Addicted to baby wearing...lol.

Bradi - posted on 02/13/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I'm officially addicted. I bought a Moby wrap when my son was younger then I bought a Hugamonkey pouch sling and now I am about to attempt to make my own padded ring sling. I love all my carriers and if I had my way I'd have ten of every kind but the hubby won't let me. But I still haven't found the perfect fit. I'm hoping the padded ring sling will be the one but if it's not I'm moving onto a gauze wrap. I need a non stretchy kind because my son is on the big side. He's 9 months and weighs 25lbs! What carriers do you ladies prefer? Wraps, slings, backpacks?

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Cathy - posted on 04/16/2010

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My baby boy is three and have always loved baby wraps. "Mommy I need to be picked up and I want the sling on my butt so I can go nyt nyt" :=)

Bradi - posted on 03/10/2010

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Yeah, i think I'm at the point where I am going to buy an ergo. I have heard so many good things about it and i see them everywhere. My husband used to love the Moby around the house but he'd never wear it in public. So hopefully he will with the Ergo.

Heather - posted on 03/10/2010

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We totally love the Ergo too! My daughter is 9 months as well. She weighs 19 lbs and we can go out and about for literally hours in the Ergo. Before the Ergo we used the Moby a lot, but now the Ergo is our go-to carrier because my daughter LOVES it. My husband volunteers to wear her in the Ergo but NEVER did that with the Moby. I think the Ergo is one of the most dad-friendly carriers out there. Good luck!

Emily - posted on 02/27/2010

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I have several different types of carriers because I find that they all serve different purposes. For example, for everyday use around the house, I prefer my mei tais because I can do easy and comfy back carries. When I'm out somewhere, I prefer my soft-structured carriers due to the ease of the buckles for frequent ups and downs, and so I'm not dragging straps in the dirt. In the winter I like my pouches and stretchy wraps because they fit easily under my coat. There's no way I could live with just one carrier! :)

Chelsea - posted on 02/22/2010

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I like my maya wrap and still use it for my 22 month old, but I think I liked it better when she was a baby.

I hated the padded ring sling given to me by the public health nurses because I couldn't adjust it enough for my teeny 5 pound 15 ounceer and she was always lost in there, but it might have worked once she was bigger (I gave it away).

I recently made an Onbuhimo but with fabric loops instead of rings loosely based on these instructions http://www.make-baby-stuff.com/tablerunn...

I haven't field tested it yet, but I like it so far. I'm 32 weeks pregnant so it's mostly for my husband to use when we're out and about. (who thinks babywearing dads are sexy? lol)

Jenn - posted on 02/21/2010

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I absolutely LOVE mei tais. I make my own, so the padding and measurements are custom for to both of us. One of my sorority sisters who babysits Paddy is now addicted to wearing him, too. lol We went for a walk the other day and that was the first time she'd seen me with him tied up. She was really confused at first but pretty soon got interested and wanted to try it. She was amazed how comfortable it was and how much clamer Paddy was in it than when she carried him. Now every time she babysits she wants me to pack a mei tai so she can wear him. She's already begged me to make her some when she has a baby and wants me to make one for her cousin who just had a baby. I guess she called her later that day and raved about it. lol So now I'm passing on the addiction as well.

Alicia - posted on 02/16/2010

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My favourite was always the Maya wrap. Simple, easy to use, versatile. I wore my son until he was about 36 pounds (age 2) either on my hip or as a backpack carry. I LOVED wearing him. :) Good luck.

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I would suggest an ERGObaby carrier or some other type of carrier that evenly distributes the weight (as opposed to on one shoulder). I love my ERGO! I really like how the majority of the weight is on my hips too instead of on my back and shoulders. It's so comfortable and I can still carry my 24lb son for extended periods without any pain or discomfort...just a good work out and some tired muscles ;)
Here's a link to their website...

http://www.ergobabycarrier.com/

And here are a couple links to some other similar carriers...

http://www.becobabycarrier.com/

http://www.babyhawk.com/

Jackie - posted on 02/13/2010

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Ring slings are great but padded ones can be very bulky and hard to adjust. I would suggest an unpadded ring sling...you can find some great patterns at http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/ make sure you get your rings from slingrings.com they are specially made for ring slings. Also a woven wrrap (neobulle, girasol, didymos) has an easier learning curve than gauze. Gauze wraps can be great but the material can tend to stick together causing pressure points in you doing wrap it perfectly. Hope that helps!!!

Melissa - posted on 02/13/2010

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I was the same as you - addicted but couldn't quite find the right one. Then I found mei tais. They are exactly what we want and really versatile and easy to use. When she was smaller I preferred Hotslings or a Moby like carriers but now that she can "sit up" in the wrap and see the world she and I both prefer the mei tai. Although, if you get a gauze wrap let me know how you like it. I'm really wanting to try a Gypsy Mama or Wrap 'n' Wear gauze wrap for summer. I'm fairly certain I will cave in and be buying one in the next month or so.

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