I'm looking for a soft structured carrier

Rebecca - posted on 11/14/2008 ( 22 moms have responded )

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I currently use a ring sling (TaylorMade), but I'm looking for something a little more masculine for my macho husband. :) I'm looking at either the Ergobaby or the Beco Butterfly. Does anyone have any experience with either of these--or have a friend that had one? Also, let me know if there's another carrier you think I should check out.

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Meredith - posted on 11/17/2008

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I have an all black Sleepy Wrap and husband wears it with no problem. It fits all sizes and is plenty masculine but not structured. I like it because it goes with any outfit ;)

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I was looking for a sling that I could sew myself and found the baby k'tan. It is VERY comfortable for my weak back and I can hyold baby in any position. I copied the style and sewed my own. I was even able to bend down and tie my toddlers shoes and felt baby was secure. I was never able to do that with other carriers.

Coreena - posted on 03/27/2009

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I loved the Bjorn but the downside is that it is only good to 22lbs. I will be moving to either the ergo or the beco now that she's older. Does anyone know if they can face out in the Beco or Ergo like they do in the Bjorn?

Rebecca - posted on 03/24/2009

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I've heard great things about the BabyHawk. We actually got to try one at our local cloth diapering store. It was really comfortable, in fact we may eventually get one of those, too. I think when he's a little older it won't matter so much, but for the time being we needed something we could transfer him in while he's asleep.



Emily-did you get to pick your fabrics? If so, how is the selection?



Sarah--the Beco has worked out really well for us tall folk... we're 5'11" & just under 6'2".

Emily - posted on 03/23/2009

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Quoting Catherine:

My husband loved the Baby Hawk, which is a mei tei style. Its reversible so has flowers on one side for me and camo for him. My little one is 7 months and is sleeping in it right now while we wait for our car to get fixed. It is very compact so you can stick it in the diaper bag. I have the ergo as well but my husband doesn't like it. He finds it too bulky. I like it though.


We have a BabyHawk too, I am wearing it in my profile pic. Ours also has flowers for me, but my husband went with skulls on his side!

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My husband loved the Baby Hawk, which is a mei tei style. Its reversible so has flowers on one side for me and camo for him. My little one is 7 months and is sleeping in it right now while we wait for our car to get fixed. It is very compact so you can stick it in the diaper bag. I have the ergo as well but my husband doesn't like it. He finds it too bulky. I like it though.

Sarah - posted on 03/15/2009

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Thanks for the replies, Rebecca and Karin - that's super to hear and very helpful info.  I wonder if I could use the Ergo backpack with the Beco? I bet it would work... the straps that attach the backpack go around the carrier straps (they don't actually attach to the carrier itself).  Hmmmmm...!! :-) 



And Rebecca - I think I remember you saying you guys are both tall... The Beco has worked well for your height too?  (I'm 5'10" and my husband is 6'3")



 

Karin - posted on 03/15/2009

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Just wanted to add that i've been using the Beco (actually two of them - the butterfly and the butterfly 2) for almost a year now and my little girl and i still love it. If it was five times the price it would STILL be worth it to me. My only complaint is that it says you can breastfeed in it, but in my opinion this would be difficult with a small baby - once they have better head and neck control it is easier. But other than that, i heartily recommend it!

Rebecca - posted on 03/15/2009

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Aren't they pretty? And so many to choose from!!

Yes, I am still totally in love with the Beco! :) My favorite thing is the Y-shaped piece of fabric between you and baby. This lets baby be passed from one person to the other (or changing from front to back, etc) without waking him up, or having to take him out. I cannot tell you how many times this has saved my sanity!!! :)

It rolls up really easily so I can toss it in the diaper bag, and the sleeping hood has a really nice arc to it.

