stylish for a baby carrier.  Some moms even use the long tail of their sling as a coverup while breastfeeding.  Maybe it will work for you.  Other options include Sleep Baby Productions, Maya or Comfy Joes. 


K'tan- I got the K'tan as a gift and was super excited about it at first.  Like the Moby, it's made out of stretchy fabric.  I watched the youtube video on how to use it and was sold.  It's quick to put on and take LO off.  But the weight limit is about 20 lbs so it's not going to last that long.  And it's hot!  I like to use this carrier only at home and for a short period.


Hope this helps and would love to hear how you ladies babywear or plan to babywear.


 


 


 

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 10:39 am
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Posted on June 25, 2013 at 11:41 am
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What a great post! 


We bought the K'tan for early on, like Laurie mentioned. (BTW, Laurie - I have had to watch YouTube videos to figure out how to get it on lol! It's not tough, but definitely has taken some practice.) I am assuming that I will mostly use it in the house so that I can do things hands-free, and maybe occasional trips out of the house if it is feasible (like the grocery store!) I figured we wouldn't be able to use it for too long, but I'm hoping that the sanity and convenience benefits of those first few months will make it worth it! :-) 


We also got the Ergo Performance carrier, mostly for DH. He wants to be able to babywear while we are out and about, and we like to do a lot of outdoor activities. Since we probably won't do things like that for a few months, we are holding off on getting the infant insert in case we don't end up needing it. I'm hoping the Ergo lasts us a bit longer! 

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 1:52 pm
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I might change my mind, but I am looking to buy a Boba 3G carrier and a Maya ring sling. I like that the Maya seems super easy to use for short trips and the Boba for longer walks. DH is so excited about getting the Boba carrier, he is already talking about using it while teaching class :). We will see how they go.
Posted on June 25, 2013 at 3:15 pm
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We got a Moby and an Ergo. I have only used the Moby a few times...she seems too heavy now...I watched the videos a lot...but was never able to keep her as snug as the videos show. We have not really used the Ergo yet...it's soooooo hot here in TX that my main goal is to get her in and out of the car as quickly as possible...so I don't want to mess with a carrier right now. (And hubby does the grocery shopping anyway!)
Posted on June 26, 2013 at 3:23 am
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I have heard great things about the Boba 3G too.  But again I hear the back is not high enough, which might not be a problem for some.


The K'tan is great but the other con to it is that it's sized for the wearer so a small mom and a big dad can't share it.


I've seen the Moby in action and the vain side of me notices how sloppy it can look.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFNA34DSnbw


Jackie, a carrier is much more convenient thn you think in that scenario.  I got stir crazy during my maternity leave so I had to make an ocassional trip to Target. And lugging my Chicco Keyfit infant carseat with a 14lb cutie had me sweating bullets by the time i reached the carts.  Then to hoist it up and over the basket, oy!  It was so much better to hop into the backseat of the ACd car, put her in the carrier and run to the store.  but def put a cooling cover over the carseat or put it in the trunk.

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 2:46 am
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Also, if you don't mind used carriers, the Babywearing swap group on FBI is an excellent place to start.
Posted on June 27, 2013 at 3:12 am
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We received a bjorn as a hand me down and I used it a few times around the house until I realized it was a crotch dangler and could cause her hip issues. We ended up getting the ergo sport (a little lighter fabric for the heat) and have used it a few times. I need to start using it more as she's getting bigger. 

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 7:59 am
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Crotch danglers! Yeah, I secretly judge those parents and feel sorry for the baby.  I mean, it doesn't even look comfortable! 

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 10:33 am
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Crotch danglers! Yeah, I secretly judge those parents and feel sorry for the baby.  I mean, it doesn't even look comfortable! 

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 10:33 am
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Now that I know how bad they are - I judge them too! Every time I pass the Bjorn display at Target I want to put a sign on it that says "Crotch Dangler beware!"


Of course I want to put notes on J&J products and preach at parents that put their car seats in the top of the cart and not in the basket. DH really enjoys when I step on my soap box - not! ;)

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 10:48 am
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honestly, I don't know what the rules are but I just think an infant car seat in a shopping in genereal is a bad idea.  If placed on the top, I feel it will tip over.  If you place in the basket, I just think of the shopping cart with no brakes will roll away.  That's just me.   

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 11:08 am
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with the car seat on the top it throws off the balance of the cart and can tip over. When LO was a week old I saw a cart tip over with a baby in the car seat. It was the scariest thing! I've vowed to never put LO up there!

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm
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OMG, that would freak me out!  For me, wearing baby is the way to go!

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 1:03 pm
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DMN, I have seen a cart start to roll away at BRUS! YIKES!


My friend gave me a ring sling to try out b/c her son HATED it. And DH and I want the Becco Gemini carrier. It's a lot like the ergo. We received from a baby event I went to the Britax carrier which is another crotch dangler so I'm returning that puppy!

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 9:35 am
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This is a really helpful post.  LO is now 3 weeks old, and I haven't ventured out of the house with him alone, yet (other than in a car seat on a stroller ride or to the doctor).  I'm actually kind of hesitant to use the wraps because I don't know how to fit him in there right...I need to watch some youtube videos or something.

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 8:05 am
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I'm planning on getting either the Boba 3G or Ergo so far. I'm also looking at the baby K'Tan for the first little while, but probably won't actually get it.

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 5:47 am
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Can any of you girls recommend a good carrier that would fit a guy nicely and that the baby can face outward?  We borrowed one from my cousin just to see if Blake would ride in it and he fell right asleep but it's so small it'd never fit DH.

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 3:28 am
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It's not recommended that you face your baby out.  Here's an article from Boba on it.


http://www.bobafamily.com/blog/2011/10/11/nine-reasons-not-to-carry-your-baby-facing-out/


However, lots of babies do love to face out.  If your baby has good head and neck control, you can face out but I would do it briefly and only at home.  Catbird Baby has instructions for facing out baby in a mei tai.  (But I wouldn't recommend the Pikkolo carrier or any other SSC for facing out.)


http://catbirdbaby.com/index.php/meitai_wearing_front_outward/


Mei tais are great for wearers of different sizes.  You can even order extra long straps if DH is really big.  I like the Catbird Baby and Kozy brands.  Another option are ring slings, again just get one with extra length.  And a pricier option is a Kinderpack SSC with plus size straps but you can't face outward with those.  What brand of carrier did you DH try on? 


 

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 4:19 am
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BTW, here's a pic of Channing Tatum wearing his baby in a stretchy wrap, covered by an aden and anais blanket!


BTW here s a photo 3479612-1

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 4:21 am
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I'll just borrow Channing Tatum to carry my son around.......haha He's so fine.


Anywhoooo.....I had no idea it wasn't recommended to put baby outward.  I epically failed on doing baby carrier research.  DH hasn't tried one on yet and the one we borrowed was just a cheap one that my cousin's MIL bought for herself, so nothing fancy.


We are traveling to California in September and Blake will be 5 months at the time.  We plan on going to Disneyland and all that so I figured I'd get a good one for him to face out to see everything.  But now that I think about it, if the carrier works for the back then he can at least look past me to see stuff right?  He's had good neck and head control since he was 2 weeks old.  So I'm not really worried about that.  I just really want a carrier that is comfortable for all 3 of us.  (He is really long too, mostly in the waist, is there a SSC that works better for that body type?) I like the looks of the Ergo's and then I saw the Boba's.  Anyone here have any comments on those?

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 6:03 am
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