If there were one thing I could improve with the Beco, it would be the backpack that the Ergo's got. I'm just glad there are such nice alternatives to slings now! :)

Sarah - posted on 03/14/2009

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Know you posted this forever ago, but I just noticed it for the first time. :-p I've been really curious about the Beco myself, so had to comment.  We have the ErgoBaby and have been really happy with it. I discovered the Beco carrier after ordering the Ergo and was really intrigued - love the prints she offers. ;-)  The new clips she added are great too - I'm pretty impressed with the research she's put into her product.  The infant insert is very cool too.



The Ergo has been super and we've loved it. We ordered the backpack that goes with it and use that ALL the time - it is fab and totally worth it.  My husband really likes the Ergo as well and our daughter still likes to be in it.  The sleeping hood is so great! 



I'm thinking about which carrier I want to use for daughter #2 (due in a few weeks)...  Thinking about ordering the infant insert for the Ergo or getting a Beco.  Now that you've used it for a few months, are you still really liking the Beco?

Carrie - posted on 01/13/2009

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I have the Ergobaby carrier and it is amazing. It is very easy to use and made of durable material. It will easily go from newborn to 5 year old. It's a great product. Plus it looks "rugged" so your husband won't feel self conscious wearing it.

Rebecca - posted on 01/07/2009

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I found two stores in my area (well, 45 min. away) that carried the beco and the ergo, so I bought one of each and tried them out for a few days. DS did great facing in, even though he's a baby who usually has to see everything. Both are very comfortable. I went with the Beco because the body of the carrier is a little taller, and we're tall people. (also because DS likes to arch and look behind himself and in the ergo he seemed like he might be able to arch himself out of it when he gets a little taller) The Beco comes with the adjustable infant insert which is SO awesome. I also love that the Beco has the security features to allow you to pass the carrier from me to my DH, while your baby is in it, which is especialy convenient when DS is asleep! :)

Laura, from theportablebaby.com was great with all my questions and shipping was fast.

Marjorie - posted on 01/04/2009

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if you haven't gotten one yet, i would recomend the beco butterfly...i have one and absolutely love it...i also have a few other carriers but the beco is my top favorite!
xxxmajo

User - posted on 12/22/2008

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I bought all my slings and wraps here: http://www.fbctownsville.org.au/

Hubby actually likes the ring sling more than the wrap but there is also a half wrap, This is to help raise money for Friends of the Birth Centre, the Townsville Birth Centre having there grand opening today! I don't think they have the prints on line but you can drop them an email if you like. They're really cheap but great I've been using them since bubby was born 19mths ago.

User - posted on 12/22/2008

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The Ergobaby ROCKS!!! I love that carrier! I have 3 kids, tried MANY different baby carriers and that one is by far my fave! For sure try it out with baby before you buy it though, make sure he's good with facing in while being worn on your front. Some babes really need to face out...
The Ergo is the most comfortable, best for your back and come in many different "Macho Husband" friendly colors! ERGO gets my vote!!

Lorry - posted on 11/22/2008

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I have a friend who loves her Ergo. She actually prefers while her husband prefers the sling. My husband uses an old Snugli from the 70s, but it could be hard to find one now. The ones they sell now are quite different. If you wanted to look for one on eBay, try "denim Snugli" or "corduroy Snugli" to avoid getting the new versions.

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my husband and i use a moby wrap and also a peanut shell pouch sling. the moby is a gender neutral color but my husband doesn't like that you have to take a few minutes to wrap it on before using. the peanut shell is much faster to put on and is reversible with one black side, which he prefers. i've also heard good things about baby hawk carriers, a mei-tei style carrier (http://www.babyhawk.com). you can design your own to be as masculine, feminine or neutral as possible. one last one that i've heard good things about is the belle carrier (http://www.bellebabycarriers.com).

Kiyomi - posted on 11/15/2008

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I have a Jelly bean sling which is nice. I got the black and white version, since it is gender neutral (and looks more masculine than a pink or other pastel color). When Audrey is awake and wants to look around I have an Infantino go rider that I put her in.so that she can face out, and it also has a head support which is nice b/c it keeps her hood up and around her face to help protect her from the wind when it gets chilly out.

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